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BMW E34 525IX By howms

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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:

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Better picture coming soon

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Nice to see another E34 being saved. I bought my 520i in November too, and really should start a project thread, but haven't done too much with it. Only issue with ix being "quite rare" is the likewise rareness of parts. 

Why do you say it's a lemon.............how bad is the rust? Doesn't look too bad from the pics but they always look like that LOL, until you start digging. I still haven't been brave enough to take off my sills. 

We like plenty of pics, even the ugly ones, so keep them coming.

 

Keliuss

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Hi Keliuss, I've called it a lemon because a lot of things are broken during my ownership :sad: 3 of the jacking point is crusty so is the driver rear quarter panel and need attention very soon doing passenger rear atm, the front shock absorber was bad and on the way home the front driver springs snapped! also, front cv boot began to show its age, and down the line, I found that the rear driverside spring was broken a long time ago hence the awkward ride height lol

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After setting up outside which ended up parking for nearly 3 months because of the constant delays and lack of parts and tools I have managed to remove the front shock assembly and unfortunately both sides the bolt was rusted out which result in both holes need to be retapped and one broken in and I have to grind the whole bolt out even thread extractor broke on it. Eventually, I forced the strut assembly out and I had pair of them sent out to be refurbished, and with the passenger spring still in decent nick I sent that out as a template to be custom made new pairs, after waiting over well 1.5 months all the parts were ready to be installed.

 

So while doing the front strut assembly I looked at things to do on the way and of course too many to count lol... so one of the jobs was to refurbish the front cv's because one of the cv boot has failed and another one is failing so I started off with the removal of the hub nut and it comes right off since the tabs are bent I bought some new ones for £10, and then when removing the shafts I decided to yank the hub the axle just pops out of the diff, and both came out without much issue, then the refurbishment begun by disassembly the plunger and old boots. the plunger pulls out and then it reveals the 3 bearings, they come off and there is a c clip holding the splines in and it comes out with some knocks then the boots slides out, about £165 was just on cv boots alone, then I attempted to remove the cv itself and it was stuck tight on until I made a little tool from a steel bracket welded to the hub nut and banged it and pulled it until the cv pops out, luckily everything is in good shape and I proceeded to fiddle with the ball bearings and cleaned all the old grease out, then all the old paint and rust was removed with a wire wheel and the abs ring was cleaned out with a portable sandblaster(Hoping to invest in a proper cabinet which makes life much easier), and the components were prepped for paint starting with epoxy primer, Dintrol stone chip guard then black paint finished with lacquer alternatively the cv was finished in black paint and the abs ring was finished in only lacquer to keep interference to a minimum, reassembly was quick and straightforward other than making an big mess applying the grease! Overall it came out the way I wanted and I amvery pleased with the finish and it should last another good 100,000 Miles!IMG_9869.thumb.JPG.41f08c36eac13be13b0dd129d2d73b48.JPGIMG_9870.thumb.JPG.7f5cc798082c752d277f02ca2b952ac6.JPGIMG_9889.thumb.JPG.abbd89aa5e5dbf7f1563fbfa5aafbc39.JPG

 

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Updates coming soon!

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Update on the thread,

I've decided to keep the updates going on my Facebook page HOWMS where the journey continues along with my several other projects and updates, as I have been sorting my other platforms and threads to all in one place including my electric z3i build.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/HOW1MS

Contact Email:  horseonwheels.ms@gmail.com

Thanks for your interest 

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