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  1. Merry Christmas to me... After 2 visits to view car, I made the offer and it is mine... a 3rd trip on the buses and trains to Auckland to drive it south.. I'm essentially the 3rd private owner, last owner 10 years, with a pile of receipts... So far it's had a damn good clean (wasn't even vacuumed), 2 oils leaks fixed (filler cap and sump drain plug), the lights sanded and polished, the interior mirror glass replaced, and more parts on the way... and more and more cleaning and detailing.... Drives good... mostly everything works... but got a big list of things to do.... wheels, emblems, windscreen trim, fan clutch, filters etc etc.
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  2. E46 S65 M3 Touring E34 535is M54B30 repower E36 2litre for the track 1502 2litre Alpina powered having a makeover 1990 NZ new M Sport getting a makeover/2.8 M20 stroker repower E21 M52B28 repower
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  4. Your write up was more interesting than the actual trade me auction.
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  5. I Finally got around to converting the 330i from an auto to 6 speed manual today.. - and it feels great! if anyone wants some help on the E46 conversion, happy to help. and FYI I used a M3 (S54) clutch and flywheel instead of the stupidly expensive 330 one with the built-in pilot bearing. I made an adaptor to use the 6speed type needle bearing to fit in the crank where the "normal" ball roller would go.. although this meant machining up an adaptor it was well worth it.. The cutch plate for the 6speed was also used - they are the same diameter and thickness as an M3 one so, fit in there just nicely, just the splines are different than an M3.. swapped the diff to the original spec 2.93 ratio removed the viscous fan and swapped out the aux fan etc to be as original manual config.. ----------------- this goes with the recent mods - changed out the std headlights for Bi-Xenons (huge improvement ) and upgraded to the Hi-Fi spec audio ( huge improvement too!) added TV function back, with a Tuner mod that allows digital Freeview reception and keeps the stock video module.
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  6. I've been up waiting for an opportunity to feed reindeer and assure access for santa. I'll take this opportunity to wish all Bimmersporters a very merry christmas, and prosperous and roundel-enhanced new year. Thanks especially to the mods and those who keep this place running; and thanks to the contributors who continue to keep this community interesting and relevant. cheers! Olaf
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  7. E30 M3s have the cult following as much for thier rarity as anything else. The E36 is a very underated car and the chassis is very good, as a daily driver I would have an E36 over an E30.
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  8. Sell it and get a 650i 42% more power 96% more torque. Cheapest most trouble free way to get more performance
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  9. I have a 4.5 turn brushless in my TRF511, now that's a performance engine motor.
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  11. Trains are a good proxy for driverless cars, between two static points anyway. And having lived in Europe for an extended period all I can say is that good train systems rock! I suspect good driverless cars will have even greater benefits. But, on-topic, and I am semi-reluctant to wade in but I certainly agree that the 10-15 years the authorities here have spent focusing on "speed" has been a waste of time, resources and lives. Our road toll is no longer coming down and the recent historical trend downward was not a result of the "speed kills" message (as the cops would claim) but as a result of safer cars, safer roads (in some places) and less drink driving. The problem here, as I've always maintained, is not "speed" at all, never has been. It's lack of driver skill. And by "skill" I don't just mean being able to drive a car for "skill" includes situational awareness, ability to predict and react to the behaviour of others, defensive driving and good road manners. 1. The driving standard required to get a license here needs to increase manyfold. Categorically, advanced driving skills need to become mandatory. 2. People who have acquired their skills/licenses elsewhere need to be held to the same standard and tested at an advanced level before they're allowed on our roads. 3. The "speed" message needs to be elaborated on to ensure people understand that they're not being "safe" simply by driving "slower". 4. Frustrations need to be removed from the road, absolutely no heavy vehicles in the far right lane would be an instant win. No speed cameras on or near the end of passing lanes would be another. Minimum speeds for the right hand lane would be another. All of these methods are proven to save lives around the world. They will work here. 5. People need to be told they must regularly (more frequently that once a minute) check their rear vision mirror. If there's more than 3 cars queued behind them they should be obligated to let them pass, irrespective of the speed. /IMHO
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  12. Z8 is a must on the top 10 list for me
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  13. Had an hour to spare over the weekend for a change so decided to do this. Drives like the real thing and sounds even better as I didn't bother to wire up the noise flap controller instead using an aftermarket piece and adjusting the map to account for it.
