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  1. Big Will

    525iX won't start

    So I finally picked up my 1995 525iX touring about 3 weeks ago. The car is cosmetically in absolutely gorgeous shape with only 170K kms but had been off the road for the past 7 years as it was someone's project car in Germany. The dealer that was selling it had done some work (replacing fluids, spark plugs and exterior trim pieces, spraying on rust-proofing oil etc to keep it looking nice underneath). I had it inspected by Dekra in The Netherlands and they spent half a day with the car, driving it etc. and gave me their 9 page report. It needed new fuel lines, new rear brake pads and ideally the front shocks replaced because a little rust had formed on the pistons - from cracks in the strut boots), and a new AC compressor. The dealer and I came to a fair agreement where they did all the labor and I supplied the parts. I took the opportunity to upgrade the front suspension to the "sport" struts and springs and all new hardware. The fuel lines were replaced, new fuel filter and some brackets etc., new rear pads and rotors and parking brake hardware, new AC compressor and drier. After the work was done I went to pick up the car and began driving it back across Germany. What should have been a 5 or 6 hour trip turned into a 14 hour nightmare as the first time I stopped for a coffee the car wouldn't start! It cranked strongly but wouldn't get going. After a couple hours of trying on and off, it did until I had to stop for gas. I could hear the fuel pump priming and the battery seemed strong plus it had just driven over 200 kilometers so should have been charged up. When I finally got to my city, I got a warning message on the dash of a "brake light electric failure - see owner's manual" (in German) and apparently didn't have brake lights anymore. This would come and go over the next two days until I got stuck at a gas station, absolutely couldn't start the car and had to have the car towed to a repair shop. We tried starter fluid before towing it and that did not work. The car spent over 2 weeks at an A.T.U. repair shop. They initially diagnosed it as a fuel pressure regulator noting that they were getting much too high fuel pressure and replaced that with a BMW part. The car still didn't start. I then supplied them with a new BMW fuel pump relay and Motronic relay and a new Hella branded CPS which was what I thought the problem was. No luck. The repair shop said they were finally able to "access the computer" and that the problem is the car's immobilizer and only BMW can fix this. As an additional detail, I noticed that when the car first wouldn't start, when I tried unlocking the car, the alarm would go off. During the couple days I had the car where it would sometimes start, I replaced the batteries in the remotes but was unable to pair them to the car. The procedure did not work. Of course I could still unlock the car manually with the key. On Wednesday I had to have the car towed from this repair shop to the nearest BMW dealer. The dealer was given all the information as to what was done so far and spent yesterday trying to diagnose the problem. They claim to have their most experienced tech working on my car and so far he is stumped! Any ideas for this mystery? Sorry for posting another "e34 no start" thread, but I thought this might be interesting. After 3 weeks I can't even register my car because it can't go through the inspection like this to get normal license plates. UPDATE: BMW claims that the readings from the new Hella CPS are bad. They are going to replace it with a BMW sensor and see if it works. If not, they think it's the main computer...which I imagine is rather expensive. I come from the Volvo enthusiast side and that's really not normally a problem. Is that common with e34s?
  2. Frankalope

    Hello!

    Hello! New to this forum and have started a project out of a 92 e34. Also have a 95 I'm using for parts and eventually swapping in the vanos m50 into it with a turbo Probably will be asking alot of questions, hope you all don't mind!
  3. Maxwellphillips

    Prospective buyer

    Hi everyone, I'm not yet and owner, but I am considering an E34 525i as a project car. A friend at work is selling a rolling shell (no engine or gearbox) for £200. I've seen photos of the car, it's red, with pretty poor paint condition (rear quarter and spoiler are heavily faded), however I'm told the rest is in good condition, and drove well before the engine was pulled out due to excessive smoke. It has a cream cloth interior by the looks of it. Anything I should look out for when I see the car? I just wanted a bit of advice as to whether this would be a good project car? I have a small garage and minimal tools atm, but I plan on spending a couple of years fiddling and gathering tools I need. With the ultimate goal of sticking something like a manual coupled with a straight six out of an E46 328i, or an M62, and possibly going supercharged. Am I likely to bite off more than I can chew here, or is this something that is doable over a few years with a meagre budget? Cheers!
  4. Beej4

    New to a classic BMW

    Hello everyone! Although I'm not a new forum member, I will soon be a new owner of an E34 M5 3.8, Fjord Grey saloon (picking up next Saturday). I've already introduced myself on the E34 specific section. Pictures as soon as I'm able to after collection.
  5. Aziz540

