Ive made a reply on your other post about buying a 3.8
Its a bit tongue in cheek but I think applies to both your posts..
I depends somewhat on your school of thought about what it takes to run an E34 M5 & stay on top of it.
Only had mine 2 weeks and the clutch is shot already!! (1991 3.6 M5, 86,000 miles on the clock in kms [137,000ish kms]) But it was very stiff when i test drove it so it was used as a negotiation point - even my BMW specialist thought I'd get more out of it than that before it gave up!! Perhaps i've been a bit heavy on the usage!!
Aparantly he reckons he can get a new BMW part all fitted for under £600 - which is good I think, considering allegedly the clutch part was originally £750 a while back!!
While its in I'm getting the front thrust arm bushes replaced, and a throttle switch.
Hopefully this is not the beginning of an expensive run of repairs!!!
- Alternator twice
- Rear chocks
- A/C converter
- Propeller shaft
- Drive shaft
- New dashboard (the old one was in leather and it shrunk and snappet the dash!)
- Rust. Two new front wings and one rear wing (RH). Rust repair on all four doors
Then you will have to add all the things that normally gets worn out. The total cost of service and repair over the 7 years I have had the car is in the range of $30.000. I have driven that car 130.000 km (as reference).
I am about to replace the break disks and pads and to re-align the throttel butterflies and to re-condition the leather interior.
Ps. By the way, I will probably get my E39 M5 back tomorrow after a 2½ month stand still. I´t will have a new engine since the old one cracked. It is now clear that BMW will pay for the engine and I will "only" have to pay 25% of the labor. The rest is picked up by my insurance company.
I will do it myself. I bought the necessary "things" from leatherique in the US. www.leatherique.com Since I only have had one car for some time (reason stated above) I have not had the possibility to put the E34 in the garage and strip out the interior. I will document the reconditioning and post it when done. May take a while since the motorbike, golf and sailing season is here now
3 EDC dampers at 98k
Rear discs at 98k too
Propshaft coupling at 130k
Front discs and wheel bearings at 132k
Clutch slave at 139k
Self levelling suspension pipes at 139k and
the aforementioned supersprint exhaust at 139k too.
It may have had a clutch at some time but otherwise engine, box, drivetrain and everything else all untouched. I think the front ball joints are on the way out now though - looks like mine's had a bit of a crisis at 130-140k, still I think that's most of the pricey stuff out of the way and I do fix it all myself?