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  14. Next it was time for the strip down. Needs to loose a bit of weight so gone with the steel front guards and bumpers (PFL bumpers weigh a tonne!) to replace with a fibreglass kit from Mike Shaw Fibreglass. He does kits for some of the E30 racing series so was the right man to talk to. While I'm sure some people wont like it, the goal here isn't to create an M3 replica (hence not doing the rear windscreen/boot conversion-price wasn't worth it to me), but to loose a bit of weight and build a car how I've always wanted. I've always like the boxier type guards, plus gives me an extra cm or two to squeeze in some semi slicks. Special thanks to Kerri (Mosen Euro Parts) for lending me his front bumper mould. Looks so much better than Mikes front bumper mould. Very happy with how it came out!
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  15. I Would go see Glen @ http://botanymotorworx.co.nz/ Good guy who knows his stuff!
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  16. Took the wagon up on a 1000km round trip to bay of islands and cape reinga. Friend took a few snaps thought id share them here
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  17. You've changed your name Ron (William)? Anyway, the problem here, and in many similar threads, is that there's simply no universally correct answer despite the insistence of some. If one has to rely on semantics to prove their own paradigm is 'correct' then they've missed the point of the discussion. This was never a thread about absolutes, it was always going to be subjective. Discussions so often are. Being a member of a society invariably requires, from time to time, one to stand down from their position, however informed and accurate they believe it to be, in the interests of promoting harmony. Recognising when doing so is in the best interests of the wider community is a very respected trait and when a 'discussion' has devolved to semantics that point has well passed. For most people being harmonious some of the time is much more important than being right all of the time.
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  19. 124kw at the rear wheels wheels with just a pod filter
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  21. After months of the car sitting and months of me being away, on Sunday I finally managed to find the issue. A factory ground wire where the coil negative (which goes to the ecu, the ecu grounds it to create spark) joins up and splits of to go to the ecu and to the diagnostic connector has a ground wire from factory at the split off, grounding it. So this means the coil is constantly grounded, and was causing a short. I have no idea why it's done like this and how the car was running before, but as soon as we cut the wire the car fired right up. I checked my other wiring harness and it had the same thing. And now with my new ECU, everything is working including the fuel pump relay and ICV. Even fixed the slight miss it had. Drove the car home on Sunday night, yesterday afternoon the v-belt for the waterpump and alternator snapped. Luckily I noticed something was going on and pulled into a side street. Opened the hood to find the snapped belt (which looked to have also flipped beforehand) sitting there. So called up a friend who arranged one to get to me and I changed it then and there. While waiting I took the opportunity to take some new photos. Should have some more updates for this car coming up soon.
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  22. wow just saw this sounds kinda cool. make an outstanding wellington meet up, eh? you got any images of how this amazing rig looks, Mike?
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  23. Hi there, we have been working down in the South Island with our simulator truck and heading back to Auckland mid January.. Would anyone be keen to have a BMW only day of racing in the sims (8) and run teams of 2-3 drivers over a long Bathurst 12 hour comp.. or something like that.. Any ideas come back to me and we can set it up. Looking for a spot to park up for the day where we can have a few drinks and a BBQ $100 per team
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  24. It is 100kgs lighter than E46 so definitely more engaging! Im sold.
