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Please let me know if you find a better DIY for any of the below, either here or on an external site. New DIYs are always welcome.

Summary of Mike Miller’s Old School Maintenance Schedule (not specific to E60 M5)
(Email Mike Miller for the full writeup: techtalk [at]
- Brake fluid: Every 1-2 years
- Engine coolant: Every 2 years (50/50 mix of BMW anti-freeze + distilled water)
- Engine oil/filter: Every 7,500 miles (Castrol TWS Motorsport 10W-60)
- Engine air filter: Inspect every 15,000 miles, replace every 15,000-30,000
- Cabin air filter: Inspect every 15,000 miles, replace every 15,000-30,000
- Power steering fluid: every 30,000 miles (Pentosin CHF 11.S)
- Transmission oil (SMG & 6MT): every 30,000 miles (MTF-LT-2 or Red Line MTL)
..........(Note: This does not refer to the hydraulic fluid for the SMG pump, which is the same as the power steering fluid - CHF 11S)
- Differential oil: every 30,000 miles (Castrol SAF-XJ or Red Line 75W-140)
- Spark plugs: every 30,000-60,000 miles (stick with OEM but Amazon has them cheap)
- Fuel filter: every 60,000 miles
- Engine drive belts: every 60,000 miles
- O2 sensors: 150k miles (or just wait for it to trip a CEL)
- Water/fuel hoses: 150k miles
- Rod bearings: As early as 50k miles (see here)

Oil change:
- thanks Black Hawk

Oil change 2 [pics dead]:
- thanks jfenley

Brake fluid flush: BMW Brake Fluid Change:
- thanks Killer-Bimmer (PDF saved here if external link breaks:

Transmission fluid flush:
- thanks Clyde and WallyM5 (original reference thread:

Differential fluid flush:
- thanks SoCaLE39

Differential fluid flush 2:
- thanks Black Hawk

Power steering fluid flush (regular E60): Power Steering Flush - - Forums
- thanks Inferno

Spark plug replacement:
- thanks mdyaman and dkz (original thread with broken DIY:

Spark plug/coil replacement:
- thanks STM5

Air filter replacement: BMW E60 M5 DIY: Air Filter Replacement
- thanks mdyaman (reference thread:
- Dinan air filter replacement:

Fuel filter/sending unit replacement:
- thanks mdyaman

Brake rotor/pad/sensor change:
- thanks f1lmmaker
- also see this video for an E63: Brake Pad and rotor replacement for BMW M6 - YouTube)
- also see this writeup for an E63: DIY: BMW 650i / 645Ci / E63 / E64 Brake Pad and Rotors - Bimmerfest - BMW Forums

Brake pad change:
- thanks Badr and Clyde

Drive belt/pulley replacement:
- thanks FastHackem

Cabin air filter replacement: BMW 5 Series (E60, E61) 2004-2010 - Cabin microfilter fresh air filter DIY, how to - YouTube
- also: Fixing Stuff: Replacing BMW E60 Microfilter (cabin air filter)
- thanks sigsegv (reference thread:

Service interval reset via OBC:
- thanks celicatoe46m3

Rod bearing replacement:
- thanks GAS-Man

Throttle body cleaning:
- thanks duhmingus

Throttle actuator motor replacement:
- thanks vataam5

Replace VANOS solenoids:
- thanks anzafin
(see here for additional VANOS info:

Alternator removal/replacement:
- thanks Euroskeptik

Rear window cover/seal: E60 BMW M5 Rear Window Cover Replacement DIY - YouTube
- thanks mcw331 (reference thread:

Windshield trim replacement (E63):
- thanks Clyde

Voltage regulator:
- thanks latinskllz

Radiator/Cooling system:
- thanks Euroskeptic

SMG service workflow and troubleshooting diagrams:
- thanks phorte

SMG hydraulic pump replacement:
- thanks B767capt

SMG pump relay replacement:
- thanks cobratom (also see here from B767capt:

SMG repair/replacement pictorial:
- thanks ///power

Battery replacement:
- thanks Tottifan

New battery registration: and
- thanks dave t (E63 forum) and Sophie

Steering angle sensor (SZL) cleaning:
- thanks shuriki and g_force_alt (reference thread:

MAF sensor removal/cleaning:
- thanks mdyaman

Access/repair windshield wiper fluid reservoir: Leaking Windshield washer reservoir - Bimmerfest - BMW Forums
- thanks mdyaman (reference thread:

Pre-Cat O2 sensor replacement:
- thanks douglas_ngo

Pre-Cat O2 sensor replacement 2: (post #277)
- thanks anzafin

Themostat replacement:
- thanks vantaam5, PRM5 and tkhater

Remove transmission (from ISTA):
- thanks WallyM5

Clutch replacement 1 (for E63):
- thanks Q.

