Ryan’s 2000 BMW M5 Information

June 14th, 2012.  Hella facelift tail lights.

Again from Turner Motorsport, I bought the Hella tail lights that are retrofit models for the pre 9/00 E39.  First photo has new on the right, old on the left.  I now have Phillips Silvervision bulbs in the rear, no more orange bulb spots!


September 28th, 2012.  Zaino wax renew.

Six hours invested, beautiful paint in return.

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November 21st, 2012.  Fall cleanup.

Cleaned some of the intake to the engine, interior, exterior, etc.  Zaino products used inside and out.

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November 30th, 2012.  Hella OEM facelift headlights.

The cheapo depos were just that- cheap.  Adding Hella halos really finishes off the front of the M5.  LED halo bulbs are the final touch, a clean 6,000 kelvin white light to compliment the xenon low beams.

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January came a long, and Ohio got some fog.  I took advantage of this weather phenomenon, and snapped these.


Another fun thing we have in January is snow.  Silverstone Metallic paint and white halo-bulbs looks good with snow, as I found out.

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January 20th, 2013.  Detroit Auto Show

We decided to make the trek to Detroit again this year, but this time we took the M5.  She did really well, ended up costing 400 miles even there and back.  My friend Alex came along, and snapped a few interior shots with his Canon T3i.  Well done!

Be sure to watch the 2013 Detroit Auto Show Coverage video on E39Source!

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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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