    E34 door sills

    Hi all! - this is my first post so hope all is correct, I have been searching for some e34 door sills/kick plates and cannot seem to find any! Does anyone know where I could find some. I would like either oem or ac schnitzer, just nothing with the m5 written on, or anything too tacky looking. Thank you.
  6. I have recently upgraded my front/rear suspension to a full Bilstein B12 kit, so everything that was originally on the car is now for sale. I also made a mistake of buying wrong top mounts, which are suitable only for normal suspension, NOT sport, so they are also for sale, along with new front spring cups and spring pads, various new washers/nuts and brand-new front Sachs dust covers and bump stops. The full list of items for sale is as below with their part numbers: x2 Used front shock absorbers made by Boge: 834903003128 x2 Used front springs - not sure what make they are, most likely genuine BMW x2 New front top mounts made by Bilstein, including new nuts - 12-248605 (OEM part number: 31331139452) - these are suitable for the above shocks x1 New Sachs front dust cover kit, includes front shock absorber dust covers and bump stops - 900 004 x2 New BMW front shock absorber top nuts - 31321139422 x2 New BMW front washers for the top nuts - 07119905829 x2 New BMW front washers that go under the top mounts - 31331110196 x2 New BMW front washers that sit between the top mounts and the spring cups - 31336776760 x2 New BMW front spring cups - 31331128524 x2 New BMW front upper spring pads - 31331128523 x2 Used BMW front lower spring pads x2 New BMW front spacers, these are the first thing to go on the shocks - 31321129977 x2 Genuine used BMW rear shock absorbers (made by BOGE), complete with springs, top mounts and all the hardware - 33521135860 I don't have new top mounts for the rear shocks, as the ones that I bought matched my car, so we got them fitted with the new suspension. However, I would advise buying new top mounts for the rear before you fit the shocks. Also the bump stops on the rear have split, so ideally you'll also need new bump stops for the rear. Overall, the shocks and springs were in good condition before we removed them, but obviously keep in mind that they are probably 20+ years old, so don't expect Ferrari-like handling. However, if you need something soft and comfortable to waft you along, then these will do the job fine. They were removed from my 1992 E34 525i, so please make sure they fit your car before you commit to buy. The BMW bits along with the top mounts cost me £100+, so if I get £150 for the whole lot, then I'll be happy with that. Due to size and weight, this will have to be a collection-only from west London, but if you pay the asking price, then I could probably deliver them to you, assuming you are not too far away from London. PM me, if interested. Thanks for looking.
  7. alex525

    Gaining access to car

    Just discovered that I cannot unlock my car after disconnecting the battery, is there a way around this or do I have to somehow get power to it? Thankyou in advance Alex
  8. alex525

    Hubs and Axles

    Ok I have been onto my bmw dealer to ask this question but they don't really know, are the stub axles and hubs interchangeable from a 1990 model to a 1994, the only part number I have found to be different is the hub.Any information on this will be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Alex
  9. Hi, looking for a replacement front door as title. thanks mike
  10. alex525

    What transmissions fit

    Just a quick question, my 94 525 has a 5hp18 5 speed auto in it which is slowly dieing, are the gearboxes model specific or will one from another model? All information appreciated. Thanks in advance Alex
  11. alex525

    Start up

    Never had this problem before I had trouble starting the engine after I had moved it about 20 feet then turned the engine off, went to start it again and it was if the engine had flooded, is this a common problem? after I got it running and drove it for about 6kms turned it off and when I started it again it was like the problem was never there.Any ideas? Thanks in advance Alex
  12. Hi, looking for a replacement front door as title. thanks mike
  13. alex525

    Suspension

    Reading through one of the links for spare parts I noticed that one of the strut mounts said only for cars without sports suspension, my question is, is there a difference in the strut mounts as I'm looking to swap out the suspension between my 2 E34's, 1 has sport suspension factory fitted and the other does not (my '94). Next, does anyone know if the difference between the 2 suspension systems subtle or or in your face noticeable? All information on this will be much appreciated, thanks in advance Alex
  14. alex525

    Transmission question

    Any ideas on what a shuddering type of feeling in the car on take off could be telling me? The car is a '94 525i with a 5 speed auto. For most part it is only first gear and if I use the winter mode it takes off in 2nd nice and smooth, it also only happens in E mode. Any insight is greatly appreciated. Alex
  15. I have been doing alot of reading on doing an engine swap from the M20(1990 525i) to M60 engine (1994 era), my question is what is the extra wireing needed under the dash for and is it possible to make it work without it. I do realise that there will be harness changes under the bonnet and computer changes for the engine and trans ( staying auto but upgrading to 5 speed), but what I haven't been able to find out is what the extra under dash wireing is for. All help is appreciated. Thanks in advance Alex
  16. Blackman

