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  1. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/95-BMW-540-i-e34-V8-modern-classic-Factory-LSD-M-Tec-Sport-Suspension/142729737165?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 Prices are on the rise ...
  2. What are you listening to?

    I remember watching this as a child and thinking cool as ***** It's still there
  3. E39 M5 market

    I would get the slight rust sorted .... So you need not mention rust in the advert ... I will add .. I love the spec of your M5 and GLWTS It only takes one buyer ...
  4. Best and Worst thing about an E39

    I'm surprised the E39 had no galvanised panels ... The average E39 still looks modern and top class ... I'm not keen on having to code upgrades etc.
  5. E34 M5 vs E39 M5

    The E34 was the last real hand built M5 ... So each had their own soul (feel) from new ... But the E39 is still a wonderful tool.
  6. What are you listening to?

    Carpenters last night ... But tomorrow could be ....
  7. Be prepared for some welding and the average E39 should do another 15 years with some TLC ... Pre may 2001 low tax ... The ideal would be the manual 540 .... But really any 540 in clean condition
  8. BMW Car Mag - Why so BUSY?

    I always rated the original Total BMW higher ... I got sick of the fake owners tales .. Like Luke Woods E34 M5 ( Which was really the magazines motor) But did enjoy the real readers monthly highs and lows I've not seen the latest BMW car on sale for months.
  9. V8 Tapping Noise

    Timing chain tensioner sounds the issue .... The trouble normally starts after leaving the faulty tensioner for months. You should be fine
  10. E39 530i Black on Black

    It could well be a good one ... It's the right area to find one ... But the jacking points would need checking.
  11. very heavy vibration through car at 40mph

    It could be worn engine mounts or rubber doughnut on the prop shaft ... Both can and do cause a heavy low vibration .... If there are are worn mounts from the engine mounts back to the rear diff mount .... These can lead to low vibration.
  12. Water Pump

    The Meyle pump fitted to our last M60 lasted to around 900 miles While another owners lasted until about 2k .. Meyle M60 water pumps are known to be not very good among the E34 M60 crowd in the World Wide Web. That's the trouble with items built in China ... quality is all over the place. German firms like Febi are now importing from China.
  13. How long have you owned your E34's and the miles done etc ... Come on guys n gals.
  14. aftermarket water pump

    Meyle (Chinese made) water pumps are known to be cheap ... But are weak.
  15. What to do with my 535?

    I would replace all suspension links/arms as a matter of course .... So no chasing odd knocks or rattles ... We used a mix of Lemforder/BMW parts on our 525 and those have lasted since 2010 ... With Items like the front Idler arm I only use BMW as the Meyle item only last 12 months and about 6k on our old 540...
  16. E36 328i Auto Saloon

    I can see the above E36 in that spec shooting to 4k during the next 18 months ... It's lovely
  17. E34 beginner - pre-purchase advice

    The sill covers are held in place by two plastic rivets on the rear sill ends and five or six clips running along the bottom of the sill covers ... You might find the plastic rivets long gone ... so just use a flat screwdriver to lever the clips off and then pull the sill cover off ... I always start from the rear. I nearly forgot and a 10 mm nut screw at the bottom of the front wing .. If you hear metal breaking sounds as you unbolt ... That's trouble .. It's a ten minute job to remove per side ...
  18. E34 beginner - pre-purchase advice

    You really need someone with E34 related knowledge like a good old school BMW indie or someone dealing with E34's on a daily basis. The average RAC type of inspection might have no idea of the common issues or hidden rot spots effecting the old E34's
  19. E34 beginner - pre-purchase advice

    The price of repairs depends really on the repair panels used and the amount of metal needing replacing ... The BMW rear sill repair section comes with the jacking points which cuts the welding work down ... But were around £100 per side. You really need to check the axle carrier mounts (including the rear) all jacking points plus bulkhead drains .... If the interior stinks of damp be very careful .... Which can be simple floor plugs rotted away/door seals or the bulkhead drains rotted out allowing water into the cabin from water running down the front window screen Oxford Green is a common colour in late e34's I would look for a clean bootlid rather than fighting a deep rusted item ... Which could return.
  20. New boiler or fix old one?

    Our boiler is the original boiler from 1975 and apart from the timer and lighter thing is original.
  21. Jap 540i

    Looks very nice with black leather etc and has missed years of salt murdered winters .... Edit I like the square rear plates.
  22. Suspension parts supplier

    Lemforder items do last far longer than most and are the OE maker for BMW ... I did use one of TRW's centre links for our E34 540 Which last around 12 months and 8,000 miles.
  23. OEM Velour floor mats

    Halfords do a special order mat with the heel plate and trimmed in Nubuck Leather for around £48. These do compare well with the £100 + premier mats ... I'm sure Stefan will be updating his blog with pictures soon.
  24. New owner of M5 3.6

    I'm surprised David has sold his beast ... But i'm glad your now living the M5 dream
  25. Advice please viewing a E34 M5

    BMW will sell you one of their new 6 speeds for £5k and your old box