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The story of E39 M5 AK03 DJJ (so far)

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On 11th March 2003 E39 M5 reg AK03 DJJ was first registered in the UK by Sycamore BMW of Peterborough, 14 years ago today.

 

I've posted quite a few threads in various places about my M5, but there has never been a single thread that's covered my ownership of the car.  Quite a lot of information has been lost on various forums that have died, BMW Land and M5 Torque being two that come to mind.  This forum too seemed to come pretty close too due to the tragic death of Darren last year.   So I thought I'd try and document my ownership from scratch in one place rather than start another thread about things that I've done recently, it seemed a fitting day to start the task.

 

CB37514 was built on 15 October 2002, so she was probably sitting around in the showroom at Sycamore for several months before being registered as one of the few 03 plate E39 M5s in the UK.  There have been 4 former keepers, Sycamore being the first, Lord Edward James Russell being the 4th.  I first saw the car for sale at Hexagon of Highgate in September 2008, the advertised price was, for that time, very high at just under £24,000 for a 40,000 mile car.  I actually ruled it out as being too expensive. 

 

I was trying to sell an early E60 535d that had belonged to my father, it was 3 years old and had only done a little over 7,000 miles.  The E60 was an odd spec. a non Sport 535d in Chiaretto Red with grey interior, no Bluetooth but a HUD.  It was not a good time to be trying to sell a slightly odd car!

 

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I'd looked around locally and the best offer I'd had was under £10k.  I considered keeping the car myself, but after doing a couple of trips decided that I could not live with the soft suspension, auto 'box and the E60 styling.  I though, why not see what Hexagon would offer against their expensive E39 M5.  To my amazement, they offered me just under £18k without even seeing the car.  As the effective price was now only £16k the M5 suddenly went from expensive to very good value.  A trip to Hexagon and an inspection and test drive in the M5 soon lead to a deal being done.

 

I collected the car from Hexagon on 28 November 2008, a rather chilly day with a little snow at home on my return.

 

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So began my ownership of an E39 M5!

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The first couple of things I did immediately were :

- move the Intravee from my E46 touring.

- get some new floor mats, the front drivers side mat was from an E60 so would not fasten down properly and was really tatty.

- remove the Traffic Master system.

- refurbish the alloys as the paint was flaking off.  Being new to the Shadow Chrome finish I had them done by The Wheel Specialist.  The finish was OK, but not perfect and it turned out to be quite susceptible to stone chips.

- Replace the GoodYear runflat tyres with Michelin Pilot Sports.

- fit some mud flaps. 

- replace the wheel centres as the logs were corroded.

- replace the shadow line trim on the top of the rear doors as it was corroding from the bottom.  The two pieces were included as part of the purchase deal.

- replace the MAFs.

- replaced the wheel bolts and locking bolts as they were quite badly corroded in places.

- Replaced a couple of pieces of the Titan Line interior trim as they had scratches.

- replaced the ///M emblem on the plenum as the chrome was dull and the colours had faded.

 

Luckily a friend had just started working at the local dealers parts department and I got all parts at cost price, usually more then 20% off list.  An arrangement that would last a couple of years before he moved on.  The also had an arrangement at the time that meant if the parts were ordered before mid day and were UK stock, they arrived by 3:00pm.

 

In early February 2009 the car was detailed as the paint had quite a few swirl marks and was generally rather dull,  being Carbon Black meant that every little mark was quite noticeable. This was the first time I'd ever had a car professionally detailed, you could say the weather was not ideal!

 

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But I was very happy with the results

 

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On March 11th 2009 the car would be 6 years old and out of the 6 year corrosion warranty.  I'd noticed that the inside of the filler flap was just starting to show the signs of corrosion coming through the seam at the bottom and thought that I might as well get it fixed under warranty.  

 

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What a mistake that turned out to be!!

 

Photos were taken at the dealership and the warranty repair was authorised.  The car was taken to an authorised BMW repair centre and came back about a week later.  Given that the car had been detailed and looked fantastic about a month before, I could not believe the state that it came back in.  I marked up more than 250 defects in the paintwork!  Parts of the car that should not have been touched had obviously be painted and finished badly.  Here are a few of the many pictures that I took at the time

 

The whole car looked as though someone had gone over it with a pan scourer.

 

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There were obvious sanding marks down the sides of the boot lid

 

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And on the join of the rear wing above the bumper

 

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The finish was like the surface of the moon, orange peel of mountainous proportions

 

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inclusions, 'fish eyes' and other defects all over

 

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Nasty blotchy areas of paint, very difficult to picture, but probably caused by massive amounts of paint

 

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The filler flap recess itself was awful too, the paint was barely covering the area around the filler cap

 

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and a large ugly fillet had been put on the seam itself to simply cover up the corrosion 

 

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After two attempts to rectify the work it was better, but still much worse than it had been originally.  It would be two years before I sorted it out completely,  In the mean time, other jobs included :

 

- Replacing the oil filter and power steering reservoir mounts which had sheared.

