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Posted by Bill B. on August 29, 2001 at 14:12:16:

In Reply to: D'oh now I've done it (long-ish) posted by DW on August 29, 2001 at 13:50:30:


Last week, I became the proud newest owner of a '95 525i (it's an automatic but that can be dealt with at a later time ;-) Against my better judgment, I bought the car everyone told me not to: high mileage with unknown service history (still have to run the vin through BMW though). Sure enough, pretty much every single item that "will break" is broken, but I got the car cheap and I view working on my cars as a hobby. I haven't been intimidated by the beemer yet, though I admit I've never seen a car with so many control boxes stuffed behind every trim panel :-) In addition to needing the dreaded front suspension components and rotors, and guibo, I also need some of the exterior trim items: RH rear door trim, rear bumper center trim, RH front & rear parking lights, and the LH grill & grill trim (the shiny part) (and some other stuff too). Much to my chagrin, it seems that the '95 "wide" grill parts aren't available from the aftermarket suppliers I've checked. So, to avoid taxing the patience of this fine group any further, my point is: who's the best/cheapest place to get a) used parts b) new parts. I have searched through the forums and the web and have been inundated by the results. There must be somebody who stands above the rest, i.e., a dealer who does mail order and gives discounts, or a salvage yard specializing in e34's. Also, when I go to replace the suspension components, I've been warned to watch out for cheap imitations. Is there any such thing as a cheap imitation made in Germany, or should I just be avoiding Chinese (etc.) parts?

Thanks much and I look forward to contributing to the forums as I become more knowledgeable about e34's.

Tallahssee Florida, USA

First off, welcome to E34 land. You'll love it. Second, a beemer is a two-wheeled BMW, most often called motorcycles (or what an 80's yuppie would refer to our beloved Bavarian beauties as), whereas a BIMMER has been known and loved since before the 2002. Not trying to scold, just trying to help you along.

There, that being settled, surely you are a BMWCCA member, right? That automatically gets you a 10% discount at most dealers, 15% at some. Assuming you spend more than $350 at the dealer per year, and get a 10% discount, there, it's paid for itself already, right?

Try www.circlebmw.com, vines, just type "bmw dealers" into your search engine and see what comes up for online dealers. I live in NC and prefer Performance BMW in Chapel Hill, although I have dealt with Leith in Raleigh (reluctantly).

As far as parts go, try Bavarian Autosport (www.bavauto.com), BMA Auto Parts (www.bmaautoparts.com), Zygmunt (www.zygmunt.com), to name a few. You will probably find that BMA can find most anything you need, even new stuff, and can get it to you slightly above cost.

Keep your eyes peeled here for issues pertaining to your car. Lots of us have the newer E34's, and they're just starting to experience the problems the folks with earlier E34's have already encountered two or three times.

Bill B.
another '95 525ia, welcoming you aboard!



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