Why the E39 M5 is the best BMW ever. Review!

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This is regarded by many as the best BMW ever created. And this one is one of the very best out there. Not only
is it in pristine condition but it also has a few key upgrades which really help enhance the character of the car. The only question is...Should I buy it?
To find out more about this car and other tuned BMWs please see Imran's channel Evolve Automotive here: / evolveautomotive

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@MatWatsonCars
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@NamelessGriff
@NamelessGriff 2 жыл бұрын
Hi
@toc.mp3
@toc.mp3 2 жыл бұрын
Hahaha yeah
@meatloaf133
@meatloaf133 2 жыл бұрын
Sell out
@clarkkent6054
@clarkkent6054 2 жыл бұрын
does it have ABS?
@AliHaider-im9xt
@AliHaider-im9xt 2 жыл бұрын
Don't be get mad but your channel logo doesn't look professional. Do something special with your logo.
@Thisismyhandle218
@Thisismyhandle218 2 жыл бұрын
E39 gave a whole new meaning to “fast saloon” when it came out - absolute legend and still my favourite 👌🏻👍🏻
@Thisismyhandle218
@Thisismyhandle218 2 жыл бұрын
@zetorih that’s an AMG…
@Mvrk_63
@Mvrk_63 2 жыл бұрын
Super Saloon
@imortaliz
@imortaliz 2 жыл бұрын
the lotus omega/carlton is the one that has that crown, came out 8 years earlier and had almost the same power. It also had the record for fastest saloon :) But i would have the e39 over the omega anyday. e39 m5 for sure is my favorite car
@Nickoboss29
@Nickoboss29 2 жыл бұрын
You forgot the Thema 8.32 with Ferrari Mondial and 308 derived V8, Vauxhall/ Opel Omega Lotus, Audi RS2 sedan, the previous M5 generations, Alfa 164 V6 the 500E... etc...
@Thisismyhandle218
@Thisismyhandle218 2 жыл бұрын
I see your point however I said “new” meaning which implies there were previous cars that gave meaning. For me at least, the E39 put fast saloons on the map for a different generation, which has stood the test of time as people still want and talk about it.
@terptv710
@terptv710 2 жыл бұрын
This isn't just a great BMW this is one of the best cars of all time
@sharepremium8614
@sharepremium8614 2 жыл бұрын
Stop the exaggeration
@efirehawk
@efirehawk 2 жыл бұрын
@@sharepremium8614 He's not exaggerating. I have one. I've driven all sorts of cars, including Ferrari's as part of my job. The M5 E39 really is up there with the very best of the best.
@marieaudreyduchamp8839
@marieaudreyduchamp8839 2 жыл бұрын
Not with these horrible wheels
@terptv710
@terptv710 2 жыл бұрын
@@sharepremium8614 No exaggeration, I've got over 20 years experience as a vehicle technician. I've driven more cars than you've had cooked dinners...........
@rlsedition
@rlsedition 2 жыл бұрын
@@marieaudreyduchamp8839 Oh, come on now.
@jernej.skoflek
@jernej.skoflek Жыл бұрын
i owned 2001 e39 525i , i miss it so much, it was awesome! classy, elegant and sporty! one of the best bmw and cars in general.
@pegcity4eva
@pegcity4eva 28 күн бұрын
I had a 530i 5 speed it was awesome
@mlp-hot-rod5824
@mlp-hot-rod5824 2 жыл бұрын
The E39 remains one of the finest cars ever built. This M5 remains my fave. Shame they never made an estate version.
@patriziodinicola9362
@patriziodinicola9362 Жыл бұрын
@A B Which one? Name please?
@nabahmadi5012
@nabahmadi5012 Жыл бұрын
@A B it was for certain bmw bosses/executives only. If I remember correctly..
@ottson
@ottson Жыл бұрын
Check out the channel "speed academy". They built an E39 M5 wagon
@MrGulyo
@MrGulyo 4 ай бұрын
I have e39 540i touring manual 6 ❤ i know thats not m5, but still amazing ❤
@Leon-yl8ge
@Leon-yl8ge 2 жыл бұрын
One of the best looking sedans ever. Back when BMW styling took a "Less is More" approach. These days the cars are grossly over styled, and just plain ugly.
@lohithreddy6629
@lohithreddy6629 2 жыл бұрын
Mid 2000s is peak BMW design
@jorgebarrera9313
@jorgebarrera9313 2 жыл бұрын
Don’t be so nostalgic, nowadays cars are just as beautiful.
@damarekonayaro5781
@damarekonayaro5781 2 жыл бұрын
@@jorgebarrera9313Agreed, the earlier M5 versions looked much better. That looks quite bland and dated.
@questionyourself718
@questionyourself718 2 жыл бұрын
@@jorgebarrera9313 u cant say that about the current M3 or M4. You just cant.
@TheNondiscriminatory
@TheNondiscriminatory 2 жыл бұрын
@@jorgebarrera9313 the new M3/m4. The Honda civic type R. The Hyundai Sonata. The i3. And countless other new vehicles... God. God are they ugly. Styling has definitely gone down overall compared to the old days, for sure. There are standouts, like the Kia Telluride and Carnival, the 2022 Toyota GR86, the Rivian pickup.
