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 Post subject: Another bavarian
PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:20 pm 
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Car Model: 93 convertible aero v6, bmw z3
After weeks looking for a decent Volvo for pennies, as usual, or, at a push, another Saab, I have ventured off piste and bought another BMW. On the face of it the car appears a good un but as usual with sub £1000 bangernomics, doubtless any bills will be big ones. Pick car up tomorrow, year 2000 e39 525i auto, black with black leather, just under 100k miles. Autobox seems smooth, no bangs or clunks, fans etc work, hoses looked dry and in good condition. Will budget for usual cooling system bits and bobs as and when. Drove really well on test drive, feels carved from granite. Time will tell if it's a good one, wish me luck.

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 Post subject: Re: Another bavarian
PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:27 pm 
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Location: Queenborough, Kent
Car Model: 9k, 9-5 Aero & a Jaaag
Good luck, not a good colour combination in this weather though!

I do like the E39 shape beemers ...

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 Post subject: Re: Another bavarian
PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:27 pm 
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Location: Herefordshire
Car Model: 900i '87 96V4 '72 E30 Alvis
Good choice gbn. 'They' reckon E39's are rather good but never driven one myself. Bought my E30 when I was first looking for a c900, but they were all either too rusty or too expensive, and the BMW was £500 with a full BMW service history and no rust. My intention was to just to run it until something expensive went wrong, and after 12 years it hasn't so far. Bangernomics makes so much sense, particularly if you are handy with the spanners. Enjoy


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 Post subject: Re: Another bavarian
PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:34 am 
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Car Model: 93 convertible aero v6, bmw z3
They are very good cars but can bite the hand that feeds savagely at this price. Autoboxes, cooling systems, electrics, suspension bushes, all can go pop or need replacing. Can argue the same about any old car that is heavy and was costly when new I guess. I have my eyes open here and am counting on fact that my 55mph long distance commute seems like a retiral home for the old bus and it rewards me with a few months faithful service

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 Post subject: Re: Another bavarian
PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:01 pm 
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Car Model: 93 convertible aero v6, bmw z3
Got car home tonight, ice cold air con, read thru history and it has been regularly and well maintained, including a change of water pump, thermostat and expansion tank so one less thing for me to worry about. Returned 36mpg door to door, was sitting at near 40mpg but town kills it!!

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 Post subject: Re: Another bavarian
PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:19 pm 
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Car Model: 2009 9-5 2.3T Turbo Edition
Just watch out for rust on the sills and jacking points as this seems to be the reason that most are scrapped.

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 Post subject: Re: Another bavarian
PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:28 pm 
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Car Model: 93 convertible aero v6, bmw z3
Mot history, if it is to be trusted, shows zero corrosion issues. There is slight bubbling at front of sill, very slight, and a small blister just at drivers door on sill, but seems incredibly solid. Some rock ape has botched putting new expansion tank in and overflow pipe is araldited in place, so that's first thing in my preventative maintenance regime. Car will have to cover 800miles some weeks.

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 Post subject: Re: Another bavarian
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:35 am 
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i got some angel eyes if you want them i know you like that kinda thing :D just kidding ducks for cover

decent cars these must own one before there all scrapped i like the estate models

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 Post subject: Re: Another bavarian
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:53 pm 
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To be honest it feels lovely, really solid. I had an e39 530d years ago and it was a cracking car, the petrol engine on this car is however, a honey. 190hp, very responsive and very smooth with a wonderful soundtrack. Not, I think, a car I will love, but certainly one I will enjoy, barring disaster

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 Post subject: Re: Another bavarian
PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:51 pm 
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i did a quick corner move in me mums 328i manual estate mid drift i remembered there was 6 bags of compost and some plants in the boot :oops: :oops:
cue me steam cleaning her car for three hours as it has cream carpets

they are good engines must be millions of them 2.5 still ticking along
only bm ive owned for 2 months was a 318is compact
me mums had about 6 e36s no real bother out of any of them apart from the plastic water pump failure mid mot and puking its water everywhere
it didnt kill it or warp the head or owt bad

nice estates dont come up much around here or volvo estates

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 Post subject: Re: Another bavarian
PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:57 pm 
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if its a keeper i would always remove the sill covers ive found some nice holes hidden under them buggers
a good jets wash will see if theres any mud stuck up there rotting things away nicely unseen

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 Post subject: Re: Another bavarian
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The word keeper is alien to me. It will be 6-12 months I own it barring disaster or falling in love with it..

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 Post subject: Re: Another bavarian
PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:22 am 
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Car Model: 93 convertible aero v6, bmw z3
Nowt much to report, car been good as gold, averaging between 28-35 mpg on a tank, depending how/where driven...starts, stops, surprisingly good fun on twisty roads. If, and that's s big IF I keep it for any length of time, it would look nice with dark window tints, wind deflectors and staggered m-sport or Alpina rep alloys. I saw an estoril blue 530i with all the m-sport goodies, sport model, lovely looking car to this day!

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 Post subject: Re: Another bavarian
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:42 pm 
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Car Model: 1993 9000 2.0 cse
nothing to report till it rains and the roads are like driving on washing up liquid 328i manuals are well tail happy unless youve got really sticky rear boots on it

my mums 98 328i m tec saloon auto really impressed me god it would hussle god knows how youd crash it it had asc and you could feel it saving you
only 40k so been pampered and had all new shocks on

i really liked the total closure of all the windows and sunroof function all cars should have it also should have a open all windows and sunroof function too in this heat

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 Post subject: Re: Another bavarian
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:03 pm 
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My favourite BMW owned, including e36 m3 evo, was an e30 318is two door, huge fun, deft handling, biddable, great size and quick enough to keep you entertained but slow enough you had to DRIVE it to go quickly on b roads. It was lhd too!

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 Post subject: Re: Another bavarian
PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:10 pm 
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I had one of the last e34 525is about ten years ago and absolutely adored it. The sound from the straight six is fabulous and it was so comfortable.

I still miss it [CRYING FACE]


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 Post subject: Re: Another bavarian
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I had an e32 735il lwb with a manual box, was told it was rare special order car years AFTER I sold it! The straight six BMW's have a wonderful noise regardless of size. Had e34 525, or 528 maybe, but an auto...wonderful car, an e34 m5 is the pinnacle of old school six pot BMWs, lottery car #21 for me!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Another bavarian
PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:34 pm 
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Car Model: 93 convertible aero v6, bmw z3
First decent run, Edinburgh centre and back, door to door 128miles @ 39mpg, not bad for s heavy auto barge..thats computer but even if it's only mid thirties am happy with that. Just gotta get stereo fixed now

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 Post subject: Re: Another bavarian
PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:11 pm 
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Car Model: 1993 9000 2.0 cse
me mums autos were always much more frugal than the manuals when i drove them with a manual its so hard not to if you know what i mean

e34 estates whats not to like eh they look great to me in the right colours http://thealpinaregister.com/forums/use ... 1107_1.jpg

theres a couple of nice 540i round here and they fly uphill and make cracking noise too
i borrowed me bros 850i for the weekend it didnt feel at all fun really
no drama or feel just went fast if you told it too
and the interior was horrid for a pricey car i dont like e36 interiors way too much grey plastic for me and there too narrow cramped

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 Post subject: Re: Another bavarian
PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:55 pm 
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Car Model: 93 convertible aero v6, bmw z3
Cars a lovely old thing but I have seen a nice old 9-3 very close to me so have decided to try and move it on, having no space for more cars. Head can always justify a BMW but heart always says Saab or Volvo....

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