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Old 11-24-2008, 05:06 AM
SoCalJD SoCalJD is offline
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Originally Posted by CSBM5 View Post
This is incorrect. Extensive research done on by member wilsodh showed no correlation between model year and seconday air system carbon issue. Also, the 2001 is identical to the 2002 M5 with one exception for NA delivered cars -- in 2002 BMWNA made rear air bags/rear head protection system optional at no cost where it was standard in 2001 and 2003 M5s. Other than that issue which makes the 2001 more desirable to some (since very few 2002 M5s ended up with rear head protection/side airbags), there is essentially no difference between 01 and 02 models.

There is no Vanos issue with 2001 cars that is any different from 2002 or 2003 models. There was a change in 2000 M5s where a mod was made to the Vanos to better hold pressure when the engine is off, and I think cars were retrofitted with this change.

There was a piston ring design change as of 3/00 production for the 2000 model year M5 to reduce oil consumption issues some earlier 2000 model cars experienced. All M5 engines after this date are identical.

Hence 2001-2003 M5s are essentially identical cars excepting the rear airbag issue with 2002 cars and for 2003 you get DVD Navigation.


All 2002's have rear air bags, but they were shipped deactivated. Also, I've read all the vanos data...and I'd still be leery of an 00. Except Martin's S3.
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