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  1. Start: 152,294kms. After prevaricating, considering the market and options, TermiPete's 545i became available. The domino effect of upgrading! I'd thought about X5's, missed out on a 535d Motorsport Touring by 2 days, and thought about 550is. So I bought this. It's my SS Commodore. Just in a sharply tailored german suit, rather than a Drizabone. And it has a roundel where the lion would be. And it's cool. Pete has lavished a bit of attention on this vehicle since acquiring it in Oct 2015. Now its my turn. I've already ordered hardware for shock replacement (bump stops, boots, strut bearings, bolts etc)... now deciding which shocks to get. Sachs standard (OEM) Bilstein: Touring (B4), HD (B6), Sport (B8) Koni Yellows After doing the shocks on three of my last four cars, the last two I've stuck with factory IEM spec Sachs (my Volvo 855-T5 and BMW e46 Touring). I'm not planning on changing the springs on this 545i and don't want to radically transform or make it too hard. It has Standrard suspension, it's on 18" conventional tyres (no need for RFT's here as it has a spare), and has Dynamic Drive option (the active computer controlled anti-roll bars) and having driven a near-identical car without DD, I'm sold on it. Koni Yellows I'm sure would be lovely, but they're a little more pricey. Bilstein: tempted to go HD (B6 Yellow), they're said to be made to work with stock springs but are up to 20% stiffer. I think this would be similar to the addition of KYB Excel+ gas shocks to my old A32 Maxima. Firmed it up and helped it hugely with roadholding and ride. Alternately B4 Tourings are said to be 10% stiffer than stock. Sachs: The OEM shocks are equivalent to 31316766993 (Front left) and 31316766994 (Front right), and 33526766995 rear. They'll no doubt "just work". Would I be crazy to go Bilstein HD B6? And as soon as the shocks are done, it's time for new boots (and panties). Photos soon.
  2. Went out and did the bed-in on an early-morning drive today. Successive cycles of around 80-100 down to 10... cool downs, then rinse and repeat. Feel has markedly improved. Measured temps at start of cooldown (LASER thermometers are the coolest of toys tools, eh?), found left rear rotor 10 degrees (33%) hotter than the others, wondered about a lazy caliper. Seems to have come right on the run back to Wellington. Now just a (fresh, new) CEL to check.
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    E32 Misfire 735il/cylinder down

    did you also check for vacuum leaks and split intake boot as @Eagle suggested?
  4. 17 August 2018. 170,166km. Replaced front and rear brake rotors (genuine BMW) & retaining screws Replaced slider pins and boots front and rear Replaced front and rear pads & sensors (Hawk Performance HPS) Replaced handbrake shoes and hardware (OEM Pagid) Flushed and replaced brake fluid Replaced sunroof seal (Genuine BMW). Out tomorrow morning to bed in the pads.
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    The importance of Full Cover Insurance

    $500? Where was the accident, Taupo?! ^ this!
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    The importance of Full Cover Insurance

    If it became a rort for two underwriters as you say, a third and fourth would enter the market, increasing competion and lowering prices. That's what this is about, right? Price vs Cost. The Cost to the community of these uninsured asshats is far greater than panel damage. EDIT: and if the true cost of owning a motor car keeps an uninsured asshat off the road, I'm happy to pay more for my insurance!
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    The importance of Full Cover Insurance

    I disagree. It's really simple in Australia: no insurance and no safety inspection passed, no rego. Drive car without rego, you're f#$%ked. It would be no harder to implement that here in godzone than any other scheme. Then it's simply a compliance thing. The insurance companies would no doubt be happy, as their revenue would increase covering effectively the same risk they're currently - indirectly - covering for their insured drivers.
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    The importance of Full Cover Insurance

