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New member to the forums but no stranger to German engineering and finally an owner of an E60 M5 and happy to join and contribute to the M5Board on my upcoming journey.

So the stories goes… I had been searching for a used M5 project for the past couple of months and came across a flood recovery on Copart and got the car on the cheap. I know the risk involved and had prior experience with flood cars and also have a buddy who works for an insurance company that provided me the history on the car.
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Car arrived 2 days ago and I spent a couple hours troubleshooting and investigating the flood claim. To my surprise the car is in really good shape and equipped with a full AC Schnitzer package and exhaust (bonus for me J)..Interior is near perfect with no signs of water damage, pulled up the carpet and no smell of mold or water..Interesting..and all electronics work<o:p></o:p>
Now the fun begins. Car did turn over and start but has a knock in what I suspect is the bottom end and possibly a notorious rod bearing issue. Speculations at this point and could something else.

Drained the oil and looks like chocolate milk, not a good sign.. Also inside of the oil filler is coated in white sludge (see picture).
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I will be breaking the engine down in the upcoming weeks and look forward to hear from fellow members on rebuild, swap, repair experience.
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Advise and comments are welcome. Good or bad.

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Hopefully you paid less than 10k for the car. It will probably cost you no less than 10k to get it running. Depending on the mileage its a low to high 20's car. Good Luck.
 

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Hopefully you paid less than 10k for the car. It will probably cost you no less than 10k to get it running. Depending on the mileage its a low to high 20's car. Good Luck.
Thanks, I did get it for less than $10K and considering the AC Schnitzer package, rims and good body and interior I am prepared for a costly rebuild or will be checking with Troy on a used motor. Depending on what i find when I open her up
 

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Troy Jeup should be expecting a call shortly...
 
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Those wheels...
Like or dis-like? They are MHT's which I am not familiar with. I'm not a fan of polished aluminum and chrome so was thinking off powder coating the lips black and going gun metal grey for the centers. Wheels are straight and have nice set of Continental DWS's that easily run $250 each.
 

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Good luck as it looks like from the knocking that you may need a rebuild. Troy will take care of you.

Yeah those wheels are fugly HAHA!!
 

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Trash the wheels. Good luck with the project and keep us posted.
 
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...Drained the oil and looks like chocolate milk, not a good sign.. Also inside of the oil filler is coated in white sludge (see picture)...
Water or coolant in the oil is never good. You might want to send a sample to Blackstone for analysis :lightbulb:
The oil filler also does not look good, but might not actually indicate a problem. Similar pictures have been posted, and were simply cars in cool climates that were not driven very much.
 

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Reminds me of 2008 Indianapolis red flood titled car that was for sale on this board, beautiful condition only 5,000 miles on OEM replacement motor, the Surgeon that originally owned it dipped the nose into a flooded underpass just enough to suck up water into the low mounted intake snorkel (that was the story told by second owner) and hydro-locked the original motor thus after repaired by Insurance was branded a flood car.

If you pull the pan you may want to check for bent rods.
 

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Reminds me of 2008 Indianapolis red flood titled car that was for sale on this board, beautiful condition only 5,000 miles on OEM replacement motor, the Surgeon that originally owned it dipped the nose into a flooded underpass just enough to suck up water into the low mounted intake snorkel (that was the story told by second owner) and hydro-locked the original motor thus after repaired by Insurance was branded a flood car.

If you pull the pan you may want to check for bent rods.
That story doesn't agree with the laws of physics. I'm betting he went a "little further" than just the lowers.

BMW even stated in the "Complete Vehicle" PDF:
The S85 requires four air ducts in order to achieve maximum output. A large cross section could not be realized for package space reasons. In addition, the upper intake ducts define the fording capability of the M5.
Seriously, who goes "fording" in an M5? hiha
It's amazing how much shadiness goes on in salvage autos.
 

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Go with Troy's 6.0L stroker motor while you are rebuilding it ;)
 
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