@t1328
@t1328 2 жыл бұрын
I drove a colleague’s M5 at the time, and remember thinking it was the best balance between a daily driver and a sports car I had ever been on. You could be driving it casually with the wife and kids in the back and no one would know its even sporty, and then drop them off and go for a drive, start revving, and that thing just becomes a hooligan. Amazing car to drive. I’ve always felt it, and the E39 540i were the pinnacle of the 5 series.
@MsFishfish1
@MsFishfish1 2 жыл бұрын
Hooligan 👍🤣
@moustafael-moghazi109
@moustafael-moghazi109 2 жыл бұрын
Well said
@eksebro
@eksebro 2 жыл бұрын
I agree 100% with the balance of being a daily driver & sports car 👍
@1anre
@1anre 2 жыл бұрын
Wish the M5 came with rack and pinion. Doubt there’d conversion kits from recirculating ball steering to rack and pinion by now. If it came stock with rack & pinion steering the E39M5 would’ve been the best handling BMW ///M5 they ever made.
@xzing7
@xzing7 Жыл бұрын
@Quirin M. Do you have a channel.
@mike_oe
@mike_oe 2 жыл бұрын
I owned a M-sport E39 for many years, every time I tested the newer ones, I was disappointed. BMW never managed to get the same mixture of comfort and responsiveness in the 5 series. The 6 cylinder rack and pinion steering was indeed better than the 8 cylinder circulating balls. If I had more time and money, I’d transplant a new B58 engine into a LCI E39.
@collybeans586
@collybeans586 7 ай бұрын
Boooo
@jammasterquo
@jammasterquo 2 жыл бұрын
My mates dad had one, one of my first tastes of something insanely fast from the passenger seat. One of the best looking 5 series generations in my opinion too
@sdoubleu210
@sdoubleu210 2 жыл бұрын
Man BMW design from this era was so clean, simple, and gorgeous.
@mikerichardson8006
@mikerichardson8006 2 жыл бұрын
I had a 2001 E38 Sporty Shorty 740i that was simply a joy to drive. A big car, yet so nimble and poised with nearly anything you threw at it. I can only imagine how much 'more' the E39 was to drive hard.
@fratsimsek2600
@fratsimsek2600 2 жыл бұрын
Timeless design. Those were the days when BMW design was flawless. Best looking M5 of all time. Subject is closed to argument.
@tutamiah6697
@tutamiah6697 2 жыл бұрын
F10 M5
@DM-rc4yu
@DM-rc4yu 2 жыл бұрын
@@tutamiah6697 No
@bumpyroad3251
@bumpyroad3251 Жыл бұрын
Yeah, later came Chris Bangle and fucked things up - BMW design never recovered from this.
@001barca
@001barca Жыл бұрын
For many its one of the best looking sedans of all time. E39 M5 and E38 7 series for me are the best looking BMWs ever.
@Ardonn
@Ardonn Жыл бұрын
You can't say anything is this or that when it comes to design and visuals since it's only an opinion and an opinion is not fact. Rather childish ;)
@rtg0616
@rtg0616 2 жыл бұрын
I used to have a Z8. Hearing that engine with the roof down was incredible. Lovely car the M5.
@pdcichosz
@pdcichosz 2 жыл бұрын
The chromed outline of the kidneys was a standard in ALL E39s. The M5 special was chromed vertical bits. Sideskirts look standard Mpack, same for the steering wheel. The seats are different though. And the internal mirror. The 'plasticky' aluminum is not a plastic, but actual metal - I have one with this trim.
@jyotsnabajpai2706
@jyotsnabajpai2706 2 жыл бұрын
Yes this is one of those BMWs which still stand on that tagline which every one loves "THE ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINE"
@Dan23_7
@Dan23_7 2 жыл бұрын
Back when they were drivers cars I’ve had an e28 and 2 e30’s Loved them
@G20T
@G20T 2 жыл бұрын
Yeah specially the e90’s back when anything was possible v8 supercharger
@pindadopje0162
@pindadopje0162 2 жыл бұрын
@@Dan23_7 nice I’ve got a 328CI e46 and the engine still drives amazing after 300k km on mileage
@Dan23_7
@Dan23_7 2 жыл бұрын
@@pindadopje0162 Nice… The e46 not far off classic imo, especially the M3 and the 330 clubsport
@pindadopje0162
@pindadopje0162 2 жыл бұрын
@@Dan23_7 mine is from 99 had to reinforce my subframe and a few standard maintenance stuff but so reliable beside that
@maksimstamatov
@maksimstamatov 2 жыл бұрын
The original LCI E39 was the first model integrated with the iconic BMW "Angel Eyes" rings on the headlights. They were unofficially called Angel Eyes because they look like an angel's halo, from what I know at least. Great car overall!
@martynasskan
@martynasskan 2 жыл бұрын
ya have no idea why he called them corona...its angel eyes
@DroneSupremacy
@DroneSupremacy 2 жыл бұрын
Haha Maxi, small world 😆👊🏼
@aussie2uGA
@aussie2uGA 2 жыл бұрын
I had one of the first e39 M5’s in the US (nov 99 delivery). It didn’t have the angle eyes, they came next year, it didn’t have the 16:9 navigation (had 4:3), and the “LeMans Blue” paint wasn’t ready (according to dealer) so they made the first few in Avus Blue.
@QuizzyV
@QuizzyV 2 жыл бұрын
@@martynasskan BMW called them corona rings.
@esapaajanen8786
@esapaajanen8786 2 жыл бұрын
E39 was never called LCI!
