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About allan

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  • Birthday 02/07/1954

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    Allan Hughes
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    Horowhenua, Foxton
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    E46 325ti manual
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    M54B25 fitted, manual conversion, sport body kit, sport interior leather seats..

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  1. Can only relay to the forum my experience with the 2002 530 i had for 51/2 years owner ship purchased at 52,000k sold 128,k. As it was the first bmw i had owned expectations were high and the so called prestige that it has as a brand boy did that disappear fast. That said the e39 would have to be one of the better model range available then. The faults listed are what i have encountered with mine maybe another e39 would be totally different because it was built on a Wednesday not Monday or Friday
  2. E39 Cons low beam headlights A/c ancillary fan Final stage unit heater Cooling system Belt pulleys /tensioners Oil leaks Crank case vent system Seat upholstery bolsters etc Pixels in cluster and other instruments Thrust arms control arms Rotas and pads Rear boot wiring loom Tail light /body configuration leading to water leaks Poor rear visibilty reliant on to many electronic gadgets Pros Nice to sit in great driving highway cruising E46 Compact Cons The history of the ones with the N42,N46 engines is well documented so many faults As mine has the M54 series motor the faults mentioned in the e39 also apply lower suspension arms and bush's Rear axle/hub bearings rear window wiper motor rubber seals around rear screen reliant on to many electronic items to make it appear up market Pros Handles well very nibble can be economical on a trip and even in town if sensible
  3. Fair comment with all the crap that goes on on the net these days it is wise to do one's home work. Once sorted could you come back with what you found out that might help others thanks.
  5. Had a look at pelican in the states they show it might give you a comparison
  6. Or keep your old plates and get the number plate surrounds that fit the standard plate but are Euro style in size etc about $20.
  7. 16" or 17' their are heaps of 17"s on trade me look for something local as i see you are in Christchurch freighting them can get expensive. Their were some from a local wrecker on their not so long ago wanted around five hundred for them.
  8. part No 36161179828 seems they were fitted to the e34 5 series most of the range ,E24 6 series 635csi and m635csi , E32 7 series 730,35, 40, 50 production date 87 couldn't find any thing on the other one. Hope it is of some help.
  9. Seen any of these
  10. That number has been superseded Tom but looking at Pelican they have them see how they compare to what you can get here in NZ
  11. Just wondering the pipes look thin but also deep how does the area, flow rate, creating back pressure if applicable of these compare with the 3" pipes fitted. Surely Mercedes had a reason for making them that way.
  12. Remove and check have seen these covered with metal like filings stuck to them
  13. The Cabrio has a different part number also. The shape of the mounting triangle is different from a sedan compact coupe etc i believe. The m3 seems to have the more rounded one like after market m sport one's I've seen. Were as the standard one is rectangular shaped and buckle looking.
  14. Out of interest had a look in parts cat at a 328 99 sedan and a 325 04 sedan and they have the same part numbers for the plastic cover plate 51168238375 so if a standard sedan would say yes they are the same. They do have a few difference if fitted with heated glass, plan or tinted glass, fold in type and memory seats etc in the wiring set up
  15. Have a look here the ninth post