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Re: Surely an ///M5 can't be THAT unreliable(long) (archive)

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Posted by JohnG on September 18, 2001 at 12:43:12:

In Reply to: Re: Surely an ///M5 can't be THAT unreliable(long) posted by Gary Derian on September 18, 2001 at 09:14:42:

Thanks for the input. I agree with your assesment of M5 vs. Camaro, but I appreciate elements of both cars. I realize that the M5 offers a completely different set of benefits than the Camaro, I wasn't really comparing the two, just using Camaro rebuild prices to make the M5 rebuild prices sound more reasonable.
I'll be keeping the Camaro because it is the last of the breed, I know its complete history, it was my first new car, and I just have a thing for Camaro's. I got a taste of having a Camaro and an E34 in the same garage before my sister took the bimmer off to college, and I decided it was a nice combination of vehicles for one to have, and a big reason that I am researching an E34 M5 purchase:-)

Also it appears to be a good idea to keep a spare car around in the event that you have a few days of downtime for maintenance on the M5.

Regarding the replacement of parts, It seems like the regular E34 stuff applies here, with the addition of self leveling removal or replacement.
Thrust arm bushings, other bushings, water pump, radiator, brakes, shocks, springs, etc.....

I concur with the other opinions listed here. If you get that M5, you will quickly forget about that Camaro. The M5 has nearly the same power, but is dramatically better in driver feel, cornering, braking and stability. The Camaro is OK on a track, but on real roads, the M5 has it all over the Camaro.

Plan on shocks and bushings by 100K miles. If not, you won't feel the M5 as it should be. When I bought mine at 85K miles, it felt very good. Then when I bought my wife a standard 525iT with very low mileage, I realized how worn out my car was. After eliminating the load leveling, new shocks, springs, and thrust bushings, the car drives much better than before.

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