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E24 (1976 - 1989)
The BMW 6 Series (E24) was the first variant of the 6 series produced by BMW from 1976 through 1989.

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Old 01-05-2015, 09:54 AM
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I took a bit of a gamble and bought a 80 633CSi on Ebay from Texas and shipped it to CA. 1 owner car w/ 139K miles on it and lots of service records showing good care. Has a few issues... Bad interior, A/C and power steering out, Alpine white paint passable , slight rust on rear quarter panel.Engine runs well and it passed GA smog check. Whew! One problem is the central locking system doesn't work and therefore either does the gas cap lid. Have to manually open from the trunk. The car came with only one original key, 2 copies and the shaft of the key has an "S" stamped on it. Is it possible that the key is a valet key and won't open the trunk and gas cap? Otherwise , how do i fix the locking system?
Biggest issue I have to resolve is do I make some quick fixes and just drive the car ( would be fun) or go all out and strip the thing down for a full redo? I have access to an E 36 M3 drive train and thought if I was totally redoing the car , an M3 motor would be cool. Has anyone ever tried that? I'm wondering if motor mounts, transmission, etc , will all fit?
I appreciate any advice and it is nice to know there is a 6er community out there.
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Old 01-05-2015, 01:29 PM
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Welcome to Bimmerfest, Reed!

An S50/S52 transplant would require fabricated motor mounts, but it can be done. If the M30 in it runs well, why not stick with it?

As much as I love Bimmerfest, you would do well to join Bigcoupe.com. We have little participation here, but Bigcoupe has an almost continuous stream of activity. It's an E24-specific forum that has many times the traffic the E24 forum here gets, and there are members from around the world with a wealth of E24 knowledge.
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:05 PM
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I did see some links to bigcoupe and it does look more specific for e24 so I will join there too. Is the central locking system failure just a fuse problem or do I have a big electrical mess?
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Old 01-06-2015, 11:03 AM
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Start with the fuse, of course, but it's probably going to be stuck locking solenoids.

Join Bigcoupe and search/ask there. They'll bombard you with suggestions for a fix. I've never had a locking problem (thank God) so I haven't had to tackle that trouble myself.
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guessing gets expensive...drivinfaster
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Ken Kanne, Silverhill, AL, E36 Forum Mod/Craigslist addict/Hoarder of all sorts of stuff
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1995 318is "Bebe"; 1993 325is "Elvira" 1985 635CSi "Katja" 1984 633CSi "Sylvia"
HAVE I HAD MY MEDS YET?

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Old 01-08-2015, 03:58 PM
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I tried to register for Bigcoupe.com several days ago but when I try to log on , I get a message saying that I'm inactive and there is no link to the site administrator to change my status. Do you have any contact info for the administrator? The amount of info on Bigcoupe is a little overwhelming. Not sure where to start.....
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I'll give Brian a poke. He has a lot more than just the website going on, including migrating the entire website to a new server a few days ago, with all the attendant bugs.

Suggestion: Make a list of questions to ask. When you get OKed for membership, you'll be prepared.

Are you using the same screen name there?
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1995 318is "Bebe"; 1993 325is "Elvira" 1985 635CSi "Katja" 1984 633CSi "Sylvia"
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