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  1. 6 points
    I have to say that Dave has requested first option of buy back if the time comes for it to part company with me. Pleasure to take over the ownership of this fine beastmate, thanks. I’m sure the driveway will feel pretty different for a while. loving the first few hundred kms on the way back to Auckland, second half of the trip today. car will get some bodywork finishing to take the work Dave started onwards. will be a stock look and feel all the way Today has been a good day (for me)
  2. 6 points
    Interesting view. What if the police pursuit resulted in the deaths of your wife & son as innocent bystanders; the unintended consequence of a police pursuit? And further, what if that pursuit was on the basis of an alleged offender having exceeded the speed limit by 30kph, or an arrest warrant for not turning up to court? Would you still say "that's unfortunate"? I think the pursuit thing needs a re-think. Yes, I want offenders stopped; but at what cost? When is the risk to life acceptable? I think the risk management needs improvement. I'm not suggesting this is easy in an operational environment; the statistics speak for themselves. In a country where our new - stringent - Health & Safety laws are focussing on everyone doing their job should make it home to their family after work, we have The Pursuit. This - in many cases - puts staff (Police officers) or public at risk. In the face of this, is the pursuit an acceptable action? The triggers or measures (threshold) currently in place may no longer be valid. As for your suggestion that our Police force are a bunch of cissies; try telling them that yourself, see who comes off second best! We ask a particularly difficult job of our Police force, and for the most part, they're armed only with an alloy baton and a stab vest. They're trained to use their intellect, and de-escalate violence. I'd much rather an NZ Police Officer attend a domestic in my neighbourhood than your average American Police officer! Our Police officers are well-trained behind the wheel compared with (say) UK police forces, who for the most part get just a couple of days driving training, and back to their 1300cc 'Panda' cars. The NZ Police certainly have my support for increased numbers, training, and tools, wherever it's needed; I very much appreciate what they do. What I'm saying, is that one of their processes and procedures requires evaluation, to see if there are more appropriate measures. It's not Grand Theft Auto on the PS4. I can restart a computer game; I can't re-start where my family or friends could be unnecessarily injured or killed for no good reason.
  3. 5 points
    The background is very dark now and the topic header is black also. This combination is a pain to clearly see, is there a user side way to change this? thank mr admin
  4. 5 points
    Had Winger replace the airbag. Started replacing the accessory belts, water pump and thermostat. Realised I didn't have the right tools, so settled for a new thermostat gasket to check if that solved my leak (will replace it when I do the water pump). Finished installing the shadow line trim I had, washed it and managed to turn a semi-decent camera into a potato (should've checked the settings before shooting).
  5. 4 points
    Today is a good day. Travelled down to see Dave and take ownership of his very special E38. 1 of only 113 RHD facelifts made, with 24 being individuals. car is really in great shape and Dave has completed lots of work to get it from where it was to a reliable runner. in saying that a few battery issues on start up LOL but that looks more like a faulty new battery. Trip back to Auckland now, having a lot of fun for the first few hundred kms. Promised to Dave to keep it stock and if the time ever comes give him first right of refusal to repurchase. Now to carry on the journey and tidy up the bodywork issues. New front bumper required, doesn’t look worth recovering. basic paint tidy up and re-spray in the same colour. (Looking for good spot in Auckland for this guys) Sympathetic upgrade of the radio and music space. interior colour touch up of the blue to restore new door card for the drivers door, don’t think that’s recoverable either but we’ll see. God I love these cars and this one tops it off. Did I say today was a good day? picture taken half way home at Taumarunui last night (sad looking Audi next to it keeps sneaking in for the pictures... in for nose correction next week by the way, thanks to a rather high bump stop)
  6. 4 points
    Okay, armed with my new knowledge from above and some extra reading I took my box-o-shocks to George Stock to see what they had to say. Well worth the trip. A friendly gent in a suit pointed me to the workshop and told me to talk to Russell. I wandered through a maze of corridors into a massive warehouse and a pristine (and empty) workshop and found the man called Russell. Big bloke, difficult to miss. Russell came out to look at my box-o-shocks and immediately declared that the front pair I have are fine, I just need to remove the plastic dust covers and clean out all the perished bump-stop that will be in there. They're hydraulic, have no leaks and have clean shafts. Win. All four rears are gas-pressurised hydraulic and, whilst the gas has mostly gone, they're perfectly fine to use because they're not leaking and are supported by springs anyway (aren't all shocks - apparently not!). He said use the bigger bore ones (the M3 variety rather than the "motorsport" ones) and I'll be away laughing. No real benefit in testing them and replacement rear shocks are a dime a dozen these days he says - if they fail, just get new ones. He was concerned that I shouldn't put them onto the M3. I assured him they were going into a lessor car and he was happy. As we parted he complimented the M3, I'm glad I drove that instead of the 328! Now I need to order all the ancillaries to mount them - by the time you consider top mounts, bushings (for sway bars), bump stops, reinforcements and ancillary hardware it's still not an inexpensive exercise! Thanks for all the advice!
