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.
New facelift cluster. I was able to get BMW North America to pay for 75% of the labor (Thanks Bobby!) No more dead pixels.
Spring clean up. A good wash, a good wax. Beautiful silverstone metallic.
June, 2012. Hella facelift tail lights.
Zaino wax renew. Six hours invested, beautiful paint in return.
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.