- replacing the oil separator hoses.

- Installing an OEM reversing camera.

- replacing the windscreen wiper mechanism as someone had previously over torqued the drivers side wiper bolt and it sheared off (possibly the body shop but I could never prove it).

- replacement of the instrument cluster due to running cool, followed by replacement of the thermostat, both under AUC warranty.

- replacement of the brake servo as it was full of water, again under AUC warranty.

- replacing the central Titan Line trim as the ash tray clips were broken and it kept popping out.

- repairing a loose connection to the Bluetooth ULF module.  Previously the ULF module had been replaced 3 times under warranty, this was probably the cause.

- replacement of the TFT nav monitor screen as it was slightly scratched.  I sourced a Sharp TFT module for under £100.

- replacement of some of the A/C control buttons as they were missing the small tabs that hold them in and kept popping out

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Reading this has brought home just how much I'm missing my old M5. Your car is a credit to you and the attention to detail is as ever spot on.

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Most of the rest of 2009 and up to August 2010 passed with just maintenance items and a few small additions :

- Installed Home-link universal garage door opener, which did not work!  So I stripped the insides out and fitted the internals of a 12V key fob remote, worked perfectly.

- Final Stage Resistor replaced under warranty.

- Replaced steering wheel and control buttons as they were slightly worn.

- Replaced various small trim pieces.

- Inspection 1 service, replaced gearbox and diff oil.

- Replaced fuel filter and regulator.

- Drop links, rear wishbones and centre tie rod replaced under warranty.

- Passenger side headlight replaced under warranty due to broken adjusters.

- Winter tyres and Style 66 wheels bought and fitted over winter.

- Drivers side seat belt replaced due to small cut.

- Brake disks, pads and handbrake shoes replaced.

- Drivers seat base foam replaced, the foam had started to break up on the outer squab.

- Fitted double glazed units to the front doors.

- Windscreen replaced due to stone chip.  The screen had to be refitted due to wind noise above about 100 mph (on the autobahn of course).

- Rear diff seals replaced under warranty.

 

I installed Alpine PDX 4-150 and a pair of Pioneer slim subs in a custom enclosure to get a bit more base, a short term fix until something better could be installed.  I wanted to retain as much boot space as possible.

 

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In June 2010 I'd taken the mileage to just over 60,000 at which point the BMW warranty prices increase dramatically and the components that are covered reduce.  So I decided to fit the Evolve 4-2-1 headers and race cats.

 

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These were fitted by Car Planet Racing in Warrington,  not too long after the owner did a runner as it appeared he owed quite a lot of money to the local drug dealers!  The car was dynoed at 440hp.  I retrospect I wish I'd not had the cats fitted, it made passing the MOT emissions test difficult, but not impossible.

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A lovely M5 Richard, I love the attention to detail that your cars get!

 

I really can't believe how much the warranty paint/corrosion job was cocked up!!! :o How can anyone be that incompetent and still be an authorised repair centre? Did the eventual, 2 year finish on the job get done under warranty still, or at your costs?

 

Finally, was the asking price £34k, not 24k? Not picking, just my maths OCD wasn't stacking up on your original post lol :P

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The original asking price was 24k.  Best I could find to sell the 535d was 10k.  Hexagon offered 18k, so effectively 8k off the asking price off the M5 leaving a 'cost' to me of 16k.

 

After 2 attempts at fixing the paint I gave up trying to get them to resolve it.  The body shop manager just did not seem to understand what the problem was, despite the best efforts of the guy that detailed the car, Glyn O'Donnel, who trains and assesses SwissVax approved detailers. The amazing thing was that there were all sorts of Ferrari's, Aston's, Porsche's, Lamborghini's etc. there, all getting the same treatment.    I fixed it at my own cost in early 2011, that part will be covered shortly!

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So, early 2011 I finally got round to sorting the pain that had been ruined trying to fix the tiny bit of corrosion behind fuel fill flap.

 

As the front end had got a few stone chips and there were small defects on pretty much every panel of one sort or another, a full respray was in order.  It was decided to take the bonnet and rear wings back to bare metal, the rest could be flatted and painted over.

 

Trim was removed and every minor blemish that could be found was rectified as much as possible

 

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I was asked if I wanted 'factory' type finish, with orange peel, or a flat finish without, I opted for the latter which meant more work to flat the top coat.

 

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When the car was finished it was inspected by my detailer.

 

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A few minor defects were found, there were rectified.  The paint was then left to cure for a month before the car was detailed again.  

 

A few reflection shots to show the finish, 'flat' as requested!

 

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I'm loving this.

