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    Aaron
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    Wellington
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    Titan Silver e92 335i
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    Avus Blue e39 M5

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  1. Hi all, Wondering if anyone has a car trailer handy in the Wellington region and is happy to lend out. Preferably one with a winch as the old girl hasn’t moved in about 10 years. Please PM me.
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    Style 108 Wheels - Z4

    Does anyone have a set of staggered style 108 wheels handy?
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    Where did the E39 M5 thread go?

    I’ve noticed most threads that Max is in are deleted when they relate to his or others e39 M5’s. I’ve posted a number of times and they simply disappear.
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    2001 e39 530i - Help Buying?

    Hi Boston, The vehicle you linked to is my car. Happy to arrange a time to show you. There are no leaks, I’m pedantic. Power steering hoses have been replaced as well as recent thermostat housing and thermostat. This was replaced as the o-ring on the sensor was weeping. There is service history and history of transmission service. Previous owner of 10 years used this as a long distance car and had another car as their shopping trolley. This isn’t a worn out high mileage car. I bought it sight unseen, from a Wellington based owner, drove it home and it instantly reminded me why the e39 was one of the best. The 3 litre is the best pick for daily driving. I’m only selling as I can’t have three cars on the driveway.
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    What should I look for when buying z4

    They’re a great little car and potentially quite underrated. Mucher better improvement over the previous Z3. I’ve now owned two (kinda missed the first one). Both facelift 3.0si with the N52 195kw motor and 6 speed auto/paddleshift. The si versions are generally better optioned with heated and electric seats, xenon and dynamic drive (sport option). Agree with the drainhole issue for the soft top. I believe there was a small update on the facelift to combat this issue but I always ensure the drain holes are clear. The ride is very firm, and while one had runflats and the other didn’t, I personally didn’t notice much difference between the two. I’ll switch to normal tires when the run-flats wear out. What I enjoy is that you can drive with the top down and because you sit nice and low, well under the roll bars and screen, you are cocooned and don’t feel so exposed. Quite different to a four seater convertible where you feel the roof has just been sliced off and you’re open to the world. The big six also sounds great!
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    E53 4.4 x5 vibration

    Glad to hear it’s sorted. I never let the petrol station attendants touch my car. Heard so many situations where they have done stuff like this.
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    E53 4.4 x5 vibration

    Hey Steve, is there any history of timing chain guide replacement? Any noise coming from the front of the engine?
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    1994 E36 M3 - Eisblau

    Insightful
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    New member from Wellington

    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.
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    Off road X5?

    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.
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    badge removal

    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!!
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    Going from WRX STI to BMW

    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.
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    missed out by a day or two, damn.

    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.
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    2006 Z4 M roadster 36km

    Lovely car. Always had a soft spot for the Z4M. $4k for a hardtop... glad I found mine for $600.
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    E36 M3 3.0

    Stunning example! Good luck with the sale.
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