  7. 4 points
    Pics for posterity....
  8. 3 points
    I dont think you would have found a better home
  9. 3 points
    Hmmmm I don’t have an engineering degree but I am good enough with physics to know this can’t be true. Nano second wheel change arguments aside, and ignoring wear and tear of stud or bolt, with appropriate material properties and thread pitch you can yield the same clamping force, sheer force and yield strength in both stud and bolt fastening methodology but you have the following mechanical advantages with a stud and lug\nut set up. - consistency of tightening torque as the amount of thread engaged on a stud and lug nut is the same and not dependent on how many threads are picked up in the hub (more torque the more threads/friction or more bolt stretch you introduce - if any) - safer and easier to inspect stud and lug\nut wear over bolt and hub wear. - single vertical force acting on a stud and nut during the tightening phase vs two forces being acted upon on a bolt through stretch and twist in the tightening phase leading to a more accurate and even clamping between the two mating surfaces (think cylinder heads). but apart from that I agree that the M14 to M12 stud kits are a bad idea vs enlarging holes in the wheel. But give me centre lock anytime over everything else because “race car” lol!! : )
  10. 3 points
    Took it up to Auckland for Xmas and then over to Raglan for New Years and then back to Welly. Didn't miss a beat and got to stretch it’s legs. Stopped in and met @Lucan and picked up the roof racks he was selling a while back. Back down to Welly and gave the new snow foam lance a go Thought it was a gimmick but it's really good. At 208,000km I have just replaced: - Timing chain guides - Timing chain - Oil seperator (returned to OEM setup as PO had installed a catch can system) - Vanos Seals - Valley Pan - CCV - Water Pump - Thermostat - Coolant temp sensor - Engine mounts - Upper oil pan gasket - Lower oil pan gasket - Crank seal - Fuel Filter - Oil Filter - BMW coolant Now that this is all done I will hopefully make it to the next Wellington Club meet. This ended up being a lot more time consuming than I thought and ended up having the car off the road for the last 7 weeks using spare hours here and there to get it done, learnt a lot and had to ask lots of questions from more mechanically minded mates but got there in the end. Here’s a few pics from my journey.
  11. 3 points
    Welded the 4.44 diff: Made a floor plate so my feet don't have to hover: Did a few autocrosses at the end of 2017: Convinced the wife to have a go at the HCMC Christmas autocross too - at first she was worried/scared due to a big, cambered corner in the paddock, but after the first run came back in with a huge grin and then went faster and faster each time:
  12. 3 points
    Get a sample of your oil tested. An indication of Bearing condition can be derived from sample. E.G. forum with a bit more info http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=431107
  13. 3 points
    166605kms : happy one year of ownership (my first V8). So that year's gone by fast, 14,311kms, a decent chunk of change spent on maintenance, and many smiling miles driven. Every time I drive it, it puts a smile on my dial. Comfortable, quick, remarkably capable for a commode-sized car. Next up: bumper repaint (insurance - left a 'present', though left no note), 2mm stone chip in screen to be repaired (insurance), and source a new rim (slow leak from a crack). I'd planned on giving her a 'birthday' today, another good wash. Too busy with other stuff. So here's a snap marking the occasion:
  14. 3 points
  15. 3 points
    https://www.trademe.co.nz/1568612761 i really really want this..
  16. 3 points
    Anyone from here ?? https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/102181890/fleeing-driver-tries-swimming-to-escape-bay-of-plenty-police
  17. 3 points
    Dave, No: - the expansion of the shock of its own accord just indicates the presence of gas in the system presurising the oil to stop it foaming. if the shocks are hyrdaulic only then they will not self extend - lots of shocks are just hydraulic e.g your race car, If they are gas filled and don't then it just means the gas has fallen out, if they are gas filled and ther expand rapidly they have bugger all rebound control ( they are poked). A proper compression test is force at a rate and a rebound test is the same in the opposite direction - i.e you have to pull the shock back up. Rebound force the effort to stretch the shock out should be 1.5 to 4 times higher than compression force. You can ether apply a constant force and measure time or pull at a given rate and measure the force - most shocks / shock dyno's use the latter method and will quote a rate. Compression force on my koni shocks is about 450 Newtons and rebound is around 1450 ( at the koni spec'd rate) because I have firm springs which assist compression control and then need higher rebound control to slow the release of the energy stored in the spring.
  18. 2 points
    Cool - good outcome for all. Hope to see it sometime. It is a lot of car for the money!
  19. 2 points
    Probably the most relevant youtube ad I've ever seen...
  20. 2 points
    Nice one, now you will have real trouble deciding what to drive.