    Hey, Kyu, sorry to learn of the accident. Delighted to hear nobody injured. Great to be able to walk away from a stack.
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    wow. sounds like no control with you shop. with myus, I have my own suite. A street address, telephone number. I have secure access to my suite on-line, get to select what happens to each shipment... wait for others to combine. I get emails (and app notifications) when another item arrives. I get packaging options, freight co options... it's all down to me. total control. I get free photos if they think there's damage; I can pay for photos if I want to inspect regular shipments.
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    I do the same thing with MyUS, and prefer to pay FedEx or DHL because the service is so much better. I'm getting M3 performance for the price of a 320i ///M.
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    Yep, fair point, Kyu. I failed to include my assumption that one provides all the necessary information, when initiating the shipment. that, and I have pointed out the contrast - NZ Post will not phone the addressees phone number to initiate contact, instead sending a letter. FedEx calls ahead proactively. I regularly praise the delivery efforts of MyUS and FedEx. And sometimes even DHL, though the courierpost connection makes it more haphazard.
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    I beg to differ, Kyu. Freight forwarding is fairly straightforward, so one should naturally expect a range of service running from ‘good’ to ‘great’. These threads are useful to establish how far outside of that range some of the operators are. Not everyone enjoys my favoured provider, MyUS. I’ve never seen a bad word in print about shipitto. On the other hand, the regularity of people reporting disfavorable - or even plain dreadful - Service from YouShop is impossible to ignore. As you say - know what to expect? In closing, I’d suggest nothing about standard freight forwarding is special, unless there’s exceptional service. 🙂
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    Goodness. Fancy a business specializing in freight forwarding forgetting to inform their customers of their address change. You’ve been visiting Baltimore? Here’s your theme tune, then:
  14. yeah, having suffered the bruised pride when cracked the new windscreen on my e46 recently, I decided I should pay the professionals to lower my risk. It's a rational and cold decision. 🤔
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    I've used them plenty. they only charge if it's over the limit. when I'm bringing in company stuff, I use my client code... somewhere along the line I pay GST - whether it's with the carrier, or through my cashbook and GST reconciliation.
  16. in a recent development, flying saucers were spotted in Wellington's Eastern Suburbs this morning. The craft appeared to be made of aluminium and a ferrous metal painted to look like aluminium... despite its obvious weight, it flew, hovered, and generally disturbed BMW owners in the vicinity.
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    Slightly west of that - I recently had the misfortune to have a large shipment (necessitating an NZ Customs Client Code), sent via USPS... which links with NZ Post here. That’s the weakest link. Hours (not joking) spent on the phone with various NZ Post reps. I don’t object to paying for brokerage; though I do expect something approaching *service* for my money! The crowning glory was, having paid my fees for GST, Brokerage, Insoection etc and the parcel was moving again, trying to arrange a redirect. 30 minutes on the phone with numerous reps, claiming nothing could be done until the parcel reached Highbrook. WTF? I challenged that I had no way of knowing, as the only updates were ‘regional processing’, and local Wellington inconsistent at best. Giving up, I turned to their website and found I could initiate the redirect immediately! Their call Centre staff don’t have a scooby, don’t have the right scripts, and their processes are totally broken. It took nearly a month to get my parcel. I wasn’t concerned about time to deliver, what was unreasonable was the amount of my time that NZ Post consumed. I should invoice them. /rant Contrast that with FedEx (who I usually use for shipments from MyUS.com)... Saturday morning phone call “Hi Mr Olaf, FedEx here, advising we’ve emailed you about a package that’s on its way to you out of the USA. Just call back with your credit card number, pay the import fees, and we’ll have that to you on Tuesday”. I paid Monday morning and arranged for it to be held at depot during the same call. It arrived Monday midday. FedEx don’t even charge for the brokerage! NZ Post are completely broken.
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    USD highest since 2016

    we came back (many, many years ago) with USD, opened a USD account here and sat on it till we found a house. Someone we knew had access to the Treasury info, and we knew that if we waited around nine more months we'd leverage a sizeable drop in the rate. But we'd found the right house, and moved forward; life can't wait, and the significance of an extra $15k (which was a lot back then) on deposit is soon eclipsed by mortgage interest rate changes, repairs, and valuation increases as years and decades pass. 🙂
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    BMW 130i - Birds B1 Dynamics etc etc etc

    awesome work, Chris!
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    BMW M6 M635csi 1986

    The leather's just losing it's pigment from the tanning process, through wear and exposure to sun (UV), and heat. it can be successfully restored, to give it more protection and to last for decades longer.
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    Life is choice bro thread.

    I'm watching Luke Cage, with my Son. Life is good.
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    E39 Ute Reboot

    great to see you're underway with this again, Francois!
  23. 😂 How many paragraphs have I read, and still it's not clear what your product is, where you're from, or why you can't furnish any detail. Well, apart from a few disjointed pictures and videos, and some bold claims that we can't verify, and you're unable or unwilling to back up. I call BS. There's nothing here to agree to disagree about, apart from your grammar. Are you a collective or co-operative? Your ware housing and distro is in Scotland (the country?), though no detail of what the prouct *actually* is, or where it's manufactured. There are more holes in your story than the slice of swiss cheese I'm about to bite into with my lunch. The more you write here, the more dubious this becomes. You're not moonlighting as one of those jokers calling me in the evenings asking about my "Vindells", are you?
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    the Bimmer spent the whole time wearing smugface.