Ryan’s 2000 BMW M5 Information

February 13th, 2013.  Navigation

MKIV and 16:9 install, mostly plug-and-play, except for that stupid tremble that has to be bypassed!  This is a solid upgrade to the car’s technology and looks, and even a good bit to the functionality.

Be sure to watch the installation how-to video for the systems, and the software-update video on E39Source!


March 24th, 2013.  Road Trip, Camshaft Position Sensors

Winter has been awful, time to take a trip!  Colton Frey from E39Source lives outside of Baltimore, MD.  He drives a 2001 540i/6 and is very active here in the community.  We’ve been friends for years, it’s time I drive out there!  Eight states later, Colton and I had visited New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C, and Wilmington.  Be sure to watch the road trip video I posted to our YouTube channel!  The M5 gained 1,345 miles of experience on this 5 day trip, but didn’t make it out free.  The Peake Research tool pulled 08, B8, and 71.  VANOS position sensors Bank 1 & 2, and intake camshaft position sensor bank 2.  I ordered the parts, had them installed, and the codes didn’t return.  More maintenance to add to my belt!  I should add that before I took this car on such a drive, I replaced the oil.  Didn’t do a video this time, but the change from the last time can be seen here.  In addition to failing camshaft position sensors, my hood switch died.  You can read the article, and watch the video here.  Colton and I installed white fog bulbs in the M5 as well, which completed my front light white-out.  A great road trip, in a great car, with a great friend.  Of course, Colton and I had to get some pictures with our cars together.

IMG_6932IMG_6930IMG_6928After such a road trip, it came time for a wash upon my return home.  Finally Ohio’s miserable weather breaks 35, actually all of the way up to a balmy 42.  After a good wash, and some fresh Zaino Z6, I snapped a few more photos.  I also pulled the rubber floor mats for some fresh carpet M5 mats I had purchased a few months back.  You can read an article detailing the proper products, or watch the video.

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April 18th, 2013.  175,000 miles IMG_7347

April 26th, 2013.  A pretty spring day, even before the spring Zaino treatment!

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IMG_0134 IMG_0164May 15th, 2013.  Zaino.

Spring is here, it’s time for the Zaino application!  The whole process took me 3 days, and just over 24 hours.  The process sounds like this.  Z7 wash, clay bar, Z7 wash, Z5 application, Z6 spray, Z2 application, Z6 spray, Z8 spray.  This left with me the most perfect paint I’ve ever seen on this car.  It looks and feels like glass!  You be the judge.

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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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  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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