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#1707 of 2735 Re: 525i to M5 upgrades with a 530i engine [joyrider147]
Jun 20, 2006 (7:16 pm)
Don't even think about trying to drop a 3 liter V8 into a 1992 525i. Why? Well among other reasons, there were no V8 engines even made to fit that car (although BMW did manage to fit both a 3.0 liter and a 4.0 liter V8 in the 1994 and 1994 vintage cars). Trust me, if the 2.5 liter mill ain't enough, then it will be far, FAR, FAR cheaper to simply find a 1992 535i or even a 1992 M5 that fits the bill. IIRC, in an effort to make the V8 fit in the E34, BMW completely redesigned the engine compartment and replaced the nimble Rack and Pinion steering system with a more pedestrian Recirculating Ball unit (which I suspect entailed suspension changes too). Then there was the transmission and OBC and fuel system, and..., and...
Nah, just find the car you really want and get that one.
#1708 of 2735 Re: 525i to M5 upgrades with a 530i engine [shipo]
Jun 20, 2006 (8:01 pm)
By the time he gets finished hacking up that poor E34 he will have spent enough money that he could have bought a real E28 M5...
#1709 of 2735 Re: 525i to M5 upgrades with a 530i engine [joyrider147]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 21, 2006 (9:59 am)
Not a good idea IMO. If I were you, I'd invest in performance parts for the car you already have, presuming it has a sound engine. For as little as $3,000--$5,000, I bet you can make the 525i a lot more fun, and that $5K wouldn't even get you to first base on your planned project.
You gotta re-think this scheme, if you want my two cents.
#1710 of 2735 BMW 540i starter issues
Jun 27, 2006 (5:07 am)
I have a 2002 BMW 540i, lately when I start my car, it sounds like the engine is over-revving, or it sounds like I'm turning the car on when it's already been started. When the car is started, it doesn't appear to have any issues - any thoughts?
#1711 of 2735 Re: BMW 540i starter issues [chicagotiger]
Jun 27, 2006 (10:58 pm)
I'm no expert but I wonder whether it's your starter? Does it start every time or do you sometimes have to try more than once?
#1712 of 2735 Re: Front end clunk repair continued [bmwluver]
Jun 29, 2006 (10:35 am)
I have this problem also. The clunking sounds are only apparent in the cold weather. The dealer and BMW engineer said that these clunking noises are normal because the control arm bushings are made of polyurethanes and aluminum. These materials expand and contract at different rates. When the car is cold-40 degrees say- there is a space in the bushing. When the aluminum heats up, the space fills in and the clunking goes away. I do not believe this? Did your car clunk in warm weather?
#1713 of 2735 Re: BMW 540i starter issues [cmybimmergo]
Jun 29, 2006 (3:27 pm)
It's definitely the starter... when I first start the car, it sounds the exact same way it would if the car had already been started and I would try starting it with it already turned on.... like one of those whistle kazoos....
#1714 of 2735 Re: Life Expectancy of a 5 Series [ndegroat1]
Jun 29, 2006 (8:16 pm)
Thanks for this message. I have a 2001 525i w/ 75K miles which drives like a dream. Recently I was considering dumping it when I took it to the dealership for service to replace the power steering hoses (which was covered under my CPO warranty). During the service, they also mentioned that my control arm bushings were leaking and it would cost $724 to replace the pair. I was almost in shock, but I took the advise on someone in this forum to find a independent BMW service facility. Needless to say, I found one that has a couple of certified BMW service techs with more than 20 years of experience. They are charging me $350 including tax to replace both bushings.
They replaced all the belts today and also did a thorough inspection to confirm that the rest of the car was in great shape. I was very impressed with the facility and will be going back. My days of getting over charged by the dealerships are over!! Thanks for the hope that I can keep my 525i for a while at "reasonable" costs.
#1715 of 2735 Re: Front end clunk repair continued [wgorman]
Jun 30, 2006 (4:49 am)
Sorry, mine does it in warm weather. This means on our part, that a trip to our tech is in order! Good to hear it will not cost us anything close to $1,000!
P.S. I hit 197 K on my way home from a business trip last night... whoohoo!
Jun 30, 2006 (8:11 am)
I'm considering getting a 2007 530i, but I'm really really sensitive to noise, especially rattles. Things like that drive me nuts.
I haven't seen many complaints here about rattles in the e60, but on e60.net it seems like a lot of people are complaining about them.
Has anyone here had problems with rattles? If so, did you get them fixed, or do they continue to be an issue?