  21. 2 points
    Agreed, I didn't know the upgrade was (finally) happening! One of the technical clever admins must have done it. I will try and get them to have a look at the settings and see if they can change the colours a bit.
  22. 2 points
    There needs to be much harsher penalties for people that run from the police. A slap on the wrist if caught makes trying to get away worth it. Our justice system is a joke for the most part, but that isnt the fault of the police force. Also, you can't really blame the police for being seriously under-funded and staffed, that's an issue that starts much further up the chain. The police try and do the best with what they are given, and I imagine in auckland they are stretched out further than anywhere else due to the overpopulation and physical area they have to cover. All our emergency services need and deserve better support from the government to improve their effectiveness. For the most part its a pretty thankless job, but we couldn't do without them.
  23. 2 points
    Talk to Transmission Solutions in Manukau and buy the Amtex 6 speed oil of them. It's what we used BTW...you need to set the oil level in park on a level surface at 45 degrees C
  24. 2 points
  25. 2 points
    11 years later, it finally gets what it should have had out of the box
  26. 2 points
    OK its on! Did you know the three Holden's I now own are, and will be, appreciating faster (regardless of how ugly they are) than an EV? Did you know that one in particular has 'appreciated' by over 3x its purchase price in the 18 months and is not slowing down? And that's just one of them! Not only that but... How many times have you driven your - sorry your wife driven her - Leaf and other drivers pull along side, wind down their window and yell out things like - "Sweat ride!', 'Niiiiice!', 'sounds mean bro!', 'Is it for sale?!'"? How many times do you - sorry, your wife - get approached by enthusiasts wanting to know more about your - sorry, her - Leaf? I think we mutually agree that I drive an ugly thing. However, I'd never make my wife drive something fugly. Like a Leaf . Some friendly advice - just buy what ever you feel like, e65, e39, Tesla, Prius or whatever (actually it really doesn't matter what you fancy), and your wife will drive it. Eventually. It is probably better than the alternative! Of course this reply is totally in jest and no offence is intended!
  27. 2 points
    Update on the radiator... I took the alu one out of the 328 and replaced that with the OEM one, all good. Cleaned and flushed the alu one and even spent 30 mins straightening out all the bent fins; put it in the garage. Got the old rad out of the M3 a few days later which was easy as I have no fan or cowls, three hoses, two clips and uncoupling the oil cooler. Lost only a few mils when draining so I could reuse the (expensive) BMW coolant (it's only a year old). Dropped in the alu rad and got it settled into place no problem. Got underneath to hook up the oil cooler and... no go. The brackets are there on the radiator but the actual radiator design makes it impossible to fit the cooler, there's simply not enough room - it's a lazy design oversight. No amount of fettling, hammering or even pounding was going to create room for it to fit. Do NOT buy a Redline Performance alu radiator for an e36 M3!! Fit's fine in the 328 (no oil cooler) and should fit in the M3 but it's miles off. Avoid. So I had a beer to consider my options. I'm glad the cricket was on the radio. Didn't take long for me to work out my only practical option. Drained the 328 and hauled the OEM radiator back out, slotted that into the M3 and hooked up the oil cooler no problem (of course). Filled it (NB: make sure drain plug is in rad before filling!) and made sure everything was tight. Self bleeding cooling systems are the biz. Put the alu radiator back into the 328 and faffed around with refilling and bleeding that again... :-/ So, I could have: 1. Taken OEM radiator from box and put it in the M3: 90 mins max. What I did was: 1. Drain and remove perfectly good alu radiator from 328 and replaced it with an OEM one: 3 hours 2. Drain and remove old radiator from M3: 30 mins 3. Fit alu radiator to M3 and wank around trying to get it to fit: 60 mins 4. Have beer and decide what to do: 10 mins 5. Drain and remove OEM radiator from 328: 60 mins 6. Install OEM rad in M3: 30 mins 7. Reinstall alu rad in 328: 60 mins How to turn a 90 mins job into a 6+ hour job. Nice. Anyway... one change I made on the M3 was to install a lower aux fan temp switch (from the E30 I think) into the M3. This one operates at 80/88*C (low/high fan speed) as opposed to the standard 91/99*C. I've kept my 88*C thermostat. The reason I did this was because I'm not using a clutch fan at all and wanted to provide some extra cooling as soon as the thermostat opens. The front (aux) pusher fan is really powerful and should be enough (unless you blow a fuse, ask me how I know). My oil temps (measured using the dash gauge) have dropped 8-10*C (!!!) as a result of this change so I'm quite happy. Aux fan comes on far more frequently of course but that's not an issue at all.
  28. 2 points
    As promised... a few pics (apologies to attach, will open a Flickr soon) Spent last couple of days doing the full detail, headlight refurb.. just exterior stuff for now as I have some work to do inside (roof lining) so figured I'd leave that cleaning till last. Until now I've never used a clay bar, and it was totally worth the purchase and patience.
