I originally bought this car just because I wanted to try an E39 M5, but I didn't really intend to keep it long term. I suspect I may have this car a bit longer than I originally thought, so I thought I'd start a thread for it. As usual, I bought the car through Mark at Brave Auto. It's not perfect, but the price was right for the condition. The auction grade was 4B which is usually what I'm looking for and the kms were just under 99,000 which is great considering that most of the local E39 M5's are 180,000kms or more. No local photos yet, so here are a few of the MANY Mark took for me in Japan: The interior is clean which is great because I find it much easier to fix little blemishes on the exterior rather than the interior. The car has been smoked in at some point, but it seems like it may have been a while since it was smoked in as it doesn't smell smokey. The car is mostly stock but it does have: Front strut tower brace K&N air filters KW V3 coilovers which are fully adjustable (and super expensive!!!) Carbon fiber front lip (maybe not actually carbon fiber, but it's definitely a fiber of some sort which can be seen since it was damaged ) Eibach front and rear sway bars. I think the speakers have been upgraded since it came with stock speakers, but maybe they are just spares. Still need to investigate. It didn't need much to pass inspection which was nice. Just some tires, DRL and some ball joints on the rear. All I've done for work on it otherwise is an oil change. However, it does have a list of things to do: Change out the head unit. I want to look into upgrading to the MKIV BMW nav system. Since this car is from Japan, I'm not sure if it's a straight plug and play swap like the North American models. Remove all the extra wiring from the current stereo/headunit setup. Fix the driver's seat. Stuck at the highest or close to highest position (not uncommon). Change out the thermostat and temperature sensor. Flush/replace fluids. Replace the valve cover gaskets since there are a few visible leaks. Engine bay is nice and clean, so I want to do this before they really make a mess. I've driven the car almost 1,000 kms so far and aside from the fuel bill it's awesome. It's just a really nice place to be while travelling. Quiet, smooth and tons of power/torque. I just need to fix the seat because right now it's way too high for me. Get that seating position down and it will be perfect.