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  1. sharkfan

    Project bites off more than can chew

    Best wishes with this Si.
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    E34 M5 touring anyone?

    An E34 M5 Touring is a fabulous thing when they work well but the S38B38 is a highly strung and highly stressed unit and you always have to have an eye to when, not if, it will give you a very big bill. The EDC shocks are another achilles heel for the car although rebuilds are now possible to lessen the pain of buying new from BMW. I had one for about 3 years but E34 rust and then the inevitable engine detonation put paid to any restoration and rebuild potential so the car was sold for scrap. The often mentioned rarity thing about E34 M5 Tourings has always frustrated me too - they really aren't that rare with 891 cars made; there are actually more E34 M5 Tourings made than UK E34 M5 saloons in both 3.6 and 3.8 together. The sadly departed Urquattro of this forum had almost every flavour of E34 M5; iirc a 3.6 5 speed saloon, a 3.8 5 speed saloon, a 3.8 5 speed estate and a 3.8 6 speed saloon - he reckoned the 5 speed estate was the pick of the bunch for all round ability and pleasure to drive. As for their value, the market always dictates that but having also crawled all over this particular car a few years ago and delved into its history I and a few others will not be surprised it still hasn't sold. The black 3.6 right hand drive Touring conversion that was sold last year would have been my choice; by all accounts properly and nicely done. For those that seek a rhd E34 M5 Touring there are a few about now; two 3.8 genuine Tourings with steering relocated to UK side, and three 3.6 powertrain transplants into rhd Touring shells.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I sat and watched while the emissions tests were carried out Richard, probe properly inserted. Robert my tester did recommend track rod joints on the cars near horizon - OEM? Lemforder? Meyle? Anyone had to buy recently? Rather than balls the tracking up myself I'm probably going buy them and drive straight to a Hunter alignment place just down the road and get them to fit and set up there and then. Is there a specific ball joint tool for the E39? I seem to recall some special tool for the E39 alloy bits.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    B10 V8 Touring MoT passed; a very clean engine, 0.00% CO against a limit of 0.2%, and 12ppm HC against a limit of 200.
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    E39 bass upgrade options

    There are a couple of solutions and other suggestions here... https://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/50910-bmw-e39-touring-stealth-mounted-subwoofer/?tab=comments#comment-1277294
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    Modern Classics.

    Yes. Same reasons as 1992, best all round.
  7. Two tidy M5's at the regular 2nd Sunday Ockham Black Swan, along with two M4 CS cars. I was there in my Great White Shark M635CSi.
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    E39 M5 x2, Ockham Black Swan, 10.11.2019

    Yes, very eclectic mix. I posted some pics in the random pic thread in the summer.
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    Modern Classics.

    Very odd looking headlight eyebrows on the BiTurbo - anyone else got some fitted?
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    MoT next week so jacked up and on axle stands for a bottom scrub; a few spots of corrosion dealt with by Bilt Hamber anti-corrosion stuff, then hammerite, then Dynax S80 coating to finish. Everything else around the car works well so fingers crossed for a pass.
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    Modern Classics.

    Bought this for myself today; for those that are interested it's a re-run of the 1992 Performance Car comparison between the Alpina B10 Bi-Turbo, Lotus Carlton and Mercedes Benz E500/500E. There are also a a number of other good articles and snippets this month.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Halfords is as good a place as any to get them, I always do; 5 year warranty which they never quibble about, and down from £145 to £105 with a trade card.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I haven't had my airbag done and it ends in the correct numbers - I wonder how I convince them to do it? Anyway, my Bosch S5 019 battery with a 5 year guarantee died after 5 years and 9 months so I now have a spanking new Yuasa 019 with a five year warranty.
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Installed an Alpina umbrella...
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    The BMW5 random picture thread

    E38 E34 Touring
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Took it our for a run to a nearby car meet, which was obviously very/too popular as the road was blocked with so many cars trying to get in; managed to drive in and around the car park but like many others I couldn't find a spot to park so drove straight home then washed and polished it, vacuumed it, fettled a couple of bits and pieces then parked it up. With my E39 now reliable again and being my main driver all year round I can't imagine there would be many more times to take it out before spring...
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    E28 Prices!!

    82 SORNed and 24 taxed from 187 built in rhd, so about 57% surviving. M635CSi's; 193 SORNed and 61 taxed from 524 built in rhd, so about 48% surviving.
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    Modern Classics.

    Ahh, the Daddy
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    Modern Classics.

    Which model/engine please? There were 5 different engines fitted to Alpina E34's.
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Ok, there is a drawback to the new spoiler - you have to change the rear wiper blade from 17" to 16". No great shakes if you've decided to change the spoiler anyway but something to know if you're undecided and wondering whether to do it on a whim.
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Two odd screw/nut type things (I'll take a picture for you tomorrow) and some double sided sticky tape hold the original on; I put the replacement on with just the screws.
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Edited to add pictures. Here is the big difference between the original spoiler and the new aftermarket one - while the ends of each come down to a similar point on the edge of the tailgate, the centre section of the new one is far deeper - the original I would guess is just over half the depth, perhaps 60% of the new one. Here it is on its own... And here on the car with carlos fandango 18" wheels, go faster stripes and big-ish Alpina exhausts... I have to point out my car was never specified with the third brakelight - I had source a new glass tailgate as the PO had let a dead wiper blade scratch merry-hell out of it; the replacement tailgate had a broken brakelight in it which I just covered over with reflective tape for all these years. Overall I am very pleased with the new one. It is very well made, fits perfectly and looks a lot better than the almost apologetic OEM spoiler that was fitted to every E34 Touring - there was (AFAIK) no upper Aero/Sport/M5 rear spoiler unlike the E39 Touring.
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    I'll try and get some pics tomorrow but I am working; it's much the same Artik silver as Sarnie's mega-miler but has the non-sport rear bumper and all kinds of Alpina stripes and badges tat over it as well as some fairly big exhaust pipes - to be honest Sarnie's is cleaner and with the M-Tec/sport rear bumper more widely appealing. Forgot to say I gave the glass a good polish underneath the new spoiler and then the spoiler was given agood polish too.
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Fitted the new bigger rear glass tailgate spoiler - it looks a lot better for being bigger than the original. I also resolved a problem with a sticky bonnet latch; wd40, work it a few times, test a few times and then lube with a drop of engine oil.
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    FINALLY found some LED sidelight bulbs that I am happy with - not so long they hit and break on the inside of the headlight and a good lateral spread as well; Cheap as chips too... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10pc-T10-194-168-W5W-COB-4-SMD-LED-CANBUS-Silica-Bright-White-License-Light-Bulb/303171604102
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