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  25. Apologies - I didn't realise it was hidden from non-members. Thanks for the heads up. Selling my BMW 2002 Touring project. Which wasn’t meant to be a project...$8,500. I bought this 02 unseen in May for 6k off trademe from a bloke who had prepped it for rallying, but then stored it without racing it for years. I was more interested in getting it on the road. The vendor said it was complete, would have no troubles getting revinned and had no rust issues – sort of a ‘put the interior back together and go’ proposition. Sadly it was far from complete. I have spent a way too much putting the brakes and suspension back to stock and sourcing all the trim, headliner and carpet. I bought an original gearbox and transmission tunnel as it had been modified to fit a 635 5 speed, which wouldn't get certed (the stock 4spd gearbox is currently out). It had a roll cage, which wasn’t up to spec for motorsport (regs changed while it was in storage), which I have cut out. The seat platforms were removed at the time the cage was fitted, and rails for buckets were welded in. These are still in situ, but I have the panels and hardware for the seat platforms cut out of a wrecked car ready to weld back in. I have returned the rear suspension arms to stock, and rebushed them after cleaning them up and repainting them. New bilstein hd struts in the front (matching the ones in the back) new upper strut bearings. New Brembo rotors on the front, and rebuilt stock calipers ready to go on. I had the rear brake drums surfaced, and installed new shoes and handbrake cables. I got the original brake servos rebuilt and they are sitting in a box all clean and nice. I had a cunifer hard brake line set made to original spec, this is still in the box too. The car comes with new front and rear windscreen seals, lockstrips and lockstrip tool. New door seals, and a new hatch seal. The seals for the rear windows are out of production, but I have three seals from a sedan that are the same profile, and can be cut to fit. I have a new headliner sewn to fit in the right vinyl, and a nice salt and pepper carpet kit cut and sewn specially. I spent time on ebay and forums tracking down all the belt, knee and rocker trim, though the mounting holes for all these will need to be redrilled as they were filled when it went in for panel and paint some years ago. If you cant be bothered with that, I have some adhesive ‘chrome’ in the same style to fake it. The bumpers are here, and there is a hardware kit to assemble the rear. There is a good condition dash supplied with the car – the one in there was cut up to fit the roll cage. Two complete sets of seats, spare bonnet, hatch (the spare hatch isn’t in great shape) two spare fenders, a spare engine, a spare gas tank, a pile of other stuff like extra doorcards and whatnot. The engine starts and runs fine. The vendor said it had not much use since being rebuilt by sd european in Hamilton. Carjam and nzta still have the car in their system. The vendor couldn’t find the plates, so I got them as personaliseds, they will come with it. I have receipts and correspondence from the vendor, nzta have confirmed he was the last registered owner so registering it should be ok. I'm now seriously (inevitably, really) underwater on the car, having spent over 15k up to this point. I just can't go on pouring money into it, so I have to sell it. It has rust that will need attention, which I wish I had tackled first. The drivers footwell is the worst I could see – I got a replacement panel to swap in, along with the studs for the accelerator pedal. When I took it in to get the seat platforms put right and the footwell sorted though the shop identified rust in the passenger floor (front and rear) in a wheel well (guard?), the tow mount and in the roof too. If someone is into these cars and can weld, or has contacts who can, there is good value in this. You don’t see many 02s, and even fewer Tourings these days. I get that there is still a way to go with the project, and the $$ could seem high in this respect. I know I might have to split it up, but I’d like to give it a shot at getting back on the road in the hands of someone who has skills other than buying parts off ebay, and I think listing it all together gives it the best chance
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  26. http://www.alpina-automobiles.com/fileadmin/user_upload/IMG_Content/ALPINA_History/alpina_historie_E34_B10_BITURBO.jpg
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  27. Selling on behalf of partner Supercharged M3 E46, had loads of $ spent on her over the past year. She requires a 4 dr for baby, and is saying good bye to her 2 dr. On Trademe for $32k ono but would do less for BM Lovers cash deal around 28k ono.. No money owing on vehicle. We need to get her a 4dr or will just keep it for the baby to grow into :). Serviced regularly (2 weeks ago) $20k Supercharger ESS Tuning kit fitted & installed within the last 6 months - http://esstuning.com/e46-m3-vt2-575-supercharger-system-gen-3/ Manual : SMG 2 Paddle Shift Automatic Option $3k Adjustable Coil over suspension - http://www.bilsteinus.com/products/performance-suspension-kits/bilstein-b16-pss9pss10/ Perfect ride height does not scrap Staggered Deep Dish 19" Wheels - Purchased $4k plus tyres from Hyper Front carbon lip Black Front Kidney Grills Angel Eyes Clear fog lights just installed - HID White and matches the angel eyes Exterior - Front bumper being resprayed and stone chips removed already, pickup 16.1.2017 Memory, Leather M3 seats Cup / Coin holder JVC Head unit, USB, Aux, Bluetooth hands free kit No money owing on vehicle Comes with service history folder and all items that have been replaced prior to owning vehicle. NOTE: For buyers satisfaction come view vehicle. *BIG THANKS to RAY@HELLBM and boys down there for doing a few things on the hardware side and helping with the tune down at Torque Performance. Running around 280-90kw little lower than what ESS say it should be. Maybe with a few little changes could achieve much more. I quote from ESS: "We typically see 490-510whp on the S54 on a DynoJet with this kit". regardless...It's currently at a safe tune so she's happy
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  29. I have to say, although I got my license at 15, and every milestone at the quickest possible time, restricted at 15 and a half, and full license a year after that, I did have to do a defensive driving course through AA in order to cut 6 months from restricted to full. This course helped me many times in my early driving stages as I was taught to be aware of not just myself but of the surroundings, infront, beside and behind. If I kept a mental log of what kind of cars are behind and next to me, I can react much faster if for example the car infront of me suddenly stopped. I would know whether to swerve left or right or just slam the brakes. Knowing whats happening around you is a vital skill in being a good driver. Yes the license test tells you to "check the side and rear view mirrors" but never really explains the importance. Its keeping the temporary image in your mind in case you need to react in a sudden situation. Speed is a problem, but it is not THE solution. We need better driving tests for everyone. Make courses mandatory and or cheaper so more people can attend. It cant be hard to lecture a small group of people once a day and explain some basic common sense..