  29. 2 points
    Single exhaust tip at rear, regular mirrors, probably 530i Motorsport. Stuff has a story here Cool photo, Clive Owen eat your heart out
  30. 2 points
    Thought I'd give this an update. Spoke to the Auckland City BMW this morning who had run a scan and diagnosed 2 coils busted and recommended I get all 6 replaced and the spark plugs as well as they were shot. They quoted me an exorbitant amount as we can all imagine. Said that they have tried a million times and never been successful in getting all replaced under insurance - only the two would get done. I said I'd think about it. Got in touch with the insurance. They said definitely wont be covering all 6 and the spark plugs. Said if another coil went within a short time they might waive the premium. Called the dealer I bought the car from. He said to call ACBMW to put it out on the road, he would get it towed to his mechanic, replace the two broken coils and all spark plugs for nothing. Should be ready tomorrow or Wednesday. Not a bad result I reckon. Will replace the coils and spark plugs myself in due course to make sure there's quality parts in there however. Only disappointing thing was having to pay ACBMW $155 (discounted a massive 12% from $177) for the scan and diagnosis... And when I asked for the results of the scan to be sent to me, they said they don't give them out. Shocker.
  31. 2 points
  32. 2 points
    You don't see many in that colour! I wonder if in 20 years time I will be a weird old dude like my father in law, who gets all excited whenever he sees a Mk1 Capri driving about, and I'll be getting all misty eyed about E39s... "Oh yes they had cassette players in all models without the TV screen right up to the end of production, even tho everyone ditched their mixtrack tapes 10 years before then" Kids "WTF Dad you are such a nerd, who even cares about these old cars"
  33. 2 points
    So I finally finished restoring my E46 330ci to its former glory with a respray to most of the car, body work, cut polish. Ended up getting some rims for it too, really adding to the final touch. These things age really well with time! ----- When i begun - it needed some serious love Finished with the respray - but the old wheels - just didnt give it the BMW look And here it is now
  34. 1 point
    It was immediate..lol Remorse that is. But for me it was time to move it on and concentrate on other things. I did however wait a long time for the right buyer to come along even turning a couple of people away because I didn't think they'd cherish the car like it deserved.. :-) Despite the driveway not looking the same I'm happy with where it's at now.
  35. 1 point
    I have had Rhonda look after all our legal stuff since the early 90's. When and if you meet her you will see why. She is currently managing the sale of my building for me . She is a no nonsense battler you would want on your side all the way and she knows her stuff
  36. 1 point
  37. 1 point
    Well said Olaf, Its easy to see things black and white when its not your family and friends being affected.
  38. 1 point
  39. 1 point
    I think your mate was asking me on behalf of you about this. You’ll deff need a bumper But I reckon you’ll beat the valance out with a BFH and some dollies. thats pre facelift right?
  40. 1 point
    Sold, paid and collected. Must have been to cheap :>
  41. 1 point
    Allan's right @Jacko, for the sake of a few bucks do the seals whilst it's out.
  42. 1 point
    Hmmmm the addiction in me is strong - I think this one would get under your skin. They are such a good daily......wish I had room at the inn! The colour is classy.
  43. 1 point
  44. 1 point
    Out of interest - what did they quote for the coils? Also surely as the owner, you are entitled to the scan result that you have just paid for. Just looked up ign coils from one of our suppliers - Genuine Bosch at $65 each. Bosch, Bremi, Delphi are all suppliers to BMW as OEM. Just with no BMW logo or box,
  45. 1 point
  46. 1 point
    Whilst I do agree with this, in my experience the dealers are bloody hopeless. They just reset codes or replace things with the lowest cost, lowest quality parts. if you plan on keeping the car for a while you might want to bite the bullet on some quality replacements.
  47. 1 point
    Keen to see what it's like - I've just softened the front suspension again - even 13/33 clicks is too hard compared to the rear..! Definitely room to move on the front end if the back stiffens considerable - I'm looking forward.
  48. 1 point
    essentially, by spending a shitload of cash with them, every year, for many years, to keep a scandi and a german on the road. EDIT: mind you, it might be like fight club, and now I've spoken about it...
  49. 1 point
    205,000 KM replaced front wheel bearings with OEM FAG 31221093427 with new bolts: Genuine BMW 31206779384 Old and the new The weird clicks/pops I was hearing when driving in and out of driveways or when the front was loaded up on the brakes coming to a stop have gone. The vibration at 100km has also reduced dramatically. Although while I was in there I noticed a lot of play in the thrust arm bushings so they will be next on the list. Finally used it for what I bought it for... Bit more work horsing
  50. 1 point
    M10B18 and an auto box. Drive it around Auckland... You're stationary most of the time anyway - no one will know! Does look lovely.