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  1. R44M BM

    Anyone bought a car abroad and driven home?

    Not long to go! looking forward to this one!
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    Bluetooth / ULF compatibility list?

    Hi, does anyone know which BMW ULF unit will work with a Samsung S8? I know V13 works fine but anyone had joy with earlier units? Could do with having bluetooth in my E39!!
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    Carbon Black ///M5

    Hi all, After years of procrastinating, I decided it was time to get my dream car (as a youth) The e39 was always a special car to me, the timeless and classic BMW looks and the "wolf in sheep's clothing" character. I had to itch this scratch and tick this off my bucket list! With prices slowly creeping up, the search had to begin! I decided to start looking for an e39 last year. I had a specific choice of specification: Black Facelift Black leather Titanium interior trim As standard as possible In October, I found one which seemed to tick my boxes in Wales and after confirming a price and arranging a deal, the seller decided he was keeping the car and did not end up selling the car to me. I was heartbroken. Many M5s have been on the market since but non caught my eye up until a few weeks ago. I set my eyes on a 2002 M5 which looked like it needed some TLC but ticked my boxes. Black, Facelift and with the interior I wanted. After seeing the car, it was clear it needed some loving as it has been parked up for some time and neglected however it was now or never and I wanted a car which needed (some) loving. After a test drive, the deal was done and I was the owner of a M5! Heres the Original Spec: Tyre Pressure Control Gradual Tint Windscreen Electric Steel Sunroof First Aid Kit and Triangle Smoker Package Individual Audio System Through Load System Park Distance Control Rain Sensor and Auto Light Activation On-Board Monitor with TV Cordless GSM Telephone BMW 6 Disc CD Changer Australia version Ski Bag Front Sliding Arm Rest CD Preparation She has some (subtle) mods - a tubi exhaust, window tints (they will be coming off ASAP!) and the previous owner ripped out most of the OEM sound system! My plan is to restore her to her former glory! I have a list of things I want to do! I have a few other cars in my Garage including a Stage 2 Golf R and Audi S5 (3.0 Supercharged)
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    Carbon Black ///M5

    Guys, you will be shocked to hear that Amazon had the pads priced up at a bargain price of £114.83 (P/N FCP997H) i have been hunting them down for months, they retail at around £200, some resellers have them at around £170 but when i saw them priced at £114.83 from amazon i snapped them up (prime delivery too!) they were the last ones in stock too! I know, very jammy!!
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    Carbon Black ///M5

    James, thanks for the encouragement, They are defo 100% M5 shocks..working in the trade, i got my guy at Euro Car Parts to check stock. I ensured the OEM part number matched: 31312229612 x2 (front) Sachs PN 556834 33521091922 (rear) Sachs PN 170857 also pretty sure (not certain!) that M5 shocks are silver and aluminium compared to 540i etc which are black and heavier.. I agree, the ds2500 pads will make a massive difference as well as the rebuilt calipers. I need to shop for some SS lines. Hopefully removing the calipers this weekend!
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    Carbon Black ///M5

    Update: I have started to concentrate on the exterior / chassis I managed to secure the last remaining stock of the E39 M5 SACHS shock absorbers via EuroCarParts. These are OEM (M5 are silver painted shocks) and unbelievably lightweight! so much so that I had to open the boxes to make sure they had the shocks inside! they are made of aluminium. Also got ATE front/rear discs (OEM again) and Ferodo DS2500 pads. I have been wanting a M5 for 15 years or so - i have been planning the restoration in my head for years!! I know the E39 M5 ring taxi was totally OEM apart from ducting and aftermarket brake pads. If that setup was good enough for the ring taxi then I am sure it will be fine for me!! For anyone wondering why I did not go aftermarket (Bilstein Shocks / coilovers), the main reason is because so many E39 M5 owners regret changing from OEM to aftermarket as the car does not handle as good as OEM. Another point to consider is that the car is 15 years + old... replacing the suspension will be a night / day difference! I am removing the calipers and sending them away for a refurb (possibly painting them BMW Performance blue) and refurbishing the alloys in the original shadow chrome finish...
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    Carbon Black ///M5

    The BM54 stage 2 is £149 and the DTV stage 2 (with OEM steering wheel control) is £299... but PM me if you are interested as I may be able to get trade discount
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    E39 M5 Prices

    I googled "Sweden M5board E39 M5" and changed the search date for 1 month... lol it will be a worthwhile trip I am sure, he has priced that up very fair!! When is the big day?
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    E39 M5 Prices

    Just seen the advert on M5board, she looks mint!! rare and a very fair price!!
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    E39 M5 Prices

    Sounds good dude!! Looking forward to pics and possibly a future Essex photo shoot!!
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    My M5 search

