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On my 2003 M5, there's a slight bubble in the dash pad, that basically only I notice. I went to Clemster to pick up a bubble free dash pad. I'm probably going to eventually get around to installing it. I've had the lower dash apart completely, and the gauge cluster out for various installs/repairs, so I know how it all comes apart.
 

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I'm one of the few folks who have DIY'd the evap core. It's a tedious, long, complicated job but at least you're working inside the car and not under it. Took a lot of careful labeling and bagging of parts but it was worth it with how much the job costs to have done.
 

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Have you posted details on this car anywhere? I'm also in NC (Charlotte), and always down for a nice project. Send me a PM with more info if you've decided you want to sell it.
 

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Have you posted details on this car anywhere? I'm also in NC (Charlotte), and always down for a nice project. Send me a PM with more info if you've decided you want to sell it.
Apologies for ghosting on this thread. I've been waiting (and waiting) for the dealer to get me one of the parts they broke.

A bit of update: since I made the dealer put a new cap on the AC service port everything's been hunky-dory. Three weeks from the dealer's original diagnosis the AC is working just fine, thank you. NC weather has turned beastly (high 80's) and even then the AC starts blowing cool air from a cold start by the end of my (140') driveway. A few hundred yards down the road it's meat locker cold.

I am more than a little suspicious that the AC service port was the real problem. I've talked to some local mechanics (not BMW specialists, but folks with AC experience) and these valves do go bad. They're just a fancy Schrader valve like the ones on your tires. And when they get, say, 20 years old their internal rubber parts can and do give out. You don't see this on tires since it's more than likely they get replaced every time you get new tires.

I'll PM you a way to reach me and a link to a handful of pictures. We are hosting a dinner on Saturday night but a trip to Charlotte or parts between is an easy drive down 52 South and then I-85.
 

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Well, I was wrong. The AC is truly Borked after running OK for about six weeks. I've got a family reunion coming up and will be listing this for sale upon return.
 

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Adam doesn't part out every single car he gets, he's sold a handful of M5's. He took a blown up Dinan S3 car, put it back to factory fresh and sold it. I went down and looked at the car in person.

Said car recently sold on BaT

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2003-bmw-m5-37/

If this car is good condition wise you'd be better off selling it to him, letting him fix it and give it a new lease on life with someone else. Selling it dirt cheap on craigslist is going to turn it into an inner city ghetto cruiser in no time flat.

You could always try and list it on BaT yourself, let it go to the highest bidder. Would probably set the record for cheapest M5 on BaT.
Ray's old car!

--Peter
 
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