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    E39 M5 Le Mans Blue, Alpina B10 V8 & Clio 182 FF

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  1. Jameswsb

    2001 E39 M5 for sale - £8250

    Its such a nice car and an excellent advert. Makes me momentarily wonder if I need another LMB M5!
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    Android headunits

    Their website looks promising, however the unit looks to be sat a bit too far into the dash. Can that be altered?
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    2001 E39 M5 for sale - £8250

    This seems like a really good car to me, if I didnt already have one I would be going to have a look. Loads of big ticket items have been replaced and the car looks well looked after. The cost to maintain an M5 is largely governed by how well the previous owner has looked after it. I don't think parts are that bad in general and big savings can be made by being savvy as already pointed out. A well looked after car doesn't have to be a wallet wilter at all.
  4. Good write up for those who might be a little hesitant to do this themselves. I echo your comments though, looks tricky but isn't really. I have had the thermo housing off twice now (once to replace the stat and once to replace the oil separator hoses) and I never had any issues with the o rings at all. Just use vaseline to ease their passage back in, easy peasy if you take your time and be careful. Very handy DIY on the hoses, good work!
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    E39 M5 Handbrake Bits

    Hi Phil, Price and availability on the following please. Expanding Lock - 34416851439 x 2 Adjusting Screw - 34416851437 x 2 Cheers
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    E39/B10 Rust Repair

    Just to update, we had the sills done at kandy paint shop in Bolton following a recommendation from a fellow M5 owner. He charged £250 per jacking point and did all four. I haven't been under the car properly yet but it looks like a decent job. MOT on Friday so I guess we will know then!
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    E39 M5 Brake

    Stoptech discs are good quality apparently. They are a solid design unlike the oem items which are floating but for a road car that's hardly an issue.
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    E39 M5 Thermostat O Rings

    Hi, Please could you price up the following; 11531406249 x 6 11531710055 x 3 07119963072 x 2 Also how quickly can you get them? I'm in a bit of a rush for these. Thanks in advance
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    Carbon Black ///M5

    I went for HEL hoses and was impressed with the quality. The only thing to look out for when fitting them is that the fittings are a different shape than the originals and therefore they rattle about in the mounting brackets where they attach to the hard lines. I ended up using a thick washer to space them out (kinda hard to explain but I'll update my thread with pictures soon).
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    Carbon Black ///M5

    Yeah totally agree, I very nearly got seduced by a bbk but they are massive money and appear to be a waste for cars used primarily on the road (it is a 5 series after all!). Glad I didnt bother now as the brakes are now excellent. Still needs to swap the rears too, so I'm expecting even further improvement. I got them from ebay funnily enough, the fronts were from a private seller who bought them for his Quattroporte (same caliper by the looks of it), but flogged the car without fitting them. The rears came from WG Motorparts. I dont think the caliper is the same tbh, the M5's are stamped with the 'M' logo and have a bigger piston, although I could be wrong. Should be easy enough to find some for your 530 though. Good luck.
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    Carbon Black ///M5

    The carphonics stage 2 amp upgrade is great. I had it done on mine last year and the sound quality is appreciably improved. Also had the bluetooth streaming dongle installed which works very well indeed. Curious as to how you managed to get the M5 shocks from ECP!? are you positive these arent for the 540i? never heard of anyone managing to get oem shockers anywhere other than the stealers for a kings ransom. I think you will be happy with the mild brake upgrade, I was looking at a bbk but went for new oem disks, rebuilt calipers, SS lines and DS2500 pads and the brakes are soooo much better. Much improved bite, firmer pedal and huge stopping power, to the point where its very easy to trigger the abs. Great thread this, keep it going!!
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    Carbon Black ///M5

    Looks amazing that, would love the same done to mine. At the risk of sounding cheeky, roughly what was the damage?
  13. Jameswsb

    E39 m5 Vapor barrier repair

    I used that W4 mastic and mine appears to be leaking again despite spending ages on prep. Hugely frustrating job this. I'm getting some oem sealant this time.
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    ttrw2's 2001 Le Mans Blue M5

    It never ceases to amaze me how well E39's can hide sill rot. Our B10 failed its MOT a few months back due to corrosion but you just couldnt tell until the panels were taken off. Shame about Oxford crash repair, I heard that their paint work was good. Finding a good bodyshop is bloody difficult, I have used Paint perfect in Romiley before and they are also a bunch of chancers. Be very interested to see the final result, good luck.
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    Never expected to see this.....!

    That is a lovely spec. Very nice car.