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Old 05-31-2014, 11:22 PM   #1
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06-08 m5

Hey guys,

Thinking about getting an 06-08 M5. Was wondering if anybody knows of any very common issues with this car and what I might possibly be getting myself into.

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Old 06-02-2014, 10:23 AM   #2
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The E60 M5 is a 5L V10, S85 engine. It won several International Engine of the Year Awards from 05-08.

The 06's did have a common problem with the high pressure oil pump, if you get an SMG tranny the SMG pump will have issues at some point. I would say get an 07 or up. The first year of any model has a lot more problems than the years after. A lot of the problems with the 06 were fixed in the 07 models.
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:06 AM   #3
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Awesome thanks! What is SMG though? I also found a "DINAN" but not sure what that is either. Its got the same engine specs as an M5 but isn't advertised as an M5...any insight?

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Old 06-02-2014, 01:09 PM   #4
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Old 07-04-2014, 02:32 PM   #5
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Dinan is a tuner company for BMWs, if you spend enough and get enough "Dinan points" they'll let you buy a badge. Car is probably modified quite a bit.

The SMG is the clutchless manual transmissions most of these cars came with. 6 speed regular manual is a rare option.

These cars might sell for ~$40k now, but they were $120k new, meaning they have the maintenance costs of a $120k car. Front brake job will easily run you $1000 for example.
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Old 07-04-2014, 04:07 PM   #6
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Throttle Actuators
SMG Pump
clutch
Engine main bearings, have done a few, usually higher mileage S85 motors.
Diverter valve(s)

Maintenance is key. Ensure that you have a realistic expectation on running costs. This is a great car however problems will occur just like any high performance car.

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Old 07-04-2014, 04:15 PM   #7
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Engine main bearings, have done a few, usually higher mileage S85 motors.
Main bearings or Rod bearings?
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It is the rod bearings that get wiped, all get replaced.

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