@calvinchann1996
@calvinchann1996 2 жыл бұрын
My second company car was an E39 525d. With the Bangle 5 series coming in, mine was one of the last E39’s in the dealership so had loads of options including the TV which worked. Picture would switch off when the car was moving as a safety measure. I think there was even a CD player behind the TV. I loved that car. Handled wonderfully.
@DaveEbmw
@DaveEbmw 2 жыл бұрын
Great review as slways matt. I had my e39 m5 supercharged by evolve nearly 2 years ago and have driven it to within an inch of its life. Cannot fault their work and highly recommend their upgrade. Along with a few extras to keep it on the road with the added power 👌🏻
@supernpstr
@supernpstr 2 жыл бұрын
The original alloys were a classic. These bbs ones are cool but not like the originals
@h.4rry491
@h.4rry491 2 жыл бұрын
100% correct, cars like this should not be altered in any way at all. They where perfection when they left the showroom and should remain like that...
@Turborider
@Turborider 2 жыл бұрын
I have to say though this is a really clean build and the BBS wheels definitely work on that car. But I guess I would still go for an original unmodified E39 M5
@Pitti_Piotr
@Pitti_Piotr 2 жыл бұрын
Come on at least it looks different than 99% of them
@Zaildarabeer1857
@Zaildarabeer1857 2 жыл бұрын
Nostalgia man.
@cwx8
@cwx8 2 жыл бұрын
The problem is the centre bore at 74.1mm. No wheels fit it.
@sideswipebl
@sideswipebl 2 жыл бұрын
Real G's remember when the title was "this is the BMW M car ever"
@Hadi_765lt
@Hadi_765lt 2 жыл бұрын
😂😂😂😂
@bernieboy
@bernieboy 2 жыл бұрын
Haha thought I just imagined it for a second
@toc.mp3
@toc.mp3 2 жыл бұрын
Hahaah yes I was confused as f
@dns9155
@dns9155 2 жыл бұрын
I read the title over and over again xd
@moldytexas
@moldytexas 2 жыл бұрын
Ngl I immediately clicked, was like "bruh what?" 😂
@andiparker3733
@andiparker3733 Жыл бұрын
I used to have one of these.. R reg and silver.. so many technical problems all the time it drove me nuts! However, when it "behaved itself" it was a beautiful drive and was a pleasure to own
@UNITGJ
@UNITGJ 2 жыл бұрын
Drove one recently on a detailing job. Feel in love. Sounds amazing
@p.zamora6576
@p.zamora6576 2 жыл бұрын
Working at my local BMW at the time when the e39 m5 and e46 m3 were out was the main reasons why I fell in love with the brand. The Z8 with this motor was one of the best cars I ever driven and my first real taste of what a performance/luxury car should look and drive like.
@PCBetter
@PCBetter 2 жыл бұрын
Back in 2001 we called those headlights “angel eyes”. There was a mod to be able to add them to E46’s. Good ol days. Best M’s came from that gen. Definitely buy one. Keepers fo sho
@erwalkerca
@erwalkerca 2 жыл бұрын
Yeah, never heard them called "corona" lights before.
@elpresidente1000
@elpresidente1000 2 жыл бұрын
​@@erwalkerca Yeah but that is the official name. The term angel eyes was created by aftermarket companies.
@erwalkerca
@erwalkerca 2 жыл бұрын
@Koze 394 hp, 368 lb-ft, and a 0-60 of 4.8 is fun in a four door sedan and seems a good reason to me. An '03 530i is not exactly the equivalent of an e39 M5.
@erwalkerca
@erwalkerca 2 жыл бұрын
@Koze Only if you had to replace it.
@billolsen4360
@billolsen4360 Жыл бұрын
Great car. If you wanna buy a 22 year old M5, just make sure you have deep pockets and lots of patience. You'll be embarking on a true adventure hunting for parts. On the plus side, you'll be helping to preserve automotive history AND putting your mechanic's daughter through Harvard Medical School!
@markeagland4969
@markeagland4969 2 жыл бұрын
What a great looking car and a nice review. I had the opportunity to buy one of these several years ago for £11k, now I am kicking myself. However, I have just bought a low mileage e39 540i, so I have 75% of the experience with a 4.4 V8.
@markcarter3552
@markcarter3552 8 ай бұрын
I love my E39. 25 yrs old , and still showroom cond.
@POZIMIND7
@POZIMIND7 2 жыл бұрын
I still love the look of this car ..
@g9icy
@g9icy 2 жыл бұрын
This is my favourite looking BMW ever. I nearly bought one for 10k 5 years ago and I’ve kicked myself for not doing it ever since. Buy one Matt, so I can live vicariously through you.
@AustinRides7264
@AustinRides7264 2 жыл бұрын
Sometimes you just gotta go for it! I was always scared to buy a bmw because of the repairs and maintenance. Found a cheap '07 760li with the v12 and 97k miles for $5k and said yep, that'll be my first beamer
@realMaverickBuckley
@realMaverickBuckley 2 жыл бұрын
Trouble is, my mate DID and despite being a BMW aficionado and being a member of the clubs and having really good all round car knowledge it cost him £12k ($16k) in the first year. Around £7k since then. So .. swings and roundabouts, I was offered a 72k Silver E46 M3 Coupe (04) last January for 10,500. I needed a week to get some of that and his partner decided to give it to an auction house where it went for 15. (16,5 after fees) 😭 But I know for a fact it needed work. There are alot of people that just don't factor the extra 20,30, 50% of the cost that will impact them down the road and I think that's partly why prices are going through the roof.
