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    BMW M EV Plan

    I am in 2 minds about this, I love the sound of my V10, but I also love the silence of my EV, I think it stems from the knowledge that noise is wasted energy and I'm not a huge fan of wasting energy (particularly energy I have paid for) in an ideal world it would be optional to have a soundtrack in an EV but I am just as happy with a good stereo and silent drivetrain.
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    BMW M EV Plan

    I would expect that most manufacturers will be working on "high performance" EVs now or in the very near future, they just make more sense! We have reached the point of diminishing returns with IC engines and electric powertrains are a much more promising investment. Also, my Leaf is nothing special but i have owned it for 2 years and nearly 20,000 km now and have spent exactly zero dollars on maintenance!! I am sure that BMW will come up with a way of getting money out of EV owners going forward though!!
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    Quick rant thread.

    Not as bad as the new civic type r though!! I think they covered it in glue and drove it through an aftermarket stick on sh1t factory.
  4. Just take note of the fine print, when the courier realises its bigger or heavier than you paid for they charge the extra to your trade me account.
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    E30 M3 B&H Racing Replica Shell

    I've got a spare M10 and 4 speed I could drop straight in that!! 😉
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    New 600hp 4 Cyl BMW P48 Engine

    I bet if they had dialled the original back to 600 hp it would have lasted that long too! Honestly, it doesn't seem like much of an accomplishment for a company that started as an engine builder.
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    New 600hp 4 Cyl BMW P48 Engine

    In the 80s they had a turbo 1.5 liter making 1400hp, so they haven't actually made any progress! Unless they are going to put this in a road car, in which case, cool!😀
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    They will get replaced when the scratched old rims get sorted!
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    ECS. They had a special a while back that dropped them under the $400 magic number.
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    Replaced nasty old rusty wheel bolts with nice shiny new titanium wheel bolts, must be good for at least a second off my 1/4 mile time!!
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    Thats the one.
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    I have added a Dension bluetooth module for streaming music so I get the notifications through the stereo if my phone is connected.
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    I have the DVD nav working in my ex UK e61 and it is a very dated system now, I prefer to use Google maps on my phone.
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    Wrapped interior wood

    +1 timber is for furniture, give me brushed aluminum any day.
  15. Just why even bother.... https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/maserati/auction-1979830534.htm?rsqid=14e380c101fd417f921a2b8ebbb2884d
  16. I think it is a case of death by a thousand cuts, the surface area of the bearings is quite small, presumably for packaging reasons when they designed the motor, there is a very small tolerance between the bearings and crank, the motor happily revs to over 8k rpm, the condition based servicing has the oil changes out to 20000km intervals, and it is a naturally aspirated 500 hp motor built to a price point set by company accountants. Also, because it has 10 cylinders and a seven speed gearbox in a North - South orientation and the letter S and numbers 8 and 5 in its name it has terrible feng shui. I believe it can be improved with mirrors... 😉
  17. Mine often runs for quite a while after a long run in warm weather or if I have driven in manual mode (it tends to rev a lot higher in manual mode 😀) my oil temp also nudges 100 quite regularly but doesn't go above that. Castrol 10w60 always in mine.
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    Car Project - Not my BMW

    I assume the next step is fitting an //M badge? 😁 Looks a heap better!
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    Scrap car removal Kapiti Coast

    Why would they bother driving all the way there and NOT take it? Seems crazy to me. I have cut up several bodies with a recipro saw and grinder (car bodies, honestly!) and taken them to scrappies on my trailer, usually just covers the petrol cost to drive there but how else are you going to get rid of them!
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    So you mean if the thermostat is open then fixing it will improve the economy, I misunderstood you first time around!
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    How does it reach temp faster with the coolant circulating through the radiator?
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    Quick Questions

    Also if you put it back together without the clock spring and steering rack both centered. the next time you turn full lock it will ruin your clock spring!
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    WTB Banjo Bolts

    Trade parts 151 Wairau rd, North shore
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    the real scary stuff will be when machines no longer need humans to teach / control / program them. Once AI is learning for itself it will very quickly out perform humans in whatever field it happens to be in, that is when we will see some quite highly skilled members of the workforce no longer required, but i think (hope) it is still a while before that will become commonplace.