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mac214 2000 Carbon Black/Black Restoration Project
So, I guess this is somewhat brought on by going through Obioban and Jed's thread as I think it will help me remain motivated with the project and may help some people out in the process. So here we go.
A little background - I have always been into cars, probably into 30-40 different cars owned range, which puts me at a car every 6 months or so. I have always been passionate about cars and started off in the DSM scene with 8 different Eclipse/Talons/Evos through the years. Other notable and fun cars were an '08 C6 Z06 (probably should have kept it), '00 2.5RS, '06 Evo IX SE (probably should have held onto this one too), '00 Jeep Wrangler (off-roading in CO).
I also had the pleasure of owning some cars not here in the U.S. - Mitsubishi Delica and Twin Turbo Subaru Legacy Wagon (these come from living in Japan for a couple years).
Maybe I can post some pics/videos of track events, etc... from ownership above.
Anyways, I drove my dads 745Li for about 6 month before moving to Japan helping him to sell it and was really impressed with the build quality of the car.
Fast forward to coming back stateside after Japan, I picked up my truck out of storage, '01 F-150 King Ranch with 80k miles and immaculate condition (this is one I have owned since 2003 and will never get rid of it). My wife and I shared a '12 Acura TL since I worked from home. We drove that for about a year before moving again and decided to sell it to get her a new car and I would look for something fun again. The Acura was comfortable but for me it was extremely boring.
Now if you have read all of the background, this is where the thread will really start and actually have some relevancy to a BMW forum. I started off picking up a really well maintained '99 540i/6 in Oxford Green and have loved every minute of this car. Due to having spent a year with the 540 and still loving everything about the car, I decided the next logical purchase would be an M5. Being somewhat impatient, I purchased a 2 owner M5 off ebay that presented very well and was within my price/mileage ratio. I knew I would have some work to do to get it where I wanted but when it arrived, I was somewhat disappointed with my decision and impatience, and immediately started thinking about selling and moving on to find a better one. Live and learn, right (oh, and don't be impatient). I would never put it back up for sale where it sits and the more I thought about it, by the time I pay tax/registration and get it to where I would feel comfortable selling it to someone else, I have pretty much solved a number of things that bother me about the car. So, at least for now, I am planning on diving into this thing and taking the next couple years to sort out everything on the car and get it to something I will be happy to own forever, as that was the plan when purchasing since I am really trying to break myself of this car experiencer mentality and actually keep cars for the long-term.
She actually drives really well and looks to be sorted to some degree mechanically, although time will tell as I get into replacing wear items and getting the car up to standards. There is very little noise, if any, at start-up even in the cold so I am optimistic about VANOS. It hasn't gone through any amount of oil - I am having to DD it right now as the 540i went down for some cooling system replacement just before the M5 arrived. It appears that the PO of the 540i did all cooling items minus the expansion tank - glad they saved the $50.
Here are some pics as she was presented to me. I haven't taken a ton of pics as she was somewhat shunned in the first month of ownership as I kicked myself for the purchase. As I poured over the boards and planned my restoration, while driving her everyday, I have slowly accepted her into the fold with plans to have eventually had a thorough replacement of any and every part that needs addressed.