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Torque 04-16-2005 02:16 PM

E34: What will break ?
Courtesy of www.bmwe34.net:

1. Self locking bolts on cam oil spray bar. Look for worn camshaft lobes from this.
2. Hood & trunk gas lifts.
3. Front suspension: tie rod ends, ball Joints, possibly struts and bearings. Thrust arm bushings.
4. Sway bar links and bushings. Rear differential mount and rear subframe bushings.
5. Fan clutch on water pump.
6. Brake rotors, pads, sensors, timing belt and tensioner (M20), brake or clutch switch.
7. Exhaust components, usually muffler. O2 sensor.
8. Heater control valve, Fan speed control whether sword or resistor pack. A/C compressor.
9. Differential speed sensor.
10. Clutch, Driveshaft ujoints center bearing guibos.
11. Radiator and hoses. Thermostat.Water pump
12. Doors restraint (the metal bar that stops the door from opening too far) is attached to the very thin metal of the door frame and is starting to fatigue and crack.
13. Gauge cluster, usually capacitors repair for 5.00in parts or purchase 750.00 rebuilt unit.
14. Steering box, excessive play on center, sometimes just an adjustment.
15. Light control module (LKM) repair or replace.
16. Seat cables modified. Arm rest repair. Door panels above armrest coming unglued.Sunroof drains plugging and sunroof seals out of aligment.
17. Wheel bearings front and rear, usually front first. Sealed unit you must buy the entire hub. Cv boots on rear axles.
18. Oil canister (oil filter housing) valve is failing. This is BMW mistake. Canister needs to be changed (M30 engine only).
19. Fuel pump relay and main relay.
20. Glove box latch.
21. Excessive play in shifter handle on automatic. Adjustment.
22. Automatic transmission depending on maintenance.
23. Timing chain tensioner.
24. Fuel pump.
25. Occasionaly an oil pump. Not that common.
26. Occasionaly a headgasket. Common on M30 engine with the coolant that had not been changed every 2 years.
27. After 400k miles, you should change your engine :-)

528man 04-16-2005 11:59 PM

great find

munichman 04-18-2005 10:51 PM

and nikasil V8s...

cainchapman 05-10-2005 05:01 AM

Nikasil is only a problem for you guys in the US. We never had a problem with our Nikasil blocks due to our fuel! Nothing wrong with my M60 ;)

4themasses 05-14-2005 04:51 PM

Is that all......for a minute I was worried....

sp0rk 05-17-2005 04:26 AM

Let me see what I have done on that list...
Wait a minute... Let me see what I haven't done on that list... lol


sp0rk 05-17-2005 04:28 AM


kiwi535 05-20-2005 06:21 AM

That look's awfully familiar....E34.net????Hell a lot of that stuff will go wrong on ANY car....

ooops my bad,I just noticed the aknowledgement :doh

euro driver e34 05-01-2006 09:57 AM

It seems like the U.s. models have all of these engine and suspension problems? Unlike my car which seems to have minor interior electrical problems. But the hinges on the glove boxes are junk it drives me nuts!:angry

c1apton 05-01-2006 10:09 AM


Originally Posted by euro driver e34
It seems like the U.s. models have all of these engine and suspension problems? Unlike my car which seems to have minor interior electrical problems. But the hinges on the glove boxes are junk it drives me nuts!:angry

Suspension -> shitty US roads
E34s have clips that easily come unclipped (on the back side) - super easy fix. Open, align bottom front and feel for molded clips on back and give it a shove. They line right up and clip on small crossbar in back.

Storamin 05-01-2006 12:31 PM

no stock bmw suspension is good. replace immediately.

dinan540 05-01-2006 03:42 PM


Storamin 05-01-2006 03:55 PM


cainchapman 05-02-2006 04:05 AM

The M5 package is a great stock package. Especially with EDC, you can travel in comfort on trips and flick it to stiff for track days and fast twisty stuff.

It is not as good for the track as a well designed package. But it offers a great compromise between both extremes.

euro driver e34 05-02-2006 05:05 AM

Ya, I know all about the clips. But after a year and half the still give me problems. See to get on a military installation you have to get in and out of the box quite often. and I seems to that people like to pull on like it is a pulls out or let it drop. Don't worry, after that I make them walk.

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