The Story: Ryan’s 2000 BMW E39 M5


January, 2017

I got bored enough in January to reach out to the new owner of my old S62, and see what he had found out with it.  He bought my used engine to install in a project car of his.  He told me a year ago that he planned to rebuild it before installing it in another car.  I received several photos of my old engine opened up, and taken apart.  After 192,000 miles, the bottom end still looked clean, with no sludge or anything worrisome.  The connecting rod bearings certainly showed some wear, but nothing that would have caused imminent failure.  The new owner even said that the timing chain guides (original) still appeared to be quite strong.  This engine had a lot of life left.

February, 2017

While cleaning out some parts from my basement, I came across my first short shift kit:  the UUC EVO 3.  I vastly prefer the E60 545i kit, so I ended up selling the UUC setup to an M5 owner in Los Angeles.  
I was able to get the car out again on a 70 degree day in February.  50 miles on that day!March, 2017

The airbag recall.  I was able to get a new BMW airbag per the Takata recall.  The old airbag was in good shape, but this one is actually brand new!  

April, 2017

Another milestone!  This time, 195,000 miles.  I got new rear Michelin Pilot Super Sports this month, and replaced the fuel door lock actuator and cable.May, 2017

I had been troubleshooting a thud in the steering when turning from full-lock left to right.  I ended up replacing the center tie rod, front left wheel carrier, steering gearbox, steering servotronic, rear lower control arm bushings, and rear ball joints.  No more clunk, nice and tight again!  I also did an oil change, marking one year since the rebuild.  I sent a sample to BlackStone Laboratories for analysis, and the results were overwhelmingly positive!

Summer, 2017

I was able to drive the car a bit over the summer in-between travels, and even get to a few shows!  The Final Timmayfest included.

Fall, 2017

This past fall was actually quite troublesome.  I returned from a California trip to discover a fuel leak.  I had the trifecta on the dashboard indicating an ABS problem.  A boot on a front wishbone tore.  The driveshaft U-joint developed play.  A large list of parts were rebuilt/replaced:

  • Fuel pump
  • Fuel transfer pump
  • All fuel vent hoses
  • Fuel feed lines
  • Fuel system hardware
  • Driveshaft
  • Rebuilt ABS module
  • Front wheel speed sensor
  • Front wishbones
  • Front sway bar links
  • MAFs
  • Transmission heat shielding

The parts that came out were disgusting, they looked like Titanic artifacts.  Anything with any rust or dried out rubber has been replaced under there now!

On a positive note, once all of the mechanics were again addressed, I got to do two little fun things.  I try to do a retrofit or something extra each year.  This time, I retrofitted European-style rear fog lights, and the warning triangle!

November, 2017

The last drive of 2017, and quite possibly the last drive on Ohio roads was November 6th. My M5 now sits cleanly in the garage with a battery charger on it waiting for nice days ahead.

As I mentioned before, this article will be updated as things change.  Stay tuned, and feel free to leave me some comments or feedback!

Some extra information about my in-particular M5.


2000 BMW E39 M5  WBSDE9349YBZ95540

Production:  Thursday, February 3rd, 2000

Color:  Silverstone Metallic

Interior:  Sport:  Silverstone Extended with Titan-Line                                    Trim, Alcantara Headliner

Factory Options:  Split-fold Lockable Rear Seat with Ski Bag

Rear Park Distance Control


Total Suggested Retail Price:  $72,895


~Ryan Schultz

E39Source Administration



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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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