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Old March 31st, 2009, 10:17 PM
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M-Cars and other distractions

This is just a place to show off and BS about the cars we're into other than Rovers. We've done this before a couple times, but seems there's always room for more.

I'll start off with my 1984 M635Csi. It was imported when new by Hardy & Beck and I got it a few years back with 50k miles on the odo. I've proceeded to drive and enjoy it alot and its got more than 85k now. My best exploit in this car was a 56-hour run from San Fran to Columbia SC. That's far from the best "Cannonball Run" time (by a guy in an E39 M5 no less: http://www.wired.com/cars/coolwheels..._cannonballrun ), but its my best time by far.

The green car is a 1981 Alpina B7S that I test-drove in Germany. The car was really too rusty to be a good deal at the price the guy was asking, but at least Alpina had the decency to fit a supplemental fuel tank bringing the capacity up by 40l. The lag on these early turbo-cars is very noticeable, but lots of fun - you accelerate fast, but then it really kicks in a couple seconds later. I kind of regret passing it up.
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Old March 31st, 2009, 11:40 PM
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Hey Jim. I live less than a block from this place.
http://www.bimmerdoc.com
I walk by there frequently. A lot of cool cars everywhere.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 12:15 AM
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I bought the 6 in Oregon in 04, but it has been titled in WA previously (and is now).

The e34 540 Touring is still around, but will probably be sold this year. My next assignment will be an extended overseas tour and I can't take all this stuff with me. I would have loved to put a 6 speed in the e34, but that's not a project that will happen any time soon, and there's not a lot of point storing it.

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WRT to the BMW motor in a Rover - I've always been very intrigued by the South-Africa spec 2.8 BMW Defenders. I think that would be a cool motor to run (and it would still be "all rover"!). Maybe I'll try to acquire the parts for that conversion while overseas.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 02:28 AM
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Hey Jim. I live less than a block from this place.
http://www.bimmerdoc.com
I walk by there frequently. A lot of cool cars everywhere.
I buy my Bav parts from them.

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I bought the 6 in Oregon in 04, but it has been titled in WA previously (and is now).

The e34 540 Touring is still around, but will probably be sold this year. My next assignment will be an extended overseas tour and I can't take all this stuff with me. I would have loved to put a 6 speed in the e34, but that's not a project that will happen any time soon, and there's not a lot of point storing it.

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WRT to the BMW motor in a Rover - I've always been very intrigued by the South-Africa spec 2.8 BMW Defenders. I think that would be a cool motor to run (and it would still be "all rover"!). Maybe I'll try to acquire the parts for that conversion while overseas.
1. I would be interested in the 540.

2. I looked into the 2.8 and, according to ashcroft, it is a P38a diesel R380 bellhousing and very little more for the conversion. A 3.3 out of a 2000-2005 M3 sounds like fun.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 07:22 AM
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Your e24 is beautiful. I get confused on those, but your's should have the m88 in it, correct? e34 touring? Sweet!!

Man, I love BMWs. I have had: 1973 2002, 1976 2002, 1995 m3, 1999 M-coupe, 2000 M5, 2001 M-coupe, 2001 M3, 2001 M5, 2002 M5, and 2006 M5. The 2006 is the only one currently still in the stable, and has been suitably modified to be loud, low and fast(er). I still haven't had an e30 m3, so am always on the look for one. And I would also like to do the sacrilege, put an LS1 in an e36 chasis. lol. Here are a few pictures, only ones I could find on my hard drive at work.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 07:48 AM
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Actually, e34 540 Touring, the only one I know of in the states. I brought it home from Germany after my first tour over there.

Frankly, I love the early BMW more than the new ones. Even the e34 is almost too refined - I really love the raw mechanical feeling of the older ones. A good friends has an e46 M3, and that is a great car for sure, but again, its just so polished.

The wagon no longer wears the Alpinas - those are going on the 6er at some point
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Old April 1st, 2009, 08:37 AM
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Your e24 is beautiful. I get confused on those, but your's should have the m88 in it, correct? e34 touring? Sweet!!