    E34 Driver's Side Wiper Arm

    I've got a pre-facelift E34, so it has that stupid reverse-hook wiper arm on the driver's side, which stops me from fitting regular wipers or even aero wipers, because I can only only get basic Bosch wiper blades, which are a direct fit, specifically for an E34. Now as far as I know, the facelifted E34s had this problem fixed and both wiper arms have conventional hooks, so you can fit normal wiper blades, as long as they are the right size, and even easily upgrade to aero blades, if you wanted to. So what I'm after is a facelifted E34 driver's side wiper arm, assuming it's in good condition, straight and not rusty. Please PM me a few photos and your price posted. Thanks
  17. alex525

    Swapping over parts

    Just wondering, what parts are interchangeable ( excluding engine and gearbox ) between a 1990 model and a 1994?
  18. alex525

    Radio code

    Does anybody know if it is possible to change the security code on the original BMW radio in an E34? Thanks in advance for any help. Alex
  19. alex525

    My E34 525i

    It's a bit rough but gets me around
  20. RACING DYNAMICS K38 based on an E34 535i SE SOLD First Reg 19/06/1990, 95000 miles - GENUINE, MOT until 8th Feb 2018 I have owned this car for 7 ½ years now and done less than 10k miles in it. Over this time it has been slowly developed into a very quick track day car which still has it’s full interior installed. Many people are very surprised how quick it is around Bedford Autodrome, my preferred circuit, this is due to the suspension and brakes more than the power/torque. It will go even faster if it is lightened further by removing interior trim etc….. I don’t want to do this. I am only selling it as a very close friend has sold me his very well sorted and fully stripped out track day E46 M3… he is after a Caterham now. I have 3 other cars as well so can’t hang on to the E34, much as I would like to. Racing Dynamics are the only none German tuner of BMW motorcars. Based in Italy with an American Division in California, they are still tuning BMW’s today. Most famous for shoe horning a K55 V12 engine into an E36. This car has been featured in 3 different car magazines over the years the first being Top Car in 1992, Performance BMW in 1999 and Total BMW in 2009, I have copies for the new owner. This car was originally owned by the Racing Dynamics Agent, Formula One Accessories based near Brands hatch. I have not seen another Racing Dynamics E34 in the UK, and have posted on various forums to see if there are other ones about, but to no avail…. this car is super rare, possibly unique in the UK. The original Spec for this car was an M30 engine bored out to 3.8 with a 90mm crankshaft mated to lightweight con rods and forged pistons with low friction rings, RD Spec camshaft and RD’s own chip fitted to the Motronic ECU, Exhaust is RD’s 6 Branch Stainless Manifold which is real work of art, with a stainless system. Fitted with an LSD and an M5 Final drive this car very quick through the gears. Diff oil was changed in 2013 @ 90,762 miles Genuine Racing Dynamics Rocker Cover, Oil Filler Cap, Gear Knob, Mats, Strut brace, Sill plates and Steering Wheel are fitted. Along with the distinctive and beautiful Racing Dynamics Bodykit. Very Rare Factory Electric Glass Sunroof fitted. The car will also come with the original staggered 8.5J Front and 9.5J rear Racing Dynamics RGP Wheels with road tyres. A full set of 4 Racing Dynamics RGP 8.5J tyres fitted with BTCC Slicks that have some life left, and a set of BMW Contours with BTCC wets that also have some life left. During my ownership I have replaced/fitted the following, a lot of it in the last two years. Brakes:- Front – Brand NEW Ceika 6 Pot calipers with Stainless steel pistons and Anti Knock back springs, fully floating 330 x 32 vented discs, running EBC Yellow stuff pads, £1600.00 + Import tax. Spare set of AP Racing Pads included. Rear – Fitted vented rear discs and calipers from an M5/540i running EBC Yellow Stuff pads, Spare set of pads included. Braided Lines all round, Running Motul RBF660 Dot 4 fluid….. no boiling or loss of pedal even after 10+ laps of Bedford, changed early 2017 when the 6 pots were fitted. Suspension:- BC Racing fully adjustable Coilover Suspension front and rear with Adjustable Camber plates with spherical bearing top mounts. Extended Adjusters on rear shocks into rear cabin, Car has been set up on KDS and handles superbly. Over £600 in parts. Lowered steering arm mount to reduce bump steer Most of the suspension has been polybushed with Powerflex bushes. Genuine Racing Dynamics Adjustable Anti-Roll bars fitted front and rear, these are the thickest you can buy for an E34, The front bar is 27 mm with 3 adjustment points and shortened drop links. The rear bar is 19 mm with 2 adjustment points and adjustable heim joint drop links.. Cost around £650 with import taxes Safety:- New XL Bucket seats with runners have been fitted to VAC Motorsport Floor mounts, the drivers seat shown is not coming with the car as it was custom made for my size, XXXL and is going in the M3, I will fit another one before handing over to a new owner. This lot is over £1000 with import taxes. Sparco 3 Point Harness – passenger side currently needs the rear mount point sorting, may get this done before sale, The Std retracting fronts seatbelts are also still fitted and useable for normal journeys, Harness can be very quickly removed so rear passengers can be accommodated. Battery cut out fitted with anti-theft facility Anderson Jump start Plug fitted. Others bits replaced/fitted:- Cosmo Racing Short shift kit K&N Panel filter New Clutch Slave cylinder 2017 New in tank fuel pump 2017 New Propshaft Donut 2017 New Thermostat New Throttle cable Replacement battery Magnecor 7mm Leads with distributor cap, and rotor fitted at same time. Becker CD player with Ipod Connection, Upgraded Hertz Component speakers. Engine immobiliser. In my ownership always run on Mobil 1 motorsport oil and super unleaded Probably lots more that I have forgot. 