Ryan’s 2000 BMW M5 Information

June 6th, 2013.  Wheel Detail, Timmayfest 2013 Preparation

With Timmayfest 2013 just two days away, I decided to detail my wheels to same extent that I did my paint.  Clay bar, Autosol metal polish, Zaino, and 20 hours.  Wheels look brand new and are baby smooth, still original finish too!


June 8th, 2013.  Timmayfest 2013

The first few photos show our convoy, then the show in Columbus, and then the remainder of the weekend back at home.  This will be my first time at Timmayfest 2013, in Columbus Ohio.  Consider Timmayfest as the Bimmerfest or MPact of the midwest.  It’s not quite as large, but we did see visitors from California, New York, Baltimore, Chicago, Florida, Texas, etc.  I convoyed down in my freshly detailed M5 with Kennan and his 2001 525i/5, Colton and his 2001 540i/6, Chase and his 2003 M5, and Andrew with his 2000 M5.  I think it’s safe to say we had an incredible weekend, and really enjoyed the show!  We’ll be back next year.

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July 6th, 2013.  LED License Plate Lights.  A few summer photos.

My halogen license plate lights were in horrible shape.  So, I decided to replace them with the newer style LED lights.  When parked next to an F10 or F30 BMW, mine and the new look identical.  I also threw in a few photos from this summer.


July 29th, 2013.  Video

Per popular request from our YouTube channel, I have filmed a full, in-depth tour ‘intro’ style video to my car.  It’s fully exposed in this very long video:

August 2nd, 2013.  Maintenance 

Time for a few small parts, and some maintenance.  Firstly, updated BMW wheel center caps.  BMW changed them in 2003, so I updated mine to this much nicer design.  I installed the BMW oil pouch in the trunk, bought some touch up, and then I began to focus on mechanics.  Inner tie rod, outer tie rods, idler arm, lower control arms, and an oil change.  The car now doesn’t creak if it’s hot side, and it steers much sharper!  I will include some more summer photos with this update:IMG_3548 IMG_3647 IMG_3655 IMG_3805IMG_3789IMG_4200

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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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