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  30. Thought I better update this thread. I ripped the dash out and installed a new evaporator and valve, a new heater core, a new drying container, and every single seal and oring in the whole system. While I was in there I even removed the front carpet and cleaned that. It was scary having the whole dash out but I took my time and everything went back together fine. On Friday I go back to coolcar to have the system refilled, so fingers crossed.
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  31. Firstly, welcome to the forum. I will start by saying - I totally disagree with the seat bypass. It is illegal to tamper with the system - regardless of the fact that the air bag should still operate. They were installed for a reason! As far as the replacement module, i am pretty sure they cannot be reprogrammed for a different application - the 7 would have had more bags installed no doubt. You will need one that is programmed the same as yours. Or a new module which does need programming to the car.
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  32. Graham - if you buy a honda does it require you to lose your bimmersport membership and hand in your man card?
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  33. As Kyu says, 'better' can mean different things. If it's the cheapest possible option you're after, you're probably asking the wrong people! Conor's suggest of Glenn @ Botany is an excellent one. If you want someone to have a quick look over the car, I work in Papatoetoe and would be happy to do that. I don't work on cars for a living and I definitely don't have Glenn's experience, but if I don't know an answer, I don't guess: I go to someone who does know.
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  34. went for a strole through picapart the other day to get a bumper for a honda, when i spotted a car i recognized it was a white ac schnitzer e36 318tii knew it lowwerd but i didnt think it would have a set of bilstein adjustable coil overs. so for 170 smackaroos the coupe is getting another up grade. i didnt come out with what i was after though but i think im still better off.
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  35. The rear 4 cylinder cross member works with the v8 trans, the front of the motor still needs to come down about 15mm ensure that the drive line angle is ok. i'm going to have relocate the abs pump
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  36. Took it for a WOF yesterday. And... it only failed on the speed rating of the rears tyres being different So quite pleased it's an easy fix
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  37. That sounds like a great idea let us all try that shall we?
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  38. Finally some quieter time to focus on the wiring side of things. Working with a full E92 M3 car loom and all modules laid out. Unravelling/depinning anything we decide that is not needed.
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  39. I got the rocker covers back from powder coating I welded up the oil filter feed in the block and installed a 12an fitting for the oil supply
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  40. Idle issue fixed by giving the ICV some attention. Now idles consistently at 1k. Fixed the alternator by plugging it in properly. Drove it up the road with no issues, other than the clutch not playing ball, needs new fluid, rebleeding, new filler cap. I might change the slave cylinder while I'm there too. Next up gearbox fluid change, new clutch fluid, new brake fluid reassemble the interior and off for a WOF. So yeah, New Years is very feasible.
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  41. Hi there, I was asked, nay instructed, to introduce myself so here goes. My actual name is Ian. I plan to do a bit of maintenance on my car so thought I'd tap into the wealth of wholly accurate information on the internet, then joined here to help sift out the stuff that is actually useful. I've come back to BMW after last owning a BMW 2002ti in the 80s. I've now got a 2003 330i Touring, very nice in Mystic Blue. If anyone knows who owned BRE 179 previously I've got a selection of their CDs which were left in the changer and which I'm happy to hand back. My musical taste leans away from Barbara Streisand and towards Radiohead. I guess I need to add a pic of the car at some point.