2 sets of keys, large A4 folder of bills, lots of old MOTs to support the mileage along with lots of old tax discs, the 3 feature magazines and a Racing Dynamics period brochure. Bad points, please remember this car is 27 years old and has been used as a track car, it is not a garage/show queen:- Headlights have some chips/cracks from debris being flung up on track days – I have a second hand set to replace them with and was only going to replace them once actual glass fell out of the ones on the car, still passes MOT though with this. Rust on both offside door trailing corners – I have 2 complete replacement doors to fix this Front bumper has blisters in the paint where moisture has got in and has caused it to bubble and peel. Front nearside fog light out of line due to badger strike on the infamous Berkshire Pistonheads “Badger Run” Hoon. Nearside slide locating bracket to bumper also broken due to this, I have the replacement parts to fix it, bumper just needs removing to do it, you wouldn’t know it was damaged to look at it though. Paint and some interior parts are starting to show signs of sun/heat damage as it is parked outside when not in use. The price reflects its rarity and the investment made in the handling, brakes and safety, you only have to look at track M3 prices to realise they go for a lot more money than a std one. It could easily be put back to a std interior and with some fettling and paint would make a really nice interesting e34. Rare E34’s that have been for sale recently have been offered for much more money, the white Hartge H5s got to over 9k and did not sell I believe, I had spoken to the owner last year and he was talking about £15k plus, a number of Alpina B10 3.5’s have been 10K+. I am open to sensible offers, but don’t expect to knock off £1000’s. Test drives will be with me driving, I am happy to go to track day with a prospective purchaser at Bedford so they can see how well it goes. To arrange a viewing or chat call Robin on 07450 803804 Mobile, or email robmarrs@aol.com, I am not on the forum that often so don’t message me through this please.
  21. Hi guy's just wondering if the e34 m5 throwing star rims would fit on a E60 2007 or am i whistling in the wind??
  22. Technoviolet Ldn

    New e34 owner

    Hey all been lurking around for several years on these forums finally have a reason to sign up! i purchased my e34 520i last week. It's had a recent full respray in technoviolet and has no rust whatsoever (one of my main reasons buying it - I had a prefactlift E30 325i once upon a time which was a rust magnet). I had an e34 535i sport in techno violet and cream leather interior. Needless to say this bought back memories! I will be sticking with the black for now (after front sport seats! I think the rear are same?) It has had a reconditioned auto gearbox fitted and the m50b20 sounds sweet albeit savagely thirsty. It has he electric black leather interior which is more comfortable than my Mk7 GTD heated leather! the car came with a few minor issues needing attention: *power steering pipe leak (low pressure hose) *A/C pump seized *one piece door trim missing (already ordered) *intermittent/crazy central locking! * dash pixels almost dead/ineligible driverside electric recline mechanism link broken (motor working). *sagging headliner im sort of putting off fixing the mechanical niggles as I have a m62b44 and gearbox, ews ecu loom etc. on its way from an e38 740i. I have my daily driver keeping me on the roads for now and my insurance quotations on the e34 are ridiculous (Over £2k..). Just a a few things I need some advice or help with. My car appears to be a facelift right? Wider grille etc? I can't differentiate between the facelift front and pre facelift :s Also, what other e38 bits can I salvage? I have kept the steering wheel and gearknob for now. Brakes? I was inclined to go for the e34 540/m5 upgraded set up as it would be a straightforward fit. Right? If anyone could point me to some e34 specialists who wouldn't mind taking on some work that would be greatly appreciated. I'd like to get my headliner sorted first and foremost. Any trimmers recommended forwards north west London? Slowly but but surely I will get there!! I will try post as and when I start spending time on her. anyway here are some pics of the car. I still need to spend some time giving her a good clean, following some real quality pics (am a photographer by trade!) hope to to meet some cool e34 owners on here!!
  23. alex525

