Endurance runner: BMW M5 E39 with over 870,000 kilometers

The somewhat different long-distance runner! For many BMW fans, the E39 generation M5 is the best M5 of all time. There are many reasons for this: classic, timeless BMW design, a 5.0-liter V8 suction engine (S62B50), a six-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel drive and the often praised quality of workmanship!


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While the legendary successor M5 E60, simply because of its unique V10 engine, has to struggle with engine and electronic problems from time to time, the M5 E39 is generally considered reliable and not very vulnerable.

BMW M5 with incredible 873,069 kilometers

A video from the USA shows how reliable the M model actually is. Driving around in the state of Texas is a 2002 M5 E39 with an incredible 542,500 miles on the clock. That’s the equivalent of 873,069 kilometers. That corresponds to almost 22 trips around the world (40,030 kilometers) and with such a mileage it is probably the M5 E39 with the highest mileage ever. Broken down, the M5 must have been driven an average of 43,653 kilometers per year for the last 20 years.

Even more impressive is the fact that the engine is said to be entirely original. According to the owner, the 400 hp 5.0-liter V8 has not yet been revised, even the timing chain is said to be the first. Of course, such astronomical mileage is only achieved with proper care and maintenance, and interestingly, one user in the video’s comments column claims to be the mechanic who’s been looking after the M5 for the last few years. He explains that the owner changes the oil about every 6000 miles (9650 kilometers) and has switched to 10W40.

Unfortunately, there is not much more information about the M5 endurance runner in the exterior color “Sterling Gray”. It would be interesting to know, for example, how many clutches have been worn over the years and what the general condition of the six-speed gearbox is.

Fair optical condition

Visually, the power sedan does not make a bad impression, apart from the replica headlights, the black exterior mirrors and the rims that were not repainted in the original color, and even the interior seems to be in good condition given the mileage – with the exception of a decorative strip , which does not match the rest of the cockpit.
By the way, if you’re wondering why the M5 doesn’t have a bonnet – it’s said to be dismantled for repainting. Hopefully that won’t take too long, after all the current owner seems to be on the road a lot. If he keeps up his current pace, he should break the 1 million kilometer mark in about three years. With that, this M5 E39 could be a hot contender for the M-model title with the highest mileage. Compared to the Toyota Tacoma with 2.5 million kilometers, it would only have run in.

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