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  1. Hi, I'm Ben from Birmingham, I bought an M5 in March this year, it's been running OK but I've had a fault that's got progressively worse during owning it and I'm very worried it's going to break, as it keeps hitting engine fail safe mode. it's got a very bad hesitation under about 25% throttle, full throttle it's fine but it's so annoying and a bit hard to drive without looking like a proper noob (I'm a technician, I can drive!) I read the fault codes first, got.. cylinder 5 injector open circuit throttle pedal potentiometer circuit A. 02 sensor bank 1 sensor 1 I re- connected the 5th injector as the loom had come unclipped, much better running, fault still there. I changed 2x TPS, 2xAFM, 4x Cam Sensors, Fuel Filter, Fuel Pump, 2x Air Filters, 8x Plugs, and re soldered new wires to the DME for the TPS sensors. Reset all adaptations, drove the car for over 100 miles now with exactly the same persistent problem, only when at 25-30% throttle . Getting very annoying to drive for me and work on so I sent it to a Specialist BMW dealer in warwickshire.. They read the DME and got faults for 2 TPS sensors and the cross check fault code. They tested the wiring, all OK, got an auto electrician to re-do my wiring as they didn't like my white electricians tape Still the same, but now with no fault codes.. They suggested I get the ECU tested as we agreed if may be faulty. My questions to all you wonderful people are.. 1. Can I get a laptop, lead, and try flashing the car myself using data from forums? Is this possible? 2. Is anyone on here a very good auto electrician or does anybody know a good garage to go to that has INPA/GT1? 3. Should I send the DME to a testing company? Does anybody know a good one? Please help! Anything would be greatly appreciated Ben.
  2. Genuine BMW E39 M5 bumper for sale. Le Mans Blue. Good condition complete with mesh grille, number plate holder and towing eye cover. There are some stone chips as shown in photos. Fine to fit as is, but would look superb with a respray. There are two minor cracks as shown in the photos - one underneath is not noticeable when fitted, the other will be easily sorted by a bodyshop. Collection only due to size. Item located in Lincoln. £100 o.n.o.
  3. M5 Lower Grill

    Has anyone had any experience/fitted one of these lower grills...? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182590032936 I want to replace my t-bar grill on my 530i m sport bumper but don't want those "sink holes" for the brake cooling ducts
  4. BMW M5 f10

    Hello, I have a BMW M5F10 2012, my passenger side wing mirror glass has been cracked BMW want £400 just for the glass! lol Id like some help tracking the part down, I was thinking M5 F10 breakers as long as it's in reasonable condition
  5. Here are my two E39's (kinda). Finally got some decent pictures taken and it would be nice to share with others on here some images and ownership details given the amount of pleasure I have had over the last few months looking at the threads of fellow members. The B10 was my first V8 purchase after hankering after an M5 since I was a nipper. Unfortunately I didn't have sufficient funds at the time to go solo so I had to go halves with my old man. Problem is he wanted an auto which put the stoppers on the M5 dream, although a B10 is no bad substitute! I found this example on PH with 121k miles which checked out well and had been well known on the Alpina Register pretty much all its life. It had been undersealed from new and had a rebuilt gearbox and numerous other new bits recently replaced. Since then its had a fortune spent on it to make sure its as tight as a drum including a total front suspension rebuild, all new cooling system, full brake system replacement, all arches, front sills, boot seam repainted and waxoiled along with the whole front end to get rid of stone chips along with loads of other bits. As a result she looks and drives fantastically well, as you would expect. Here are a few pics from the other day after a journey to and from York (hence she is a touch dirty). If the car looks familiar to regular visitors to PH its because the previous owner featured it on PH Carpool a few years back. Here is the link if anyone is interested. http://www.pistonheads.com/regulars/ph-carpool/carpool-alpina-b10-e39/25645 You will note that I removed the stripes! A tad controversial perhaps but I thought they dated the car and weren't factory Alpina decals. Late last year I sold my share to my old man (although I still look after it and get to drive it regularly...Bonus!) purely because my hankering after an E39 M5 never went away, in fact sampling the B10 just made me want one even more. Given prices were noticeably on the rise I decided to act fast before I was priced out of the market, so the hunt was on. I viewed a few 'minters' which turned out to be total sheds before spotting an LMB facelift in Glasgow with 107k on the clock. Initially I really wanted a Silverstone Blue car but I couldn't find a nice one so decided to get myself to Scotland. It turned out to be a lovely example and I was cruising down the M6 the same day. Its a great spec with extended leather doorcards & lower dash, sunroof, alcantara headlining and titanline trim. Here are a few pics Sitting next to the daily & track slag Clio 182 Added a Royal Steering Wheel (brilliant addition, same as on the B10), a ZHP gearknob and E90 sat nav buttons. Needless to say I absolutely love it, it has surpassed my (high) expectations and is getting under my skin in a way that only one other car has done (my 2010 Focus RS). I often get asked how the B10 and the M5 compare, well, they drive very differently despite the similarities to the uninitiated. The B10 rides amazing well and the auto box is great around town yet provides a surprisingly sporty nature when using the paddles and it handles really well indeed. The M5 on the other hand feels a lot stiffer, has quicker steering and is far more physical to drive (which I prefer) and generally feels far sportier. In terms of outright performance they are quite closely matched, with the quick shifting box of the B10 keeping it on the boil easily, although the M5 has the edge. Both are epic machines though and I would totally understand someone owning both at the same time as they deliver very different experiences. More pictures and updates to come.
  6. http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2017/08/2018-bmw-m5-officially-arrives-with-600-hp-and-awd.html
  7. Hello all – Modern Classics is looking to do a showdown between the E28 M5 and an Alpina B10 3.5 – or, if we can get one, B7 Turbo. This is a UK shoot, and fuel will be refunded and food provided. We'd ideally like to shoot this in June/July. Interested? Drop us an email via nathan.chadwick@bauermedia.co.uk. Thanks, Nathan Chadwick, Acting Managing Editor, Modern Classics magazine.
  8. LSD conversion for E39 540iT6

