New BMW M5 Ratings

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    2006 BMW M5

    Awesome M5

    Pros: Comfort access seats. I leave them active all the time for when you get into corners that just grab you and keep you in place.

    Cons: Fuel economy

    Great car. The BMW badge says it all, 'The Ultimate Driving Machine' It's a great car to drive, handles well, awesome power, and seats 4 adults comfortably if you're going out. Just a fun car. It definitely doesn't go easy on the fuel. Other than that I love it.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 1 year
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    2003 BMW M5

    The best car for a car enthusiast, with family

    Pros: Performance!!!

    Cons: Electronic bugs

    This is simply the best car out there, period. Fantastic performance, great appearance, a very comfortable 'everyday driver' with enough power and handling characteristics to astonish some 'hardcore' drivers driving 'sport cars' that cannot believe that an innocent looking four door car beat them without the noise and gadgets their cars have.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 5 years
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    2000 BMW M5

    She Drinks Too Much, But She's to Die For

    Pros: That 5 liter screaming V8 muscle under the hood

    Cons: Gas Mileage

    How much do I like this car? After owning it for about four years, I still look for reasons to drive it. I'm torn, because of the need to burn less fuel to help our planet. Sure, performance sedans have gotten even more powerful as the newer models have come out, but this baby is so fast, I doubt I'll ever want for more power. Those gnomes in the Black Forest got the magic right when they dialed in the handling and comfort too. It's a kick to take the 'beast' through the twisties and to blast for hours down the freeway in quiet comfort. She's been reliable, only burning through one clutch because I didn't appreciate the ease with which 400 hp can wear out a clutch when you don't do it right. Will we ever part? Maybe. That is, if they ever make a package that does all this, looks good and has a hybrid drivetrain that gets planet-saving gas mileage too!

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 4 years
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    2009 BMW M5 - Base

    Pros: 2nd, 3rd, throttle response, handling

    Cons: Electronic nanny intervenes too early

    Advice: Buy share in tyre companies to compensate for smile generation

    I have one of these beasts, and it is just that, staggering power, only a right foot away. First gear is only a prelude to the action, and mostly is burning rubber for 2-3 seconds, 2nd is great, pulls like a train, excellent for darting around town...3rd is the bad boy, and cranks to 115-120 faster than you can say 'jail'. After that it's moved into full on rocket ship. The throttle response is incredible, think it, and it's done. Brakes are huge, and will shock you how fast they can drop mph. Overall this is a barely disguised race car, will scare passengers senseless, and put a smile on your face. It really is a shocker from 20-100, and eats Tarmac like no tomorrow. Handling is supurb. Not for the timid. Buy one, and you will not regret it.

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    2007 BMW M5 - Base

    Pros: 500hp

    Cons: The iDrive takes up to a month to learn

    Advice: Do not buy this car unless you are comfortable with technology and are not afraid of power.

    I own a 2006 Interlagos Blue M5 (the best color) with Black interior. I must say, I did not like the rear styling at first. I did not like the idrive. I did not like the voice commands. I did not like the lack of fog lights. Then I hit the M button. I quickly realized that no fog lights means more air intake. The iDrive takes about a month to learn then it is 2nd nature. The rear is built that way to hold multiple sets of golf clubs and the voice commands you learn over time. As for power/handling? I do not care what you drive, this is better. Honestly, this is about a close you as you can get to a Ferrari without a horse on the hood. This car is not for newbies or technophobes. It is for people with passion. A sleeper to the unknowing and a dream to the informed. I do wish it got better gas mileage, but when I paid $94,000 for it I knew what I was getting. My only other fault is that you have so many options. Just make them fully loaded out the door.. everyone I know who owns one gets the full barrel anyway. I will only get rid of this beast when they make the next M5.

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    2007 BMW M5 - Base

    Pros: the performancce

    Cons: not smooth in Auto

    Advice: get option seats and over display

    First I just read a review of some guy that wrote about a 2007 M5 stating how it does not handle ect ect... that guy by the way does not own a new M5, he has driven or own a regular 5 Series E60. This is my second M5, I had a 2003 M5 which I fell in love with while I had a SL600, and Lotus Esprit Turbo, that M5 embarrassed both my other cars, and I was crazy about it, after a year I sent it to Dinan and pumped another 75hp out of it. in a nutshell that car was a hotrod, it felt like I was driving a Barracuda and everyone around me was in a Prius. (it just was not fair to the other cars) When I first saw the new 5, I did not like it, I thought the M5 was attractive but not the rear, hated the interior, and hated the V10 specs, the I drive, and no Manual, because I am an 8 year racing school veteran, I am die hard fan of Manual. I first drove the M5 2 months ago when I was about to replace my s-class for the New body S550, there was an M5 there I drove it and left with it, never thought I would by one. but here it is, if the last M5 was a hot rod, this one is more like a Jet, considerably faster because it puts all the power on the road like nothing you have ever seen, kind of feels like a Ferrari F430, but with slightly worn tyres, the precision of the steering is unbelievable, and the shifting, I dont care how fast you think you can shift this will shift 2 gears before you can pass neutral, very addictive, overall a tottally different beast for a different Generation, truly impressed

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    2007 BMW M5 - Base

    Pros: Heads up display

    Cons: Too many things to list

    Advice: Look somewhere else

    Buyer beware: There’s a reason for all those mediocre reviews out there in the automotive press. In truth, many of the reviews sound as though the writers think even less of the car than what they actually write, but are reluctant to bash a car with the reputation of the M5. Well that reputation was built from the first three US models. This one is fundamentally different. This is a Mercedes posing as a BMW. Its all about speed and comfort and lacks the handling of the earlier cars. Its very heavy and you feel every pound. It about cruising; not about flogging down a twisty road in the countryside. You feel disconnected from the road, there is no sense of immediacy on turn in. Every bit of feedback is filtered through a layer of electronics. This is my fourth M car and the first one I am really disappointed in.