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  1. This is the opposite of what most people do I know, but I quite fancy replacing the shadowline trim on my 1994 E34 520i SE with the chrome stuff - I think it might suit the character of the car better. Anyone know how easy or difficult this would be? Is it a pain to remove and fit? i realise this should probably be in the E34 section, but I figured this could apply to any BMW.
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    Replacing shadow line trim with chrome

    Awesome! That doesn’t look too hard. I’ll go and look for a set of this stuff somewhere I think!
  3. So, I have almost had the F10 525d for a year now, and I bow has 60000 miles on the clock. I have had a letter from BMW, offering a selection of insurance based warranties to cover the car from now on. None are as comprehensive as the Approved Used warranty. There are three levels of cover. Assuming I take the emergency service with it, and accept a £100 excess, the cost would be: Comprehensive cover - £863 or £92 per month (28% higher to pay monthly) Named Component cover - £783 or £79 per month (21% higher to pay monthly) Driveline cover - £602 or £65 per month (29.5% higher to pay monthly) Comprehensive cover with no excess (the closest to the cover I have now) would be £1060 per year, or £111 per month (26.6% higher to pay monthly) As an alternative, Quentin Willson asks £633 or £58 per month (9.6% higher to pay monthly) for similar cover to BMWs top warranty. That seems good value in comparison with BMW, and I have used these people and had a claim before with no issues. BUT I'm not sure I'm going to bother with any of them - I have never bought an extended warranty before in my life. I know that's a big risk, but this is a considerable expense. I will probably have the car maintained and repaired outside the dealership from now on - somewhere that charges £50 - £70 per hour, and not £150. What do all of you guys do?
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    Calypso's project E34 520i - which is actually blue!

    Well, that's the old 520i passed it's MOT, despite all the work I did on it! One year and 23 days worth! Couple of minors / advisories. Firstly, minors on the rear outer CV boots 'severely deteriorated'. Now - I had a look at these, and as far as I can see they aren't perished - just dirty! Other than that, the fuel cap seal is perished, so I'll replace that.
  5. OK, so with the amount of pictures and words I have already inflicted on random parts of this outstanding forum, I thought it was probably about time I started a project thread on it. I wish I'd started this when I first bought the car back in September last year, but hey - better late than never I suppose. So - I have had a few BMWs - an E36 320i years ago, and then, all in the last 10 years or so, an E39 530i and a handful of E34s - mostly 525is, and one 535i Sport thrown in. I had moved away from old BMWs for a while, and then got a hankering for another one (it's an addiction) - and this came up in the for sale section of this very forum. I wasn't keen on buying a lowly 520i automatic at first - especially as this one had had a recent insurance claim due to a light side swipe which had damaged both nearside doors, and the front wing. But - it was rust free, and the interior wasn't shredded like so many of them are. Cloth interior appealed to me too. The car was being sold by a fellow forum member, who rescued this car from a well known vehicle dismantler. He is known for his knowledge of these old BMWs, and having had the damaged doors and front wing repaired, he had gone through the car top to bottom, and carried out some essential repairs to bring it back to a decent standard mechanically, replacing some brake parts at the rear, shock absorbers at the front, and changing the water pump, plus various other little bits. so a deal was done and I travelled from Inverness to Mansfield to get the car. Everything was exactly as described, and I drove it back to inverness without any issues.
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    OAL-BB 50 - 50 years of BMW Alpina book

    Got it now, thanks chaps.
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    OAL-BB 50 - 50 years of BMW Alpina book

    Does anyone have a copy of this book that they would like to sell for reasonable money?
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    What are you currently drinking...?

