The Champ is Here: The Ultimate BMW E39 M5 Buyer's GuideFreddy "Tavarish" Hernandez7/01/14 1:35pmFiled to: Ultimate Buyer's Guidee39 m512328EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkA (mostly) complete guide on how to purchase the best 4-door sports car ever made.What is it, and why do I need one?BMW's M division has made quite a name for itself by taking cars, primarily leased by first-year CPAs and paid off by tenth-year CPAs, and placing exotic drivetrains where their significantly less dramatic stock engines used to be. Arguably the most notable and ubiquitous iteration of any M car ever is the universally praised '00-'03 E39 BMW M5.The car you're looking at has room for 5 adults, a little more than 11 cubic feet of storage space in the trunk, dual-zone climate control, an 18.5 gallon fuel tank, and if driven responsibly, a return of 26+ miles per gallon on the highway.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt also has an engine with an independently controlled throttle body for each one of its eight cylinders, variable valve timing for both intake and exhaust cams, with more power under the curve than John Goodman, all of which revolves at a maximum oil-pump shattering 7000+ RPM.And then there's the noise. This is what American muscle cars would sound like if they stopped ripping beer bongs and studied on the weekends. The distinct induction noise and refined exhaust note (especially with a straight pipe or muffler delete) combine to form a sound that is the embodiment of subdued chaos. This is the automotive aural equivalent of a UFC fight. Here, listen for yourself. Here's everything you need to know about this amazing piece of engineering.SponsoredThere are two gearbox options: a 6-speed manual with a shift knob that matches your interior trim, and a 6-speed manual with a shift knob wrapped in leather. BMW took a page out of Henry Ford's book ("any color you want, as long as it's black") and opted to make this car a worldwide manual-only model, which, as far as decisions go, ranked somewhere between rebooting Top Gear in 2003 and the invention of the bacon cheeseburger. The gearbox is without a doubt one of the best manual units money can buy. Its throws, although a bit on the long side, are sniper rifle precise, with the forgiving learning curve of an air-powered pellet gun. Its long gears work with the engine's massive torque supply to turn a marathon highway trek into a race against the GPS' estimated time of arrival. Challenge accepted, Garmin.The interior of the M5 is at the higher end of BMW's spectrum, featuring enough color and trim options to satisfy even the most peculiar and pedantic BMW buyer, also known as the average Saab owner. Its seats come as standard with supple leather, with an option for two-tone Nappa leather, with — get this — ostrich print. I didn't believe it until I bought an M5 and got exactly that. It's not exactly a whale penis interior, but it certainly allows the car to hold its own against other luxury saloons. Other interior/comfort options include a power rear sunshade with manual side shades and Park Distance Control System.