    Chasing redline information

    I'm curious to know what the redline is supposed to be for my 1994 525i. At the moment I know that in economy mode in drive it changes up @ 6500rpm when floored and in sport mode in drive it shifts up @ 7100rpm is this a standard range for up shift? I am only asking as I am toying with the idea of putting a chip in the ecu. Thanks in advance for any insight. Alex
  24. I bought myself a set of E39 18" M Parallels, as I wanted to improve the handling/stability of my E34, since on original 15's and big tyres it's a bit too bouncy for me. However, I've run into a few problems... First of all, the specs of the wheels that I bought are as below: 8Jx18 ET:20 bore:74mm 36-11-2-229-635 9Jx18 ET:24 bore:74mm 36-11-2-229-640 I know that the M Parallels originally fitted to an E34 M5 had a slightly different offset on the rear, being ET22, but I'm pretty sure that's negligible and won't make any difference re fitment. The front wheels on the E34 M5 are exactly as above. I've done my research before buying the wheels, so I knew that the centre bore of the E39 is slightly larger than on the E34, that's why I bought hub rings to make sure the wheels will sit properly on the hub. The strange thing is that when I actually fitted them, the wheels sat perfectly centered on the hub and I didn't even had to use the rings? So I was a bit confused? I know that if you fit wheels with the centre bore not sitting properly on the hub and the wheel just hanging on the bolts, then you normally get vibrations on high speeds, but the above wheels sat perfectly fine on the hub without any rings needed? I haven't driven the car at high speeds yet, so I guess I'll find out if I need to fit the rings or not.....Anyone with similar experience? Another thing I wanted to ask is the tyre fitment.... The factory spec of E39 M Parallels is 235/40/18 on the front and 265/35/18 on the rear. I wanted to keep the tyre specs as per E34 M5, so I bought 4 tyres sized 245/40/18 since according to BMW M Registry, all the latest E34 M5's had this setup. The rear seems to be fine to me, but when I fitted the fronts I noticed that the gap between the strut and the tyre is almost non-existent. So that got me a bit worried and when driving home I could hear very slight hissing/rubbing noise, which obviously wasn't there before I changed the wheels. I got home and upon checking the tyres, the rears look ok to me, but the fronts have this very slight wear on the inner edge, which I think is exactly where it rubs on the strut? See images below: The noise/rubbing is very minimal and sometimes you don't even hear anything at all, so that probably explains why the marks are so minor, because I drove the car about 5-6 miles after fitting the wheels. As far as I understand, the inner wear that you see on the photos is where it's rubbing, correct? That can't be normal? Now the question is, why are the 245/40/18 tyres rubbing on the front, when the wheel/tyre spec is exactly the same as on the E34 M5? The suspension is all stock, by the way. Should I go with E39 tyre specs (235/40/18), as above? The gap between the front strut and the tyre is so tiny that I'm even thinking to run 225/40/18 on the front? Does that sound ok? Or 225/45/18, not sure what would be the correct setup? Please advise. So yeah, overall I'm happy the way the car looks and the ride seems fine, but couldn't figure out how the wheels fitted nicely with no hub rings and why the front tyres are rubbing, when specs seems to be correct for the E34? Appreciate your help. Thanks
  25. ROOTS.

    E34 M5 Discs and Pads

    I just bought a set of E34 M5 ATE front and rear calipers with carriers to put on to my E28 M535i. Does anyone recommend a good place to buy E34 M5 discs and pads so I can source these ahead of the calipers arriving. F: 315 x 28mm fronts34112226873/87434112226385 R: 300 x 20mm rears3421115965934211160 399/400 Thanks!
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