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About Cale

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  • Birthday 07/29/1990

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    E91 335i
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    E36 318iS

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  1. Cale

    1996 E36 - EWS II issue

    Cheers guys for the help. I'll order those parts and give it a shot with a more recent operating system, and in the meantime if a cheap XP laptop with a serial input pops up I'll grab it. Regardless, it sounds like ews can be accessed via USB which is key for me in the near term... Thanks Dave, if you do happen to ever be over this way and are happy to do that it would be appreciated.
  2. Cale

    1996 E36 - EWS II issue

    Thanks Tony for confirming. Would you think that this the full carsoft software? AliExpress link
  3. Cale

    1996 E36 - EWS II issue

    Thanks Mike, I will do some reading on those emulators. I think you're right that I might be better to try synchronising the EWS & DME again. From what I have read my options are: Get an old laptop with a serial port, Windows XP and try to get INPA/NCS running on it. I am oft reading that the USB K-Line connector mostly doesn't work so best to go with a K-Line RS232 Serial interface. Get an old laptop with Windows XP and get INPA/NCS running on it. Take a punt on the USB K-Line interface. Carsoft 6.5 - very confused as packages from aliexpress / ebay seem to vary from ~USD30 to USD700. Who knows if the cheap versions are the actual software, PA 1.4 or whatever else is out there... Will also need an old computer with COM port. This is a lot more involved than I initially thought.
  4. Cale

    1996 E36 - EWS II issue

    I'm sure it's not rocket science for anyone but me..! I'm on the North Shore in Birkdale.
  5. Cale

    1996 E36 - EWS II issue

    Yeah good call. I am finding that "10 minutes with a scanner" a little harder than I thought however! I've checked the DME and it is bone dry in there, even after a good rain.
  6. Cale

    1996 E36 - EWS II issue

    Thanks - what is the dedicated app that you mention?
  7. Cale

    1996 E36 - EWS II issue

    Thanks - you lost me with most of that. I think by the sounds of it I could do more damage than good? Cool - Carsoft looks like it could be an option. I see it is US$28 from AliExpress which is reasonable. Is it fairly user friendly for a non-computer boffin? Looks like i'd have to dig out an old computer to use those cables haha.
  8. Cale

    1996 E36 - EWS II issue

    So I’ve decided to make a bit of a summer project of the 1996 e36 318iS and get it back on the road after it having sat in the driveway for the better part of 12 months. Thought it would be a good opportunity to improve my limited skills now I have a little bit of time and space. The situation as far as I can tell is that the DME is no longer sync'd with the EWS (EWS2 due to the car being 1996) due to the EWS not recognising the key transponder. I am not sure how this has happened as the two keys I have are the two keys that always worked, prior to the car sitting for ~3 months. I tried jumping the EWS2 by connecting the two large wires but have read this only bridges the starter relay, so the engine cranks but does not fire (I am guessing due to the DME still immobilising the fuel system etc.). I have been doing a lot of research but finding the information rather confusing/conflicting. Has anyone successfully made the EWS again recognise the key's ISN and (which I don't think would be necessary) done a re-alignment of the DME and EWS? Or have a guide or knowledge on how to re-align the keys and the two units? Could this simply be a problem with the ring antenna not reading the key transponder? I am going to continue to research however any info / experience would be much appreciated.
  9. Cale

    Style 220M - genuine

    Do these come with centre caps? I am also struggling to see but is some of the clear coat coming off in places?
  10. Cale

    Break Open The Piggy Bank - M4 CS

    Chap from Manheim says it’s a finance company repossessed vehicle.
  11. For reference, I bought an E91 with the N54 in late January this year. Almost 2 months and ~1,600 km later the engine check light came on (ironically right around the corner from the dealer I bought the car from). I had it towed to Auckland City BMW which was covered by mechanical insurance. They scanned it and it needed an ignition coil replaced. In the meantime, I called the dealer I bought the car from, explained the issue, they got it picked up, taken to a mechanic (of their choice which admittedly made me a bit dubious) who proceeded to replace six coils and six spark plugs with OEM parts at the dealers expense. You were definitely right in pushing for the reparation.
  12. Cale

    FS: e36 318iS 5MT - needs love

    Sorry team I've neglected this thread. Bumping it, cos the first person who makes an offer will probably take it. Lee, I will fire you a text tomorrow. My number is 0211493331.
  13. Cale

    Do you want a flatmate/ Auckland

    Ahaha I see you running past our place with your two dogs every now and again!
  14. Cale

    FS: e36 318iS 5MT - needs love

    Tried it once but didn't fire. I wondered if it is old fuel. Clutch, I am assuming it would have been part of the scheduled maintenance with BMW up to 180kms, however post that period I can't say for sure.
  15. Her early 20's have been tough, and I don't have the skills / tools or anyone with a hoist. Story is that the starter motor was on the blink in early 2018 (sounded like it wasn't engaging sometimes), I went on holiday in May, recharged the battery in June and there is now nothing from the starter. I believe the airbag light is on due to faulty sensor in the seat. Cosmetically; the roof lining is out of the car as it was sagging, the door cards are not in great shape and the steering wheel leather is coming off. There is also clear coat peeling on the bonnet and the boot needs a good polish. Rest of the paintwork is decent condition for age. Details: 1996 318iS 5 speed NZ new 246xxx kms Owners handbook and service booklet (Team McMillan BMW service from new to 180,000 km) Boston green metallic M-sport body kit 17" Style 44 wheels (~4mm tread left) No WOF, registration expires 24 August. Will put on hold before that date. As is, where is. Not really sure how much it is worth as it is but looking at around $1,400. Happy to discuss or if that’s unrealistic let me know. Somebody buy it and start a project thread please.