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post #1 of 19 Old 1st April 2019, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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What have you done to your M5 since you bought it?

Thought this would be a fun thread. We could see what issues other members have experienced at certain mileages, etc. Post everything you can remember as far as mods/repairs/maintenance, also post a picture of your car if you can.



I bought my car December of 2013 at a Mercedes dealer -
I knew the car had been in an accident according to the CarFax report. I can't remember exactly what it said, something like "minor rear or side damage". Going through the car, I now know that the LR quarter panel was replaced, there's no VIN or tire pressure sticker on the B pillar and for some reason there's red paint on the wiring harness for the hood. Aside from not knowing exactly what happened to the car, the body looked great, the interior was almost perfect, the engine and transmission were smooth and it only had 39,750 miles. I knew the tires were bald but since I didn't beat on the car during the test drive I didn't realize it needed a clutch also. That's ok, I got the car for $25k and I think that was a decent price.



This is all of the stuff I have done to the car, it now has 70k miles. I did almost everything on this list myself, please feel free to ask me for help if you need to perform any of these repairs.



Mechanical-
Intake air temp sensor relocation
Shark tune
LF steering knuckle
RF wheel bearing
RF caliper
Front rotors, pads
Stainless steel brake lines
KW Variant 1 coilovers
Servotronic valve replacement
K&N drop in filters
Charcoal microfilters
Oil filter/power steering rubber mounts
Valve cover gaskets
Coils, boots, plugs
Aluminum dipstick
Thermostat
Coolant temp sensor
Luk OEM clutch
Rogue engineering short shift kit
Rear differential reseal
Rear upper control arms
Beastpower rear swaybar brackets
Rogue engineering x pipe
DINAN mufflers

Interior-
Carbon fiber steering wheel trim
Driver airbag (dealer recall)
Rearview mirror glass replacement (by X8R on eBay - great product)
Blower motor final stage replacement
IHKA buttons
Aux input glovebox connector install
LF door speaker & tweeter
Left lower B pillar trim
RF twisted seat repair
Resealed all four door vapor barriers
RR small sunshade assembly
Used OEM amplifier
Trunk wiring repair

Exterior-
Matte black kidney grilles
Polished headlight lenses
New headlight adjusters
LED halos, side markers, interior lights
Refinished wheels
Michelin PSS tires
Titanium lugnuts
PDC sensor
Both rear tail lights



I love this car. I think I have a problem though, I try to find stuff wrong with it so I can fix it. The struggle is real.



Thanks guys.



Alex
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Thought this would be a fun thread. We could see what issues other members have experienced at certain mileages, etc. Post everything you can remember as far as mods/repairs/maintenance, also post a picture of your car if you can.



I bought my car December of 2013 at a Mercedes dealer -
I knew the car had been in an accident according to the CarFax report. I can't remember exactly what it said, something like "minor rear or side damage". Going through the car, I now know that the LR quarter panel was replaced, there's no VIN or tire pressure sticker on the B pillar and for some reason there's red paint on the wiring harness for the hood. Aside from not knowing exactly what happened to the car, the body looked great, the interior was almost perfect, the engine and transmission were smooth and it only had 39,750 miles. I knew the tires were bald but since I didn't beat on the car during the test drive I didn't realize it needed a clutch also. That's ok, I got the car for $25k and I think that was a decent price.



This is all of the stuff I have done to the car, it now has 70k miles. I did almost everything on this list myself, please feel free to ask me for help if you need to perform any of these repairs.



Mechanical-
Intake air temp sensor relocation
Shark tune
LF steering knuckle
RF wheel bearing
RF caliper
Front rotors, pads
Stainless steel brake lines
KW Variant 1 coilovers
Servotronic valve replacement
K&N drop in filters
Charcoal microfilters
Oil filter/power steering rubber mounts
Valve cover gaskets
Coils, boots, plugs
Aluminum dipstick
Thermostat
Coolant temp sensor
Luk OEM clutch
Rogue engineering short shift kit
Rear differential reseal
Rear upper control arms
Beastpower rear swaybar brackets
Rogue engineering x pipe
DINAN mufflers

Interior-
Carbon fiber steering wheel trim
Driver airbag (dealer recall)
Rearview mirror glass replacement (by X8R on eBay - great product)
Blower motor final stage replacement
IHKA buttons
Aux input glovebox connector install
LF door speaker & tweeter
Left lower B pillar trim
RF twisted seat repair
Resealed all four door vapor barriers
RR small sunshade assembly
Used OEM amplifier
Trunk wiring repair

Exterior-
Matte black kidney grilles
Polished headlight lenses
New headlight adjusters
LED halos, side markers, interior lights
Refinished wheels
Michelin PSS tires
Titanium lugnuts
PDC sensor
Both rear tail lights



I love this car. I think I have a problem though, I try to find stuff wrong with it so I can fix it. The struggle is real.



