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Old 08-13-2012, 08:40 AM
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Too late. I just bought it for $2000.

seriously, just going by photos, it looks like a $2500 car. Assuming it needs no major work, and the body isn't rusty, I'd jump on it for $2500. Of course, I'd try to get it for $1500 first.
I offered 1800 and got it for 2000. I didn't even know it had 2 independent amps for each of the 10" subs in the trunk and completely new speakers.

It needs a new intake manifold and you can really hear it. I had to drive it 55 miles home so I just kept the rpms high and did some fuel cut outs along the way to cool it off. No temp gauge movement but man was it getting hot in the car! Should be fun.

It also grinds in 1st and 3rd (syncros) and has general oil leaks throughout. I'll be pulling the tranny with a friend to have it rebuilt (or there's currently a 6-spd Getrag 420G on eBay for 650 out of Cali right now with 150k miles on it). I can tell it's fast but I didn't push it on the freeway.

It's going to get a full set of new hoses and as many gaskets as I have time to replace.

So stoked on my first Bimmer!!! Dreamed about it since I was 15 and created the email mpower@hotmail; looking forward to being on this forum as well. I've already learned so much.

Okay I'm done gushing.
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:31 AM
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Okay I'm done gushing.
No yer not, but it's ok. Enjoy it while it lasts. Which should be just about the time until you take on your first major repair.

My two cents on the tranny: If you're gonna buy a different one, go through the trouble of removing, replacing, you might as well get something with some kind of warranty. A used tranny (with 150,000) is probably not going to be much better than what you have now. Unless of course you want to buy a second one, rebuild it, and THEN install it. Otherwise, you might as well rebuild your current one, or buy a rebuilt one with a warranty. I know what it's like though. Tempting to roll the dice if it might save you some money.

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Old 08-13-2012, 11:39 AM
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Agreed

Yeah I agree on wanting to take short cuts. I figure if I can get the tranny pulled and have a professional rebuild it'll be somewhere in between brand new and old 'n shady. Any repair makes you cuss, may as well be cussing at a Bimmer instead of my old Ford Ranger - oh wait, the Ranger is the easiest car in the world to fix...I have to start my first major repair just to get it running for daily driving: All new hoses, many gaskets, and intake manifold.

I'll let the enthusiasm ride till the cussin starts.
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:59 PM
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I'm pretty sure the getrag 6speeds can't be rebuilt...no parts,google it to make sure

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Old 08-13-2012, 05:04 PM
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Okay good to know. I just got the car yesterday and have only begun..to fight...that got weird. I'm finding some here and there from part-outs. A working tranny w/ 150k (like the one on eBay) that say something arcane like 'tranny worked when it was pulled' are tempting but scary - because you know, why did they pull it in the first place unless it was a part-out from a wreck too. Thanks for the heads up nice to have more than one little brain see a problem.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:38 PM
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You can use getrags out of e39s too, and congrats on the deal. Glad to see another bmw owner with enthusiasm,welcome to the forum. Hope you get yours sorted out so you can truely enjoy it. Check out craigslist in SLC in the auto parts section and search for bmw. I check Atlanta's from time to time and there are thousands of good parts.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:42 PM
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Thanks yeah I"ve been looking. From what I've gleaned from tons of reading, it's time to replace a lot of hoses, o-rings, and gaskets and a new/used intake manifold and go burn rubber.
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:34 PM
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Yeah there are a ton of maintance issues with the 540s but if you do the work yourself it won't hurt your wallet too bad. Make sure you get oem parts too. Make sure your cooling system is ok,it's a common problems with bmws. Your intake manifold may just need a new gasket. Also download a copy of the bentley manual, it has a ton of info on all the work your gonna have to take care of. On the bottom of the literature section here http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...d.php?t=912536
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:46 PM
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I got the manual downloaded. Computer spent the whole night doing text recognition (nerd) from the scanned pdf so it's searchable now Luckily I do plan on doing the work myself, and have a car encyclopedia brother-in-law who owns BMWs. I did notice the fan assembly seemed to make some noise when I went to see the car for the first time. I made sure coolant was topped off and eased her home. Double clutching relieves the grinding in 3rd for the most part. There seem to be a ton of used M60B40 manifolds out there from 130.00. The M62B44 manifolds are all over the place, made of metal, and cheaper...I wonder if that's because they breathe better (yup, that's forum regurgitation). What have you done to your M540? She looks great. Also, do the incandescent bulbs in the dash cause a lot of heat? My aftermarket stereo lets me plug in my iphone and then the phone goes inside the stereo, and it gave me a heat warning on the phone, which I've never seen before. And even at night the cabin got quite warm till I popped the very quiet sunroof.
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:12 AM
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I haven't done too much to mine yet. Got it in May and it was pretty well taken care of. I had to put in a new rear shock mount, a new coolant reservior, a new upper radiator hose, new a/c compressor/dryer plus system charged, new aux fan. Ok maybe I have done more than a few. I have some clear euro taillights on the way from Germany. It's an auto so I need to change my fluid and filter. I'm trying to find a better job so do some other things like coilovers and a respray and minor bodywork. Don't have a problem with the heat, sounds a little strange. Are your vents closed? Also there's a dial on the dash inbetween the two vents that is another control for the heat/cooling.
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:37 AM
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I feel you on the job thing. I had to promise my wife to get it running correctly before digging in hard but a real job is on the horizon. Fingers crossed.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:29 PM
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My new to me 530i

