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    ttrw2's 2001 Le Mans Blue M5

    Welding's all done. Needed best part of 18" of driver's side rear sill cutting out/chasing back and the a new jacking support fabricating. It's been seam-sealered/stonechipped and the new sill section filled with cavity wax - lovely and warm/dry at mo so minimal chance of any moisture being in there. Exhaust, prop, fuel tanks all had to be dropped and the rear brake hard lines removed to sort (as they run down the inboard side of that sill, around the fuel tank). If it was a straight-forward in/out job it would have been 2 days work but I took the opportunity whilst everything was off the bottom of the car to do some further preventative maintenance (tidying up some minor areas of surface rust on floor pan, replacing brackets, fixings and fasteners). At the mo car's about to be trailered back to mine for new brake hard lines to be fitted before she's back on the road again. She's sporting a grey/primered rear driver's sill as I was so impressed with the guys work I've decided to get him to do some more bits of bodywork (looks like ~80% respray) when his spray booth is free in a month or so. Pics to follow once I find my phone's lead!
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    2001 e39 m5 (facelift) £10k

    Surprised this hasn't gone already!
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    Titanium E39 2002 530d Manual Sport Touring

    Thanks bud, car's still here! For what she's worth I can't be bothered to move on whilst I have the space. When I get a few mins will sort the images out as have them uploaded on imgur now Cheers, Rob
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    My M5 search

    They'll all have some rust somewhere on them as 15-20 year old now. Unless meticulously garaged, never driven in the winter, etcs - which will be the cars commanding the highest prices that doesn't sound like your budget. Rust - Wheel arches, sills under plastics, bootlid above number plate, valance below bootlid, fuel filler recess. Don't be afraid of miles, at all. My current ones on 170k, my first was retired at 215k miles with nothing mechanically wrong. Neither have needed VANOS, timing chains or big end bearings interfering with. It can be argued that 150k+ miles is a sweet spot for a well-serviced car as it'll be on a fresh set of new suspension, bushes, etc. Below this probably on it's original which will all need replacing. So buy on condition - bodywork (rust, paint), mechanicals (regular oil changes through it's life, big pile of invoices, receipts, bills as evidence for bits changed) and how it drives. If you can't drive it don't touch it with a bargepole unless so cheap it's worth the risk!
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    Rust - e60 vs e39?

    2 years on, and e60s now 2 years older - any signs of rust on e60s? I've just had commit my 2001/17 year old e39 M5 to surgery to replace a rusty sill.
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    F10 M5 Purchase or Not - What to look for

    Drive one first! Compared to the e39 M5 they're big cars (turning circle makes the size most noticeable). Gearbox/clutches are an acquired taste, the initial couple of inches of response on the throttle pedal when pulling away is a bit bizarre.
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    ttrw2's 2001 Le Mans Blue M5

    LHS sill is solid inside and out, been in through the bung in the rear wheel arch with a scope and clean as a whistle.... leading me to believe the RHS has gone because of the cowboy repair by Oxford Crash Repairs. Their paintwork is good....on top. There is a long plastic piece of trim (#13/14 below) that covers the lengths of both sills. Pop this off and have a really good poke around the rear jacking pads.
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    ttrw2's 2001 Le Mans Blue M5

    Yep bodyshop started digging today and unearthed a dodgy previous repair Background - in 2013 the car had work done by Oxford Crash Repair in Cowley - stone chips, bumpers, rear balance rust etc - but also including a repair to the sill where an over zealous tyre fitter had locally bent the sill around the jack pad. Cutting it open we found the original bent sill still under there with a new sill section welded over the top/ground down/stonechipped/sprayed. The new metal added had not been treated with cavity wax/rustproofer/anything on the inside and where the original sill had been damaged it’d lost its paint. The jacking pad was sika-flexed in place... So it’s festered in peace for 5 yrs before breaking through. Luckily salvation is here in the form of a much more trustworthy bodyshop. Exhaust, prop, fuel tanks, brake lines all coming out as we speak, to chase every last bit of rust out and sort.
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    ttrw2's 2001 Le Mans Blue M5

    https://imgur.com/a/VDw50qt Bodywork time!
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    E39 Headlamp Projector Alternatives

    Yes. Quite a few modern cars have flat cutoffs
  11. Selling on behalf of my brother who's sold his F10 M5 so no longer required: Original F10 M5 Front Alloy Freshly diamond cut (he replaced with a new one after catching a curb and scrapping the diamond cut - he kept this as as spare after I had it refurbed it for him). 100% genuine, OEM wheel £200 ono Original F10 M5 Rear Alloy This has been welded (professionally, have the invoice) after it cracked following a pothole strike. (My brother replaced it with a new one at the time and kept this as a spare after I had it repaired for him) 100% genuine, OEM wheel £200 ono Front F10 M5 Michelin Pilot Super Sport Single/odd tyre I told my brother to keep as a spare after he got an unrepairable puncture on one side and replaced the pair at the time Loads of tread. DOT 16/15. £50 ono Collection only please from North Oxfordshire - 15 mins from J10 & 11 of M40 Please say if pricing's all wrong. Happy to do a deal on the lot. Cheers, Rob
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    E39 eibach arbs

    A worthwhile upgrade! I have an eibach front and M5 rear on my Touring and made a noticable improvement to handling.
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    What ball joint splitters are we using.

    Yeah leaving the nut on helps Duncan. Copied this from my M5 thread - This is the Franklin T331 balljoint splitter that's getting referred to a lot recently on here when people ask what splitter to use. It does the job, but do not underestimate the level of force required to break a 10+ year old e39 balljoint. I've augmented the splitter with a small brass tophat I turned up on the lathe to keep the bridge level so each end is not operating at an angle. I've had this one six years or so - since I've had e39s - and probably cracked 30-40 e39 balljoints with it. Quite often I'll tighten it up and if the balljoint doesn't go bang straight away I'll put some heat on the steel insert in the upright with a small blowtorch.
  14. Morning, Looking for a pair of e39 M5 front calipers to refurb/replace mine with. What have you got? Cheers, Rob
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    I've been driving a 55 plate Focus 1.6tdci since mid Jan as daily shed hack and have grown some affection for it! It's such a horrible place to be compared to the M5 but was invincible in the snow a few weeks ago and then the flooding after. It's got me hooked on the whole shedding/bangernomics thing tbh