@g9icy
@g9icy 2 жыл бұрын
@@realMaverickBuckley Yeah, it only makes sense if you can fix it yourself. Parts are still expensive though.
@xcofcd
@xcofcd 2 жыл бұрын
@@realMaverickBuckley It doesn't matter that much if you spent some money on it. You actually should spent money and keep it in top shape. There comes a point where you can't even find cars in great condition anymore and then they really go up in value. Look at the E36 for example. Or I remember when you could get a E30 M3 for 10k. It's actually a great investment. There's not much at the moment where you can get returns like this with low risk plus you have fun with the car...
@alexg1778
@alexg1778 2 жыл бұрын
Yeah, when I passed my test 10 years ago and was looking at fast cars (that I had no business looking at as you do at that age lol) M5s were far cheaper. I could afford that price now, but I'm stuck in the same boat in that they've skyrocketed in value so I still can't afford one. 😂
@bigc6723
@bigc6723 5 ай бұрын
Big Cousin - Artist/Car Enthusiast. The E39 is automotive history. By design and performance and it’s beautiful simplicity is forever etched in our minds. Nothing will ever be like it. I have a Carbon Black E39 M5 all original best weekend car ever, I love this video. I feel this car needs a documentary. Something that’ll give it Justice. People will say F10 is better but nah, not really memorable. I don’t think it’ll be desirable age wise as much as the g80 when time passes. Thanks again Matt!
@Saif0412
@Saif0412 2 жыл бұрын
This is the Ultimate M5 and the build quality on the E39 series was on a different level, they don't make them like that anymore.
@joshbacon8241
@joshbacon8241 2 жыл бұрын
Why was there no Touring version of the E39 M5 like there was for the E34 M5 before it? From what I’ve heard previously, this may have been due to financial considerations?
@DominikHoga
@DominikHoga 2 жыл бұрын
@@joshbacon8241 there was no touring version for e34 M5. But there was for e61
@joshbacon8241
@joshbacon8241 2 жыл бұрын
@@DominikHoga Actually, there _was_ a Touring version of the E34 M5, but not the E39 M5 that came after.
@kitchentrout5867
@kitchentrout5867 Жыл бұрын
Build quality??? This car will bankrupt you.
@arayalynn03
@arayalynn03 Жыл бұрын
@@kitchentrout5867 If a e39 will bankrupt you then you have serious financial issues and should probably reevaluate your life choices.
@AlphaLlama
@AlphaLlama 2 жыл бұрын
I recently bought myself an E39 and I’m absolutely in love! Now it’s only a 523i but it still has an toque-y I6 engine and it moves! Especially for only a 170hp. There’s also no rust (maybe a few bubbles here and there) and i got it for only 2.5k€. The car is not leaving anytime soon 😄
@fisken6680
@fisken6680 2 жыл бұрын
I got a manual e39 530i for 2.5€ and its an absolute beatiful car👍 Is your e39 a touring or sedan
@AlphaLlama
@AlphaLlama 2 жыл бұрын
@@fisken6680 they really are, aren’t they? I love mine still! It is a sedan, it’s calypso red which is a pretty rare colour these days. Well, at least i haven’t seem another calypso red e39 on the road this far
@soundseeker63
@soundseeker63 Жыл бұрын
And they will be worth quite a bit more than that in a few years time! Any E39 is a sound investment. I have a glacier green 528i SE and it is just a great car in every way. Great build quality, pretty much everything on it still works even after 23 years and when something does go wrong 9 times out of 10 you can fix it at home. Apart from being ugly as sin, modern BMWs are just not built to last like that anymore. These cars are probably the last BMWs that actually lived up to the repuation for "German build quality". No wonder they are already considered classics.
@giusepperescigno1657
@giusepperescigno1657 Жыл бұрын
I have the same car and I am so happy. I paid it as a used Vauxhall Corsa bu the pleasure of driving it is immense. My daily car is a e92 330i M sport with 274 HP but where I am supposed to use this power?
@marvinsamuels1237
@marvinsamuels1237 2 жыл бұрын
My favourite iteration of the 5 series. For me this had the best balance in its styling and the M version isn’t even my favourite. I liked the 523iSE and it’s subtle, classy finish and just enough performance for everyday use.
@ashterfadgadget817
@ashterfadgadget817 Жыл бұрын
I’ve recently bought an E39 M5 and it’s awesome. Future classic, without any doubt.
@carlosroldan8864
@carlosroldan8864 2 жыл бұрын
Back in 2001, my father used to have a 540i 6 speed. I was fooling around with that car and then another 5 series (unusual thing over here) pulls up to me and we went for it. The second I heard the other V8 I knew it was something else. I was able to see the the little M badge at the rear and the 4 exhaust pipes, and then it kept getting smaller and smaller. Absolute beast of a car. And, at least to me, it is the best looking 5 series ever made. Hope I can get my hands on one of those some day
@RSTurbo50
@RSTurbo50 2 жыл бұрын
Beautiful car. I had a number of E39 535i's and 540i's but never made it to the M5......by fat the nicest 5 Series ever built. This is the era of when BMW was at its best...