    We had some friends to stay at the weekend, and my pal brought something for me to try. Ive never been much of a whisky drinker, and I have never tried Bourbon, so this was new to me. Had it on the side, with one of my more regular tipples. I must say, I enjoyed this, and to my surprise, by 3.00am, the bottle was finished between two of us. We didn’t fall over, there was no massive hangover, so thumbs up!
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    Philippine's crackdown on corruption, crushes an M5

    Pure stupidity.
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    E34 520i

    That pretty much covers what I was going to say. Turbines actually look OK on an E34, but in silver - Apologies for the poor quality of this picture - I had to pull it off my Facebook page :
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    Very clean E39 530i SE

    To be honest, with a few small adjustments, I think an SE can look great. Sport suspension, decent wheels and a twin pipe back box and you’re there. The ‘Alpina’ look. Like my old E39:
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    Very clean E39 530i SE

    Nice car, but won't be as reliable as an E34. Bloody needy things in old age E39s - especially post facelift ones with the wireless throttle.......
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    DAB retro fit

    I realise there have been discussions regarding this subject before, but things move on! So - what is the latest thinking on this? I'm going to ask at the dealership if they have something available, but I'm sure there will be a few options. Ideally I'd like something that works with the iDrive. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    DAB retro fit

    If you want to buy the Fistune setup, you could get it from the people I went to. They have a nationwide fitting service, supply everything you need, and they do a good job. Give them a call or email them. You'll pay a bit more but it will be done right first time. CLICK HERE
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    DAB retro fit

    I’d be getting this professionally fitted. I know there will be some who will have no issues fitting it, but I wasn’t one of them. The guy came to the office, fitted it, and was off again 45 minutes later, job done, no mess. You up have an expensive car. Get it done right.
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    Calypso's project E34 520i - which is actually blue!

    Dan - you’ve pretty much hit the nail on the head. This car’s raison d’être is, for me, to provide relaxation above speed. I’ve had faster cars. This one is a great big lounger!! i was offered £2000 for it today in cash. I declined without hesitation. I have driven it over the last couple of days over my F10 ( which is nice) - and felt privileged to do so. Ask me why. I don’t know!
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    Calypso's project E34 520i - which is actually blue!

    Couple more......
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    i wanted a classic ( ish ) car .. i got a ....

    In that case, don't watch the last of the Edd China Wheeler Dealers series then Mike - especially the one about the Maserati Bi-turbo. Someone out in California converts classic Microbuses and vans to electric power! You'll need to go and lie down!
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    i wanted a classic ( ish ) car .. i got a ....

    A couple of interesting links: https://www.vwheritage.com/beetle-history There are suggestions on other sites that the Mexican beetles stuck with the original design, and never got the bigger windscreen or the plastic dash, although you'd have to do more research on it.
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    i wanted a classic ( ish ) car .. i got a ....

    Yep - possibly a donor car involved somewhere along the line - and it won't be any worse for that I'd say. Looks good though - I hope you enjoy it! I'd be getting some old style seats, replacing all the painted trim with chrome, and sticking a non dating plate on it!
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    i wanted a classic ( ish ) car .. i got a ....

    Could it be an earlier car imported and registered here in 1997 Scott, or was it declared new in 1997? RHD or LHD? Does it have the perforated vinyl seats, or Polo ones?
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    i wanted a classic ( ish ) car .. i got a ....

    Nice! Flat screen too - I prefer that to the rounded one. I wonder when that changed, or was it just different markets?
  23. After thinking about it many times, and selling off a few, I thought I’d get my arse into gear and catalogue all these, so I don’t start duplicating purchases. I had had no idea that I had so many of these - and there are others I’d like still!! Does anyone else do this? I blame Rupert - he started me off!!! At least it’s nowhere near as long as my 1:43 scale model car list - 244 of those! But I’m going to sell a lot of those I think. I’m away to have a beer now - I’ll type this up tomorrow.
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    Car brochures - I think I might have a problem....

    Oh no............... !!
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    Calypso's project E34 520i - which is actually blue!

    I wonder what this car is worth now. E34 prices seem to be on the up, but it's a 520i auto, which would hold it back a little bit.
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