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About str8_6

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    Titan Silver e92 335i
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    Avus Blue e39 M5

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  1. Took the 335i over the Rimutaka Hill a few days back. Was quite late so not a lot of traffic. The auto is brilliant in it. Very intuitive and the paddle shifters are great. Having driven the hill a number of times in the manual M5, I think I’ll take the 3 series with the auto. I was never left feeling numb. Would be interesting to try a manual N54 and compare.
  2. Having owned an early model X5, it’s apparent BMW also borrowed some of LR’s build quality. The door handle mechanism is a horrid design (I used to cross fingers it would open when I walked up to it). They do however offer a dynamic drive for what they are.
  3. Use a hair dryer (not too close to the paint) to heat the adhesive up on the back of the badge. You don’t want to heat it so you can’t touch it or you could damage the paint. Then in the past I’ve used fishing wire to slide in behind the badge. Some will come off just by getting your fingernail in behind and pulling them gently. If yours are original, you’ll probably have residue glue left over. This will lift with a little meths. Even olive oil can work. Good Luck!!
  4. The factory clutch on the e39 m5 is the weakest point in the drivetrain and is well documented online. That being said, with proper operation, it will last a long time and many, many kms. I’d rather replace clutch components than gearbox or other expensive drivetrain items. There was no evidence the clutch was replaced on mine and it was just nearing 200kms. Most people who wear out clutches quickly haven’t been taught how to use them.
  5. If it’s something you may want to tune down the track, the 335i has to be on the test drive list. The e9x platform is so nicely balanced. I prefer it to the current 3 series in terms of feel. It’s an excellent daily driver and also long distance cruiser. I get remarkable economy for the performance. I enjoy a BMW V8, and I really like the e60 but the 335i puts more smiles on my face day to day.
  6. Tough decisions. I bought an e53 4.4i as a tow wagon just over 18 months ago and it has quite by accident become my daily driver while I'm on and off our building site. It's a great thing to lope along in but it's a mini truck and the moment I get back in the e61 I realize that the X5 is definitely a compromise. I've only tried one e70 and wasn't blown away by how it drove - it was an early model 30d Sport and it felt sluggish with choppy, harsh suspension. Perhaps the suspension has been updated in newer models? That being said, it's not until you load it up with 2 tons of boat and gear and it performs like a mini truck should. Solid and safe.
  7. Lovely car. Always had a soft spot for the Z4M. $4k for a hardtop... glad I found mine for $600.
  8. Stunning example! Good luck with the sale.
  9. I have heard the caramel leather is prone to wear but that is pretty bad. Looks like a good project for the right price.
  10. Looking to purchase a set of rear sport air bags for the e53. Have an intermittent leak which leaves the left rear on its bump stop when left for long periods (overnight/week). I've been told that the Arnott Industries product is excellent but they will not ship from the US to NZ despite their website allowing it. Hoping there's a local option before I order through their Australian stockist for considerably more than their US price.
  11. That looks familiar! I'm hoping someone from the Bimmersport community will buy and continue to love it. If you have any questions, please PM me.
  12. It's a cool video and a nice comparison of the two. Be nice to try the SS with that damper set up.
  13. Not a bad price, reflective of the year and condition. Mine will be up for sale shortly too. Running out of garage space :-(
  14. I used to have random radio issues like this in the e39. Replaced the original BMW battery and all issues went away. I currently have a similar issue with the e53 which shares the same hardware as e39 etc. Radio won't come on if it's been switched off while the engine is running. Only comes back on after switching ignition off and back on to accessory. Checked to see what the battery condition was like and previous owner has the wrong battery installed. Next on the to do list. I just turn the radio down rather than off.
  15. I've seen this a couple of times around Wellington. Very very cool. The colour makes it extremely stealth and the wheels are stunning. What are you replacing it with?