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    Graham
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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-3.0
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    1995 BMW 318i 5sp

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  1. gjm

    The importance of Full Cover Insurance

    This. Make insurance compulsory (and it's no coincidence that the biggest campaigners for that are the insurance companies) and the premiums will go up. All the 'competition will make the market stable' claims will mean nothing - exactly this has happened in the UK. New drivers may spend as little as £500 to buy a car, and face £2500-3500 in annual insurance premiums. At present, the voluntary nature of insurance in NZ means that you buy insurance to cover yourself. Make insurance compulsory, and you're buying it to cover everyone else.
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    WARNING WARNING WARNING

    The consolidation is one of the pluses of using YouShop, although they can be quite restrictive on the amount of time they'll hold something at their overseas facility. Understandable - they don't want to act as a free storage facility for things. However, you have to be very smart about how you use consolidation. As I've detailed before, the cost of shipping goes up, and up, until you reach a critical mass with your orders at which point it suddenly becomes economic again - the price for shipping 6 items consolidated is significantly less than 5 (for example) because the 5 somehow don't 'qualify' for consolidation. It does work eventually, but as suggested - don't be in a hurry to receive anything. And keep your total shipping value (including all postage and insurance costs) under the threshold for imposition of duties - anything over that, and all bets are off.
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    WARNING WARNING WARNING

    We can add my experiences to Geoff's... I have tried a few times to use YouShop, and it's invariably been a tortuous and drawn-out, essentially untracked affair. I think I posted details of a couple of attempts on the 'rant' thread? The biggest SNAFU seems to be around customs and clearance which may not be down to YouPost (NZPost). However, there is absolutely no attempt to track a delivery through that process. Typically, NZPost's tracking shows the item to have left the country of origin but nothing more, while the overseas shipper's tracking shows the item to have landed at (Auckland) airport and be awaiting customs clearance. NZPost seem unaware of the package at this stage. Then there is the matter of actual delivery and tracking in NZ. It takes longer to get from Auckland airport to a point of delivery than it takes to get from Nowheresville, USA (for example) to Auckland Airport. Throw in that the tracking doesn't update in NZ and that items are often delivered days before showing as being out for delivery... Whatever you do, do NOT ask for an expedited delivery from an overseas shipper. It is truly a complete waste of time and money.
  4. gjm

    Random (BMW) pic of the day

    Gotta love a turbo M10 !
  5. gjm

    1987 E30 Mtech 1

    Hard to say on value, but it's going to be rare. Factory 325 manual with factory-fitted Mtech kit, NZ new... Won't be many of those around. $20k asking price is a lot, but with engine and gearbox-swapped cars being listed with asking prices at $14-16k, it's probably the right asking price. What it sells for is another matter.
  6. gjm

    WARNING WARNING WARNING

    I've had similar experiences (although not involving quite so much cost). It's a shame that what could be such a useful service is so badly let down once the parcel arrives in NZ.
  7. gjm

    Quick Questions

    Still, or sparkling?
  8. gjm

    Quick Questions

    That's before those of us in sticksville have to drive 50km to find a dealer to buy it from!
  9. gjm

    Quick Questions

    Fair comment. Applies to iron block/ally head cars too? I'll confess - I'm a bit concerned now! The 500SE has ally heads! I've not had any problems using it in Mercedes, Audi, BMW and others... Doesn't mean I won't.
  10. gjm

    Quick Questions

    I've been using 'green' coolant in all our cars. I don't think the E36 (or E46, for that matter) is particularly picky about coolant - just make sure that whatever you buy is a good quality. Most decent coolants will state on the packaging that they are suitable for BMW, Mercedes, VW, etc. I seem to be becoming a bit of a Penrite fanboy these days - I've been using this:
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    Random (BMW) pic of the day

    It was possible to drop the doors while driving. Lower the doors, reverse into the seat, swing legs inside.
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