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  1. 12 points
    Hi a number of you may have seen this car for sale a couple of months back. It's been pretty much out of sight for some years but is known to a few people and once again is back on the road with me as its third owner. #328 was NZ new and has just clocked up 116k km. If I have this right in 1991-ish the ACS wheels and body kit were fitted and the engine was given a healthy dose of Dinan "love and attention" upping its performance ... Mileage at that time was approx 80k km. There is no evidence of repair or rust, it's very original and except for the OBC everything works. As I understand it the same guys (guru's) have serviced and looked after it all their lives, which I find particularly cool. That said it's needed a little recommissioning , new tires have transformed it, leather rejuvenation has made it look like new inside along with a few bits and pieces. The biggest ticket item being a NOS AC radiator. Next week it's booked in to spend sometime with a couple of the well known BMW guru's being dyno''d. I'll let you know how it goes. Regards Julian
  2. 9 points
    Hmmm. So say you guys buy $999NZD of goods and shipping at a time from Driftit No.1 Ltd based here in the US. I get supplied from FCP or similar. Once I reach 60K I start up Driftit No.2 Ltd and so on. No GST? Oh and it will be based in Delaware which has no local sales tax either. Actually I think I want to call the company 'NONZGSTLOL Ltd'
  3. 7 points
    Have bought a c63 - from user liyi_92 and drove it back from Christchurch to Auckland on the long weekend. As a daily driver the c63 isn't great, the suspension is hard, the clutched auto gearbox is finicky, the bucket seats are hard to get into and the cold start noise is obscene. And yet it is exactly what I wanted. After you clamber into the very supportive bucket seats trying not to wreck the bolsters you immediately get over the increased difficulty as you realise how supportive they are. You turn the key and then engine barks at you, at very short sharp exotic sound before quickly settling down - you almost feel it winking at you, nudging you to stab the noise pedal at some point in your journey. Pulling the T handle handbrake release in the lower dash you cant help feeling that its very in keeping with the theme of this pseudo luxury car, an unholy cross between fiendish race car and mid level sedan of yesteryear. As you bump along at 50kmh on your coilover hard suspension avoiding potholes and speed bumps or anything else that might clean your bumper right off, you start to wonder what you have gotten yourself into. Deciding there is nothing to lose and with the 100kmh target approaching you punch it in auto mode and a wait a fraction of a second while it drops 4 gears before the car shoots out from under you. Thunder roars behind you, four hundred and fifty odd maniacal german horses loose from their stables and you grab the steering wheel for dear life- but you needn't have done so, a perfect smooth straight acceleration occurs, warpspeed but under control, no tire noise, no torque steer no fighting the steering wheel on road imperfections, just glorious throaty vocals and a blurred pointless digital speedo. 4 or so seconds later you're well into lost license territory and back off and slow to the limit, the car rewards you by smoothing out the ride considerably and its low speed faults fall away. No longer an unhappy racecar idling around the pits but balanced mile muncher, perfectly in its element doing the Christchurch to Picton run in the dead of the night. You hit the first 65 corner at 85, not ready yet to push it and the car just eats it for breakfast leaving you wondering if you actually went round a corner or just through it, giving you confidence for the next corner, then the next... Before long you have the paddles going and are smashing the fun pedal upto the corner before jumping hard onto the picks with no sign of fade or complaint from the giant 6 piston stoppers, you wonder how you could ever muck it up enough that you couldn't stop in time or couldn't make the corner. The 70 target appears and you coast through a sleepy village at 70, the car still completely content, almost relieved that it isn't executing a 3 point turn in a Ponsonby car park but merely gathering its breath for the next blast. Now you pass the 50 target which excites you because you know there's triple digits coming up and you aren't going a hair above 50 till its in sight, another few seconds of symphony to soothe any fears you had pottering around town. 100 approaches and you put $1 of 98 into the German jukebox again looking for that brilliant but over all too soon track, bumps are present but don't transmit to the chassis, somehow the stiff suspension transfers it away without upsetting the balance letting you know the harsh ride isn't the result of a cheap coilover setup. Too soon you reach Picton, your stomach growls because you forgot to stop for dinner with your high octane shenanigans, doesn't look like anything is open in Picton either, must remember to eat tomorrow..
