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E39 M5 (1998-2003)

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Old 05-20-2012, 06:17 PM
TommyR117 TommyR117 is offline
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Just bought a 2000 E39 M5

Hi guys,

I'm new to the forum. I have a 2011 328i E90 that is my current daily driver. I just bought my brother a 2000 E39 M5 for $11k. I couldn't pass this deal up because the owner put only 51k miles on it.

Here is what I have so far. The rubber around the front window is peeling off. The rear right window regulator isn't working. Might have to change the fluids on the car. The pixels on the car need to be fixed for the dashboard/speedometer. And the car needs to have new tires as well.

Here is the question. Can the E39 M5 be worked on by myself? Or is it best to have the dealership do it. I want to keep this car as stock as possible because I want to keep this car for a very long time. I am the second owner of the vehicle.


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Old 05-21-2012, 01:21 PM
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Window regulators aren't rocket science as long as you have the tools and enough time you should be able to change them out yourself HERE is a link to some regulators for the E39 M5, there are a few great DIYs running around on youtube that could help you out.

Fluid changes are the same on an M5 as any other vehicle, just make sure you get the correct fluids; BMW Antifreeze/Coolant LINK, Castrol 10w/60 Synthetic Engine Oil LINK, etc


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Old 05-26-2012, 05:40 AM
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Also search for a good indy for your work if you don't want to work on it yourself. Dealer labor costs are extortion....
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:49 PM
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And go to m5board dot com, 10000 times more participation than here
Keep it as simple as possible...but no simpler.
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