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Old 10-14-2013, 06:31 PM
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Parting out my e34, questions.

My beloved Betty has run her course in my eyes. She is a 1992 535i Manual with 250K. I am most interested in learning what parts of her are worth saving and selling and what parts are worth scrapping/recycling. Please help.

So far this is what I have going on.

Keep & Sell:
Summer Wheels and Tires
Winter Wheels and Tires
M5 Front Sway Bar
M5 Rear Sway Bar
Drive Shaft with brand new Center Support & Bearing
Brand New Front suspension/steering.

Scrap / Recycle:
Catalytic Converters
Battery
Body/Frame

Is there anything else worth taking of her and trying to make a buck on? Bumpers? Doors? Windows? Engine & Trans Combo? Rear Diff?
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:46 PM
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Well the best thing it is a 5 speed, so a 5 speed swap. cat on sellmycat.com, should get over 150 for it.


So in order of importance

1. pedals, lines, tranny, drive shaft, clutch/clutch plate, fly wheel, diff.
2. It is a m30b35 so good to sell to people on my28.com for the e28s.
3. Interior if black for a black interior swap. Or if just have good front seats.
4. Doors if not rusted out.
5. ECU and engine harness
6. brakes to e28 or e24 crowd the fronts are an upgrade.
7. Door cards if they are good and not sagging.

After that everything else. People buy everything in the end, you just have to wait.


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Old 10-14-2013, 08:26 PM
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:02 PM
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Well the best thing it is a 5 speed, so a 5 speed swap. cat on sellmycat.com, should get over 150 for it.


So in order of importance

1. pedals, lines, tranny, drive shaft, clutch/clutch plate, fly wheel, diff.
2. It is a m30b35 so good to sell to people on my28.com for the e28s.
3. Interior if black for a black interior swap. Or if just have good front seats.
4. Doors if not rusted out.
5. ECU and engine harness
6. brakes to e28 or e24 crowd the fronts are an upgrade.
7. Door cards if they are good and not sagging.

After that everything else. People buy everything in the end, you just have to wait.


Andy
Or just sell it to Joey (me)for a donor car if there's zero rust.
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:47 AM
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Or just sell it to Joey (me)for a donor car if there's zero rust.



OR me but you are to far to tow, so I helped instead.
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:03 AM
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I'm in need of the entire driver's front door lock actuator assembly (inside the door). Found out mine was previously duct taped and zip tied back together as the brackets are broken and snapped. I can get a picture later.
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:43 PM
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MySatinDoll & South26 - She still runs. Something is unbalanced in the transmission and I do not have the time to fix it. Frustrating since I just had the clutch and throw-out bearing replaced. As far as rust, I live in Michigan ... rust is the color of all our cars here (although Betty isn't too bad).

MustangAndy - That shouldn't be a problem at all. All the windows still work great, except the rear driver's side ... slow.
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:59 PM
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If you do not have time to fix it you donor have time to part. I have been parting for about 6 years and it takes a lot of time if you do it right. I spend about 2 hours each answering emails and taking off parts. So if you have time problems fix the car.
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:43 PM
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It will be me and another guy parting out the car as much as possible all day tomorrow. We have a lift and a place to store all the parts. It isn't so much the lack of time, it is the lack of finances and parting her out will give me those finances. School takes precedence right now and I cannot afford to miss a payment.
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:45 PM
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OR me but you are to far to tow, so I helped instead.
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:57 AM
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Why do you feel she has run her course? At 250k, betty is just approaching her prime. Did you do a leakdown test to see if her chambers are still good? Do you have any major problems with the car that would be expensive to fix?

From the list of items you've put up, it actually sounds like you have been taking care of the car.

It would be better if you could sell her off cheap with full disclosure of any issues to the buyer, with a recommendation for him to sign up here for help If he needed that. It would certainly be easier on you, and the difference in your bottom line will not be significant.

Why not try that for 2 months first before parting her out?
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:44 PM
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Why do you feel she has run her course? At 250k, betty is just approaching her prime. Did you do a leakdown test to see if her chambers are still good? Do you have any major problems with the car that would be expensive to fix?

From the list of items you've put up, it actually sounds like you have been taking care of the car.

