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Blackman last won the day on December 28 2019

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    E34 525i SE Manual

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  1. Blackman

    New to E34

    I run an E34 daily - no issues getting the parts. Most stuff can be purchased from EuroCarParts, some things are main dealer only, but everything else can be easily found on AutoDoc, so plenty of choice. The cost for the parts is also reasonable (depending on what you need) and generally speaking, maintaining an E34 doesn't cost a fortune.
  2. It's only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it. Unless you can find another one in similar condition with same'ish mileage/history, then you can't stop the guy from trying to get as much as possible for it, right? Wouldn't you do the same? If you had a choice between getting £5k for it or £11k, it's a no-brainer. You can't put a price tag on something that's not easily available, so in such cases it all comes down to buyer availability. And what kind of a battered E39 M5 are you going to get for £11k? All BMW M's from 90's are going up in value and they seem to be dragging up the lesser models with them as well.
  3. Blackman

    BMW Dealer Reproduction Retro Number Plates

    Yes, that's exactly what I'm after, but the guy doesn't have a website or an email address....Can't seem to find a way to contact him, apart from joining Facebook, and that's the last thing I want to do.
  4. Blackman

    Replacing Rear Subframe Bushes

    We had the rear axle out on mine, which made is piss easy taking the old bushes out, as you just had to heat up the surrounding area of the bush and then just bang it out with a hammer. As for installing it, there's a metal lip on the bushes, so it just goes all way until that lip touches the round surface of the rear axle and can't go any further. My guy didn't have a BMW specific tool for the job, but used a generic bush installer tool and we got them in nicely. As for the lube, don't stress about what exactly to use, because you just want something to help the rubber go in smoothly. As long as it's a grease that's safe to use with rubber, then I can't see any issues with what you use.
  5. Blackman

    E34 525i SE

    Underneath looks impressive, very clean, although it's not the best colour, it's an auto and also it's the M20 2.5, so not the ideal combo.
  6. Does anyone know where you can get original dealer number plates made? I mean with the older font design, the name of the dealer who supplied the vehicle, etc? The only guy I've come across is Pukar Designs (https://www.pukardesigns.com/), I've emailed them, but the website says 3-4 weeks for TAT, so not sure how active they're at the moment, as the Facebook page hasn't been updated in a while as well. Are there any other guys/companies? This is what I mean: Thanks
  7. Blackman

    Help needed getting car spec from reg

    It won't show the last 7, so kind of pointless. However, saying that, even if you have the last 7 of the VIN, most VIN decoders no longer accept that, and ask for a full VIN. http://bimmer.work/ is a quite decent one, although you'll need a full VIN. The only one that I know that still works with the last 7 is > https://bimmercat.com/bmw/EN/vin/decoder/online
  8. Blackman

    E39 M5 on eBay

    That's how M cars should be used, or any performance cars for that matter...Driven hard/regularly and enjoyed, not polished up and garaged 11 months a year. Agreed, despite being a Cat S and high mileage, it does look like a car that's been taken care of.
  9. 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?
  10. 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/ ??
  11. 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...
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    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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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.