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  1. Recently removed from my 2002 E39 M5. Cost around £700 new in 2019 and in good condition having been on the car for less than 5k miles. Bilstein spring dampers : 24-028295 (rear) 35-114-93 (front) Located SE London £300.
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    Suspension saga....

    UPDATE: Back on OEM suspension. Now fitted, Hunter aligned and totally transformed. The car is sitting a little higher particularly the front (I think it looks fine and apparently it will settle a bit) but the ride is much smoother and more comfortable especially over uneven surfaces, of which we have plenty in London. I really feel like I have my BMW back! The Bilstein B8s I had fitted were fine on perfectly smooth roads but I found them to be too firm and the car unsettled on poor roads. The B8 and Intrax spring combination came recommended on several forums but the springs seemed incapable of handling the weight and lost any spring after less than two years and 4k miles. It's taken a while and too many £££s but lesson learned - by and large stick with what BMW originally thought was best for their car! The springs will probably go in the bin but the four B8s will be advertised here if I manage to sort out getting my membership upgraded. Admin have been emailed. I am not sure what they might be worth. They have done no more than 4k miles and cost around £700 two years ago. Any thoughts on what would be a fair price?
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    2001 E39 M5 sells at auction for £32,600

    Your valuation £21,000
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    Suspension saga....

    Great. Thanks for the advice which I will be sure to pass on. The guy who will do the work did say it was a shame I didn't still have the old springs as they probably wouldn't have needed replacing and new ones will make the car sit quite high for a while. Unfortunately the original ones were disposed of by the garage who did the refurb a couple of years ago.
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    Suspension saga....

    Not much happening on the M5 section so thought I would detail a little story about my suspension (replacement) journey. So 2019, car on 105k miles and front shocks are shot. What to do? I read up all the forums/advice and so forth and decide to go non OEM. Perceived wisdom was Bilstein B8s and maybe OEM springs, maybe not. I go for the Bilsteins and new OEM springs. From day one I hated it. Terrible, bouncy ride. Car sat too high. So, after more research I decided the springs were to blame and that the best combination was the Bilsteins with Intrax springs. So, after six months, off came the OEM springs and on went the Intrax. Problem from day one was a metal clang going over a bump. The springs didn't seem to be able to take the weight of the car. The people doing the work said they had been surprised the springs didn't have padding around the top section which would be the norm on their usual recommended Eiback springs. Anyway, they sourced some padding and retro-fitted it round the Intrax ones. Yes, I have had a beer tonight... So, combo of Bilstein B8 and Intrax with added padding was OK, maybe better than OK.....but only if I was on nice smooth roads. Nice smooth roads are a rarity where I live (London) but I have tolerated them throughout the last year or so. On uneven road surfaces my fillings moved. A few weeks ago I took the car to an independent car guru I use as the driver seat had developed the dreaded BMW seat twist (look it up if you are not familiar!). That he fixed, thankfully, but he asked if I had noticed that the rear springs had virtually collapsed. The top section was sitting on itself. In effect it was not working. I had done no more than 1500 miles since it was fitted. Intrax springs do not appear to be able to take the weight in an M5 even when driven gently by an elderly gent (moi). So, I have now bought via Cotswold BMW OEM suspension shocks x 4 (£1k) and still have the virtually new BMW springs. They will be fitted hopefully next week when my man returns from his holiday in Cyprus. If only I had done this from the outset and saved myself several £££s. Hopefully the ride will be more as I remember when I bought the car in 2006. I will let you know.... thanks for reading, if you got this far!
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    2001 E39 M5 sells at auction for £32,600

    I understand it was the only Black Sapphire rhd E39 M5 exported to UK. That must add at least £20k to its value
  7. gbrownings

    2001 E39 M5 sells at auction for £32,600

    Yes. How did you know that?
  8. gbrownings

    2001 E39 M5 sells at auction for £32,600

    Silly money but, you might see mine on there soon. London ULEZ in October means it will cost £12.50 a day to just take it off the drive. Mine's, not perfect, but much nicer! It's a rare 2002, 2 owner "individual" with an impressive spec, 107,000 miles (all bar 30,000 driven by me during my 15 year ownership). I might even throw the mutt in for the right price!
  9. Anyone here? Nice result. Low mileage (65,000), good nick, but.....32k! 2001 BMW E39 M5 For Sale by Auction (themarket.co.uk)
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    Removing the E39, M5 badge

    I removed mine quite easily using dental floss. You are not replacing the badge so will need to be a bit more thorough cleaning away the old adhesive (it was just a sticky pad). Pros and cons discussed here: Removing rear "m" badge | BMW M5 Forum and M6 Forums (m5board.com) Won't these "challengers" still spot the quad exhausts?!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

  12. gbrownings

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Thanks, that's very helpful.
  13. gbrownings

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Been thinking of doing the same. Hope you don't mind me asking but where did you get buy it and how much? I have 02 M5 so assume same part.
  14. https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1279747 Low mileage but.....