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Picked up this beautiful M5 last week from Clemster's (Adam) neighbor. I was on the hunt day and night since my E90 M3 sold much quicker than I expected. It was love at first sight and luckily a car that was within driving distance. After scouring the for sale ads this was the first Alpine White E39 M5 I had come across. The Caramel Beige interior actually works really on the Alpine White, better than I had imagined. My goal was to find a lower mileage car with the least amount of modifications, or stock if possible. This M5 came up as a single owner, 100% bone stock E39 M5, no accident, garage kept, 13 year old car. With 79K miles I think its the perfect age! Once I got on the phone with the Adam it was clear the car had been well taken care of and was something I was ready to pick up immediately. The car did require some items immediately and I am currently in the process of over hauling some things.

Exterior of the car received a full paint restoration today using Menzerna polishes and Opti coat 2.0 for protection. Got the paint almost looking new, I am extremely pleased with the result after all the hard work. I had a PDR specialist come out and pop out about 6 dings the other day. None of them were too serious but now the exterior of the car is just about flawless! I used Alpine White bumper plugs to fill in the license plate holes and give the front end a cleaner appearance. Headlights are being fully upgraded next week with the FXR projectors, Orion V4 LED rings, new DJAuto lenses with clear corners, and new headlight adjusters. Car should be sitting on BBS CH in the near future, along with a small drop.


The interior required some changes to get it to my preferences. I am not a huge fan of boring black interiors which is why I am drawn to bold colored interiors. This one also has the full leather dash and alcantara headlight and pillars which I think is standard. I decided to darken things up a little and went with brand new black floor mats and having the wood grain interior trim wrapped with matte carbon vinyl. The wood grain just had to go. Wrapping was about half the cost of OEM trim so for me it was the best option. I think these few small upgrades give it a modern day sporty feel. I got all the door, dash, and center console pieces wrapped, and now having the hand brake handle cover done to match. I had ordered the BMW F10 illuminated knob and boot combo. Today I installed it and it went pretty smooth. I glued on the F10 boot to the E39 frame with super glue and I think the fitment is very good. The gauge cluster was removed day after pick up and I sent off to Doctor Bimmer for the ribbon replacement. Cluster was turned around right away and I am glad to have it back to normal! In the future I would like to retrofit the newer radio to upgrade to sirius radio. Other than that I am happy with the way the interior was changed almost instantly. In the future I do plan to fully perform a leatherique treatment to get that leather looking new again.

I will continue to make updates as I go along.

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Congrats on the car. The interior changes really make a big difference and look really sharp. I didn't think that car would last long. Given the fact that Adam was taking care of it, you know that it got everything done that it needed. Enjoy!!
 

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You could take it a step further and do a black carpet and black seat bases (not the seat itself, just the plastic piece where the seat controls sit). Seen it on an Individual model like that and it was gorgeous. Sort of like this or this. The black floormats really set it off as-is though, looks phenomenal.

Cant go wrong with AW over Caramel! :)
 

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Congratulations,welcome and nice job! I put black floor mats in mine as well - the caramel ones are sitting brand-new in box in my garage. Even if I didn't like the color contrast (I do) keeping the caramel mats clean would be a nightmare. Definitely do the Leatherique on the leather - it does wonderful things for the caramel interior. One thing though, Clemster mentioned the driver's seat was dyed; be prepared to re-dye the seat after the cleaning/Leatherique treatment.
 

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Good work on the interior! I was wondering how the carbon trim would look over caramel as I have the same thing. Looks like it will be a future project.

My seat base surrounds are black. Mines isn't an individual but I haven't seen any other caramel car with the bottoms black. I did the black all weather mats for contrast.


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Congratulations,welcome and nice job! I put black floor mats in mine as well - the caramel ones are sitting brand-new in box in my garage. Even if I didn't like the color contrast (I do) keeping the caramel mats clean would be a nightmare. Definitely do the Leatherique on the leather - it does wonderful things for the caramel interior. One thing though, Clemster mentioned the driver's seat was dyed; be prepared to re-dye the seat after the cleaning/Leatherique treatment.
This. Leatherique will wreak havoc on dyed leather. At least it did on mine. Good think I only did a portion of the backseat vs. the entire thing. Nevertheless, all of the dye essentially came off during the rejuvenator oil part. :dunno:
 

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This. Leatherique will wreak havoc on dyed leather. At least it did on mine. Good think I only did a portion of the backseat vs. the entire thing. Nevertheless, all of the dye essentially came off during the rejuvenator oil part. :dunno:
what interior do you have? I wonder if the dye that came off on yours was a redye, I have the blue/black interior and did the leatherique on mine and it worked great with no color issues.
 

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Gorgeous car getting deserved attention right away, great job!!!

Dibs on the wheels when your ready!
 

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The black accents REALLY makes that interior work. Beige carpets are the devil! Congrats on a nice find.
 

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Beautiful car! I'm extremely jealous of the color combo. The best in my opinion! +1 on leatherique removing dye if the seat has been re-done. This happened to me as well. Life of a caramel interior owner, get used to it!! Spray the rear diffuser with black plasti-dip. It will really set off the rear of the car. Congrats.....again, super jealous!
 

