E39 M5 S62 Engine Reliability

IMG_1030A very common topic, S62 longevity.  I could write a book about this, but I’ll try not to. Firstly… I am no expert.  I’m just an owner of an E39 M5 for a little over 5 years, and 50,000 miles now.  I am fairly active in the community though, so I do feel that I can talk about this some.
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The S62 can last 300,000 miles.  The S62 can also fail at 40,000 miles.  There seem to be more instances of higher miles than lower, however.  These are the primary weak points of the S62:

BMW E39 M5 – Front PDC Retrofit

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***This article is a supplement to the primary DIY video posted at the bottom of this article.  Reference that video to see the steps in action and for a better visual explanation.***

Objective: This article will summarize the required parts and necessary procedures that must be completed in order to properly retrofit front parking sensors on an E39 BMW 5-series presently with rear sensors from the factory. Continue reading

Question About E39 Remapping

Hi guys,

I have an e39 530d 193hp with 212000km, car is in very good condition and I would realy want it to be remapped for some extra hp. I emailed a local tuner here, and he said he wouldn’t recommend it because it has so many miles on it, and that this engine is not reliable to start with even without a tuning/remap! I had an E46 330d with 184hp and an E38 730d with 163hp, both were also remapped, the 730d even had 245000km when I did that and never had problems with it, so I really don’t know what to do?  The tuner I emailed is a very well known one, so they know what they are doing, but I called other known and skilled tuners and they are willing to do it; so I really don’t know what to do here.  Are these engines really that unreliable? Should I just go ahead and remap it or leave it like it is?

Hope this time I’ve posted this in the right place.

Thanks in advance guys and hope you can help me, cheers.

Andres’ 2000 540i/6 Introduction

IMG_5663Hello E39 Source, my name is Andres and I’d like to introduce my 2000 540i/6. Here’s a little background information about how I found my car and what I’ve done to it.

I’ve been a car guy for as long as I can remember; my grandpa’s a mechanic and my dad races vintage cars in SCCA. The day I turned fifteen and got my learner’s license, I was already looking into what my first car could possibly be. Continue reading

Josh’s 2001 530i Introduction

Hello from Melbourne, Australia! My names Josh, i’m an automotive photographer and a mechanic. I like a plethora of cars but BMW has always been my number one. Thought I would give you all a bit of a background into my obsession with the BMW brand and an introduction to my E39. This post may get a bit long though, its a trip down memory lane for me right now 😛

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Daryl’s 2001 525i Introduction

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G’day from sunny Brisbane, Queensland Australia! My name’s Daryl however I go by the online name Dodgy Haro on most car forums (clubroadster + club4AG) which I participate in. My car background is mainly JDM (previous AE86 and Na6 Miata owner amongst other cars) however I do appreciate European rides too and how they generally handle better on highways and don’t impart that plastic feeling you get from some Japanese cars. Continue reading

Christian’s 1999 540i Introduction

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As far back as I can remember I have been obsessed with cars, and most recently that obsession has been channeled to my 1999 540i. My passion for cars is definitely in my family’s blood. My grandpa had a very strong interest in cars, some of which are some of the most beautiful cars from the 20th century in my opinion. These cars included a 1969 Signal Orange Porsche 911E, 1958 Blue Jaguar XK-140 convertible, 1968 Jaguar E-type convertible in Tan, and a 1966 Lincoln Continental convertible in Black with the suicide doors.  Growing up around these cars gave me a solid understanding about cars and how awesome they can be.

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Restoration Project – Alpina B10 V8

31354076_CP_photoAfter two weeks of a detailed check-up at BMW Dubai (AED 4,000 or $1,100) plus my additional instructions, I came to understand that the core of this car is healthy. The only big mechanical aspects are: front wishbones, rear wheel bearings suspensions (Alpina specific, will cost a fortune as I want genuine OEM only), the rubber disc connecting the gearbox output to the prop-shaft, and the spinning crankshaft joint. Also the AC/dynamo belts and steering are weak.

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