BMW E34 Links
This page is dedicated to the E34 chassis 5-series BMW's (1988-1996). If you have suggestions for links that should be included, please email them to me.
David Cecil

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General Information
    1969-1998 Roundel issues on CD
    All About Motor Oil
    Automotive Calculators
    Bimmer vs. Beamer explained
    BMW body codes, VIN's and engine codes explained
    BMW CPO Retailer Operations Manual   (multi-page TIF)
    BMW CPO Vehicle Inspection Checklist
    BMW Inspection II service
    BMW Inspections I and II details
    BMW part numbers explained
    BMW production numbers by model
    BMW service codes lookup tool
    BMW tightening torque values (PDF)
    BMW Touch-up paint part numbers
    CarBuyingTips: Avoiding eBay Fraud and Scams
    Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) brochure from BMW
    Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) warranty information
    E34 5-series buyer's advice
    EPA fact sheet on catalytic converter warranties
    Factory Option Codes
    Glossary of Terms & Abbreviations
    How to choose the right tires for your car
    Independent BMW repair shop recommendations by region   from a thread
    Jack points
    Koala Motorsports M60 Nikosil vs. Alusil page
    Making sense of synthetic lubricants
    Pre-'96 Nikosil engine FAQ
    The Low-Down on High Octane Gasoline
    VIN decoder applet
    VIN decoding
    VIN decoding. What do all those digits mean?
    What do fuel Octane ratings really mean?
    What is horsepower?
    ZF transmission oil chart
    Recall Information
        NHTSA Defects and Recalls search engine
        Tire valve stems recalled from Chinese manufacturer
    Vehicle Import
        Classic Euro Cars
        EPA Motor Vehicle Emissions
        EPA page on CFC Phaseout
        NHTSA Vehicle Import Regulations
        U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection
        Wallace Environmental Testing Labs

David's Project Notes
    Brakes, extracting a rounded-off hex bolt from a rotor
    Door handle seal removal and replacement
    Front shock absorber replacement ('92 750iL)
    Headrest cable repair
    Heated seats (front) retrofit
    Heated seats (rear) retrofit
    Instrument cluster, aluminum gauge rings
    Leather seat restoration 1986 735i E23
    Leather seat restoration 1992 750iL E32
    Leather seat restoration 1997 740iL E38
    Paintless dent removal
    PDC rear bumper retrofit ('92 750iL)
    Rear Pitman arms replacement
    Steering lock assembly replacement
    Sunroof removal
    Taillights, polishing plastic to remove yellow
    Trim, black window side-trim repainting

    Airbag removal and changing the dash bulbs
    Alternate headrest cable drive repair
    Arm Rest Removal
    Cameras, build a headrest camcorder mount
    Carpet, rear deck and footrest color change/re-dye
    Clay's Reupholstered M535i Seats
    Custom burled wood center console gauge panel
    Door bracket rupture fix
    Door squeaks and rattling
    E34 headrest cable repair
    E46 lumbar support retrofit
    Epoxy resin treated wood panel refinishing
    Flashlight LED conversion
    Head Rest cable fix
    Headliner material source and example installation
    Headliner repair
    Headliner replacement
    Headliner replacement tutorial
    Headrest cable fix
    Headrest cable repair
    Instrument cluster repair on your E34
    Leather seat restoration 1986 735i E23
    Leather seat restoration 1992 750iL E32
    Leather seat restoration 1997 740iL E38
    Leatherique leather restoration on a E28 M5
    Leatherique leather seat restoration on a MB
    Masking cigarette burns in carpet
    Mirror, rearview mounting
    Musty odor from A/C vents
    Rear sunshade steel gear replacement
    Replacing the E34 blower fan and temperature control light bulb
    Sagging headliner repair with a steamer
    Seat switch removal and cleaning
    Seat switch repair
    Seat twist/cables fix
    Seat-back twist repair
    Seatback/Seatbottom gearbox replacement
    Seatbelt latch stuck fix
    Seats, Front and rear removal
    Seats, Rocking seat fix
    Shifter console removal & switch cleaning
    Steering, Squeaky steering wheel fix
    Sunroof seal replacement notes
    Twisted seat back repair
    Window tint, how to remove
    Windshield wiper arm repainting

