In Reply to: Re: Surely an ///M5 can't be THAT unreliable(long) posted by JohnG on September 17, 2001 at 17:23:57:
Mark D'Sylva chip(150)
UUC shortshifter w/tranny mounts & enforcers(200-ish)
Redline fluids through-out(30-ish)
New clutch as of 2 days ago(420)
Driveline replaced at 150K(300-ish)
Tightened loose bolt causing leak on powersteering gearbox(free, just got dirty!)
PBR Deluxe pads all of the way around at 130K(70-ish)
The car has been a total dream to me, and I can guarantee that I am hard on it. I bought the car in Dec. 1999, and now it has 167+K. I can run with just about anything, less some Porsche's and my friends 2000 M5(who doesn't kick my ass until about 100+MPH)
I bought my car with 81k on it in '98 and it now has nearly 142k. It has yet to leave me stranded. Sure, it needs maintenance and you will have occasional problems but most of it can be fixed at regular service intervals. The closest I got to getting stranded was a radiator hose sprung a leak. I put some duct tape on and got the car home. I had my share of oil leaks etc. but nothing that left me stranded.
I had to do the AC at 100k and have replaced the suspension arms, bushings etc. because I track the car. My steering box isn't perfect but I don't "need" to replace it.
Overall, the car has been a very reliable daily driver. It is still strong and pulls like crazy for a big, heavy family car. If you are concerned about it stay away from the 3.8 which is a little more high strung than the 3.6.
That's pretty much what I was thinking. Do all the preventive maintenance nevermind the cost, and in return I get a 4 door luxury sedan with as much power as my Camaro. And one that looks worlds better than an E39. Not to mention what Car and Driver called "the perfect car" when they tested it back in 91.