 

Truly shocking what the first attempt at the fuel filler cap corrosion fix did!:angry:

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Of course, when doing the respray, 'one or two' bits of trim etc. were replaced.

 

Top Section of Filler Pipe 16 11 6 758 273 
Front left wing rubbing strip   51 13 8 159 293
Front right wing rubbing strip 51 13 8 159 294
Front left door rubbing strip 51 13 8 159 295
Front right door rubbing strip 51 13 8 159 296
Rear left door rubbing strip 51 13 8 159 297
Rear right door rubbing strip 51 13 8 159 298
2 Off Grommet for fastening bonnet badge  51 14 1 807 495
Bonnet badge  51 14 8 132 375
Boot lid badge  51 14 8 203 864
2 Off Grommet for fastening boot badge  51 14 8 209 932 
Wing mirror, left  51 16 2 694 893
Wing mirror, right 51 16 2 694 894
2 Off Upper part of bonnet catch  51 23 8 176 594
2 Off Lower part of bonnet catch  51 23 8 203 862
Rear window seal, upper  51 31 8 159 785
Rear window seal, lower 51 31 8 159 786
Front left door upper high gloss shadow line trim 51 32 2 427 409
Front right door upper high gloss shadow line trim 51 32 2 427 410
Front left door rear high gloss shadow line trim 51 32 7 890 087
Rear left door divider high gloss shadow line trim 51 34 7 890 091
Rear right door divider high gloss shadow line trim 51 34 7 890 092
Left rear door vapour barrier 51 48 8 230 221
Right rear door vapour barrier 51 48 8 230 222
Adhesive spoiler tape  51 71 0 141 495
Front air duct  51 71 2 498 939
Rear spoiler  51 71 7 901 594
Left front wheel arch liner  51 71 8 159 423
Right front wheel arch liner  51 71 8 159 424
Fog light, left  63 17 7 894 017
Fog light, right  63 17 7 894 018
Butyl tape for door vapour barriers 83 19 0 153 321
Moulding Bumper Rocker Panel Front Left, M - PDC   51 11 7 894 139
Moulding Bumper Rocker Panel Front Right, M - PDC   51 11 7 894 140
2 Off Front Bumper Gasket, 2125mm 51 11 8 191 149
14 Off Clamp WEISS 51 13 8 174 893
Left Rear Door Sun Blind, DUNKELGRAU   51 16 7 110 205
Sun Blind Support  51 16 8 191 679
6 Off Torx Bolt, ISA M6x12 51 21 1 973 382
Left Rear Sealing Between Door and Roof Frame 51 22 0 402 747
Right Rear Sealing Between Door and Roof Frame 51 22 0 402 748
Rear Left Sealing Between Door Column 51 22 8 159 813
Left Rear Sealing (Rear Part) 51 34 8 201 061
Right Rear Sealing (Rear Part)  51 34 8 201 062
Left Rear Sealing (Front Part) 51 34 8 207 185
Right Rear Sealing (Front Part)  51 34 8 207 186
Interior Boot Trim Moulding Cover  51 49 8 186 782 
Circular Sliding/Lifting Roof Cover Gasket, L=2730MM 54 10 7 245 551
Exterior Left Front Moulding, GLANZSCHWARZ   51 21 2 427 415 
Exterior Right Front Moulding, GLANZSCHWARZ   51 21 2 427 416
Front door weather strip outer left 51 21 8 159 235
Front door weather strip outer right 51 21 8 159 236
Waist Rail Trim Strip, Exterior, Left Rear, GLANZSCHWARZ 51 22 2 427 417
Waist Rail Trim Strip, Exterior, Right Rear, GLANZSCHWARZ   51 22 2 427 418
Rear door weather strip outer left 51 22 8 159 021
Rear door weather strip outer right 51 22 8 159 022
Roof Rail Moulding Left 51 13 8 195 561
Roof Rail Moulding Right 51 13 8 195 562

 

and as the windows were out, the rear double glazing was retrofitted when putting it all back.

 

Forward Left interior chest strip 51 22 2 694 049
Forward Right interior chest strip 51 22 2 694 050
Rear Left interior chest strip 51 22 2 694 045
Rear Right interior chest strip 51 22 2 694 046
Double Glazing Rear Left 51 34 8 160 983
Double Glazing Rear Right  51 34 8 160 984
Double Glazing Fixed Door Left 51 34 8 160 985
Double Glazing Fixed Door Right 51 34 8 160 986
Rear Left Door Cover with Switch 51 34 7 078 475
Rear Right Door Cover with Switch 51 34 7 078 476
Rear Left Window Guide 51 34 8 193 139 
Rear Right Window Guide 51 34 8 193 140 
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To mark the occasion, I took the car to a couple of scenic locations for some pictures.  One down in Wiltshire one evening after work

 

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and the other in the lanes and minor roads around home

 

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Spring and Summer 2011 saw various interior parts replaced or upgraded

- V Band clamps were fitted to the exhaust, without these it was impossible to remove due to the angle of the joints.