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  42. Welcome to the forum. I have to say, there are a lot of new posts from new members asking about E90's in general nowadays. They have certainly come down in price and are an attractive model for those getting into the BMW/European car experience. few notes regarding the car above: - price is quite fair for what it is - what it is, is a poverty spec nothing special e90 sedan with no options. it is a base model, not msport so doesnt have the nicer bodykit, m suspension or steering wheel, factory wheels, etc. - the good thing is it is relatively love kms for a 2005 model (first year of production) and does not have iDrive (which can be a negative for those who want the screen but otherwise its less to go wrong) - seems like decent service history but it is a Jap import not NZ new which is a minus (reflects in the price and doesnt necessarily mean its bad) - keep in mind that these cars do and will need maintenance around the 100k kms mark, things like water pump, cooling system components such as thermostat, possibly radiator, hoses, drive belt, ac belt, tensioners, pulleys, power steering reservoir, power steering lines, maybe brake pads and rotors, suspension componants etc etc. At the end of the day, if you have a budget of say 10k or there abouts, this could be a really nice car for you to buy, and slowly spend some money on. What you will get is a nice reliable european vehicle with great 3L NA power, nice (but soft-ish) suspension/ride unless you decide to upgrade springs/shocks/wheels and it still has the nice leather seats! But dont think that you will get away without spending a bit on maintenance stuff, the car will treat you as well as you treat it! and they like to be pampered. You wont be able to abuse it and neglect on this service work otherwise your car will give up on you and you will be crying in a ditch somewhere. Final note: if you have a bigger budget, it sometimes pays to spend a bit more to get one that ticks more options such as msport (completely different car to a non msport base model such as this) and you can also find ones that are possibly NZ new and have a sunroof etc because afterall, you dont want to 'settle' for something because it seems cheap at first. It may cost you more in the long run than forking out a bit more initially and end up with a nice/better spec'd example. (I should really start a NZ specific E90 buying guide, seems like I am repeating myself too many times lately..)
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  43. Except this is a huge waste of time, because engines do not "scale" like that. If they did, then every manufacturer would build a hot little motor and upsize it, and they would all be based off motorcycle engines. But anyway, this thread has been done to death, you are flogging a dead horse. Just agree to disagree already! You don't have to always prove everyone wrong, you can just let them be wrong and take comfort that you are right (in your own opinion at least).
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  45. I've had my E39 M5 (ex UK) airbag replaced today. I contacted BMWNZ about a month ago and they advised me to contact an authorised dealer. It included a new cover and emblem. So I'm a happy chappy.
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  46. Jesus Christ, this is a public BMW forum that is supposed to be enjoyable & and open discussion You make it sound like this is a A level exam question that can only be answered by arguing one point of view.
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  47. Picked up a X5 4.6is as a new tow wagon. With the Alpina powerplant it seemed like a good idea retrofit a E46 M3 SMG steering wheel. the Easy mod. gives a cool dynamic to the driving experience.
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  49. So here's what I take from this thread. NA engines that make power at 7000 RPM or better are pretty much the only engines that get classified as performance engines.(By Ron) LS Engines (alloy)are not performance engines even though their light weight and size allow them to fit into small engine bays and give significant power to weight increases. The E36 is not an exciting chassis (even though Ron owns one) Torque is largely overlooked in this discussion but it's a real factor in street car performance and while turbo motors can emulate this level of torque they lack the linearity. Finally to dispel the rumour that pushrods dont rev read this. http://www.hotrod.com/articles/4-8l-crank-ls3-block-how-to-build-an-8000-rpm-ls-stroker/ no rocket science here just short stroke big bore basics. Now that in an E36 sounds like some fun. Over 100 HP per litre. And unlike some of the mythical motors Ron has put forward this one is a bread an butter build. Now I already know from posting this in the wrong area that's Ron's response is basically to abuse but the above build shows that by Ron's metric an LS can be a performance engine.
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  50. 100Hp/ litre seems about right to me, but a performance engine alone is useless, 500 hp in my 1900 Kg M5 gives good performance, 215 hp in a 650Kg Fraser clubman also gives excellent performance , but a 215 Hp 2 litre Iitre in my M5 would be rubbish! 500 hp in a 650kg Fraser on the other hand.....
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