    Door handle seal removal and replacement
    Emergency unlock procedure
    Emergency unlocking when battery is dead
    Fuel filler door frozen fix
    Power mirror removal & repair
    Sunroof removal
    Sunroof repair and removal (PDF)
    Taillights, polishing plastic to remove yellow
    Trim, Shadowline black-out of chrome trim (E30)
    Trim, Shadowline black-out using tape
    Trim, Shadowline trim procedure (E30)
    Trunk latch won't open
    Windshield replacement on the E32
    Wiper blades, DIY replacement (Video)
    Paint and paint chip repair
        BMW paint color codes
        Edwin's great scratch repair article
        How to spot paintwork
        Paint chip repair DIY
        Paint defects solution guide by Dupont
        Paintless dent removal
        Random orbital buffer polishing how-to
        Southern Colors Paint Touchup
        Tail lights yellowing restoration
        Touch-up paint, how to apply
        Windshield wiper arm repainting
        Zaino sequence for detailing your paint
        Adding automatic ramp up/down to the interior lights
        Brakes, repair/replace the brake light switch
        DIY Silvervision turnsignal bulbs
        Front grill removal for headlight access
        Glove-box Flashlight Rejuvenation
        Headlight adjustment
        Headlight aiming procedures
        Headlight beam throw adjustment (PDF)
        Headlights, HID installation
        Lights, Hazard/blinker lights on while driving
        OBC and radio light bulb replacement
        PowerBulbs (Philips Silvervision)
        Titanium silver #1157 bulbs from

Retrofit Installations
    Armrest (center) installation (PDF)
    Cruise control, aftermarket kit installation
    Dave Kan's E28 Transmission Conversion
    E46 lumbar support retrofit
    Headlights, ellipspoidal (PDF)
    Illuminated gear knob installation (PDF)
    Installing VW VDO gauges in your M30-equipped car
    Lumbar support installation
    Lumbar support installation (PDF)
    PDC sensor (aftermarket) installation
    Seat heating electric (PDF)
    Seats, rear seat refrigerator installation (PDF)
    Sunblind, rear roller sunblind installation (PDF)
    Window automatic one-touch up/down retrofit

    1988 BMW e34 Electrical Troubleshooting Manual (PDF)
    1989 BMW e34 Electrical Troubleshooting Manual (PDF)
    1990 BMW e34 Electrical Troubleshooting Manual (PDF)
    1991 BMW e34 Electrical Troubleshooting Manual (PDF)
    1992 BMW e34 Electrical Troubleshooting Manual (PDF)
    1993 BMW e34 Electrical Troubleshooting Manual (PDF)
    1994 BMW e34 Electrical Troubleshooting Manual (PDF)
    1995 BMW e34 Electrical Troubleshooting Manual (PDF)
    Alpine/BMW keyless entry/alarm system chip replacement
    BMW breakout boxes and connectors (PDF)
    BMW Drive Away Protection System (PDF)
    BMW Vehicle Security System Installation Instructions (PDF)
    BMW/Alpine Keyless Entry Security System Instructions
    Engine chip tuning
    Fusible link failures (no-start problem)
    Instrument cluster capacitor fix
    Instrument cluster repairs in the UK
    LKM and Mustard Relay Fix
    LKM repair
    Motronic DME bad solder joint repair
    Motronic transistor repair for M30 engine   Fix for intermittent cutoff problem
    Multimeters: How to use them
    OBC and radio light bulb replacement
    OBC languages and features
    OBC undocumented features
    PDC rear bumper retrofit ('92 750iL)
    PDC sensor (aftermarket) installation
    Pixel display repairs at DNA Speedometers
    PPPP problem with the OBC
    Radars, Lidatek and V1 stealth concealed installations
    Remote transmitter battery replacement and initialization
    Soldering experts help with repairing electronics
    Speedometer fix - blown resistor
    Switchblade key remote replacement batteries
    Troubleshooting with the DIS (PDF)
    Understanding European wiring diagrams (PDF)
        Gooseneck Mark II navigation installation instructions (PDF)
        Traffic Pro navigation installed in a '92 750iL
        Motorola Site for Dealers   (user=bmwna, pw=digital)
        BMW CD43 head unit retrofit
        CD43 service mode (changing from Europe to USA)
        Factory Car Stereo Repair, Inc.   Repairs factory BMW stereos
        iPod integration with Traffic Pro
        NY Times article comparing Sirius and XM
        Radio backlighting repair
        Retrofit of a BMW Business Radio CD43 & C43 (from the 1996-up e36 & Z3)