@oB_Session
@oB_Session Жыл бұрын
The first time I saw the commercial for this car, it was that mini film by Guy Ritchie starring Madonna and Clive Owen. I was absolutely enamored by it and that film still gives me goose bumps to this day. If you haven't seen it, give it a search, it's worth it. 😉
@terokallio9339
@terokallio9339 2 жыл бұрын
Great car (I own one of the last ones, build in May 2003) and great review. One correction: the headlights are called Angel eyes, not Corona lights - eventhough that suits them well too 😅.
@adams7405
@adams7405 2 жыл бұрын
Worked repairing these at a BMW bodyshop around 2000 onwards and the crash protection is actually very good,even the early ones had 6 airbags and it was built very well.No deaths and few injuries as I recall.
@jacoprinsloo199
@jacoprinsloo199 2 жыл бұрын
The E39 is still the best BMW ever built! I had the 540i back in the day; what a car that was! Still miss it to this day. 😞
@ottson
@ottson Жыл бұрын
The front is absolutely gorgeous with the headlights, grills, bumper and my personal favorite; the aerodynamic mirrors.. Even the interior rear view mirror is gorgeous
@ukandrew
@ukandrew 2 жыл бұрын
I want one 😁and all the Imran upgrades too. What a car. Obviously an older car, yet somehow still looks modern. Until that is, you see the stereo, “smokers package, and “first generation” cup holders. Apart from that the interior is timeless and those seats are amazing. Yet another good honest review from Mat. Enthusiasm in buckets for the M5. Surprised if Mat has not already pulled the trigger. Lucky old Mat.
@AutoAbsolute
@AutoAbsolute 2 жыл бұрын
Gorgeous car, my first car was an E36 - such a well made car, I got one of the last off the line with a special aspen green finish and grey interior. Built like a tank. Good times.
@adams7405
@adams7405 2 жыл бұрын
The early ones were not,I spent ages repairing them.E36 seemed built to a price,especially the interior. E46 was better but not the quality of the E39.How many E36 do you see now,there are plenty of E39 cars out there.....
@bartekd9885
@bartekd9885 2 жыл бұрын
I'd add couple of things to that "bear in mind" list, but they are more E39 as a whole. First is rust - look very closely under rubber seals on each of four doors, they are designed in a way that water just sits between door seal and interior seal. Headlights seem to also fog up sometimes - that's actually a sign that someone tried to repair it and didn't seal them properly with new glue (mostly post-facelift thing). Also take a good look at heated windshield fluid nozzles - there were some instances when some small burning may start from them. All electrics sometimes seems to get wonky, but biggest thing are those screens which tend to loose pixels and you just can't read anything from on board computer in gage cluster. And actually that "handbrake turn" couldn't probably be done, because it's the biggest thing BMW cocked up, and it jams not engaged each month really - thing is metal cord is placed in metal housing and it just jams with all the dirt and oter stuff, so best is to not count on using handbrake. But overall it's actually one of the best vehicles ever made I think, and it actually goes not only for M5 but E39 as a whole generation, but I may be not really objective.
@mrknowitallyah6058
@mrknowitallyah6058 Жыл бұрын
I love your videos dude. They get straight to the point and no E39 M5 Owner has ever cared about that cup holder.
@georgetown8986
@georgetown8986 2 жыл бұрын
Arguably the best looking 5 Series on the market. The E28 was sharp as well. These M cars will definitely keep you working hard.
@jorisbohnson649
@jorisbohnson649 2 жыл бұрын
The E39 is to the M5 what the E46 is to the M3. It just had it all for a late 90s early 2000s bmw. Looks, performance, rear wheel drive and one hell of an engine note.
@peterthehansmann
@peterthehansmann 2 жыл бұрын
So it looks like u have no idea about bmws 🕺🏻
@jorisbohnson649
@jorisbohnson649 2 жыл бұрын
@@peterthehansmann if you insist, just an opinion mate. Everyone to their own.
@peterthehansmann
@peterthehansmann 2 жыл бұрын
@@jorisbohnson649 yea because what u Worte is basically any m car or despite a few cars any bmw there is. Most of them have the looks Performance rear wheel drive and a nice Stundung engine note. And I would say that an E39 is more like a E36. E60 looks more like a e46 than a e39 does
@jorisbohnson649
@jorisbohnson649 2 жыл бұрын
@@peterthehansmann I think you've misunderstood what I said, I'm not saying it looks alike, I'm saying it's the best one out of the M5 line up. Had it all and did it all well. Not saying it looks the most like the E46 M3
@peterthehansmann
@peterthehansmann 2 жыл бұрын
@@jorisbohnson649 i dunno about that I don’t think the e46 was the best m3 but that’s ok 🕺🏻
@Daveyboy_GolfR
@Daveyboy_GolfR 2 жыл бұрын
Back in 2004 I had a 2002 330ci and a good friend / BMW mechanic had an E39 M5. He needed to do some work on mine so he gave me his M5 for about a week. To this day, I remember that V8 growl, and for a larger sedan, how nimble it was , how precise the steering was and the feedback through the steering wheel was just incredible. The throttle response was so instant, and gears were so tall just mashing it in third at 2500 RPMs and listening to that exhaust whale louder and louder till red line was something else! I enjoyed it much more than the E46 M3 which is also an awesome car. I'd love to get a E39 M5 but I only do that if I knew how to work on BMWs, as they're almost impossible to find in good condition with low miles without spending a fortune. Or having to spend a fortune to refurbish one that's been beat up with tons of miles on it.
