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  1. 19 points
    Hi guys, I have been a Bimmersporter for a long time but not a regular contributor. I have a long history of BMW ownership - but despite a stint with a E34 535is and a joint ownership of a X3 with my wife, all of my BMW's have been coupes. 10 years ago two of my close friends concurrently owned E39 M5's in Lemans Blue. Their ownership piqued my interest. Currently living in the USA, I decided I'd finally pull the trigger on a E39 M5 purchase. I have been looking for 6 months - seeking ideally a face-lifted Lemans Blue example. Despite 10,000 E39 M5's being sold here (versus 30-35 in NZ), and a 1,000 sold in that hue, I couldn't find one that fulfilled my criteria. The market has gone a little crazy for these cars, and believe me there are ample, baggy examples with inter-galactic mileage that are struggling to find new homes. Decent ones are getting expensive. I finally did a deal on a very rare car - a July 2002 example in Bluewater Metallic - the 2nd rarest colour for the E39 M5 (83 made for the USA and 160 global) (they sold nearly 7,000 global in carbon black). It was delivered with black Ostrich sports leather (05SW) and Titanium trim. it was sold new with Dinan S1 modifications. It is a very quick car - and has a sensational Dinan exhaust note. Probably one of a handful in this colour with Dinan S1 specifications.
  2. 12 points
    Chaps I bought this car. It’s the real deal. As some one said a very private owner who has never been on trade me before. quiet unassuming and honest I respect that Rather 80s in appearance I agree. I wish I still was. I think with classics that’s part of the point Not too many NZ new( about 20), 2 owner, lowish mileage where the same person has essentially serviced it from new to choose from The buffalo leather just needs a little colouring. It’s otherwise perfect. Everything works as advertised. No dings no rust and only factory/Dinan hot rodding so what’s not to like? the body stuff and wheels are easily changed. And might be one day. The engine is part of its history. Fitted by one of BMW NZ agents. It also makes it rather faster than stock Im happy :)
  3. 6 points
    F*** yeah. Bloody vacuum lines weren’t attached earlier CF8AB790-0427-4A9E-81F1-AFD06206C4FD.MOV
  4. 5 points
    A few day time pics yes, that is the baby in the baby capsule in the back seat .. @Olaf super keen to shoot photos in the future. At the moment it's pretty hard for me to lock in a time but that will change...eventually.....i hope! Thanks @qube!
  5. 5 points
    Relatively new to these forums and a computer to actually. We own a couple of 5 Series BMW's and a Mercedes W140 S500L. I do as much of the maintenance as possible, however occasionally I run into difficulties. Hopefully this move will rectify that problem a little. Cheers from Turangi.
  6. 5 points
    It's the inhibitor value that is more important than the freezing retardants. Hence the dilution ratio and in the later models the lubricating minerals for the electric water pumps
  7. 5 points
    The 318Ci is listed at $3250. Just received this: I'm struggling to continue being a nice guy...
