According to a study that analyzed over 15,800,000 cars sold in 2019, which was conducted by iSeeCars with the goal of determining models with the highest percentage of cars to have reached 200,000 miles, the current BMW M5 is one of the longest-lasting sports cars on the market. The mileage threshold was lowered slightly for vehicles that fell into the, “sports car” category, from 200,000 to 150,000, but the M5 ranking among the top five remains nonetheless interesting. This rarified air is shared by the likes of other models such as the Mazda Miata, Ford Mustang, Dodge Charger, and Audi TT.
A high-mileage M5 isn’t an unheard-of phenomena in the BMW world. The bulk of those from generations E28 through E39 are all known for an engaging driving experience leading to the accumulation of hundreds of thousands of miles over decades, but for something from 2019, we’d expect the odometer reading to be closer to 15,000, or maybe even 1,500, and not 150,000. Nevertheless, the reliability study revealed that 2% of 2019 model year M5s had covered 150,000 miles or more.
CEO of iSeeCars Phong Ly was quoted as saying, “The M5 is known as one of the definitive performance luxury sedans, and that its drivers likely enjoy driving it so much that they accrue high mileage.” The statement makes perfect sense to us here at BimmerLife, as we’re not unfamiliar with seeing M cars from various generations and eras with six-digit odometer readings well into the 200,000-mile range.
Whether or not the F90 M5 proves itself, and ends up boasting the same reliability and longevity of M5s and BMW models from the company’s golden age remains to be seen, but findings by the survey are still high praise for a 200-mph executive super sedan that can sprint to 60 from a dead stop in fewer than three seconds. No other car in the top five (mentioned above) can even come close.—Alex Tock
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