It would be better if you could sell her off cheap with full disclosure of any issues to the buyer, with a recommendation for him to sign up here for help If he needed that. It would certainly be easier on you, and the difference in your bottom line will not be significant.

Why not try that for 2 months first before parting her out?
because it is a 20 year old BMW that has problem's. It is worth more in parts and the OP has the time to maximise his revenue from the car.
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:09 PM
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So the parting out has started.

Fluids drained (except trans)
Most the trunk is done (only fuel pump need be removed - less than 500 miles on it
Rear brakes removed (rotors, pads, calipers)
Interior mostly torn out (the parts not worth saving)
Radiator, abs module, and sway bars removed.

I could have kept her and fixed her up, but at 21 mpg on premium fuel, no time to work on her, and all the nickle and diming parts that need to be fixed ... it just wasn't worth it. Yes the trans worked, the engine had strong power, she handled great, but all that wasn't enough.

If anyone is looking for parts or is interested in anything, just ask.


Side note: I am going to miss her. Too much sentimental value invested in her.
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:57 PM
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I didn't realize that the M30 called for premium

Hope it all works out for your situation
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:11 AM
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I didn't realize that the M30 called for premium
It doesn't. Only reason to run premium was if the car was chipped. Manual says 87AKI (octane) or 91 RON is just fine for the car.


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It doesn't. Only reason to run premium was if the car was chipped. Manual says 87AKI (octane) or 91 RON is just fine for the car.
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Yeah, I was aware of that and that's what I was alluding to. I guess you were chipped. I didn't think about that. I just thought that you may have been spending more $$ on gas unnecessarily.
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:19 AM
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Did your 530i have a central locking system with a 3 button transmitter attached to the master key? I'm looking for the alarm module for an E34 to replace the module in my '94 540i. My remote went bad when the alarm was armed so I basically had to disconnect it from the car. The E34's On Board Computer is fused through the alarm, and since I pulled that fuse the OBC doesn't work anymore, which is a real annoyance.

The module is underneath the back seat of the car on the driver's side, bolted up against the seat bulkhead. If the module is still in its factory position, there's a blue fuse that you can see if you peer down along the bulkhead. One of my 540i's previous owners pulled out the module in my car from this spot and left it sitting on some other modules that are also under there with it.

I live in Dayton as well so I could come pick up the module if you have one. I can send u a couple images if you need better guidance for where to find it.

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Old 10-20-2013, 05:05 PM
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Did your 530i have a central locking system with a 3 button transmitter attached to the master key? I'm looking for the alarm module for an E34 to replace the module in my '94 540i. My remote went bad when the alarm was armed so I basically had to disconnect it from the car. The E34's On Board Computer is fused through the alarm, and since I pulled that fuse the OBC doesn't work anymore, which is a real annoyance.

The module is underneath the back seat of the car on the driver's side, bolted up against the seat bulkhead. If the module is still in its factory position, there's a blue fuse that you can see if you peer down along the bulkhead. One of my 540i's previous owners pulled out the module in my car from this spot and left it sitting on some other modules that are also under there with it.

I live in Dayton as well so I could come pick up the module if you have one. I can send u a couple images if you need better guidance for where to find it.

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I have a 535, not the 530. I don't have a 3 button transmitter, only 1 key. I could take a look anyways since I will be removing the seats tomorrow.
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:28 AM
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:42 PM
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:37 PM
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The car appears to have a Parchment interior. Many of the interior parts in that color scheme are no longer available through the dealer.

All of the leather is completely restorable so long as it has no tears, burns, or holes.

Those are Racing Dynamics sway bars...also no longer available through their respective manufacturer.

You've got some gems there. Save everything you can from the interior (seats, cabin & trunk carpeting , pillars, hood & deck lining, door cards ) , those are the hardest parts for restorers to source. They are also the first things to get destroyed by the sun, kids, and pets.

Save the doors, even if they're rusted, all the motor and locking hardware inside them is completely serviceable and the glass is always in need by a shop somewhere.

Save the entire moonroof / track-motor assembly.

I'd be very interested in seeing photos of the upper dash and the wood shifter console inlay personally.
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