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JonJon last won the day on December 19 2015

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  1. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/470615214155750/ A handsome low owner E39 530i wearing its miles well and that I was genuinely surprised to see offered for sale. If it means anything, I've known the owner for more than 20 years and he's always been meticulous about the mechanicals of his various and varied projects.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Glad you're getting somewhere with it. Eventually you'll be on top of all the historical bodging and it'll work and perform as it's intended, and remember that's what you bought it for! Keep the faith
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    Sabine Schmidt

    She could make a car dance around the track, and the outpouring of grief and nice comments from those who knew or experienced her in person suggest that she was a lovely person, too. Another lost too soon.
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    Incoming ... E61 M5

    Lovely. Enjoy!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Actually, I've mistyped the part no - it should be 17112229114.
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    New car cost

    You need to factor in inflation when considering new car prices and comparing them to prices of old. I have all the paperwork for my E39, including the original order. With options and after dealer discount, my M5 was just shy of £59K when the order was placed for it in December 2000. Adjusted for inflation, that's £101,500 and a bit in today's money. When you then consider how much technology there is in the new M5 compared to the E39 it suddenly doesn't seem such bad value... especially when factoring in the cheap finance available today, making the new car available to people who couldn't have dreamed of being able to get into an M5 twenty years ago.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I can't answer with specifics I'm afraid, as it's been added to a (long) list of parts already ordered by the garage carrying out the refresh. Part no. 17112228114 I believe, which is around £120. If I was ordering myself I'd likely have done so via Cotswold BMW who are forum sponsors here and who have been quick to deliver and good on price when I've used them in the past.
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    E39 M5: 'The Next Big Thing' on YouTube

    I think that the next 5 years will see the number of cars left tumble. They're still (relatively) cheap to buy but are not cheap to maintain, and for every good one that you see there's at least one that's tired. I've always kept an eye on Autotrader and other sales sites to keep an eye on the market generally and even those advertised at the higher end of the market often show visible signs of rust in the usual places on the photographs... those currently on Autotrader are no exception. Anyone frequenting this forum and M5board will also have seen reports of people who've gone to view a car and walked. Plenty of these will become parts cars. Just my view: other views are available.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    As for what I did for my own E39 today? Well I ordered a replacement expansion tank to replace the yellowed original, to be fitted as part of the renovation work currently being undertaken. It has always been a personal bugbear that M5 engine bays these days typically have a manky looking bit of plastic centre stage when you open the bonnet and I'll be pleased that mine will have a clean one. First world problems...
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Quite how much is leather is car specific. Mine has the extended heritage trim so the whole of the door card panel is leather covered, including the insert, handle and the door capping but to my knowledge the quilted centre panels on all cars where leather is fitted are also leather, to match the seats. I believe that this will be leather in your car (although I'm happy to be educated if I'm wrong).
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    Next car?

    I think the modern A6 models are unfairly criticised for their ride, based on earlier cars. My C6 model 3.0tdi (2005-2011) WAS a bit of a bone shaker on 19” rims and S-line suspension but the 2016 C7 model that I picked up earlier in the year as a family run around rides really well, despite being on S-line suspension and running on 20s. Don’t rule it out on the basis of being a harsh ride - it isn’t, and it’s an effortless motorway cruiser. The more recent iterations of the 3.0tdi have suffered a little with the addition of emissions control systems and the EGRs are fragile, but they’re still a good, comfy and quite sprightly car. The 3.0 bitdi motors (which come with a tiptronic auto rather than a dsg auto on the single turbo 3.0 tdis are very quick. I personally chose a previous generation a6 rather than a new one because of reports of quality issues with the new models, and because I think they’re too technologically complicated.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I never managed to get one when they were first released or on those rare occasions when they pop up for sale second hand but today I've successfully pre-ordered one of the new issue E39 M5 1/18 models that Otto has just released ready for delivery in January, which should coincide with my car coming back from a restoration overhaul and respray. Shame the model isn't Oxford Green to match! (Not an easy site to navigate but for anyone else interested they're on the Otto-models.com site in the club section, which is free to join)
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    Rear sill welding

    Sorry not to be clear; it’s coming out anyway as part of other work.
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    Rear sill welding

    The interior is coming out and the car is being stripped out so the time estimate starts to make sense, based upon those experiences. Thanks.
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    Rear sill welding

    Thanks for the input. It's a conscious decision to spend quite a bit having it done thoroughly and to get the quality of paint finish that I want. It is more the time estimate for welding rather than the total bill for the work that I'm not clear on, as I have no frame of reference having only spent a few £00s on welding of other cars in the past.