Ryan’s 2000 BMW M5 Information

October 7th – December 31st, 2013.  Updates 

This section will go over the remainder of 2013.  I’ve been busy with the car, doing lots of work.  Rear cup holders, power steering fluid flush, lower timing chain tensioner, Valentine 1 Radar detector, driver’s mud flap, trunk light, rust removal (driver’s rocker, trunk lid), license plate acceptors, final stage unit, blower motor, UUC Evo 3 short shift kit, shifter bushings, tools for trunk kit, driver’s door sill, and new mass air flow sensors.   Totaling around $1,750, it was a productive fall.  I hardwired the V1, finally fixed the noisy blower motor and sporadic FSU, made my shifter feel REALLY good, finally removed all of the car’s minor rust spots, got better gas mileage with new MAFs, finished my tool kit, and made my door sill look new again.  As I said, many small jobs that really do help smooth the car over.  I now have a full tool kit!IMG_0338 IMG_0339 IMG_0342 IMG_0347 IMG_0351 IMG_0355 IMG_0592 IMG_1850

January, 2014  Updating

Well, I’ve gone crazy.  2014 hits and I guess I don’t have anything better to do.  This month, I have added a brand new OEM BMW M5 post-facelift steering wheel, the M Audio subs, the correct face-lift leather hand-brake handle, and a ton of various miscellaneous parts that my car has been missing since I’ve owned it.  The M audio subs make quite the difference over the DSP system, much sharper, punchier bass.  And, this new post-facelift steering wheel makes the car feel quite a bit more sporty and high quality!  I’ll let some photos speak for themselves, I’ve made a lot of progress inside and around this car this month.IMG_2503 IMG_1848 IMG_2970 IMG_2976 IMG_2978

February, 2014.  Tech Updates

Still crazy.  My M5 is a 02/2000 production, so in order to get SIRIUS XM radio and AUX input, I had to change my radio.  I adapted to the latest I-BUS hardware this month, including the BM53 radio, auxiliary input, and SIRIUS satellite radio.  Everything is BMW OEM, and installed to factory spec.  A great way to get 2014 features in a 2000 car!  Check out the video and article written about this retrofit.IMG_3183

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Spring, Summer, 2014.  Perfecting

I went nuts this spring and summer.  As mentioned far above, I replaced both bumpers, all the exterior trim, all mounting hardware, anything with rust on it underneath, many pieces of interior trim, basically anything that showed wear.  Any missing clips or small pieces of hardware have been replaced.  Fresh fuel filter and feed line into engine.  New interior door handles (kept titan line pre-facelift).  Fresh coolant expansion tank.  New door sills, all filters, all fluids, rear brakes, parking brake, headlight level sensors and mounting hardware, chassis braces and hardware, OEM style 65 wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3s, stickers on keys, front wheel bearings, M3 oil cap, and oil return hoses.  I’ll include some photos of the parts order, and then the finished products after a month or two of labor.  This spring and summer really made this car stand out among it’s peers in cleanliness and freshness.

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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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