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Re: Auto M5? (archive)

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Posted by Matt Evans on June 03, 2002 at 15:21:41:

In Reply to: Auto M5? posted by ehem... on June 01, 2002 at 23:59:05:

Heres what i mailed the guy:

Dear Sir or Madam,

This car is absolutely not an M5. In no way shape or form. Not only is it not an original M5, but it has not been converted to M5 specifications. I hope that you are not intentionally misrepresenting the car, and that you are just not a BMW expert and don't know any better.

If you'd like to consider the validity of my claims, consider the following:

All 88 M5s were only made in the color black
All 88 M5s had VIN numbers starting with WBSDC (they were made in the BMW Motorsport plant in Germany)
All 88 M5s had blacked out trim instead of chrome.
No M5 ever produced has had an automatic transmission.
The 88 M5 has power leather sport seats with side bolsters on the sides and back - this car does not.
The 88 M5 has a 6900 rpm redline
The 88 M5 has a 24 valve straight six motor, with individual throttles for each cylinder. The valve cover has "BMW M POWER" written on it large white letters. The pictured motor does not (it is a normal M30 straight six motor).
The 88 M5 didn't have carpeting on the door panels.

By all appearances, the car you are selling is a 533i or 535i automatic. While this is a nice car in its own right, it is absolutely not an M5. The only thing M5 about this car are the M5 insignia which ahve been placed on it.

I suggest you call any BMW dealer and tell them the VIN number of your car, and they will tell you two things
1) it is not an M5
2) they'll tell you its some other 5 series bmw, made between 1982 and 1988.. probably a 533 or 535

Please change your auction so as to not be selling a bidder something less than what they're expecting. If i dont hear back from you in the next day or two, I'll be contacting the high bidders directly with this information. The M5 is a rare and unique BMW and I'd hate for its appeal to be diluted, and for a buyer expecting an M5 to be ripped off.

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