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M5board
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/124875-m5board-com-stickers-now-available.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/187751-private-messaging-pm-threshold.html
HOWTO: Upload pictures to M5Board.com
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/134085-m5board-com-your-mobile-m-m5board-com-tapatalk-enabled.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/167702-m5board-cellphone-enabled-tapatalk-app-iphone-android-blackberry-nokia.html


General
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/197746-very-best-bmw-dealers-indy-shops.html
Buying a car out of state tips?
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/249905-service-bulletins.html
Book recommendations
Website recommendations
ALL BMW technical documentation ONLINE!
MP3 disc creation guide
Aftermaket Warranty Information Database
List of Abbreviation/Terms


General E39 M5
Download E39 M5 Owner's Manuals
Owners Manuals in English for the 2000, 2002 and 2003 models are attached at the bottom of this post.
M5 E39 Body Style S62 engine FACTS
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/203127-write-up-e39-m5-extensive-production-statistics.html
M5 Common Problems and Running Costs
M5board featured in TotalBMW Buyer's Guide
Places to look for rust when buying an E39 M5
Videos: Learning to Launch and Shift the M5
Greg's M5 driving school
Recall Campaign 01V-206: Engine Auxiliary/Cooling Fan


Parts diagrams
Part groups BMW 5' E39, M5 (S62)
RealOEM.com * Diagram Selection
http://www.penskeparts.com/DiagramsMain.aspx?vid=47592&rnd=03192010


Audio
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/105714-e39-m5-m-audio-speaker-configuration.html
The Unofficial BMW M5 Messageboard (m5board.com) - Adding Amps to DSP WITHOUT Cleansweeps
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/128976-my-experience-upgradingthe-e39-m5-sound-system.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/140127-my-stereo-installation-alpine-illusion-audio-hybrid-audio-audio-control-dynaudio-knukonceptz-advice-doug.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/130875-timmay77s-stereo-build-complete-aftermarket-system.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/78306-aftermarket-stereo-subwoofers-pics.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/33988-now-what-i-call-m-audio-audio-upgrade-info-long.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/103536-m-audio-subwoofer-question.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/133637-how-much-power-can-m-audio-subs-handle.html


Battery
Battery Replacement Options: BMW, OE, etc..
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/149845-got-battery-drain-problems-check-here.html


Brakes
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/40221-changing-ebc-red-brake-pads-any-gotchas-install.html
excellent brake article
Why aren't the OEM rotors cross-drilled?
Which Big Brake Kit (BBK)?
E39 M5 Brake Duct Modification


Code Reader
Peake Research tool for reading ODB2 & BMW fault codes
Which model Peake reader to get
Knowledge base on Peake codes for E39 M5


Drivetrain
Speeds, gears, torque, acceleration, rear-ends, etc.
Differential Leak
Jammed Transmission Selector Fix
Clean up shifter slop


Engine Oil
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/142633-what-bmw-has-say-subject-oil.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/154780-intersting-read-oil-consumption.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/151177-oil-thread-actual-data-194-uoas-s62s.html
Oil FAQ


Engine
TPS & CPS sensors: camshaft position, crankshaft position, throttle position
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/171884-faq-fearful-tapping-sound-thats-much-ado-about-nothing.html (ticking, not rod bearings)
Banks Cylinders numbering
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/148554-who-had-rod-bearing-issues-please-post-details.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/152019-how-much-space-opposite-hood.html
How to test the MAFs yourself and How MAFs work
Cleaning MAFS
MAF sensor removal tool?
Carbon Buildup FAQ (summary) Peake AA code
Carbon Buildup FAQ (long)
Software fix for Carbon Build-Up issue
PICS: Carbon Cleaning- secondary air passages
Oil Filter Housing Mount
How VANOS work
Vanos Issues
VANOS Solenoid Replacement DIY
VANOS Warranty in California
Long and technical: thoughts on cold air intakes and temp sensor relocation
Steve Dinan's White Paper on the Dinan S2-M5 and Dyno Testing
Zionsville Super Duty Radiator Installation
Rod Bearing Replacement- In Car- Pictures and costs
Timing Chain Replacement, VANOS replacement and setting timing
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/196276-rod-bearings-thread-compilation.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/205485-time-get-up-close-personal-vanos-board-solenoids.html


Exhaust
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/165564-official-straight-pipe-muffler-delete-fact-thread.html
Info: When installing Supersprint Headers
Muffler Delete- ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW


