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boiliebasher last won the day on September 27 2017

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    E34 540i Touring E36 325 TDS Touring

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  1. ^^ Agreed 540i are the ones to go for!! Before I bought mine (admittedly in E34 guise) I test drove and done a lot of research on 530i's and for me the V8 was just in a different league.... Still o.p the main advice I can offer is if you got your heart set on an E39 530i then go for it! Good cars and I would probably buy on condition of car rather than mileage
  2. V8 Tapping Noise

    Tend to agree with above statements. Drop sump and see what's inside. Not a difficult job at all and shouldn't take too long to complete. Just make sure you order up new gasket in advance etc
  3. 2003 E39 M5 Newbie

    Welcome! I very nearly read that last sentence very badly lol
  4. M5 valet today. Results

    Sorry electrickery is not my strong point however I can advise that with the interior/ reading lights it may be something as simple as a blown bulb or fuse?! I would definitely check fuses first and go from there! Good luck!
  5. V8 Tapping Noise

    Right ok my M60b40 does this very, very occasionally and in my particular situation it's always on start up on cold engine and on mine it's nothing more than a lazy tappet on the o/s bank. To get rid of it quicker I hold the rpms at around 1500 until engine gets up to temp and it soon goes within a few mins. I'm not saying this is the same situation for yours, but mine is 100% down to a lazy hydraulic tappet. Also seems to do it if I've manoeuvred the car a few yards and shut the engine down with out letting it get up to temp. So to get by this whenever I start the engine I always let it get to temp, drive it a few miles then shut it down which seems to do the trick and lessen the effect of that lazy tappet. Good luck, hope it helps and like I said this may not be the case with your car, it may well be as previously mentioned, the tensioner starting to get tired.
  6. M5 valet today. Results

    Breathtakingly beautiful! Congrats on a fantastic car!!
  7. Water Pump

    Problem these days is that it's sometimes difficult to pin point where the part is manufactured. So many "reputable" companies outsource their parts from China, despite them being boxed up in a well established known brand make like Meyle, Febi etc.
  8. Water Pump

    Replaced a failed oem plastic impeller on my E36 with a metal one and so far so good (touches wood) Personally would go with metal impeller just for peace of mind but choice is yours ultimately. There's only two things that I've seen go wrong with water pumps; bearings getting tired and plastic impeller fins breaking up. As long as you get a good quality pump and don't skimp out you should be fine
  9. 518 to 525

    Don't take that as gospel, but simply common sense that there was not (as far as I am aware) any E34's with an "early" or pre-facelift M20 engine fitted in the range. All were later or facelift M20 units I believe.... Good luck and let us know how you get on, it might come in handy if someone else wants to consider this for swap for future reference!
  10. 518 to 525

    I'm no expert but by the sounds of it, you need either custom engine mounts or a later 2.5 block....
  11. Battery tray question

    Neither did I and I've had E34's for years lol Where exactly is this heel board earthing access panel? Any photos available as it sounds bloody useful!!
  12. Talk about bad luck

    Sorry to hear that Mick. I lost my collie last year and still miss her
  13. What would you do .. keep it or sell it - E39?

    I'd keep it going personally. As has been said you'd have to spend a lot more money on a replacement car that can do all the things your 530d/T can do. The "to do list" isn't that bad and don't think it warrants chopping it in for something else, particularly if you can some of the work yourself.
  14. 1993 BMW E34 525i SE Manual Diamantschwarz Metallic Saloon

    Wow! That's looking great sat on those throwing stars! Looks gorgeous, definitely a car to be proud of, congrats!!