@ChristianBriese
@ChristianBriese 2 жыл бұрын
Great car! I know for sure, because I own a 2002 530iA Exclusive Edition sedan myself and I love to drive it! The materials inside are so rigid and do have a quality you can feel. Comfort seats and double glass come on top of that. I recently let the whole car ceramic coated and will not even think about selling it :)
@vincentmotonya2859
@vincentmotonya2859 Жыл бұрын
My all time favourite BMW M5 ,fell in love with it years ago in the early 2000 when I was around 12 years . gorgeous car
@malcolmSC
@malcolmSC 2 жыл бұрын
It's the most badass M car ever. Comfortable, fast, manual, drifts and seats 5 safely. Period.
@egm1843
@egm1843 2 жыл бұрын
My uncle had an E39 525d back in the day. I was just a kid and yet I knew that car was special. I remember not being able to take my head off the headrest when he pulled from 2nd. The torque in that thing was otherworldly. I can't imagine what this M5 feels like. Probably like one of the best cars ever. Not just as a saloon, but overall.
@Billy.Butcher
@Billy.Butcher Жыл бұрын
My dad had one, the best car he ever owned
@redrex91
@redrex91 2 жыл бұрын
Imran's taste in mods and oem+ looks is perfect. Love the red color and simple interior.
@marygaleac
@marygaleac Жыл бұрын
I’ve just came across this video…..I had one of these….issues that I couldn’t afford to sort led me to part with it….years later I still cry everyday……..
@pistonslapuk
@pistonslapuk 2 жыл бұрын
E39 5 series is still to this day the best car I ever owned. So refined and the right was superb
@n8n8n8n
@n8n8n8n 2 жыл бұрын
The most beautiful M5 ever made. I really love the V10 in e60, but e39 has this THING, looks very elegant, minimalistic. Pure beauty.
@imfraeglasgow
@imfraeglasgow Жыл бұрын
My dad bought an Imola red 2003 when in was in high school back in 2005. Used to sneak it out after I got my license from time to time and I truly love this car. So much so that I finally bought one myself last year 2002 Le Mans blue with the LMB individual interior. Amazing vehicle, easily the greatest sedan of all time.
@jidedavids1948
@jidedavids1948 9 ай бұрын
Your m5 e39 got me to subscribe I so love the m5 great job you doing out there on your reviews 🎉🎉❤❤😊😊😊
@IfInDoubt..
@IfInDoubt.. 2 жыл бұрын
That E39 was supplied new by Lloyd BMW Carlisle, the site now home to Lloyd Mini. Dealer sticker for Bateman BMW which is around 40 miles south in Grange-over-Sands, now also a Lloyd franchise. Braithwaites Penrith plates too! Very local car to me, they have a stunning small collection at their garage.
@refillz5281
@refillz5281 2 жыл бұрын
The first sports sedan! The M5 forever a legend. Love the E39s
@keryjr785
@keryjr785 4 ай бұрын
ex's dad had one of this. within a year i would see the car about two to three times only in the driveway, most of the time in the workshop. but the dad wouldn't let it go. beautiful machine.
@julianpaulus6245
@julianpaulus6245 2 жыл бұрын
I would've loved to see this car on a track against a newer M5 with all the tests.... I'm so amazed with this E39 wow 👌
@andreiarama8745
@andreiarama8745 2 жыл бұрын
I have to agree with Mat, this car looks AN ABSOLUTE DREAM except for the wood inside!!! Love it !
@RB_750GS
@RB_750GS 2 жыл бұрын
Can’t understand the obsession with wood inside a car, definitely not for me!
@alstound
@alstound 2 жыл бұрын
I love the E39. It still looks great to this day and is of Goldilocks size (not too big or small, just right). It’s a lot of fun to drive, even in 528i automatic trim that lost a lot of performance due to age and lack of maintenance. The M5 will be a dream to own, but sadly is too scarce in Australia and will fetch stratospheric prices if I can even find one.
@vincentmotonya2859
@vincentmotonya2859 2 жыл бұрын
I still remember the first day I saw n fell in love with the E39 years ago,Nd whats funny it got stuck but I loved it then till today
@clips5872
@clips5872 Жыл бұрын
Hi Mat, it would be cool if you have a camera by the exhaust, when you driving👍🏼 thank you for the video!
@cosmopolitanranks3996
@cosmopolitanranks3996 2 жыл бұрын
Love Matt Watson's reviews. They are always fun to watch.
@ItsDaniPlays
@ItsDaniPlays 2 жыл бұрын
Mat, I found your channel last year in August and i've been addicted to carwow ever since. As someone who's been a car lover ever since i was a little kid, I never once knew there was such an awesome channel like Carwow, out there. And the fact that you have your own channel (btw how the hell you have so much time to manage both this channel and Carwow is beyond me) is a huge bonus for your viewers as well. Keep it up!
@iHaveTheDocuments
@iHaveTheDocuments 2 жыл бұрын
He does a video here like once a month so it's not much
@FriendlyNeighbourhoodSpidey
@FriendlyNeighbourhoodSpidey 2 жыл бұрын
And he doesn't own the carwow channel. He's just the presenter.
@ItsDaniPlays
@ItsDaniPlays 2 жыл бұрын
@@FriendlyNeighbourhoodSpidey And? Where did i say that he owns carwow? I just said i've been watching Carwow since last August, and you think i don't know he works for Carwow??
@ConnorHammond
@ConnorHammond 2 жыл бұрын
You should check out Throttle House and Jason Camissa with Hagerty. Both very entertaining.