Fuel
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/206282-suddenly-stranded-testing-your-fuel-tank-levels-fuel-pump-relay-fuel-pump-10-minutes-piece-copper-wire.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/157717-fuel-gauge-showed-1-3-tank-car-ran-out-gas.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/122970-changed-your-fuel-filter-lately-filter-cut-open-pic.html
Another Fuel Tank Breather DIY (Peake E8 code)


Instrumentation
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/89257-home-link-genie-intellicode.html
Secret menu
www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/316282-m5-obc-secret-menu.html
Tech: How to reset your service indicator
NAV FAQ
NAV Hardware and Software Version
NAV Status Screen providing gyro data
4:3 to 16:9 navigation upgrade
Changing the viewing angle of the 16/9 navi screen
Oil Pressure Gauge Install
Missing Pixels on dashboard display
Repair guide for missing pixels in odometer display
Alternate Repair guide for missing pixels in odometer display - Ribbon Cable Replacement

Vent Fan Failure--Final Stage Unit replacement?
Troubleshooting non-working central locking system (key is not dead)
Troubleshooting remote trunk (boot) release
Rear Deck Rattle - DIY Fix
DIY guide for Bluetooth retrofit kit
Stealth One Software
Stealth One Manual


Suspension
www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/496730-suspension-thread-popular-coilover-spring-shock-setups-compiled-here.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/114743-what-you-need-know-about-your-suspension.html
Suspension alignment specifications
Rear Swaybar Brackets
Fixed steering wheel vibration!
X5 Thrust arm bushings
Installing X5 bushings
Possible front control arm bushing failure?
Installing Ground Control suspension
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/170872-rear-suspension-overhaul-observations.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/202521-couple-vids-steering-linkage-play-balljoints.html


Bodywork & Lights
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/208587-fasteners-undertrays.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/150669-wipers.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/191144-insight-into-bmws-failed-auto-dimming-mirrors.html
Angel Eyes - Stock vs PIAA vs ICE [PICS]
Installing Celis Tail Lights
Step-by-step paint scratch removal guide
Failing Electrochromic Mirror- Warranty Info
Adventures with Headlight Adjusters
Passenger side mirror replacement
00 --> 01 Front Headlight Conversion Instructions
Steering wheel / airbag upgrade


Wheels & Tires
Original Manufacturer of Chrome Shadow paint
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/190909-3mm-spacers-rear-wheels-front-bbk.html


Special Project Cars
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/203073-jeds-official-e39-m5-touring-build-thread.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/196274-my-successful-s62-engine-rebuild-thank-you.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/168649-cross-breed-2jz-m5-video-pictures.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/169950-diary-e39-m5-restoration-how-random-collection-parts-becomes-car.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/150789-3200lb-supercharged-widebody-build-thread.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/153039-life-my-e39-m5-show-car-my-journey.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/176437-official-my-s62-z3-m-coupe-build-thread.html
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/163298-e39-ls1-swap-completed.html
M5 UTE conversion
My thoughts on living with a Area 51 Supercharged M5
On acquiring “El Diablo”, Black M5/Discovery Automotive über-beast!
Buildstory of DINAN supercharged 540i Touring
540i 4.9 Kompressor buildstory
Nowack N-500
S3 #17 Is Back From Dinan
First Impressions with my Dinan S3 #18. Test Drive today......
Dinan S3 project has started......
Report on Delivery of Dinan S3 #22 (pics) [Very comprehensive write-up]
Dinan S3 #23 is back
Build of NYC S3 #24 (Pictures)
NOS on e39 M5?
 

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Re: Writing FAQ for E39 M5?

I agree... good concept. The challenge may be getting someone to write it. Perhaps it could be parsed out. For example individuals well-informed about certain topics might contribute a section.

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Re: Writing FAQ for E39 M5?

This is a very good idea, Kees!

I would suggest we get the FAQ off to a flying start by performing some board searches on each of the subjects suggested, and list links to some of the interesting threads.

Then we can add summary / consensus / conclusion text in the FAQ itself until it becomes a useful document in its own right.

I strongly suggest you make the FAQ thread "moderator post only" and that we keep all discussion about the FAQ content as such in separeate threads, and then as knowledge and consensus evolves the moderators move the most relevant parts of the texts into the FAQ.

Cheers!

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Re: Writing FAQ for E39 M5?

For all the DIYers, a list of

1) bolt/nut sizes needed for common services (oil drain, tranny drain, diff drain, brake caliper, underbody panel, etc.)

2) Proper torque for lug nuts, spark plugs, etc.

3) An index with URLs to all known DIY procedures
 

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Re: Writing FAQ for E39 M5?

DavidS said:
This is a very good idea, Kees!

I would suggest we get the FAQ off to a flying start by performing some board searches on each of the subjects suggested, and list links to some of the interesting threads.

