E39 530i - issues/weaknesses?

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Right.
Wot - including idler box tie rod and drag links? ;-)
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Dave Plowman (News) wrote:

Yeah, it seems to me that a steering rack weighs a lot more than a RB box. And you still have the tie rods either way, so all you save weight on is the drag link and idler arm.
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John Carrier wrote:

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AFAIK the oil pump bolt issue is M60 only

Only slightly, unless you use all the power all the time...

I'm quite happy with my ALPINA B10 V8's 340bhp coupled to a 5-speed auto. :)
You also get the 280bhp I6 B10 3.3, with optional 6-speed manual...
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My ideal would be the M3 engine, slightly detuned, 6sp and about a 3.46 diff. It could be done, but not inexpensively. Then again, Alpina does not offer their mods inexpensively. Wonderful cars, improving upon "very good" to near perfection ... but not cheap.
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John Carrier wrote:

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A B10 3.3 is close, seems it's just 5-speed though...

...Unless you buy a second hand one:
http://tinyurl.com/bfong
...and there are some B10 V8s for even less.
The only trouble with ALPINAs is their addictiveness. 8)
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