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      03-10-2015, 06:57 AM   #1
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2013 M5 Purchase First Impressions

To start off the purchase was a 2013 M5 with 4k miles. Black Sapphire, Full black leather, Executive, Driver Assist, B&O, 20's. It had the iND cosmetic package already and black door handle replacements. The 343M were also powdercoated in Gloss Black and I love them.

First impressions was WOW! This motor is a beast. I loved my E60 M5 but this thing is another level. From a dig the E60 was a bit of a slug but not this thing. Freaking car scared me a few times when I accelerated from toll booths.

Pros:
1) Motor - The power especially the torque is addicting. I know it isn't popular with some but I love this twin turbo engine.
2) Range - I'm not one to complain about gas mileage but the range on the E60 was horrible. I couldn't believe how long the tank lasted me with the F10.
3) Trim - One thing that stood out to me is how much nicer the aluminium trim is vs the E60. I'm not a fan of wood so I had alum on both my M5's and F10 is WAY nicer.
4) B&O - Not something I would have optioned new but it is amazing. Will definitely require that when I upgrade to a 2015 with comp package.
5) DCT - So fast and smooth. Nothing like the jerky SMG. Might be most amazing part of this car (besides engine).
6) Looks - I know this is subjective but I feel it looks better than the E60 and other current competitors. I considered the E63 AMG for the tuning capabilities but I just didn't like the look. I guess I have loved the look of M5's since the E39 days and that won't change.

Cons:
1) Size - I actually like the size over the E60. I would classify myself as a "tweener" between the 5 and 7 series so this car is perfect for me. I understand how many feel it is too big but it fits my needs well. To put it in perspective before my E60 M5 I had a Lexus LS 430 and LS 460.
2) Exhaust - This is my only issue with the car. The motor makes great sounds but the exhaust is weak. Quick fix though as I already placed my order with iND for Eisenmann Race. Disappointing thought that stock isn't at least somewhat adequate especially since the E63 and RS7 have strong stock exhausts.

Overall I just love this car and can't wait to drive it again today. Mid 50's here this week so we are having a semi heat wave.

Mods (just ordered):
Eisenmann Race 4x102
KW HAS kit
LCI front grill
Pedal Haus pedal set
ECS interior lights

Next round:
HRE wheels (20x10 front, 20x11 rear)
AMS tune

Will post pictures after round 1 of mods are complete

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      03-11-2015, 12:04 AM   #2
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Congrats on your purchase and good review!
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      03-11-2015, 05:24 AM   #3
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Spot on regarding the exhaust. I went MPE and that is how the car should come from the factory.
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      03-11-2015, 01:01 PM   #4
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Did you go for the e-race mufflers only, or x-pipe aswell ?
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      03-11-2015, 06:55 PM   #5
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E-Race mufflers only. If it isn't loud enough I will probably add down pipes with the tune.
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      03-12-2015, 11:35 AM   #6
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E-Race mufflers only. If it isn't loud enough I will probably add down pipes with the tune.
Congrats! It will be plenty loud with the E-Race, IMO!
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      03-13-2015, 02:09 PM   #7
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congrats,
it really is a genuinely good car!!
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      03-13-2015, 10:59 PM   #8
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E-Race mufflers only. If it isn't loud enough I will probably add down pipes with the tune.
Congrats! It will be plenty loud with the E-Race, IMO!
I totally agree here. The E-Race mufflers alone is a work of magic. I still don't know how they made just mufflers sound so good.

Great thoughts on the M5 too. I actually split 50/50 between the looks of the F10 and E60. I think the E60 is more aggressive with its styling with things like design of the side view mirrors where as the F10 has a more powerful design statement with things like huge size of the front intakes.

I still miss the E60, or rather it's V10 engine. The F10 is just such a huge step up in quality from the E60 though.
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      03-14-2015, 11:28 AM   #9
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Please post pics of the "stock" car as well - Im curious to see how the all blacked out base is transformed. Congrats!
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