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    Proof Photo Posted Resistance was futile! My 1988 BMW 5er

    It took a while, much searching was done and linking people and discussing...

    Picking it up:






    The drive home, this may have happened:

    Note: This was on an autobahn legally

    Some glamour shots, note I haven't cleaned it - not sure when I will get the chance too.









    MXM was right, 15":


    The underside is pretty clean:







    Fuel filler has been repaired at some point, looks fine:


    The door corners are pretty much rust free - Less than Public's I believe - No pictures yet.

    So, what is under the hood?





    That is correct! a 535i

    Managed 14.8L/100km on the journey home!

    175,300km on the clock - runs reasonably well - needs a new timing chain and a tune up at some point in the next 10,000kms. I will see if getting it done sooner is fiscally viable

    Oh, nearly forgot, proof pic:


    Problems found so far:
    Front left speakers sounds like one of the speakers aren't working

    Resolved so far:
    Rear speakers not working -- It appears the rear speakers simply aren't there - I will have to pull some trim pieces off at some point and figure out what to do.
    Engine heats up while idling not sure how hot it would get, was fine while moving. - Looks like this is just normal behaviour as it didn't get hotter than the 3rd line on the thermometer
    Heater doesn't work - get's a tiny little bit hotter but it's barely noticeable - I think the fact that it has been 30+ degrees lately has caused the heat to not be noticeable - it needs testing on a cold day
    =============

    Maintenance to-do:
    Oil change - Oil looks okay-ish and levels are okay, but I would like to do it anyway
    Coolant change
    Timing chain and related parts changed - This is a big one, it won't be for a while
    Wheel balance and alignment

    Maintenance done:
    Last edited by loose_unit; July 22nd, 2013, 9:33 PM.

    Current Car List:
    '04 Citroen Pluriel
    '77 Zastava 101 (49% share)
    '16 F20 M140i
    '90 NA MX-5 1.6
    Gone:
    '96 E39 523i... Eggplant Edition
    '99 VFR 800 FI
    '01 Golf IV 1.4
    '88 E34 535

    #2
    If my E34 was like that, there wouldn't be any reason to look at E28s!

    I approve of the model, of the engine, of the condition... Just my monitor seems to be malfunctioning, I lost all colour :/

    Congrats!

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      #3
      What, loose_unit actually bought a car :O
      The mind is like a parachute, it only works when it's open

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        #4
        Originally posted by geeman View Post
        What, loose_unit actually bought a car :O
        A sure sign of the apocalypse...

        Seriously, nice car! 535i... wow.

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          #5
          The Hivemind approves.
          Is that Lachssilber? A very concrete salesman kind of colour.
          Last edited by Thujalvi; July 21st, 2013, 9:45 PM.
          Thujalvi

          Best beard of Ringmeet '14.

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            #6
            Very nice, epic sleeper with the 15" wheels.
            1986 BMW E23 735i Goodbye...
            1996 BMW E36 328i Touring Executive R.I.P.
            2001 Mercedes-Benz W203 C220 CDI Classic ...Aaaand it's gone
            2003 BMW E46 330dA Touring Lifestyle Edition
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              #7
              Needs more M-Sport.
              Originally posted by IceBone
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                #8
                Originally posted by Thujalvi View Post
                Is that Lachsilber?
                Laughing silver? I approve.

                (It should spell Lachssilber, I guess.)

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                  #9
                  Went back to the car to check a few things, took a couple of photos:







                  I also added some things to the bottom of my first post and will try and keep it updated.
                  Last edited by loose_unit; July 20th, 2013, 8:29 PM.

                  Current Car List:
                  '04 Citroen Pluriel
                  '77 Zastava 101 (49% share)
                  '16 F20 M140i
                  '90 NA MX-5 1.6
                  Gone:
                  '96 E39 523i... Eggplant Edition
                  '99 VFR 800 FI
                  '01 Golf IV 1.4
                  '88 E34 535

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                    #10
                    This is an absolutely epic e34. You couldn't have bought a better one, especially for that money. I love every aspect of it. The wheels are awesome, perfect for the e34.
                    Fuel consumption: https://www.spritmonitor.de/de/detai...ht/687230.html
                    Gallery of the e30 restoration: https://db.tt/hbFq2YSh

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                      #11
                      ...aaaaand another one for the BMW straight 6 brigade. Unfortunately the 535i was only available as sedan, in touring-form that would be epic.

                      Seems to be in good nick, I hope you'll continue to maintain the car appropriately.
                      Why E10? I'm driving E46...

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                        #12
                        Quick congratulamations before getting on with diagnostics..

                        Originally posted by loose_unit View Post
                        Problems found so far:
                        Engine heats up while idling not sure how hot it would get, was fine while moving.
                        Heater doesn't work - get's a tiny little bit hotter but it's barely noticeable

                        Rear speakers not working
                        Front left sound sounds like one of the speakers aren't working
                        These are part of the same problem, and I'd guess it's either faulty water pump or more likely air in the cooling system. You might want to start with precautionary bleeding of the system, it's easy enough to do.
                        Oversteer scares passengers, understeer scares the driver.

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                          #13
                          Approved!

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by DaBoom View Post
                            These are part of the same problem, and I'd guess it's either faulty water pump or more likely air in the cooling system. You might want to start with precautionary bleeding of the system, it's easy enough to do.
                            I had suspected that actually - I recall many journeys in my parents old cars in 25+ degree heat having the heaters on to cool the car So the fact that the heating isn't working and the car is overheating rung some bells of connection

                            Edit: incidentally, I realised that 228kmph is the fasted I have ever driven.
                            Last edited by loose_unit; July 20th, 2013, 10:45 PM.

                            Current Car List:
                            '04 Citroen Pluriel
                            '77 Zastava 101 (49% share)
                            '16 F20 M140i
                            '90 NA MX-5 1.6
                            Gone:
                            '96 E39 523i... Eggplant Edition
                            '99 VFR 800 FI
                            '01 Golf IV 1.4
                            '88 E34 535

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by nicjasno View Post
                              This is an absolutely epic e34. You couldn't have bought a better one, especially for that money. I love every aspect of it. The wheels are awesome, perfect for the e34.
                              This. Well done, sir!

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                                #16
                                Nice!
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                                  #17
                                  Nice car. More than nice.
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                                    #18
                                    Nice - the one I'd have probably if I were to get one. Would cost a fortune to own in Ukania.

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                                      #19
                                      Its beautiful!

                                      i had the same casette player when i bought mine
                                      "How would you wrestle a helicopter?"

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                                        #20
                                        I really like that stereo too. Overall a very tidy car for the money.

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