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Hello all, I wanted to start a thread and share my story on my E34Ix that I acquired totally by accident last year in November without seeing it or test driving it! (what could've gone wrong lol), and how I discovered that I bought an absolute lemon(that is somewhat worth saving) The story: Back in September 2019, I had saved up and then I was looking for a project car that I can use to commute and I was in the market mostly for an e30 or e36 and I would only consider an e34 and e39 under certain conditions and one day I was scrolling through an overpriced e30 and I caught a glimpse of an e34 and as I looked into it and found out it was an ix which is quite rare now especially in red, as I thought it would be a good base to put down more power or I could rwd it if I don't fancy it down the line, my biggest concern was it being a cloth interior automatic(wanted a manual) with a tired paintwork but I went for it anyway so the journey begins by paying £1.7k for the damn thing... Specsheet: Better picture coming soon
So I am now the 10th owner of JohnWs ix touring. So far so good, it's got a lot of miles under its belt, but has been given lots of love so wears them well. It's lpg converted and is currently returning about 25mpg on gas which equates to a little over 50mpg which is way better than my petrol 525iat. It's got an odd problem which seems to just be on startup when using petrol that sometimes it is really lacking power, but when the gas ones on the power kicks in. John kindly supplied a blue temp sensor so I'll change that in. I've also purchased a trans filter for an oil change and some filters: oil, cabin and air. So far just fitted the air filter as it's an easy win. Other problems are: 3rd brake light (factory fitted option) does not work - is this an mot fail? Door tweeters exist but seem to do nothing- do I need to make a crossover and splice them in behind the kick panels? Instrument cluster odo reset not working, lights out and dodgy fuel gauge - Geoff may have kindly sourced me a replacement cluster Rusty hole it the roof at the rear where a previous aerial was - I'll pro get a dab aerial and fit it as in my old touring. Rust creeping in a door bottom and arches. Seems a little low on power when trying to accelerate up hills, it may just be the extra weight of the transmission it's lugging. Other than these items it's great! It's had a decent re spray, electric seats fitted, auto dip mirror, map lights front and rear. The 4wd certainly gives massive confidence in the corners and gives eager handling along with the rack and pinion steering. For the engine oil change opine oils and other sites seem to recommend 10w40 semi, from the records it looks like it's had 15w40 and on here people suggest 5w30??? Given that it's a 190k engine should I stick to the 10w40 "dino juice" ? I'll get some pics up soon