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Post by Bayerische » Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:23 pm

While I was doing the work to the car, my friend John called over in my old 635CSi. It was great to see my old Royal blue highline looking as good as the day I sold it.

Perfect opportunity for a photo.....
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Post by bmsixer » Thu Feb 28, 2008 4:11 am

Hi Bayerische

I love your car. She's a beauty. It turns out I had noticed the ad for this car when it was advertised in July last year. In the pics it was wearing what look like 17" two-piece BBS. But I see in your pics, she is wearing the original TRX. Did you change them back?

Cheers

(PS - I can post the link to the ad, if you like.)

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Post by MrE » Thu Feb 28, 2008 5:06 am

Its not anal at all, I want to replace the seatbelts in my 6er too, for the same reasons!

I just gotta find some!
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Post by Bayerische » Thu Feb 28, 2008 3:57 pm

bmsixer wrote:Hi Bayerische

I love your car. She's a beauty. It turns out I had noticed the ad for this car when it was advertised in July last year. In the pics it was wearing what look like 17" two-piece BBS. But I see in your pics, she is wearing the original TRX. Did you change them back?

Cheers

(PS - I can post the link to the ad, if you like.)
Hi bmsixer,

Thanks for your kind words, yes the car was sold with a set of BBS alloys and the original alloys. I wanted to keep the car 100% original and the TRX tyres that came with the car were in good shape. The vendor needed a set of BBS alloys for another six he was selling, so we did a deal and I sold the BBS wheels back to him. It suited me fine as I did not really want the BBs wheels. The car doesn't do alot of miles so I wont be spending a fortune every year on Michelin TRX tyres.

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Post by Bayerische » Thu Feb 28, 2008 4:07 pm

amibuggnu wrote:Its not anal at all, I want to replace the seatbelts in my 6er too, for the same reasons!

I just gotta find some!
To get a set Ellis that are not faded might be a problem unless you buy brand new ones from BMW. They are still available for all sixes. Beware there are about 3 different types and I only got the proper ones for my car on the 3rd attempt, sport memory seats as opposed to just sport seats, there are different ones again for comfort seats.

It was a last resort for me as it was an expensive exercise (?230/305 euro). I tried to clean the old ones up to no avail. Some one suggested that T Cut might revive the old ones but it did not work. I have to say though I am very happy with the results of the new belts.

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Re: The last M635CSI

Post by Bayerische » Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:52 am

Thread revival!!

After 11 years of ownership and 10 years since I posted on this thread, it's time for an update.

I am updating this thread as I have recently been reacquainted with this car. I have been living/working abroad for the last 6 years, and in that time the car has been sitting in my garage under a car cover feeling a little unloved. Each time I was home (about every 3 to 4 months) I would take it for a long drive to warm the oils through and exercise all moving parts. I also had the oil and coolant changed while I was away. It did cross my mind when I moved away that perhaps I should sell the car rather than having it sitting idle, but that thought only lasted for about 30 seconds and I am so glad that I decided to keep the car....it's a fantastic car that I would have hugely regretted selling.

I have now returned home full time and it was evident that no.524 needed some TLC after her hibernation, Works carried out:

Inspection II service.
Rebuilt starter motor.
4 x Caliper rebuilt.
New flexible brake hoses ( very expensive )
New chrome door and sill trim ( very expensive )
New BMW battery
New HT Leads ( stupidly expensive )
New rotor arm and distributor cap
New pax door elec window switch
New AFM rubber hose
New coolant reservoir
Fuel pump relay
Wash, clay bar and wax.

After all that work, the car is now running great. I have been driving the car for the last week and it is driving and looking superb. I have re-bonded with this car again as it was a case of out of sight out of mind. In my 11 years of ownership I have only put 3500 miles on the car. The car just rolled over 68,000 miles this week. I have put 300 miles on the car this week alone as I just couldn't stop driving it, and it feels all the better for being driven.

2009 was an expensive year of ownership for the car. When I purchased the car in 2007, the previous owner had put a stainless steel exhaust on the car. It was a good quality exhaust but I prefer the look and sound of the OEM exhaust. A new OEM exhaust was ordered at a cost of about €1300!! Ron now has my old SS exhaust. I hope it is still serving him well.