  4. 6 points
    Resurrecting this post from the dead... as there are the shoots of progress starting to come out of the garage. Decided against putting it all back together to race this season, it was really hard watching the 1 Hour Enduro at Hampton Downs on the long track, but there will be a next time I hope. It would have needed quite a bit of tidying and paint etc. even after I had screwed everything back together from the state it was in. Good news was that after months of waiting my shipment of panels for the E30 M3 kit finally arrived from Europe. I was a bit concerned about how well it would travel, being as the panels are fibreglass, so a bit on the delicate side. Thankfully, they were very well packaged, with lots of protection which was just as well as there were signs of some rough treatment on the way as I expected. After finally getting everything unwrapped and un-packed which was a bit of a mission, mainly due to running out of space to put the parts in the garage and space in the wheelie bin to put all the packaging, I had chance to check the parts over for damage and quality. There was only one small impression on one part which should come out with a bit of heat and pressure. Parts are nice and light, which is good for a race car - will see how well the measure up and fit as I go. Couldn't resist a quick tape them up on the car to see what they look like... If only they were that easy to fix on the car properly... now into all the cutting and grinding on the rear end to get the guards and c-pillar extension to fit onto the body. This will be the most complicated part of the whole thing, plus once that's done I can start prepping the shell for painting.
  5. 6 points
    Don't bother listening to any of the stereotypes - none of them are true for every car. Look at each car on it's merits. Mt Singapore E39 only had the usual electrical issues: ignition switch and ABS module failure. I've seen some poked NZ cars too - on average NZers don't care any more than any other country. Just find a good car, and buy on condition/milage/history/feeling - whatever floats your boat. Have it inspected by someone who really knows their stuff, or learn the stuff yourself.
  6. 5 points
    getting off topic, but since it was brought up, I dont know why there is this continued delusion that services are underfunded in new zealand except for education, which genuinely is on the bones of its ass. Its a spending problem in Roading, there is no accountability between the contractors and the NZTA, thats why they are ripping up the Kapiti and Waikato Expressways to do it all again. Its a spending problem in Health, we do not need 22 DHBs for only 5 million people. consolodate procurement and management, and there would be all the money in the world to give the nurses thier fair share. the list goes on. technically. this is not a new tax, it has always been there. its just not viable to collect. nothing has changed, so now you are spending more money to collect than the revenue it generates.
  7. 5 points
    i call bullshit that old thing hasnt moved in years.
  8. 4 points
    Very recently collected an Orient Blue E46 318i built 03/04/2001. Another very late M43-engined model. Low(ish) kms at 140000, 12 months WoF, 3 months rego. Prepped for us by the thoroughly wonderful Andy P ( @_ethrty-Andy_ ) . Drove nicely on the way up from Wellington, but not before giving us a bit of a scare in the Welly CBD when it dropped some coolant - coolant was running from under the car, and could be seen pooling on top of the expansion tank, under the hose and cap. 😮 We think this was due to the expansion tank cap not being quite tightened down far enough but that's difficult to tell as the cap insert stayed in the tank when I tried to remove it. I've seen this happen several times before - design fault? Or me having too big hands? - so we'll get a new one. I was able to tighten the 'empty' cap on to the insert in the tank, and there were no more leaks. Getting it apart may be more fun, but I'll sort it. Only other issue was a suspected dodgy thermostat. Temperature rose nicely to show as a vertical needle on the gauge, then after 50km or so started to drop. I don't like that - having had some coolant drop, and having seen this happen with low coolant, it was a bit of a concern. Stopped, checked under bonnet, but no sign of any leaks. Kept a close eye on it and the needle came back up to normal again. It did this a few times on the trip back, even dropping just below quarter at one point, but no warning lights. I'll get a new thermostat. The previous owner was one of those drivers who'd use 'touch' parking, but we'll not be worrying about that. Looks like they were hit in the rear quarter, or backed into something reasonably hard, at some point - the rear bumper has burst off the mounting rails. Should be an easy fix. All four corners have been somewhat 'modified'. Still... It's for a student and if that's as bad as it gets, I'll be surprised. Interior is tidy. Seats are all good, but the door pockets have had something melt in them at some point. Yuck. So. Nice car. Nothing unexpected and we're happy. Time for Dad to start sorting some of the little problems. Lots of little pieces missing. Nothing of significance, and I'll pick them up from someone breaking an E46 (M43) or from Brent @BM WORLD, Kerry at Mosen, or wherever. I'll clean up the corners and do what I can to make sure they don't rust. Oil and filter changes, engine and gearbox, obviously. Now... one of the things I've found with this car that I've not seen with others we've had is that it still has all the emission control - air pump gubbins in place. I doubt it's doing any harm, but it's not really necessary... Any gotchas with removing it? A good clean and polish, and she'll be a'right.
