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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    The 750 has arrived home! After looking threw a fat leather wallet off service history it seems that the car was original sold by Paragon Cars London. The service book isn't missing a stamp which is reassuring I LOVE the interior, it's incredibly clean and very luxurious. It makes my e38 740 sport feel basic in comparison! First thing it needs is a new expansion bottle. The check coolant level message flashed on so I checked the bottle and noticed one of the hoses was very wobbly. The plastic ring had broken inside the pipe which must have caused a leak. Ordered a new one from BMW, so until then there's no more v12 sounds The engine isn't idling as smooth as it should be. I've never heard an m70 v12 before but I know it should be silky smooth which mine isn't. I think a diagnostic tool would be a good investment at this point. Having 4 old bm's I think I will get good use out of it haha For some reason the central locking isn't working and I can only open the car by turning the key in the passenger door and not the drivers door It is in great need of some bodywork love. Which I think it is more than worthy of. Theres rust in the usual e32 places, bottom off the doors etc but underneath seems clean So it certainly isn't without its problems. But I expected that. To be honest, the market is so limited for e32s, if I were to wait for a perfect one I would be waiting a very long time. So I'm going to turn what I have into perfection The biggest issue is the metric wheels lol I hate them! As I've already stated, I would like 17" Alpinas and lower it tastefully but I'm also having bad thoughts about 18 inch style 5s. But before investing 2k into a set of wheels, the 740 must be sold first!
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    @red35 that looks great and is exactly what I had in mind for mine! especially the wheels. Im torn between clears and ambers. If my car came with clears I would keep them I think. After searching for them wheels, it turns out they are more rare than I first realised. Especially 10j rears!
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Spec list now added car has arrived in my local town just need to collect it
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    It seems to have insulation glass, which I assume is double glazing? I quite like the sport lip. I’m undecided on the whole alpina front lip and pin stripes, as I don’t want to turn it into something it’s not. I don’t want a ‘fake’ alpina. But the wheels are acceptable! Are the wheel widths 8.5j 10j? they seem to be very rare.. great.. You have alpina wheels because you have the real deal! Wow I’ve never seen a B12 alpina in real life My e38 is just an 01 740 sport but it will be going for sale very soon Replacing it with the e32
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    540iA transmission grumble

