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Calypso-E34

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About Calypso-E34

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    Inverness
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    Modern Classic Cars
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    Financial Controller, Company Secretary, Company Director.

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    F10 525d SE Auto ; E34 520i SE Auto
  1. Windscreen Replacement

    To be fair, you make some very valid points there, and credit where it is due I guess - although if the E34 M5 wasn'y such a revered classic, they might not be so quick to keep these as stock items! These parts are also no doubt usually paid for not by individuals, but by insurance companies. Still annoys me that these are so expensive when you see the actual part!
  2. BMW main dealer stickers?

    Your Dad was 100% correct Andrew. AC must have been used to this, as the stickers were on the outside of the screen. Now some are inside - and you need to take care removing them, or they'll have your heated window element off. I stopped putting football related addenda on my cars on the recommendation of a die hard 'Gers fan - he said it was like a magnet for rocks!! There's a classic Mini near me, with a big sticker on the rear screen - '100% free of BMW parts'. Love his work!
  3. Windscreen Replacement

    I got a decent price for the seals / trims for the E34 windscreen from Cotswold, but even with the forum discount, they were going to be coming in at £354.42. Add to that the fitted cost of the screen at £155, and you're looking at a £497 job. There are better ways to spend the cash on this car to be honest. Wheel refurb is coming up in January, for example. If I live to be 1000 though, I will never understand the rationale (!) behind BMW's pricing on some older parts - especially essential ones like these. No wonder marginal cars end up on the scrap heap at times. It's really frustrating. I'm going to cover the delamination damage at the bottom of the screen with a strip of good quality thin shiny vinyl instead of replacing the screen. The damage doesn't extend to the clear part of the glass anyway, just the blacked out bit at the bottom. I think this will be a better solution than replacing the screen with an inferior generic seal.
  4. Windscreen trims

    Thanks lads. I know you'll have given me the best price there. If I live to be 1000 though, I will never understand the rationale (!) behind BMW's pricing on some older parts - especially essential ones like these. No wonder marginal cars end up on the scrap heap at times. It's really frustrating. I'm going to cover the delamination damage at the bottom of the screen with a strip of good quality thin shiny vinyl instead of replacing the screen. The damage doesn't extend to the clear part of the glass anyway, just the blacked out bit at the bottom. I think this will be a better solution than replacing the screen with an inferior generic seal.
  5. BMW main dealer stickers?

    I’ve got the key rings too! AND - I’m up to 3 out of 4 keys now!!
  6. Small accident at the NEC last week......

    It was a 2.3 Duncan. My E39 530i was about 20 BHP down on the Saab, but that engine was so much nicer. When it ran!
  7. Small accident at the NEC last week......

    The only powerful four pot car I've had was the Saab 9-5 Aero HOT - I think it had about 250 BHP. It went very well, and I think it had balancer shafts too - but it sounded awful on startup, and that bugged me. Fast, but not very refined.
  8. Small accident at the NEC last week......

    Damn fine looking interior that. Those mats are a great choice - they set it off really well. I've always liked the look of the 944 - just never that keen on the idea of the larger capacity 4 cylinder engine. That said, I've not driven one, so how would I know? I've only ever owned one Porsche, and being a 1978 924 auto, it wasn't a great ambassador for the brand, it has to be said. It was a plain old thing, so I had it re-sprayed in a nice shade of yellow, with black trim, and added a nice set of wheels. It looked great. Then I discovered it had been a category c........ lost my shirt on it!
  9. Winters on - i think I’ll need them soon!

    Yes, they have! You couldn't make it up, could you?!!
  10. BMW main dealer stickers?

    So - the chap at Pukar Design came back to me the other day. He went through loads of designs, and was very patient with me I have to say, as it took a while for us to come up with something I was 100% happy with! They had proper Cooper stuff from back in the day, but I was after something a little bit different, so we settled on what you see in the pics below. Should look great on the car! The other pic is of the original plate which came with the car. I could have had that design, but I prefer the less fussy one :
  11. Winters on - i think I’ll need them soon!

    Mine did have a coloured shaped sticker on it alright. Not sure if that means anything. The parts guy came out with a box of numbered keys, and tried a few until he found the right one. BMW and Mercedes share the same parts place in Inverness. It was fascinating to note that on the display shelves in there, they had nail polish for sale in Mercedes colours!!! Also in a red they use on the GLA, they tell me. Says it all really - I’ll stick to BMW I think!!
  12. Windscreen Replacement

    This is possibly why Autoglass quoted me £558 for the job, and Auto Windscreens just £155. In view of all the advice and musings here, I've decided to put the job off for now. I'll run it as it is until after the winter, and then see what's what.
  13. Winters on - i think I’ll need them soon!

    Well, I went down to the dealer to see about a replacement, as there was no record of the key number on my paperwork, nor was it stamped into the old key. £20.43, and it has to come from Germany, so will be here in a few days. It was that or pay half an hour's labour for them to get the bolts off so I could replace with something else, so this was the cheapest option.
  14. Winters on - i think I’ll need them soon!

    Balls. The spare set won't do then!!
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