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I have to visit you when in Clifton again.

Paul.

Ps. You did my headlights.
 

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Congrats on the car. The interior changes really make a big difference and look really sharp. I didn't think that car would last long. Given the fact that Adam was taking care of it, you know that it got everything done that it needed. Enjoy!!
Thank you. I definitely do not think the car would of lasted long either. As Adam stated in the ad, it does need a few things, but it doesnt add up to a huge amount of $ to get it to be near perfect.

You could take it a step further and do a black carpet and black seat bases (not the seat itself, just the plastic piece where the seat controls sit). Seen it on an Individual model like that and it was gorgeous. Sort of like this or this. The black floormats really set it off as-is though, looks phenomenal.

Cant go wrong with AW over Caramel! :)
Definitely could. The black carpet and seat consoles would be amazing. Something to think about!

The car is beautiful. Definitely the best color (sans Individual) offered by BMW.
Thanks, surprised to see how many people love the Alpine White. I thought the LeMans blue was the color to have.

Congratulations,welcome and nice job! I put black floor mats in mine as well - the caramel ones are sitting brand-new in box in my garage. Even if I didn't like the color contrast (I do) keeping the caramel mats clean would be a nightmare. Definitely do the Leatherique on the leather - it does wonderful things for the caramel interior. One thing though, Clemster mentioned the driver's seat was dyed; be prepared to re-dye the seat after the cleaning/Leatherique treatment.
Caramel mats are just going to be tough to keep mint looking in a daily, so I agree with you on that. Personally I think the black suits the whole interior better anyways, but to each their own right?

Thanks for the info on the leatherique. Maybe another seat restoration will be in the mix for the summer. Parts of the leather (guessing the parts that were re-dyed) are just tough and do not feel fresh.

Good work on the interior! I was wondering how the carbon trim would look over caramel as I have the same thing. Looks like it will be a future project.

My seat base surrounds are black. Mines isn't an individual but I haven't seen any other caramel car with the bottoms black. I did the black all weather mats for contrast.
Thank you! Any photos of your seat surrounds?


This. Leatherique will wreak havoc on dyed leather. At least it did on mine. Good think I only did a portion of the backseat vs. the entire thing. Nevertheless, all of the dye essentially came off during the rejuvenator oil part. :dunno:
Once again thanks for the heads up. I would of started to cry if I saw that happening. However, as mentioned I should just plan a whole seat re-dye/restoration project. The previous owner had it done and the results are decent. I think it could be a little better.


Gorgeous car getting deserved attention right away, great job!!!

Dibs on the wheels when your ready!
Yes sir! I give all my cars full attention to detail!

The black accents REALLY makes that interior work. Beige carpets are the devil! Congrats on a nice find.
Thank you, I feel great about the new car.

Im jealous love the alpine
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Beautiful car! I'm extremely jealous of the color combo. The best in my opinion! +1 on leatherique removing dye if the seat has been re-done. This happened to me as well. Life of a caramel interior owner, get used to it!! Spray the rear diffuser with black plasti-dip. It will really set off the rear of the car. Congrats.....again, super jealous!
Don't be jealous, this car is awesome in every color! I actually prefer dark exterior with this type of interior color,but the white works well too.

Thinking about having the rear diffuser painted or wrapped.

I have to visit you when in Clifton again.

Paul.

Ps. You did my headlights.
We moved to Oakland NJ, but sure anytime you want to swing by let me know :)
 

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What's your address there? I have to do another set of light, but only to install clear corner lenses I got from Europe.

Thank you. I definitely do not think the car would of lasted long either. As Adam stated in the ad, it does need a few things, but it doesnt add up to a huge amount of $ to get it to be near perfect.



Definitely could. The black carpet and seat consoles would be amazing. Something to think about!



Thanks, surprised to see how many people love the Alpine White. I thought the LeMans blue was the color to have.



Caramel mats are just going to be tough to keep mint looking in a daily, so I agree with you on that. Personally I think the black suits the whole interior better anyways, but to each their own right?

Thanks for the info on the leatherique. Maybe another seat restoration will be in the mix for the summer. Parts of the leather (guessing the parts that were re-dyed) are just tough and do not feel fresh.



Thank you! Any photos of your seat surrounds?




Once again thanks for the heads up. I would of started to cry if I saw that happening. However, as mentioned I should just plan a whole seat re-dye/restoration project. The previous owner had it done and the results are decent. I think it could be a little better.




Yes sir! I give all my cars full attention to detail!



Thank you, I feel great about the new car.


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Don't be jealous, this car is awesome in every color! I actually prefer dark exterior with this type of interior color,but the white works well too.

Thinking about having the rear diffuser painted or wrapped.



We moved to Oakland NJ, but sure anytime you want to swing by let me know :)
 

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So give us your thoughts on e90 m3 vs e39 m5.. I've seen this debate a few times but would love to hear from someone who moved over.

the e90 m3 was one car I was looking to make the change too when the day comes.
 
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