- The gear lever and gaiter was replaced.

- The drivers side front seat base leather was replaced.

- New bonnet insulation fitted.

- BMW Steel valve stems fitted to prevent the stem bending out at speed and dinging the side of the wheel.

- An Alcantara rear parcel shelf was fitted, the original was faded and this was the start of my Alcantara interior retrofit.

- The rear head rests were replaced as the leather was dried out by the sun and cracking.

 

In August 2011 I also replaced the interior rear view mirror, it had not leaked as they tend to, but the auto dimming feature was disappearing from the outside, so just a small oval dimmed.  At the same time I has a Valentine One radar detector fitted.  The display is hidden in the mirror, the sensor in the rear centre head rest.  The on/off and volume switch switch was positioned on the blank part of the front cup holder, just above the lighter socket.

 

Turned off

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Powering up

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In Use

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Controls

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Detector (you can just see the Alcantara rear shelf too)

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December 2011 and she'd now done 82,400 miles.  I thought it was time to do some preventative mechanical maintenance.  The main targets were the rod bearings, clutch, fuel pump and suspension but as always, a few other things were done on the way.  Parts list as follows:

 

Set of covers (rear main seal) 11 14 1 436 109
Oil Pipe 11 13 1 406 864
O-Ring 6x2.5MM 11 42 1 713 597
Upper Sump Gasket Steel 11 13 7 831 014
Lower Oil Pan Gasket Steel 11 13 1 407 532
16 Off Con Rod Bolt 11 24 1 405 890
8 Off Bearing Shell Blue 11 24 1 407 493
8 Off Bearing Shell Red 11 24 1 407 492
Twin Mass Flywheel  LUC 415011010
Chain Tensioner 11 41 1 407 056
8 Off Spark Plugs 12 12 9 071 003
Clutch LUC 624315000
Fuel Pump 16 14 6 752 369
Left Fuel Level Sensor 16 14 1 183 179
Left Sucking Jet Pump 16 11 6 752 839
Left Engine Rubber Mounting 22 11 1 092 895
Right Engine Rubber Mounting 22 11 1 092 896
4 Off Hex Nut With Plate 07 12 9 904 862
2 Off Gearbox Rubber Mounting 22 31 6 771 221
Drive Shaft Assembly 26 10 2 228 910
Traction Strut Left 31 12 1 092 609
Traction Strut Right 31 12 1 092 610
2 Off Stabilizer rubber mounting 31 35 2 229 544
2 Off Front Coil Spring  
2 Off Front Spring Strut 31 31 2 229 612
2 Off Guide Support 31 33 1 091 708
2 Off Spring Pad Lower 31 33 1 096 664
2 Off Spring Pad Upper 31 33 1 091 233
2 Off Upper spring pocket w/axial cage bearing 31 33 1 090 612
2 Off Additional Damper, Front 31 33 2 226 674
2 Off Rubber Boot 31 33 1 093 344
2 Off Support  31 32 1 139 423
2 Off Self Locking Nut 31 10 6 774 714
6 Off Self Locking Colar Nut 07 11 9 904 295
4 Off Rear Sub Frame Rubber mounting 33 31 1 091 422
4 Off Stopper 33 31 1 093 936
Differential Rubber front mounting 33 17 1 090 389
2 Off Differential Rubber rear mounting 33 17 1 093 008
2 Off Rear Ball Joint 33 32 6 767 748
2 Off Snap Ring 33 32 1 091 687
2 Off Rear Coil Spring  
2 Off Spring Strut Rear 33 52 2 229 126
2 Off Guide support 33 52 2 229 854
2 Off Additional Damper, Rear 33 53 2 228 904
2 Off Spring Pad Lower 33 53 2 229 913
2 Off Spring Pad Upper 33 53 2 229 858
2 Off Self Locking Nut 33 52 6 773 882
6 Off Self Locking Colar Nut 07 11 9 904 295
2 Off Hex bolt 33 52 1 092 072
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Impressive lists of bits replaced! Your local motor factor/dealer will love you!

 

The fact that it's debadged and has mudflaps makes it look a real sleeper. The uneducated will not notice the wheels or the tail pipes.....until they are now in front of them!

 

Im a big fan of real sleepers.

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2012 was a relatively quiet year, although I still managed to find quite a lot to replace!

 

- The shadow line trim on the rear doors had started to corrode again, so it was replaced.  This time I took great care to isolate the steel clips from the body and smother them in WaxOyl.

- Also replaced were the front drivers door shadow line trim and the driver side front B pillar trim.

- The 16:9 monitor started to flicker on the red channel, despite disassembling the problem persisted, so the hole unit was replaced.

- The glove box was replaced, I found a cheap new glove box on ebay, as mine had some marks on the flocking inside I took the oportunity to replace it.

