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    E39 530d (manual) & E39 M5 (2001MY)

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  1. 2000 E39 M5 - auction sale £24k...

    The chrome knobs are a strange oversight given that they've gone to the trouble of changing the gear shifter. OE rubber knobs are pretty cheap, too, assuming it's an OE nav screen display.
  2. Rock solid front seats

    10/10 this /\ I have long term back injuries + wear & tear issues so work hard on core strength and posture. (Post-MRI scan consultation - my orthopaedic surgeon was pencilling me in for back surgery had I not walked normally into his office! He described the condition of my back as 'like the rocky road to Dublin' - actual quote! He's an Irishman.) Everyone's different, of course, but I find the seats in my E39 530d SE comfortable even after several hundred miles behind the wheel.
  3. 2000 E39 M5 - auction sale £24k...

    Hexagon have made their mind up: £40k asking price. https://hexagonclassics.com/cars/bmw-m5-e39-saloon-2001-2/ Way too many cups of espresso involved in coming up with that valuation...
  4. 2000 E39 M5 - auction sale £24k...

    If it is that Anglia auction car then.... M50 ANH + Hexagon = a number over £50k? Or is that too outrageous?
  5. 2000 E39 M5 - auction sale £24k...

    Reg. no. M50 ANH - Don't know the car but as the OP has indicated, that's a lot of fundamental and expensive engine work for a low mileage car. The previous owner must have had deep pockets if it was done in the name of preventative maintenance. The alloys have been refurbed in bright silver metallic instead of shadow chrome. Strange decision given the projected value of the car. Has this turned up in Hexagon's showroom with the refurbed wheels refurbed (again) in the correct Shadow Chrome? https://hexagonclassics.com/cars/bmw-m5-e39-saloon-2001-2/
  6. Changed the water pump (precautionary) & main thermostat on my 530d late last year (the stat was slightly cracked & leaking) and replaced it with BMW original parts. According to Realoem the stat is the same as the OP's, and for reference here's a couple of photos with some ID marks. It looks like the manufacturer is UTI, or, UT, or something...but maybe I'm misinterpreting it... (UTI also stands for 'urinary tract infection'. Probably more painful that a leaking stat!)
  7. E39 M5 in Need of Clutch/Flywheel. What To Buy?

    DMF replacement not always necessary. Get it inspected when the gearbox is out. But....and it's a big 'but'... Problem is if you take the 'inspection' route above you're relying on the garage to source a DMF at short notice if your current DMF is deemed to be duff or past its best. The garage will want to complete the job as quickly as possible in order to free up workshop space. They won't appreciate waiting for you to do an internet search and wait three days (or more) for the DMF to arrive. If the garage supply the DMF themselves they'll get it tomorrow and their price will almost certainly be more than twice your best internet price. Better to plan on spending £300 on the DMF in advance of the work (even if your existing DMF is found to be OK) , rather than risk coughing up £800 at short notice. Also, the DMF may well be fine when inspected....but for how long? Do you want to go back in there again in 10/20/30k miles with all the labour costs involved? Ignore all of the above advice if you're doing the work yourself. Your time and workshop space (or your driveway?) is your own of course. Just my two cents...
  8. E39 M5 Brake Overhaul Advice

    DS2500 pads - Just be careful cooling the pads/rotors down after hard use. Failure to do this stuffed mine when I was in the Italian Alps in 2016. Caliper overhaul - take the calipers to your local friendly garage and they'll pop the pistons out in seconds using their airline.
  9. E39 M5 in Need of Clutch/Flywheel. What To Buy?