    Hi guys I appreciate this is a reasonably discussed topic across the various forums, but the information is a bit dispersed and some of it slightly old. I was hoping to perhaps collate the different options and people's experiences together on this subject. Essentially I'm looking at an LSD conversion project for my '97 540iT. Reasoning for which, is in part, to prepare car for a SC install. Just to add that I'm currently unable to carry out any of the work myself so I'd be relying on either my indy or diff specialist garage. There are, from my research so far, three obvious options available. I'd appreciate anyone's thoughts/experiences on having carried out any of them, or indeed any other options: 1. Swap internals of OEM open diff for those from an E36 M3 EVO LSD. 2. Swap diff for E39 M5 LSD. This requires a little more work, including modifying the driveshaft, which will need rebalancing. https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?1767892-E39-M5-limited-slip-differential-swap-into-an-E39-540i 3. Purchase a third party torsen type LSD suitable for the E39. For example: Quaife - UK based company, with a good reputation, from what I've anecdotally heard. Takes less than a day to have the unit swapped. https://shop.quaife.co.uk/quaife-bmw-limited-slip-differential-kit-for-5-series-e39-540i-manual Wavetrac - Based in the USA, so hassle, buying, customs, etc. OS Giken - Japanese based. As such, much more expensive. Bit overkill perhaps, unless you're die hard track enthusiast; I may do the odd hill climb in my touring, but it's not going to get a roll cage and go on the track every week. I guess option 4 is to do both, swapping the final drive for an Msport E36/E39 AND replace the diff for a third party torsen type LSD. Pros of swapping in an E36 or M5 diff: You're swapping the entire final drive unit, so beefier parts, which may well be useful putting the extra horses to the wheels, and you're getting the Msport ratios. Cons of swapping in an E36 or M5 diff: Old LSDs will have an uncertain history, and will often have been taken out of their original cars for a reason. Granted it can be reconditioned, but old ZF design LSDs with only half a dozen clutch plates aren't a great design, compared to more modern variants, and will require a reasonable amount of work to fit into existing subframe and shafts. Even newer BMW LSDs (E46 and upwards), which use the M-variable diffs, which have many more clutch plates, have known issues with weak spur gears. Pros of putting in a new third-party LSD: You know your final drive is working and probably have a history of its use and maintenance. Still able to replace output bearings if damaged (although unlikely). Torsen type LSD, uses gearing rather than clutch plates to provide power. ASC/DSC guaranteed to still work (albeit less likely to kick in as the LSD will be doing a lot of the work). Cons of putting in a new third-party LSD: Retain original crown wheel and pinion and therefore original non Msport ratios (although I imagine this isn't too noticeable - would appreciate any experience of this). I guess I think I've already made up my mind, but I would be interested to get people's thoughts on the forum. Thanks in advance.
  9. E34 M5 Discs and Pads

