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hotwire last won the day on April 25 2018

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  • Birthday 12/06/1963

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    Grant M
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    Big Smoke -Te Awamutu
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    99 E39 525i
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    78 E12 520i
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    E30 320i
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  1. Nup you can't sorry. You will need a total monitor retrofit which will require rear mount radio tuner, antenna amplifier + video module or nav unit (for screen graphics) & the harness assy. The 16:9 monitor is just a dumby (apart from the tape deck) - all the modules are remote to it in the rear of the vehicle. Also - is the 16:9 monitor a specific X5 unit? Many are sold as fitting E38/39 & 53. The X5 unit is different as the screen pixels are set for the different viewing angle in the X5 So, either a lot of work & cost to retrofit the 16:9 or - go back to original radio (will plug into existing plug) or another Chinavin unit.
  2. ^^^^ got a set of Factory sport option Billy's for the E12 a couple of years back out of BMW AG
  3. Yep agree to all above. I did everything including thermostat housing in one hit on mine. Fit & forget. Radiator is the only part not replaced as yet.
  4. You should scan it with live data to see what is happening. Internal module faults can cause all kinds of rogue fault codes. I would bet the module at fault.
  5. No better than the C180 Benz at work at the minute. 117000km, totally clean well serviced engine & the timing chain has jumped the exhaust cam sprocket 1/4 turn. Teeth on both cam sprockets severely worn. To add salt to the wound, Benz want $4.5k for parts to repair!
  6. Yes but they only assembled. The problem is the design santa - get a 6 cyl version - a much better car
  7. Those ignition coils very rarely fail, even at age. Ironically they are usually the first thing to get blamed for poor running. But - the new one is shiny 😊
  8. Yea and the 3 are up near retail to offset the 1 free offer. in this case - 1 at retail to offset the 1/2 price of the second. Marketing 101
  9. Great progress Jon. So be ready for 21/22 season huh😉
  10. ^^^^ Yep!. Try buying a complete M-Tech II kit now
  11. Rodents in cars. Have seen untold over the years & the little shits cause heaps of issues in eating through things. Often wiring is eaten inside inner guards etc - where it cannot be seen but suspicious electrical gremlins & signs of rodents is always a give away. Looks like a nice score by the way.
  12. Yep, the lock should still turn regardless of battery voltage. I have picked the locks on several E9... series cars
  13. ^^^^ This. Japan has humidity just like Singapore. I have seen, worked on plenty of ex Singapore BMW's that are no worse than from any other market. Certainly the same can;t be said for Mercs - with their wiring degradation along with all the external trim plastics.
  14. hotwire

    Import tax

    Certainly going to be interesting on how it will work & be policed. That said, I don't have a problem on paying GST, what has really pissed me is (unless flying under the radar) $399 has cost just that. $401 (if picked) has cost about $520 ish - with the other associated costs added. So it will now cost $461 - as it should.
  15. I would suggest fixing yours or putting a new unit on. A pain to change it only to have it fail in six- 12 months.
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