    Nice find. Bargain!
  10. E39 M5 Brake Overhaul Advice

    Would be interested to see how you get on with the DS2500 pads. I had them on mine and they were great - fantastic bite and feeling... but had serious pad transfer issues (and brake judder) after sustained hard braking on alpine passes and a transition to mixed traffic. Couldn't clear the cementite deposits it so eventually scrapped the rotors, fitted new ones and went for an OE pad set up. I think the DS2500 are the go to pads for track use where you can cool them down properly, avoiding holding the car at a standstill as you might in regular mixed traffic. Let us know how you get on. If you're at all handy you can refurb the calipers yourself at low cost. Piston and seal kits are readily available. I removed mine , stripped them down and got the local alloy wheel place to media blast the outside of the caliper bodies for £10. Painted them myself using VHT paint. An enjoyable DIY. Cheap, too.
  11. E39 M5 in Need of Clutch/Flywheel. What To Buy?

    Should be able to do the clutch kit and flywheel for under £800: Put these part numbers into Amazon.co.uk for LUK prices: Clutch kit - 624 3150 00 DMF flywheel - 624 3150 00 Total when I checked this morning was £784 including delivery.
  12. E39 M5 in Need of Clutch/Flywheel. What To Buy?

    August 2013: LUK Clutch kit and flywheel - £455 delivered. The other bits for the clutch/DMF change + gear change overhaul. - Difficult to fine detail the cost without looking through many, many receipts.
  13. E39 M5 Front Disc!!

    £300 for a pair of OE front rotors is an excellent price. At that price are you sure they are for the front, not rear? Pretty sure, after a long search, that the OE suppliers for E39 M5 rotors is Zimmermann. When my OE rotors came off the car they looked identical to Zimmermann ones I've seen in the flesh. I bought a couple of pairs of ATE front rotors and there are small design differences to OE, so ATE definitely not BMW OE but they are Made in Germany and have been faultless so far. Paid £250 for a pair of ATE fronts late last year. Edit: Just seen your price request from Cotswold for brake rotors. Yes, under £300 for a front pair. Value!
  14. E39 M5 in Need of Clutch/Flywheel. What To Buy?

    LUK clutch kit and flywheel is OE. Available at huge discount compared to sourcing from a BMW dealer. Use this Schaeffler (parent company of LUK, Ruville, FAG etc) web catalogue for part numbers and do a google search for best deals. Web cat here: http://webcat.schaeffler-aftermarket.com/web/schaeffler/en_GB/applicationSearch.xhtml?reset=1 At the sort of mileage your car has done - and if your car is a keeper - I'd strongly recommend you replace all of the following :- clutch, pressure plate, release bearing (AKA 'clutch kit'). And the flywheel. Plus:- - the guide bush (#1 in the diagram): http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=DE92-EUR-09-2001-E39-BMW-M5&diagId=23_1400 - the release fork (#5 in the diagram); the ball pin (#6) + the spring clip (#7): http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=DE92-EUR-09-2001-E39-BMW-M5&diagId=21_0140 (A small dab of grease on the ball pin when fitting to the car.) - the clutch slave cylinder (#15 in the diagram) http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=DE92-EUR-09-2001-E39-BMW-M5&diagId=21_0150 Did all of the above on my car and now have a beautifully light, smooth and perfectly quiet clutch. With the gear box out, consider overhauling the wearing parts of gear change mechanism. They're relatively cheap parts and it's a cinch to do without the gearbox in place. These: #3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14 here: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=DE92-EUR-09-2001-E39-BMW-M5&diagId=25_0009 (If you were to only do one of the above then definitely change #14. Yours will be utterly shot if it hasn't been changed already.) "While you're in there"......would be silly not to replace: The rear main seal (#7): http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=DE92-EUR-09-2001-E39-BMW-M5&diagId=11_2644 I did all of the above (& more...other gearbox seals etc.) because I didn't want to go in there again. Ever.
  15. How Long Have You Owned Your E39?

    E39 530d manual - owned for 9.5 years and have put 105,000 miles on it. Odometer now showing 165k. Hoping for 300k if I can fend off the ravages of corrosion. (300k not too unrealistic given that the manual gearbox will last as long as the engine.....probably. ) E39 M5 - owned for 4.3 years and have put 14k miles on it. Hoping it will become a family heirloom.