Exterior photo of 2003 BMW (E39) M5

2003 BMW (E39) M5



Price: SOLD

Mileage: 172,700 Miles

Engine: S62B50 5-Liter V8 Engine

Transmission: 6-Speed Manual Transmission

Exterior color: Carbon Black Exterior (416)

Interior: Caramel Extended Heritage Leather Interior (M1CR)

Additional features:

Piano Black Trim

M Leather Multi-Function Steering Wheel

Dynavin N7 – E39A – Pro Multi Media System w/

DSP Dynamic Sound Processing


Hands-Free Blue Tooth

USB / Bluetooth / Aux-In / Media Drive

iLink Pro for Apple CarPlay

CD Player

BMW Individual HiFi Sound System

Parking Distance Sensors (PDC)

Heated Seats

Lumbar Support

Euro Arm Rest

Automatic Climate Control

Rain Sensor

Headlight Intensive Cleaning System

Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors

Xenon Headlights

Fog Lights

White Direction Indicators

Fold Down Rear Seats

Ski Pass-Through

Individual Alcantara Anthracite Headliner

Front and Rear Side Air Bags

Child Seat Attachment

BMW Alarm System

Rear Muffler Delete on Factory Exhaust

18” Style 65 M5 Wheels

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ High Performance All-Season Tires

BMW Enthusiast Owned


2003 BMW (E39) M5 exterior photo

The BMW E39 generation M5 (2000 to 2003 model years) was the pinnacle of M5 evolution. It was borne from an era of BMW design that was both classic and modern. The E39 M5 was significantly more powerful, advanced, and modern than its E34 predecessor, yet was the last of the iconic traditional designs before Chris Bangle and Adrian van Hooydonk’s awkwardly styled E60. Simply put, the E39 M5 was the last of the classics. It came from a time before what I consider the modern “disposable” BMW, a time when the M5 was offered exclusively with a manual transmission. It was, and still is, the supercar that does it all. It can accommodate four adults in comfort while rewarding its driver with astonishing performance. It is refined enough for civilized daily driving, and even delivers over 25 mpg if driven conservatively. 2001 and later model years are the best, having received Angel Eyes, LED “CELIS” wave taillights, a wider navigation screen, thicker M steering wheel, and numerous other technological and safety updates. The E39 M5 was the pinnacle; every BMW generation before it was incrementally better, and every BMW since has been incrementally worse.


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This 2003 Carbon Black over Caramel Extended leather BMW E39 M5 is a repeat visitor to Glen Shelly. There are few better M5 color combinations than Carbon Black over Caramel leather and 2003 is the most desirable model year of E39 M5 production. It is well optioned from the factory, with a few tasteful upgrades in the form of a Dynavin multi-media stereo, navigation system, a Euro armrest, and a resonator delete of the factory exhaust—one of the best sounding exhausts on any BMW ever! With 172,700 miles, this is also an example of how proper care and maintenance are more important than strictly miles on an E39—the kind of mileage you brag about when complimented at the gas station! We originally found it in 2017 with 162K miles from a long-term owner who had owned it since 2007 and 42K miles. The Carfax shows regular dealer services at Gebhardt and Schomp BMW. When we got it, we sent it to Independent BMW specialists Autosport Werks for an extensive round of deferred maintenance to bring up to snuff. The work included replacing power steering hoses and a power steering flush, rear sway bar brackets, the oil filter housing mounts and breather hose, air filter, and a fresh oil change. Since then it has had regular series from us including the fan clutch, fan blades, thermostat, coolant temp sensor, valve cover gaskets, rear main seal, clutch kit and resurfaced flywheel, shifter bushings, transmission bushings, engine mounts, front shocks and mounts, air conditioning overhaul, and regular oil changes. The driver’s airbag recall has been complied with; the rearview mirror has been replaced with a solid-state unit that won’t leak. The front and rear window seals have also been replaced. The Style 65 wheels were checked and repaired by Woody’s Wheel Works and fresh Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ tires mounted shortly after he purchased it. It comes with all owner’s manuals and a clean Carfax. As it sits, this is nicely sorted example of a well cared for M5 in the last model year and one of the best color combos.


2003 BMW (E39) M5 exterior photo

The Carbon Black paint is in good condition considering its age and mileage. Overall it is very presentable, but there are moderate rock chips on the hood and front bumper cover. The lower part of the front bumper cover also has some cracks. The driver’s side door also has a few paint chips and a visible run. All trim and black-work is present and presentable, but it does have some UV fade. The windshield has light pitting and two small chips. The headlight lenses are crack-free, but do have moderate pitting. The Angel Eyes have no missing filaments. The fog lights are crack-free and clear. The markers and LED “CELIS” taillights are crack-free and brilliant. The windshield is free of any notable pitting or cracks. The side and rear windows are tinted and in excellent shape. The wheels are straight and true; two were straightened by Woody’s Wheel Works under the current owner. They have no curb rash, but there is some discoloration that works well with the chrome shadow finish. The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ tires have 2017 DOT dates with 50% tread remaining.


