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M3AN last won the day on November 29

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  1. M3AN

    M3 frame rubbers

    Only a genuine BMW part will do here and anyone supplying them in Auckland will have to get them from BMW NZ (mortgage) or from an overseas supplier, normally FCP Euro. You're better off ordering them yourself and avoiding the no-value-add margin. Having said that they're expensive wherever you get them from, period.
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    S85 rod bearing replacement

    And we all know BMW's cooling systems are bulletproof!
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    S85 rod bearing replacement

    ^ yeah, I also wondered just how much you might expect from them... going from "silly power" to "slightly more silly power" (it's a station wagon after all lol) probably can't be felt through the undies. What pulleys are involved? If PS pump is there any concern about over driving it? Some of the E36 long-termers in the US seem to think they kill PS pumps... not sure how much veracity there is to those claims though.
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    One girl, one Braverian

    Nice and not too expensive either! Don't apologise for calling it foam, many people, BMW included, called it "structural foam" when it was first made available... and they're not mutually exclusive anyway. Enjoy the driving. ๐Ÿ‘
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    S85 rod bearing replacement

    Do you have a break-in period for the bottom end? And if not, is there a seat-of-the-pants difference with the pulley kit?
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    a 4 door M3 CS for sale now

    Wow. Martin, that's not cool at all.
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    Random (BMW) pic of the day

    ^ Is that what Walter White drove? I recall there was an on-set effort to get the worst looking car they could for the show.
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    is this a real Schnitzer?

    ^ I was going to say... "how did you all miss the ACS stuff?" because it was pretty apparent to me. So they've changed up the auction then or perhaps posted the wrong pics first time? Really, unless the engine has been fettled it doesn't matter whether it's a "genuine" ACS or not because everything else is bolt on. I think you'd need to plug it in (at best) or send the VIN to ACS (at worst) to confirm. How easy is the ECU to pull in a RHD E46? Should have a sticker on it if the engine has been worked.
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    Random (BMW) pic of the day

    I wonder how they wrangled this plate...
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    L98 into an E36 coupe.

    I wondered about that and concluded (perhaps incorrectly) that "undersized" meant "the wrong size" rather than simply "worn" which would be a less ambiguous way of stating it. On the basis that it's the width/thickness then yes, of course that should be check for any WoF. Edit: if I got failed on missing bump stops I'd cut up a pool noodle, wrap that around the strut and ask them to prove they didn't work.
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    L98 into an E36 coupe.

    That's fascinating... I believe you but it seems totally arbitrary... ...for a start how do they know if the vehicle came standard with bump stops or not? e.g. E36 Ti none at the rear and other E36's do have them... no workshop can be expected to police that and no consumer could be expected to prove it... also, you can't test them even if they are present... so what constitutes a viable bump stop? ...and there's no plausible way for a mechanic to determine if a specific diameter rotor is good/bad/acceptable/etc nor can they reasonably look that up and a consumer can't prove it (in any practical sense) one way or another... rotor diameter isn't even a valid metric with respect to absolute brake performance... I'd be quite interested in failing on one of those points because you can be sure as hell I'd be disputing it! If it weren't a PITA I'd remove my rear bump stops just to see what happened at the next WoF lol. Just goes to show how subjective a safety test, that should be objective, really is.
  12. I can't help with Wellington or Christchurch recommendations sorry but there's are few clued-in people here from both regions that should be able to help. I think that pricing is pretty fair although that VANOS quote can't include a replacement hub (https://store.vacmotorsports.com/s54-vanos-hub-upgrade-p3771.aspx) because they're pretty expensive and it's a fatal flaw in the system that, to the best of my knowledge, was never addressed by BMW. I think you can get less expensive options than VAC (who tend to be in the upper price range for most things but quality is second-to-none). Subframe quote is reasonable if no damage has already been done (otherwise it will cost more for labour). I would NOT recommend poly rear subframe or transmission bushes for a daily, if the repair is done properly (ideally structural foam and welded reinforcements) then standard rubber bushes will be fine and will provide a much more compliant ride. Airbag is a compulsory recall so shouldn't cost you anything, bottom end bearings is NOT a recall (in NZ at least) and won't be fixed out-of-warranty for free by BMW. If the car has always been run with 10w60 then a bottom-end failure is a much lower risk.
  13. They actually sound pretty cool with the stock exhaust, not sure why you'd want to change that. Arguably up there with the sound of a Ferrari or Lambo in terms of audible car porn pleasure.
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    a 4 door M3 CS for sale now

    Well I don't suffer fools gladly so yep, I'd be a nightmare if you kept saying stupid things! ๐Ÿคจ
  15. Well, I can't tell you what to do but I don't believe it's worth $32k without the necessary fixes (see Tom's for $30k with the fixes). I'd also question how it went from $28k to $32k in 3 months and why somebody would want to flip an apparent unicorn (blue E46 M3 manual) in that timeframe? A desperate buyer makes for a happy seller, keep that in mind! I'd challenge his offer of $32k armed with the knowledge that you'll need to spend literally thousands more, if they won't budge then I'd walk away. The only E46's that are truly going up in value are the ones that have been fixed and the owners of ones that haven't been fixed know this all too well and are trying to cash in on a rising market. Look at the one recently purchased by a member here... looked great and now needs multiple thousands put into it to fix the subframe less than a month after purchase...