Clutch replacement 2:
- thanks Niner49

DIS Clutch adaptation:
- thanks Inferno

Charcoal filter removal:
- thanks Jfenley

Scoops (RPI): Race Precision Forums • View topic - RPi e60 M5/530/545 Ram Air Intake Installation Instructions
- thanks RPI

Block off plates: Race Precision Forums • View topic - E60/E63 Ram Air Box - Block Off Plate/Plug Installation
- thanks RPI

Scoops/filters (aFe):
- thanks [email protected]

Oil cooler: Race Precision Forums • View topic - RPi M5 Oil Cooler Install Instructions
- thanks RPI

DME/ECU removal: Race Precision Forums • View topic - E60 M5 DME/ECU Removal Instructions
- thanks RPI

Sprint booster install: BMW Sprint Booster Installation - Bavarian Autosport - YouTube
- thanks Fumanstu (reference thread:

Pulley install: Race Precision Forums • View topic - RPi Pulley Kit Installation - M5/M6
- thanks RPIpower (reference thread:

Spring install 1 (front/rear for E63):
- thanks survyor2 (E63 forum)

Spring install 2:
- thanks ktan

Spring install 3:
- thanks stunt

Spring install 4:
- thanks supark

Bolt replacement after spring install:
- thanks V10PWR

SMG Euro software reprogram:
- thanks Vodyk for expertise and BB8888 for DIY summary (reference thread:

Nitrous Oxide (NOS) controller wiring:
- thanks rocket5979

Short-throw shifter install:
- thanks Infamous Q

Headlight height adjustment [pics dead]:
- thanks Kegger and jseter

Headlight removal/replacement: BMW E60 angel eyes replacement installation right side - YouTube
- thanks m5Dreamin (reference thread:

Angel eye/daytime running light replacement: Quick replace of the daytime running lamp - BMW 5 series - YouTube
- thanks mdyaman

Taillight removal/replacement: DIY LCI taillight retrofit - 5 Series Forums
- thanks mdyaman (reference thread:

Kidney grill removal:
- thanks avlynch

Side grill removal: How to remove e60 M5 side vent - YouTube
- thanks wstxoutlaw (reference thread:

Roundel replacement: Product Installation Tutorial: BMW Roundel Upgrades - YouTube
- thanks Jlevi_SW (reference thread:

Painting brake calipers:
- thanks zerocks1 (E63 forum)

Replace lower side mirror cover:
- thanks ///Pete

LED side turn signal:
- thanks V10PWR

LED side turn signal_2:
- thanks [email protected]_SW

All red tail lights:
- thanks MTV10

LED license plate lights:
- thanks V10PWR

Door pathway/puddle light upgrade:
- thanks Tottifan

Remove airbag warnings from visor [no pics]:
- thanks Wolverine

Interior trim carbon fiber wrap (pre LCI):
- thanks Jlevi SW

Aluminum pedals:
- thanks ttribe

Shift knob replacement (6MT):
- thanks OldM6guy (E63 forum)

E-brake handle replacement:
- thanks OldM6guy (E63 forum)

Steering wheel trim replacement:
- thanks Clyde (E63 forum)

Steering wheel trim replacement 2: Removal & fitting of E60 lower trim cover - MY MOTIV BMW
- thanks rittiman (reference thread:

SMG shift paddle replacement:
- thanks Clyde (E63 forum)

SMG plate removal/replacement:
- thanks petesamprs

Squeaky side bolster repair:
- thanks CBarton and OzMosis

Heads-Up Display height adjustment: BMW E60 Heads Up Display Adjustment
- thanks Turner Motorsports