    I would just like to add some closure to this thread I stopped driving the car after the grumble appeared and got my friend who works in bmw to service the gearbox. He changed the filter and fluid and it has completely transformed the car No more grumbling and the gearbox is working perfectly. If you have any thoughts on servicing the gearbox of your car I would highly recommend it. The colour of the old fluid convinced me I wasn't wasting my time before I even drove the car ! Steve
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Thanks for the feedback guys and kind comments I don't know why I said 15" but the more I look at them the more I like them. And I agree with the e32 not suiting big wheels. E38s suit big wheels but the e32 is so different. I have 21" Alpinas on my e38 that look great but would look ridiculous on the e32 Im off sport seats already due to losing out on the picnic tables and foot rests @sharkfan I haven't got the spec list sent over yet but it seems to be fairly decent. I don't really know what e32s come standard with but mine has electric heated rear seats etc which is a nice option! I am excited to see what els it has Primarily my focus will be on tidying up the bodywork and sorting out any repairs that may crop up. New wheels is a must and after that who know, but I will think very carefully about any changes as I don't want to take away from its character Update on wheels then. Favourites are now style 5's, 17 alpinas and parallels I need to look into suspension options to see if I want to remove the EDC function by changing the suspension or just leave as is Personally 17 alpinas look good on standard ride height I'm 22 and the temptation to slam it and black out the chrome is real! but at the same time I'm into my old bm's and don't want to wreck the car and destroy its character. I have never seen another one in Northern Ireland, so they are a special sight.
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Thanks!.. yea I would not make any permanent changes I would like it as a nice show car though
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Thanks for the feedback guys. Yes its only opinions but I really appreciate them as I really don't know what changes I want to make with the car As for the sport seats, I think the picnic tables cant be fitted to sport seats so I doubt I will sacrifice them I will add the spec list as soon as I get it off my friend who works in bm, but its better spec'd than my 740 sport lol Car was picked up today Super excited Id like to show you guys the wheel options I have been thinking off Here goes.. e38 Parallels with polished lips 17" Alpinas 20" Alpina Soft Lines 18" Type II Schnitzers 3 Piece 17" Type I Schnitzers 18" Style 5s which are extremely rare! Rondell Deep Dish contours, which I plan on getting for my e34 sometime! Style 32s And last but not least, something a bit different. Custom made 19" Alpinas Tell me what you guys think. I initially thought of the parallels, but I agree they suit the e34, e39 and e38 better. I've been craving a set of split wheels lately. The 19 inch alpina splits would be amazing but the cost would be unbelievable I would be happy with any of them wheels. There is such a large difference in the price between them though Also most choices would require lowering the suspension I am also toying with the idea of an alpina kit.. if that's possible. I know e38 alpina front lip copies are widely available. Or even an AC Schnitzer kit! like I'm ever going to find or even afford that ...
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Thanks man!
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Having craved a v12 since I got my license, I bought this 1994 Calypso 750iL. Call me mad but I bought it online without seeing it!!I will add the spec list and more details when it arrives home later this weekI'm in Northern Ireland, the car is in England, it is being picked up by a transport company tomorrow Model: GC82 750IAL Colour: 252 Calypso Red Upholstery: 0458 Silver Grey Full Leather Extras: 240 * Drivers Airbag 302 * Remote Control Anti-Theft 428 * Triangle+First Aid Kit 489 * Passenger Lumbar Support 496 * Rear Seat Heating 672 * BMW Bavaria 6 CD Changer 865 * Tables + Footrests 293 * TD Alloy Wheels+Tyres 401 * Electric Sliding Roof 488 * Driver Lumbar Support 494 * Front Seat Heating 662 * BMW Bavaria Professional Radi 812 * GB Specification 676 * BMW Hi - Fi Speaker System Plans are Change all ambers to clear lenses Install smoked front lenses ? Black front grill Dove Grey Sport Seats lower suspension, bilstein and eibach possibly ? New wheels. I have an album of possibilities, but I'm thinking e38 parallels for now with low profile tyres Install some sort of tuning chip Most importantly, carry out any repairs including body repairs I would appreciate any advice/suggestions as I am more of an e38 and e39 guy. I have never owned an e32 before and they are extremely rare over hereThanks for looking,Steve
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    e39 M5 rear seat

    Recently purchased a Le Mans blue e39 m5 interior but it is missing the rear seat. Just the bit where your back rests against Thanks
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    LED Angel Eye bulbs.

    The 520s lower power angel eyes look brighter due to the time of the day at which that picture was taken. The pic was also a for sale picture so I used a SLR camera which is why its such good quality. The 540s lights are way brighter though. Yes there is canbus flicker from both angel eyes which is perfectly normal for LED units since they are so power sensitive. The flickering doesn't last long
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    540iA transmission grumble

    My 97 540iA has decided to develop a grinding noise when under loading. When you put your foot on the accelerator at cruising speeds there is an awful grinding noise from the transmission. The revs also fluctuate slightly. Once your foot is either lifted off or pressed harder into the pedal the noise stops.It used to only happen at like 50mph in 5th and 30mph in 4th when the car needed to change gear but its not happening more often in a wider range of speeds and gears.The best way to grasp what I'm saying is by listening to the videoIn the video I have my foot on the pedal maintaining a constant speed which causes grinding. Im lifting my foot off and on to make the grinding more noticeable. Pressing too hard results in the car changing into a lower gear which is what I do in the end of the video.Thanks for your time
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    LED Angel Eye bulbs.

    Here are comparison pics of my old 520 with 6watt LED angel eyes and my 540 with 40 watt cree LEDs 6 watts look good in day light when taken with an SLR as you can see i imagine 40 watts to be even better!
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    FS: E39 Black interior door/ dash trims

    Hi are they still available? Are they origonal oem piano black or painted?
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