BMW 5 Series vehicles have always been impressive. Feature loaded interiors, impressive road manners, good looksall of these qualities can be found on just about any BMW 5 Series sedan or station wagon. But if you want something more than what the regular 5 Series can give, say more speed, power, and nimbleness, then you better have the BMW Motorsport version of the car, the BMW M5. With a 500 hp engine hiding under its hood, the M5 will definitely leave the regular 5 Series behind.
The BMW M5 is a high performance version of the BMW 5 series automobiles manufactured by BMW Motorsport, a subsidiary of BMW AG originally delegated to manage the company's racing program. The first BMW M5 model was unveiled in 1984, then based on the E28 BMW M5 Series. Except for a few model years, the BMW M5 has been sold along with the rest of the BMW 5 Series models from 1984 up to the present, changing in structure and design as new generation BMW 5 Series models are introduced.
In its current form, the BMW M5 stands on the E60 BMW 5 Series platform. Powering the car is a large 5.0-liter V-10 engine that outputs an impressive 500 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. Much to the dismay of avid BMW M5 supporters, the vehicle was introduced without a manual transmission option. Nonetheless, the vehicle is still equipped with an impressive transmission unita seven speed Sequential Manual Gearbox patterned after the units used on Formula 1 race cars.
The powerful engine and the capable new transmission unit, however, are but among the many features that made the BMW M5 perform better than the already impressive BMW 5 Series. Also noteworthy are the various BMW M5 parts, including the mechanical and body parts, that were all assembled by hand to create the BMW M5. With all these parts, the performance of the BMW M5 outside the race track saw further improvements.
The "M" in BMW M5 stands for "motorsport", and with the impressive performance that the vehicle have shown through the years, it is definitely worthy to bear the letter on its name.
What's the recommended type of oil to use on my BMW M5, and how will using the correct oil affect my car's performance?
According to the BMW M5 owner's manual, it is strongly recommended that you use 10W60 synthetic oil. The number 10 represents the oil's viscosity under lower temperatures, while the number 60 indicates how thick the oil will stay at high temperatures. You must follow this recommendation since using the correct type of oil keeps your car's engine running smoothly. The correct type of oil also has the perfect viscosity or thickness that helps maximize your car's engine's energy efficiency while preventing wear in the components. Additionally, since BMW's recommended oil has a lower-viscosity grade, it makes it easier for your engine to start from cold as it offers less resistance to the moving parts. Hence, it is also taking less power from the engine, which lets your car gain an improvement in its fuel economy. Finally, because it's synthetic oil, your car's engine is guaranteed protection from damage brought about by dirt provided that you change the oil regularly.
I recently noticed an engine skip while I was driving my BMW M5, and I also observed that the oil pressure warning light was on. What could be causing this?
It is possible that your engine problem is caused by low oil pressure. If you have just driven your BMW M5 and just turned off the engine, let it sit for a few minutes before checking the oil level on the dipstick. If the oil level is at or below the ADD line, add oil until the level is back up to the full mark, then restart your car. If the oil pressure warning light remains on, then your vehicle may have a bad oil pump. You may also have a faulty oil pressure sending unit or a problem with the oil pressure gauge.
My BMW M5's 2nd gear stopped responding after I replaced the clutch system. Do I have to replace the entire gearbox to solve this?
Before you do anything about the gearbox check the clutch system again. It is strongly suggested that you replace the dual mass flywheel every time you repair or replace the clutch of your BMW M5. Also, when you replace the clutch system, you also have to bleed the actuator block, tech in clutch characteristic values and clutch slip point, and then reset the clutch curve. If you haven't done any of these, do so now then check if the 2nd gear is working. If this doesn't help, check for fault codes as there might be other problem components.
Oil seems to be leaking from the crankcase of my BMW M5. How do I fix this?
The crankcase is the housing for your BMW M5's crankshaft, but it may not be the source of the oil leak. The best way to do this is to clean the engine so you can easily see the oil start to ooze from the source of the leak before it gets all over the place.