Engine & Drivetrain
    Advanced BMW ABS hints and tips
    AFM and injector swap
    Auxiliary Fan/Ballast Resistor
    BMW self-leveling suspension (PDF)
    Camshaft/Crankshaft Position Sensor info for M60 V8 engines
    Car Battery FAQ
    Coolant bleeding
    Diagnostic Socket pins for remote starter
    Diagnostic trouble codes (PDF)
    Diagnostic trouble codes, DTC (PDF)
    Differential gear ratios
    Differential groaning noise during low-speed turns
    Differential input flange seal replacement
    Drive-shaft center bearing replacement
    Driveshaft, Staked U-joint Driveshaft Rebuild
    Engine compartment detailing
    Engine fault codes
    Engine mount replacement #1
    EPA page about On-board Diagnostics (OBD)
    Fan Clutch & Thermostat Removal
    Fan Clutch - 101
    Fan clutch replacement (E34 M50 engine)
    Front Grill Removal for Headlight access
    Fuel injectors installation
    Fuel line replacement fix
    Fuel Line Replacement Fix (gas smell)
    Head gasket replacement (M30)
    Idle FAQ
    Koala Motorsports M60 Nikosil vs. Alusil page
    Lambda (oxygen, O2) sensors -- all about them
    Leakdown tests explained
    LOW OIL PRESS message at startup
    M30 AFM adjustment
    M30 Cylinder Head FAQ
    M30 head rebuild procedure
    M30 Idle performance and EVAP Purge Valve
    M30 oil pump removal and rebuild
    M60 engine specs
    M60B30 and M60B40 engine details
    No-start problems in cold weather
    Oil leak can be an easy fix in M30 engine
    Oil pan gasket rebuild (3.5L 6-cylinder engines)
    Oil questions and answers
    P Codes (diagnostic codes) list
    Radiator and water pump replacement (e34 535i)
    Radiator fan electric upgrade
    Reading BMW fuel injection codes (stomp test)
    Rear shocks & lowering springs installation
    Rear shocks & lowering springs installation
    Rough idle & shimmy guide (plus catalytic converters)
    Solar battery charger/tender
    Starter motor R&R
    Starting systems (PDF)
    Valve adjustment (M30 engine)
    Valve cover stud, repairing when broken
        BMW recommendation for high pressure engine steam cleaning
        Combustion chamber cleaning
        Control Arm Bushing Replacement
        Differential fluid change
        Fuel injector cleaning, DIY benchtop system
        Fuel tank rust treatment and repairs
        Fuel tank rust treatment products
        Gummi-Pflege rubber seal maintenance
        Long term storage recommendations
        M20, M30 valve adjustment
        M30 Dual Chambered Oil Sprayer Bar Fabrication
        M30 head gasket replacement
        Making Sense of Synthetic Lubricants (PDF)
        More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Motor Oil (PDF)
        Oil change and freon check
        Radiator and water pump replacement
        Rear Strut Replacement
        Secondary air system failure (fault analysis guide)
        Service indicator light reset
        Service interval light system explained
        Service interval lights explained
        Spark plug specifications
        Stainless steel fuel lines, custom bending
        Steven Bernstein's BMW Brake FAQ
        Technical details of the service interval lights
        Valve adjustment
        Valve cover gasket R&R (1993 740iL M60 engine)
    Suspension & Steering
        Airbag steering wheel ring replacement
        Ball joint replacement tool, home-made
        BMW wheel alignment procedure (PDF)
        Front shock absorber replacement ('92 750iL)
        Front-end noises and their causes
        Polishing aluminum links
        Power steering fluid flush DIY
        Rear wheel axle hub removal
        Reinforcing diff mount and subframe bushings with polyurethane
        Steering wheel lock assembly, removal and replacement
        Steering wheel: Ignition lock barrel removal
        Steering, How the systems work
        Strut and Control Arm Replacement with 750 bushing upgrade
        Strut tower braces explained
        Subframe mounts and bushings replacement
        Suspension terminology explained
    Heating & Air Conditioning
        A/C expansion valve honking/hooting
        A/C hose rebuilding service
        AC compressor rebuild
        Aux fan and bumper removal
        E32/E34 IHKA system components
        Fan blower sword repair
        Fan blower sword repair
        Heater core fix
        Heater replacement
        Heater/AC Blower Motor Removal & Replacement of Brushes
        Honking/Hooting from Air Conditioning Expansion Valve
        Interior microfilter change (PDF)
        Patrick Parish's air conditioning page
        R134 air conditioning conversions
        R134a conversion information
        Sword controller, fixing intermittent problems
        Sword final stage repair
        Exhaust "scavenging"
        Exhaust replacement
        What kills catalytic converters?
        Transmission 4HP22 shifter switch repair
        Transmission 5HP30 valve body rebuild and filter change
        Transmission fluid flush procedure
        Transmission fluid level check procedure (ZF and GM)
        Transmission output shaft seal replacement
        Transmission ZF 4HP22 service
        Transmission ZF Troubleshooting
        Transmission, 5HP30 fluid level check/fill procedure
        Transmission, torque converter installation tips
        Transmissions, How to contact Kirt Koeller
        Valvoline substitute for Esso LT 71141 transmission fluid
        ZF 4HP22 automatic transmission repair
        ZF Transmission Oil chart
        "Warped" Brake Discs and Other Myths
        Brake rotors and pads, minimum thicknesses
        Brakes, bedding in new pads and rotors
        Brakes, bleeding with the BavAuto bleed kit
        Brakes, brake and rotor replacement on the E34
        Brakes, caliper rebuilding
        Brakes, fluid flush and piston rebuild
        Brakes, front pad and rotor replacement (e34 540i)
        Brakes, Pressurized Do-It-Yourself Brake Bleeding
        Brakes, proper orientation of slotted rotors
        Brakes, replacing rear pads
        Brakes, testing lining warning sensors

