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Just wanted to say hello to everyone!
Bought a Le Mans Blue 1999 M5 two weeks ago and found this board surfing through the net looking for ideas. I took some pics yesterday but didn't have time to upload them to the pc. There's a 03 Mustang GT and a 96 Escort Cosworth in the family aswell.

New to the board and already a question...
a strange problem I had last thursday... I started the car and when I wanted to drive out of the parking lot it wouldn't accept any throttle but almost shut off when touching the gaspedal. The fuel light came on about one minute before I parked the car and the BMW dealer said it was because the car had no fuel... computer said it had fuel for 94km as the check fuel light was on for a minute only. Could this really be a fuel problem or is it anything else?

other question, how difficult is it to upgrade to angel eyes on the 99 model?

thanks guys, I'm sure someone can help me out here!
 

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Welcome to the board.:byebye:

As for the problem, your car wasn't parked on a slope was it?
 

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As for the problem, your car wasn't parked on a slope was it?
no, I know the slope problem from the Chevrolet SUVs... this a problem for the M5 with little gas to?
 

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Hi New Girl,
I'm even newer than you; I've been looking at this site for years, but
only recently registered. I've owned an E34 M5 for many years (still have it ),
but only recently got my much longed for E39 Beast (about 3 months ). Along
with it come a few anxieties based on the known history of this car. Don't worry! The majority of apparently big problems are quickly sorted by the
amazing amount of knowledge and expertise on this board. Some of these guys
know more about this car than anyboby. You've bought a great car and will be
much rewarded.
 

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Hi M5girl,

I've run mine down further than that before (reserve light on for around 30 Km's) and never had the problem you mention - mine's also a '99 in Switzerland so they have a lot in common. Could be sediment at the bottom of the tank after some bad fill-up's... Has the problem happened again since you filled up?

Regards,

Gary.

M5girl said:
Just wanted to say hello to everyone!
Bought a Le Mans Blue 1999 M5 two weeks ago and found this board surfing through the net looking for ideas. I took some pics yesterday but didn't have time to upload them to the pc. There's a 03 Mustang GT and a 96 Escort Cosworth in the family aswell.

New to the board and already a question...
a strange problem I had last thursday... I started the car and when I wanted to drive out of the parking lot it wouldn't accept any throttle but almost shut off when touching the gaspedal. The fuel light came on about one minute before I parked the car and the BMW dealer said it was because the car had no fuel... computer said it had fuel for 94km as the check fuel light was on for a minute only. Could this really be a fuel problem or is it anything else?

other question, how difficult is it to upgrade to angel eyes on the 99 model?

thanks guys, I'm sure someone can help me out here!
 

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Hi M5girl,

I've run mine down further than that before (reserve light on for around 30 Km's) and never had the problem you mention - mine's also a '99 in Switzerland so they have a lot in common. Could be sediment at the bottom of the tank after some bad fill-up's... Has the problem happened again since you filled up?

Regards,

Gary.
nope, after filling it up it didn't happen again.. until now!

where in Switzerland are you from if you don't mind me asking?
 

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Welcome to the board hopefully your car doesnt have any more problems, as to your problem, I got a tank of bad gas and drove the car around for a while and then went to a gas station to buy a drink and came outside and the car started and then died, it then took several trys to start and then worked ok, the following day I got my fuel filter changed and have not had any more issues, however when they did a fuel test prior to changing the filter the fuel came out black with sediment it looked like coffee, it was pretty nasty, so I am basically saying that you may have had a bad tank of gas but maybe not? hope this helps, but as to just having the car die because the fuel gauge was low, I have not had that happened, and I have driven the car 11 miles past empty, according to the computer , coincidently it was after this fill up that I had these problems, Josh
 

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I wouldn't let it get very, very low until the car is next in for any kind of service when you can ask them to change the fuel filter as preventive maintenance (minimal cost in the overall frame of things).

Working in Geneva and living just outside in the countryside :) And you?

Regards,

Gary.

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nope, after filling it up it didn't happen again.. until now!

where in Switzerland are you from if you don't mind me asking?
 

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grp said:
I wouldn't let it get very, very low until the car is next in for any kind of service when you can ask them to change the fuel filter as preventive maintenance (minimal cost in the overall frame of things).

Working in Geneva and living just outside in the countryside :) And you?

