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  1. sharkfan

    How do I remove HVAC connector?

    Spray some silicon lubricant in and around it and then use small screwdrivers to start levering the base of the connector out while squeezing the clips in.
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    39000 mile 1991 BMW Alpina B12 850i Coupe

    It started off at low twenties and four Traders later, including Sytners, reached Glasgow and £90k. There's a thread on the Alpina Register where a few people spotted it and detailed all the price rises. It's a Sytner made car with the same 350bhp engine that was in the E32 B12 5.0. A Buchloe made B12 5.7 Coupe, one of just four known right hand drive cars made £63k ish at auction last year, so I'm a little lost how this car has found this price point.
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    Refurbished 24 year old wheels

    Lovely wheels - I have a set on my 1982 635CSi and it is so, so comfortable on them. The car is an auto so suits barging about rather than a spanish box racing hither and thither.
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    The BMW5 random picture thread

    The other one...
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    The BMW5 random picture thread

    Sincere apologies if it seems like showing off, I do realise how lucky I've been. The tale is that I bought an M635 12 years ago when they were relatively cheap (£6.6k, I found the receipt the other day), I pursued the E34 when hardly anybody knew it even existed and I just got lucky with the B12 as no-one else was buying when the PO wanted to sell... and I was looking to buy, and I specifically wanted the Langversion The bitter truth is that just recently the E34 and E38 were days from being sold to keep food on the table and a roof over our heads - it's been a tough year... and so after another long day today I managed to give them all a quick wash to get the three of them looking nice.
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Washed mine today...
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    Buying part worn tyres

    I have bought used tyres before; once a set to put on some wheels to be able to move cars about on and then two instances of buying near new tyres to replace damaged ones by punctures on 4 wheel drive cars where the cars were supposedly sensitive to rolling diameters. When you buy a used car you are buying second hand tyres so what's the difference to buying second hand tyres on their own?
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    The BMW5 random picture thread

  9. When I lived in Poland I had a near identical spec car to this - except it was an Avant. Blackity-black all over with same deep airdam; everything worked perfectly and we had an epic road trip from Warsaw to the Loire Valley in it.
  10. A previous girlfriend and I owned a mint condition Mk 2 (Escort Mk 4) Orion 1.6i Ghia in white with, as you say, the trip computer, rear headrests, electric windows, front and rear heated screens, heated seats as well as being great fun to throw around. It was the first well appointed car I ever owned and I've always thought about buying another, as well as a 2.0 Volvo 480ES, and my first car, an Opel Ascona B 2.0S.
  11. I alternate between my 1982 635CSi and my 1995 E34 Alpina B10 4.6 Touring as daily drivers, with occasional use of my M635 and B12 5.7 for high days and family excursions. Running a 1980's or '90's car is ok as long as you accept that things will break and need replacement more often than a newer car. The upside is that you're not loosing thousands upon thousands of pounds a year. If you're a perfectionist like me me you'll notice, care and worry about every blister, blemish and scratch but I do understand the excellent worth of a cosmetically 'challenged' car that is in excellent electrical and mechanical condition. Being able to be carefree about its appearance could be more blessing than curse.
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    AC re-charged today, not bad for 23 years old but not as impressive as the 33 year old M635CSi AC still working... which is also lame compared to the 36 year old moon mileage and six year stood neglected 635CSi AC still working
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Nearly two hours of arseing around with a non-functioning main beam; a dodgy wire, very corroded contact and blown bulb all hiding behind a very, very corroded and seized main cap.
  14. sharkfan

    Bowel Cancer Awareness Month - please read

    Well done for posting Dave and best wishes (as always) to you and your lovely Ladies.
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    Project bites off more than can chew

    Simon, quite honestly I would love to pop over and give you a hand to help resolve the issues with this project but I am currently working every hour God sends to keep my family fed and covered by a roof. If that changes at all I will let you know asap.
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    £38k E34 540i touring

    I cannot find anything out about the spec of an 'AC Schnitzer S5 V8'; there is a little bit out there on t'internet about the S5 3.6 and S5 3.7 E34 cars with M30 straight six engines, but nothing about the 540i conversion. Hartge did a conversion of the E34 540i and Alpina produced different two versions of the E34 540i but the AC Schnitzer version remains a mystery. I strongly suspect this car is a Japanese import, knowing a little of the sellers history.
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    E34 M5 vs E39 M5

    On the whole the E34 is a better drivers car and gives a better driving experience perhaps purely because the E39 is so refined, maybe too refined, but the E34 3.8 M5's seldom make their 340bhp unless they are in absolutely tip-top mechanical condition so an E39 M5 should feel its whole generation quicker. So to answer the OP's question, yes, you might well feel underwhelmed by the power but I suspect overall you would enjoy pressing on in an E34 more than you would in an E39. In terms of the weight difference, its more a combination of the weight and smaller size that will make an E34 seem more nimble but in reality it will be down to how well sorted each individual car is with respect to recent suspension and steering refreshes. I suspect that those lucky individuals who have owned both, or still own both M5's together, would choose the E34 over the E39 if they absolutely 'had' to choose one or another.
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    very heavy vibration through car at 40mph

    Has the car been stood a while?
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    Talk about bad luck

    Sorry to hear this. One of our Labs gets to 14 years old in a few weeks but the last few months have seen her really slow up and lose her appetite. She checks out ok at the vet but she's looking and acting really worn out.
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    e28 Alpina Boot Spoiler

    Try Alpina?
  21. sharkfan

    My E26!

    Actually.... I'll send you a link. On second thoughts, never trust a url from me.
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    My E26!

    You will actually buy a BMW Unicorn one day won't you
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    Back in an ‘M’...

    Vents are for neck warming.
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    Back in an ‘M’...

    Love that M4, especially the colour scheme. Mrs Sharkfan chose a 435d M-Sport X-drive cab in every-other-car-is-also-estoril but it goes very, very well and the ride is much better on its 18's rather the 19's fitted to nearly every other car.
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    V8 curiosity

    Nothing wrong with Alpina steering wheels, but a V8 curiosity was never quite enough for me....