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E39 M5 (1998-2003)

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Old 12-21-2013, 01:51 PM
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Just got an e39 in Vegas. I know it has almost 400bhp but are there any must have upgrades. I'm new to this generation
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Old 01-07-2014, 06:37 PM
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Exhaust System to really hear the V8 soar! (Eisenmann, DINAN, Meisterschafter, Supersprint etc - all make nice systems)

Tune would be benefical as well. Tuning Tech by Frank Smith does great work!

Headers would be the ultimate upgrade in my mind. Most beneficial in performance gains, and the sound is menacing! (Supersprint, Evolve, etc)
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:25 PM
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Dont bother with this forum. M5board.com will give you FAR better advice.

Frank Smith tuning isnt in the top 5 I'd consider.

Finally get the car sorted- at best you are buying a 10 year old car.. think less about upgrades and more about 'getting back to like factory showroom condition'...THEN talk upgrades
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:14 AM
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If you want the car to last longer, don't "hot rod" it. Definitely find a good independent mechanic in your area and have them do a thorough check of the car.

The add-ons I have that I like:

Dice Mediabridge for USB/iPod/Bluetooth phone
European rear fog lights
Hardwired Valentine V1
Extra USB power outlet at rear-view mirror for dash cam
Extra lighter socket for 12v

Best investment for performance is great tires. The car performs MUCH better when you can put all that power to the pavement without burning rubber. I have Michelin Pilot Super Sport on my beast now, and they're great.

I agree with getting it back to factory condition before talking upgrades. I've kept my car up meticulously, fixing every little thing that goes bad. I have 2 issues right now that I'll need to take care of soon: pixels on the dash display, and the sunroof doesn't pop up anymore (still rolls back to open).
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:10 PM
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+1 on checking M5Board.com, it's the best resource for E39 M5's. Congrats on the new ride.


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Old 03-01-2014, 09:45 PM
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M5BOARD is the place to be!
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Old 05-24-2014, 08:42 PM
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Hello. I am close to pulling trigger on M5 with 108,000 mi.
It had new clutch at 87,000 miles and now after HARD test drive...clutch was perfect until at 65000+ rpm (orangeline) it kinda slipped a tad as I went 3 to 4th...it seemed to stay slipping, never dropped rpm.
I'll never really be on that high but, it likely is just starting to "let go". I think I could drive it another 20-30,000 mi before Id have to replace. Under orangleine it works like new.

Thoughts on if Im getting into trouble here or just normal stuff.
How much is a new clutch w/ labour when time to pay piper?

Otherwise...the car suspension, brakes and power is perfect.
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Old 05-25-2014, 09:36 AM
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It is so easy for a bad driver to screw up a clutch by improperly shifting at high RPM. If YOU didntt fully relase the clutch after puttung it into 4th BEFORE getting on the throttle, then YOU may have been the cause.

Clutches slip during shifts- that is their purpose. You cannot expect to stay on throttle or accelerate through a shift.

It only takes a few millieseconds of miss to glaze a perfeclty fine stock clutch.

IMO
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:45 PM
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I have tricked out alot of muscle cars before...I want my M5 to remain OE.
I love it in every stock way.

Boring? Perhaps but just love it. Maybe I'll bend down the road but...what a great car.
Reminds me of late 60's muscle car big block with LOW RPM TORQUE!

Ill post pics soon. Having clearcoat put on, reworking 65 wheels to stock specs (sandblast, powdercoat, paint, clearcoat).
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