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  1. Olaf

    1985 525e

    we figured it needed excellent sales photos, some great copy, and a nudge on the price... we've done the photos!
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    1985 525e

    Man, those photos look sharp. I'm not biased. Hopefully you'll get some bites!
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    E34 M5

    buy an e60 M5 for that money, and have change for a trackday coupe!
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    How to remove strut nut without an impact

    Something that people often overlook in this instance: An offset ring spanner can also help! Doesn't work in all instances, though you may have a set of offset ring spanners languishing in your workshop...
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    Wheel Alignment Query

    They've only adjusted the toe - front and rear - and haven't touched the camber. The disturbing thing is that the specs (target ranges) aren't shown, so one wonders what the hell they were adjusting to. $60/80 education, flush it away and go somewhere decent. I'd not let these guys near my vehicle. Offer them the opportunity to refund your money. Getting your steering wheel centred is part of the setup of a basic alignment. Hope that helps. EDIT: they probably didn't do the rear toe, come to think of it. The variation in rear toe may have been a result of adjusting the front. This was a ten minute quick-and-dirty, at best.
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    Help needed...

    thanks mate, that gave me a good belly laugh.
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    Clarkson Sacked

    yeah I was paying $60 with Soho (over Vodafone Cable)... then I figured I'd get over myself (after Netflix USA treated me like a non-customer), got a free AppleTV, added Netflix, and bingo $16 a month for the NZ service. Bye bye Sky. I saw a pamphlet in Noel Leeming today, Vodafone touting the great new service TV on demand with a box, but I think it's too little too late. 'SNIP!' Vodafone guy collected my box, surfboard modem, and remote, today. I'll have to figure out where I can get the Discovery Turbo programmes, and see the rest of 'Billions'. My guilty pleasure: Street Outlaws!
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    Diesel programming

    diesels - more frequent services, filters more pricey. Compare 530D/535D air filter with 530/545 Air Filter, for a start. I think oil capacity in the diesel is about the same... though recommended change interval is shorter. I'm sure someone more knowlegable than me will pour on some real figures... @*Glenn*, what are your thoughts on real-world servicing costs of a diesel vs petrol, using e60 as the baseline?
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    Clarkson Sacked

    search for Edd China on youtube. He's got a new show that appears to do all the stuff he said he didn't like about the new production company was doing to Wheeler Dealers! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6ofrdxbm3RijOx6NsMU8Sg
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    Diesel programming

    I think your 15.5l/100 for a 335i is incorrect. I did a spreadsheet last year when I was about to buy a diesel, comparing a number of six cylinder petrol BMWs (my e46 325i, 530i and 545i e60), and diesel (e60 530d, 535d)... the diesels won on overall cost (fuel consumtption and RUC only), though only over 15,000kms (from memory), and then the higher servicing costs and higher cost of entry for diesel negated a lot of it. I ran a spread of cost-per-litre into the spreadsheet as well, though I don't think I had bet on the cost of petrol hitting $2.75! Suggest you take extra-urban consumption, rather than range-based, as the source of your data - you get skewed by size of tank. Hope that helps. As it happens, I'm still 'driving for free' in the second year of fuel consumption and servicing on the 545i I bought, compared with the 535D ///M that I almost bought! PS - thank you for your reasoned and polite response to my somewhat sarcastic dig at disabling emission control systems!
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    Importing a TV to NZ experiences

    Dan, I think you're entering a world of pain. I used to buy Full Multi System TV kit from the US (or, perhaps the Peter Justesen Catalogue still exists in some form, for folks in your type of employ? www.pj.dk ) - and successfully brought back my full multi-system Sony Trinitron and a very good Panasonic HiFi VHS also with full multi system, back in the day... though as you'd appreciate, back then things were more cut-and-dried (simple), and this kit has long since been recycled! These niche sellers (they were in the US - usually around NYC or Texas, and sometimes CA) may still exist, and you might be able to score a TV that is *fully* compatible with NZ operation, and even a full muli-zone BluRay player to go with it. Considerations in the modern world for TV from another region: - Voltage. Will it run on 230VAC? - tuning and TV system (eg you'll need to be able to tune Freeview in NZ! so it'll be PAL and with our particular setup for digital TV) - App Store (coz we're doing more and more on-demand and app-based viewing these days)... so can your (for example) American-market Samsung be directed to pick up local apps from the NZ Samsung store such as NEON, TVNZ, ThreeNow etc? - Cost of freight - unavailability of spares if it needs service. These things become white-elephants, can't sell em, can't give em away, towards the end of their useful life. If you then take into account how your Dad wants to use his TV (eg the hassle of getting a foreign market set to integrate in NZ), perhaps springing a grand to 1200 kiwi for a very good end-of-run 55" Samsung (or similar) down here, with warranty etc, might be the best overall solution. Either way, you'll be a hero. Hope that helps.
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    Importing a TV to NZ experiences

