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Hello All!

Here is my 2000 LMB M5 bought in November 2021 with 208,300 miles on the clock. I plan to fully restore the car back to its former glory step by step over the following years, and what better way to start learning mechanical things than by starting with a 5L V8 馃榾.

I got together a list of things that need doing which almost 50 long and ever expanding, starting with the engine mechanical and rod bearings! I've heard everything from there fine on the S62 to there a problem part. Some seem to last 300k plus while others have failed at 160K. Rather than sink thousands into restoring everything else only to have the engine blow up, given the mileage and the not so rigorously followed service schedule (it's not too bad) I've had them done for piece of mind!

Next up is the thermostat that doesn't hold the temperature well. Especially over winter, the oil would take 40 minutes to warm up and the coolant would be only just above the blue zone. Now the weather is not so cold, it's not as bad but it still needs replacing.

James

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Congrats on the purchase and good luck on the restoration. These cars are a pretty good design to learn mechanical work on. Everyone has their own idea on priority preventative maintenance items. Personally, I would have waited on the rod bearings. If they are done, and the thermostat is still that bad, I wouldn't be driving the car much. It's likely running pretty rich, which will likely put some fuel in the oil or wash the cylinder walls. I don't mean to sound alarmist though. You can still drive it, just don't put it off much longer.

What else is on your list? We love PM lists here :)

P.S> are you sure that's LeMans Blue and not Avus blue?
 

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Hi Tony!

Good to see some of the high(er) mile examples being picked up and then restored, sorted out and 'refreshed' !

I was literally just talking to another M5 owner I bumped into whilst getting some Friday cheat night fast food that I saw a 'blue' M5 earlier today and that I thought it was him and he'd taken his private plate off - but nope, his car was in front of us ! Are you in Slough by any chance?! I'm looking at the picture of by the river and the park and I 'think' I recognise the locations !

Cheers, Dennis! (Slough)
 

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Congrats on the purchase and good luck on the restoration. These cars are a pretty good design to learn mechanical work on. Everyone has their own idea on priority preventative maintenance items. Personally, I would have waited on the rod bearings. If they are done, and the thermostat is still that bad, I wouldn't be driving the car much. It's likely running pretty rich, which will likely put some fuel in the oil or wash the cylinder walls. I don't mean to sound alarmist though. You can still drive it, just don't put it off much longer.

What else is on your list? We love PM lists here :)

P.S> are you sure that's LeMans Blue and not Avus blue?
The VIN code says it's lemans, I'll have a check under the bonnet to confirm today! Rod bearings are now done and I've also fitted a new Thermostat myself (that was a meal). It was only really an issue over winter, I'll do a post on both jobs when I have a moment to write something up! I'll also post my to-do list of things and expected costs.

Hi Tony!

Good to see some of the high(er) mile examples being picked up and then restored, sorted out and 'refreshed' !

I was literally just talking to another M5 owner I bumped into whilst getting some Friday cheat night fast food that I saw a 'blue' M5 earlier today and that I thought it was him and he'd taken his private plate off - but nope, his car was in front of us ! Are you in Slough by any chance?! I'm looking at the picture of by the river and the park and I 'think' I recognise the locations !

Cheers, Dennis! (Slough)
I'm based in Letchworth which is where the park is and the river is in Bedford. The car used to have M5 5NOB as its number plate but that's now on Ian Halstead's (Auto-Barn Motor Services) F10 M5!

For those wondering, my real name is James, Tony Enzo was an internet handle from my childhood days of Club Penguin! :D
 

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Here's my Rod Bearings post!

