Written by Frank M. Lin 3/27/2017 7:10 am @ San Francisco, California – This is by new love in the last few months. I picked her up in Dec. 2016 and she is nearly perfect in everyway!! I’ve already drove over 4000 miles with her and 4 track days and many trips. I’ve already slept countless nights in her (at least 20 days!) ha ha. She does everything I ask for and more! What an amazing ultimate driving machine. 🙂 This page will act as the home page for my new love. It will house my adventures with the car as well as all the relevant technical information and related resources I found for the car. So bookmark this page and check it from time to time I will be sure to update it at least once a month.
In the past I have always been a casual fan of BMW M cars. I have driven plenty of E36 M3 and E46 M3’s at the various road courses since I have been instructing at HPDE since year 2000. My buddy Simon also had a E39 M5 back in 2004-2005 and we tracked that car few times as well. We also had a 2000 BMW 323i 5 speed manual sedan in our family as that was and still is my sister’s daily driver. When she used to go to UCLA I have took the 323i to about a dozen different track days and I drifted it quite a bit too at Streets of Willows. BMW makes good cars.
In Dec. 2016 I helped a random stranger name John Mero who had a all black 2008 E92 M3 SMG coupe and I was really impressed with the car. From chatting with him I also found out the car was sub-$30,000 in price in the used market and I thought wow that sounds pretty cheap. So I started to read up on them a bit. Then randomly on the purist facebook group I saw a post for sale this very 2008 BMW E60 M5 with asking price of $25,000 and the cal was local in Fremont. I immediately scheduled a viewing to check out the car. I like the car so much I didn’t even make a offer on the car. In retrospect I could/should have because I could have saved some money for sure. The reason was because the seller wasn’t able to get a right buyer who appreciated the aftermarket mods – the car has over $10,000 worth of Dinan Engineering parts on it. He told me at worst he was going to sell it to the dealer. And dealer bluebook for trade in is at lowly $19-22,000. So I probably could’ve offer $23,000 and take her home. But Peter the previous owner is a lovely gentleman and we have become friends so I felt $25,000 was already a rock solid deal and I simply gave him the asking price. This car is fairly optioned out and stickered at $98,000 which meant with tax and everything it was a $110,000 ultimate driving machine when it was new. At $25,000 with $10,000+ worth of aftermarket parts I feel like I got a steal!! This car is also relatively low milage just 70,000 when I got her and it was always garaged and a weekend car. I also know Peter is a total gentleman driver and the car probably barely stretched its legs…
Technical Information and Specifications
2008 BMW E60 M5 4 door sedan
5.0 liter V10