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M3AN last won the day on April 13

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About M3AN

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    E36 M3 3.2/6M
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  1. M3AN

    Undercarriage Protectant

    ^ wow lol.
  2. M3AN

    x1 e84 Engine Malfunction after work

    I know naught about these engines but I doubt you could stuff up the sensor by getting coolant on it. That you had oil in you coolant is interesting... does the oil cooler have a water jacket? Otherwise I'm not sure how the oil cooler could contaminate the coolant. Anyway, with any boost pressure fault be sure to check the wastegate is closing correctly.
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    Over the last few days... Pulled the aircon compressor out of the 328, it's dripping fluid and aircon has never worked... was already missing one mounting bolt and one of the remaining three sheared off as soon as I twisted it. The bottom two are easily rotted way down there. It's unlikely to ever go back on, might remove the tensioner from that side also as well as the rest of the aircon gubbins. Got the steering wheel straightened on the M3, it was a tiny (but annoying) bit off after the last alignment (for the new steering rack). Called the shop and they were like 'that's no good, bring it straight in' and it took less than 10 mins. Happy. Re-hung the exhaust on the M3, the tips were hanging too low (for a number of years, since I had my diff seals done) and now, after using a different hanger mounting hole, are perfectly aligned. Happy with that. Still chasing some front end imbalance on the 328...
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    e36 track car build

    Yeah, attach them to your shocks - for all sorts of reasons. Might as well get adjustable links, that'll make bar adjustments quicker and more granular.
  5. M3AN

    e36 track car build

    I see you have the sway bars mounted to the control arms... do your shocks not have mounts for them?
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    It's very nice but is it $38k nice?..

    I wonder if you do go and have a look if you'll drive up the driveway, see the car sitting there all nice and clean and then the owner will open the garage and go "ta-da!" and the second one is sitting there for you. Two 3.0 M3's for $38k seems about right.
  7. M3AN

    E90 M3 2009 NZ NEW 6speed

    Looks good, pity it's a sedan (that's M5 territory in my mind). Without knowing the market $25k seems like a sharp price to me, almost worth picking up just to have some fun, surely they're not going to be worth less than $25k in 12 months? GLWS.
  8. M3AN

    E60 M5

    I'd be quite surprised if an M5 didn't require 98 at a minimum. Of course if you keep it under ~4000 rpm then it probably doesn't matter (and you probably shouldn't own an M5).
  9. M3AN

    E60 M5

    How are you getting 98 at Caltex?
  10. M3AN

    My fave photo is of the........

    I was going to mention the paint... 😕
  11. M3AN

    Wanted: E36 M3 in Christchurch

    I thought very few (if any) 16's would fit but they're nice wheels... @Aaron is down your way (Christchurch, not Hamilton), he may have some ideas/pointers for you.
  12. M3AN

    It's very nice but is it $38k nice?..

    I like how they keep saying 'come and see the car' to see the value yet won't tell anybody what amazing sh*t you're going to see. Seeing it in person isn't going to up your value perception by 15 or 20k... Still dreaming.
  13. M3AN

    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    Yeah, I've seen that, don't you think they seem impractically broad? Pretty much every part manufacturer becomes an OEM for every part they make under that definition. I don't think that's how the terms are commonly used, even if it is the proper definition. Clearly it pays to check precisely what somebody means when using those terms!
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    I'm not sure those definitions ^ are valid... my understanding... OE = Original Equipment and WILL be branded by the vehicle manufacturers and is ONLY available from the vehicle manufacturer or their agents (and not direct from the part manufacturer or their agents). ALWAYS has a BMW (in this case) part number. Warranty, returns etc are via the vehicle manufacturer (or agent). OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer that makes the SAME part for the vehicle manufacturer but is selling the equivalent part direct (or via wholesale) and is NOT available from the vehicle manufacturer nor does it carry the manufacturer logo. NEVER has a BMW (in this case) part number. Warranty, returns etc are via the part manufacturer (or agent). In BMW's case all OE stuff will be branded by BMW and will satisfy BMW's QC requirements. The same part direct from the manufacturer is an OEM part and will satisfy the manufacturers QC requirements (which may or may not be the same as BMW's). So I agree with parts of the previous posts... unless the manufacturer is cutting corners an OEM part should be identical to an OE part except for the branding. In fact some OEM parts will be better than OE parts because as time passes design and quality can improve. Some dodgy vendors claim OEM because the manufacturer produces some (any) part for the vehicle brand... well that's NOT OEM, that's simply a copy or "rep". It certainly gets more complicated if there are multiple OE suppliers or one supplier offers more than one version of a part but the basic principles still apply.
  15. M3AN

    Quick rant thread.

    Why does a CVT even have a gear shift?