  8. 5 points
    Spotted St Johns/St Heliers Auckland yesterday - looked absolutely mint, great plate too
  9. 5 points
    Hey Team So managed to get a lot done today and hopefully tomorrow too. With the help of Master Gee and another mate E.B they pretty much turned up here in a ute with a portable work shop, had his compressor, big tool box and gearbox stand. We managed to pull the motor and box out in 40 mins. I did some minor stuff during the week also just to help spend things along. this bloody thing was heavy! I had removed the radiator and coolant expansion tank before hand. before after a good degrease and water blast. so after discussing with gee the best option was to take the whole front off, that way we could just hoist the whole motor and box into the car. As we are using the pmc adapter plate, we didn't fancy trying to line the box to the motor while under the car. M62b44 block M60b40 heads and everything else needed from this motor will be swapped over to the b44 block Also managed to get the Hamann wheels apart and paint stripped the 3 piece barrels. The Hamann centres may need a little machining to fit or possible heat the barrels up and see if they expand enough to fit the centres. And hey Nathan here are the finished rocker covers, again a few imperfections but i wasn't too fazed. Hopefully will get more done to the motor tomorrow. Thanks Richard
  10. 4 points
    Classic BMW 525E presented in Bronzit Beige Metallic on Black leather. NZ new originally sold in Christchurch. Solid and honest car. Straight body with scratches/dents expected for a 32 year old car. Very little rust. Clear coat starting to come up on the back half of the car. Paint worn in spots. Interior is in very good condition aside from a few cracks on the dash. Engine was rebuilt 2 years ago. Modified 2.7L stroker engine. M20B25 head (completely rebuilt) and intake. M20B27 bottom end (rebuilt and balanced). Converted to Motronic 1.3. Dyno tuned by Hi-Volocity. 2.5" exhaust. Automatic converted to 5-speed manual when engine rebuilt. Receipts totaling over $8k in the past 2 years. Neat little car, would be a stunner with a new paint job and a little more TLC. Odometer hasn't worked since i've owned the car. Heater valve not working. Bonus items included: Sheep skin front seat covers 16" basket weave wheels (E38) Brake upgrade (calipers) from 540i E34 New WOF. Sold as it, where is. Asking $8700 Reasonable offers accepted. See trademe https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=1731706778
  11. 4 points
    This spans a couple of weeks of snatching an hour here and there, but replaced the heater return pipes under the intake manifold on @Allanw old 525i. The top one had actually snapped but hadn't quite begun to leak, as usual they disintegrated upon being interfered with as did the CCV Also replaced throttle body gasket, intake elbows, the whole CCV system, intake manifold gasket, dipstick o-rings, air distribution piece o-rings and a few other bits while I was there. Re/installed a mix of new and the original splash/underbody shielding. Installed a new valve cover, thanks to @Gabe79 for that one. New BMW coolant in the 525i and new oil in the 530i, might get around to changing the 525i oil tonight. No more leaks which is a good change, the 525i was dripping oil from nearly everywhere. Got to about 5.30pm today and not much was happening so I thought "Sod it I'll give it a go..." and swapped the steering wheels between them. They are both the later dual stage type, the 525i left the factory with the flatter triangular shaped airbag type (who's shape and feel I don't fancy) and the 530i came equipped with what the internet likes to call "E46 M3 style" type, which differs in that the wheel grip is thicker and the diameter is smaller, plus it just looks a bit sharper with the round airbag. Not to be confused with the "sport type" which has a larger diameter and often has no thumb grips and sometimes a split in the bottom trim piece. The swap was fairly straightforwards- fighting that 16mm nut in the center of the shaft without a helper was challenging- and took longer to Google the ins and outs than to actually complete. Once installed there were no issues, perfect plug and play swap. Will go for a hoon later and see how it changes the car. Took a bit of time to troubleshoot some rough running/no idle issue on the 525i, turns out the intake manifold gasket won't always stay put when reinstalling the intake manifold, wasn't an issue when I did the same jobs on the 530i but there you go... I suspect some of the rough running may have been caused by residual carb cleaner in the ICV too. A loud tick also reared it's head somewhere in the valvetrain that 100km of driving cured. Just about BMW'd out, the clutch in the 525i is just fine so that can wait for another weekend.
  12. 4 points
    212,756 km A while back I picked up @qube's Mpars. Today I finally got around to getting them fitted and balanced.
  13. 4 points
    Waved 'bye-bye' to the 318Ci...
  14. 4 points
    Costs fall squarely onto the dealer then imo. A bit sh*t the warranty wont cover it, but those bastards will weasel out of anything they can.
