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Handle is out, did it after dinner last night. I don't see how this could be done through that tiny access hole in the end of the door. I ended up pulling the door panel off in order to access the retaining tab with my hooked pick and used a screw driver through the portal to engage the tab. Once that was done, the handle came out quite easily. Bad news is that the handle part you lift is completely broken. Good news is that I was able to piece it back together with epoxy and sheet metal. Hopefully it will hold long enough to get a replacement, if I can get it back in. So, a few more questions....
1. Was Carbon Black color only available on the M5? I'd like to find a used handle if possible.
2. When I took the door card off and the airbag, I did not disconnect the battery. Probably not a good idea, but I didn't consider it at the time. Is it really a concern? Do I need to disconnect the battery while messing with this thing?
While it is all apart I will see about fixing my rattling window mechanism, as well.
2000 M5 Carbon Black
Dinan 3.45 Differential
Dinan Springs w/ Koni Yellow Sport shocks
Dinan Rear Sway Bar
E60 545 SSK
275 PSS on OEM 9.5" all around