@DiplomChilla
@DiplomChilla 2 жыл бұрын
i can remeber i bought my first BMW E39 525d LCI for 7000 euros when I was 22.I was the happiest person ever. For two weeks I went to the car in the evening and looked at the car from the front and the back. Even today the cars design is amazing.
@gerardmcmillan8591
@gerardmcmillan8591 2 жыл бұрын
This is the most beautiful understated modern design M5 ever and still looks great to this day...🔥
@operator_hoodie
@operator_hoodie 2 жыл бұрын
2:05 Mat’s phone torch is on 😂
@marksanders2784
@marksanders2784 2 жыл бұрын
I personally would liked to have seen (and heard) a standard variant not on modded to the max, but still, what a machine.
@jamespink4202
@jamespink4202 2 жыл бұрын
I have run two E39 M5s for 250,000 miles over the last 9 years (a red one and a Bluewater). Never have they cost more than a regular BMW to run, just normal servicing with Mobil 1. They are huge fun (as fast as you could possibly want when fully lit) they drive, handle and stop (with Yello Stuff pads) and are incredibly well built and safe. Going up in value really fast. Fabulous cars!
@001barca
@001barca 2 жыл бұрын
One of the prettiest Sedans ever made and what a gorgeous colour to have it in. Perfect engine mod too, not too much not too less. Imran is a lucky bugger.
@rlsedition
@rlsedition 2 жыл бұрын
That's the nicest E39 M5 I've ever seen. Just the right modifications.
@WyaTx2
@WyaTx2 2 жыл бұрын
Whenever Mat is near the trunk of the M5 look at the paint and look at him talking through the car 😂
@neonyan9102
@neonyan9102 2 жыл бұрын
Kinda remembers me of thanos
@tommyfennell8670
@tommyfennell8670 2 жыл бұрын
Dat chin 😆
@luinpuin4152
@luinpuin4152 2 жыл бұрын
Wow this is such a great looking car !! The color and engine really work!!
@Revheadrev
@Revheadrev Жыл бұрын
My all time favourite M5 - I’ve been toying with the idea of buying one for years but sadly, can’t afford to have another car, I wouldn’t have this as a daily. Beautiful car - really interesting upgrades as well. Thanks Matt and Evolve
@jamespink4202
@jamespink4202 Жыл бұрын
I have dailied two of these for 250,000 miles over 9 years with no issues. In my experience you can't go wrong.
@WarningSign1000
@WarningSign1000 Жыл бұрын
@@jamespink4202 I dailied a 540i, and that was going from petrol station to petrol station, let alone an M5. Great car though but terrible on MPG.
@jamespink4202
@jamespink4202 Жыл бұрын
@@WarningSign1000 Mine did 25mpg
@WarningSign1000
@WarningSign1000 Жыл бұрын
@@jamespink4202 Mine did 23 MPG with a manual box.
@jamespink4202
@jamespink4202 Жыл бұрын
@@WarningSign1000 They are all manual...
@AndrewTSq
@AndrewTSq 2 жыл бұрын
Uh, BMW:s Getrag manual shifters have always felt wonderful to me :) (and the BMWs you need is the BMW M3 E30, BMW M5 E39 and BMW M3 E46)
@TheV8Pumpkin
@TheV8Pumpkin 2 жыл бұрын
I remember when I first got my license... the M5s were going for 14-18k (USD) which ofc was out of range at that time but damn I loved e39s. I was picking up a e39 530i for 3200... and the transmission crapped itself on the test drive haha, ended up just taking my dad's hand me down lexus ES
@th3m3du54
@th3m3du54 Жыл бұрын
What a shame 🙈 probably the previous owner took little care of that car
@samcourt6228
@samcourt6228 2 жыл бұрын
I love the E39 M5. Imola red is a stunning colour. The E46 M3 and E39 M5 were both such well proportioned cars that I still love today but given the prices these days, I’ve very much missed that boat. Imran has a lovely collection of old M cars; this is Z3M, his CSL etc.
@musamilton5613
@musamilton5613 2 жыл бұрын
Great video, i like how you detailed the car
@Tom-pe4iw
@Tom-pe4iw 2 жыл бұрын
This was the first M5 my dad ever had and the first car I had ever been in (1999). He's had every M5 since. Me and my dad are getting an e39 when we find one in the right spec im looking for one with blue or red/burgundy paintwork with black and white, tan or brown leather he's looking for one with oxford green metallic and brown leather as this was the spec he chose in 1998.
@jetyn8
@jetyn8 2 жыл бұрын
Your Dad has very good taste,
@LayLoow
@LayLoow 2 жыл бұрын
My brother had one aswell whataa car The best M5 created
@MD-sl3he
@MD-sl3he 2 жыл бұрын
Without a doubt my favourite BMW of all time and the only one I would own. I do love a stealth car as well and this is M5 is spot on, exactly how I've done my cars over the years. Low mileage too. Simply gorgeous ❤️ Less is more, in this case much much more. The new BMW grilles are way too big and this has nice small chrome ones. A manual gearbox in a world full of exhaust fart, pops and bangs auto's.
@shtopfl5247
@shtopfl5247 2 жыл бұрын
This generation M5 is hands down one of the most beautiful cars ever made, as a beginner driver the 525 or 528 (can't remember) was the first car I really pushed on the autobahn and it left an imprint in my mind and heart it was so planted even through bends I thoroughly enjoyed the drive ❤ and I really want one for myself to drive in the summer , they will get very sort after im certain.