Regards,

Gary.
well, we're driving it to Portugal this coming Friday, that's 2000km one way, only stopping for fuel, hope everything goes well. We will take it to the BMW dealer to have it checked out from top to bottom!
I work in Zurich and live on the countryside up north near the German border.

Regards
Ana
 

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Ana,

Good luck driving there :blink: I did the same journey in my 7'er about 8 years ago with wife and baby - also non-stop. It took about 16 hours door to door (Geneva - Setubal (Lisbon)) with stops for food and drink only. I have to confess it wouldn't be my first choice to do it again since it was really tiring and I was seeing white lines flashing past while going to sleep for several days after :hihi: . I guess I cruised mostly around 170-180Km/h (although sometimes up to 200 just to vary engine speed!) which forces even more concentration.

Regards,

Gary.


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well, we're driving it to Portugal this coming Friday, that's 2000km one way, only stopping for fuel, hope everything goes well. We will take it to the BMW dealer to have it checked out from top to bottom!
I work in Zurich and live on the countryside up north near the German border.

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Ana,

Good luck driving there :blink: I did the same journey in my 7'er about 8 years ago with wife and baby - also non-stop. It took about 16 hours door to door (Geneva - Setubal (Lisbon)) with stops for food and drink only. I have to confess it wouldn't be my first choice to do it again since it was really tiring and I was seeing white lines flashing past while going to sleep for several days after :hihi: . I guess I cruised mostly around 170-180Km/h (although sometimes up to 200 just to vary engine speed!) which forces even more concentration.

Regards,

Gary.
we do it twice a year 'cause my husband hates flying! done it with the Mustang in 13 hours (Basel-Vila Real) various times but that's both of us driving and it is very tiring, I hate it but then again, we will have an awesome car to cruise around Portugal for 3 weeks!!
 

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We also get back there 2 or 3 times a year (family) but by flying (hire a car when there) ...

You're right - an M5 is a seriously fun car to cruise around in, have a great time :M5launch:

All the best,

Gary.

(Gustav, sorry it's gotten a little off-topic :byebye: )

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we do it twice a year 'cause my husband hates flying! done it with the Mustang in 13 hours (Basel-Vila Real) various times but that's both of us driving and it is very tiring, I hate it but then again, we will have an awesome car to cruise around Portugal for 3 weeks!!
 

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Welcome to the boards!

Congrats on the M5!

I absolutely LOVE Zurich. I was there in July for a few days during my honeymoon (took Cisalpino down to Como) and we had a great time in Zurich...

Hope your fuel issue has been straightened out. Have fun in Portugal :flag:

:cheers:
 

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other question, how difficult is it to upgrade to angel eyes on the 99 model?
First, welcome to the club!! :cheers:

Upgrading to the halo xenons is not as easy as one would think, even if you already have the non-halo xenons. I first tried getting Fields BMW here in Chicago to do it... after a lot of back and forth with the parts and service departments, they finally concluded that they simply couldn't do it! They told me that BMW says it can't be done and offers no procedure for it. ?????? This was after I already lost part of a day dropping off my car for its scheduled appointment and then picking it back up unhappily non-halo'd. I talked to a parts guy at Knauz BMW who convinced me that it was a very doable job (withholding comment on the Fields gang), but service generally doesn't like to do it, which suggests to me that it is a job they can easily lose money on. There is apparently considerable re-wiring and re-programming needed. Definitely not a drop-in, even if you already have xenon's.

Its always good to have a good relationship with at least one BMW service advisor, and I basically talked Knauz into doing the job. Sure enough, it took them longer than they had anticipated, requiring that they keep the car over-night. I picked up the car the following afternoon and it looked great! Total cost: about $1500. You can get kits on e-bay for much cheaper than I paid, but I'd steer clear of trying the installation myself or having some local body shop attempt it.

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Welcome aboard and happy M5ing!
I personaly wouldn't change a thing about the 99-2000 M5's just due to the fact that they are unique in that regard. Why would you want to make your few of a kind M5 blend with other ones out there?
 

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WELCOME to the board M5girl!!! Here's to many, many happy M5 miles behind the wheel :cheers:

CAP'N J said:
....I'm even newer than you; I've been looking at this site for years, but only recently registered...
And welcome aboard to you too, captain :biggrin:
 
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