Later that year, the head gasket blew, which is very unusual for an M88 engine. As the head was coming off anyway, it made sense to change the valve guide seals, timing chain, tensioner and chain guides. Including transport from Ireland to the UK specialist who carried out the work, parts and labour, that came to over €4000...............The M635 is NOT a cheap car to run and maintain properly!!!

I made contact with the original owner of the car in 2014. I had a good long conversation with his son, who actually picked up the car from the factory in Munich in 1989 at the ripe old age of 19!!

As it was the very last M Powered E24 off the production line I wondered if there was any fanfare from BMW when he was handed the keys. " Absolutely nothing" he said.... "They met me in a car park near the Dingolfing factory late at night and handed me the keys and paperwork". He also assured me that he ran the engine in correctly on his drive home from Munich to Jersey. When I was 19 years old I still had a Raleigh racing bike, I can't imagine what it must have been like to be handed the keys to a brand new M635CSi at just 19 years of age!!!. Hopefully, he will be traveling to Ireland in the near future and he will get to drive his fathers old car one more time. It was great to chat to the guy that actually picked the car up from the factory and get further insight into the history of the car.

That pretty much brings you up to date with what has happened to the car over the past 10 years. I took a few photos this week while I was re bonding with the car in the same location that the photos were taken 11 years ago.

I have done my best to keep this car as original as it left the factory in March of 1989.

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Post by Stoffie » Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:54 am

Great story! They are such awesome cars, cant wait to get mine back on the road after more than 3 years sitting idle.
The M88/3 was all about power, no cats. At idle the raw fuel from the exhaust will make your eyes water like an old V-8 powered muscle car's exhaust did.

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Post by ozbmwnut » Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:41 am

Absolutely beautiful.
3/1986 Complianced, Aust delivered E24. Bronzit with Pearl Beige.
Garage buddies: E9 3.0 csi Polaris Silver, blue leather ; E34 M5 Alpine White, Black extended leather ; E39 M5 Carbon Black, Caramel Heritage Leather.

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Post by olympia57 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:46 am

Wonderful update to a great thread .
Much kudos for the effort involved in keeping it factory original ,it looks gorgeous .
I hope we meet sometime in the future .
Don
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Post by baders » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:55 am

Wonderful story and beautiful car !
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Post by speter » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:34 am

Amazing story and what a great return of this beauty! Congrats and keep going!
'80 635csi m90b35 5-speed dogleg

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Post by orval2 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:16 pm

That is amazing !
I guess the car worth more as it is the last one, but I am sure you don't care as you keep it.

Maintains those cars is not cheap but there are more expansive car to maintain. While you look at Ferrari of that period, with same performance, they are much more expansive to maintain and not reliable at all.

When I see my mileage (262.000 kms) and I know a french M635csi with its original motor and having close to 600.000 kms.
What is your mileage?

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Post by Bayerische » Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:51 pm

Hi Guys,

Thanks for the replies and the kind words. The driving fun is over for the moment, the car has been declared off the road until her 30th birthday, which is March 2019, due to very high road taxes here in Ireland. When she is 30 (vintage), everything becomes a lot cheaper.

Don......Yes it would be good to meet up at some point. Not sure what part of the country you are in, I am based in Dublin.

Orval2...The car has 68,000 miles/109,000kms.

Stoffie...Hurry up and get your car back on the road, they are such great cars to drive.
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Post by GazM3 » Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:03 am

What a lovely thread revival.
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Post by MrE » Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:16 am

Gosh - it sure does look beautiful. In such great conditon and with such low mileage, I am glad that you chose not to sell it and are now able to enjoy it.

You'll be pleased to know that I did successfully replace my cracked & faded seatbelt stems way back in 2008, although it did take me two goes to get the correct ones! (RealOEM listed an 'Australian version' seatbelt stem, but they did not fit!!)

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Post by Bayerische » Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:25 am

Hi Ellis,

I was wondering when one of the original thread responders from 2008 would chime in. Good to see you are still posting. Sad to see that a number of original members are no longer active.

Glad you got your seat belt stems sorted. I seem to remember that I had similar problems when ordering mine. I think I sent 2 sets back, differences in comfort seats, sports seats and early e12 based cars led to a lot of confusion at the dealers.

Happy to report that after 10 years my seat belt stems are still bright red, probably due to the fact that they have rarely seen the light of day with no UV damage as the car has been in a garage under a car cover.
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