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  1. Olaf

    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    AWESOME! Look forward to seeing you at some events soon.
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    E39 M5 for 20k

    great score, Aaron! 👌
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    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

    13 Oct 2018. 258,101kms It's been to visit Jon Mechaniker at Auto38 in Newtown, for some further diagnosis. Jon gave it a thorough going-over, stethescope and all. If you're in Wellington, bring this man your business! I enjoyed the pickup, had a nice talk to a local gent with a e61 550i; we shared notes on the lovely V8. Back to Grey Thunder. The good: the engine's a 'keeper'. Shiny cam, good oiling [edit: with good compressions]. The not so good: It needs a rad, there were more smallish things it needs, and it needs a wheel bearing, and some other bigger stuff. I already have the clutch kit and some of the cooling stuff, and the stuff for the rear bar, but still need a top hose and a radiator, as well as a bunch of small items. And the cambelt kit. And a wheel bearing x2 (I guess best replaced in pairs?). Today, I: Changed the spark plugs. I already had these, so not your secret sauce recommendation sorry Jon! Bosch FGR7DQP+. Now it idles when cold! And pulls well. And runs far more smoothly at motorway speeds. Happy days! 😀 Checked the air filter, and found it's close to brand-new. A Hengst E41L. Adjusted the throttle cable. Measured my new rear ARB - it's a 13.5mm, so need to get bushes for it (I bought 12mm Gen BMW) Measured my front ARB: it's 19mm. I'm looking for a 20mm, so if someone has one in good nick please let me know. And if anyone has a Hirschmann power antenna for e30, let me know.
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    Cheap e30

    It's not *full* poverty spec; it's auto and has a rev counter, and sunroof! Nice, tidy e30. If you particularly wanted a PFL 318i, it's probably cheaper than fully restoring one. Shame the service history has been separated from the car.
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    Google Home

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    Camber Adjustment Kit

    the car in the video is clearly a bog-stock 745i. it doesn't have "Widder tires" (whatever brand that is 🙄), nor a third-part lowering kit, nor "proper camber kit". please, answer the questions: how are the tyres (condition), are they good quality, how is the alignment, are there worn steering and or suspension components, are your pressures within the recommended pressure ranges, how are the shock absorbers? Is the dynamic drive system funtioning correctly? How are you driving it? What's happening for you to provoke 'car slides like crazy'? there's a great deal of collective expertise that you can access - if you engage in a conversation. Would you like some assistance, or do you prefer to make vague incoherent statements?
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    Grey Thunder - 1990 e30 316i

    Today this arrived. Like meeting an old friend. I last bought one of these in 2001, it was softcover then. I kept it many years after I sold my e30 Touring. so, reunited?
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    Camber Adjustment Kit

    car slides like crazy taking corners, so I'll use mechanical aids to change the suspension setup that took specialist engineers millions to develop? Start at the start; how are the tyres (condition), are they good quality, how is the alignment, are there worn steering and or suspension components, are your pressures within the recommended pressure ranges, how are the shock absorbers? Is the dynamic drive system funtioning correctly? How are you driving it? What's happening for you to provoke 'car slides like crazy'? My spidey senses tell me we're only getting part for of the story here. 7ers are usually excellent handlers, not at all what one would expect from a large luxury car, and given half a chance they'll get around a corner very smartly thank you okay his lines are a bit naff and he's not actually going that fast, but his e65 745i is negotiating The Nurburgring without sliding out...
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    Re-gas boot struts

    I had an interesting experience some ten years ago. Bought inexpensive gas springs for my volvo tailgate from FCP. They’re under extreme pressure in that design. 1 year later they sh#t the bed, foul smelling hydraulic oil yecchh. Fortunately I had not tossed the originals. Found the service agents, yes he could rebuild the Stabilus units. He did so in the back of his van, and here we are more than ten years later and they’re still working, and it cost little more than the cheapies. so my recommendation? Buy OEM, or talk to Gas Strut Services Ltd. Dunno if they’re still around in the Wellington region...
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    Grey Thunder - 1990 e30 316i