    Any pics of the car Rob? The suspension will certainly need a refresh and check brake lines for rust as well as the rear diff for any leaks. Congrats
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    E39 M5 Prices

    Is the car enthusiast owned? Amazing colour !! Big ends / vanos been done? Long way to go for a car but as long as it's been cherished I'm sure it will be well worth it !
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    E39 M5 Prices

    Good luck in your search mate . I'm local (depending where in Essex you are!) Feel free to PM me , had my M5 for 6 months and it seems they are harder to find by the day!!
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    Carbon Black ///M5

    Another minor update: I went to see Baris / CarPhonics over the weekend.. I went for the stage 2 BM54 and converted my analogue TV tuner to digital. The stage 2 BM54 is well worth doing! the sound difference is phenomenal! The freeview reception is spot on! only lost reception a few times during a 45 min drive. I have my M Audio Sub Woofers in transit from the states, I am hoping to amp them up as thats what everyone suggests on M5board...
  15. @d_a_n1979 car is looking very tidy! interior looks immaculate!! I am on the hunt for a pair of headlights too!
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    Carbon Black ///M5

    Hi James, if you contact Tony Chapman Detailing, he will give you a customised quote.. as he owed me a favour my price was discounted ... Just mention me and he will look after you (believe me!)
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    Sealing over Vapor Barrier Seals?

    +1 for @d_a_n1979 recommendation for the sealent, worked well for me!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Picked up my car from Chapman Detailing.. feels like the car has just come out of the showroom in 2002
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    Carbon Black ///M5

    Another minor update! dropped off my car last week to Chapman Detailing I saw his interior a few months ago where he dyed his seats which brought life back to the interior. The previous owner did a poor job of dyeing his seats and I knew Tony was the best man for the job! His unit is in Surrey, fully secure and Tony has a slight case of OCD so I knew he was going to do a good job! Seats and door cards were removed, cleaned, treated, dyed and protected... I was like a kid at christmas when I was collecting the car.. I will let the pictures do the talking!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    F10 Gearknob and a new steering wheel fitted thanks to royal steering wheels
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    Carbon Black ///M5

    Recent updates: 2018 Maps / V32 firmware with 3d (Birds eye) view maps and custom ///M boot screen Even though I use Waze on my mobile phone, always good to have the latest maps / firmware on the car - the ///M logo adds some bhp i am sure TrafficMaster unit replaced with OEM Cupholders The cup holders are flimsy ..but atleast the centre console has some purpose now. Cup holders can hold cans and small coffee cups with ease Headlight clips replaced I can finally see the road! managed to work on the lights without the need to remove the lenses .. Osram CoolBlueBoost headlight bulbs fitted These light up the road well, looks so much more modern. I was running Xenarc night breakers, however the Osram CoolBlue are amazing. They have the highest Lumens rating for a d2s bulb. Steering wheel replaced with OEM wheel (slightly thicker) courtesy of Royal Steering Wheels The car feels brand new now!! I opted for the non perforated wheel to match the OEM finish along with the tricolour stitching F10 Gearknob fitted with custom tri colour stitching along with matching handbrake boot with the f10 knob being weighted, the throw feels "connected" more and satisfying. The oem broomstick knob was shockingly bad! OEM Chrome kidney grilles fitted Front end looks so much better with the correct grilles, breaks up the lines too.. AirCon regassed (now ice cold!) With the aircon not working, I was worried one it may have been a painful fix but a simple regas has fixed things AutoDimming Mirror glass replaced we got the mirror from "Mirror John" who is well known on the scene for providing replacing glass for the E39 / E46 ///M badge refreshed thanks to a replacement sticker which can be purchased from ebay which can be purchased for around £6 So many more bits to do including refurbishing the alloys in the original shadow chrome, suspension and brake overhual but slowly getting there!
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    ttrw2's 2001 Le Mans Blue M5

    inspirational thread Rob, so much love has gone into this M5! cant wait to see the end result - my bodywork needs attention too!
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    Carbon Black ///M5

    Update: May 7th thanks @d_a_n1979 for suggesting the Amazon Mastic Sealing Tape. Worked a treat! spent some considerable time prepping the surface ensuring old adhesive was gone and made sure it was perfectly clean. Applied the mastic tape, put the membrane on and let it dry then got my karcher and sprayed directly at where the water was leaking and hey presto! all dry!! its been a few weeks and the mouldy damp smell has almost gone!
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    Bromley motor pagaent

    IF my M5 is up to scratch, I may be interested...
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    Carbon Black ///M5

    Cheers Dan, ordered! I agree - the trick is in the prep work.. will post my results!
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