For $9,900, This 1999 BMW 540i Lets You Stick It To The Man

Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe BMW has just about everything a true Jalop could want: a longroof body; V8 engine; 6-speed stick; and the potential chance to get a new insurer. Let's see if we can add its price to that list as well. » 2/02/15 8:00am 2/02/15 8:00am

Bulgarian F10 Replica and It doesn't Look Half Bad.

This is the BMW E39 that has been made to look like a F10 5 series. There was not much information to be found about the car, but the description of the video below talked of a "kita" after it was translated from Bulgarian to English. » 12/21/14 10:32am 12/21/14 10:32am

Is the E39 M5 too quiet?

Usually I'm all for making cars louder; half the fun of driving is hearing the sound of the engine. But in the case of the E39 M5, I kind of like the fact that it's not really loud. » 7/08/13 1:45pm 7/08/13 1:45pm

It's All Fun And Games Until Someone Falls Out Of The Car

We definitely dream of classic rear-wheel-drive German sedans. A lot of these just-within-reach Teutonic fantasies hinge on pulling sweeping drifts when the snow falls. That's exactly what these reggae-powered Swedish hoons are up to. » 3/02/12 1:00pm 3/02/12 1:00pm

Tire covered BMW with wings must be seen to be believed

Whenever you think you've seen all of the strange automotive creations Russia could conceivably have to offer something like this tire covered 5 series BMW with wings appears to remind you there is no limit to Russian weirdness. » 11/06/11 5:00pm 11/06/11 5:00pm

This is what happens when you park like an asshat in Russia

If you park your luxury car stupidly in America it rarely results in anything more than you looking like an idiot. Park your car hanging over onto the sidewalk in Russia? Enjoy your pink E39.
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Garage-Parked BMW M5 Slaughtered By SUV-Drifting Teen

What would you do if you were woke to the sounds of tire squealing and crunching of Bavarian metal? That's exactly what happened to one E39 M5 owner after a drifted-sideways-SUV demolished his garage-parked BMW. » 4/30/09 10:00am 4/30/09 10:00am

Nice Price Or Crack Pipe: Supercharged, 500-Horsepower BMW 540i For…

We had our second straight Crack Pipe vote yesterday, with the evil supercharged Chevelle wagon getting a 44% Nice Price vote. Today we're going to stick with the supercharging theme, but in a pricier package. » 1/28/09 8:00am 1/28/09 8:00am

The 1998 BMW M5: Faster Than A Jet Car!

British car shoppers in the late 1990s, perhaps not predicting the all-encompassing speed-camera network that would one day render their island unsuitable for M5-grade fast driving, probably yearned » 10/14/08 1:15pm 10/14/08 1:15pm for the new factory-hot-rod BMW after seeing this ad. But… don't jet cars go a couple hundred MPH faster than a piston…

BMW E39 M5 Vs Brand Spanking New EVO?

Today's question comes from Davey G. Johnson of all Hüsker Dü shirt wearing people. Davey's point is this: The price of a decent E39 is hovering around $30,000. For that kind of scratch would you rather get almost a decade's worth of someone else's hoonage and melty tires, or step up to the untapped potential of… » 9/27/07 1:30pm 9/27/07 1:30pm

M5 Follow Up: E28 vs E34 vs E60

We knew it going in: expecting any other M5 to compete against the BMW E39 M5 is like asking the Chicago Bears to cover a 12-point spread. No way in hell. But, you know, democracy and all that. Still, many of you expressed quite passionate opinions about the other big M cars. So we figured why not have a runoff for… » 9/27/07 10:45am 9/27/07 10:45am

M5 Vs M5 Vs M5 Vs M5

Last week saw the induction of the Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9 into our rapidly filling Fantasy Garage. While the detractors were loud and squawking, just over 83% of you saw the beauty of a bored-out German bullet train. However, Jalopnik is never one to let the tyranny of the majority drum out the feelings and… » 9/26/07 12:00pm 9/26/07 12:00pm

BMW M3 Convertible: e93 Action

Nürburgring stalkers caught the upcoming BMW M3 convertible (e93) in what looks to be shakedown testing before making its debut at the Frankfurt show this September. It's sparring with what looks to be the upcoming Lexus LF-A, a matchup we'll likely see on the local interstates by next fall. [] » 7/26/07 6:06pm 7/26/07 6:06pm

Question Of The Day: What's The Wildest Sleeper You've Ever Seen?

Today's question comes to us courtesy of master commenter JayP71. And that's all he had to say. We know there are better answers out there, but we'll play it safe and go with an old favorite. A few years back, the neighbors across the street had their house on the market. I was upstairs when I heard a burble. I… » 6/22/07 11:45am 6/22/07 11:45am

Who Uber Alles? E39 M5 Or RS 4?

Once again, Herr Johnson and I managed to spend five hours arguing with each other over instant messenger. Only this time we were not half-joking about DAF vs. FAF, but rather quite seriously calling each other soulless turds over which legendary German Q-ship is better. In the Ingolstadt corner, weighing in at 3,800… » 5/29/07 10:45am 5/29/07 10:45am

Car Hack's Notebook: Tomorrow's Classic, Today

My dad's love of classics always bemused me as a child. This was a time of radical leaps in horsepower, performance, styling, every facet of car design, and he was buried in some edition of Pipe Smokers and Classic Jaguar Lovers monthly, with a free anorak with every subscription. He clearly knew nothing... » 12/20/06 12:30pm 12/20/06 12:30pm

Spy Photos: 2007 BMW M3 Coupe, Getting Even Closer

The next-gen BMW M3's T time (in the NASA sense, natch) is rounding "almost" and headed for "any time now." A proper unveiling will likely take place at the Paris show this September, but more spy shots of the coupe version are afoot at World Car Fans. The photog currently known as Hans G. Lehmann picked up on the… » 6/01/06 8:07am 6/01/06 8:07am

Required Riding: E39 BMW M5

BMW's don't burble. Except for one: the last-generation M5. The instant you fire-up the previous gen Bavarian four-door (codenamed E39), its powerplant burbles with all the subdued menace of a late 60's muscle car. Unlike the M5's American homonyms, the uber-sedan's mellifluous melody doesn't foretell a great deal of… » 5/16/06 1:00pm 5/16/06 1:00pm