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    Valve Stem Seals for '07 550 with 4.8 V8

    I have an excellent snapon tool for these horrid jobs, works with the majority of motors. It is a very involved job, I would say that quote is reasonable
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    Decided it is more cost effective to replace the m43 head with a known good one, and faster. Cleaned one of my spare G220s in the dark and wet. Great fun
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    2001 318Ci

    Hit it with an arc welder to de-calcify
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    BMW Running cost

    So 25c/km in repairs? Fantastic... What were the larger repairs? I've not had to do any repairs to my X5 in the 8 months I've had it, purchased at 240km now done 256km.
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    We cook together. It's romantic and stuff. Beef cheek and Guinness pis tonight.
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    2001 BMW 320i Ticking Issue

    Start simple. Check for exhaust leaks and vacuum leaks Your noise and bad idle may or may not be related. Screw driver to the ear or a tube/hose to pinpoint noises
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    Washed the X5 after work then went for a tootle in Donald.
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    Where have all the Manual E39 540i's gone?

    We have a manual one for work also, well north of 400km on it, all it does is tow a three axle trailer with two side by sides, it does 100k a year. My X5 was originally HB too, our work one Christchurch I think. The steering was the only let down with my old 540, but you learn to live with it. That m62tu is a total peach though, incredible torque from idle for a small engine
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    Where have all the Manual E39 540i's gone?

    Should have kept my nz manual msport 328. But the stigma of copying you was greater tham I can handle. I can't see myself selling the X5, nothing put there can replace it.
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    Quick rant thread.

    I had one the other day where an ignition lead and o2 harness were tied to the exhaust. Worked out well
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    Correct. Some of the drains were completely blocked down to the block so if I don't bin this pile of junk I'll pop the sump off and clean it out I acid washed the head this evening, and hot washed it. Easy peasy
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    Doing some crack for dinner
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    Made some delicious fudge and a nutritional milkshake with the m43 during my lunch break 30 minutes in and I realised my E-torx set is at a mate's. So I haven't taken the head off yet If it has a cracked head I'll probably just park it in a corner and pretend I don't own it, or I could put a manual m44 in it or m42 and it'd still be a pile of garbage I'm doing super well at being an adult and the missus is super happy about this
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    Ran a cooling system pressure test on the swish new 318. Then it hydrolocked on starting. So it certainly leaks past the head gasket on a dead cold motor, but is okay when warm. Might do a gasket. Not sure if I care. Found that amusing, did some donuts out front of the workshop. Took the X5 home instead. Way nicer. No idea why I buy all these e36s
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    255/40/17 Tyres

    RE-003 are okay, not worth getting too excited over. Very well marketed though. Michelin PS4 are wonderful The Hankook are good value for money
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    M52 vs M50

    Nice to see someone else who sees sense with the m50 manifold craze. Bigger is not always better, so many examples of far too much port volume around, B6/BP Mazda engines are one great example
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    M52 vs M50

    They'll be none the wiser Is this true? Imy not going to admit anything after I measure mine and fund you're pulling my leg
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    M52 vs M50

    I'd personally go with the earliest body you can find. My very early 316 has no abs, ac, or electric windows, has the lightest heater matrix with no selectable recirculate. The only issue would be getting it past scrutineering with an alloy block 6 cyl, 328 brakes and vented rear rotors
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    Gissa job!

    Could certainly do worse things for less money
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    Gissa job!

    Perfect! Hope you love lying in muddy paddocks undoing farmers abuse
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    That's not the worst idea I've heard of. Certainly much more "refined" than my 316 m40 manual monster. On a side note, I forgot how useless Japanese suspension settings are
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    Gissa job!

    Move to the Hawkes Bay and I'll hire you as a mechanic, then make you work 60-70 hours a week?
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    Approximate cost of rebuilding M52B25

    Buy the parts off FCP euro, won't cost much.
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    Got myself a super bad ass 318 with a super powerful m43 and 4l30e yesterday Talk about living the high life, it changes gears all by itself, none of my others do this, not even the X5! Changed the oil in the 318. Looked at the engine, got bored, drove home.
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    FS: MANUAL E39 525i M54

    Colin seems a bit chuffed with it! Sounds like it's a bloody nice car