- All the under body panels were removed and WaxOyl sprayed copiously inside all the box sections etc.

- Jacking blocks replaced as they had been squashed somewhat at some time in the past by using a jack without a pad or large cup.

- New brake disks and pads all round.

- Lighter socket fitted in the boot.

 

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In November I finally got round to improving the audio having developed the Intravee firmware to support the Alpine PXA-H100 sound processor.

 

Focal speakers were installed in the front and rear to replace the OEM components, K2 130 KRC in the rear pods, complete with pairs of socks to help prevent rattles

 

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165 KRXS in the front on MDF baffles from 12V Electronics in the USA. 

 

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The slim sub woofers were kept, I wasn't after gut wrenching bass, just something with more quality than stock (but still looking stock in the cabin).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Early 2013 heralded some serious Alcantara upgrades.

 

First, the boot was trimmed in Alcantara.  I always hated the awful material used in the M5 boot, it wears terribly and shows every mark.  To complete the look the 'Titangrau Dkl' versions of the rear boot trim panel were fitted too.

 

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Followed shortly by an Alcantara headlining, Sun Visors etc.

 

The new headlining did not have the cutouts for the lights behind the sun visors, so it had to be cut out.  A little nerve wracking cutting into a £1,000 part with a craft knife!

 

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Parts list for the Alcantara headlining

 

Main headlining 51 43 7 894 392
A pillar Left 51 43 2 693 607
A pillar Right 51 43 2 693 608
Alarm cover 51 44 2 698 330
Sunroof lid 54 12 8 159 557
Sunroof trim 54 12 2 693 636
Sliding cover 54 12 2 693 644
3 Off Nuts for sunroof 54 12 8 119 975
Covering Left 54 12 8 159 601
Covering Right 54 12 8 159 602
C Pillar Left 51 43 7 894 397
C Pillar Right 51 43 7 894 398
B Pillar Left 51 43 7 893 545
B Pillar Right 51 43 7 893 546

 

As my rear tyres were now worn out, I sources some Michelin Pilot Supper Sport tyres from the USA, the rears were not available in the UK for quite some time, I think late 2013.

 

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The thermostat failed again, so was replaced. As new tyres were fitted, I thought it would be best to have a full KDS alignment done. Unfortunately in the process the drivers side front wing was damaged, something caught the lip and bent it. It would be possible to fix, but I managed to get a free wing, all I had to do was paint it. However, when the car was resprayed, it had been noted that there was a small amount of corrosion on the seam of the passenger side front door. The corrosion had been treated, but as is often the way with these things it had returned, there had also been a few signs on the boot lid. So, a new door and boot lid was purchased, the bonnet and front bumper were resprayed together with the new wing and boot lid. A few other bits and obs replaced at the same time.

 

Right front wing 51 71 8 159 424
Left front door 41 51 8 216 817 
Left front door vapour barrier 51 48 7 055 929 
Outer door gasket 51 21 9 069 322
Butyl tape for door vapour barriers 83 19 0 153 321
Reflective sticker 63 31 8 363 847 
Boot lid 41 62 8 167 801 
Spoiler 51 71 7 901 594
Adhesive spoiler tape  51 71 0 141 495
Boot light 63 31 6 962 039
Boot lock with code 51 24 8 216 812
Boot lock actuator 51 24 8 172 177
Boot lock grommet 51 24 8 120 166
3 Off bolt 07 14 6 985 055
Boot latch striker 51 24 8 120 848
2 Off boot gas strut 51 24 8 222 913
2 Off Grommet for fastening bonnet badge  51 14 1 807 495
2 Off Grommet for fastening boot badge  51 14 8 209 932 
2 Off Plug in Nut 51 13 1 961 243 
Grill Left 51 13 2 497 261 
Grill Right 51 13 2 497 262 

 

 

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2013 also saw some experimentation with arm rests.  These are already covered on the forum here 

Autumn 2013 saw the arrival of my M6 Gran Coupe and thus retirement from use as my main car, mileage was now at 110,000.  January 2014 started with a trip to CPC for some engine maintenance, VANOS rebuild etc.  Another 'one or two' parts used.

