Ryan’s 2000 BMW M5 Information

 July 27th, 2010.  Home.

In my garage, all cleaned up.  She’s gracefully sleeping with a Rossa Corsa Ferrari.

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 July 30th, 2010.  First Documented Mileage.

Only miles since we got it had been driving it home, and to the pool once.  147,478.  Just months before the pixels became bipolar.

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Before any real work was done with the car, just a new battery and a good wash at this point in time.  Notice the scruffy interior trim.

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 September 25th – October 18th, 2010.  New headlights.

‘Upgraded’ from OEM pre-facelift Hella lights Cheapo Depo Halos.

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 July 3rd, 2010.  New front bumper, grills, fog lights, and re-painted hood.

Freshened up the front of the car quite a bit.  Didn’t show her age as much!

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 December 1st, 2011.  Interior finishing replacements.

Huge difference on interior!  Shift knob, center console, and parking brake handle done at this point.


 December 5th, 2011.  Decarbonized exhaust.

Some WD40, a dremel, lots of paper towels and elbow grease, and some beautiful M quad tips!


 February 8th, 2012.  New rear badging.

I replaced the “///M”, “5”, and BMW badges on my trunk lid with parts from Turner Motorsport.


February 9th, 2012.  New facelift cluster.

I was able to get BMW North America to pay for 75% of the labor (Thanks Bobby!)  No more dead pixels.

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April 2nd, 2012.  Spring clean up.

A good wash, a good wax.  Beautiful silverstone metallic.

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  1. i just added sirius to my 2000 e39 m5. Strange problem, sirius module is activated and i can see the channels on the screen but im not getting any sound. AM/FM both have sound. Any thoughts?

    • I would try two things here:

      You need to program the BM53 radio into USA area in order for certain features to work. To do this, make sure that everything is connected correctly first. Go to the driver’s seat. You must put the BM53 radio into program mode to select the proper area. Within less than a second of hitting the power button, press and continue to hold the SELECT button on the 16:9 display. Within about 5 seconds, you’ll be in the menu looking at the serial number of the radio. Use the CD track skip buttons ( < and > ) to cycle through the different options. When you get to ‘area’ or ‘location’, press numbers 1 or 2 on the left of the 16:9 display until USA is displayed. Once it is, press the radio power button (volume knob) to save these settings and turn off the radio. Note that the GAL option in the service mode is speed-variable volume on a scale of 1-6. If you want this system to be aggressive, select a higher number using the preset buttons 1-6.

      Additionally, the two cables (B and C) that plug into this connector on the BM53 radio can be switched in several ways. Do your best to try all the possible different ways until audio works for everything. http://e39source.com/archives/1757/new-gen-bm53-pinout

      Good luck!

      • Hey buddy I WS watching one of your videos and I was wondering why didn’t you install a front sway bar as well I seen a set of front and rear eibach sway bar kit is there a reason not to use the front ? Ps I have a 01 530i sport 5 speed new owner here and look foward to become a member thanks Mike

        • I considered the front sway bar, and did some research on it. The general consensus was that the front bar is important when you do a square wheel/tire setup, bringing 275 width tires up front as well. I have no desire to do that (cost, road dirt/dust on car), so I decided to keep the stock front sway bar.

          A 5-speed 530i is hard to find, enjoy that!

          • Bro I feel like I’m talking to a celebrity as you are so cool and I’m not sure if there rare but I’ll take your word for it 100% I would love to send you some pics of it but not sure where to send them I am supposed to be paying for it tomorrow! I did notice on a cold start up a little clicking noise that lasted a half of second and went away the car does have a 179k miles 1 owner with a stack of receipts from the last two years worth over $10k so the ran great I’m 42 years old and I never felt a car ride like that with so many miles and I’m a bimmer fan I might ad amd thanks for getting back to me so quickly yours truly Mike. D

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