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Im Al, a 43 year old ex pat Aussie living in Scotland.
Have been a fan of the E34 since it was released and have owned one or two, but have always hankered after an M5.
Finally sorted my hankering a month or so ago and added one to my garage :)
Am sorting the odd niggles on it at the moment that some people neglect (OBC Bulbs, trim clips etc etc etc) as she doesn't need any major work doing as yet, but will be rebuilding it as and when time permits. ALthough one job needed when i get a min is to switch the front drivers side and rear passenger side trims around as it's starting to bug me now :) )
Other items in the garage include a E34 520 couple of 1000cc sports bikes, couple of 600cc race bikes, Husaberg 650, Yam TTR600, a '93 mini fully stripped and being rebuilt from the ground up, and about 10 boxes of BSA bits and bobs that will eventually build into 3 bikes............ trouble is the lack of time available to tackle the outstanding jobs to get to the fun rebuilding stuff :confused:
 

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Hey everyone. I just recently purchased an e34 m5 after having owned an e36 sedan for a few years. Also have a 69 beetle and 90 mustang gt convertible.

Other than cars I have a fondness for exiting aircraft while they are in flight.



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Hi all,

I thought I would introduced myself.
My name is Rudyn and I live and work in Jakarta.

Sorry no M5 yet for me but I currently have E34 M52B28 5 speed manual. You can say I am a car enthusiast especially when it comes to E34 (don't ask me why ... haha)

Looking forward to keep an E34 M5 in my garage someday, after I finished building my house and garage of course
 

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Hi all,

I thought I would introduced myself.
My name is Rudyn and I live and work in Jakarta.

Sorry no M5 yet for me but I currently have E34 M52B28 5 speed manual. You can say I am a car enthusiast especially when it comes to E34 (don't ask me why ... haha)

Looking forward to keep an E34 M5 in my garage someday, after I finished building my house and garage of course
E34 is one of the nicest to daily drive cars ever built , it does everything well.

In Jakarta the cooling systems are a bit marginal but we have found a solution to that , twin electric fans
 

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Hi all,

I thought I would introduced myself.
My name is Rudyn and I live and work in Jakarta.

Sorry no M5 yet for me but I currently have E34 M52B28 5 speed manual. You can say I am a car enthusiast especially when it comes to E34 (don't ask me why ... haha)

Looking forward to keep an E34 M5 in my garage someday, after I finished building my house and garage of course
welcome

We look forward to seeing the pictures of your M5 when you buy one!
 

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i own e34 m20 , i always imagine this car magically turn to e34 m5
That's how my M5 journey started, an E34 520 MT back in 2004, then I found a real M5 at a good price in 2012.

The E34 M60V8 MT can be made into a very nice car also.

My 530i V8 5 speed now has M5 brakes and front struts and I have an M60B40 waiting to go in. The brake upgrade has made a big difference.

In fact the M60 is a much better option for daily driving in Jakarta , uses half the fuel (5.5km / L compared to the M5 at 2.5 to 3.5 km / L in traffic) and it will happily sit stuck in a traffic jam at 600rpm idle , the M5 isn't good in Jakarta's traffic jams , the engine doesn't like sitting and idling in hot weather.

The M5 is a GREAT car but it's expensive and difficult to maintain in Indonesia , we are having to do most of the maintenance on them now ourselves with our own team.

An M60B40 and chip or M60/M62B44 hybrid in your existing E34 will give you M5 performance without the maintenance problems

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Hello Forum

I am Lim, and I'm 32. Live east of San Francisco, and I've recently acquired a 1993 M5 with nearly 260,000 miles!

The vehicle was purchased with a toasted transmission. After scouring Craiglist for a few weeks, I managed to find a G280 in Seattle. With its condition unknown I Paypalled the seller, and had him ship it over. The install of the transmission and a few seals went very smoothly. I am happy to say, after 700+ miles, the car still runs impressively healthy. The vehicle had passed California emissions with almost no emission readings from the tail pipe!

There are many many things that need to be repaired or replaced, but it's what happens when you buy an older vehicle. This is my second E34, my first being a 95 530i in Alpine. I sold the car about 6 years ago, and came across this one at a price I couldn't refuse.

I currently have an E46 M3, Toyota Corolla (AE86), Acura RSX, and last but not least this E34 M5.





I'm looking to rebuild the SLS suspension through suggestions of this forum. I've contacted the guys over in Poland, and I've reached out to my friends at 002 Salvage for a pair of new accumulators. The whole front end needs to be done, but I wanted to take care of all the leaks first.
 

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That's how my M5 journey started, an E34 520 MT back in 2004, then I found a real M5 at a good price in 2012.

The E34 M60V8 MT can be made into a very nice car also.

My 530i V8 5 speed now has M5 brakes and front struts and I have an M60B40 waiting to go in. The brake upgrade has made a big difference.