 

Lower Timing Case  
Gasket Steel 11 14 0 001 187
Shaft Seal 11 14 1 275466
Oil Pan Upper Part  
2 Off O-Ring 39.34X2.62MM  11 13 7 830 114
2 Off O-Ring 38x2.5MM 11 13 7 830 113
2 Off O-Ring 37x2.5MM 11 13 7 830 112
2 Off O-Ring 20x2.5MM 11 44 1 406 693
O-Ring 18x2.5MM 11 42 1 741 129
O-Ring 21x2.5MM 11 42 1 406 872
Oil Pan Lower Part  
Oil Levelling Sensor 12 61 7 508 003
Cylinder Hear Attached Parts  
2 Off Inlet Cam sensor 12 14 7 539 173
2 Off Outlet Cam sensor 13 62 7 796 054
4 Off O rings 12 14 1 748 398
Cylinder head Cover  
Gasket Cyl 1-4 11 12 0 001 269
Gasket Cly 5-8 11 12 0 001 278
6 Off Colar Screw 11 12 1 406175
20 Off Cap Nut x 20 11 12 1 747162
Crankcase-Ventilation/Oil Separator  
Oil separator Cyl 1-4 11 15 1 406 788
Oil separator Cyl 5-8 11 15 1 406 789
2 Off Gasket 11 15 1 406 790
Return Hose Cyl 1-4 11 15 1 407 344
Return Hose Cyl 5-8 11 15 1 406 902
Return Hose 11 15 1 406 900
Oil Pipe Outlet 11 15 1 407 310
Belt Drive-Vibration Damper  
Pulley  11 23 1 406 934
4 Off Torx Bolt 11 23 1 402 618
6 Off Hex bolt with washer 07 11 9 900 259
Cover 11 23 1 407 526
Belt Drive Water Pump/Alternator  
Ribbed v-belt 11 28 7 833 264
Belt tensioner 11 28 1 709 613
Adjusting pulley with lever 11 28 2 248 214
Belt Drive Climate Compressor  
Ribbed v-belt 11 28 7 833 266
Belt tensioner 11 28 1 745 545
Adjusting pulley with lever 11 28 1 407 520
Timing - Timing Chain Lower  
Timing Chain 11 31 1 407 052
Deflection Rail 11 31 1 406 366
Chain Tensioner 11 31 1 407 337
Chain Tensioner 11 31 14 06 261
Gasket Ring 07 11 9 963 355
Guide Rail 11 31 1 406 280
2 Off Bearing Bolt 11 31 1 745 409
Timing Chain Top  
4 Off Gasket ring 07 11 9 963 072
4 Off Diaphram Spring 11 36 7 833 218
24 Off Hex Bolt 07 11 9 913 589
24 Off Fillister head screw 07 11 9 919 625
2 Off Chain 11 31 1 406 167
Chain Tensioner Cyl 1-4 11 31 1 406 165
Chain Tensioner Cyl 5-8 11 31 1 406 166
2 Off Gasket Ring 11 14 1 736 758
Cooling System-fan/fan coupling  
Fan coupling  11 52 7 830 486
Fan 11 blade 11 52 1 712 110
Pulley  11 51 1 406 933
Waterpump - Thermostat  
Coolant Pump 11 51 1 407 806
Double Temperature Switch 13 62 1 703 993
Colling System Water Hoses  
Water Hose  11 53 1 406 766
Water Hose 11 53 1 407 812
Water Hose 11 53 1 407 451
Temp Sensor 13 62 1 433 077
Covering Cap 12 51 1 742 836
Intake manifold, air collector upper part  
Profile gasket 11 61 1 406 657
4 Off O-Ring 10x2.5MM 11 61 1 406 747
Intake manifold, air collector lower part  
Gasket Flange Cyl 1-4 11 61 1 406 636
Gasket Flange Cly 5-8 11 61 1 406 637
Radiator/Expansion Tank  
Radiator 17 11 1 436 062
Expansion Tank 17 11 2 229 114
4 Off Hose Clamp  32 41 1 712 735
Vent Pipe 17 10 2 693 701
Exhaust steam hose 17 10 2 693 702
Fuel filter, pressure regulator  
Vacuum pipe 13 53 1 407 568
Vacuum pipe  13 53 1 407 717
Vacuum hose black 11 72 7 545 323
Throttle housing assembly  
8 Off O Ring 13 54 1 406 352
16 Off Hex Nut with Plate 07 12 9 905 541
2 Off Throttle valve switch 13 63 7 840 383
4 Off Fillester head screw 13 54 1 726 918
Idle regul.valve/fuel tank vent valve  
T-Shape idle regulator valve 13 41 1 733 090
Fuel Tank Breather  valve 13 90 7 830 766
16 off Hex Nut 07 12 9 946 353
5 Off Hose Clamp 07 12 9 952 113
Elbow Hose 13 41 1 406 829
Hose 13 41 7 830 411
12 Off O Ring 13 41 1 406 378
Vent Pipe 13 53 7 830 982
Support  13 41 7 830 580
Intake Silencer  
2 Off Rubber grommet 13 71 1 742 771
2 Off Spacer 13 71 7 571 982
Water valve/Water hose  
2 Off Hose Clamp 64 21 8 367179
Rear Axel Drive  
Securing Plate 33 12 1 205 138
Dustcover Plate 33 12 2 282 678
Shaft Seal 33 12 1 213 949
2 Off Dustcover Plate Large 33 13 1 213 713
2 Off Dustcover Plate Small 33 12 2 283 079
2 Off Shaft Seal 33 10 7 510 289
VANOS Gear rework  
VANOS unit overhaul  
Cylinder head VANOS  
2 Off Gasket 11 36 1 406 838
10 Off Fillister head with washer 11 36 7 830 301
8 Off O Ring 11 36 7 830 828
8 Off O Ring 11 36 7 830 829
2 Off Washer 11 36 1 406 944
2 Off Lock Ring 07 11 9 934 749
2 Off O Ring 10x2mm 11 31 1 317 318
2 Off O Ring 25x2mm 11 36 1 406 377
2 Off O Ring 57x3mm 11 31 1 317 732
2 Off O Ring 85x2mm 11 36 1 406 868
2 Off O Ring 10x2mm 11 31 1 317318
2 Off O Ring 16x2mm 11 41 1 306082
VANOS Cylinder head mounting parts  
Hose Elbow 11 36 7 830 147
6.5L Mobil 1 0W-40  
Wiper Motor 67 63 8 360 603

