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I understand it’s my car but I don’t want to wreck it. I value any opinions good or bad :D. With my other cars I’ve knew exactly what I wanted. This is totally different though. It’s more special than the others and feel like it deserves to be done right 

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Gorgeous car and project; very jealous ;) 

 

I agree that 17" Style 5s or similar would suit the car best. A suspension refresh and maybe a touch lower, but not too much. It's a waft-bus at the end of the day, not a B-Road hoonigan ;) 

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Need some help guys

Car is still in storage, but tonight I went to show it to my mechanic, as he called round and when I re connected the battery the alarm went off 

 

Anyway, the remote locking doesn’t work and I can’t unlock/lock the car with the drivers door, just the passenger side. I’m sure I left it unlocked the last time I left it 

 

As soon as I connect the battery the hazards come on and then the penetrating horn starts! 

 

I think its it’s time to fix the drivers side door locking problem so if I could get some help on that first and hopefully that resolves the alarm issue

 

Car wouldn’t fire with the alarm going off, I’m guessing that’s the immobiliser ?

 

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Update 

Once a disconnected battery is reconnected on an e32 the alarm goes off

 

Because my car has 302 * Remote Control Anti-Theft it has an external remote fob 

This fob is pictured below and guess what, it’s lost 

 

So I need to get one of bmw but until then I need to disarm the alarm siren by a special key, which I’m hoping I have as the car came with loads.

The siren is reportedly hidden beside the wiper blade motor 

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The small key in the pics below is the one used to deactivate the alarm siren in my last E34, which was a 1994 car. 

 

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you won't be able to get a replacement remote fob from BMW for that system now.  You might be able to pick up a fob like that, but it would need to be coded to your car, and without a fob to copy, that would be impossible.

 

I MIGHT have a solution for you though.  I THINK I have a control unit somewhere for one of these systems, together with a working fob - should be a straightforward plug and play replacement for yours.  If you would like me to hunt around and see, let me know.

 

 

 

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Also - the siren unit will probably be similar to the one you can just about see in this pic, behind the air filter housing :  

 

 

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Ok - I looked out these parts. According to RealOEM, this control unit was the one fitted to your car back in the day - some pics below to illustrate. 

 

The remote fob that has been glued to a leather key ring is a match for the control unit, similar to the one which in your car is probably mounted under the rear seat. It works. 

 

The other two fobs are also fully functional, but do not match the unit. They could either be used to reshell the good one, or reprogrammed to work with the unit. There is a guide on how to do this somewhere on this forum - and you can do it yourself if you’re handy with a soldering iron. 

 

Drop me a pm if this interests you. 

 

 

 

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Got the car running again. I removed the fuse from the DWS unit which disarmed the immobiliser. Still haven't got to the bottom of it but I'm working with a few guys on an American forum and Mark who are a great help. At least now the car starts and locks/unlocks. Im not sure if there's any disadvantages to having no DWS module

 

On a different note, I bought this plate today. Im thinking of getting pressed plates for the car. Should make it a bit more unique

 

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Absolutely nothing has happened to the 750 since. The 740 has got whatever attention I have outside of exams! It’s just loving life in the shed 

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I think/hope I've settled on my wheel choice of using the parallels of my e38 when the 21 alpinas are put back on for the summer, and will stay on as I won’t be using the 740 as a daily after the summer 

 

So I was planning on putting low profile tyres on the parallels and getting them diamond cut with no lacquer. That along with spacers and a slight drop in the suspension should leave the 750 sitting how I want it

 

Contemplated doing a 3 piece style 5 conversion, but I’m not in love with the wheels enough to pour in £2500 when I could have pretty much any other wheel I liked for that sort of money 

 

This blue alpina keeps catching my eye and make me doubt my wheel plans though. If I thought I could get my car to sit with the same stance I’d buy a set of 20 soft lines and do it, but something tells me it’s photoshopped because it looks too good to be true.. I’m also doubting if they are 20” softlines, they may be 18s (what do you think?), either way it looks fantastic 

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Very briefly; it is photo-shopped, they are Classics not Softlines, and the biggest you want on an E32 are 18's at a push.

 

You can get 18" Classics which will bolt onto the E32 but they were only made for the E31 and the last second hand set I saw for sale were c£4000.

 

 

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E31 Classics are 9x18 front and 10.5x18 rear; they will on E31, E32 and an E34 that has E32 rear trailing arms fitted (such as the M5 and B10 BiTurbo).

 

They won't fit on an E24, E28  without extensive work.

 

I have a square set (all 9x18, plus a spare) on my E34 Touring; the dish on the 9x18's is greater than the dish on any of the different width E31/32/34 17" wheels which come in 8, 8.5, 9.5 and 10 inch widths. The dish on the 10.5x18 rears is just over 3 inches.

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They are a very pretty wheel, I bet they look great on your touring. It’s a pity they have become unobtainable but there are plenty of other options out there. 

