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    Allan W
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    '01 E39 525i Manual
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    '06 VW Touran 3.2 VR6 6M
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    '72 VW Beetle 1200 ORANGE

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  1. E39 HALOGEN low beams are complete crap! My '72 Beetle is better - the Xenons are OK: I have had both brand new in the same car. I replaced the original water pump preventively at about 130K... and the replacement only lasted about 40K... then the GMB I got from REPCO in an emergency only last about 3 weeks and is noisy now! It's had a suspension rebuild at about 120K, new ABS(DSC) module, all brakes at 165K, clutch very nearly due at 175K, pixels all done at 120K, rocker cover has a small crack now too. And I had to replace the 13+ year old battery, too! Shocking!
  2. Plan on buying a new (proper) clutch and maybe flywheel, before you transfer it over. Sorry.
  3. I found the RE003's quiet on the E39. But they're a fairly quiet car, I suppose. I don't find I get a lot of mileage out of them, but then until recently, most of our driving was on roads with no straights or flats. The school run has one long straight now, so I might get a little more I'm due two new tyres on the rear now I wish I'd rotated earlier, so I would feel happier about replacing all four when the fronts had worn a bit more.
  4. Anyone? Like a tyre shop maybe???
  5. You specifically want single mass??? I got a LUK dual mass kit with clutch (all in one box) from German ebay for just under NZ$1K including freight and customs, about a year or 9 months ago??? I haven't installed it on our E39 525i with M54B25 yet, but I can feel it's going to be required soon! There's not much pedal left!
  6. You didn't smack the ALLOY front hubs with a big hammer, did you??? They're known to crack or let go of the inserts, if you do! They're fun to access, though, aren't they!?!?!?!
  7. Bring it up on the weekend. I'll give you a hundy for it
  8. It IS the public health sector!
  9. Mrs W had a charity even to attend tonight... So I gave the E39 a birthday (It's not really a birthday, because we usually wash it twice a year ) - 5 minutes washing the car, 15 minutes washing the style 42's Almost looks like someone cares about it now. The clutch is going to be due VERY soon - It's starting to bite very high. All the parts are in the garage, but it's not a project I'm looking forward to.
  10. Go and get a decent brand of new ones.
  11. I'd be VERY surprised if that was DISA - it changes the intake path from short to long (sort of), and shouldn't give those issues at all. Mine was mechanically perfect - no play whatsoever - I actually suspect it was faulty from new - the internal diaphragm was poorly installed and leaked. That noise - I know it's hard to hear it on a video, but that either sounds like a genuine backfire, or a more serious issue. I'd scan it for missfire codes, then swap coil packs to see if it moves to another cylinder. New plugs, and make sure the plug recesses aren't full of oil.
  12. Either get an E36 rack, or a properly rebuilt E30 rack - they do crap themselves, and having them sleeved where they wear fixes them. Dads old E30 rack was knackered at about 100K kms. It was rebuilt with the "sleeving" or insert, or wahtever, and was still fine at 235K when he sold it.
  13. The M54 retards the cam timing like crazy at cold starts to dump heat into the cats - if the Vanos seals are stuffed (and they pretty much ALL are, unless replaced with aftermarket) it struggles to maintain the timing and also shift the timing to the required angle when you use the throttle. Our Vanos seals were so bad, the car was super easy to stall when cold (manual, obviously & only 115K on it back then), because it couldn't pull the cam timing back fast enough to make any torque. You NEED to check the DISA anyway - if it's rattly, it can lunch your engine if it falls apart.
  14. Just coz you might have been interested, even though Sedan (and it's way too late now anyway!): I put Dads E30 up for sale nearly 2 years ago. It went on Trademe for $8500 no reserve, and $9300 buy now (IIRC) - first caller was a complete muppet - thought it should be cheaper because he may have to spend money on such an old car! Second caller was a "suitable" owner -, older professional gent, collects cars, offered $8K right now, sight unseen, no questions - us in Whangarei, him in CHCH. Money went in that night, collected a month later. So certainly they are out there, but don't come up often. I think Dads would have been what you're looking for (if you want to keep it reasonably "grandpa spec"), and you may find just a touch more cash get's something really good, over something a bit average. None of them are very mint anymore, but there are some real stunners out there - I think they're going to appreciate more and more. A lot of E30's are just old shitters now - still OK cars, fun to drive etc, but the real original stunners are going to be the ones going up in value as real classics. Good luck with the search anyway!
  15. Flickr for me too.