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Thread: Just bought my first E31. Progress thread.

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    Just bought my first E31. Progress thread.

    Hello everyone,

    Long time forum member, new E31 owner. I recently bought a 1995 840Ci. Black with a black interior. 155k. It came with an Eisenmann exhaust that sounds amazing. I have always wanted one of these and it finally happened last weekend. I like to keep progress threads for my cars so I am making one for this car. I am very active in the E34 community (mostly on Facebook now) and have had several E34's (along with many other BMW's). Current E34 stable is a 95 540i M Sport and a 93 525i touring that I have put a lot of time and energy in. The E31 will be no different but it's in awesome shape so I have a good head start with it. I've already read a lot of the FAQ's regarding suspension and whatnot, very helpful

    Here she is. I will get better pics when the weather cooperates.






    Looking forward to chatting with everyone and learning about these.

    Cheers

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    Congrats and welcome. Looks like the PO took good care of her!

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    Its a beaut!

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    Congrats, and welcome to the madness. Once infected, never cured!

    Also think about going to Sharkfest in April - looks like you are from Georga. It is in Spartanburg.
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    Welcome to the family. Nice 8er.
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    Looks identical to mine!! Congrats and welcome

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    Congrats on the buy. Looks nice and clean.
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    Looks like a very nice car. I like the others in your stable too.

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    Congrats!!!!! Pretty smart to join the forum before purchasing an 8 Series. A lot of great info to have before purchasing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hurtwj View Post
    Congrats!!!!! Pretty smart to join the forum before purchasing an 8 Series. A lot of great info to have before purchasing.
    I've been on the forums a long time. This was an impulse buy but it was well cared for so it was a good impulse buy.

    I have been fixing a few little items with the car.

    I replaced the Alpine radio with a CD43 and a bluetooth module that connects to the CD changer port. I also fixed the FM antenna plug since the wire was cut. I crimped, soldered, and heatshrunk the new end on so it should not have an issues in the future. The FM works fine so I can listen to talk radio again. The bluetooth adapter is neat and really makes me happy to retain a stock(ish) radio in the car. The Alpine was a very nice radio but it did not flow well with the rest of the console. I've also been fixing a few other small things like replacing some trim and trunk panels on the front wall of the trunk.


    I also cleaned up the exhaust tips. Pic of the driver side done. I also cleaned the mufflers up as well. They look a lot better.


    I took it to Caffeine and Octane in Atlanta this past weekend as well. The rain held out which was great because who really wants to stand in a parking lot in the rain? A friend owns the MK Motorsport 850i. It's really nice.



    The new 8 Series. It looks okay and I like that BMW angled the dash towards the driver again. It's really big though.


    Some random pics. I currently own a Dinan 95 540i6 M Sport as well. It makes a great cruiser as well but the suspension is modified (handles amazing for a 5er) so it is not as comfortable as the 840. I will probably leave the suspension alone except for parts that wear out and need to be replaced. Driving the E31 has made me appreciate the stock nature of this car. I also found a 96 Atlanta Olympics tag for the front on eBay, I was in Atlanta for the 96 Olympics and BMW was a sponsor so it made perfect sense to put it on the car. More pics.



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    Nice 8er you have there...it should be a rite of passage for every BMW fan to own at least one E31!
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