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    Proof Photo Posted Snow White grew old and fat

    Due to personal economy crisis I had to sell the E81. It was a good time to sell it since it had only moderate mileage and was still worth something. In any case I was really sad to let it go as every drive in it was so much fun: it was like an overgrown go-kart.

    I've been on the lookout for a cheaper car for a while now. First it was a Kia, then a Fiesta, then a Golf, but somehow none of them just felt right. They were too expensive for what they had to offer and worst of all, they were FWD.

    Early on, frankiess and public tried talking me into this white E34 that most of the people on FG might be familiar with. At first I turned the offer down because the rear seats wouldn't fold and I tend to carry my snowboard or mountain bike with me, but soon a chain of events happened and all this was forgotten.

    I dislocated my shoulder around New Year's which in turn led to a long sickleave and a long break from sports. This fact, RWD, the known history of the car, excellent overall condition and cheap asking price all added up to overrun the lack of folding seats. Before I noticed, I was sitting in a train heading up north to public's turf in the part of Finland where the sun doesn't shine, polar bears live and business transactions are dealt with squirrel skins.

    I transferred a few of these skins to public's account and started my drive home in a massive 5-series without any sort of ESP whatsoever. It was exciting. Here she is all frozen after the first night at the new home:









    Some stickers were already there:



    And I also added my own touch:



    The hood opens the wrong way, because Germany. Also, both rear pillars have their own interior light, because Germany.





    Mug holders? Where were going, we don't need no mug holders.



    It's rolled 253 thousand kms now but feels mostly like new. There's a squeak here and a rattle there when driving, but everything works. The only thing I'm suspicious about is the steering. Can it really be that bad without anything to do for it? There's too much slack for my liking. At the moment I've got quite mixed feelings about things related to the car. Mostly because I miss my E81 so much and I'm pissed off at my work because it led to this.

    Yes yes, it's mine.

    The toys:

    Eunos Roadster and a white Clio.

    #2
    I would've preferred "Great White"

    The steering, I've found, just takes its time to get used to. It's also a possibility it's loosened a bit after the tightening job performed on it a year ago in November, so if you know anybody who can tighten the rack you can experiment on it. Also, the squeaks are probably more related to the freezing weather.

    Take good care of it, will you
    Last edited by public; January 15th, 2014, 5:23 PM.

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        #4
        Approved.
        Fuel consumption: https://www.spritmonitor.de/de/detai...ht/687230.html
        Gallery of the e30 restoration: https://db.tt/hbFq2YSh

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        If you want to contribute to the rebuild of the E30, paypal is: nicjasno@gmail.com

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          #5
          That is a clean looking thing!

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            #6
            Originally posted by Polkky View Post
            Yes yes, it's mine.
            Originally posted by IceBone
            Don't worry, frankiess is a life coach, he knows these things.
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              #7
              Originally posted by public View Post
              I would've preferred "Great White"

              The steering, I've found, just takes its time to get used to. It's also a possibility it's loosened a bit after the tightening job performed on it a year ago in November, so if you know anybody who can tighten the rack you can experiment on it. Also, the squeaks are probably more related to the freezing weather.

              Take good care of it, will you
              I will, of course It's a nice car and it feels like it would be doing all it could to make me enjoy the ride. I respect that. I'll ask around about the steering, it's the first (and only at the moment) thing I want checked.
              The toys:

              Eunos Roadster and a white Clio.

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                #8
                Nice to know it is in good hands.
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Polkky View Post
                  I will, of course It's a nice car and it feels like it would be doing all it could to make me enjoy the ride. I respect that. I'll ask around about the steering, it's the first (and only at the moment) thing I want checked.
                  replace all steering linkage components if public didn't already do that, loots of ball joint and bushing slack to be had there. then, and only then should you adjust the steering box. here is for example my idler arm bushing being completely loose.
                  Last edited by Smurfen; January 15th, 2014, 7:40 PM.
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                    #10
                    Having driven the car few times I've really grown to like it's solidness (current temperature might affect to that, but above zero celsius it feels like a one block of Bavarian car), and it's great to see the E34 continuing it's stay among FinalGear
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                      #11
                      Yeah. Nice to see it stayed in the "family"
                      Fuel consumption: https://www.spritmonitor.de/de/detai...ht/687230.html
                      Gallery of the e30 restoration: https://db.tt/hbFq2YSh

                      www.LPEpower.com
                      If you want to contribute to the rebuild of the E30, paypal is: nicjasno@gmail.com

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                        #12
                        Another FG transfer. Starting to get quite a few of these. This is great.
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                          #13
                          Somehow this just looks so right in white. What better way to buy an older used car though when the whole forum knows exactly all the work that has gone into it and what it is like in general. Fantastic!

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Bretton Woods View Post
                            Another FG transfer. Starting to get quite a few of these. This is great.
                            This! It's interesting to see how different owners have different experiences with the same car.


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                              #15
                              It looks good it felt good even thought you dont like the little gap on steeringwheel it must be a great buy! Awesome car!
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                                #16
                                It's hard to believe this car was intended to be a serious business machine, it's so tail happy Unlike the E81, this isn't trying to kill you immediately if you're not careful.
                                The toys:

                                Eunos Roadster and a white Clio.

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                                  #17
                                  Well, it used to be that BMW were less serious about being serious.

                                  Worth it when he shows up.

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                                    #18
                                    How that car looks so good after that many kms and in a place that has lots of snow on the roads is beyond me. Nice buy, when are you going to let us know about all the stupid stuff that the previous owner did?

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                                      #19
                                      The car spent its early days way up north where they don't ruin the roads with salt. That's why there's only very little rust available anywhere and the mechanics work because of long commutes instead of start-stop traffic.

                                      AFAIK the previous owner treated this admirably well
                                      The toys:

                                      Eunos Roadster and a white Clio.

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                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by Polkky View Post
                                        It's hard to believe this car was intended to be a serious business machine, it's so tail happy Unlike the E81, this isn't trying to kill you immediately if you're not careful.
                                        BMW has long history of keeping the characteristics of the same model range similar. 3 series (as well as 1 series it seems) have always required good reflexes for maintaining control, while 5 series are much more wafty, even when drifting around. I'm one for the former, but I can't blame people for finding it a bit tiring for daily driver.
                                        Oversteer scares passengers, understeer scares the driver.

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