I'll leave the trashing to others (they're doing quite well) and emphasize
Dave's statement above. THERE ARE NO BODY PANELS AND OTHER
STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS IN COMMON BETWEEN THE TWO MODELS.
Well, maybe the sunroof...
Nah, anything is possible. What this guy really wants to do is
something like this:
Yes, that's a honda outfitted with BMW grill and headlight, so IT CAN
I say do and qualify for JIMMY"S NIGHTMARE:
I believe the grill swap from the early E34 to the later E34 is quite easy
and IMO a big visual improvement. Not an answer to your question, but
another option, unless your Touring is already a later model.
I'm not certain, but I saw reference on an aussie site to 1992, while on
another I've seen reference to 1994/95. Perhaps someone more familiar with
the E34 can confirm?
I believe it was shortly after the introduction of Vanos, but again am not
certain. According to the bmwE34.net website, the conversion is perhaps not
as easy as I believed.
Also possible that the wider grill was introduced across different model
years depending on the market.
It was in the makeover year of model year '93 or '94 (in the US - YMMV).
The M30 3.5L I6 went away to be replaced by the 3.0L & 4.0L V8's,
and the 2.5L (and 2.0L in other countries) got VANOS. Initially,
the width of the grill and the trim (body color or chrome) differentiated
the V8's; they later just went to the same size. Silliness.
FloydR '01 525i
Mine, in the UK, built in Nov '94, has the later grill, but I have seen cars
with '94 reg'ns, with the narrower grille.
From that, my guess would be that the changeover took place in late '93.
Assuming of course that the cars I saw were not earlier cars reg'd late. :-)
AFAIK UK vanity plates can't carry a later year related reg'n No than the
cars original reg'n date. IOW you can't have a '94 reg'n plate on say, an
'89 car, but you could have an '89 plate on a '94 car.
Possible? Perhaps... but why would you?
The E34 is a modern classic (though not a shark nose) BMW front end that
gets plenty of notice as is. The E39 is a much plainer, more bulbous
affair that is far less unique IMO.
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