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post #11 of 20 Old 13th September 2010, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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That wheel looks like it has been retrimmed. E 36 M3's and many E34 M5's had that style wheel but without the fancy leather and stitching. A custom job.

I was in TN recently, and saw so few BMW's it make me sick. Too many trucks and dull US cars.
Hmmm... thanks for the info on the wheel.

This part of TN is full of BMWs, where were you? We're in "East Tennessee" (there are 3 Tennessees you know, East, Mid, and West), a little south of Knoxville.

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post #12 of 20 Old 13th September 2010, 05:56 PM
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I was in Nashville, Memphis and then down to dry Lynchburg!!! Was doing the tourist route. Never did get that far east! Great roads even though you are in NASCAR territory!!!

"Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn-out,shouting, 'Holy sh*t! What a ride!'"

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That steering wheel is the "Euro" version, we didn't get that design in the states. I bought and installed one in my daily driver E36 328i. It was a direct fit in that car, but I think it only fits E34s after 1994.

As legacy said, the one from your picture is a custom retrim, likely from this ebay seller: eBay My World - tainik
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Sweet ride...

I just moved to Knoxville myself and I just bought an M5 so maybe I'll see you around.
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It's been almost a year since I posted here... I got a bit downhearted concerning the car after a series of heavy thunderstorms damaged it (hail sucks).

Nonetheless, the car is a blast to drive. I have most of what I need to repair and repaint it, but we're a bit short on funds at the moment so it will have to wait. In the meantime, I drive it as much as I can (I'm a house-husband and writer, so I don;t drive everyday).

As to the interior, it is light gray (whatever BMW called it).

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Hail M5s

I lost my 330Ci convertible to a hail storm. Massive hail, just when I moved to Knoxville from Harrisburg, PA. I loved that car. After I bought my M5 I rented a garage and I am completely paranoid with every storm. My apartment is luckily right next to the garage facility. I also have another car (1995 BMW 325i convertible) but only one garage, so one car has to whether the storms. I'll post some pictures sometime. The hail was well over an inch in diameter. It was about the size of tangerines and there was A LOT of it. The ground was covered with about an inch of ice, mostly shattered ice balls.
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I lost my 330Ci convertible to a hail storm. Massive hail, just when I moved to Knoxville from Harrisburg, PA. I loved that car. After I bought my M5 I rented a garage and I am completely paranoid with every storm. My apartment is luckily right next to the garage facility. I also have another car (1995 BMW 325i convertible) but only one garage, so one car has to whether the storms. I'll post some pictures sometime. The hail was well over an inch in diameter. It was about the size of tangerines and there was A LOT of it. The ground was covered with about an inch of ice, mostly shattered ice balls.
The truth is, we really lucked out. While we need a new roof on both the house and the garage (going on this fall after the weather breaks), and all three of our cars were damaged, no one was injured, no one was killed, and we still have a house (there were quite a number of tornadoes associated with this storm).

Of the three cars, the M is the only one whose damage actually bothers me. My old Grand Wagoneer actually looks a little tougher with the few extra dings, and my wife's SLK230 already had a plethora of minor dings and scrapes from her commute back when we lived in the Maryland/Washington D.C. area.

I have already purchased a new hood, and a good used R/F fender (wing for you Europeans), moon roof, and trunk lid (boot lid). This leave me with only a handful of hail damage on the roof to fix.

Since the car will now forever have "Hail Damage" on its record, I decided to change to the wide grill and hood. I know this isn't original, but I simply love the wider grills. Besides, unless some nitwit destroys the thing (got to love idiot drivers), I have no plans on selling it. It's simply too much fun!

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