BMW M5 Owner Trades Their Ride for Honda S2000
While these cars couldn’t be more different, we think it’s a good trade regardless.
Jalopnik’s Aaron Brown recently did exactly what you’re not supposed to do when buying a high-end car. A few months ago, he bought a 2006 BMW M5 with little to no service history, some questionable modifications, and sky-high mileage (over 180,000) from the Bronx. Keep in mind that the first time he looked at it, it wouldn’t even start (the seller fixed the issue).
Almost immediately, a host of issues manifested in the once-proud BMW. Color us surprised. Rather than pouring tons of money into a sinking ship, Brown decided to cut his losses and list the car for sale. With few bites, he was getting desperate, that is, until a local S2000 owner texted him offering a trade.
It turns out that this S2000 owner, Nick, loves BMWs in addition to Japanese sports cars, owning a new M2 and an R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R along with his buddy. It sounds like a match made in heaven, and both Nick and Aaron got what they wanted.
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Brown goes on to compare the two cars, which couldn’t be more different. Just about all they have in common is their relative age and mileage, but the similarities stop there. While the BMW was a big, comfy, 500 horsepower sedan, the S2000 sits at the opposite end of the spectrum. Of course, those are the obvious differences, and anyone who has owned both German and Japanese cars knows where we’re going with this.
While the BMW felt like it was falling apart at the seams, both literally and figuratively, the S2000 still felt tight and fresh, and was in amazingly good condition for having covered so many miles. In Brown’s words, “It felt like the car had been put on a dyno for 182,000 miles and then I had been handed the keys.” Of course, this is no news to anyone familiar with Honda’s well-earned reputation for reliability, but we’re always glad to welcome new converts with open arms and open tops.