A few weeks ago I dropped my car down to Ian's shop (Auto-Barn Motor Services) for the job, overall for 211k miles, I think they came out very well! You can only see visible wear on 4 of the upper shells. I highly recommend them if you need anything, a first-class service and Ian also kept me up to date with plenty of photos 馃榿
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Next up was the thermostat which I had a go at myself, I also had to flush through the coolant as it was green and not the BMW blue. This is basically the first 'mechanical' job I've done aside from an oil change on my other car. I'm pleased to say it works wonderfully with no leaks first time! The old Thermostat seemed to work fine when I tested it so I guess the issue was more likely the rubber seal that had gone completely hard and a bit chipped off. The Workshop manual says that you don't need to remove the VANOS line but in reality, you're going to want to if your doing this job, just buy the extra crush washers and make sure to lube up the o rings (I just used Vaseline)

Many pleasantries were said trying to remove the thermostat housing 馃槤

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Holds perfect temperature now! For anyone wondering where exactly the coolant needle should be, I've found that it sits anywhere from 11:30 to 12:30 when warm, and the oil sits on average halfway between the dot and 100 (This does move about a little bit when driving)

Also note the faulty traction control and pixel issue, coming soon... to my wallet...
 

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Here is my big list of things to do, I'll update this as I go, most likely adding many more things, this is the plan to get the car back to basically as close to new condition as possible, from there I might dabble with some tasteful modifications. :D

PartsPart NumbersExpected CostCompleted
Connecting Rod Bearings11241407493, 11241407492
拢1,510.00​
Y
Replacement Key
拢25.00​
Y
Thermostat
拢150.00​
Y
Oil Filter Rubber Mounts
11421407441​
拢13.00​
Y
Timing Chain Tensioner
11311406261​
拢100.00​
Steering Angle Sensor
32306793632​
拢150.00​
Code out US side markersCarly Scanner
拢125.00​
Parking Sensors x8
拢40.00​
Gauge Cluster PixelsCartronix
拢120.00​
Rear Left Window Regulator
67628360512​
拢100.00​
Door Mirror Gear SetEbay
拢33.00​
Headlight Adjustersadjuster repair kit
拢4.50​
Headlight Projectors
拢140.00​
Headlight BulbsPhilips xtreme vision d2s
拢104.00​
Headlight LensesDJ AUTO
拢140.00​
Interior Rear Welcome Light Bulb
拢10.00​
Rear Numberplate Bulb
拢10.00​
Plenum Ducts Gasket Ring x2
11611406807​
拢12.00​
Polish Exhaust Pipes
拢20.00​
Fuel Filter
13321407299​
拢60.00​
Fuel Filler Flap Actuator
67116923975​
拢15.00​
Recested Handle (Arm Rest)
51167141735​
拢20.00​
Steering Wheel RefurbishEbay
拢200.00​
Engine Mounts22111092895, 22111092896
拢120.00​
Interior Side Seat Trim
52108207247​
拢75.00​
Power Steering Reservoir Bolts x2
64121365602​
拢20.00​
M5 Door TrimSet of M5 Wide Door Mouldings / Strips For BMW E39 Sedan + Touring 1996-2003 | eBay
拢106.00​
2x Valve Cover Gaskets11120001269, 11120001269
拢100.00​
Rust + Paint RepairHelp!!!!!!
拢8,500.00​
Bonet Emblem51148132375, 51141807495
拢25.00​
Boot Emblem
51148203864​
拢23.00​
M5 Badge51142694404, 51142693189
拢75.00​
Interior Titan Line TPMS Trim
拢20.00​
Interior Titan Line Driver Right Trim
拢20.00​
Exterior Left Mirror Glass
拢400.00​
Bonnet Soundproofing
拢80.00​
Suspension Overhaul
拢2,500.00​
Alignment
拢210.00​
Bonnet Catch
51238172164​
拢26.00​
Door Gasket Seals (Edge Protector) x 451728259913, 51727116403, 51728259915, 51727116405
拢440.00​
Front/Rear Windscreen Rubber Trims51318159785, 51318159786, 51318159784
拢110.00​
Seat Base Plastic Trims (Replace Broken ones)
拢100.00​
front Subframe
31112228791​
拢150.00​
Drivers + Passenger Door Brake
51218193447​
拢100.00​
Rear Anti-roll bar
33552229136​
拢250.00​
Front Brake Pipes
拢350.00​
Interior Centre Console Titan Line TrimEbay, 51162694085
拢50.00​
Door Jam Trims51472494807, 51472494808, 51472494821, 51472494822
拢700.00​
MK4 Upgrade
6951629​
拢120.00​
Interior Door Handles x4 (Chrome Facelift)
拢60.00​
Wiper Blade Cowl Trim
51718159292​
拢125.00​
Engine M5 Badge
11617831266​
拢50.00​
Total Cost
拢18,007.00​
 

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Nice to see another UK based car on here, I am currently hunting for one too. The rod bearings suggest it has done a lot of easy motorway miles, which is good.

