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Olaf last won the day on March 19

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About Olaf

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    e60 545i
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    e46 325i Touring
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    e30 316i, Volvo 855-T5

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    I had an e30 325i touring back in the day, as well.

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  1. Olaf

    E60 M5

    Yes! And on the topic of AA fuelcard savings banking, here’s how you play it. Fuel up in $40 chunks. Always “accumulate” (save). Buy your fuel on BP’s 10c promo days. And perhaps even use their app for purchasing fuel (additional discounts I think) Before you know it, you’ll have a $2.00 per litre saving banked - just be sure you’ve space in your tank at the end of each two-month period. I remember gassing up on 98 at BP Drury - 50 litres and I paid only for my NZ Herald. The cashier was astounded.
  2. Olaf

    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    How does that go for your workshop, mate?
  3. Olaf

    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    Sorry to read of this SJ, a real bummer. Glad to hear your injuries are ‘minor’ (that is, no breakages). heal well, mate. The metal is replaceable, even though rare.
  4. Olaf

    E60 540i not starting when engine hot

    Welcome. When you say you’ve checked the battery, what did you do to check it? If your battery is marginal, having fans/lights/radio on when you’re trying to start it only exacerbates the problem, as these items rob current from the starter circuit (Kirchoff’s Law prevails). Still, the battery may be a red herring. Suggest you get it scanned by a BMW specialist, they can look at the stored codes and diagnose, and or fully load-test your battery and charging system (if that’s not been done already). I could guess at things like cam position sensor or crank position sensor, but that’d be foolish and encourage you to load the parts cannon! Hope that helps.
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    E46 2002 330ci 6 Spd Manual

    an absolute stunner! GLWS, Ray.
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    BMW 540i 2002 overheated

    apart from that feeling of the rear end not being connected to the front end, at least with the wagons. Certainly a good power unit. Though it was outclassed by the time they re-used it in the 380.
  7. Olaf

    E30 Bronzit Coupe Project

    It's the younger twin-sister to mine. Although now you're giving her the extensive makeover and and major transplant. Great thread Cam, keep the posts coming! Liking your apron image. 5SQN?
  8. Olaf

    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    Dave there's no argument here, you'll need to look in another thread. 😉 Thanks for outlining your understanding. It doesn't align with that of FCP - a very successful company that has been doing this as their day jobs for decades now - and we're fortunate they took the trouble to write it down. Quoting https://blog.fcpeuro.com/the-great-debate-genuine-parts-vs-oem-vs-aftermarket I sure trust that FCP are okay with linking and quoting their blog post here. I think they have this sh*t totally covered. Some here may find it instructional. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Is there really a difference between Genuine, OE, OEM, and Aftermarket parts? The short answer is YES! Since not all parts are created equally, how should you decide on what to buy? Let's break it down. Genuine Parts Simply stated, these are parts that were originally installed during production of the vehicle. There are several reasons someone may want to install Genuine Parts - they want to keep the car original or that they know parts are guaranteed to be compatible. There is no need to visit your local dealer to get these parts. FCP Euro offers these parts on their website, at more competitive prices when compared to your local dealer. OE Parts When a manufacturer makes parts for the production vehicle, they oftentimes create the same exact part, place their own label on the product, and sell it under their own brand. These are called OE or Original Equipment parts. Other than labeling, these parts are typically identical. Some of these OE parts are brand names such as Lemforder, Bosch, TRW, Sachs, Lemforder, Siemens VDO, and Valeo among others. Since these parts are the same quality as most genuine parts, they are a popular option amongst DIYers since the cost savings can be substantial in many cases. Here is an example of Genuine vs OE sway bar links for a Volvo C30. The Genuine Volvo part is 2-3 times the cost of OE, yet it is likely that it was made on the same exact line as the OE. OEM Parts OEM parts are produced by a manufacturer that meets the high quality standards and produces at least one part for a vehicle manufacturer. FCP Euro recommends OEM replacement as one of the best options for quality and price. Typically all OEM manufacturers adhere to stringent quality control and are known to be exceptional quality. FCP Euro has completed decades of research and we are very stringent with the term “OEM”. Rest assured that every product we list as OEM will be of equal quality to that of OE or Genuine parts we sell. Aftermarket Parts As I stated earlier, not all parts are created equal. Aftermarket parts are created as an alternative to OEM or Genuine Parts. In some cases, such as clips, screws, fasteners, etc, the parts are virtually indistinguishable. In other cases, aftermarket parts are considered upgrades from their OEM & Genuine equivalents. In other cases, some aftermarket part quality can be lacking. FCP Euro offers a lifetime replacement promise and a guarantee that we wouldn't sell anything that we wouldn't put on our own cars. You can trust that the aftermarket parts you buy from FCP Euro are of equivalent quality and often quite affordable. If concerned about the fit of an aftermarket part, my rule of thumb is if the component being fixed is prone to leak, or it's a major job to replace, go with OEM or OE. Rear main seals and head gasket jobs aren't even that much fun the first time. As I mentioned, even though these aftermarket companies don't supply parts to the vehicle manufacturers, it doesn't make them low quality companies. FCP Euro carries brands such as Meyle and Febi that meet or exceed OEM specifications. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
  9. Olaf

    KwS's not M3, M3 Project (or, the M328i)

    Go on, you know you want to 😉
  10. Olaf

    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    I think you may have missed the essential third discriminator - OE. That is, this part is from the supplier who made the Original part for the manufacturer. Extending Jon’s point above: e30 Tie Rods. Lemforder, TRW are OE. Meyle would be OEM (under this new way of thinking) as they make/made *something* for e30 (or at least, some BMWS), but not e30 tie rods. then with Meyle, of course there’s Meyle HD which is generally pretty good as they’ve improved upon the original spec (eg bigger ball joint in the e30 front ARB endlinks than Genuine or OE (such as Lemforder). confused? You soon will be. HTH
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    Random (BMW) pic of the day

    Photo credit: BMW Group
  12. Olaf

    BMW service

    Do you mean you wish you went genuine? Bosch is the OE Manufacturer, along with Valeo, depending on model. FWIW I’ve bought one set of BMW e46 wipers, and one set of BMW e60 wipers from NZ dealers. I get about a year out of them, I use Rain-X on the screen and BMW washer fluid in the tank. I bring them in myself, I think the apparent margin is too great.
  13. Olaf

    BMW service

    Hasn’t been serviced for two years. 8 years old. Some parts need replacing to keep it running well. Under $1k for two years? Try that in your Holden Commodore! One can compare to a “reliable”** Japanese brand, but to compare apples with apples you must also consider driving experience. If the 116i and Mazda 3/Toyota Corolla feel the same to you, buy the Mazda. Agree an 8 year old lower km’s car shouldn’t need a new coolant tank but hey, it does, whaddyagonnado - gamble with your engine on a point of principle? ** people love Honda’s. Friend of mine bought a brand new City, it was knocking a bit - could I have a look? 6 years old 58k km’s rod through block. “There’s your issue!”. Turns out they don’t like being driven without maintenance of any kind.
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    E46 Manline