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    E34 525i SE Manual

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  1. Blackman

    E34 530i manual

    Anyone else noticed the sunroof trim hanging loose from the headliner? Surely, if you're asking £6k for a car, you can make the effort of putting a tyre on the spare wheel and clipping that sunroof panel back into place?
  2. Blackman

    Buying old beemers in Germany

    boiliebasher, how did you get on with obtaining a COC from BMW? Or did you go for a paid service? According to BMW UK's website, they're currently free, and you just have to email them, asking for one....I did that earlier in the week, but for some reason I've got a feeling that it's going to take a while until they come back to me or I'll be lucky if they reply at all... What about non-official BMW paid services, such as https://www.eurococ.eu/en or https://www.certificateconformity.co.uk/ or https://www.certificateofconformity-coc.com/ ??
  3. Blackman

    ULEZ Expansion Plans for 2021

    Well, according to BMW, it's free for all UK registered vehicles > https://discover.bmw.co.uk/help/ownership/certificate-of-conformity The cost is not really an issue, the question is whether it helps with registering the vehicle as ULEZ compliant or not...
  4. Blackman

    ULEZ Expansion Plans for 2021

    A bit of a bump, but I couldn't find any newer thread on this subject, so thought would use this one... As many of you might already know, TFL's ULEZ checker is not exactly reliable, because you can essentially check the same car with the same engine, but obviously different reg numbers, and it would say that one car is ULEZ compliant and the other is not.... So I've read that you can get a Certificate of Conformity from BMW free of charge, which will have the emissions data of the vehicle, and if the numbers are within the allowed limits, then you could send it to TFL to have your vehicle marked as "compliant" and continue driving? Has anyone done this? I've requested a COC for my E34 and got an automated message saying they're processing my request, but I doubt I'm going to get one, because I believe COCs began to be issued from 1996, so this would be more helpful for E39 owners probably... Also I noticed there are quite a few websites selling these certificates, so not sure what's their purpose, when the manufacturer can issue it for free, assuming it's for a UK vehicle?
  5. Blackman

    1995 E34 525i Starter Motor removal

    It can also be taken out from underneath the vehicle, if you have access to a ramp, meaning you won't need to remove the intake manifold. Mind you, if trying to get to it from underneath, you'll need quite a few extensions to reach the starter bolts. Also there are 2 types of starter motors - the older one, which is slightly longer, is secured with both bolts and nuts, plus it has like a support bracket bolted to the engine block, which helps to remove the strain from the starter bolts due to starter's length. Looks like this is the type that what you have. Newer starter motors are shorter, meaning the support bracket is no longer required, and also the mounting bores on the starter are threaded, so you just need to put the bolts through from the gearbox side and that's it - no need for any nuts on the other end. P.S. Bosch factory refurbished starter motors are available from ECP and with a discount they work out to just over £100, so might be a better a deal, than a local refurb...Keep in mind, you'll need to return the old unit to get the surcharge refunded.
  6. The part number you've posted above (13411433627) is actually for an inlet control valve (ICV), so not sure what part you bought from eBay and replaced?
  7. If it's an air leak, would be worth checking the condition of the inlet pipe, which is between the inlet manifold and the air filter housing.
  8. Blackman

    Can I remove the wheels without specific tool?

    If you have the original 15" style 5 alloys, then you don't really need that tool for taking the caps off. Just grab the hex bit of the cap with both hands and pull it out.
  9. Blackman

    Rear Trunk Lid Badge Location

    I found the one for E34 M5, might give you a better idea of how the 525i goes on the E34 Also if you have the 24v engine (M50B25), then your 525i badge should be slightly angled to the right, like the badges you've posted in your image above. The current badge that you have on your E34 is what was used on E34s with the M20 engine.
  10. Blackman

    Dangerous Wiper incident.

    The fitment may be different on racks that have high pressure system on them, so it might not work, but if you have a regular wiper rack, then it's just a straight swap and fits perfectly fine.
  11. Blackman

    Dangerous Wiper incident.

    Same thing here, had the nut become loose on the driver's wiper arm few years ago, but mind you, it was kind of my fault really, as I probably didn't tighten it properly after changing the arm, so can't blame anyone. I think I just noticed that it wasn't cleaning the screen properly and went out to have a quick look at it, then realised it was all wobbly, so just checked/tightened the nut and that the end of it - no drama, slow rain, city traffic, got home and fixed it. If anyone's interested, I fitted an E36 wiper arm to the driver's side, getting rid of the "reverse hook" wiper arm of the E34, so now I can just buy any 24" wiper blades and they are a direct fit - no messing around with special adapters for the reverse hook.
  12. Blackman

    E34 Instrument Cluster needed

    Ebay is probably your best bet, unless you can repair your one locally by someone who knows what they're doing? P.S. Found these guys on Google, but haven't used them myself, so do your own research >>> http://www.clusterrepairsuk.co.uk/repair/model/bmw-e34-5-series-instrument-cluster-repair-service
  13. Blackman

    E39 530i - Jap import

    Might be worth doing a thread on the forum, when you get a chance, on how importing from Japan works, where to find the cars and the costs/process involved, etc. I noticed the prices for Nissan Skylines (R33 mainly) have steadily gone up in the last few years and it's amazing how clean the Japanese imports are, given they are 25+ years old.
  14. Blackman

    Newbie intro

    It's normal to have more dust on the front, than on the rear, as the brakes are always bigger on the front and they work harder with the engine upfront. Mine is the same, rear wheels are clean, but fronts go black after a while. Unless you buy brake pads specifically designed to be "low-dust", then you won't see much difference between genuine BMW pads or OEM, like PAGID/Brembo/ATE.
  15. Blackman

    Cat STOLEN

    Well, if you think about it, ANY car from 80's and 90's has easy access to the cat, because nothing is hidden and it's all out in the open. The question is whether it's worth stealing a cat that's 20+ years old? The precious metals are there to absorb all the harmful toxins, so hence the reason why I said old cats are probably worthless...