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    BMW e39 525i Sport

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  1. gibbo1998

    B10 3.3 buying

    Upgrade the media?! You don’t think a tape deck and 3” sat nav is modern enough? The front bumper certainly needs sorting.
  2. gibbo1998

    B10 3.3 buying

    Thanks. I hear the 3.3 can consume a bit of oil. I cannot wait to try a manual e39. Proper analogue stuff!!
  3. gibbo1998

    B10 3.3 buying

    Hi all - So I'm going to see this B10 3.3, number 011. I've had BMWs and a e39 525i Sport, but I don't know much about the Alpinas. Does anyone have any thoughts or tips on the car? Forget about the price as cars are more expensive in Spain where I live. https://www.autoscout24.com/offers/alpina-b10-b10-3-3-cambio-manual-gasoline-silver-32100882-8f2b-8839-e053-e350040ad90d?cldtidx=7 Obviously I'll need alloy wheel centre caps! I've seen photos of the first few pages of the service history. It had 4 main dealer services in around 2 years when doing 30k a year. It's supposedly had a lack of use more recently.
  4. Wow, scary stuff. Chapeu to the wedding factoid.
  5. gibbo1998

    Buying old beemers in Germany

    Hi Dennis - I’ll be living in Spain and am looking to bring in an e39 Sport (as they don’t appear to have been available in Spain, but not 100% sure). Only for personal.
  6. gibbo1998

    Buying old beemers in Germany

    The benefit of a well-oiled machine in Germany is exactly why I was thinking a local BMW specialist or 80s heroes seller might make things easier. A private ad might be tempting on price but forgetting to get something like the CoC could be costly. It then sounds like a ball ache in Spain - they love their paper admin - but I might be able to outsource that to the mrs. Owning a Sport in Spain is appealing.
  7. gibbo1998

    Buying old beemers in Germany

    Agree - there has to be some sort of reason why a 6 cylinder model came with cloth interior and steel wheels! Hub caps on a 5 series, honestly.
  8. gibbo1998

    Buying old beemers in Germany

    You’re right of course and I suspect sterling will fall further. However, I will be paid in Euros from January and I will be buying a left hooker in Spain. For complete disclosure… I like that there are plenty of rust free e28s and e34s to choose from in Spain. Cars are generally more expensive in Spain but these seem to be undervalued even though we’d all be happy paying a premium for a lack of rust. But I also notice there seems to be no e39 Sports in Spain judging by months of research in the classifieds. I was thinking it could be interesting to buy an e39 Sport in Germany and register it in Spain. I’ve heard the negatives about the hassle of registering a car in Spain but the individuality is appealing and well, I’m missing my old e39 Sport! I think I’d take a manual this time around though.
  9. Anyone familiar with the German market and know of the local equivalents of places like Old Colonel or 4 Star Classics?
  10. very true edd_jedi. In my case I should've just kept what I once had - my E30 and E31 would all be worth 3-4 times what I sold them for. that's why I'm excited by the values of the E34 in Spain. They look undervalued. The E30 prices are strong as you'd expect but the E34 still seems to be at the bottom. There's a very smart looking 530i for just EUR 3k.
  11. I am unfortunately 5-less at the moment which is mostly because I'm moving to Spain pretty soon. In browsing car prices in Spain, I've noticed some really interesting 5 series pricing. In general, cars are more expensive in Spain. A 2009 VW Golf GTi which might be as low as £6000 in the UK is £10k in Spain. A Porsche 997 991 which might be as low as £20k in the UK and EUR 25k in Germany, is EUR 35k in Spain. An e63 630i which can be £5k in the UK start at EUR 15k in Spain. However...! An e28 528i is EUR 7k. Currently 2 available at this price on coches.net An e34 525i is EUR 2k. Currently loads available at this price on coches.net An e34 M5 is EUR 20k. Currently 2 available at this price on coches.net An 39 M5 is EUR 15k. Currently several at this price on coches.net Given these tend to be completely rust free examples because of the general climate, I'm getting quite excited about a project when I finally arrive in Spain. The e34 seems to be where the value is. A 525i project converted to a Sport model is very tempting indeed.
  12. gibbo1998

    PAS fluid leak

    Great advice guys. I should get time during the week to move forward and I’ll update.
  13. gibbo1998

    PAS fluid leak

    Oh, to answer your question, the fluid level was doing OK. So maybe it’s not happening much??
  14. gibbo1998

    PAS fluid leak

    On closer investigation, there’s definitely no other leaks. The PAS fluid isn’t dripping off anywhere either but there is a smattering of fluid I can see on the reservoir and this does smell as per what I’ve been smelling. So the reservoir looks like the attached even though I wiped it clean two/three months ago. You think that’s a seal failing when things got hot?
  15. gibbo1998

    PAS fluid leak

    Looking for some help and guidance. I noticed a burning smell (bit like a burning clutch) when parking and doing 3-point turns. Then I noticed my PAS reservoir had leaked from the top gap. Guess the leak burns off and creates the smell. why would the reservoir leak from the cap at the top? What do I need to do to resolve the issue? Do I urgently need to top up the PAS reservoir? E39 525i
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