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    Twixt Tron and Auckland
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    2002 BMW E46 320d Touring
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    EGR delete, and more servicing than you could shake a stick at
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    1991 Mercedes 190E-3.2
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    1995 BMW 318i 5sp

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  1. 'Hallelujah!' As in "Hallelujah! It runs!"
  2. E30 front lighting. Is having a twin light (two lenses on each side) set up a requirement for a WoF, or is a single light on each side, performing main and dipped duties, also appropriate? Are sidelights a requirement? (Are they what NZTA refer to as 'forward facing position lamps'?)
  3. Not at all foolish. Possibly unfortunate or poorly-advised, but that's entirely acceptable.
  4. Z5

  5. Either scattered, or not in a recoverable condition. It had a particularly bad night.
  6. That's a lot less wires.
  7. Next week? Looks like it might be 'just' the entire northbound SH1 from Bombay to Ramarama... I suppose they could have decided to both sides at the same time.
  8. I see your two Fezzas, and raise you 11 - eleven - Aston Martins southbound on SH26 towards Paeroa.
  9. Theoretically you could be charged on any imported item. However, the normal situation is that you'll not be charged if the total sum of duties, taxes and fees does not exceed $60 - this is because below that figure, more would be spent on admin and collection than would be collected in revenue. This threshold is known as the ‘de minimis’, and is normally adhered to. 'Normally'... Some products are subject to GST at the time of import, meaning customs charges could be payable when the value of imported goods exceeds approximately NZ$225. Bear in mind also that the applicable exchange rate is set by Customs & Excise and may not be the same as that set by international finance or a bank. If you're nudging a payment threshold, this can be important: at $60.01 you can be liable for the duties, and additional costs will apply, raising the payable amount to over $100. Once duties and GST exceed $60, a Customs Import Entry Transaction Fee (IETF) of NZ$29.26 (GST inclusive), and a Ministry for Primary Industries biosecurity system entry levy of $19.98 (GST inclusive) become payable when an IETF is charged, making the total fees payable of $49.24 (GST inclusive). Yes - you pay GST on the levies. C&E also watch for multiple packages coming through, so that's not always a way to avoid (tax evasion? Me, sir? A man in my position? ) paying the duties. The flipside is that you sometimes find a package of significantly greater value slips through somehow. Over $1000 of imported goods you come up against another issue. You need a client code which identifies identifies individual importers and exporters. To get one: complete the Trade Single Window - Client Registration Application (NZCS 224) form email or fax to Customs via the email or fax number provided on the Client code application form include the correct proof of identity, for companies and charitable trusts – Certificate of Incorporation, for individuals – passport or driver's licence It's a helluva faff. And it is your responsibility as the importer to take care of it ahead of the goods arriving in NZ.
  10. Somewhere smack in the middle seems to be a good place to start. It is pretty, but being Whangarei will put some people off - travel to view and so on.
  11. Last week I saw a Subaru Outback on BIG wheels, with lowered suspension. An Outback. Why do that to an Outback? Why not a Legacy? (Why do it all...? )
  12. 135i

    A PPI should advise any current issues. Better to know these ahead of purchase (and possibly be able to negotiate a price reduction) than find a MW throws obstacles in the way of a repair.
  13. I'm sure something could be manufactured with little difficulty. Just cost and/or time. It's a Remotec. The pic shows the bolt inserted in the inside face of the bolt cover - when fitted as designed it'll normally be recessed into a round hole only slightly larger than the head of the bolt itself. I can get the securing bolt out once... It's getting them in, tight enough to secure the cover and not come undone when on the car, that will cause problems. Or undoing it again in the dark and rain when we get a puncture i the middle of nowhere... The easy solution is a more or less stock allen socket bolt, replacing this one. It's just not all that secure.
  14. Lots of our cars will have a rim centre that hides the wheel bolts. A set of rims I have here has this bolt to secure the centre cover: The key would be an irregularly-shaped housing with 5 ball-ended pins... Of course, I don't have the 'key.' Is there anywhere that might sell the tool I need, or should I make something that will suit, or give up on the idea and buy a new set of security-type bolts?
  15. A 110FC. I'd prefer a 101FC, but they're even rarer (over here). A camper van with an upstairs.