  9. 4 points
    Whoops, I accidentally bought another BMW!! Luckily it was only a die cast model, so not too expensive. It was supposed to be the new E30 M3 Warsteiner race car from the Lifestyle catalogue, but I got the last digit of the part number wrong so the M1 turned up instead. I thought it was pretty cool, especially with the car details, and it it being Piquet's car so decided to keep it. M3 is on back order so waiting for that one to arrive. If I could stop buying stuff like this then I might be able to afford to buy a REAL E30 M3... maybe not.
  10. 4 points
    Haha - just started out with me wondering how many were sold in NZ. Then I found the NZTA data which was cool, and then when Jon came up with the winning info I realised with the two datasets it would be possible to work out the vehicle loss rate. I'm in IT and data gets me excited 😆
  11. 4 points
    I kind of, not really, answered my own question. So thought I'd post back here. I don't have sales data, but I do have data of E46 M3's currently registered (as at Sept 2018). So it won't give me actual sales numbers as it doesn't account for vehicles taken off the road, exported, etc. But I thought it was still interesting to see how many E46 M3's are around and what they are. Note that I believe that the attached includes CSL's as well, as NZTA don't appear to separate them out separately. Still interested to see actual sales numbers for NZ, but suspect that the below is about as close as I'll get. The raw dataset is available here : https://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/new-zealand-motor-vehicle-register-statistics/new-zealand-vehicle-fleet-open-data-sets/ for anyone else who didn't know about it/is interested. Matt
  12. 4 points
    It's been a good couple of weeks... new fixed term role started; current house in Whitby sold; new(old) house in the Hutt purchased. If only I could find a buyer for my e91... I s'pose it's true about things happening in threes huh?
  13. 4 points
    All he needs is a basic oil service to keep the policy ticking over. I work at Chch BMW and we do them for like $240 if that which isn't expensive by any stretch. Especially if it means keeping Autosure happy should there be anything to claim in the future
  14. 4 points
  15. 4 points
    We're going to run the same wide body and splitter as the WTCC car as well as centre lock hubs and 270 slicks so Paul hung the fender on the car and test fitted a wheel he had lying around with spacers to emulate the centre lock adaptors - It looks like it should be a perfect fit once we align the car and add some camber. Paul also started to fabricate some of the carbon panels we are going to be using starting with the roof. In other news I managed to pick up a 6 speed sequential Quaife gearbox as well as a M3 subframe and diff which is currently being built by Kayne Barrie Motorsport.
  16. 4 points
    Put in a new thermostat and gasket housing ring, what a bitch that ring was to remove. Didn’t have to remove the whole plenum this time though so that saved a couple of hours. Now she gets up to normal operating temperature and doesn’t run as rich anymore.
  17. 3 points
    Hi all, Im currently building an E46 to race in the North Island endurance series and thought it may be a good idea to document it here. My plan is to build a 'replica' of a WTCC car I had a few years ago but with the engine, gearbox and brakes from a V8 Super Tourer creating an unholy love child of two of my old race cars. I'm hoping to have the car weighing around 1,200KG and putting down about 650HP - for reference a standard Super Tourer is around 1,440KG and 550HP. Below are a few pictures of both my WTCC car and Super Tourer as well as a rendering of what the final car could look like (Excuse the poor quality).
