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    Xr2i, Vectra, Toyota Auris, VW Touran, E32 735i

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  1. Bronson

    Possibly buying an E32. Looking for advice

    Is there a particular reason for a black one? I mean, do you want to restore a black one or is it because you have one, and need another for parts?
  2. Bronson

    Possibly buying an E32. Looking for advice

    Bang on, Tims. Well, Steve, there's this one that came up on my Facebook feed. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/164176561629 It's 8 grand. A lot of money for a car covered in green
  3. Bronson

    Possibly buying an E32. Looking for advice

    No worries Steve. I don't know what way I read your question about the E23, but I got it wrong in my mind. The first car I was talking about in the first post was an E32 730i. However, parked beside it was an E23 728i. But it was much worse than the E32 730i. It's good only for parts. The car that the gentleman has for sale is an E32 730i. A totally different one to the first one I was talking about. I didn't post anything up about the car I bought yet. I must do one of these days.
  4. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/classic-cars/184177451132?hash=item2ae1d4e07c:g:k9wAAOSwxs1eTVaW
  5. Bronson

    Possibly buying an E32. Looking for advice

    Don't know how I missed this post of mine as I have been keeping an eye on the forum over the last couple of months. Anyway, the 730i was much too far gone. All jacking points gone. It turns out that it has been sitting for nigh on 14 years in the rain, and considering it's condition, it's testiment to how well built these cars were. There was many other things that needed work, as you can imagine for a car sitting for that long outside. Anyway, I bought a 735i last weekend. Drives lovely, and is in very good condition. Only thing is, I'm sure the camshaft is not good. I haven't had the time to inspect it, or won't for a while yet, but it's too noisy, and I reckon it'saffecting only one cylinder. If it was just adjustment, I'd imagine it would be across all 6. However, this was reflected in the price. Even so, I'm not an E34 owner, but I'm sure you won't hold that against me here. Steve, I was in talks with a guy that has a 730i for sale. He's the second owner, and has it 28 years. He has the gearbox and differential rebuilt, and has a FSH with it. He's a retiered gentleman, and he seems as genuine as you could possibly get. He sent me as many pictures as I could ask for and answered every question as genuinely as anyone could. The only reason why I didn't buy it was that he realised he couldn't sell it until April as he was still using it for the school run for his grandkids. Also, as you pointed out, the 730i is not desireable, and it had a cloth interior, but I reckon it's as honest a car as you could get. 170k if I remember right on the clock. I told him I bought a car, but if he wanted I would let anyone interested know that it's for sale. He has it advertised online, but with no pics as he says technology is not his strongest point. If you want I can send you on his contact details, but like I said, he's not ready to sell until April.
  6. Bronson

    A TIS for most BMW's

    Maybe it's been posted before. If not it may come in handy for some. https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/
  7. Bronson

    Headlamps very poor

    Yep. We didn't know any different back then.
  8. Bronson

    New purchase - Very naughty boy!!

    Fair play to you, buddy. I know you said the seats were changed, but I like 'em. And a nice colour too. Plus, if you're just going to tax it for the summer months, then there will be less chances of the rust from setting it. But, if you suddenly stop posting, we'll know the missus found out. My missus doesn't mind if I get one. She knows I'm on the lookout. I already have a classic (a Ford) and tried the €56 tax today as the rules say it goes by the build date, not the reg date. The car was built in Nov 1989. But back in 1990, whoever registered it just stuck 1990 down as the build date, so will have to wait another couple of months before I can go with the cheap tax. I don't mind really as I don't drive it in the wet, so it's back in the garage under a cover for another couple of months. God speed, OP.
  9. Thanks whiskey. That solves that question for me.
  10. Early 535i automatics (88-89). Some have a cable kickdown on the throttle body, and some do not. Is that because the gearbox is different? Like, is the kickdown electronically managed in some, but mechanical in others? I assume they're all 4HP22.
  11. Bronson

    Possibly buying an E32. Looking for advice

    So had a look at the car. Turns out there were two there. A 728 E23 and a 730i E32 beside each other. They were out under the weather for the last few years. The E23 I wasn't really interested in, but the 730i did. It'd need a good clean. The owner said he has the full service history, and every receipt from new, including the bill of sale. Unfortunately, we couldn't open it, and on a day when the rain was in full swing, we decided to give it a go at the weekend. He told me it got a new head and timing chain about 4000 miles ago. I know the place where the work was done, and know it's of the best standard, done by an ex BMW mechanic. It will need recommissioning, truth be told. Things like tyres, (non metric) a windscreen because it's cracked.I know one jacking point is not good, and a strap for the fuel tank is broken, but I can put it up on a lift to inspect it fully. But as it stands, it's not looking to bad.
  12. I am to go and look at a 728i 1987 in the next couple of days. It's automatic, I'm told. The head was replaced with a new one at some stage it seems. I don't know the mileage, but seeing as it's nearly 33 years old, I'm guessing it won't be very low, although it has been off the road for the last while. How long that while is, I have to find out. Ideally I am keeping an eye out for an early 525i, but this came my way. Apart from the dreaded tin worm, what else should I be looking out for that an E32 is noted for in terms of possible problems. I'm told the car drives, but could do with a hand.The price so far is " handy money", and since it's only a handy 10 minute spin from me, I'll take a look at it. Being a 728, I assume it has an M30 engine? Thanks in advance for any advice.
  13. Wow. Small world it is. It seems to have been resting for a while.
  14. I know it's not ebay or Autotrader, but looking around the net, as one does, I stumbled across this barn find collection. In amongst the collection of 135 cars were a few BMW's. This is just two. Being barn finds you can imagine they are a little worse for wear. A J reg 520i manual https://www.bidspotter.co.uk/en-gb/auction-catalogues/ncm/catalogue-id-ncm-au10227/lot-1f136d5a-8baa-4808-8316-aae90154af82 A 750 Hartage https://www.bidspotter.co.uk/en-gb/auction-catalogues/ncm/catalogue-id-ncm-au10227/lot-8e6c912b-8976-4987-bb2e-aad50101c8d0 I can safely say I've never heard of bidspotter.co.uk but I take it that it it a quiet legit auction house.