Accessories & Products
    Artbeads E6000 headliner glue
    BavAuto urethane headlight shields
    BMW CD
    BMW Complete Special Tools Report (PDF, 140 pages)
    BMW Special Service Tools
    ClearMask automotive paint and light protection film
    Colored BMW roundel emblems
    Cruzin Performance   fuel injector cleaning and replacements
    CV Vacuum Platers (for chromelining)
    Dynamat noise insulating products
    Escort radar detectors fender front protective covers
    I.D. IT! Plates
    K40 radar detectors
    Lidatek laser jammer
    ParagonPerformance stainless steel braided fuel/brake lines
    Peake R5 FCX owner's manuals (with code listings)
    Peake R5/FCX engine diagnostic and reset tool
    PhotoBlocker photo radar reflection spray
    Programma electronic component repair and rebuilding lifetime radiator warranty
    Rain Tracker rain sensing wiper control
    RC Engineering   fuel injector cleaning and replacements replacement molded carpet kits
    Samstag Sales BMW Tools
    StarShield clear urethane bras and headlight covers
    Stebro stainless steel exhaust systems
    Steve C's Rotary Lift garage installation   To have a car lift in your very own garage! BMW Tools
    ThermoTec heat insulating products
    Valentine 1 radar detectors
    Valentine 1 Stealth Rear View Mirror Display replacement carpet and leather
    X-Pel urethane headlight shields
    Cup Holders
        Ultimate Cup Holders
    Leather Care & Repair
        Color-Plus leather restoration kits
        Color-Plus Leather Restoration System
        ColorPlus leather restoration
        Fibernew Leather and Plastic Restoration
        Fitzgerald’s Restoration Products   Leather dye
        Kevin Chinn's Creative Options   Leather and cloth upholstery kits
        Leather color codes for BMW's
        Leather Magic leather restoration
        Leatherique Leather Restoration Products replacement seat leather
        SaabStuff Replacement Leather Seats

