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BMW E39 535i Project - £200

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Good evening all,

 

I have for sale my 535i pre facelift in Biarritz Blue. 

 

Bad points:

 

- Sills are gone, would need welding

 

- Auto box works in first 3 gears, 4th and 5th cause it to lose drive. If you pull over and switch it off, then restart the engine it resets the issue. I drove the car from Wales using 1 - 3 in Steptronic mode with no issues. 

 

- Viscous fan clutch needs replacing 

 

- No lower dashboard, HVAC frame or cigarette lighter tray or radio (I have these brand new parts in my garage, but they are now being used for my new project).

 

- Leather door cards are in car, but not fitted, was planning on replacing all vapour barriers before refitting (switch packs etc. on back seats)

 

- Flat rear tyre (was due to fit my 18" style 85's), so wasn't concerned

 

- Currently SORN

 

Good Points:

 

- Bodywork is actually tidy, no major rust apart from sills, usual bootlid and a small patch on passenger rear wheel arch.

 

- Full sports leather interior

- Brand new centre air vent 

- Brand new A pillar trims fitted

- Brand new C pillar trims fitted

- Engine is very smooth

- Brand new leather auto knob and boot

- Brand new front number plate plinth and chrome trim strip

- High Gloss Grey interior trim

 

There may be other bits I find too....

 

£250

 

You may guess by the price that I'm clearing space for my new project (already have new boxes of BMW parts turning up) so am running out of room. I would love this car to be returned to the road as I was doing - the bodywork really is tidy and would be a shame to lose another V8. However, my head was turnt by another car, hence this has to go.

Edited by stu08

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Thanks @chicaneuk

 

I should also add this has the later 245 PS engine despite being a pre-facelift car. Don't know how unusual that is, but all pre-facelift cars on S plates that I have seen, have had the 235 PS engine.

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The car appears to have picked up a leak today. Moving from the drive I noticed water dripping out from under the centre of the car (near middle box) and pooling on the floor.

 

Engine was at operating temperature, yet the water coming from central section of car was cold. Really not sure what it could be.

 

With this appearing - £200 take it away.

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Car will also come with the correct preface interior trim rather than the high gloss grey trim. The preface cars have a different mounting bracket on the centre console frame for the cigarette lighter loom. This means you won't have loose cables under the auto lever frame.

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1 hour ago, stu08 said:

The car appears to have picked up a leak today. Moving from the drive I noticed water dripping out from under the centre of the car (near middle box) and pooling on the floor.

 

Engine was at operating temperature, yet the water coming from central section of car was cold. Really not sure what it could be.

 

With this appearing - £200 take it away.

will be condensation dripping out exhaust from sitting .. look at the join of the exhaust sections .. you will see it .. nothing I would say to worry about

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1 hour ago, stu08 said:

The car appears to have picked up a leak today. Moving from the drive I noticed water dripping out from under the centre of the car (near middle box) and pooling on the floor.

 

Engine was at operating temperature, yet the water coming from central section of car was cold. Really not sure what it could be.

 

With this appearing - £200 take it away.

Could this just be water from body exhaust condensation dripping after it’s moved etc? 

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41 minutes ago, Paddy O'Furniture said:

Or maybe the air con drain if it was switched on?

+1 on air con drain

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Guy who bought this has stuck it on some old style 33's and trying to sell it on Facebook for £550. I called him out on it and proceeded to get hassled by other Facebookers.

 

Call me old fashioned but I thought amongst enthusiasts, helping each other out, you didn't try and screw each other over. Guess that's not the case any more.

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I suppose once its sold then the new owner can do what he wants but yes i guess it sticks in your craw when you've tried to help others out.

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And now he is selling the wheels for more than he paid for the whole car. Pure class. Maybe I am just a bit more old school in my attitudes but it’s a total dick move. I would assume stu08 sold the car at a bargain basement price in the hope someone would bring it back to glory, not flip it and make a quick buck in the progress. 

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16 minutes ago, chicaneuk said:

I would assume stu08 sold the car at a bargain basement price in the hope someone would bring it back to glory, not flip it and make a quick buck in the progress. 

 

In the hope is the point i think,  I understand why one might be miffed but it was offered at a price presumably without condition on the purchaser so what can you do?

 

If seller promised to restore and it was a condition of sale then yes its morally dubious but I've bought stuff cheap and sold at a profit - its the free market economy.

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Indeed. I guess I need to get off my high horse about it. Stu might be well aware of the situation and was just happy to be rid of the car.

 

I just hate to see people being fleeced potentially especially amongst enthusiast groups as I feel it goes against everything we aim to promote.. but I accept I might be reacting a bit excessively about it. I will walk away from the computer for a bit :) 

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Hi I bought the car off Stu, Stu knew my plans for the car (originally to brake or use as a drift car prehaps) 

 

we came to an agreement I had it recovered, I’m doing up a 540i sport and thought the bits would come in handy, but breaking it when it doesn’t need all that much seems a waste, I was clear with my intensions to stu, and was even talking with him via pm about the car the other day, he just wanted it gone, and both parties were happy

 

ive not prayed on anyone or took advantage or ripped anyone off, I even said to Stu that it would be worth taking any decent bits off it and break it or sell with the better bits missing but he just wanted the car gone as he’s moving on with his 530i sport, I would understand if someone promised to put it back on the road etc but this isn’t the case here, I’m a genuine enthusiast myself, there’s a few on here who know me and know I’m not out to rip anyone off etc

 

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It's fair enough and I accept I need to back down. I just got a bit wound up about it but it's of course none of my business what was agreed between you guys. I've helped run some forums in the past and just always get a bit defensive for other users who are potentially getting wound up to get fleeced (even though that's not the case here.. just was some sort of auto-pilot!) 

 

In future I should learn to stay away and just mind my own business. My apologies! Ultimately folks breaking cars are doing us all a favour anyway to keep ours on the road so.. not sure why it gets my back up. 

 

I also think perhaps I was a bit sad as I saw the car too (I picked up some bits off stu a few days prior) and having hankered after a V8 E39 forever, and seeing this so cheap but not having the space to store it, I was a bit gutted. Then to see it sold cheap then flipped, I think it just frazzled me a bit. 

 

So.. apologies all round. 

Edited by chicaneuk

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Just wanted to reply on here. I do appreciate people looking out for one another on this forum - it's what makes it so great. 

 

Whilst of course I would have loved to see it fully restored, ultimately not even I could do it once a 530 sport manual appeared for sale. 

 

I speak with e34m525i almost daily on WhatsApp. When he bought the car he let me know it'd most likely be broken for parts or used as a cheap track car. When I saw he also had a 540i Sport project, I completely agreed with him. The time and money was best invested in the Sport, whilst the 535i was nice, it was an SE non Sport with 0.9 litres less. I'd have made the exact same decision. 

 

e34m525i let me know he was looking to sell the car recently and I said get as much as you can for it. I'm happy for another member to benefit from a great car. Potentially it'll be sold on to be saved and reappear with a new forum member in the future. :)

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