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  1. gbrownings

    B Pillar rust/scuff

    Small bit of rust on two of the centre (B?) pillars. I believe it is a replaceable trim part. Is it an easy job? I have found a couple of YouTube video guides. One seems relatively straightforward (removing window trim and undoing a couple of screws); the other appears to require dismantling half the car! Also do the trims come pre-painted? Mine is black sapphire. As ever, advice appreciated. Cheers Terry
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    E39 M5 Suspension - Experiences Please

    Thanks. Looks great! Lovely looking car. Sits more like mine used to. I guess I need to go for the intrax set up.
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    E39 M5 Suspension - Experiences Please

    Thanks for that. I guess I may have to choose whether to revert to all OEM and change the Bilsteins or try the Intrax springs. I assume the latter would be the cheaper option? This is how it currently sits. I am not overly fussy about the ride height and it is a considerable improvement on the old suspension but not as good as I remember when I bought the car nearly 13 years ago!
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    E39 M5 Suspension - Experiences Please

    Any chance of a picture of how the car sits? I have just replaced my suspension with B8s and new OEM springs. It sits an inch or so higher than before (front and rear) and feels quite bouncy although this might be because the old suspension had become saggy and had certainly dropped the car height. It needed replacing but I am wondering if I took the correct advice on the replacement set up. Only done a few 100 miles or so and I may get used to it or it will settle down.
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    E39 M5 Mysterious Clicking Noise

    Had a couple of similar noises - one turned out to be a broken support bracket for the exhaust/catalytic converter (original fear was it was the converter itself) and the other time it was an anti-roll bar link.
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    auxiliary (serpentine) tension belt - advice please

    Thanks. Will mention this to the garage. It sounds a bit like an alternator whine or turbo whistle noise (which it obviously isn't!)
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    auxiliary (serpentine) tension belt - advice please

    Thanks. I took it to the garage as the car has developed a bit of a high pitched whine which increases as the revs go up. It's not 100 per cent definite the tensioner is the cause as the noise is quite hard to locate but as it has done 100k miles, it seems a good place to start and reasonably cheap for elimination purposes.
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    auxiliary (serpentine) tension belt - advice please

    Thanks very much. Very helpful. I think I will get get the belt and take a view once the garage are able to examine the condition of the pulleys etc. They seemed to think there was some sort of 'kit' I could buy that came with all the necessary bits but I haven't been able to find anything online.
  9. Hi, apparently the above needs replacing and it is my call if I want the various associated parts (tensioner/adjusting pulley) replaced as well. Makes it a much more expensive job and no evidence that this is critical. Any views on whether I should replace the lot? It is the belt that connects to the AC. I am going to buy the parts. Am correct that is is OeM 11287833266 https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=DE92-EUR---E39-BMW-M5&diagId=11_2656#11281407520. grateful for any advice.
  10. Nice car but is was it that good as an investment? Mine cost someone £72,000 when they bought it new from Park Lane BMW in 2002. If they had stored it for 16 years and was now sold for it for around £120k, it would not have been that good a return on the outlay (if that was the sole purpose of acquiring it in the first place).
  11. Brilliant, and amusing, write up! Wouldn't try this myself in a million years, but a really enjoyable read. The engineering of these cars never fails to impress. Thanks.
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    New wheels finally on.

    Lovely looking car. Wheel colour suits it.
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    Never expected to see this.....!

    Agreed. I used drive quite a lot in France (wine tasting/buying). Showing my age here but at the time had a Renault Turbo 21 (great car for its day). The only problem I found was if you were doing 80mph you soon had some idiot up your bumper flashing their lights! Fortunately the Renault was very capable of leaving them trailing if I wanted. Just like the M5.
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    Never expected to see this.....!

    That's quite a journey in one day. I think my longest was Ivybridge in Devon to North Berwick in Scotland which is around 500 miles. The rarely-used seat massage option was utilised!