    Has SECAM been retired, William? There were always THREE standards in the world, previously. PAL, NTSC (never twice the same colour), and SECAM. Not like you to miss your research.
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    Diesel programming

    Fixed that for ya: 'Hey yeah, I want to [delete def, egr and dpf] make my car into a toxic emmitter that will kill my neighbours, friends, and family with the products of its tailpipe! Who can I get to make my BMW worse than any VW Diesel ever? I want to disable all of the emissions systems that were so carefully engineered into my BMW at great time and expense, and make it more like a 1970's truck.' 🙄
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    Clarkson Sacked

    nor me, I've just cancelled Sky. 'cutting the cable'.
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    E36 cab seat repair - not flicking forward

    yeah, I can't take credit for @_ethrty-Andy_'s great work, but thanks for thinking of me @drtimwright! 😂
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    1999 E38 750i Individual

    if you guys are looking to match colour and revive leather, I recommend Colorlock system from European Leathercare. I bought one of their leather repair kits, consisting of brush, cleaner, toner (colour), and shield (protectant), also comes with fine sandpaper and coloured filler for deep cracks (haven't had to use that). In addition I bought Elephant Leather Preservative. I've done my Volvo's interior (black leather) twice over last 18 months and it looks almost like new, and doesn't come off on your clothes. Not bad for a 20 year old car that has seen years of family service, and lives outside. https://europeanleathercare.co.nz https://www.colourlockleathercare.co.nz Much better than shoe polish!
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    Potential EU trade agreement

    rose-tinted glasses? are you on crack? we've just argued the same side of the coin.
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    Potential EU trade agreement

    I think your perspective is a little skew-whiff, Graham. NZ has always relied on Exports to make some kind of Balance of Payments. We're a little island nation that imports pretty much everything except for food and timber. That's what stung so very much when Britain joined the EU, and NZ lost it's favoured nation status and had to figure out how to attract, agree, and leverage trade deals with other economies outside the EU. Which it has done pretty well at over the past four-plus decades! UK leaving the EU opens tremendous opportunity for NZ; though not particularly with UK! As long as we can sort out our beef production issues, at least. Where NZ has continued to fail is expanding its export backbone beyond primary industry. We've done a lot in the knowlege economy direction, but not to the point of it bringing home the bacon as a new consistent and reliable earner of foreign dollars to rival agriculture. As for getting businesses out of discussions on the TPP; who do you think will benefit from these agreements?! We're not a socialist or communist economy. The end users (taxpayers) ultimately benefit where the govt has a greater tax take, to spend on essential services as a result of the TPP. The suggestion of excluding businesses - when it's all about access for businesses - is somewhat unusual.
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    Potential EU trade agreement

    there, fixed that for ya. "unlikely to be true". Ha ha.
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    BMW M2 drivers review by yours truely

    My 2c - I enjoyed it. Agree with what Charlie said above. Plus: use a better microphone. Voice-overs can class it up, easy to record with a voiceover mic and a made-from-cardboard-and-egg boxes vocal booth, and Audacity (free audio recording and editing app) to trim the recordings up and eq them... I'm looking forward to the next one. PS: "BMW BIGOT" is GOLD!
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    Looking to buy a welder

    1. There are other excellent welders without going straight to BOC. 2. Introduction to MIG and TIG Welding Course is night school (evening classes) - next one starts in July. Are you fully committed after work? https://2018.weltec.ac.nz/courses/mechanical-trades/mig-and-tig-welding-introduction/ Never be in too much of a hurry to learn how to do it right! 😀
  22. I've not tried the 6 cyl version of the e60. I can vouch for the chassis being so very well sorted that deploying 330bhp through it does not leave you wondering about designer's intent. I think it'd be sad to pootle around with 100bhp less.
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    Looking to buy a welder

    @Funkyflynz have you any words of wisdom, as a man who's experienced and talented at laying down a good bead?
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    Looking to buy a welder

    Hey Eli, you should consider doing the welding course at Weltec. You can even sit your ticket at the end of it, if you're good enough. Teaches you what you need to know, gives you a good idea of what kit you'll need. Excellent tutors. Plenty of practice. If you're interested I'll introduce you to my wrenching mate, he's near you and did the course, set himself up with an excellent mig. He's planning on scratch-building a sports car; you'll want to look at his welder.
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    Random (BMW) pic of the day

    I made this one. Copyright is mine. Car is @eliongater's.