Picked it up a few weeks back. 1000 bucks, needed some love 200k miles on her.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:44 PM
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Picked it up a few weeks back. 1000 bucks, needed some love 200k miles on her.
Seems to be a very nice specimen of an E34 you have there sir. Make sure the suspension and cooling system are up to snuff and you should have a nice cruiser there my friend. Welcome to the Fest!
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:55 PM
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Thank You. Cooling system is in great condition. Just had a run in with a bad Crankshaft position sensor. As for that its been great.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:46 PM
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looks like you got yourself a pretty decent deal, looks clean and in great shape for $1000!
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:28 AM
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Best 1000 bucks I ever spent. Hands down. Its crazy how good of a deal you can get on a nice older BMW.
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:26 PM
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:10 PM
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New clears for $120

Right on josh. Get that plate filler on and you'll be set
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:19 PM
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On the way Costa, getting one from SawheadE34/Sahid. Should be here in a few days.
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:31 PM
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On the way Costa, getting one from SawheadE34/Sahid. Should be here in a few days.
Nice, make sure you order the ring that goes around the lock. It's like $8 from the dealer but it makes the whole filler looks flush and proper. It sorta looks dumb without the ring IMO. I'll give ya an example.

Zoom in on the second photo to see what I mean. It shows much more on lighter colored cars like ours.
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:39 PM
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Awesome, I can see the difference, thanks for the heads up brother.
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:17 AM
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Nice tails!! I have the Depo ones, i paid $60 for a brand new set, did you get hella? i know the only difference is name-dropping, my depos have been perfect for 6 years now! You should get chromed amber bulbs to get rid of the egg yolk look

I have the plate filler, i dont have the lock filler though, i dont really care for the difference. I also painted mine in chalkboard paint, my friends love that (and i regret it, unless you like poorly drawn boobs and d!cks) but its cool.

I picked up Sahid's steering wheel, looking forward to it. His loss is our gain!
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:00 PM
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They're depo as well...I guess I over paid but oh well. I love 'em! I really couldn't find some any cheaper. Were the studs on yours shorter?
Mine seems shorter but I just had push them in really freakin' hard.
That's hillarous about your filler plate.
Now I think I'm gonna get a new bumper, I have a yearly bonus coming up. Plus I may have found a good body shop to paint/fit it.
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:01 PM
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They're depo as well...I guess I over paid but oh well. I love 'em! I really couldn't find some any cheaper. Were the studs on yours shorter?
Mine seems shorter but I just had push them in really freakin' hard.
That's hillarous about your filler plate.
Now I think I'm gonna get a new bumper, I have a yearly bonus coming up. Plus I may have found a good body shop to paint/fit it.
Rear or front bumper? I'll take it cause our colors are the same anyways.
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:42 PM
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It's the front bumper, it needs some work not exactly sure if it can be fixed. It has had the bottom lip ripped off, and it's being held up with metal brackets and rivots. But if you still want it I sent it to you if you'll cover the shipping.
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