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I think I'm going to scrap my E34 520i but the engine is still in good nick. How much is it worth, including manual gearbox?
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3 or 400? You'll also get a few pennies for ecu, radiator, bumpers, lights, driver's seat (if unworn), leather steering wheel (some E34s had plastic), fog lights, etc.
If it's zinnobar red and has rust free front wings I'm interested.
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Unfortunately, although the wings are rust free, one of them (offside) bears, ahem, slight impact damage (a deep enough dent to be not worth repairing, but hasn't done any major damage to the car). The car is Granite Silver.
Is this the place to sell bits, or should I eBay them? Not 100% sure the car is going to be scrapped, but the rear suspension has been playing up for a while and I don't think the car is worth repairing as apparently it's a bugger of a job
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Robin wrote: but the rear suspension has been

Find out here. Sell it complete on ebay for spares/repairs rather than scrap it.
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E34 rear suspension isn't that hard or expensive to repair, although some jobs require two floor jacks and a bit of manipulating.
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My local garage said that replacing the subframe bushing was a complete pain in the arse. I've looked at the procedure and apparently you need a special BMW tool. I don't mind most jobs on the car, but without ramps or indoor working facilities, getting underneath is a bit of a pain. When I changed the front suspension I had to take the shocks to the garage to get the springs compressed.
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My independant charges 120 quid to replace them. See my site's garage review page for a local independant with the right tools :-)
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You don't need a spring compressor for the rear shocks - just undo them with a bit of weight on them. When re-assembling, just push down on the top with two hands and use your third hand to start the nut that holds them all together (or ask the wife to help). A hammer can be substituted for most BMW special tools, and a pry-bar or bent screwdriver for the more delicate tasks.
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I replaced the dampers on a pair of E34 touring shocks recently. You definitely need some form of spring compressors.
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Agreed. It's only 3 series that tend to have separate rear shocks and springs.
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Spring compressors aren't expensive - although for a one off the garage might have been cheaper. But you have to know how to use them safely.
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Having seen the difference in the spring compressors you can buy from the likes of Machine Mart etc. and the industrial ones the garage had, I was glad I let them do it. Not sure whether it's worth the money as I think I've damaged the whole subframe of the car in my recent "crash" which could well fail an MOT. It's a shame as it's been a great car otherwise
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Dave Plowman (News) wrote:

Yabut, it ain't rocket science Dave. I mean... you have to be carefull when using scissors too...
I got my spring compressors at a local parts jobber for ~30. Used then 5 or 6 times now and they are still in reat shape. Just need to keep the screw shafts well greased and take it slow.
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Heh heh.

Yup. Although I'd admit to using 4 per spring. Two be sure to be sure. ;-)
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