E39 M5: Must Have Mods

Okay, so you’ve already made the best decision of your life: you bought an E39 M5. Now, what minor (or major) modifications will make a great car even greater?

Let me start out by saying that this article is very subjective.  Each M5 owner has his or her own expectations for the car.  Some people are after pure performance, while others are allured by a refined, quiet luxury car that also has balls.  Many of us are somewhere in-between.  I bought my 2000 M5 in 2010.  It was my first car, I was 17 years old. Somehow, I didn’t kill myself.  By 2011, the void of E39 M5 DIY content online had pissed me off enough that I decided to spearhead the lack of online content with E39Source. This has allowed me to connect with hundreds of fellow E39 (M5) owners.  I would never say that I have seen it all, but I have been exposed to a lot of very tasteful (and garish) mods. In this article, in no particular order, I will list and describe several ‘must-have’ modifications, per my taste. Continue reading

BMW E36 Bi-Xenon Headlight Retrofit

thumbHow do you get high intensity lighting for under $200 $50?

Easy, peasy, lemon squeeze: all you need to do is retrofit your stock plastic lens E36 headlights with bi-xenon projectors.  With some modification from a Dremel, razor blade, and a pry tool, you too can have HID lighting without resorting to a eat-ramen-every-night college-esque budget.   Continue reading

BMW E39, E38, E46 LED License Plate Lights

afterA really easy, and affordable way to modernize the rear of your BMW is to update your license plate lights.  Until recently, BMW has used very yellow, and very dim, lights to illuminate the rear plate.  Here in modern times, they’re using significantly brighter LEDs that produce a very white colored light.  I installed these lights into my 2000 M5, and have been happy with the results.  They do NOT trip a check warning or light inside the car. These lights are very bright, but not ridiculous.  See the below photo for a comparison.   Continue reading

97-00 BMW E39 5 Series Facelift Lighting

M5We all know that buying a 1997-2000 BMW E39 is cheaper.  There seem to be more of them for sale, and those that are found are almost always several thousand dollars less than their 2001-2003 counterparts.  There is a reason for this: cosmetics.

Other than the ‘face-lift’ cosmetic changes, BMW didn’t really change a whole lot on these cars.  A few new colors, standard features, but nothing like updates between iPhone generations.  Let’s first be clear with what the ‘face-lift’ did for the E39:

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