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Flandy last won the day on December 6 2015

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    E39 540i sport manual, E21 316, E34 540i touring

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  1. Flandy

    Error Code Tacho? (E34 5 series)

    "CODE TACHO" sounds like what happens to you the day after you eat Mexican food from an unreliable source.
  2. Had a chance to check yet?
  3. Hi, do you still have the gear lever boot and surrounding panel? If so how much inc postage? Cheers Andy
  4. When I replaced mine I got stabilus ones, to replace my sagging OEM ones both old and new had the retainer clip like this:
  5. Flandy

    New to E34

    If she's faking it, she's doing a pretty good job! Looks like a sweet car, congratultions I hope you enjoy it!
  6. Flandy

    New to E34

    Depends what parts you're looking for, in terms of mechanicals, then I don't think there's an issue. If you're only looking at the dealer for parts, then yes there is an increasing number of parts becomming obsolete, but it isn't hard to find OEM spec parts elsewhere. Lemforder for suspension, ATE for brakes, etc. The M60 is a tough engine, and at 60k if it's been looked after, and you continue that, there's probably another 200,000 miles in it. Mine's done 198,000 and still pulls like a train, and I have a manual E39 540 (4.4 plus VANOS vs 4.0 in the E34) so I have a pretty good base for comparison. The cam cover gaskets will most likely fail if they haven't already, so there'll be oil leaks. replacing them is pretty cheap and easy, and a good time to swap the plugs. Nice afternoon job. Auto box will benefit from a fluid and filter change, though it's probably ok at your mileage. Body and trim parts are where the problems lie, but they're not parts you need regularly, and not critical to forward motion. I've found a lot of parts on ebay, from all over Europe. Cross referencing part numbers with RealOEM is the key to getting the right bits. The youngest E34's (like my '95) are 26 years old, so you can't expect total reliability. Weird things will fail, but usually electrical niggles. The glass on my hatch stopped working the other week, but this is the cars way of keeping you occupied. You might get bored or have a life otherwise........
  7. Flandy

    Improvements new engine and restoration

    If it was me, and seeing as you ditched the AC compressor and have therefore freed up space in the right area, I'd turbocharge it. A small -ish turbo operating in it's most efficient range will give you the power you want and a fat torque curve, it won't stress the engine too much, and the engine management changes would be the same as for superchaging, with the possible exception of adding boost control electronically, if you don't do it mechanically. With the condensor gone, you have some intercooler room, and plumbing it in would be largely the same as for the supercharger, if not easier, as all the inlet/outlets are round, rather than the odd shapes found on a supercharger body. You'd need a manifold, which you're already talking about , and a downpipe to go from turbo to your existing system (seeing as massive power isn't the goal a new larger system is probably not required) The bonus of the turbo is that when driving normally it's not sapping power, or whining, like a supercharger, and if tuned correctly it'll be making power to the redline, where a supercharger is usually tailing off. Keeping the boost low and cool and with correct fueling and ign, the stock internals should cope fine at the power levels you're taking about.
  8. If the switch feels anything like the one in mine did (super sticky icky) it might just be that the contacts in the switch need cleaning to correctly return to the normal position. try some contact cleaner in it.
  9. Flandy

    Which one is better?

    They both look pretty good. Pick them up and shake them. The one that sounds least like a pair of maracas is the best.
  10. Flandy

    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Having seen plenty of Russian dash cam videos, I'd be having mixed feelings about sending such a gorgeous car there!
  11. Came across Jonny Smiths "The late brake show" on youtube, and saw he did a 2 part interview with Harris this week. I was hoping there'd be something about his E34 and sure enough, at 27:13. Worth watching both parts, I like Harris, and his attitude to cars is great.
  12. Flandy

    Bluetooth on CD43

    has someone cut the original plug off and soldered iso plugs on?
  13. Flandy

    Bluetooth on CD43

    The feedback leads me to think it's a bit hit and miss. Some seem to be very happy with his stuff, and others less so. I guess you have buyer protection if it doesn't work.
  14. Flandy

    540i touring. "The Improvening!"

    Thanks! It's been a while since I did anything on the car, as moneys been a bit tight, and I got caught up in sorting out the windscreen leak on my E21. That's a whole story in itself! It looked like a little bubbling in the bottom corners of the seal, and then I took the screen out and it turned out to be pretty horrific! : The scuttle panel has had several pieces let in, but the inner bulkhead needed a 1.1 metre section replacing, and so I've been seriously testing my metal forming, welding, and painting skills. After all this, My Dad and I were putting the screen back in and managed to crack it! Fortunately, I have windscreen cover, but irritatingly, the screen is on back order until December! So it's now stuck in my Dads garage until then. He's obviously ecstatic about this, but I'm maing the most of it, and trying to sort out as many other little areas as possible. It's by no means rusty (By E21 standards) but there's plenty of little spots that need attention, so now is the time to get them done, seeing as I don't yet have a garage big enough to get a car in. Then my scruffy daily driver E39 530d's autobox shat the bed, and being more costly to fix than it's worth, I ended up stripping and junking it. but on the plus side I replaced it with another E39, but a 540 manual this time! All good fun!
  15. Flandy

    Cat STOLEN

    Maybe get a replacement but keep it stashed until the day before you put the car back on the road? At least there's nothing for them to nick then