 

The wiper motor actually failed on my way to CPC, it started to rain shortly after I left home and the wipers did not work.  I could get them working at full speed if I quickly moved the lever from stop to full in one switch action.  The winding for intermittent and slow were shorted.

 

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So, did the arrival of my M6 and retirement from daily duties mean the end of the story?  Nope, although maybe the rate slowed down a little!

 

I'd been looking for a set of rear child seats for the M5 for ages, in January 2014 a set from a regular 5 series came up on e-bay so I bought it.  The seat needed totally recovering to match the M5 material with new cloth gaiters and carpet inserts.

 

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Of course I still have the original seat which can be refitted in a few minutes.

 

As the car was not being used as much, it gave me time to give the engine a really good clean.

 

The coil pack covers were sanded down and lacquered

 

Before

 

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Comparison

 

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Close up

 

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Every jubilee clip I could get at was removed, cleaned, polished and refitted

 

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All the ancillaries were taken off and cleaned

 

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Close inspection late in 2014 revealed that the front drivers side door was going the same way as the passenger side.  A replacement was fitted and the bonnet taken back to bear metal again and repainted.  At the same time the rear bumper skin was replaced, there were a couple of bits and pieces that could not easily be fixed on the original although most people would not have noticed!

 

In early 2015 I finally got round to taking off the enclosure with the slim subs and replaced them with new M-Audio subs.

 

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Despite what people may say, IMO the M-Audio subs are quite decent, it's the DSP amp that's lacking.  The subs are powered by the Alpine PDX amp that was used before.

 

When attempting to change the break fluid it was found that 3 of the 4 bleed nipples were seized.  As there was a bit of vibration of the disks anyway, the disks, pads and calipers were changed.  The rear MID had also developed missing pixels, so it was replaced under warranty.

 

Change Gearbox Oil  
2 off  Gearbox Oil MTF LT-201L 83 22 2 339 219
Brake Fluid 83 13 0 443 026
3 off Differential Oil 83 22 2 282 583
Replace Diff seals  
2 off Screw plug 33 11 7 525 064
2 off Diff Output Shaft seal 33 10 7 510 289
Diff Input Shaft seal 33 12 1 213 949
Lock Plate 33 12 1 205 138
12 off Bolt 33 21 1 227 944
Replace front brake disks  
Front Brake Disk 34 11 2 282 803
Front Brake Disk 34 11 2 282 804
Replace rear brake disks  
Rear Brake Disk 34 21 2 228 801
Rear Brake Disk 34 21 2 228 802
Replace front brake pads  
Linings 34 11 2 282 556
Pad Sensor 34 35 2 229 018
4 off Bolt 34 11 1 123 072
Replace rear brake pads  
Rear brake pads 34 21 6 761 248
Pad Sensor 34 35 1 163 066
4 off Bolt 34 21 1 161 806
Replace brake callipers, handbrake shoes, blead system, replace fluid.  
Calliper 34 11 2 229 381
Calliper 34 11 2 229 382
Calliper 34 21 2 229 703
Calliper 34 21 2 229 703
6 off Reinforcement 33 21 2 283 013
Brake Shoe 34 41 6 761 293
Bolt 33 32 6 760 346
Rear Multifuction Display replaced under warranty 65 82 6 914 941

 

Entering the regional  concourse at the BMW Car club event on fathers day at Harewood house resulted in first place.

 

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Entry at Gaydon in the national concourse brought me back down to earth, the E39 is a very big car to clean after a 175 mile drive the same day as judging in the morning, I came 4th.

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2016 saw little action, partially because I was more than a little preoccupied with my M1!  In fact, I was seriously considering selling the car and exchanging it for something low mileage that would possibly appreciate over time with just a little use, I looked at a 5,000 mile 1M.  However I decided to take the M5 out for a bit of a drive and it reminded me just how good it is. 

