The Story: Ryan’s 2000 BMW E39 M5

2017

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.

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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108 thoughts on “The Story: Ryan’s 2000 BMW E39 M5

  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?
    Kyle

    • 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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