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Taking on an E34 1991 520

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Hi all,

 

New to the forum.  Have owned more modern 5 series in the past years.  However my father in law has just passed away and he owned an E34, 1991 520.  He bought it new in 1991 and kept it in pristine condition until he fell ill 18 months ago.  Since then it has sat on his drive way and has been exposed to the elements.  He passed away last week and I have looked over the car.  There is no rust that I can see, the window outer rubber seals and door handle seals need replacing as they are near perished.  If I don't take on the car it will be sold for scrap, and I don't want that as the family would be heart broken.  So what I am taking on?  If it isn't gone to far - which I know will need to be further investigated - can I replace the window seals and keep it running without sinking 1000s in to it?  I have little experience fettling cars. Has anyone else had a similar experience taking on an E34 without being an expert mechanic.  Am I mad?

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E34s are pretty simple cars compared to modern crap - even if you maintain it in a local independent garage, it won't cost you thousands to keep it on the road. As long as the body is free of any major rust, then get it serviced, sort out all the basic things that it needs and it will go on forever.

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Not mad, get it sorted.

Most parts are still available from BMW main dealers and not that expensive.

Part numbers can be found here https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/select

Enter the last 7 digits of the VIN/Chassis number ( look at the V5 for this) in the serial number box and it will find your car. You can now look up part numbers

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Thank you for the replies :) It looks like a sound car in terms of no visible rust on the sills or door bottoms, bottom of the a pillar etc.  One last question, does anyone here store their E34 on their drive way - under an outdoor car cover?  This is what I am thinking as I don't have access to a garage.  I know that this would be ideal but I don't have that option unfortunately.

 

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11 hours ago, pastyp said:

Thank you for the replies :) It looks like a sound car in terms of no visible rust on the sills or door bottoms, bottom of the a pillar etc.  One last question, does anyone here store their E34 on their drive way - under an outdoor car cover?  This is what I am thinking as I don't have access to a garage.  I know that this would be ideal but I don't have that option unfortunately.

 

 

Mine stay outside over winter with no cover ... Cheap covers can cause many issues :)

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Thanks again guys.  I am looking for a specialist locally to help get the car back 'on the road' and also to help with the window and door handle seal refits.  The car is in Wales and I am in Ireland, so a little bit of a logistical headache to get it ready to transport.  Really appreciate all the replies.  Hoping I can get this car back to running order and then start a process of gradual referb.  Plan is to have it ready by next summer to do a road trip to Scotland to scatter my father in laws ashes.  

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My E34 sat basically unused, outdoors, for a period of time and it was fine when I came to use it again. If it's been well cared for in its life it should be fine, and on a sentimental level I'm sure you and the family would be happier for it to be used rather than scrapped.

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Absolutely.  This car was my Father in Laws pride and joy.  He bought it new in 1991 and cherished it ever since.  It is not a leather bound, hi performance example or even have alloy wheels, but was cherished and serviced regularly.  It transported the family for the past 26/7 years on European holidays, up and down the UK until very recently - last 18 months, until he fell ill and it was left standing on the drive way and has suffered somewhat as a result.  I am hoping to bring it back to a reasonable level and use it to transport my father in law on his last journey to Scotland to scatter his ashes.  

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Just now, pastyp said:

 use it to transport my father in law on his last journey to Scotland to scatter his ashes.  

 

Bit dusty in here reading that last sentence... what a lovely idea for a send off.

 

 

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Pop the car in for an mot - ideally at the same place your in law used to get a bit more history about it that may not be in the advisories list and get a to do list. If you know the reg, you can look through the mot history on line also

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Window seals, where the glass meets the door and the seals around the door handles are perished.  Just need to get them redone before the winter comes in.  To be fair those seals must have probably been on the way out for a while before the car was laid up.  I don't think it will take much to get her up and running.  I'm going to try to do a bit more than that in terms of detailing etc, so she looks her best when I pick the family up in Wales for the trip north to Scotland.  That's next Spring, loads of time, right :) ?

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