In fact the M60 is a much better option for daily driving in Jakarta , uses half the fuel (5.5km / L compared to the M5 at 2.5 to 3.5 km / L in traffic) and it will happily sit stuck in a traffic jam at 600rpm idle , the M5 isn't good in Jakarta's traffic jams , the engine doesn't like sitting and idling in hot weather.

The M5 is a GREAT car but it's expensive and difficult to maintain in Indonesia , we are having to do most of the maintenance on them now ourselves with our own team.

An M60B40 and chip or M60/M62B44 hybrid in your existing E34 will give you M5 performance without the maintenance problems

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Its hard to imagine with only 2 years apart and today the price of M5 in Indonesia has doubled? :sad2:

I agree with setting up a DIY workshop for these M5s, definitely can save hundreds of dollar if not thousands.

How is the clutch on the M60? I am guessing it is much lighter than an M5, but people here would think you are crazy enough to drive a manual in Jakarta's traffic jams.

M60B40 is that a whole new engine coming in? I can sense a 540 in the making :)
 

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Its hard to imagine with only 2 years apart and today the price of M5 in Indonesia has doubled? :sad2:
In the Jakarta car market it's still a performance car bargain, what else can you buy for IDR 250 to 350 million (US$20 to $30k) that performs like an M5 ?

The other reason is that a lot of the 'cheap' M5s 2 years ago needed at least IDR 100 to 150 million spent on them (including my M5) , when the owners couldn't sell them they fixed them , this is one reason the asking prices are so much higher.


I agree with setting up a DIY workshop for these M5s, definitely can save hundreds of dollar if not thousands.
The workshop is shared with Taffy another M5board member , between us we have 3 E34 M5s, E38 750iL, E34 530i, Lambo LM002 and we get the occasional E30 M3 coming in for favors (valve shim adjustment). One full time and one part time mechanic. We can control the work and no parts get stolen or swapped out for junk which can happen at other workshops. In the last 2 years it's saved tens of thousands especially on the Lambo. Sometimes it looks like a 1990s BMW dealer workshop.


How is the clutch on the M60? I am guessing it is much lighter than an M5, but people here would think you are crazy enough to drive a manual in Jakarta's traffic jams.
Clutch on the M60 and the M5 are about the same , I don't like automatics and I don't use a driver anymore (they are pains in the ***). Yes everyone thinks I'm at least eccentric if not full on crazy anyway.

M60B40 is that a whole new engine coming in? I can sense a 540 in the making :)
Yes , M60B40 engine swap and a complete repaint and mid life clean up and overhaul.

The engines are hard to find here, I found one in Bandung which was imported from Singapore. How many E34 540s are there in Indonesia ?

I only know of one which is a black automatic ex UK embassy car.

There's been a few B40 and B44 engine swaps done into some E28s here already.
 

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Hello all! My name is Kennan, I am 19 years old from Cleveland, Ohio, and I also do some work with E39Source; I'm the guy that says "Nice 540 bro" in the 'Sh*t E39 Owners Say' video haha.

Outside of E39s, I am really into Formula One (hence the attached picture..Senna Sempre), watches, traveling, great restaurants (often small, niche and reasonably priced ones are the best), great music (I'm a huge Black Keys fan), and mechanical things. I have three mottos that I adhere to: work hard, be polite, and everything will be alright (a saying I heard a lot when I was a little kid); trust your gut; and life is too short for boring cars and bad food. I am young, and I understand that I do not have a lot of life experience, but I have found that these mottos have gotten me along rather well, and I hope they continue to do so in the future!

Even though I am young to own a BMW of any kind, I understand that I am extraordinarily fortunate and I am incredibly grateful, never taking a moment with my 525 for granted, even though it is an entry-level E39. It is truly my baby since I have bonded so much working on it myself and finding ways to spend nice portions of my paychecks on maintenance. My car has literally saved my life before as it helped me avoid an out-of-control motorcyclist this past summer. I hate to wax lyrical and all, and I understand that it is a material thing, but I have a very strong attachment to my E39. I am very happy to be a part of the E39 community. I am relatively new to M5Board, but I am working towards becoming a more active member. And yes, I do intend on having an M5 in my garage next to my 525 someday. I figure that is a really nice weekend car-daily driver combination!

I am really excited to be on the Board, and I hope to meet some more people at Timmayfest this year. See you guys elsewhere on the forum!

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In the Jakarta car market it's still a performance car bargain, what else can you buy for IDR 250 to 350 million (US$20 to $30k) that performs like an M5 ?

The other reason is that a lot of the 'cheap' M5s 2 years ago needed at least IDR 100 to 150 million spent on them (including my M5) , when the owners couldn't sell them they fixed them , this is one reason the asking prices are so much higher.

The workshop is shared with Taffy another M5board member , between us we have 3 E34 M5s, E38 750iL, E34 530i, Lambo LM002 and we get the occasional E30 M3 coming in for favors (valve shim adjustment). One full time and one part time mechanic. We can control the work and no parts get stolen or swapped out for junk which can happen at other workshops. In the last 2 years it's saved tens of thousands especially on the Lambo. Sometimes it looks like a 1990s BMW dealer workshop.