Performance Upgrades
    Eibach Springs
    H&R Springs
    OmniTec Motorsports
    Strong Strut
    Turner Motorsport
    VAC Motorsports

Owner's Manuals
    1988 BMW 535i Owner's Manual
    BMW owner's manuals and ETM's for downloading

Wheels and Tires used tires
    Bimmer Spinner
    BMW wheel emblems
    BMW Wheel Specs and Fitment Chart
    Dave's BMW wheel chart
    Forged vs. Cast Wheels Explained
    Repair tire punctures the right way
    The NASA guide to home wheel-scuff repair
    Tire comparisons by Car and Driver magazine (PDF, Aug 2009)
    Tire manufacturing plant codes
    Ultimate Guide to Wheel Locks
    Vehicle vibration diagnosis chart (PDF)
    Wheel Scuff Repair on Alloy Wheels
    Wheels M-Parallel Rim Speckle Removal

Where to Buy Parts
    BMW Dealers
        BMW of Cleveland   888-879-1269 x132
        Circle BMW   732-741-1184 (Chris)
        Crevier BMW   714-835-3171 (Joe)
        Hendrick BMW   800-476-8322
        The BMW Store
        United BMW   770-476-8800
        All OEM BMW Parts   800-230-5754
        ASV Euro Car Parts (Australia)
        Autohaus Arizona
        Baum Tools (every BMW tool you can imagine)
        Bavarian Autosports   800-535-2002   800-624-5410 ext 17 (John)
        Bimmer Parts
        BMA Imports   888-262-3911
        Eagle Day (BMW relays)
        Eurasian Automotive Parts   909-308-1744 (Seat Heating Kits)
        Importec Parts
        Jaggi Import (ZF transmission parts)
        Maximillian Importing Company   800-950-2002
        Performance Motorcars
        Performance Motorcars
        Racing King Unlimited
        Ultimate BMW Parts
        Window regulators, FCP Groton
        Window regulators, Regulator USA
    Salvage Companies & Recyclers
        A-1 Driveshaft   Repair, manufacture or refurbish your driveshaft.
        Autobahn Used Parts   619-444-2290
        Automatic Transmission Service Group
        Bavarian Engine Exchange   800-269-6585 (Atlanta, GA)   800-350-8986
        BW Auto Dismantlers Inc (Sacramento, CA)
        DC Automotive   800-579-2410
        J&N Alternator Rebuilding
        Ken Baker Originals
        Michaels Auto Parts
        Miller Remanufactured Catalytic Converters
        Neo BMW Breakers
        OCLES, Inc.   They let you try parts before buying.
        Potomac German Auto salvage auction cars
        Scubas Gear Ebay Store
        Strictly German (Atlanta, GA)   706-654-9156 Bobby Thrash
        Vines Auto   800-214-4839
        Willz Recycling   Chris Koch of 7-series Digest fame
    Wheels, Tires
        AAA Rims   800-624-5410 ext 17 (John)
        BMW Wheel Specs & Fitment Chart
        Discount Tire Direct
        National Tire & Battery (NTB)
        The Wheel Exchange
        Wheel Collision Center   Wheel repair and used wheel sales
    Brakes, Batteries, Lights
        Brake Warehouse
        Controlled Thermal Processing, Inc.
        Distinguishing genuine Brembo rotors from fakes
        Efunda Cryogenic Treatment
        Frozen Rotors
        Interstate Batteries
        PowerBulbs (Philips Silvervision)
    Restoration and Repair
        Eastwood Company   Paint, auto tools, car restoration supplies
        Fibernew Leather and Plastic Restoration
        Fuel Injector Testing and Cleaning: Cruzin Performance
        Fuel Injector Testing and Cleaning: RC Engineering   Vinyl interior restoration
        Madera Concepts   Woodwork restoration in classic and vintage autos
        Pukar Designs (replacement BMW decals for your engine bay and other areas)
        William Rau Automotive Woodwork   Decorative wood for contemporary and historic autos

