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My first BMW - E28 528i

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Purchased the car December last year. From what I have researched I'm the fourth owner. Car is very original, few mechanical problems to sort out from a lack of care and driving (last owner inherited the car and did not like it). A couple rust spots too - bonnet and left front door about halfway down.  I'm focused on getting her reliable first - changed belts, hoses, water pump - and changed front lower control arms which gives a more stable ride. Need to convert the air con as its still R12 and you NEED air con here, gets hot at idle (hits 1pm on the dial) but the fan clutch looks OK so still troubleshooting that, power steering line has a small leak. Cosmetic stuff I want to do: fix OBC which is not on at all, rear windows stutter all the way down, drivers seat is not aligned and points left, headliner was yellow staining on the c-pillars, and electric seats don't like adjustments with any weight on them.

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Nice looking car - A/C and cruise were two things i really wanted on mine.

 

If i recall BMW sell a kit to convert from R12 too (or they did)

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That looks lovely - Sapphire blue iirc. Some M30's do run hot at idle and on the ones that just won't behave, I've found a small hole drilled in the thermostat outer ring cures it - only 2 or 3mm or so. Refit the stat with the hole at the top though. 

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9 hours ago, duncan-uk said:

Nice looking car - A/C and cruise were two things i really wanted on mine.

 

If i recall BMW sell a kit to convert from R12 too (or they did)

 

Yep they do, about $90 local dollars, plus $290 for a new receiver.

 

9 hours ago, Nick75 said:

Congrats, it looks clean.

 

What 110 stands for? ^_^

 

Don't think it stands for anything, plates were on the car when I purchased

 

1 hour ago, Sir Anthony Regents-Park said:

That looks lovely - Sapphire blue iirc. Some M30's do run hot at idle and on the ones that just won't behave, I've found a small hole drilled in the thermostat outer ring cures it - only 2 or 3mm or so. Refit the stat with the hole at the top though. 

 

I'll keep that in mind, thanks!

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Hi Steve,

 

Are you referring to the round switch above the cruise control stalk?

 

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If so then that is the hydraulic range adjustment "headlight aim control" for the dipped beams.

 

Headlight aim control

 
No. Description Supp. Qty  From   Up To  Part Number Price   Notes
01 Headlight aim control   1     63121368656 $198.13   ENDED
01 Headlight aim control   1     63121386148 $196.36    
02 Plate   1     63121372883 $13.63    
03 Bulb socket   2     64111366170 $2.37    
04 Bulb 12V 1,2W 2   12/1991 07119978375 $1.42   ENDED
04 Bulb 12V 1,2W X     07509063579 $1.50   ENDED
04 Bulb 12V 1,2W X     63217167000 $3.00    
04 Bulb 0,36W 2     63311394363     ENDED
04 Bulb 0,36 WATT 2     61138360844 $1.62    
04 Bulb 0,5W 2     64111372312     ENDED
05 Csk.lenshead screw ST4,8X13 2     07119902236 $0.16   ENDED
06 Holder   2     63121368528 $2.25    
07 Holder   3     63121368529 $2.07    
08 Plug   1     63121367925 $53.79    
09 Wiring light regulator   1     61121370534 $13.73   ENDED
10 Clamping   1     16121107928 $4.00    

 

The plastic pipes go brittle with age and fracture allowing the fluid to escape.  The good news is item 1 is still available from the Main Stealers.  Replaced one on the Zobelbraun Eta back in 2017.

 

Stay safe and best regards,

 

Mick

 

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Hi Steve,

 

+1 for the "challenging" main headlight switch.

 

I have had them out to clean up the switch contacts on more than one occasion.

 

Quite a faff with the fragile switch frame together with the "just about long enough" wiring.

 

This is after first wedging oneself into the driver's foot well.

 

Best regards,

 

Mick

 

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What a beautiful car, had an e28 poster on the wall back in the day, great to see such a gorgeous example out on the road :D

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Saw this ad on the local Cartier site - was browsing just to confirm I can't afford anything they sell - with a 5er in it!

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