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Old 14th January 2013, 07:04   #1
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Putting The Beast back on the road

Hello. As you can see, I've been a longtime fan of the Beast and just recently I was able to pick one up. I got me a 2000 M5 silver but with high miles. The car has 179k and was parked for about 6 months. There was another car that I had set my eyes on but by the time I booked a flight to NY the owner sold it. I ended up picking a local one and make it my new project. It would need a complete Vanos job, refresh the suspension, tires.
On my first day of ownership, I gave it a full detail. The previous owner really did not take good care of the car. Took me about 6 hrs to refresh the all leather two tones inside. The outside of the car was not bad. Just need a good polish, witch I would do after sorting out the mechanics.
So on day two, decided to do oil change and a quick tune up. I was shock of the color and thickness of the oil. Lets not mention the plugs. You can judge from the pictures. What worry me the most was finding Anti-freeze on all coils. The car was misfiring on all cylinders, I also had codes on bank 1 and 2 ad code from the Vanos. The water pump has already been replace with all belts and thermostat. There is no turning back. And it will get fix. I had already replace all 8 ignition coils were replaced. Now the car is idling a little better. Tomorrow, I'm planing on removing the Vanos and servicing it. I'll for sure look for the cause of the " flood". I may just go ahead and refresh the engine. All seal and liquids will be replace.
For now, I have already order all suspension parts minus the coilovers. I have not made up my mind in between BC, Bilstein, HR and Koni.


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Old 15th January 2013, 00:13   #2
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Glad to see you putting the beast back on the road. Good luck with the work, you def came to the right place !!!

PS I recommend replacing all fluids in the car. Brake, tranny, diff, PS, coolant and also fuel filter.
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Old 15th January 2013, 08:24   #3
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after you are done with the important things I would recommend to take off those silly splitters. just my 2 cents. Nice job cleaning the car up.
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^ What he said. Please, please, pleaasseee get rid of those fugly splitters. A clean looking OEM bumper is way better. Otherwise, glad to see a beast being brought back to its glory! Moreover, you may want to replace the MAFs at that mileage.
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^ What he said. Please, please, pleaasseee get rid of those fugly splitters. A clean looking OEM bumper is way better. Otherwise, glad to see a beast being brought back to its glory! Moreover, you may want to replace the MAFs at that mileage.
Just have not got to that step yet but they will be remove. The front bumper look will be very different. For now I'm doing the soft repair just to have a good and solid base to work with: oil change, tune up, oil filter, injectors, ignition coils, making sure the car run smooth. Then rebuilding the suspension from scratch, the engine, exhaust, sound system and outside. This is my plan. The crazy thing is I want to get most of it done within a month. Already order the suspension part except for the coilovers, ignition coils, all filters.
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The great thing about your approach is that when you're done, the entire car will be refreshed and you'll know what you have. Sometimes it can make more sense to go through a high mileage car than buy a car with lower mileage for more money that will need a refresh also in a few years down the road.
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The great thing about your approach is that when you're done, the entire car will be refreshed and you'll know what you have. Sometimes it can make more sense to go through a high mileage car than buy a car with lower mileage for more money that will need a refresh also in a few years down the road.
Specially for the price. It was very hard to work away from. Plus most receipt of the latest service were shown to me.
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E39 is my favorite.
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Just have not got to that step yet but they will be remove. The front bumper look will be very different. For now I'm doing the soft repair just to have a good and solid base to work with: oil change, tune up, oil filter, injectors, ignition coils, making sure the car run smooth. Then rebuilding the suspension from scratch, the engine, exhaust, sound system and outside. This is my plan. The crazy thing is I want to get most of it done within a month. Already order the suspension part except for the coilovers, ignition coils, all filters.
You definitely have the right approach! Deal with the hard stuff first and cosmetics are (somwhat) easily taken care of later. Good luck with the rebuild and be sure to post photos of your progress! We all have the same car, but we enjoy looking at others!
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Look at what finally came in. Suspension overhaul. Thank Chip Foose and overhaul, lets do it right the first time.

Presently waiting for fuel rail system, most of the sensors. I'm thinking of doing an Evolve tune so no MAF will be replace. And yes almost every single gasket in the engine bay for a better compression. Getting there, one step at a time.

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