Shipping Companies
    Allstates Worldwide
    American Car Transport
    Car Transport USA
    Ebay Dependable Auto Shippers
    Intercity Lines, Inc.
    MoveCars (Auto Transport Directory)
    National Car Shipping

Aftermarket Warranties
    1st Source Auto Warranty
    AAA Extended Warranties
    American Shield Warranties
    Auto Advantage, Inc.
    Certified Car Care
    Extended Auto Warranty Corp.
    United American Warranty
    Warranty By Net
    Warranty Station
    Warranty Wizard
    Web Direct Warranty

Photo Gallery
        BMW Wheel Image Catalog
        BMW Wheel Styles - Current
        BMW Wheel Styles - Older

Car Care
    CCS how-to articles on car care
    Clay Magic
    GlossHaus wax and polish
    Trim, care/detailing of black plastic and trim
    Web-Cars Paint Touchup directions
    Zaino Bros' show car polish
    Zymol vs. Zaino discussion on Roadfly

Useful Links
    1994 5-series E34 electrical manuals
    Alternative Fueling Station Locator (US Dept. of Energy)
    Automotive converters and calculators
    Bimmer Magazine Bluetooth Forum IBUS Forum Navigation A/V Forum E34 Pages
    BMW Manufacturing Corp. and factory tours
    BMW Museum in Munich
    BMW North America
    BMW Parts & Accessories Vendor List
    BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, SC
    BMW Plant Dingolfing
    BMW Zentrum museum
    Certified used cars
    Dave Voorhis restoration page (1992 525i)
    Garage door torsion spring replacement
    International Assoc. of Independent BMW Service Professionals
    ISO CD files, how to burn them
    John Burn's BMW Addicts Site
    Korman BMW Restoration Services
    Lodz, Poland BMW Club E34 page
       CD updates for the navigation systems
       Installation of nav, phone, mp3, etc.
    Paul Axford's BMW 530i Maintenance page
    Performance BMW Magazine
    Stefan Borch's E32/E34 page
    Take's E32 maintenance site (Japanese with English translations)
    Torque value calculator (Nm / ft-lbs conversions)
    Total BMW Magazine
    Total BMW Magazine (UK)

Upcoming Events

User Groups
    BMW Car Club of America   (Join and get a 10-20% discount on parts!)
    BMW Car Club Chapters
        AL: Heart of Dixie Chapter BMW CCA
        Arizona BMW Z-series Club
        AU: BMW Clubs Australia
        CA: Central California Chapter
        CA: Golden Gate Chapter
        CA: Los Angeles Chapter
        CA: Sacramento Valley Chapter
        CA: San Diego Chapter
        CO: Rocky Mountain Chapter
        DC: National Capital Chapter BMW CCA
        FL: Everglades Chapter
        FL: FirstCoast Chapter
        FL: Suncoast Chapter
        FL: Sunshine Bimmers
        GA: Peachtree Chapter
        IA: Iowa Chapter BMW CCA
        IN: Hoosier BMW Car Club
        KY: Bluegrass Bimmers
        MA: Boston Chapter
        MD: National Capital Chapter BMW CCA
        MI: Motorcity Chapter
        MN: North Star Chapter
        MO: St. Louis BMW Club
        NC: Tarheel Chapter
        NE: Missouri Valley Chapter
        NH: White Mountain Chapter
        NJ: New Jersey Chapter
        NM: New Mexico Chapter
        NY: New York Chapter
        NY: Patroon Chapter
        OH: Northern Ohio Chapter
        OR: Portland Oregon Chapter
        PA: Allegheny Chapter
        PA: Delaware Valley Chapter
        PA: Nittany Bimmers
        TN: Old Hickory BMW Club
        TX: Houston Chapter
        TX: Lone Star Chapter
        TX: Tejas Chapter
        UT: Wasatch Chapter
        VA: Blue Ridge Chapter
        VA: National Capital Chapter BMW CCA
        VA: Tidewater BMWCCA
        WA: Puget Sound Region BMW CCA
        WI: Badger Bimmers

Reviews and Articles
    BMW M Motorsport History
    Motor Trend 5 & 7 series road test (May 1991)

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