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Hi, a fox ran into my E39 M5 and smashed my front bumper.

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The genuine BMW front spoiler is very expensive. However, I can find a low-cost front spoiler for an M Pack E39.

Does the front spoiler for a genuine M5 have the same size and dimensions to the one fitted to an E39, 5 series, M Pack vehicle?

Or is it not wide enough because of the M5 has wider tyres and wheel arches?!

The new 'M Pack' spoiler I am looking at is here. Will, it fit my M5?

Or, does anyone know where I can order a lower cost front spoiler for my M5 that will fit?

Thanks, Chris
 

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The thing you smashed is the front bumper. To be replaced with another front bumper.

A front spoiler typically refers to another part that attaches to the bottom of the front bumper, either a lip or splitters.

The general dimensions of the front bumper for both the M-Sport and M5 are identical, for OE. The aftermarket versions are also identical specs but may slightly vary as to fit and mounting points. The biggest difference is the plastic used, polypropylene, polyurethane, ABS, or fiber (carbon, fiberglass, etc). OE uses polypropylene, which has a more flexible quality making it less prone to cracking.

They will all pretty much look the same painted until they get damaged. OE may hold up better but will still likely be replaced, so the end solution will still be the same: replaced.

Umnitza carries non-OE bumpers in your choice of plastic and even pre-painted. OE are sold at a discount every blue moon.
 

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I have not been offered the front bumper with the cross in the air intake like in your picture.
Today, I went to my BMW main agent. They could not confirm if the front bumper on the M Pack is the same as on an original E39 M5, although they said it looks identical.
Surprisingly what they could confirm is the left and right front wings on an E39 M5 are identical to, and have the same part number, as the wings for any E39. So assuming that fittings are the same it will an M Pack front bumper will fit an M5!
 

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As my M5 was bought new by me in 2000, a body shop repairer said that its value could be reduced if I use a too cheap a bumper. So he is going to give me a quote to fix the damage with a good quality non-OEM part. In France, the OEM front bumper from my local BMW agent is s 1200€, whereas a M-Pack one online from Belgium is just 134€. See here.
 

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Hi Chris,

Some of the aftermarket bumpers do have a decent fit, some are better than others though and there's no way to tell the difference as there's no branding or identifiers. Sounds as though you live in France but are soon to relocate to the UK ? !

If so, you could purchase a Saloon genuine E39 Sport bodykit for £840 from M Style - M Sport bodykit package, Genuine BMW, for saloon

The difference between this and the M5 is that the M5 doesn't have the 'T bar' in the lower grille of the front bumper. You can switch that grille out for a M5 one for around £40 I believe (assuming your current one is damaged), have a read through this thread on the UK centric BMW5 forum ;


You could then sell off the rear bumper as you'd not need it to recoup some money back and be much better off than the £1000/1200 Euro's level !

Cheers, Dennis!
 

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I have not been offered the front bumper with the cross in the air intake like in your picture.
Today, I went to my BMW main agent. They could not confirm if the front bumper on the M Pack is the same as on an original E39 M5, although they said it looks identical.
Surprisingly what they could confirm is the left and right front wings on an E39 M5 are identical to, and have the same part number, as the wings for any E39. So assuming that fittings are the same it will an M Pack front bumper will fit an M5!
When you are talking about "M Pack", you are talking M-Sport? Non-M5 packet?
If, just check from ETK. M-Sport front bumper has different part number than M5 bumber. Your BMW agent should now that.
And for M5, only M5 bumper, not any ****ty M-Sport ones :)
Rear bumper itself is the same, except diffuser which is different.
 

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The M-Sport and M5 front bumper are identical. They have different part numbers due to the different grille, the "cross" grille on the M-Sport and the full mesh grille for the M5, but, as mentioned, the grilles are a separate piece and interchangeable. Just pops off and pops in.

The mesh grille in the link is also the euro OE grille, which is different then US spec, as the ends of the US OE grille are blocked off, while the euro one isn't, thus utilizing the brake channels located just behind those ends of the mesh.
 

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Update and answers to questions and comments.
Since my year 2000, E39 M5 is one owner, low milage, high-spec, etc I am not going to use the cheapest front bumper I can find on the internet.
Having lived in England for most of my life, I now live in the South of France, with no intentions to return to the UK. Any prospective purchasers from the UK will be met a Marseilles Airport.
In France it is known as the Pack-M. Elsewhere, it may be knows as something else. Pre-facelift (mine) is different to post-facelift. Some non-oem front bumpers have holes for washers, some don't. This one does, see here, but too cheap for me.
Now awaiting a final quote for repairs from a specialist M-Sport company (medium price bumper, but good quality so as not to impact on the vehicle's future value). They will get the repairs done and then service and tune my car.
Thank you all for your interest.
 

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I guess we struggle by with a higher life expectancy, lower crime, better health care, the metric system, faster speed limits, and the option of double-glazing on our E39 M5's!
 
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