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    Thinking about an M5

    This car has got me thinking... I need an E34 M5.

    http://portland.craigslist.org/clk/ctd/2372306443.html

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    It's probably got somewhat high miles, but it looks like it's been maintained very well. Plus, the thought of having an S38 and a handbuilt car is Click here to enlarge.
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    1977 S30Z

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    Just need to fix that bumper trim and fog light and swap out the low beams to matching ones.
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    An S38 is tits, period.

    If you can swing it, do it.

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    I love that car. We are in the process of rebuilding an s38 for a customer now. The timing chain guide rail pin hole in the block cracked. We ordered an engine block with pistons from BMW. The customer wants it to be stock. Knowing when we ordered this the block BMW only had 2 short blocks in Germany. The first that the dealer delivered to us was crackedClick here to enlarge. We just got the second block yesterday................ And thank you lord it is ok. We will have is pretty car back on the road soon for our customer. Will provide pics later. Oh and the way BMW shipped the block was in a plastic bag in a box. Are you F#$%ing kidding me that is the last one and the box was destroyed by the time it got to our shop. Click here to enlargeClick here to enlargeClick here to enlarge. Good luck on purchasing such a nice car.

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    I almost bought one years ago, wish I had, it was a beautiful car. I just couldn't deal with the parts availability for the S38 being so limited.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Bimmerdude Click here to enlarge
    I almost bought one years ago, wish I had, it was a beautiful car. I just couldn't deal with the parts availability for the S38 being so limited.
    The S38 is special... yes, difficult to source parts but also unique.

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    BTW, if done right, it can look super sexy:

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    Very dope
    JB4LIFE

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ILB6 IF ULB9 Click here to enlarge
    I love that car. We are in the process of rebuilding an s38 for a customer now. The timing chain guide rail pin hole in the block cracked. We ordered an engine block with pistons from BMW. The customer wants it to be stock. Knowing when we ordered this the block BMW only had 2 short blocks in Germany. The first that the dealer delivered to us was crackedClick here to enlarge. We just got the second block yesterday................ And thank you lord it is ok. We will have is pretty car back on the road soon for our customer. Will provide pics later. Oh and the way BMW shipped the block was in a plastic bag in a box. Are you F#$%ing kidding me that is the last one and the box was destroyed by the time it got to our shop. Click here to enlargeClick here to enlargeClick here to enlarge. Good luck on purchasing such a nice car.
    Thanks for the info, that's crazy! That's the stuff I would be scared about.

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    BTW, if done right, it can look super sexy:

    +1, love the subtle class these M5s have.

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    I almost bought one years ago, wish I had, it was a beautiful car. I just couldn't deal with the parts availability for the S38 being so limited.
    Yeah, I agree, that is the part that scares me. Love the motor, but the price for replacement parts/maintenance is worrisome.
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    I was thinking about selling my current car and going for it, but I hate to jump out mid project. Plus this would be my only car! Scary thought.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 503Alex Click here to enlarge
    I was thinking about selling my current car and going for it, but I hate to jump out mid project. Plus this would be my only car! Scary thought.
    The S38 you have to be able to maintain. Cost of the car is one thing... parts ARE NOT cheap or plentiful.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    The S38 you have to be able to maintain. Cost of the car is one thing... parts ARE NOT cheap or plentiful.
    True, it's like what uninformed 308/328 buyers find out after they purchase their car for cheap. I can imagine the parts make the S54 look cheap.
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    An E34 with an M5X motor would make more sense but unfortunately it wouldn't feel special enough to swap my car for unless it was turbo'd.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 503Alex Click here to enlarge
    An E34 with an M5X motor would make more sense but unfortunately it wouldn't feel special enough to swap my car for unless it was turbo'd.
    If someone intends to swap might as well start with an E34 that isn't an M5.

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    S38 + ITB = Click here to enlarge
    But i never liked E34 body shape, the boot lid is too long, E28 is my favorite 5er so far.

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    Yeah, to be fair, the car I was looking at was also:

    Daytona violet
    2 tone BMW individual microsuede (or whatever they called it) interior
    S38b38 (aka a grey market car)

    I figured not only would I not be able to afford S38b36 parts, but if anything happened that was unique to the s38b38 I was screwed. I wasn't near the mechanic I am now, nor did I have the position in life to support the car, but any car like this can become a tough car to daily pretty fast.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
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    But i never liked E34 body shape, the boot lid is too long, E28 is my favorite 5er so far.
    E39 is my fave but they are all beautiful prior to the E60.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Bimmerdude Click here to enlarge
    Yeah, to be fair, the car I was looking at was also:

    Daytona violet
    2 tone BMW individual microsuede (or whatever they called it) interior
    S38b38 (aka a grey market car)

    I figured not only would I not be able to afford S38b36 parts, but if anything happened that was unique to the s38b38 I was screwed. I wasn't near the mechanic I am now, nor did I have the position in life to support the car, but any car like this can become a tough car to daily pretty fast.
    Only good part out of what you listed is Daytona Violet.

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