The Story: Ryan’s 2000 BMW E39 M5


I focused on cosmetics this year.  I created DIYs for the shift knobparking brake handlecenter console trimcup-holders, and I replaced a failed rear park distance control sensor.  Mechanically, I replaced the front brake rotors and pads, fixed a squeaky window, and had my parking brake shoes and pads replaced.  I also replaced the front bumper, fog lights, grills, and had the hood and front bumper repainted.  In December, I bought a Peake R5/FCX-3 code reader.  This kept me busy, and poor, for a long while.  I found that 11 codes had been reported to the computer.  I let Dave Walter BMW do some diagnosing, and then I spent a month with the car in and out of service getting work done.  Thermostat, water pump, spark plugs, O2 sensors and several different sensors were all replaced. This removed all but 1 code, code AA.  Secondary Air.  This is the one that you don’t want, I’ll have a whole post about this later.  I let BMW try some solution through the engine to remove the carbon build-up in the system, and it still didn’t totally fix the problem.  According to my full service history on the car, the engine had been pulled in 2008, and the carbon channels had been drilled out.

2011 Summary:

  • Oil change
  • PDC sensor
  • Front cup holders
  • Brake pads
  • Front bumper and foglamps
  • Kidney grilles
  • Hood re-spray
  • New radiator
  • Parking brake refresh
  • Rear pads and rotors
  • DSC pre-charge pump
  • Leather shift knob
  • Michelin Pilot Sport AS/2 Tires
  • Auxiliary power adapter
  • Rear-view mirror seal replacement
  • Front rotors
  • Parking brake handle
  • Center console handle
  • Headlight aiming module
  • Peake code reader
  • Glovebox latch handle
  • DMTL pump, spark plugs, O2 sensors, temp sensor

 May, 2011

New front bumper, grills, fog lights, and re-painted hood.

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 December, 2011

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


 December, 2011

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



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2000 BMW E39 M5, Silverstone Metallic. 2002 BMW E46 330xi, Topaz Blue Metallic. BA Business Management, Kent State University. E39Source Owner.

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128 thoughts on “The Story: Ryan’s 2000 BMW E39 M5

    • I love driving it on long drives, but I rarely do. The stone chips to the front end cost thousands to repair and one trip to the east coast can cost you a headlight(s), bumper, windshield, and hood re-spray.

      • Do the sport seats & suspension make it better or worse for long drives? Some owners say that they hardly get fatigue driving it long distance. Do your think that’s where the car shines?

        • The sport seats are way more comfortable and supportive than the standard/luxury seats. There’s no comparison there. And the suspension on the highway is perfectly fine, it’s really a fantastic long distance car. It shines in most everything it does!

          • I assume the suspension increases the car’s high speed stability, which even if you do the speed limit for a long drive decreases driver fatigue because its easier to keep an M5 straight at those speeds than a boat like a 7 series.

            • It sounds like that’s what the M5 is about. I used to & many M5 owners think of the M5 as a sports car but its way to heavy to lap a track for it to be a sports car but it seems like a car that you can drive at high speeds without worrying about losing control of the car.

      • Have you ever considered getting a clear bra put on? A lot of people with expensive cars do that so they can minimize rock chips and other damage.

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