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    Need Help...Broken M5

    In my defence, neither myself or the owner before me experienced any running issues. I'm not sure I could know a bolt/shaft was about to shear off and it just seems extreme bad luck it happened on your way home after purchasing the car. If it's any consolation, I had very recently spent 3k on complete ac recommissioning on this car, even as it initially appeared 'only' the compressor had to be bolted on. I guess that's 3K less YOU have to spend (!) but as other people have mentioned, M5's are not cheap cars to run. I do feel bad for you but with no prior knowledge of any issue, I can only hope it can be fixed quickly for you to enjoy as it was intended.
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    Need Help...Broken M5

    Thanks Cableguy, I'm on the mend slowly. Can't wait to hear the car is back on the road!
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    Need Help...Broken M5

    Health issues, which I explained to the OP, meant I wasn't using the car. I think I'd driven it less than 1000 miles in 6 months. It was a shame to keep such a car parked up, I felt another enthusiast would enjoy it more than I'd been able to. Still, gutted to let it go...
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    Need Help...Broken M5

    I was the previous owner the OP bought the car from and I was truly horrified to hear he'd broken down on the way home. Considering I'd driven the car without fault in my ownership and that the test-drive and most of the journey home was faultless, the breakdown really upset me as I'd never sell a car if there was a fault like that without fixing it. The instant fault sounds like extreme bad luck, it could have easily happened when in my ownership if I'd waited even a day to sell. With no warning of anything gradual, I couldn't even suggest what could be wrong, much to my annoyance. The day before the test-drive, a coolant hose split and I ran around like a headless chicken and pulled in a favour from my BMW specialist to get the car fixed asap, just so the OP didn't have to wait another week for the test! I really hope his mechanic finds the issue and resolves it quickly. Please let me know when it's back on the road.
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    Seeing this M5, thoughts?

    Hi guys Wanted you opinions about this car https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1990-BMW-E34-M5-Individual-3-6-Sterling-silver-buffalo-extended-leather-S38/263421344043?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l9372 Do the engine modifications described here help preserve the engine? Perhaps a dumb question but will the engine number tell me the replacement engine is a S38B36 somehow? Your help appreciated!
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    Seeing this M5, thoughts?

    It's the same guy. The ad is exactly the same as the ebay ad back in January.
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    Seeing this M5, thoughts?

    Not sure it's now worth nearly 30K but no, it was the principle. I'm happy to deal with a person with integrity, not someone trying to make a quick buck out of me. If he'd said he wanted 18K in the first place, that's a different story. Anyway, I ended up with a fantastic machine so there was a happy ending to this story!
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    Seeing this M5, thoughts?

    The 3.8 M5 is back on for sale here https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/bmw/m5/bmw-5-series-m5--------------------1995/8797095 When I won the Ebay auction back in February, we'd agreed a price of 16K. The day before I was going to pick up, he changed his mind and said he wanted 18K. I refused out of principle. Now you can see how much it has "appreciated" in 6 months... Anyone going to see it will surely find a good car but I just don't trust this seller after my experience. Just a heads-up for anyone wishing to go and view.
  9. Hi all Just yesterday, the car started without issue. Today, I went to start it up, turning the key to the on position lights up all the normal lights on the dash. However, I don't hear the fuel pump, or the relay clicking. When I turn the key, nothing, no sound at all, it doesn't even crank. Perhaps the issue is with the Clifford alarm? It does appear to be temperamental so maybe the immobiliser has locked me out of the starting system? I do think this is the issue so how do I disable the damn thing?! Cheers in advance
  10. Another update - I've had the alarm professionally removed by a local auto electrician. He told me the immobiliser unit was effed, that was causing the no-start issue. I am perfectly happy using the key manually (SHOCK, HORROR!), like the good old days Thanks to the M5 newbie for their response.
  11. Update - just spoke to the previous owner who also had niggles with the alarm so we both suspect the immobiliser is not going off.
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    ac compressor

    Just on the off chance, as part of ac recommissioning, I'm in need of an ac compressor for the beast. I think the genuine p/n is 64528390468 but more knowledgeable folk may correct me. Anyone out there got hold of a good one? Cheers
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    Duxford Spring car club visit

    Hi Chris Let me know which car you'll be bringing and I'll try to find you. Unfortunately, my M5 is still in the garage having its ac recommissioned so I won't be able to bring that along. Because of that, I booked as an individual but I'll be making my way over to the BMW car club section! Hope to see you Sunday! Cheers Beej
  14. Anyone thinking of going to the Duxford Air Museum with their cars in Spring (Sunday 6th May)? https://www.iwm.org.uk/commercial/venue-hire/iwm-duxford/motor-visits Does this forum constitute a 'car club'?! I think they mean official BMW club member perhaps. Anyway, individuals can also go along.
  15. https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C984605 Not sure I'd want a car associated with Nuremberg! I'm sure he meant Nurburgring...
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    M5 valet today. Results

    Ben from Prisdean came back today to do my 330d daily. Again, a fantastic job! Very pleased with his efforts, I'll be using him again for a top-up to both cars in 6 months.
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    M5 valet today. Results

    Hi all Just wanted to share some lovely pics after I had my M5 valeted today. The paintwork was already beautiful but it is pristine now (bar the odd tiny scratches that need paint correction). One of the pics shows the local (Cambridgeshire) chap who did the work, highly recommended! Plus, my first ever E34 M5 'fix' was the replacement of the front fog light bulbs, which now work! Enjoy.
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    M5 valet today. Results

    I did read the advert but it seemed the photographer wanted a 'vibrant' colour rather than black (or that's how I read it anyway!).
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    Drops of oil on this 'thing'

    You know I thought that as soon as I hit send and once I'd managed to trace the pipes when the engine cooled! im hoping to get the ad recommished next week. Thanks for the explanation.
  20. Hi all Can anyone tell me what the hell this thing is?! I noticed a couple of drops of oil on it, whereas a similar looking thing (bottom left corner) is dry. It seems like a rubber cap on something, that nut is there for show as far as I can tell, it's not wound onto anything. Someone please enlighten me!
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    1990 M5 - 370mm Tech 2 Steering Wheel

    Hi Luke The 370mm steering wheel is fitted to my 1990 M5, no problem.
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    M5 valet today. Results

    One to ask him. He's only a few miles from my house so easy for my valet but other sure the geographical area he covers. http://prisdeanvaleting.com
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    M5 valet today. Results

    Absolutely my mantra!
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    M5 valet today. Results

    Haha, nice try!
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    M5 valet today. Results

    OK, not in any of the pics above! Look at the bottom corner of the front bumper in this picture, the silver detail.
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