  18. 3 points
    Looks like 53 E39 M5s road registered as of Sep 2018. 1998 - 0 1999 - 16 2000 - 11 2001 - 12 2002 - 9 2003 - 5
  19. 3 points
    So I took the car to my first track day ever on the weekend. We had an absolute blast down at the Taupo Bruce Mclaren Motorsport Park! The car performed exceptionally well considering it is 23 years old and has 278,000 km on it. We drove it down from Auckland, drove hard all day and drove back without a single issue. It would definitely perform better with some better pads, an LSD and if some of the rear bushings were replaced but all in all I'm very impressed. I also managed to get myself 2 Racetech seats to replace the Bride replicas which I had before. I highly recommend spending the extra money for a better seat. The shape is far better, it's more comfortable and most of all it doesn't twist and flew. Overall, not bad for a car that has cost only $8649.50 to date. See some of the photos below from the day:
  20. 3 points
    You have two choices with the warranty servicing. A. Stop trying to cheap out on parts, get the service done properly and by the book and be able to claim on warranty B. Use cheap parts you supply yourself, DIY it (and potentially stuff it up since you appear to have little experience) bugger the warranty and foot the bill for any issues that come up No point whinging about it, you should have read the terms and conditions booklet before you purchased the warranty, its all very clearly outlined in there. Me personally, if i had forked out the cash for the warranty, i would just service it by the book and be done with it. When the warranty ends, get a couple of helpful, BMW knowledgeable friends together and learn to DIY it.
  21. 3 points
  22. 3 points
    My brother's been doing Rally co driving for a bloke running an EVO 9 for a few years, my dad took keen interest in it so thought it might be a good idea that we slowly work on our own rally car in a 1/3 each collaborative effort. I decided an E36 Ti would be the best base being cheap, RWD, lightweight, easy to work on and with plenty of part support. Thanking Brent A for supplying us with this car. Haven't done a huge amount yet, but picked up a nice 4 wheel trailer and have started stripping the car down. Engine is already gone (thanks Brent) so we recently started pulling the interior, got most of it out taking notes on the weight of everything coming out, I've counted nearly 160kg of old E36Ti interior with a bit more to go, we're part way through removing the sound deadening from the floor which is about another 7.5kg. Next plan will be to CAD up the engine bay points (as I did with my 1UZ E36 project) although this time we will use a 6.0 V8 L98 Commodore engine with Tremec T56 transmission. Custom headers, mounts and all such typical things will be done by myself. We originally thought about using an M54B30 but the finicky nature of those engines when pushed, and fairly low output meant choosing something with a better stock output, and more interesting being a V8 that will offer a great soundtrack. I think the most interesting part will be sorting out the E36 Ti rear end, we aim to use a M3 210mm differential so a fair bit of custom rear end work will need to be done, but seems like the best way to go, a 188mm diff might handle it but would likely fail after a few events, might not but probably better off over engineering such a key section of the car. The cage and such safety parts will most likely be done by Allport motorsport, including supply of seats, belts etc. Should be a lot of fun, aim is to just keep it relatively simple and practical. I'd imagine we'd start running it some time in 2020, most of 2019 will be the build process. A few pictures of the Ti as it is currently.
  23. 3 points
    Just slamming those stereotypes, and not adding anything useful
  24. 3 points
    Spends money on upgrades throughout the car making it no longer OEM. Then spends 20K on a stock M20 rebuild.... What an odd decision.
  25. 3 points
    It's very nice indeed. But there was a Diamond Schwarz one that was asking 25k in Rotorua which was in very good condition too. And I thought that was really testing the market. $50k... IMO I would rather buy a normal E30 coupe shell, put a S54 in it, run it with just two seats and half a cage. Or Spend it all on hookers and blow.