Technoviolet Ldn

New e34 owner

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Hey all

 

been lurking around for several years on these forums finally have a reason to sign up!

 

i purchased my e34 520i last week. It's had a recent full respray in technoviolet and has no rust whatsoever (one of my main reasons buying it - I had a prefactlift E30 325i once upon a time which was a rust magnet). I had an e34 535i sport in techno violet and cream leather interior. Needless to say this bought back memories! I will be sticking with the black for now (after front sport seats! I think the rear are same?)

 

It has had a reconditioned auto gearbox fitted and the m50b20 sounds sweet albeit savagely thirsty. It has he electric black leather interior which is more comfortable than my Mk7 GTD heated leather! 

 

the car came with a few minor issues needing attention:

 

*power steering pipe leak (low pressure hose)

*A/C pump seized 

*one piece door trim missing (already ordered)

*intermittent/crazy central locking!

* dash pixels almost dead/ineligible 

driverside electric recline mechanism link broken (motor working). 

*sagging headliner 

 

im sort of putting off fixing the mechanical niggles as I have a m62b44 and gearbox, ews  ecu loom etc. on its way from an e38 740i. I have my daily driver keeping me on the roads for now and my insurance quotations on the e34 are ridiculous (Over £2k..). 

 

Just a a few things I need some advice or help with. 

 

My car appears to be a facelift right? Wider grille etc? I can't differentiate between the facelift front and pre facelift :s  

 

Also, what other e38 bits can I salvage? I have kept the steering wheel and gearknob for now. Brakes? I was inclined to go for the e34 540/m5 upgraded set up as it would be a straightforward fit. Right?

 

If anyone could point me to some e34 specialists who wouldn't mind taking on some work that would be greatly appreciated. I'd like to get my headliner sorted first and foremost. Any trimmers recommended forwards north west London?

 

Slowly but but surely I will get there!! I will try post as and when I start spending time on her.

 

anyway here are some pics of the car. I still need to spend some time giving her a good clean, following some real quality pics (am a photographer by trade!)

 

hope to to meet some cool e34 owners on here!!

 

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Welcome !

You will find much e34 love here :D You have a lovely looking facelift e34 ... I also like the postion of your wipers ( sign of a good wiper rack)

 

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power steering pipe leak (low pressure hose)

 I will have a look on Monday

 

*A/C pump seized 

 Likewise

 

*intermittent/crazy central locking!

 Most likely the actuator's, all located in the door's

 

* dash pixels almost dead/ineligible 

 If you can get me the colour of the back of your unit, I will see what I have

 

*sagging headliner 

 What colour, sunroof or not?

 

 

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Thank you for the replies!

 

Headlining is non sunroof, in light grey. I was thinking of tackling this myself but hear it can be a bit of a pain. Anyone know of anyone who'd be good at this work?

 

Will I have to remove the cluster to get the colour of the back or do you mean the background of the cluster?(black)

 

Tinted rear lights yesterday with soapy water razor blade and a hair dryer. Happy with the results though may re do one (roughly cut).

 

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I haven't washed it since purchase and the colour still shines through.

 

Working my way through the trims and bumper surrounds giving them a clean and light coat of /primer/satin black. I tried plastidip on door strips which looked okay but have to be careful fitting them back on the car as they smudge and can rub off sometimes.

 

Looking to get my power steering pipe leak resolved today, to get it to CarGasm at Ace Cafe tonight!

 

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3 hours ago, Technoviolet Ldn said:

Headlining is non sunroof, in light grey. I was thinking of tackling this myself but hear it can be a bit of a pain. Anyone know of anyone who'd be good at this work?

 

 

 

Changing the headlining is not that bad The hardest part is finding the replacement without the front or back splitting edge ..

I normally drop the front seats ... remove the grab handles,sun visors and map light ... and remove the lining though the front passenger door.

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Thought I'd make an early start today and try get odd bits and bobs done on the '34. Got the scuttles and wiper blade arms off, cleaned up a little under scuttles etc. Just leaves and built up dirt but bodywork is .

 

Gave scuttles wiper arms a good key, two coats of primer before finishing off in satin black. They ended up looking new!

 

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Noticed the clips holding the scuttle were mostly missing or broken. Also the wiper blade plastic nut covers seem to be broken too. A few more items on the list!

 

Did the same with the side indicators before my paint ran out! Now it looks very very fresh .

 

With a few breaks whilst waiting for coats to dry and entertaining my nephew, that took me a good part of an afternoon.

 

Still have that power steering pipe leak. Now to risk driving it to Ace Cafe like this or not?

 

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Back to black. Fully load regal as I call it . I loved the all red tail lights but legality is an issue in the UK.

