BMW M5 Forum and M6 Forums

BMW M5 Forum and M6 Forums (
-   E60 M5 and E61 M5 Touring Discussion (
-   -   PARANOID new E60 owner (

E60noob18 18th May 2019 11:05 PM

PARANOID new E60 owner
Hey guys, I bought a 08 E60 M5 ( it was an impulse buy) from a VW dealership. The car has 92k miles on it which I know is pretty high. I don’t have a lot of service records but I took it the the shop that works on my E39 540 and he says the car was taken care of. ( it runs great, I plan to drive it moderately) I am saving the cash for the rod bearing job right now. Do you guys suggest getting a blackstone oil analysis before I just blow the cash on the rod bearing job? I don’t need another oil change for another 3k miles because it got one right before I bought it. Or should I just do to bearings right away once I get the cash? I only drive this car on the weekends. I’m also worried about the clutch, is there anyway to tell if it’s been done or if it’s going out? Also, is there anyway to tell if the rod bearings have already been done. Noob questions I know, but again not my daily car, only plan on driving it on weekends. Thanks in advance guys.

Slamfire 18th May 2019 11:36 PM

The forum is a wealth of knowledge, I'd suggest you start by reading the copious amount of threads regarding your concerns/ the stickies. Just about any question has already been asked and answered somewhere here.

I would wager most people here would agree that at 92k you very well may be on borrowed time for your bearings. You could be good to go for 50k miles you could spin a bearing in a half mile. There is no way to know if they were done unless you tear apart the bottom end to look and at that point you might as well replace. Personally, I would only put in high clearance bearings. BE and ACL are good options. You're also right around the time for new throttle/idle actuators, and spark plugs, I'd set some coin aside for that.

Ghost of rod bearing past is real, it will haunt you and you won't be able to fully enjoy the car until you get it done.

No need to do blackstone if you're going to do bearings first.

The car will throw a code once the clutch starts to slip. I'd invest in a scan tool or a cheap coder like iCarly to read and clear codes.

While these cars are not the most reliable, I'd more say they aren't neglect tolerant. Please do not defer maintenance or it will come back to bite you at a higher cost. There's a reason why they depreciated so hard. There's also no other car like it which is why we all spend probably to much money keeping these beasts on the road. Got to pay to play and all that.

Best of luck

E60noob18 19th May 2019 12:11 AM

Thanks for you input, should I not even drive the car until I get my Bearings done?

Slamfire 19th May 2019 12:51 AM

Depends on how risk adverse you are. There's no way to know what the guts of your motor look like, so it's a gamble with unknown odds. I don't want to fear monger, but I wouldn't be beating the piss out of it at redline either.

E60noob18 19th May 2019 01:09 AM

Thanks man, I drive moderately. I never redline it, at least until I get all of this preventative maintenance done.

Ferris 19th May 2019 03:35 AM


Originally Posted by E60noob18 (Post 7562204)
Thanks man, I drive moderately. I never redline it, at least until I get all of this preventative maintenance done.

Driving it moderately, is equivalent to not banging your super model wife. Get the Rod bearings done and give her what she wants.

E60noob18 19th May 2019 04:27 AM

You’re right man. Just need a month or two to come up with cash

pmalik 19th May 2019 03:19 PM

Rod bearings (with squirters, vanos oil line, chain guides) + steering rack + motor mounts + throttle actuator gears + spark plugs + thermostat + orings for vanos actuators/smg clutch valve solenoid + alternator voltage regulator + trans/diff/smg fluids.

Do the above and you'll end up with a 500hp v10 daily driver with Camry reliability (or whatever the benchmark is these days, Honda?). Plus most of it is DIY-able.

E60noob18 19th May 2019 09:58 PM

How much do you think all of the above will cost me? I almost have enough for the bearing job

Ferris 19th May 2019 11:39 PM

I'm gonna slightly disagree here a bit.

do the rod bearings and maybe the high pressure line while you're in there as well as the motor mounts since the frame is down. Check the steering rack at that time, replace if bad again while the subframe is down.

Oil squiters a nice to have, maybe while you're in there(depending on production), but I don't think it really matters either way.

Chain guides are less of thing than on the S62, the Vanos orings are a waste of time , the other things handle as they come. I assure they will come but just not catastrophic when they do.

All times are GMT +2. The time now is 03:25 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Everything Copyright 2000-2008. Do not use ANYTHING from this site without written permission. All images, graphics, sound files, video files and text appearing on this web site are the exclusive property of and are protected under international copyright laws. All images, graphics, sound files, video files and text on this site are for on-screen and on-site viewing and listening only. No part of this web site may be reproduced, copied, saved, stored, manipulated, or used in any form for personal or commercial purposes without the prior written permission of Use of any image or graphic as the basis for another photographic concept or illustration is a violation of the copyright. Any copyright infringement will be prosecuted to the full extent of federal and international copyright laws. is an enthusiast board and we don't condone any dangerous activity. Our airfield events are completely safe based on years of experience, we conduct them during clear visibility with mature participants that have several years of experience with high-performance automobiles, large unobstructed run-off zones on sealed off private former military airbases and we clearly mark the braking zones. If inexperienced with high speed driving we do not recommend organizing your own event but attending a high-performance driving school. The use of the term "BMW" on this site is for reference only, and does not imply any connection between and BMW AG or BMW North America.

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome