Regulars to the board will recall that way back in June or so, I complained of a "whine" sound coming from somewhere in the drivetrain. Took it to the dealer, and they didn't fix it. Said to drive it. Not hurting anything. Well, it didn't fix itself, so I took the service manager out for a drive, and he heard the sound, and agreed it was probably the differential. Made the service appointment for TWO WEEKS after that. They got my car. Someone from BMWNA came up, heard the sound, and THEN they ordered the differential. Week and a half goes by. Diff arrives damaged in transit from Germany. Order another, and now another week and a half later, the new differential is in. I can hear the exhaust note, rather than the whine, and the M5 is back to normal. The "whine" sound could be heard under light acceleration. IE get up to ~80 in 6th. Let off throttle, and just tip it in again. It did it in all gears, but was most audible in 5th or 6th. Thanks to Wagner BMW in Boylston, MA for getting it right.