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E34 (1989 - 1995)

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Old 04-18-2013, 05:01 PM
priler priler is offline
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Mein Auto: Aprilia-Mercedes
Machine Messiah,New 540iA

new to me anyway.

well ladies and gents,congratulate me,i am now the proud owner of a 95 540iA,iceland green(was there any other type of green this year?),94K miles,looks to have all available options(iirc,the ACTUAL options were only 3,..trunk mounted CD changer and i forget the other 2 but it does have ASC,which,believe it or not,i actually prefered having),unmolested original rimmed beauty.

not absolutely perfect,mind you,but i think i can do most,if not all,of what's needed myself.

the bad: 1) a small section on the left side of the hood has the clear coat that's peeled off. the pigment(paint itself) is possibly still good. the rest of the paint is still really good with the usual swirl marks here and there and a few (unavoidable) small (all front) stone chips,which i HAVE TO address individually. 2) one cracked high beam headlight(stone). 3) it has a leak on the differential that i can see. 4) the rear left window regulator is busted but the motor is still good. 5) about 3 or 4 different section(leather itself and panel/s with leather on it) in the interior have come unglued but there's no holes or tears. 6) the usual gaskets above engine that need to be replaced. 7) the dreaded twisted front drivers seat(now where is that sticky,i know were to find the info on this for the MB W124).

i think the worst issue is the clear coat.

that's about it but there are 2 things that bothered me. 1) i tried to do the stomp test,many times,and nothing. i simply couldn't get it to do this. so,i suspect there might be more things to do but i can't say for sure. the 2nd was a ticking sound from the engine that i heard at first but then went away completely.

i know what your going to ask so,......

.....$2900. how did i do? horrible? the guy was actually quit rude to deal with(but i was massively patient and unrelenting). he wanted ALOT more and i had to (practically) fight with him 3 times on the price. once on the phone before i even traveled there(for 1 thing he admitted was wrong but he said nothing about the rest) and twice more after inspecting the car,..but i kept wacking off large chunks($) until i could no more and the truth was revealed. when i say rude,i mean the type of rudeness that ANYONE with a different personality from mine would have given him the finger and walked away. at one time he actually told me to f*** o** and go buy a brand new car if i want something perfect.

it was either this or travel across the entire country(or pay someone to do it) to get a prestine one at about 2 1/2 times the price,at least. when i get done with it,MINE will be prestine. i waited about,at least,6 months just to find the right one but i'm as constant as the northern star.

now to get to work on it. i hope i find nothing else.

Last edited by priler; 04-18-2013 at 05:04 PM.
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Old 04-18-2013, 06:14 PM
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DanM5 DanM5 is offline
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Location: Perth, WA
Join Date: Feb 2013
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Mein Auto: 535is-m
Well done mate, get pics up

Get in, sit down, hang on, shut up!!
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Old 04-18-2013, 06:30 PM
air_cooled air_cooled is offline
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Mein Auto: E39 528i / E34 540i
Congrats - pictures or it never happened

Sounds like you bought my car . Picked up mine a little over two years ago for $2200 (122k miles) Oxford Green is my '95
It too had a broken passenger rear window regulator, cracked headlight (those lens are not cheap) and a non functioning head rest.
Just curious the 'stomp test' not working or is the Check Engine lamp even installed? Stop test can be a P.I.T.A sometimes - ya gotta have rhythm.
Sorry to inform you $2900 with the work you describe as needed is no screaming deal.
Find one of the many VIN checkers it will tell you your options.
Enjoy the car.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:21 PM
allenbee allenbee is offline
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That's really low mileage. But it has alot of problems and the thing about a good 540 is that you feel compelled to perfect it. I suggest you list all the items you need to do both current and anticipated repairs/maintenance, get the cash together, and do it at one go. Be done with it after that. Don't do it in bits and pieces. You will spend the same amount of money and you'll lose alot of joy you have in the car along the way.

Contact m50goods from bimmerforums and check out his threads, he is a true specialist when it comes to diy car restoration on the E34. Extremely helpful and will respond to pms.
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