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Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Paul, Your comment about the E38 HVAC is accurate in my experience. My father purchased one new, a 1996 740iL, that you might recall I helped him sell a couple of years ago. He had it for 18 years, and I drove it a good amount -- actually took it on a long road trip back in 1998 with my wife and kids up to Canada and back over two weeks. It was an amazing vehicle for that trip back then. Anyway, I've found the blower on the E38 makes a lot of noise but moves far, far less air volume than the E39, so it's never a nice comparison to get out of an E39 and try to cool an E38 that's been sitting in the sun on a 95F day. Hey, did you get a 2-post lift for your garage?
Brandon, you've stumbled upon a car that simply soon (maybe now after your purchase!) will not be found anymore. Good job! It looks fantastic and just needs minor cosmetics it appears. What an incredible platform to start with for an S62 project. Congrats! Looking forward to the build progress.
S62-powered E38s are really sweet cars. I'm reminded of when Paul was up here maybe 18 months back with his, and we got into a bit of duel getting onto the Interstate (I was in the M5) while we had a pristine E36 M3 sedan following us for a good ways after C&C. We took off and left him in the dust, and then he pulls up to me at the exit ramp stoplight asking "what in the **** was in that 740i???" He was astounded at the how fast the Paul's 740i opened up the gap on his car.
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Last edited by CSBM5; 23rd August 2016 at 02:21 PM.