Thanks guys.



Alex
You can look at my sig for upgrades (16 years, 2nd owner).

I did have rod bearing issue, so I swapped in a newer motor.

Recently had the twisted seat repair handled. Awaiting an ambient temp sensor. Have done thrust arm bushings 2x (X5). Need to replace pin holding in my short shifter (don't know how that came out). Will need to redo window tinting. Otherwise, she is in excellent shape and I absolutely love driving her (not my DD anymore ).

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Dinan Stage 3 suspension, SS jet coated headers, ESS SC kit w/ 1 range colder NGK's, 92mm pulley, 440 Big Greens, TTFS alpha N tune for meth, RK plenum plates, SBC Endurance Stage 3 Kevlar performance clutch setup, "Jed" lightened DMFW, open brake ducts, TEC cupholder, U.S.(Euro style) tilt/slide armrest, 6k HID fogs, Umnitza bi-xenon flamethrowers w/6k super white low beams, rear fogs, V1/Stealth1, dual head LI, 2.65 diff w/40% lockup/2x dynamic, compact spare, M5 logo trunk carpet, Euro trailer hitch, Mocal oil cooler, ACS type rear spoiler, Rogue custom SSK and tranny mounts, ST 355 BBK (fronts), BP sway bar brackets, Bluetooth retrofit, Speedhut boost gauge (20 psi), Dinan TB's and VS, KB BAP, Howerton/HFS-3 Aquamist WI trunk setup (50/50), with 2nd gauge in rear view mirror, aftermarket trunk mounted sound system integrated into stock unit (amps, crossovers, sub and speakers).......
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Oh man, I too am afflicted with the “while you’re in there disease” lots of probably okay parts have been replaced with new bits. Also, lots of not okay parts (crumbling firewall anyone?) were replaced.

Biggest project on the table is full suspension refresh, and removal of supersprint headers with Jedders! Whoot hooot!!


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At this age it really needs it all but onced restored or better its awesome. Not the order I went in but wished I had with mechanical rubber parts and upgrades.


front diff mount with solid unicorn egg, shifter overhaul with e60 and turner mount, monoballs, rear poly subframe mounts, all suspension arms, eibach rsb, bc coilovers, ss lines, solid caliper guides, front strut mount


Ps hoses, belt drives, and steering have all been replaced


What has broken and needed replacement are the purge valve and fuel pump started sound different so already have a new one ready. Oe went 90000, this one at 70000



Whats original to my knowledge are the starter, wp and whole cooling system except tstat, breather hoses, coils and all belt drive stuff (ac,alt,ps).


I would be curious whole also running original starter and cooling system, since its my dd i need it to be reliable.
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Yeah, lots of things to mention, especially if you already went through all of them somewhere else.
My "fix it up" thread:
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ure-heavy.html

Nice Imola.

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"Everything"
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Except the engine. Only had the valvecovers off for gaskets and to check timing, lower oil pan off once for an inspection.

282k miles

Tim

2013 M5 Imperial Blue/Silverstone II, 6MT 64k miles

2000 Anthracite daily driver
UUC dssr and shifter
Supersprint headers with Tubi catback
Jailbreak tuning
Dinan 3.45 JED lightened flywheel
286,000 miles and counting

'00 Imola/Imola 107k stock

'00 Silverstone/Silverstone 129k (SOLD)
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I've had the car for 3 years almost, and got bit by the while you are at it bug.
So far I've spent $15K on parts, all installed by myself.
I'm not going to bother with the list, it's too long.
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Thanks for the replies guys. It's nice to see everyone taking care of their beasts, it makes me feel good inside.


I put these on today, Moosehead engineering monoballs in new Lemforder arms. I should have done this a long time ago. Front end feels planted, firm and precise. I love it, highly recommended.
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I purchased it in November 2018 with 89k miles

Mechanic went through it. Secondary air valve and thermostat

Set of stock winter wheels which I had refinished.
Headlight lenses
Fog lights
E60 short shift kit

This week paintless dent removal
I am also shopping for tires.

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The car is 19 years old and I've had it for 6.5 years and 60K miles. Which means I've done everything. Literally the entire car has been apart at one point or another. Some stuff I've done twice at this point. I even did the mother of all E39 DIY which is replacement of the A/C evap coil. This involves disassembly of the interior down to the firewall and complete removal of the entire HVAC unit. This ridiculous video shows the process:

Evap Replacement Timelapse (not my video)

Evolve Alpha-N tune, FMU Rear Exhaust, E60 Shifter
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