To break or not, fun but leggy 530ti
Posted 01 August 2012 - 08:29 AM
E34 530i touring, with about 280k miles on it
4.0l bottom end, 5speed manual box, 535sport rear diff re-ramped to lock 75%. K&N and supersprint exhaust. this is a very fun combination of bits
Eibach springs and koni shocks
The shell is rotting out at the rear of the sills, I welded one up last year the other will need doing next, and the whole thing creaks and groans a bit and the underside looks pretty crusty. Every panel has a little ding/scrape, it looks good from 20 paces at night The interior is comfort leather, everything works apart from the usual electrical light warning due to lamp adjusters and offside rear does cl doesn;t work. The lights and wiper linkage is good (new about 40k ago), it has alutec 18" ACS copies (could do with a refurb but not terrible).
Do I sell as a whole of break? I'm tempted to keep the running gear as it is all the right bits to do an E30 v8 conversion which would be VERY fun. but what would it be worth as a whole and in bits less the running gear?
Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:31 AM
Well, it was a nice car 5-10 years ago but if it's rusty, it doesn't have a future. You'll probably get 500 - 1000 from a drift hero and if it's closer to 1000, I'd be tempted to sell it whole. Engine and box £500, £50 for a wiper linkage, £150 for the wheels, £250 for the diff, £200 for the exhaust and the rest is £200 on the weighbridge. Comfort leather isn't worth aq lot unless it's black and really nice. These are all 'sell it quick' prices and you can hold out for more of course. You could drag it out and break it to 1500 quid without too much aggro however.
Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:32 AM
However, that being said... id rather dip into my pocket and fix what needs fixing.... do it once properly and youll never need to do it again...
Ive never seen an e34 with chasssi rot however.. all mine have been brand new underneath....
An e34 touring 540/5 with good suspension and a great locking diff is going to be one of the ultimate combos...
and 22mpg isnt bad.. marginally worse than my 525....i could live with that
if its a big deal buy a 300 quid peugeot diesel and make some cash back that way.... use the money you save to fix hte tourer
95 525i, 3.64 LSD, M5 ARB's, M5/Hartge Springs, Bilstein B8's, M5 Brakes, Megasquirt 2e,
Innovate LC-1, Stainless cat-back, Some Audio, E-Fan, Design 3's
M52 Turbo Build in progress
Posted 01 August 2012 - 10:09 AM
For day to day my honda integra is just as quick (actually quite a bit quicker, but you do have to really wring its neck) and returns about 37mpg on my commute, so quite a bit cheaper to run. the touring isn't really quick enough to be really fun and not economical enough to be day to day practical. I feel the best way to make a fun car out of it would be to transplant its heart into an E30 and for that I have all the right bits. If i could get £5-600 for the car less the engine, box and diff (good set of konis and springs must be worth something) then I'm most of the way there to a decent E30 shell (only want a base spec 3 door), and that could build something very fun.
Its not a rotten shell really It just has a couple of bad bits and the rear end of the sills and subframe pick ups is one of those areas. the rest would probably blast and underseal fine, but it would be a lot of work and paint to get it really smart and honestly its not a car I'm in love with.
Posted 01 August 2012 - 12:23 PM
Posted 01 August 2012 - 12:42 PM
I think it may be a case of a 'breaking thread' in a month or so once I've finished moving house (its a very practical car for that mind )
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