    30 Sept 2018. 258,046kms ... and today I got stuck into the boot, revealed the no-name electric antenna that needs a replacement mast, tidied up the jack and wheel brace, and also deep polished the windscreen and Rain-X'd it. Little jobs. Now, where to get a proper leccy antenna? Or figure out the generic mast for mine (ALPHA 21-EXD)? Put that one on the back burner, get the mechanicals sorted... it's off for a little more diagnosis this week with Jon Mechaniker.
  12. John, I think to be fair he's seeking a refund on the basis that his consumer rights have not been met, and this is an opportunity to sever that relationship and get his money back. He's lost confidence in that particular vehicle, and has no confidence in the dealer providing remedy to the issues to his satisfaction. I think in those circumstances one would feel galled every time one made a payment, saw a CEL code, or even drove said vehicle. Getting a full refund under the law is the path less travelled, but is ultimately the best. One might then go shopping for a good, trustworthy, reliable vendor, and then find a similar vehicle through their trusted supplier; also the path less travelled! 🙂
  13. I dunno. I installed the ceramic pads and new (slotted) rotors together back in Sept 2013, done ~75,000km & 5 years on them and the rotors look great.
  14. 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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    Grey Thunder - 1990 e30 316i

    29 Sept 2018. 258,046kms I've been reading/researching, driving it a little. Accumulating parts. Today: replaced hood (bonnet) gas spring (OEM Febi Stabilus) replaced hood (bonnet) badge and grommets (genuine BMW) Easy, straightforward jobs for the afternoon.
  16. Oh, and impressions of the Hawk Performance HPS, now I've done a few kms (1,038), and some touring.... @GorGasm you were asking previously. I'm happy with them. I think the car stops shorter (when I need to), has more modulation, doesn't take much heat to get working. Not the initial HARD BITE of OEM BMW pads. Much lower dusting, which is a bonus. But if you're needing serious retardation and are late braking before a bend, these are good in my estimation. So, in balance, I like them and am happy with them. They have much better feel than Akebono Euros on my e46; the Akebonos on my e46 take a lot longer to stop when they're cold, lack bite, have plenty of modulation, though don't shorten stopping distance. I'd probably put HPS on my e46 if the Akebonos ever wear out!
  17. 29 September 2018. 171204kms WoF. Passed with flying colours. Kurt at VTNZ Adelaide Road is a Bimmer-head as well, we talked about his e39 540i ///M. Next stop: new MBI, as the current one expires on Monday. That'll be my BMW Car Club NZ annual membership paying for itself 🙂
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    2001-2004 X5 - opinions wanted

    I’ve been using FCP Euro for 11-12 years for the bulk of my parts, with some from the local dealer, and sometimes Schmiedmann. I’ve tried Pelican and found the scant savings (on some items), not worth the hassle compared the FCP’s better service. YMMV. FCP have recently re-signed with FedEx which makes things great for us down here in the shaky isles. HTH PS: Mick’s Garage can also be attractive for selected parts. Brands clearly identified so you know what you’re buying, pricing in NZD, and 5 day DHL from Ireland.
  19. ... and that of other road users or pedestrians...
  20. 21 September 2018. 170807kms fewer kms over the last month. I've driven the e30 a few times instead. I got the Dynamic Drive system reset/recalibrated. Steering feels better. Sadly no new alignment until next saturday, Kelvin's fully booked this Saturday. I'll sort out a vidjo of it - makes cool noises as it dances like Thom Yorke. Anyway, here's Thom dancing, while ya'll wait for me to edit a video... https://youtu.be/DpVfF4U75B8
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    E36 tax starting

    guys, look up the vin. it's not povo spec, it has aircon, Msports suspension, sunroof, and even passenger airbag! It's not like they made money on it, I think this would have been around $55-60k australian back then. This example is certainly nowhere near as nice as the near-new iS I drove about 1600kms in in Dec/Jan 1993.
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    oh this is beautiful

    Sure is. To channel Robocop: “I’d buy that for a dollar!” Sharp looking ‘02.
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    Gear box rebuild Wgtn

    I'd be talking with Jon at Auto38 in the first instance.
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    The new BMW Z4.

    Looks superb. Thanks for sharing, Jon!
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    Anyone wanting a cheap 318ti Manual?

    M43 with blown HG. Bummer. Certainly cheap!