E 34 quazy
Hello to all, I am new to this forum and fairly new to BMW's althought I did briefly own a 88 325 & 91 318is (nice cars) most of my experience is in Merc. I assume the basics of Merc ownership apply to BMW. PPI of a subject vech is mandatory. Books and records are preferable. Find a good indy and aviod Factory dealerships at all costs or it may cost you all you have.
I am interested in an E 34 and was wondering what to aviod or what was better. I am looking for a 6 cylinder It is my understanding the V8's are to be avoided. I understand not all were bad and some have been factory replaced but....I've heard the 6 cyl have timing belts and have 30 k replacement intervals? I would prefer manual (getrag) tranny but they seem sparce, are the automatics fairly sturdy? Is there a significant difference (besides the displacement) between the 2.5 and 3.5 engines, Also I am a bit of diy'er (Hans can do the ugly stuff) are the E 34's friendly to a wrench turner? I'll put a cork in it and give everyone a chance to talk. I want to thank all in advance for your insight and knowledge.