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#249 of 1045 2000 M5 - MANY PROBLEMS!
Sep 30, 2000 (3:21 pm)
Hi gang -
New member - my first post.
Finally took delivery in late Aug of a 2000 M5 which I ordered in November 1999
Paid sticker - no gouging by the dealer on Cape Cod
Anthracite gray with saddle leather - mint looking
Turns a lot of heads
Several major problems:
1. ) Clutch cooked itself after the first 550 miles after only 8 days. I was going 30 MPH, downshifting from 3rd to 2nd when the clutch pedal went down and wouldn't come back up. Dealer replaced the clutch - said it was burned. I wasn't beating it - I was babying it - believe me!
2.) Low gears feel grindy & rocky - R,1,2,3 - all very toothy - when you shift, it feels like major grinding - I'm almost afraid to complete the shifting for fear I'm going to grind some teeth out. I test drove a 540 last year and the transmission felt like Land O Lakes (butter) - my M5 feels like Rocksville
3.) Oil consumption. The engine has consumed 2 quarts in about 500 miles since the 1,000 mile service. I thank "quattroguy" for his post on this board dated June 26, 2000 in which he tells us of a friend who had to return his M5 because it was "drinking" 1 liter of oil per 200 km. My new M5 is way thirsty, too. I am using the oil specificed in the manual --Castrol 5w/60 Synthetic Racing Oil.
I am ready to return it.
Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Best response gets a dozen Titleist golf balls with BMW logo.
Oct 01, 2000 (6:04 am)
Well you could go either way here. First though is BMW handling all the problems in a timely manner? What does BMW's techs say about the oil consumption? If worse comes to worse, you'll probably be able to sell it for more than you paid for it.....
Oct 03, 2000 (3:28 pm)
you may just have a lemon -- it happens. See about trading the car in on a new one. BMW's national office would probably help you do that, if you're interested.
Oct 10, 2000 (3:19 am)
Does anyone know when BMW will change the current 5-series body style?
#253 of 1045 Re: 540iA
Oct 10, 2000 (2:57 pm)
Based on most reliable estimates the chanle would at MY2004, which would reach us in 2003.
#254 of 1045 2000 M5 - MANY PROBLEMS
Oct 17, 2000 (7:20 am)
Wow! Excessive oil consumption! Bad clutch! Bad trans! It's gotta be a lemon. The M5 is the top of the line for 5ers and I can't believe this is anywhere near normal. The M5 is still listed as my dream car, but I'm getting less and less enthused about it. Even a *perfect* one is very thirsty on gas, a non-trivial item at $2+/gal. So, now I'm thinking, E55 if I still want ultra performance, or maybe an E320 (28 mpg hwy!) with 4matic perhaps.... OTOH, I don't like the idea of giving up a stick shift (spoiled by my M3). Why not get the new M3 you ask? Nice, but $50k for a 3 series seems much, even if it's the fastest one ever, and you get so much more car in an E320 or E430 for about the same money, and while neither of these is a rocket, they're no slouches either. Anyone think I'm just getting old?
Oct 17, 2000 (4:13 pm)
Yes. You are getting old.
Oct 18, 2000 (7:06 am)
Well, that figures. Your profile says your dream car is a 2001 M3! I think what's most likely is that I'll end up being unable to give up a stick, hate having a car that's just "ordinary," and also miss my M3's performance, so I'll get on the waiting list for the 2001 M3, and buy it (1) when I can get it for MSRP (bound to be a markup at least initially); or (2) the old one ('95) wears out (well, when it needs an engine overhaul anyway). I might have to wait a long time....
Oct 18, 2000 (4:23 pm)
I want a 2001 M3, but won't have one for a few years at the earliest. I'm probably going to have to settle for a 325i next summer. Poor me
#258 of 1045 Re: M5 many problems
Oct 19, 2000 (1:03 am)
I too received delivery of my M5 several weeks ago. I have put up 2500 miles of mostly commute driving, and have had to top up the oil level only once, but I have been told by the dealer to check the level every 500 miles. As long as I am only having to top it up once in a while then I am not concerned.
I agree that the clutch is clunky in traffic, but it's getting cleaner (could be my 'no good' left foot).
Definitely no regrets so far, but I do feel guilty about clocking up so many 'commute' miles.