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Well she's back:1::1::1:

Took the choo choo to essex to collect her The Faz was there in his 3.8 essex taxi to escort me back to mine.

Rebuilt rear shocks, new mounts, kept springs as only done 6k in 4 years, upgraded rear anti roll bar to touring type, treating of all fuel and brake lines and coated to conserve longevity, replacement of all self levelling parts and pipes, KDS, shims checked and replaced where necessary to spec, microfilter, and i am sure i've missed something:M5thumbs:

The drive home was definately CONNECTED!!:wroom::wroom::wroom: Thank you Faz:applause::applause:

I havent driven the e34 in anger in nearly a year! I have driven her but the SLS has had an intermittent problem when ever the rear was jacked up she would stand up at the rear. I replaced the LSD with a 3.91 earlier in the year and was astonished with the change but never got to fully explore her. :noSMG::noSMG:

Well i took it easy to let her warm up and the roads were surprisingly ok considering the blizzard that was in harrow when i left, i enjoyed the windy road past essex county country club and stopped at the petrol garage and fed the old girl and got the supplementry diet coke and a bar of chocolate to keep the sugar levels up (been working long hours on the run up to christmas). Started her up, temperatures were up and waited for a good gap in the traffic so i could pull out slowly and rip up the road.:M5launch: Approached the roundabout with patience and nailed it! God i have missed this car!:crying:

Well a lot of the roads home are not too exciting but the long on slip for the M11 from stansted was taken with vigour and she never even twitched a bit. I found myself jerking the steering wheel:wroom::wroom: just because i could(not on the slip road). She felt so so planted:rally_drive: love this carmmmmmmmmmmmm

When i got near home i had to take it proper easy due to the snow. She still surpasses every expectation for a 15 year old car with no traction control or any other electronic aids. Have to say that M Gmbh did such a fine job with these it does pay testament to the design and build of such a great car.

So after todays snow she stays off the road til pastures are greener.:crying: what a tease:15::15:

Had the 740i out today and she was vey well behaved even when those around me frustrated, vans driving like ars3holes, mercs just sitting there wheelspinning and 3 idiots even pulling out on me. If i had the e34 i would have the confidence to actually pass them on these crappy roads. Best i didnt then.

Just sharing guys:byee55amg:byee55amg
 

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Well done Steve,

Glad you got home in one piece... cherrsagai

So great to drive the old girl after a bit of TLC...
cant wait to get mine out of winter hibernation in the spring.

On another note..collected my E46-5 (compact) from the New Forrest today
and drove 100 crazy miles on snow filled back roads back to the smoke.
Avoided every (blocked) major M road !

Won't forget that in a hurry !!!

Faz does have a way with the old girls doesn't he... ;)


Safe motoring chaps :flag:
 

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The return of the Mac !

Well done Stevo .......... Glad to hear that you kept the rarer of your 2 M5s and that you are enjoying the classy old treacle again !

Also good to hear that Faz is still looking out for you and working his magic !

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I found the rear Touring ARB one of the most rewarding mods I ever did.

Along with the wider front stance ( my car is about an inch per side wider than e34 M5 on 18"s Para's) , it makes the car much more neutral.
 

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Many thanks guys

So Alan any pics? Specs?? Fun in the snow?:wroom:

David any new steeds?? you seem to have slowed your purchasing prowess on the old girlshiha
 

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Hi Steve ,

Every time the road tax reminders come through the door for each of the 6 vehicles that I currently use on the road , I tell myself , ' Don't buy any more ! '

I rarely see any decent E34 M5s coming up for sale nowadays , to the point that I am seriously considering restoring a couple that I have in my stores !

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I wish I had a FAZ in Texas. Just a single privateer who works from home, and not some over head laden shop with resentful mechanics knowing the head of the shop was boosting their hourly rate. Someone with intimate knowledge of my specific vehicle, accurate parts, repairs, maintenance items...the whole kit.

lucky you
 

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Excellent write up Steve!

My own car has been with Faz for a year now and after reading this I really want it back! (well after the winter weather :santasmile2:)

Like you I miss the old girl and so looking forward to the long drive home :M5rev: She will quite literally be like a new car once Faz has worked his magic and tickled her in all the right places!

Enjoy giving her a good clean and ridding her of all that winter road crud...
 

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I wish I had a FAZ in Texas. Just a single privateer who works from home, and not some over head laden shop with resentful mechanics knowing the head of the shop was boosting their hourly rate. Someone with intimate knowledge of my specific vehicle, accurate parts, repairs, maintenance items...the whole kit.

lucky you
problem is, the demand would be so great the mechanic would either burn out or try to expand the shop thus diluting quality.

These cars take time to maintain. I have thought often about opening something of a M-shop in the US, but the problem is , if you stay on a sub-dealer hourly rate, you'll be working 70hrs a week and not make a dime more than a manager at a bank, which is a much easier and less responsible job.
 

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My own car has been with Faz for a year now and after reading this I really want it back! (well after the winter weather :santasmile2:)
Yikes!!! that's gonna be one hell of a collection of photographs to look thru.... :2:

Steve - Glad the old girl is still giving you smiles, maintenance is key, drive anything around with knackered suspension and it will feel ropey as hell....

The snow is bad up here, its just taken me 10 mins to reverse off my driveway in the Merc....



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Every time the road tax reminders come through the door for each of the 6 vehicles that I currently use on the road , I tell myself , ' Don't buy any more ! '
:hihi: 1 behind you dude, it's painful sometimes, although I'm finding the insurance a serious pain now as well, despite being 45 years old and having several sets of no claims bonus :-(

Problem now is that I want to get a safer / more economical motorhome (ie diesel and with more forward facing seats for european trips planned in 2011), but, they're all longer than my driveway and the neighbours are muttering things about lack of parking on our street...

I rarely see any decent E34 M5s coming up for sale nowadays , to the point that I am seriously considering restoring a couple that I have in my stores !
but then you'll have an even bigger road tax bill...:hihi: and where would we all get spares from?
 

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Counting down,, heading out in the e34 today, been looking forward to it since I left for Ireland on the 22nd. Took the 7 on the road trip to west cork, she was relatively trouble free, just a couple of slides in the very very slippery conditions but she got us through with relative ease and copulas comfort.
 
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