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  1. Olaf

    Grey Thunder - 1990 e30 316i

    I was kindly alerted of this by an old highschool mate. His Mum was about to sell, having had it since 1997. Would I be interested in an NZ-new 1990 316i manual? Turned out to be full poverty-spec, 103hp, 4 private owners, 257,000 kms, and reasonably tidy. Our offspring are approaching driving age, and I want them to learn in a simple manual gearbox car, with none of those fancy driving aids we associate with steering, these days. Helps that one can see every corner of the car, too. Sr E-Thirty Andy kindly agreed to come with for inspection, as e30 expert to help with my mid-range mech capability. We determined that it was an honest, reasonably tidy example, needing some TLC. It had only been doing around 250km per year for a number of years now, but had been garaged. It started (stone cold) willingly, first go. Serviced last week by Mike Page. It was sold through Shelly BMW when new, and when the last owner bought it new; I even found @Barryn's card in the service book from back in the day. A deal was struck, I did the ownership change, paid the cash, got the key stuck in the driver's door, Andy sorted that out, phoned insurance and paid, and set out for Wellington from Paraparaumu. I'm pretty taken by it, it's nice to be back in an e30. Plans: give it TLC to get it machanically sorted (clutch and associated bushes and seals), precautionary cambelt kit, general servicing and maintenance (leads, cap, rotor, fan clutch). In summer, check out what's underneath those front guards, and sort out bootlid keep it fairly stock for next three years until both of our scone-grabbers have their licenses then - quite possibly - make it into a well-sorted clone of Andy's "MY E30". Or at the very least, a 318iS. Hence "project" rather than showroom. Here she is in monochromatic glory:
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    Grey Thunder - 1990 e30 316i

    18 Dec 2018. 258,444kms 1. New Black Circles 4 new Hankook K415 in 195/65R14 fitted, balanced, aligned. 2. WoF Passed her WoF. Wahoo! With thanks to Jon & Keren at Auto38. Next, in Jan it's time for me to do the lock barrel repair kit (over the hols); subframe mounts, trailing arm mounts, diff bush and diff oil. Anyone have a pair of 51mm front strut housings in good nick?
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    I tried hard, and could not reach that concusion. It only specifies same per axle.
  4. That one for sale in Wellington looks pretty good to me.
  5. the PPI is the basis, maintenace records contribute. The other part of the puzzle is the workshop's relationship with the insurer. Where these are in balance, things go very smoothly. We've not experienced Autosure trying to wiggle out of a claim. My personal experience is they've been exceptional. Diagnosis made by specialist, discussion re policy cover, dpecialist approaches insurer for approval. I end up with a service record and a fix, and pay only my excess. Alternately there are some who try to take advantage; understandably the insurer will examine carefully. Summary:play by their rules, and use a specialist with an excellent relationship with the insurer, keep the vehicle serviced, and it's all really smooth.
  6. “Less Probable?” Unsure which filter you applied to reach that conclusion. Similarly, as it is a) possible to cover a private purchased vehicle, or indeed a dealer purchased vehicle - by buying direct through an agent at a discounted rate, why wouldn’t you? youll take this theoretical vehicle wherever you choose, of course, and it’s good to have people you trust. BMWs are a bit different, and I would be going to Page European, Auto 38, Winger BMW, or a couple of other BMW Specialist Independents in Wellington for work on a BMW, in particular an M5. They’ll know the conventions. Whereas your experienced JDM Yo workshop will know their vehicles. It’s not just code readers, it’s knowing which specialist tools they need for timing etc etc. This ain’t your aunty’s Camry. @TermiPeteNZ that’s your cue. good luck!
  7. You can certainly buy an MBI policy from an agent and apply it to a vehicle you’ve just acquired elsewhere, or already own. The insurer may want an inspection done to establish if there are pre-existing issues. Having plenty of service history helps. I think it’s still possible to buy an MBI for an M5, though it’s a bit more pricey than it used to be; an exclusive category for complex and outrageously expensive to repair luxury cars. I’d recommend buying a 5 year policy, which should make the vehicle a far more attractive proposition when it’s time to sell. Particularly if the vehicle approaches that age limit where one can no longer initiate a new MBI policy. Forgive me spruiking, you might like to know BMW Car Club NZ has arrangements with a number of businesses to provide discounts to members. The discount on Autosure MBI from the agency may be worth considering if you’re about to buy a pricey MBI policy, it would certainly cover your membership fee and provide a useful saving. Lastly which workshop is going to turn down a rod bearing job on a car like that? I think if I were looking to buy an e60 M5 I’d be happy to be buying one with the job already done, though I’d be more favourably influenced had the work been executed by a well-recognised BMW specialist, or BMW dealer. Hope that helps.
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    Grey Thunder - 1990 e30 316i

