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post #11 of 293 Old 4th December 2017, 03:04 PM
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Great thread btw for newcomers looking at what might be typical, even on a low mileage one, of an E39 M5 they're looking to buy. All the stuff you're running across is so very common right down to that broken rear sway bar bracket, headlight adjusters, disintegrated control arm boots, fan clutch, etc. Speaking of which, there are numerous posts over the years of hood damage where a fan clutch wasn't caught in time and/or the fan blades had cracks that propagated too far and the fan explodes. Probably a good idea to replace the fan too when doing the fan clutch (or at least carefully inspect it for cracks, in high stress concentration regions, under a bright light).

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Thank you, CSBM5! I couldn't agree more! When I told my friend that the car only had 45k miles his comment was that the car is practically new and that there's nothing to be done.
Well, wrong, it wasn't owned by an enthusiast and now I'm going through all of the common stuff and bringing it up to date with preventive maintenance.

Reading those exact posts where the fan blades where lunched through the hood, is why I replaced the fan clutch immediately and don't think about it anymore. I noticed that it was too loud when I was checking the car in Italy and gave it revs with the open hood (although it can be heard even with the hood closed).
I inspected the fan blades closely, they had no cracks and I felt confident enough to reuse them with the new fan clutch. Even if I change my mind about it down the road, it's literally a 5 minute job.

Keeping up with the preventive maintenance I addressed few more items.

E46 M3 oil cap and new lower timing chain tensioner. I didn't have startup rattle, but I wanted to have fresh tensioner in there.
Old tensioner put up a bit of fight and I had to loosen it with pliers and it came right out. Soaked new tensioner in fresh oil and installed it.





Next on the list were Vanos solenoids. No related codes or problems, but again wanted to know that everything was fresh and in good working order.

Have to thank Sailor24 again for being patient and helpful for when I was doing this for the first time, as well as the creator and participants of the excellent DIY thread for doing this.





Another sign of the low mileage is that the little net on the mesh filter was still present and was just starting to degrade so I was just in time to catch it.
On my old blue M5 with 100k miles the mesh filter was completely gone.



Then I activated each solenoid with a 9V battery and thoroughly cleaned them with brake cleaner until the stream was clean and strong.
I used a compressed air can to blow it out. I know it's best to use a powerful air compressor for this, but I couldn't get my hands on it quickly enough.
I repeated the process until I was satisfied with the clicking of each solenoid.

I removed the old solder and resoldered the contact points with a fresh coat, slapped new O-rings and tested them one more time before installing them back on the car along with the new Vanos gasket.





I got the same results like when I did this on my old blue M5. I felt the car was missing some low-end power compared to the old M5 and servicing Vanos solenoids really made the car feel alive again in the lower rpms.
Very happy with the outcome and I definitely recommend this as part of preventive maintenance!

Past Saturday I replaced pre-cat sensors and much-needed thermostat replacement which I will document in the next post.

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Holy Batman. Great story. Make it all sound so matter of fact to just unscrew one, put in a better looking new one. Oh just dropped the flywheel out.... loved it.
Loved my 2000E39M which came to an early demise. Daily driver is the 2008 E60 S92M with 105K and original clutch. Great reliable machine. Can’t beat it for buy price. Question: How can I find out how many of each model was produced?
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Wow impressive, I would have been divorced by now if I spent this much time lol. Great job and inspiration for others thx.

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Nice pics and good work on the restore! You took a chance with the purchase, particularly with the vanos making noise. Glad it wasn't a more serious issue. Enjoy the beast!
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Pretty hard to beat a story surrounding traveling to Italy to buy an M5, sightseeing in Venice, and then having the M5 while living in Germany!

Thanks for the story and the pics. I read this on the other forum you had posted in but wasn’t a member so I couldn’t comment.

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Holy Batman. Great story. Make it all sound so matter of fact to just unscrew one, put in a better looking new one. Oh just dropped the flywheel out.... loved it.
Loved my 2000E39M which came to an early demise. Daily driver is the 2008 E60 S92M with 105K and original clutch. Great reliable machine. Can’t beat it for buy price. Question: How can I find out how many of each model was produced?
Question: any independent shops in Fairfield County Area?


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Haha, thanks! V10 is on the wish list one day for sure.

Here is some data for the E60 - BMW M Registry - FAQ E60 + E61 M5

I wouldn't know any shops in that area, sorry.

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Wow impressive, I would have been divorced by now if I spent this much time lol. Great job and inspiration for others thx.
Oh, don't go there. I'm spending way too much time working on the car which is always a great way to start arguing with my gf.
I was pretty much going straight to the garage after my day job and wrench on the car until late hours, but I truly enjoy working on the damn thing as much as I like driving it. Thanks!

I don't drive much now during winter, but I think some of the things I've done are a must before taking the car out for a pleasant drive.

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Nice pics and good work on the restore! You took a chance with the purchase, particularly with the vanos making noise. Glad it wasn't a more serious issue. Enjoy the beast!
Thank you! After reading the codes, I was confident I'm gonna be able to resolve it, but you're right, it could have taken a turn for worse.
M5 in the condition like this and such miles, I was willing to take a gamble. I just wish I made before/after video on changing the exhaust CPS because the difference was remarkable.

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Pretty hard to beat a story surrounding traveling to Italy to buy an M5, sightseeing in Venice, and then having the M5 while living in Germany!

Thanks for the story and the pics. I read this on the other forum you had posted in but wasn’t a member so I couldn’t comment.

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Haha, thank you, it truly was an enjoyable experience. Yup, I'm on ZHPMafia, had few of those cars and the company there is also great!

I had a similar trip to Italy not long ago when I bought an E31 850i with 6 speed manual and 68k miles in Turin. Unfortunately, that magnificent machine didn't stay with me for very long.

Regarding driving the M5 in Germany and Autobahn, I ripped through some amazing roads in California and Europe, but driving the M5 on the Autobahn is the most fun I had behind the wheel.

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I used bon ami oven glass cleaner to take the glue off of the rear window from removing tint, on a 2000 540i. I found that a steam gun was better than a heat gun for melting the glue when removing tint - so my situation wasn't that bad.

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