That's a pretty long list, but it will be very well sorted car when you are finished.

Cheers.
 

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@Tony Enzo Congrats on The LMB Beast! I would recommend you double check your oil scavenging solenoids are working by activating them with a 12v power source. I have a theory these atrophy from lack of use resulting in oil starvation and premature engine failure. That and the hydraulic tensioner can wreak havoc if neglected.

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Congrats. Might want to explore retrofitting modern projectors if you have to break open the headlights. Looks like you have facelift headlights correct? There is also a great price for new Hella Euros in the FB E39 M5 group if you want to explore that route. Lemans FTW.
 

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@Tony Enzo Congrats on The LMB Beast! I would recommend you double check your oil scavenging solenoids are working by activating them with a 12v power source. I have a theory these atrophy from lack of use resulting in oil starvation and premature engine failure. That and the hydraulic tensioner can wreak havoc if neglected.
I'll have a look into the solenoids, didn't realise they like to knock off early (pun intended!). Cheers!

Congrats. Might want to explore retrofitting modern projectors if you have to break open the headlights. Looks like you have facelift headlights correct? There is also a great price for new Hella Euros in the FB E39 M5 group if you want to explore that route. Lemans FTW.
Already ahead of you! I was going to fit EvoX R 2.0 bi-zenon's, Philips extreme vision HID bulbs and maybe at some point 50w ballasts as well. I think I've decided to keep the look stock although I might paint the plastic dark gray surround to black to increase the contract with the blue paint (haven't decided yet)
 

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With that mileage on the engine, the first thing I would replace are chain guides, chains, and tensioners. The U-shaped chain guide causes more engine failures for the S62 than any other single part. (Ask me how I know!) And do a full Beisan refurbishment of your vanos as well as cleaning your solenoid boards and replacing the solenoid O-rings.

Beautiful car, and the fastest color by far!

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The VIN code says it's lemans, I'll have a check under the bonnet to confirm today! Rod bearings are now done and I've also fitted a new Thermostat myself (that was a meal). It was only really an issue over winter, I'll do a post on both jobs when I have a moment to write something up! I'll also post my to-do list of things and expected costs.



I'm based in Letchworth which is where the park is and the river is in Bedford. The car used to have M5 5NOB as its number plate but that's now on Ian Halstead's (Auto-Barn Motor Services) F10 M5!

For those wondering, my real name is James, Tony Enzo was an internet handle from my childhood days of Club Penguin! :D
Hi James. I saw you a few weeks back on Cowslip Hill - I was in the LMB coming the other way! Mentioned it on the UK WhatsApp group but you don't seem to be there...or missed the message in the noise.

That's a lovely looking car. And as Peter says, the fastest colour as well :)

Cheers,

Simon
 

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Hi James. I saw you a few weeks back on Cowslip Hill - I was in the LMB coming the other way! Mentioned it on the UK WhatsApp group but you don't seem to be there...or missed the message in the noise.

That's a lovely looking car. And as Peter says, the fastest colour as well :)

Cheers,

Simon
Hi Simon,

Good to meet you! I remember! I must have missed your message in the group as I am in there. Sometimes I come back to it and it says 500 new messages 馃槄. I don't know if it was you or not, but about a year and a half ago I drove past a blue M5 on Cowslip hill again (In my lovely little 2000 Nissan Micra!) and thought, yep, that's the car I want! 馃榾. I'll drop you a message when (not if) I order more parts. Next up is the chain tensioner I think.

James
 
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