Then we can add summary / consensus / conclusion text in the FAQ itself until it becomes a useful document in its own right.
Agreed - if people provide links to posts with clear information about particulair subjects, the information about each subject can be compiled into the dedicated FAQ thread.

Let's use this thread to compile usefull information, I will then copy/paste the finished text into the FAQ thread.

I strongly suggest you make the FAQ thread "moderator post only" and that we keep all discussion about the FAQ content as such in separeate threads, and then as knowledge and consensus evolves the moderators move the most relevant parts of the texts into the FAQ.
Created FAQ thread here:
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=62487
 

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Re: Writing FAQ for E39 M5?

As a 'late-joiner' to M5 ownership, I had the benefit of this board to help answer many questions and concerns prior to my purchase since September. Having joined this board since '00, I got to learn a whole lot about the beast. The following are just some of the helpful bookmarks I collected regarding specific issues with the car.

Differential Leak
Vanos Issues
MAFs
NAV Hardware and Software Version
Oil Filter Housing Mount
NAV Status Screen providing gyro data
M5 Common Problems and Running Costs
Carbon Buildup FAQ

These are just bookmarks I thought were helpful at the time of my 'study' and there maybe better threads around. I have not posted threads relating to brakes, suspension, clutch, and many more subjects as I only bookmarked the ones with more relevance to me for the time being. So if I do find more good ones out there, I'd be sure to post them up.

All in all, it's great reading and learning about this special car from this board. Thanks to those such as DavidS who have contributed a lot of helpful info within many of those threads.

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Re: Writing FAQ for E39 M5?

I would be interested and even though I only know a little, I'll try to help.

:thumbsup: swisschard
 

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Re: Writing FAQ for E39 M5?

I could help on the stuff I know about, which isn't a lot as my car (purchased new) hasn't had many problems, but I am a finatic about my cars (4 BMWs, 1 Porsche 911) ... but, I used to be a mechanic and know a little about mechanical things ... even rebuilt a 1963 Porsche transmission once and it worked perfectly afterwards ... but, with the computers (I worked for IBM for 17 years), and all the electricals, today's cars are much tougher to fix ... alas.

2003 M5, with 38,000 miles.
 

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Re: Writing FAQ for E39 M5?

I don't know if it will work, but it's a great idea...but who's going to write the section on "oil" ouich

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I've just got an 02 M5 any issues or quirks that i need to now about ?????
my 98 M3 was a dream .. i sure like the wolf in sheeps clothing though , just woundering if has any problem areas to watch out for ??

thanks jim
 

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I've just got an 02 M5 any issues or quirks that i need to now about ?????
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just woundering if has any problem areas to watch out for ??
Yes, watch out for BMW Dealer Bastards! ;-)

Seriously, if you have a good mechanic and a good SA working at a good dealership, take good care of them all. It will make ownig an M5 a lot easier.

For some things to check: http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=62422

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i think a 'realistic' maintanance schedule would be good too. For instance, i've found the car to run significantly better with fresh plugs, and have changed mine every 25k or so. Additionally, mafs every 30-40k miles is probably a good bet too, especially since we're finding cheap sources.
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yah i know about the dealers !!! if not in a freakin suit they treat like a piece of s***!

i into good maintanance already , have lots of friends highly skilled, so they say ! LOL

thanks for your info ...

02 M5 TI SILVER ; BLACK

DINAN COLD AIR INTAKES
DINAN EXHAUST
STAGE 3 SUSPENSION/KONI
LIGHTENED FLYWHEEL/HD CLUTCH
DINAN FRONT/REAR STRUT BARS
 

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Addition FAQ E39 M5s

Can you add a category relating to higher mileage E39 M5s?

By that I mean, what are the issues maintenance and repair related for the S62 engines after 100K?

To illustrate, older 911s--like 10-20 years old--have a number of practical mechanic experienced suggestions for the 911 engine.

As all of us E39 users (who like me want to keep it) get out of warranty and proceed into the 150-200K engine mileage area, what can we expect?

I would hope that others have share their experiences, and even including replacing the engine and transmission when it reaches its compression whatever end.

thanks
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I think a "how to do a search" thread would be handy based on some of the questions that are coming up on the board....

how do i get rid of the accept screen?
Can I run the same size tires front and rear...
etc...
 

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i think a 'realistic' maintanance schedule would be good too. For instance, i've found the car to run significantly better with fresh plugs, and have changed mine every 25k or so. Additionally, mafs every 30-40k miles is probably a good bet too, especially since we're finding cheap sources.
Mike
Especially about the "LIFETIME" trans and diff oils:rolleyes:
 
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