 

I thought I'd better make sure that the chassis was in first class condition.  Over the summer I'd has a good look underneath, the break pipes were starting to go and the fuel vent pipe on the left side was getting really quite bad.

 

So, plan of action.  First, after the respray the paint was really quite soft.  Carbon Black shows every mark anyway, but when it's soft it's really very hard to keep looking good.  I decided that a Ceramic Coating would help prevent minor scratches so I had 10 coats applied.  Ceramic Coatings are no magic bullet, but in effect it's like having a harder topcoat applied.  It certainly makes water bead on it that's for sure!

 

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Next, I wanted to get the underside sorted.  That meant taking off the exhaust, dropping the fuel tank and rear sub frame, removing all the heat shields and seeing what it looked like.  Answer, not pretty!

 

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Fortunately, it had just about been caught in time, removal of the rust and old under seal (where it had been) started

 

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Followed by treetment of the remaining rust, priming and coating with 2 pack Epoxy underseal

 

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Brake pipes, the vent pipe and various clips were also replaced.

 

Then I'd noticed small puffs of blue smoke on startup after sitting for some time.  So, time for valve stem seal replacement and a de-coke.

 

Out with the engine

 

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and off with the heads!

 

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Some cylinder wall scoring was evident, but it apparently looks worse than it is

 

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The heads were bead blasted to get rid of any carbon build up in the airways and the valves re-lapped.

 

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Another aim was to remove the headers and race cats and return to stock.  I really don't want to have the hassle of nursing it through the MOT emissions check any more.  

 

Parts for the engine work

 

Head Gasket 11 12 7 833 733
Head Gasket 11 12 7 833 734
2 Off Head Bolt set 11 12 7 583 115
4 Off Torx Bolt set 11 23 1 402 618
Head Set 11 12 1 407 805
Gasket Set 11 12 1 407 804
Dowel 11 12 1 726 241
Rail 11 31 1 406 366
8 Off O-Ring 13 54 1 406 352
4 Off ASA Bolt 11 23 1 402 618
Pulley 32 42 1 406 769
Bracket 13 41 7 830 580
6 Off Clutch Bolt 07 11 9 906 045
Oil Filter 11 42 7 510 717
3 Off Anti Freeze 1500ml 83 51 2 355 290

 

and the headers, pipes etc.

 

Header Cylinder 1 & 3 11 62 1 407 929
Header Cylinder 2 & 4 11 62 1 407 642
Header Cylinder 5 & 6 11 62 1 407 643
Header Cylinder 7 & 8 11 62 1 407 644
Left bank Catalytic Converter 18 30 1 406 812
Right bank Catalytic Converter 18 30 1 406 813
2 Off Clamp Bus 18 30 7 536 425
Pipe 34 32 6 755 316
Pipe 34 32 6 755 312
2 Off Brake Hose 34 30 1 165 190
4 Off Washer 34 30 1 163 613
2 Off Washer 37 13 1 114 028
Vent Pipe 16 12 2 228 834
2 Off Hose Clamp 16 12 1 180 240
Holder 16 12 1 155 064
4 Off Holder 16 12 1 182 666
4 Off Holder 34 32 1 162 455
Tube Clamp 18 30 1 407 091
Support 18 30 1 408 017
4 Off Hex Bolt 07 11 9 905 394
Tube Clamp 18 30 1 407 091
Reinforcement 41 11 2 695 495
Pipe 21 52 1 162 116
Pipe 16 13 2 228 831
2 Off Holder 34 32 1 162 878
2 Off Holder 34 32 6 855 500
2 Off Expanding Nut 63 17 1 367 868
2 Off Washer 37 13 1 114 028
Damp Rubber 16 11 1 183 136
16 Off Nut 18 10 7 523 805
Brake Fluid DOT 4  
5 Off Nut Body 51 48 1 954 066
4 Off Expanding Nut 63 17 1 367 868
Exhaust Bolt Knurled 11 62 1 704 717
4 Off Exhaust Bolt 11 62 1 716 352
4 Off Nut 18 10 7 523 805
5 Off Speed Nut  
8 Off Counter sunk screw  
Bulb with socket 63 12 6 904 048
Cover 12 52 1 702 103

 

The headers and cats were second hand, they cost a fortune new!

 

 

 

 

 

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A truly amazing car ..... in a fabulous fleet. I remember seeing it at Harewood a few years ago and it was beautiful, a real credit to your attention to detail.

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I love the alcantara boot re-trim, it looks amazing. So much better than that cheap nasty rubbish BMW saw fit to put in as standard.

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Amazing work Richard, and I too love the Alcantara. The paint looked incredible after the respray, such a lovely colour.

Thanks for the price clarification, I had been taking the 18 off the 24

So is this one a keeper now?

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