Even 18inch softlines would look nice. I’d love to try a set on

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14 months of hibernation ended last week when I pulled this car out. I just sold my e34 and e38 :cry: so now I’ve time to focus on this! ( and the 540 ) 

 

Gave it a wash and a really good clean inside. Also cleaned the leather and put some conditioner on it. There’s some scuffs marks in various places with peoples nails etc that I’d like to get touched in at some stage but overall the interior is in remarkable condition 

 

Going to give the car a full service. Gearbox, diff everything. Starting with the engine of course. I plan on pulling the intake manifolds and getting them refinished and also checking the dreaded intake gaskets

 

I’ll also do whatever else needs done while I’m in there. The car is running really poorly. I imagine it’s a combination of bad petrol and sitting for 14 months. The spark plugs are probably ruined from starting and stopping it, so it will be glad of a new set I’m sure 

 

Going to have a look at the brakes, I’m sure they will need either cleaned up or replaced from sitting so long 

 

Last but not least the body needs attention. The bottom of every door is bubbling along with rear boot lid and bottom of the rear arches. I want to have it running perfectly before I get the body sorted 

 

This isn’t a progress update but more of a taster of what’s to come haha 

 

I would love to have a black e32 750iL, but I doubt I’ll ever be able to find one with a spec similar to this car. Personal taste I guess, I just have a thing for black long wheel base 7s 
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On 28 August 2020 at 11:01, Steve540 said:

E32 is stripped down to the rocker covers atm. Waiting on parts/gaskets so I can build it back up. But in the meantime I’ve bought it some company ...


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Any more pics or details on the spec?

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1 hour ago, sharkfan said:

 

Any more pics or details on the spec?

It’s a 2000 750il post facelift Schwarz II

Originally spec’d with club interior which someone removed. Looking to get one for it. Currently getting an Alcantara headliner trimmed. I’ve yet to see the car hence lack of pictures 

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E38 Club interiors are unicorn-poop rare, and someone has replaced the Club  with full contour seats which are as good as it gets for that car so don't be hasty getting rid of them, but do check the heating works on them.

 

Looks nice.

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1 hour ago, sharkfan said:

E38 Club interiors are unicorn-poop rare, and someone has replaced the Club  with full contour seats which are as good as it gets for that car so don't be hasty getting rid of them, but do check the heating works on them.

 

Looks nice.

Thanks. Nappa heated contours which is nice but I’d prefer the club. Will probably get them retrimmed club style in the future. Got a couple of quotes in around 2.5k ouch

Club interiors don’t wear very well hence the old one being replaced even though it’s a 114k Miles car 

You can see the original interior from this link. Front seats were comfort which I hate, so the contours will definitely be staying, just may look slightly different in the future!


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3 minutes ago, sharkfan said:

Are the rear seats still Club leather?

No, it was registered on that website in 2015 I think so that’s when those pics are from. It just has club door cards at the minute. Everything else is black nappa 

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The car was mot'd when I bought it, but I hadn't time to do anything with it being at uni etc so I stored it giving the odd start here and there. The cold starts were showing their effects on the engine so I decided a bit of a refresh was needed.
This started out as a service but it snowballed a bit

M70/M72 v12s suffer from vacuum leaks. One of the main causes is the 6 intake gaskets they have. The rubber becomes hard and brittle, so people usually take them off, clean them and reseal them providing they aren't badly damaged. They are £150 a pop from bmw and there are no after market ones available

Lockdown happened, so the stripping began.. after removing a lot of skin from my knuckles I lifted out the cooling system, just to make life a lot less painful. Its surprising how big your hands feel when working around a v12..
 
 
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You can see just how stinking the gaskets are, and everything in general haha

 
 
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Since I was in there I decided to pull the rocker covers. Its common for the rear bolts on the oil feed line to go lose over time. In some cases they've actually come off and starved the engine of oil leading to failure ! 
 
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I was able to turn the rear oil feed bolt on each side by with my hand... So good job I lifted the covers off 
 
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Once I start rebuilding I will torque to bolts back to spec 

I sent the rocker covers off to get powder coated in matt black since the silver tends to turn a dirty yellow over time. I am also going to refinish the intake manifolds after I clean out all the crap thats gathered in them from the last 26 years
 
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While the rocker covers were away getting powder coated I changed the spark plugs. Even with the intake manifolds off it was still a tight squeeze to get to some of them. Its almost impossible to get to the first 1 in each side with the car built back up. Most of the time dealers/garages don't bother replacing them. I was glad when I found they were just as dirty as the rest image.gif.6f36783bd2091adaa843c4c6eb563b67.gif and the same make, so I assume they were changed in the last service

I done this over lockdown. I started working from home shortly after I began this little project in April, so the next few updates should have more detail in them since they will be as and when I do the jobs. Finally started back into it on Friday/Sat when various gaskets and stuff arrived
 
 

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Meanwhile... I’ve provisionally bought a club interior for the e38. I’ll take more pics when it arrives. It’s just like my oem interior only it’s not black and grey. But I’m hoping a re dye will sort that out 

Still tempted to retrim my contours to suit because they are so much nicer than the comforts I’ve bought! But the oem spec is comforts

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