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Uggg. That could be quite the list for some. Good advice. I think I will stick with current as not to be too annoying.

edit: that sounds annoying
 

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just for fun then.
current bently gt and modified 997 turbo,X5
past,shows my age

miniclubman(wood trim)
vauxhall chevette
talbat horizan
escort van (courting days)
911 e
911 t
911 sc
911 3.2 carrarea
911 964 carrera 4 modified supercharged
db7,best car ive had for coming out of roundabouts sideways
996 turbo modified
996 turbo modified even more
v8 vantage,great car but no power
997 turbo and so on
looking at that lot i must be as german as the queen!!!
 

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let's see if I updated my signature correctly. Cars listed are current ones only
 

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Not M5s, but I had three e39 540i M-Sport 6-speeds in a row - all identical black/black cars (though each successive one had more options than the last)... I adore them.
I think it was the '97(?) 540i 6 speed that sent me deep into the M5 rabbit hole :) fantastic sedans!
 

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I think it was the '97(?) 540i 6 speed that sent me deep into the M5 rabbit hole :) fantastic sedans![/QUOTE

I drove a '97 for about 30 seconds when I realized how astonishingly good it was. Two years later, a '97 was my first (then a 2000, then finally a 2003). Now looking for another, doctor-owned lo-mileage one. I've probably put a total of 350,000 miles or so across the three.

They are SO good - each time I got a new one I'd start out looking for an M5 but for one reason or another never did it (the 2003 looked identical anyway). I always thought it had more engine than suspension (in something tight, like Old Topanga Canyon, at least). My BMW forum experience suggests an M-Sport requires less maintenance, too (significantly less, especially after 50K miles). The first time I took it to a track was a real eye-opener; I'd read they were good, but I really had no idea just how good. I chased down Boxsters (and sank same) all day.

And regardless that the successor was arguably a better car (whose number I'm blocking because my psyche is protecting me from its horror); it was such a design fail that I was never interested. And all that I-Drive stuff, electronic roll control, etc.... The e39 was just simply brilliant.

I also think it's really cool that you can walk into a BMW dealer and order a brand-new 5-series with a manual transmission. I can't think of another sedan that size that still offers that.
 

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At one of the Aston track days a few summers back there was a customer (from a different store) who brought his Dinan S3 e39 M5 (it had even been mildly tubbed in the back for bigger rubber, but looked bone-stock). IIRC he had 720 rwhp. He was a very skilled driver on top of it all, and so when he was on the track it was pretty much just a procession of who he was going to pass (DB9s, DBSs, F430s, V8Vantages). There'd be 20 people out turning laps, and he'd head out, and suddenly everyone was coming back in for a snack!

Very cool guy - I always thought he should roll the windows down and play Ride of the Valkyries while he was driving.
 

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current : waiting for mp4-12c, Ford SMAX (oh yeah), Abarth 500 essesse (im not gay), Renault Megane R26-r modded

past : Nissan GTR2011, Porsche 911 GT3 RSmk2, Nissan GTR09, Lotus Exige Sprint, Ferrari 430 scuderia, Lamborghini Gallardo, BMWM3 and several subarus and Renaultsport models
 
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