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    e60 525d LCI
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    e36 328i 5-spd Motorsport
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    E46 M3

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  1. I've used the exact same relay on my e60. Quite easy to fit, and works well. I know that a couple of professional tow bar installers also use the same type of relay (and charge around $250 to install!)
  2. I don't think that those seats are the original "Sports Seats" that are noted on the build sheet. These look more like they have been lifted out of a late ('98) 318is NZ edition (M stripes, and look a lot fresher than the mileage of the car) - Most of these early 328i imports had the half-leather sport seats with cloth inserts. 5K factory de-badge option - 😂
  3. Ah, yeah, sorry - Here's the link: https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/bmw/auction-2532559116.htm
  4. This one has just been listed on TM today. Great colour, has some unique door cards fitted!' (although comes with original cards) https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/bmw/auction-2532559116.htm
  5. Some interesting machinery in the car park at the Ruapuna Skope Classic yesterday, including 4 x e46 M3s, and a brand new (Jan 2020 rego) Porsche Speedster, complete with fire extinguisher and racing number. As usual, the Spectator''s cars were just as interesting as the ones on the track!
  6. I've only driven one e46 M3 Convertible - to be fair, it was not a great example, but it was quite rattly around the front screen (scuttle shake), and noticeably slower than the M3 coupe. I'm not sure if the lack of go was due to the additional weight that the convertibles are burdened with, or if it was specific to this car. It was quite disappointing. The 3 or 4 e46 M3 Coupes that I have driven have been excellent by comparison. I agree that BMW should never been allowed to make a M3 'vert - much like Porsche shouldn't have been allowed to make a convertible 911!
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    Purple tag rack

    Hi there - I'm in ChCh and am keen to purchase for my e36 or e46 - I have PM'd you Cheers Paul
  8. Hi Ray, Those red seats in the grey car sure do look mint! Is it a low KM car, or do you think the seats have been recovered at some stage? Would you be interested in a trade-in deal with some fairly tidy M3 black nappa seats and door cards? Also, what country is the car imported from? Cheers Paul
  9. Hi there - I also recommend the "factory" Westfalia tow bar - it bolts onto the chassis unlike some after-market types that get bolted to the bootwell. I bought it brand new from the BMW dealer for a very good price several years ago (was a cancelled order) - I liked it so much that I removed I sold my old e60, and transferred it onto my new e60! I can also confirm that the Sedan and Touring bars are the same item. For wiring, I used one of these modules: https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/car-parts-accessories/parts-other-makes/electrics/listing-2174753524.htm?rsqid=10769303910648f09ba4aa398421c351-010 The wiring module is fairly straightforward to fit if you have some basic circuit testing tools. It's actually the exact same box that most tow-bar fitters in ChCh use when wiring up Euro cars with fussy LED indicators and park lights etc. Cheers, Paul
  10. Hi - I bought one for my e46 M3 from KAP Industries in Australia: https://kap.industries/product/bmw-e46/ Took about 10 days to arrive - fitted perfectly, and is nice and sturdy. Much better than the temporary one that I "fabricated" out of a $5 piece of aluminium bar from Mitre 10! Cheers Paul
  11. paulo

    E46 M3 Manual

    ...there's another nice example just listed on TradeMe here: https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/bmw/auction-1990011603.htm?rsqid=f0500b853db94e1c990e6f7e7cd34bb6 Looks to be fairly well sorted. UK Import. I think it's a fair asking price for what it is...
  12. ... and also the M-diff and half-shafts, worth up to $2500 alone to the right buyer (on a good day!). Not to mention the M3 specific cosmetic items such as door mirrors, aluminium bonnet with power bulge, seats with electrically operated bear-hugging side-bolsters, rear-view mirror, and factory flared guards (currently "protected" with a generous coating of fibreglass)
  13. ...maybe check with the guy selling this Z3 race car to see if he still has the A/C compressor off the installed S50B32: https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/specialist-cars/competition-cars/auction-1919409650.htm?rsqid=790896a0458640248a0267e52bc6f57f Regards Paul
  14. The re-shelled Dakar 318is had a 3.2 Evo motor and 6-speed box fitted. I remember seeing it at Turners for around $10k a few years back, then popped up again for around $15k. Seemed like a lot at the time for a non genuine M3, but these days...probably not. Here's the Bimmersport thread to that one: http://bimmersport.co.nz/topic/43360-m3-e36-evo-for-sale/?tab=comments#comment-475966
  15. Hi Tom, I'm definitely keen to buy these for $600 and will pick up - Have PM'd you. Many thanks Paul
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