    We all know gearbox oil is rather whiffy, or pungent. Now we know why... https://youtu.be/b6SN7N7sgks
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    Beauty NZ New E39 540i M-Sport

    yeah good point, tensioners done but not the guides, apparently.
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    Beauty NZ New E39 540i M-Sport

    sure is. cheap enough to make it your BMW Club trip car, Paul! Appears the pricey fail bits have been attended to?
  11. PS - I forgot to mention Schmiedmann.
  12. I'm sure they'd politely point out that they're in the EU, as they're in Dublin, Eire. South of the border! 😊
  13. Yes, my understanding is there's plenty of Brembo kit - amongst other - made in China. Still, they need to meet Brembo's QC standards. Unless they're made of chocolate, should you be concerned? Mick's Garage are pretty good as a northern-european based supplier. Consider that buying your parts while in the UK you'll be hit with 20% VAT; this may not be a meaningful offset to the freight costs of simply buying on line here and now. There may be a VAT-free for export refund scheme still in existence though who knows how reliable that is, and whether your parts supplier is part of it. I used to use both Euro Car Parts, and German Swedish & French, back when I lived there (another life ago, now). Could be an opportunity to do business with Milland, here in NZ. I did a quick look on Mick's Garage on '07 X5 V8 (apologies if I've forgotten your drivetrain!), rear brakes pair Brembo NZD262 plus NZD39.46 7 day freight. That's a lot less hassle than wrangling brake rotors through airport check-ins, believe me! It'd even be under the threshold for customs charges. https://www.micksgarage.com/d/brake-discs/bmw/bmw-x5/x5-2007-to-2013/4-8-i-355-4799/products/3281906-6414-23281/brembo-rear-brake-discs-pair- USA + Freight can work out very well too, IME. Hope that helps.
  14. Not to mention the 45 series changing your handling. Usually when you go wider, you go lower aspect ratio to remain at the same circumference. The engineers set that car up as a package with thousands of hours of development time. Unless you're looking to make specific changes, I'd suggest you stick with the stock sizing, as @eliongater suggests. Here's a visual comparison of your stock size, and your tyre professional's suggested option: Aside from the handling change (taller sidewalls adding 33mm to the height, more sidewall flex, and higher c of g), you can see it'll also gear it up, and nearly 99mm to the circumference (more than 5%). Seriously, I'd shop somewhere else, where the tyre guy has a clue.
  15. on the contrary, any Leaf owner should expect to have the piss taken, even when there's an i6 or bent 8 in the background...
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    e60 M5

    Besides, between Tyler and Doug, they have a cunning plan to talk down the values of all e60 M5s in the USA, pick em up for 2.5 cents in the dollar on their original buy price. Tyler will build a huge warehouse on some of that vacant land they have so much of down there, and slowly fix each one of them over the next ten years. Then, some time around 2030, they'll run articles praising this forgotten masterpiece of incredible power and grace, from a time before the GFC, before austerity and turbocharging, before we all went nutty and electric. They'll make their market, slowly selling each "discovery" off starting at around $125k, and increasing as each "barn find" comes to light, demand growing with the new legend. They're shrewd, these southerners. You should be too.
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    Potential 1989 B11 Alpina

    outstanding. more pics, time to see it in roadgoing form!
  18. I had to google that. I'm open-minded, non-judgemental. It's too early in the morning for those images. I'll never look at a Leaf again in the same way, without thinking of a#$ play. 🤐
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    Grey Thunder - 1990 e30 316i

    anticippppppppppp-ation 😉 four black circles, this afternoon. Photocredit: Jon Mechaniker
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    e60 M5

    it's all part of his schtick. not to be taken seriously.
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    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    we have soft water in Wellington, so if it's not enough to move here for the AWESOME weather, there's the water too! 😎
  22. Olaf

    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    I am reliably informed that using the BMW washer fluid avoids the scum buildup. Had one of mine done about 2.5 years ago (new pump, tank all cleaned out), tank still clean as a whistle, exclusively BMW fluid since.
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    Grey Thunder - 1990 e30 316i

    12 Dec 2018. 258,426kms 1. Gearbox Oil Drained and filled gearbox oil, with thanks and kudos to @Barryn. This being on light duties is frustrating! Gearbox oil level was low (leaks, now resolved). About 1.5 litres of Messers Penrite ProGear full synthetic. Now shifting more sweetly. 2. Tyres While we had it in the air, we had a look at the tyres. No way those rears are passing a WoF (low tread on left, cracks, and age of both rears) - and the fronts are over ten years old - so it's now parked until they're sorted next week.
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    DISA - Repair kit or unit

    ^^ This.
  25. 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.
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