Man, I love BMWs. I have had: 1973 2002, 1976 2002, 1995 m3, 1999 M-coupe, 2000 M5, 2001 M-coupe, 2001 M3, 2001 M5, 2002 M5, and 2006 M5. The 2006 is the only one currently still in the stable, and has been suitably modified to be loud, low and fast(er). I still haven't had an e30 m3, so am always on the look for one. And I would also like to do the sacrilege, put an LS1 in an e36 chasis. lol. Here are a few pictures, only ones I could find on my hard drive at work.
By god, man.. You've had *three* e39 M5s? Sweet jesus. I still only have one. And the check engine light goes on when I make a hard left hander. Then it goes off when I do a u-turn. I love that car more than myself. Maybe even more than my arles blue problem child.
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When people ask me how much I paid for Janey I tell them over $50,000. And it's true. Because I have a 2008 328i sitting in the garage because of it. Keeps my wife happy.

No pictures because honestly the car does nothing for me. It's too small (I'm 6'3" and not exactly skinny), I can't drive it without worrying about it getting dirty, its so quiet I hear high pitch sounds I don't think should exist, etc. Has stupid annoyances like you can't open/close the garage door unless the car is running (what crack head designed that), I'm not impressed with the electronic controls and so on.

Sad, but I'll take my old POS rovers and my trusty honda accord any day over it (and have money left over to buy a few more)
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Old April 1st, 2009, 11:17 AM
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Nice e24 and e34 Jim. I've always love both those vehicles. I've got an '05 545i now and love it, but still really want an e30 m3. I helped a friend of mine rebuild his a few years ago...man I loved driving that car. It felt like a go-cart! I have always loved the e39 body too. I drove an e39 m5 a few miles once, but that is nowhere near enough time in one of those, they are just so much fun.

The 3's are great, but a little small in my opinion. As a dedicated fun car, they are great, but as an everyday car, I really like the 5. I don't know why they would change it Charles, but in my '05 I can open garage doors without the key even being in the ignition.
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i helped my brother pick up and drive back this '86 635CSi from FL to VA about 6 years ago. beautiful inside and out, though it was auto. unfortunately it burned up on the side of the Dulles Toll Rd about 6 months ago.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 02:03 PM
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i also have a 2003 M5, after owning several M3's (1997 lux sedan, 1997 lux sedan stage III Dinan, 2006 M3)

I agree on size, if I had the time and money I'd buy a new m3 coupe and make it a track car, but for a daily driver that still gets your blood going...nothing beats the M5 (including the current, but thats just me as I prefer the past interior to the new style) The 110 is still my baby, i'd give up the m'r in a sec if I had to choose...
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hey jimc - last week i was offered a 1988 e30 m3 with 21k miles. 1-owner with every piece of documentation that it ever came with. he wants $35,000. ooch. i am still dreaming about it.
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ooh. little racerboyz are making it harder and harder to get a nice e30 M3. I think the days of getting a nice one for 12 are long gone. Interestingly, they almost seem to outpace the M6 for pricing.
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Any bimmer fan want my Bav? I need to part ways with it or the porsche. 2k for the bav (includes a set of webers) or $7500 for the porsche.
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You should contact that guy - he's still interested in the bav.
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I think it is near impossible to find a nice e30 m3. Those cars have seriously been subjected to some abuse.

After watching Targa Newfoundland for like the 1000th time I want an M3 powered Bavaria like Bill Arnold.
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Although I've had many dalliances with BMW's - particularly 2002's - I've always found Porsches to be much more distracting. I'm currently restoring my 356 Carrera but I've also got a Kyote dune buggy in work.
All three of these cars were built by Dean Jeffries - famous California customizer...
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What guy?
Jim Neill - I gave you his info a couple months back.
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He never emailed me back.

930 Chase. BIll Arnold is selling Franken Bav last I heard, or you could buy mine
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