Clutch on the M60 and the M5 are about the same , I don't like automatics and I don't use a driver anymore (they are pains in the ***). Yes everyone thinks I'm at least eccentric if not full on crazy anyway.

Yes , M60B40 engine swap and a complete repaint and mid life clean up and overhaul.
The engines are hard to find here, I found one in Bandung which was imported from Singapore. How many E34 540s are there in Indonesia ?
I only know of one which is a black automatic ex UK embassy car.
There's been a few B40 and B44 engine swaps done into some E28s here already.
Sounds like a dream workshop, I love 90s :eek:oohhh:

Can't wait too see the update with the M60B40 engine swap. I'm thinking there is no need to change the car's engine registration

I agree with pricing and also if you sell back the M5 is not going to depreciate much, and sometimes even you can get a higher price

I am guessing the population of 540s is even less than M5s here in Indonesia
 

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Sounds like a dream workshop, I love 90s :eek:oohhh:

Can't wait too see the update with the M60B40 engine swap. I'm thinking there is no need to change the car's engine registration

I agree with pricing and also if you sell back the M5 is not going to depreciate much, and sometimes even you can get a higher price

I am guessing the population of 540s is even less than M5s here in Indonesia
E34 540 , I've only ever seen a photo of one with B reg here in Jakarta

Here's a photo of the private workshop.
 

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I'll throw a real quick reply in. I'm Jeremy, a 36 year old truck driver, have the job every CDL driver dreams of, lots of miles (535 miles a day, 59 cents/mile), dedicated run, home daily! Former US Marine, with a wife and two small kids, and one on the way! Don't have time for hobbies these days, but when the kids are older its back to car shows and lots of hiking!
 

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Hello,

My name is Al. I live in Maryland with my wife, 2 teenage sons, 2 Chihuahuas and a Rottweiler. Believe it or not, the smallest chihuahua is the alpha. LOL.

I happen to join this forum because I got the go ahead from my wife to purchase any car I want as long as it's nicer than the cars that I've owned in the past. I've been the type to purchase cheaper cars due to me trying to be sensible about my purchase. My chevy cobalt with over 250,000 miles finally quit on me, so my wife made me donate the car so she wouldn't have to see it and so I wouldn't fix it. LOL. I am now in the market for an M5. I have yet to decide whether to get an E34 or an E39. I've put questions out on this forum on their opinions on what I should get. I really like the E34s, but won't rule out a nice looking E39 if the price is right. I'm currently working out of state, but plan on returning home at the end of March to make my purchase.

I'm 48 years old, originally from San Diego, California. Me and the family just love living in Maryland and seeing what there is to see on the east coast. I think it will be even more enjoyable driving to all these sites from behind the wheel of my future M5. I can't wait!
 

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Welcome Al !

Model choice depends upon desire + intended function / need.

The E39 owners say thier cars are the best daily drivers, but, that doesnt mean the E34 isnt capable or good for daily duties.

The E34 owners say their cars are the best driving experience, but, that doesnt mean the E39 isnt a good driving experience, as it certainly is a fantastic car!

I love my E34 3.6l and doubt I will ever want to sell it.

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Hi Al, I'm new here also, but not new to BMW's. My Grandfather gave me the bug when I spent all my time, beginning around 8 years old, in his shop in Bremerhaven, Germany. That's around 1972. I now live in Santa Barbara, CA and own Porsche/ BMW shop. Working on BMW's has been most of my life. Owned many. My E34 M5 I have for almost two years and it's probably the best all around. I have an E34 525 Touring and it's the best work horse, most reliable by far, ( 210k miles). I own a 1987 Porsche 911, definitely best sports/ track car, but the M5 is the most lively, useable, 4 door I've had. I think it's livelier than the E39 V8. The E39 is maybe a little more refined, maybe a little quieter,... But the E34 is just a littler more livelier. ( You just need to fix the door panels, which I've done with fake suede and a lock stich awl). My BMW specialist, Luke, owns an E39 540 with a 6- speed. He argues it's better than a M5 all around.
Personally I'd say go for an E34. Best if you can drive both. What ever you do, have a professional look at it first. Go to BIMRS.org to find a BMW shop.
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I think that's the point of this thread, and thanks for bringing us back to that!

I'm Chris Powell, own and beat piss out of a '91 M5. I'm a pro BMW specialist master tech for a living , I teach for BMWCCA , have taught for Skip and for Brands Hatch Racing in England, teaching for decades

BK05921 spends 12 days or more on the racetrack, each year, generally sideways at less than 7 degrees.

Other passions or hobbies? Well, there's 5 wonderful cats, and 5 Drymarchon couperi . (Go ahead, Google that ;) ) Um, the girl, unfortunately, has no connection to me. (Wish she did....;) )
 

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