BMW’s E60 M5 Might Just Be The Greatest Sports Sedan Ever Made

While most car enthusiasts know about and appreciate the M5 E60 for the fact that it featured a naturally aspirated V10 engine (plus a six-speed manual in the U.S.), some might not know about its “chronic” reliability issues.

The problem is actually with the rod bearings, which were prone to failure and could in fact destroy your entire engine, basically leaving you with a useless chassis. A new engine would cost more than the car at this point.

As Doug DeMuro points out, this rod bearings issue wasn’t some type of fluke event that only affected a small percentage of E60 M5s, which means that if you’d like to buy this car anytime soon, you should definitely make sure that it’s been properly serviced and this issue has been rectified.

Still, assuming you own one or are about to own one that’s in very good shape, odds are you’re going to be extremely happy with it, especially if you appreciate the V10 plus manual gearbox combo. So while the E60 M5 is not without its quirks, overall this is a very well balanced car, comfortable, well-built and some might even argue good looking – we’ve heard countless opinions both for and against.

As for performance, the 5.0-liter naturally-aspirated V10 produces 507 PS (500 HP) and 520 Nm (384 lb-ft) of torque, and if you floor it, you’ll be doing 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.7 seconds and will eventually max out at an electronically limited 250 km/h (155 mph).

 

  • TheBelltower

    The engine should be enough to make any car highly coveted. But then BMW went and put it in the engine bay of this.

    • SteersUright

      I know right? Imagine a 3000lb sports car with this engine. These V10’s with an exhaust sound epic, like formula 1 cars.

      • GobbleUp

        Epic sounding v10.
        Horrid smg.
        My v8 m3 never needed a thing, 50k miles. Perfect.

  • SteersUright

    Terrible looking interior, questionable exterior, too heavy for this low-torque, high rpm, masterpiece of an engine. Also, the rod bearing on this, like the M3 V8, need to be redone every 40k miles per a BMW race mech friend. He says its about $4k for the V8 and $5k for the V10. Not wholly unreasonable as that’s once every 3 years or so. But still, not an insignificant amount to drop on top of anything else that might need attention.

    • Hot Twink

      Chris Bangle ruined this car. The last great 5-Series is the E39.

  • Hot Twink

    Sorry, but Chris Bangle’s influence on the design of the E60 is what ruins it. It’s ugly. Period. Always has been, always will be. The generations that followed weren’t much better.

    The last great 5-Series and M5 will always be the E39…

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    • Mr. EP9

      Klaus Frohlich would like to have a word with you. He’s tired of hearing that s#%t (damn moderation filters).

      • Hot Twink

        The truth hurts, and he knows it.

        • Sukhoi31m3

          Do you remember when the new 3 series came out after Bangle had ruined the 5 and 7 series? Car & Drivers headlined the new car with this: “3 series spared” meaning Bangle hadn’t completely ruined the cars design. Alas, after the E46 3 series, BMWs driving dynamics and reliability went slowly down, which is saying something as the E46 wasn’t anything to brag about. The most expensive computer you can buy nowadays is a BMW.

      • ksegg

        LOL!

    • Adam

      100% agree!! I lost interest in BMW when the ‘Bangle era’ started and my interest has never returned.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    One of the best 5 Series. Especially compared to what they sell now. A but polarizing in terms of design but surely personal. I sat on a few of them and they were excellent.

    • Seats & a steering wheel

      I think they look great too, but plastics were cheap and it felt tinny.

  • no25

    wrong.

  • fgclolz

    Worst looking of the lot too.

    • Bash

      Thank you.. That is exactly what I wanted to say.

  • Bash

    That V10 engine is the best part of it… the only good part of it imo.

  • Seats & a steering wheel

    I think it’s one of the BEST looking 5 series, but it’s fragility and crazy spare parts and maintenance costs means it cannot truly be great. Lexus GS-F would be my favourite choice or if you live in Australia, the mighty 430 Kw/700 Nm HSV GTS which btw comes in a manual if you are such inclined.

  • Blade t

    I’ve always liked these ,it’s too bad about the problems with the v10..

  • BlackPegasus

    Never cared for the design of this generation. I also had a colleague who owned one of these. It was like having a beautiful girlfriend with a cocaine addiction. She was quite expensive to keep 🤣

  • Nick

    It’s pretty annoying. Imagine calling yourself an automotive journalist only to regurgitate some of the stupid shit this guy has said.

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