Cupholder removal/replacement: BMW, Cup Holder, Can Holder, Replacement, DIY Do It Yourself and Save Money E60 5 Series - YouTube
- thanks mdyaman

Steering wheel restoration:
- thanks SoCaLE39

Thigh Support Extension Motor Repair:
- thanks rt7085

V1 hardwire (tap passenger footwell cigarette lighter) + Concealed display:
- thanks rlpM5

V1 hardwire (tap sunroof wiring): radardet - 5 Series Forums

Coding/software tweaks [E60 forum]:
- thanks bowtie17

Coding/software tweaks 2 [E63 forum]:
- thanks zerocks1

Laser jammer install:
- thanks Gustav

iPod MOST adapter:
- thanks mcw331

Auxiliary input install (for early model E60s):
- thanks bimma328

Center channel speaker replacement (E63):
- thanks whatheheck and KILLZBUGZ (reference thread:

Diversity antenna amplifier replacement: Diversity Amplifier Replacement - - Forums
- thanks mdyaman

2010 CIC install (updated NAV):
- thanks stunt

E60 M5 aftersales manual:

Alignment specs:
- thanks bmw1986

Torque tightening specs (NOTE: this is for older BMWs; may not apply for E60/S85 engine in all cases):
- thanks mdyaman

Fuse Diagram (E63):
- thanks Clyde and whatheheck (E63 forum)

Check control messages (E92):
- thanks mdyaman

Access hidden NAV menu:
- thanks scoopz

Wiring diagram (general E60): WDS BMW Wiring Diagram System - 5 E60 E61

Find a local indy: BMW Repair Shops- Find a BMW Mechanic |

Owner’s manual: Owner's Manual - BMW North America

Find part numbers: RealOEM or Penske Parts

DISCLAIMER: In most cases these DIYs are not written by professionals. Undertake these projects at your own risk.

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make this a STICKY!!!!!


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Just what we need here. I did the Laser Jammer last week. Waiting for a SMG clutch replacement. I see there is one on here done overseas. If I do the SMG, I'll post with pictures.

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Discussion Starter #4 (Edited)
Just what we need here. I did the Laser Jammer last week. Waiting for a SMG clutch replacement. I see there is one on here done overseas. If I do the SMG, I'll post with pictures.
Yes, the SMG replacement on here I believe was done by a guy in Saudi Arabia. It wasn't really a full DIY - more just pictures of progress. If you do end up doing the SMG, and full DIY w/ pics and tools required would be immensely valuable.


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Wow - this is great - I fully agree - this needs to be a sticky. If I put any DIY together in the near future, I'll be sure to do a write up, and include in this thread, if desired.

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STICKY!!!!! thank you!

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This is fabulous. Thanks Pete for compiling! Sadly, I have already done several DIY project via the brute force method. ouich
Will be checking here first before any new ones come up. Cheers!

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This is great and I appreciate all the time it takes to compile all of this. One item I would call out though out of respect of Mike Miller who does a fabulous job for BMWCCA/Roundel is for us to respect his work. He asks members to e-mail him for the "Old School BMW Maintenance Schedule", which he does in a very timely manner; on the first page he states:

"Please do not post on the Internet. Two reasons: 1) This document is copyrighted. 2) It gets updated periodically."

I understand this is a link to another thread, but think the moderators should pull that as well. Don't get me wrong I think the information is great, but as an engineer I hate intellectual theft specifically when it's called out; that’s why I don’t drive a Lexus!


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Discussion Starter #15
Killer - good point. I'll remove that link and include just a summary of his recommendations and his contact info if people want the whole writeup.

Have some other changes to make too but I'm past the 24hr edit period. Working with the mods to figure out how to keep it updated.

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Discussion Starter #16
Master DIY updated:
- Removed Old School maintenance schedule link (it is still on the forum but you have to get it yourself)....but added a summary of it.
- Alignment specs
- Fuse diagram (E63, but likely similar for E60)
- SMG plate replacement
- Other resources section, including owners manual

Anything else worth adding?

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Discussion Starter #19
Anyone seen avlnch around? Trying to work with him to post the next update to this DIY thread but can't get a hold of him.

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Anyone seen avlnch around? Trying to work with him to post the next update to this DIY thread but can't get a hold of him.
try the moderators "Kees" or "Administrator"
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