The transmission is a goner. I got it to start without tripping the trans prog error, and it wouldn’t take any gear, not even third. If I revved it up, it would make a very loud bang and jolt the car as it tried to engage, and then nothing. So yeah, it seems like it needs to be fully up to temp for the transmission to do anything at all, and that doesn’t say good things about the condition of the internals. What also happened this week, is my friend with the identical colour 540i got into a little accident. Everyone is okay, but his bumper is cracked, and his fender is damaged beyond repair. Now that I know I’m not just flushing this things fluid to get it going, and my friend could use the bumper, fender, maybe hood, and drivers door (because working window and functioning door brake), I think the 530 is gonna turn into his parts car.

This would’ve been a solid little daily, probably, but the timing of my friends accident and the acquisition of this makes it seem like it was meant to fix his car, and not be a big project for me. Plus, this just sends me back to my original plan, which isn’t bad at all. Continue dailying the Immortal Blazer, while I save for a Euro early E30, a Euro E28, or maybe a Euro E24.....