@krakrakakakakahah241
@krakrakakakakahah241 Жыл бұрын
Wow, what a beauty! And perfectly lowered. Lower than this looks ridiculous but it is nice to see the back and the front equally lowered...
@channelsibley
@channelsibley 2 жыл бұрын
Spoilt by a supercharger. 400bhp was enough through that 6speed. Best e39 ever next to the 2.8
@isfanalexandru82
@isfanalexandru82 7 ай бұрын
i have the black BBS rims on my e39 530i silver, it looks gorgeous
@ksaboda
@ksaboda Жыл бұрын
I had a poster of this car I got at the Seattle auto show in 1999. It really is one of the best looking cars ever made.
@MrGreen_
@MrGreen_ 2 жыл бұрын
Even as a standard car ,it was a brilliant vehicle
@aussie2uGA
@aussie2uGA 2 жыл бұрын
I had great times with car. I had one of the first e39 M5’s in the US (nov 99 delivery). It didn’t have the angel eyes, they came next year, it didn’t have the 16:9 navigation (had 4:3), and the “LeMans Blue” paint wasn’t ready (according to dealer) so they made the first few in Avus Blue.
@printertoner
@printertoner 2 жыл бұрын
I've currently got a nov 99 delivery e39 m5 (Dinan S2). While I'd love the angel eyes and the newer nav screen, I can't bring myself to change them. Mines in Titan silver, I do envy the other colors that were offered on this car...
@aussie2uGA
@aussie2uGA 2 жыл бұрын
@@printertoner Very nice! Enjoy the car and don’t change it. As time goes on, people appreciate the unique and more rare look of the early ones. It’s like having the cassette player instead of CD - it becomes a really interesting topic as the years go by…
@printertoner
@printertoner 2 жыл бұрын
@@aussie2uGA Most definitely! The only thing I want to upgrade on car is a brembo brake hit and the new nav computer in the trunk. Other than that, just regular maintenance and cosmetic fixes are the only items I've got planned! Truly a unique car, I'm honestly scared to drive it half the time because I don't want someone to hit me.
@davidz995
@davidz995 2 жыл бұрын
Have one myself for the last 6 years,absolutely love it!
@jasonbogdovitz7357
@jasonbogdovitz7357 2 жыл бұрын
My brother has a e39 540i 6 speed and I love it it’s so crisp and sharp what a timeless car
@Dan23_7
@Dan23_7 2 жыл бұрын
I was following one in Devon a few weeks ago about 7am so hardly any traffic, it sounded amazing Yep I agree, the best M5 to date (apart from the e28 😂)
@hello7533
@hello7533 2 жыл бұрын
During lockdown on my commute, i was fortunate enough to be absolutely battered by a straight piped e60 m5 every day. Quiet roads and a v10, dude was living his best life. Must have made an impression as I went and bought a f10 m5 shortly after. Mega bit of kit.
@Tonygarage132
@Tonygarage132 2 жыл бұрын
I own e28 535i and e39m5 I couldn’t choose tbh. Love them both. The e28 night drive tho!! The e39 night drive tho!! See indecisive 🤷🏿‍♂️ 😂
@Dan23_7
@Dan23_7 2 жыл бұрын
@@Tonygarage132 Was the 535 218hp, mine was a 2.8 (186hp) My e30s were a 325 and a 318is 16v Msport If only I’d known when I was young they’d be worth so much now 🤦🏼‍♂️ 🤣
@Tonygarage132
@Tonygarage132 2 жыл бұрын
@@Dan23_7 yeah man, I used to have a 91 318i about 86k miles n sold it for 6k worst sale regret ever !
@reinulf656
@reinulf656 2 жыл бұрын
If they made a new car that looked exactly like this from the outside, I'd buy it. The interior just needs some small updates while keeping the original layout and keeping the same dashboard.. 🙂
@JimacGTti
@JimacGTti Жыл бұрын
E39 M5 and E46 M3 were peak BMW in my opinion, lovely to look at, fantastic to drive! I was always envious of those cars and have driven a few of each. I had to settle for my late-model E46 330d manual (in the same red as that M5) , remapped for a little more boost. It was decent, but not a patch on the E46 + E39 M division petrol drinkers of the time.
@s4sukesharingan
@s4sukesharingan Жыл бұрын
you could drive this car today and still be a king on the road! IMAGINE THAT! How timeless this design is. Comfort and power! Build Quality back those days were much better than today!
@DavidSwanson6576
@DavidSwanson6576 2 жыл бұрын
My all time favourite alloys!! That whole package is awesome 👍🏻!!
@Formulka
@Formulka 2 жыл бұрын
What a beautiful car and in perfect condition.
@cwx8
@cwx8 2 жыл бұрын
I mean. It has a cheap supercharger on it. Cant really agree there.
@diablow1411
@diablow1411 Жыл бұрын
I remember this model particularly from older NFS games I used to play as a kid. Even now, I still think it's design is timeless.
@MonkeyChocolate
@MonkeyChocolate 2 жыл бұрын
The E39 ///M5 is still one of my dream cars. I grew up playing NFS Hot Pursuit and this is the car I always chose. Specifcally Dinan ///M5
@graffitiistkunst8753
@graffitiistkunst8753 2 жыл бұрын
I'm not a BMW fan at all, but this is simply a great looking car!
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