The Story: Ryan’s 2000 BMW E39 M5

2012

Fa t n  eat b lts.  My cluster’s pixels were committing suicide by the day. Turns out, somebody saw one of my videos showing the problem on YouTube.  He sent me a message, telling me how to get BMW of North America to help fix the problem for less than the cost of a whole new cluster.  This guy had a 2003 525iA do the same thing. He is now partly responsible for this website, and one of my closest friends.  Thank you, Bobby O’Hearn.  I now have a face-lift working cluster.

April brought some suspension work.  Four new struts, new springs, sway-bar links, and Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 2s all around.  May meant a new Windshield.  Following a truck on Ohio route 8 gave me a nice big chip in my windshield to add to the thousands of other tiny chips.  New OEM glass and seal installed.  June welcomed Face-lift tail lights. I had just graduated high school, and chose to use the cash I got my grad party for tail lights.  I know, I’m nerdy.  From Turner Motorsport, I was able to find a Hella retro-fit kit to give my car the Celis-LED modern look from the rear.  Wiring some ballasts made my car look just like a 2003, with OEM quality parts.  July brought the shine.  I did the full Zaino-wax system on the paint.  Clay bar, the whole bit.  November welcomed real headlights. I got the OEM european Hella headlights installed and wired, with pure white LED angel eyes.  Looks infinitely better than the Depos.  December brought on more body work.  I noticed over the summer in some detailing work that I had a very small bubble in the paint in the crest of my driver’s side fender.  I hoped I could get away with ignoring it, but this would not be the case.  I took the car in to a local body shop, and let him clean out the cancerous area, and repaint it.  Good as new, and protected for another miserable Ohio winter.  In addition to this, I had a small bubble in the passenger-side corner of my trunk lid repaired.  Perfect.

 February, 2012

Badging.

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February, 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, 2012.

Spring clean up.  A good wash, a good wax.  Beautiful silverstone metallic.

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June, 2012.  Hella facelift tail lights.

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September, 2012

Zaino wax renew.  Six hours invested, beautiful paint in return.

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November, 2012

Fall cleanup.

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November, 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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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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