 

Managed to get hold of a genuine e34 m5 spoiler in Daytona violet, but having second thoughts about putting it on . Either way would the contrast between Daytona and technoviolet be noticeable off the spoiler?

 

Only pics of it at the mo. Needs a bit of love

 

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The flush back end look has grown on me and I want to keep it a sleeper

 

 

 

 

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the spolier is a no for me .. the clean look is way better

 

 

 

Yip spoilers on them look naff, don't do it

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Sorry guys but I'm going to go against the grain and say that I really like a subtle oem style rear spoiler on a E34 saloon like the one pictured above. I think my one might of been built by Hella? I think it finishes off the back end nicely and looks quite smart and if I were ever to buy a saloon again, I would defo prefer one with the spoiler but each to their own I suppose :) I can see why people don't like them, but I  personally think it suits the car quite nicely....

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Well I've bought the spoiler albeit in Daytona violet as opposed to Technoviolet 🤦🏻‍♂️. The guy wouldn't cancel the sale as I had already committed to buying it.

 

I don't think I'm brave enough to drill into my freshly painted boot lid . I also like the contrast of the smoked indicators and unique colour of the car.

 

A spoiler might make it look like it's trying too hard to be an M5 which is not what I am going for. I will be swapping the comfort fronts for a pair of sports seats, door cards are leather with the wooden trim (after black maple if anyone can help out?).

 

I've got a instrument cluster going in next week from a 525i.

 

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This is a little different from my 520i cluster (no VDO etc.) however have been assured it will fit. I think it maybe compatible with an OBC which if is the case I'll also try to source.

 

I suppose it's good to have it and not need it than want it and not have one!

 

If anyone is after a DV M5 genuine spoiler, give me a shout!

 

 

 

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Sorry guys but I'm going to go against the grain and say that I really like a subtle oem style rear spoiler on a E34 saloon like the one pictured above. I think my one might of been built by Hella? I think it finishes off the back end nicely and looks quite smart and if I were ever to buy a saloon again, I would defo prefer one with the spoiler but each to their own I suppose  I can see why people don't like them, but I  personally think it suits the car quite nicely....

 

 

On a real M5 it can look ok..

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But when it's not it can look very Halfords very quickly

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On 21/07/2017 at 9:38 PM, Technoviolet Ldn said:

Well I've bought the spoiler albeit in Daytona violet as opposed to Technoviolet. The guy wouldn't cancel the sale as I had already committed to buying it.

 

I don't think I'm brave enough to drill into my freshly painted boot lid. I also like the contrast of the smoked indicators and unique colour of the car.

 

A spoiler might make it look like it's trying too hard to be an M5 which is not what I am going for. I will be swapping the comfort fronts for a pair of sports seats, door cards are leather with the wooden trim (after black maple if anyone can help out?).

 

I've got a instrument cluster going in next week from a 525i.

 

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This is a little different from my 520i cluster (no VDO etc.) however have been assured it will fit. I think it maybe compatible with an OBC which if is the case I'll also try to source.

 

I suppose it's good to have it and not need it than want it and not have one!

 

If anyone is after a DV M5 genuine spoiler, give me a shout!

 

 

 

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Nooooo, you can't do this, well I am pretty sure it won't work.; Your 520i has a Siemens Engine management system, the 525i has a Bosch system.  The number of plugs on the back of the cluster differs between the systems, the 525i has 4, the 520i has 2 or 3 from memory.

 

 

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Nooooo, you can't do this, well I am pretty sure it won't work.; Your 520i has a Siemens Engine management system, the 525i has a Bosch system.  The number of plugs on the back of the cluster differs between the systems, the 525i has 4, the 520i has 2 or 3 from memory.

 

 

 

 

I found out the hard way!!!

 

 

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On 21 July 2017 at 9:38 PM, Technoviolet Ldn said:

 

 

I've got a instrument cluster going in next week from a 525i.

 

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This is a little different from my 520i cluster (no VDO etc.) however have been assured it will fit. I think it maybe compatible with an OBC which if is the case I'll also try to source.

 

 

Good luck with that..............

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Non vanos m62 out of a 740. The gearbox still being attached made it impossible to move without an engine crane when it arrived unexpectedly this morning. I had to come back from work to see a pallet left like that!

 

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That blue ecu is the gearbox one.

 

 The other is the engine, I do hope you have all of the ews kit, not just the white box

 

 Pop over to the E30 zone, there is some great write ups' on engine conversion's.

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Not a new car but I am a new member.....just sayin hello.

 

My fourth E34, returning after a spell of E36's.

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I'm sure the following 525 to 540 thread will give you some idea as to what's involved:

 

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21 hours ago, tomjackbilljoe said:

Not a new car but I am a new member.....just sayin hello.

 

My fourth E34, returning after a spell of E36's.

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Magnificent Car  !!

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