  15. 4 points
  16. 4 points
    I see this a bit differently. Firstly you bought an imported N54 vehicle. I am not sure if you are aware but these engines have issues. The engine itself is pretty sound and unlike an s54 and some V8 and v10 motors you wont have to replace the bearings. You will however have to do plugs and coils, (maintenance items) and possibly injectors and a charge pipe at some stage. This is just part of N54 ownership, if you weren't prepared for this then you haven't done your homework. Looking at your description of the fault there is a chance its the plugs or the coil pack/s. If this is the case and the dealer will replace them then win to you. You have skipped a maintenance bill. If its the injector/s then even bigger win you will get another 50k or more (probably 100k) from the replacement . If its a faulty coil or injector then when one goes the others will follow pretty soon, so work a deal with the dealer to have all of them replaced, he may or may not but perhaps going halves would still be a good deal for you. When the basic faults and maintenance items are done on these engines then they are quite reliable, it does seem that Jap import N54s have fewer injector issues than US based cars, perhaps this is because of the better fuel in Japan. To me this is a 10 year old car with known faults/maintenance items if it turns out to be one of the above-mentioned items then its pretty typical of the breed, if its a high pressure fuel pump even bigger win to you if the dealer fixes it. Taking it back if its just a simple parts replacement is a bit of a waste of time, obviously you wanted the car and did some research and checked it out? It seems now that you have cold feet because of this but really you need to understand the fault first and then make an informed decision. If things like this put you off then with all due respect an N54 car may not be for you.
  17. 3 points
    Oh please Andrew it's West Epsom now!
  18. 3 points
    Hi guys and gals... About a year ago I purchased a e36 318ti. Manual trans and rather fetching in Boston green with light grey interior, It was from the first batch imported into NZ in October 84, has now travelled 148600km. It has a full service history from Geof Grey BMW. I have tinkered with it a little, 4 new shocks, 17 inch alloys I was told were from an e36 M3, new front hubs wearing the calipers/vented rotors from the 328i, quality wheel alignment. I changed the factory stereo, removed the factory rear muffler and crush bent pipework for a nicely toned 2.25 inch system, new carpet mats, and generally cleaner her up a bit. Intend to use it to teach my two boys to drive in and do the odd trackday along the way as well. The front seats recently were swapped for a set of motorsport e46 items which, although are a charcoal black, are just soooo comfy and better bolstered for enthuastic driving. All the originals components have been kept so can be swapped back if I want to (probably won't happen). I get a lot of pleasure from driving this underpowered, great handling lightweight. Now my question for you experts... Was this car fitted with a cat converter when new? It isn't there now and there are no O2 sensors in the exhaust system. I have noticed the smell associated with overfueling, especially when cold so assume the cat was removed and the O2 sensors simply unpluged from the loom. In a previous car of mine the cat was deleted but the sensors plumbed back in to provide data to the efi computer. I am guessing the plug I have found not connected to anything (in the same style as the brake wear sensor) hanging in the centre of the firewall, just to the left of the driveline is potentially supposed to be connected to an lambda? Thanks for your advice....
  19. 3 points
    go hard. that they were looking to leverage YOUR mechanical insurance to repair/resolve their merchantable goods issue was the first indicator of trouble. My suggestion would be to steer your lawyer towards return of goods and full refund, plus your legal costs. Appears - based on their behaviour - that further work on compromise just draws it out/weakens your position. Let us know who the dealer is, too. Help avoid doing business with them. PS: if you must have a compromise position, it's that they transport it to Winger BMW in Wellington, and pay for the resolution there.
  20. 3 points
    Just re-shell and build the M535i.... Old cars a just more fun IMO. No one is going to cry over the 525e, one or two of us would be happy its gone onto bigger and better things. Plus there will be epic amounts of job satisfaction once done 😎 .............. If you really want to you could cut the tags out to keep for matching numbers
  21. 3 points
    Recruiters* W the actual F. *no, not all of them - but evidently the majority.
  22. 3 points
    Like i said, good on the seller for taking a punt on a dollar res auction and good on him if he makes a buck. I think its kind of funny how if you buy a house for 750k and flip it for a mil youre a legend and no one bats an eyelid but if you buy a car and try to sell it for a bit more because you found a deal everyone loses their minds.
  23. 3 points
    I want to like them.....but they don't quite tickle the senses like old school.....fast but remote. Any car that pumps synthetic engine noises through the stereo is also a challenge to my ideals!. When I gave one a serve at Hampton Downs it left me cold....and disappointed. If I had $50k spare I would buy a daily duties e60 LCI 530i motorsport for 15k and then use the remaining $35k on something interesting......e30 with a heart transplant......
  24. 3 points
    So a dirty beautiful package turned up today
  25. 3 points
    Welcome to the E91 gang Martin. I've had mine for 18 months and done heaps of maintenance and mods. Let me know if you need a hand.