Rarely Seen Alpine White
There is not a bad angle on this carefully documented 2000 BMW M5, and man does it look sharp in Alpine White. Thanks to long-time prior ownership in California, today’s example is rust-free and rather clean, showing minor wear consistent with long-time regular use.
Cosmetic blemishes include rock chips on the front end and cracking around the rear tow hook cover. Per the Carfax, there was damage to the rear end under prior ownership, however, the current owner notes the only evidence he can find of this is on the trunk bolts. As well, the front bumper has been replaced due to stone chips and a small crack.
Features include black kidney grilles, integrated fog lamps, front spoiler, glass sunroof, black body moldings with M5 badges, rear decklid spoiler, and dual twin-tip stainless-steel exhaust outlets. The headlight lenses were replaced under current ownership with the originals to accompany the sale.
The original staggered 18” Style 65 wheels are retained and have been recently refinished. They are wrapped in Kumho Ecsta rubber with 2020 date codes that measure 245/40 up front and 275/35 out back.
Classy and Comfortable
Sporting a full black Nappa leather interior, the cabin on this 2000 M5 features stitched leather on the center console, door panels, and dashboard along with wood trim. Overall, like the outside, the interior is in very good shape with relatively minor wear commensurate with the age and mileage.
The deeply bolstered sport seats are heated and power-adjustable up front, with light creasing as seen in the gallery. The driver’s seat has been fitted with a new cushion under current ownership.
As well, the original three-spoke multi-function steering wheel was recovered by the seller, due to wear, and features red stitching.
It frames a set of M-branded analog instrumentation including a 185-mph speedometer and 8,000-rpm tachometer with an inset oil temperature dial along with gauges for fuel level and coolant temperature. The digital odometer reads 163,143 miles.
Features include power accessories, driver-side memory settings, cruise control, a power-adjustable steering column, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an Alcantara headliner.
The original AM/FM stereo and infotainment screen, which is shown operating in the gallery, is retained. The CD-based navigation system and six-disc CD changer are mounted in the gray carpeted trunk.
Other highlights include M5-branded sill plates and floor mats, all of which look to be in very good condition. The same looks to be true of switchgear and overall cabin surfaces.
Highlighted blemishes include scuffing on the driver’s door, cracking in the center console wood trim, and a few holes in the trunk carpeting.
Mounted up front is the original DOHC 4.9L S62 V8 mated to the original Getrag six-speed manual spinning the rear wheels with a limited-slip differential. This power plant features aluminum construction, semi-dry-sump lubrication, Double-VANOS, and electrically-actuated throttle bodies.
It made 394 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque when new, good for a 4.8-second sprint to 60 in period testing. The center console Sport button adjusts the throttle butterflies for sharper response and the Dynamic Stability Control can be disabled with the adjacent button.
These E39 M5s featured a unique M-calibrated suspension tune versus the rest of the E39 lineup and an upgraded clutch over the unit found in the 540i of the time.
The seller has personally performed extensive maintenance to keep this largely original M5 in top shape. In his three years and 3,000 miles of ownership, he has replaced the following:
- Clutch and flywheel (just prior to current ownership)
- Spark plugs
- All fluids and filters
- Motor mounts
- Valve cover gaskets
- Front control arms
- Power steering lines and reservoir
- Front brakes (rears are noted to be in good condition)
The oil pan was removed to inspect for debris, but none was found, and the most recent oil change was performed with Liqui Moly 10W-60.
The only current issue is the illuminated airbag light, which is due to the installation of a used module. As he performed the maintenance himself, there are no associated service records nor does he have records from previous ownership.
Per the owner, the car shifts and runs strong, there are no leaks, and the underbody panels are intact. The only modification is the deleted muffler that the owner notes is not overly loud and sounds incredible under load.
THE Super Sedan
Located in Waldwick, New Jersey, this 2000 BMW M5 has been under current ownership for the past three years during which 3,000 of the original 163,143 miles have been added.
Aside from the muffler delete, it is an all-original example of an all-time great super sedan with loads of new mechanicals, fresh tires, refinished wheels, and a clean title.
Add in that rarely-seen Alpine White finish and you’re looking at a remarkable specimen, the likes of which BMW will never build again. Don’t miss out.