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Just how good is the E60 M5, or settle for E60 535D????

Just how good is the E60 M5, or settle for E60 535D????

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Original Poster:

5,249 posts

143 months

Thursday 28th June 2012
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In the market for a new car, looking at 2006-2008 M5s or 535Ds. They doesn’t seem to be much in the asking process, but I assume there is in running costs. I wind be a massive mile cruncher, about 10k a year, so mpg, not the most important thing,
So just how good in the M5? Is there a massive difference over the 535D, I fully expect a flaming, as the M5 is am ‘M’ car.

contracttor

861 posts

82 months

Thursday 28th June 2012
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Well running costs would be roughly double. At 10k miles PA can you handle going to get petrol every week because that will become part of your routine...
A BMW warranty is a must on an E60 M5 and will cost roughtly double that compared to an E60 53x D.

Apart from the looks which are similar the driving experience is completely different and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. The best thing to do is drive them both and decide what is right for you.

Edited to add: Don't see the 535D as settling - it's not. It's a v. good car in its own right.

roofer

3,290 posts

108 months

Thursday 28th June 2012
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Everyone should have a bit of M at least once in their life.

contracttor

861 posts

82 months

Thursday 28th June 2012
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^
Wise words

contracttor

861 posts

82 months

Thursday 28th June 2012
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Fox-

12,096 posts

143 months

Thursday 28th June 2012
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If you need to ask if you should buy a V10 M5 or a diesel, then you should buy the diesel.

berry100

991 posts

107 months

Thursday 28th June 2012
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Had both and both excellent cars in their own right.....if you've got just a drop of PH blood on you then try the M5 otherwise if sensible is your middle name get the 535d....you won't be disappointed, but.........you will always wonder.....

VinceFox

19,831 posts

69 months

Thursday 28th June 2012
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That m5 has planetary power. In real world driving it's almost too much to ever fully put down on the road. Brutal performer.


Targarama

13,629 posts

180 months

Thursday 28th June 2012
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I'm currently toying with upgrading my recently acquired E39 530i for an E60 545i or 550i - maybe this model could be an option for you? V8 and lots of power/torque, but not quite the handling or running costs of an M?

Fox-

12,096 posts

143 months

Thursday 28th June 2012
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Targarama said:
I'm currently toying with upgrading my recently acquired E39 530i for an E60
Don't do that.

OldGermanHeaps

188 posts

75 months

Thursday 28th June 2012
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agreed, I wish i'd stuck with my e38, e60 was a disappointment compared to it.

nottyash

4,425 posts

92 months

Thursday 28th June 2012
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Do you want to go really really fast, with a lovely sounding engine, but pay more fuel and road tax? Or do you want to go fast, but pay less road tax, fuel and service costs?
The only reason you choose a 535d over an M5 is Money, hence why I bought a 335d instead of an M3.

Zod

29,081 posts

155 months

Thursday 28th June 2012
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nottyash said:
Do you want to go really really fast, with a lovely sounding engine, but pay more fuel and road tax? Or do you want to go fast, but pay less road tax, fuel and service costs?
The only reason you choose a 535d over an M5 is Money, hence why I bought a 335d instead of an M3.
A pre-April 2006 M5 gets the cheaper road tax.

nottyash

4,425 posts

92 months

Thursday 28th June 2012
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Zod said:
nottyash said:
Do you want to go really really fast, with a lovely sounding engine, but pay more fuel and road tax? Or do you want to go fast, but pay less road tax, fuel and service costs?
The only reason you choose a 535d over an M5 is Money, hence why I bought a 335d instead of an M3.
A pre-April 2006 M5 gets the cheaper road tax.
Job done. Get a pre April 2006 M5 wink

Zod

29,081 posts

155 months

Thursday 28th June 2012
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Actually, it's pre 20-something March 2006. Mine was registered on the last day for the cheaper rate.

Fox-

12,096 posts

143 months

Thursday 28th June 2012
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Zod said:
Actually, it's pre 20-something March 2006. Mine was registered on the last day for the cheaper rate.
23rd March, ISTR.

sumo69

1,760 posts

117 months

Friday 29th June 2012
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100% correct

Fox- said:
23rd March, ISTR.

TackleburyUk

472 posts

87 months

Friday 29th June 2012
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Loved my 535d.

Wish I had got a m5...

E38Ross

16,521 posts

109 months

Friday 29th June 2012
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they are worlds apart; not just in a straight line either.

Jobbo

9,811 posts

161 months

Friday 29th June 2012
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Targarama said:
I'm currently toying with upgrading my recently acquired E39 530i for an E60 545i or 550i - maybe this model could be an option for you? V8 and lots of power/torque, but not quite the handling or running costs of an M?
Ignore Fox and try them yourself. The 530i is underpowered, IMO.