    I just bought a set of E34 M5 ATE front and rear calipers with carriers to put on to my E28 M535i. Does anyone recommend a good place to buy E34 M5 discs and pads so I can source these ahead of the calipers arriving. F: 315 x 28mm fronts34112226873/87434112226385 R: 300 x 20mm rears3421115965934211160 399/400 Thanks!
  10. WTD: E39 M5 non-nav DSP amp

    I think my DSP amp is dead as I can control the radio (change sources etc) but nothing happens when I press the DSP button and there's no sound from any source. Checked all relevant fuses and had the battery off for a short while to try and reset but no joy. Anybody local to Liverpool have a spare I can test, or recommend somewhere to potentially diagnose and fix? I'll probably eventually go aftermarket but got other things on the list first
  11. E39 M5 facelift wanted

    After quite some time looking and dreaming , I'm finally in the market for E39 M5! Ideally, it needs to be a facelift version, and I'm not really a fan of silver, but other than that I'm willing to consider pretty much any spec. Thanks, John
  12. I'm thinking about swapping my back bumper as it has a crack in it. Does anyone know if the standard 'Sport' bumper will fit the M5? It looks like the lower middle bit can be swapped out for the M5 version to accommodate the exhausts???
  13. BMW e34 M5 1991 new purchase

    Hi all recently bought an e34 m5. It's a nice car fbmwsh and every mot from new. Recent restoration although still needs a few bits doing. I would like to get it serviced and have a good checking through. Am I best to use BMW main dealer (bowker) or a BMW specialist or other? I'm in Preston so ideally something around here / in Lancashire. many thanks wayne
  14. opinions

    Guys, your opinions please? Link This is not my advert, but a car that i'm looking at, and as it's my first ///M car, i'd like some advice please. This seems like a decent enough car, although a few more miles than i'm comfortable with. Thanks
  15. Insurance

    Hi all, many of you may hate the topic, but it's a necessary evil for the safety of the cars and everyone/everything else using our roads. My question being, the awesome people that drive the M5s, what do you pay? Age, Location, 12m Insurance cost. I'm getting ever closer to the idea of selling the touring and getting one, the only thing putting me off, (other than the cost of a decent one being a couple thousand over my budget) is the cost of insurance. I already have an E30 thats got a Turbo conversion and insured for the last three years for up to 400bhp so i'm hoping that comes into consideration when they work out the costs. Thanks Deepan
  16. Silver M5 - possibly E28