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The interior is also in very good shape considering its age and miles. There are no odors and it has never been smoked in. The carpet is free of stains or rips and is protected by factory BMW floor mats. The leather is surprisingly soft and supple. The driver’s seat has some moderate creasing and wear on the outer bolster. The rest of the seats look fantastic. The euro armrest is an excellent upgrade over the split U.S. armrest, but it does have some wear. The driver’s door handle pull also has visible wear. The dashboard is soft and there are no cracks, but the center vents have a small crack in the vent surround. The Piano Black trim is in great shape, and has none of the cracking finish issues that the wood trim has. The steering wheel only has minor wear. The instrument cluster and HVAC displays have no failed pixels. The Dynavin multi-media system is a significant upgrade to the BMW stereo and navigation system, it sounds fantastic through the individual sound system. There are no check codes on the onboard computer and none of the trifecta of check engine, DSC, or ABS warning lights are on. All power functions, seat motors, and seat heaters function like they should. The driver’s seat has minor seat twist. The door lock and window regulators work. The folding function on the mirrors does not work—the sunroof works, but it is a BMW, so use it at your own risk! The heat blows warm and the air conditioning blows cold. The fan motor does not chirp and the final stage resistor functions at all blower speeds. There is no discoloration of the trunk floor carpet.


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I have a spreadsheet documenting all of the maintenance done during the current owner’s tenure and the Carfax reports prior maintenance. There are no common E39 issues like noisy VANOS units, weak clutch, soft suspension bushings, leaking cooling systems, or inoperative door and window regulators. The S62 engine fires on command, idles smoothly, and pulls strongly to redline. It has no VANOS rattle or excessive lifter noise. There are no excessive fluid leaks or drips, but it is a V8 BMW, so you should be prepared for that. There is some light seepage at the front covers, but it isn’t anything to be concerned about at this point. There are no SES lights or engine management codes indicating carbon build up (which was not as prevalent on late-model E39 M5s). A redline a day keeps the carbon away! The clutch has been recently replaced and has zero slip. The shifter is tight and crisp. The driveline, differential, and wheel bearings are quiet with no vibrations. The brakes are excellent. Like any M5, this example will need continued preventative maintenance and repairs, but the end result is well worth it!

VIN Decode

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VIN Decode

  • VIN: WBSDE93413CF93081
  • Type Code DE93
  • E Series E39 (M Series)
  • Series 5
  • Type LIM
  • Model M5 (USA)
  • Steering LL
  • Doors 4
  • Engine S62
  • Displacement 5.00
  • Power 294
  • Drive HECK
  • Transmission MECH
  • Upholstery All Leather, Nappa Heritage/Caramel (M1CR)
  • Prod Date 2002-09-16


  • 210 Dynamic stability control
  • 216 Hydro steering-servotronic
  • 249 Multifunction f steering wheel
  • 257 Deactivation, side airbag rear
  • 261 Side airbags for rear passengers
  • 265 Tyre pressure control (TPC)
  • 302 Alarm system
  • 319 Integrated Universal Remote Control
  • 354 Green windscreen, green shade band
  • 403 Glass roof, electrical
  • 430 Interior/outside mirror with auto dip
  • 438 Fine Wood Trim (Replaced w/ Piano Black)
  • 441 Smoker package
  • 459 Seat adjuster, electric, with memory
  • 465 Through-loading system
  • 470 Isofix-System
  • 473 Armrest front
  • 488 Lumbar support, driver and passenger
  • 494 Seat heating driver/passenger
  • 500 Headlight wipe/wash/Intensive cleaning
  • 508 Park Distance Control (PDC)
  • 520 Fog lights
  • 521 Rain sensor
  • 522 Xenon Light
  • 534 Automatic air conditioning
  • 555 On-board computer V with remote control
  • 609 Navigation system Professional (Replaced w/ Dynavin)
  • 640 Preparation f tel.installation universal
  • 645 BMW US Radio (Replaced w/ Dynavin)
  • 694 Provisions for BMW 6 CD changer
  • 710 M sports steering wheel, multifunction
  • 752 Individual audio system
  • 775 Headlining anthracite
  • 785 White direction indicator lights
  • 818 Battery master switch
  • 845 Acoustic belt warning
  • 850 Dummy-SALAPA
  • 853 Language version English
  • 876 Radio frequency 315 MHz
  • 925 Dummy-SALAPA
  • 992 Control of number-plate attachment