    Spotted a tidy M-reg M5 this evening heading north on a minor road through Nutfield in Surrey. Pretty certain it was an E28. Twin exhaust on the left hand side. If you saw LED angel eyes in your rear view mirror - that was me!!
  17. Well as some of you may know both of my front fog lamps mysteriously managed to crack within the same week.. how I will never know but it seemed rather odd that in 9+ years of ownership they both crack at virtually the same time. Drivers side: Passenger side: Nevertheless the challenge was to replace them in a cost effective manner and after a bit of trawling I found a guy in Romford selling a non OEM new pair for £39.50 inc P&P - so for that price it was worth it. So I thought I'd do a write up in case it helps someone else out in future. They arrived within a few days and today was time to fit them !! As you can see from the labelling they are the right model for the car. Well the first step was to get the old ones out. I personally found that an old butter knife was the tool of choice, simply insert the butter knife between the cover and the bumper where they meet on the inner (middle) side of the car, gently move it around and you should hear the locking tabs release, then hold the cover that fits around the light and move towards the outer side of the car and it will release. Once the cover is out of the way then remove the 8mm nut that sits on the inner side of the light. Circled in red. Once the screw is out it is simply a case of gently wiggling the light out and then releasing the locking tab on to the bulb fitment. Connect up the new units - mine came complete so it was literally plug and play. It was slightly more difficult getting the new units back in, but once again gently did it and then screw back in to place, fit the covers and the job was all done. I did actually test each light before screwing back in to place. New one in place and looks a lot better... Both in place: Both working: Tools used and the old units which I'll keep as spares as the bulbs are fine as are the bulb holders etc... Total time to complete was sub 30 minutes.
  18. Evening all, First question, where in the midlands does proper 4 wheel alignment camber castor etc? Second question, what geometry would i use? car has Intrax and Bilstein B8's. it also has some ground control camber plates fitted. not sure if these add anything to the equation. Has anyone else got a similar setup and some reference points for setting? thanks!!!!
  19. Have had my E39 M5 back a couple of months now and got a couple of issues (codes) that have cropped up since, probably during dis/reassembly when having clutch/flywheel done and the rear end being put back together. Three codes I've got are as follows: 105 Engine Coolant Temperature Implausible Not noticing any weird temp gauge behaviour but this code has popped up. I've got a replacement top engine coolant temp sensor on the way to see if it's that (top of thermostat). The secret menu reading can sometimes register over 90 deg when in stop/start traffic during the recent hot spell but drops back to around mid 80's on the move. 144 Lambda Sensor Control Bank 1 I think there's an exhaust leak, as I can hear a ticking sound towards the middle of the car and can smell fumes on start up. I can also hear ticking/throbbing noise when driving close next to a wall etc. I'm going to get underneath and check everything is tight and reseat the manifold/cat join (came off for the recent work) and bolt it back up again and seal any joins that don't have a gasket with exhaust paste. If it was a leak at the front join would this not be both banks? Will check around the O2 sensors for any leaks. If the lambda sensors were connected back up in the wrong order would this be obvious in codes and the way the car drove? 149 Fuel Level 150 DME Memory Fault This is a weird one, I brim the tank and it shows almost full on the gauge, but then changes as I use the car, there's around 45 litres in it at the moment and the gauge shows different levels as I drive on different days. The secret menu before I start the car can say around 12 litres on the right hand tank and 0 in the left hand tank, but then start driving and sorts itself out to around the right levels. It mentions there's an intermittent short in the wiring somewhere in the INPA info. Where does the tank/pump wiring run, all under the rear seat or does the tank have to come down to access the in-tank pumps? Thanks for any advice
  20. BMW 540i M5 alloy wheel

    Hi everyone... Just wanted to see if anyone has an alloy wheel for slae like the one in the picture ? either one or a set will be considered... Thank you
  21. e28 M88

    Hi everyone, I've been working on my project for just under a year and started a build thread on a local forum but thought i'd share in here also. Base Car 1987 E28 528i SE – Schwarz Donor Car 1986 E24 M635i - Polaris/imolasilber Metallic What I want to end up with....OEM+ looks, nice and low with a good set of wheels Engine – M88, E36 M3 S50 tensioner, custom airbox, Fritz Bitz exhaust manifold and system. Running Gear – M635i gearbox, prop & LSD. Brakes – M635i 4 pot brembos or E32/34 set up Suspension – Coilovers (Gaz?), all control arms / bushes replaced with original or uprated. M5/6 anti rollbars from and rear. Exterior – Original colour black / chrome. Headlamp wash system removed. Sport lower front spoiler. Redundant brackets removed and engine bay simplified and smoothed. Interior – M635i front Recaro seats and leather rear in black (or beige) leather. Period headunit with modern speakers behind original grilles. Project Plan Strip and restore E28 shell – cut out all rust. Clean and dress up all engine components, gearbox, diff etc. Refurbish / replace entire suspension and brakes, powder coat axle carrier, trailing arms and crossmember Fit new brake and fuel lines throughout Fit M635i engine, gearbox, prop and LSD using new mounts/rubbers throughout Get it running and driving! Refit interior Full respray in original Schwarz Couple of pics of both cars…and the extent of rust on M635i – the reason it was scrapped Engine out…& M635i on it's ribs – March 2015
  22. I am looking for two front seats in very good condition. Caramel nappa leather, code M1CR or M3CR. Would consider to buy the rear seat as well, if we can arrange shipping (I'm in Sweden). Doesn't matter if it is RHD or LHD as I only need the seat leather and some other details. Send me a PM or email to hd91@m5portal.com and we can work something out. Also looking for the right mirror glass/lense, aspheric version. And I need the plastic battery cover.
  23. Wanted - Style 65 front wheel

    Hi, I'm after a front Style 65 if anyone has one or knows of one available please. Thanks!
  24. Wanted - E39 M5 rear bumper

    Hi, I'm after an E39 M5 rear bumper if anyone has one please... Cheers.
  25. M5 sill kick plates wanted

    Hi, I'm after a genuine E39 M5 rear passenger door sill kickplate if anyone has one? The one with the M colours, M5 badge etc so not the standard MSport version. Cheers!