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  1. Yes did the rear disks and pad on the wifes Skoda, Micks Garage were noticeable cheaper when freight is included.
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    DME Damage

    Looks like the DME on my 335i has gone south. Specifically its throwing a 30BB code which is a DME issue and seems to be related to the MOSFET's that drive the injectors going bad. I will remove the DME and test the MOSFET's. Wondering if i just get one of the TV repair people to replace the MOSFET's on the board as from what I can figure they are a standard OTS item. Any thoughts here?
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    DME Damage

    Yes apparently there is, in fact there are a couple of very comprehensive tech articles going through the whole process.
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    DME Damage

    Doing some more reading it looks like the MOSFET's get over powered by the DME itself and that's why they die. They are rated at uds 250v but apparently receive up to 350v.
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    Tow Vehicle

    I bought a boat a while back and my Toyota Highlander is on the limit for Towing it. The Highlander has a 2t braked tow rating and the boat trailer is about 2.2t. I have been looking at vehicles with better tow ratings and found that the Touareg, Q7 and Cayenne all have a 3.5t rating. As the are all built on the same chassis and even share some engines I would like any thoughts on suitability, reliability and maintenance issues. I did consider an E70 X5 but it has a 2.5t rating, so I guess its still in the mix.Thoughts?
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    15k for a 328i?

    This is a nice example for sure but 15k? https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/bmw/auction-1871669358.htm?rsqid=d8d94555d7714b899b95434cd7f75e1a
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    Catless downpipes for 335i

    2009 with no Idrive, that's interesting.
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    Damaged M3 at Turners

    Damaged e92 M3 at Turners Wellington. One for the keen project person. https://www.turners.co.nz/Damaged-Vehicles/Damaged-Cars-for-Sale/bmw/m3coupe/15942175 Also the have a manual Boxster S as well.
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    Tow Vehicle

    No boat wont be sold. neither will other BMW's just the Toyota.
  10. Unknown brand, probably made in china QC unknown, backup probably nil and then because its a coil over you need to get you car certed.
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    L98 into an E36 coupe.

    BTW the car looks great with the repaint, but I am biased as I think E36 Coupes are one of the best looking BMW's.
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    a 4 door M3 CS for sale now

    I must be the odd one out, I would have the coupe any day of the week, its by far and away the prettiest body shape. A touring would be better than a sedan, but both second to a coupe. M4 me baby!
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    Modding the Hell out of 355i DCT

    I have been running an MHD Stage 1 plus for nearly 2 years now. Whats most important is a bigger inter cooler and replacing your charge pipe before it splits. Its also very worthwhile to get your intake ports de-carboned. Straight pipe or any aftermarket noisy pipe is a waste of cash. All it does it make the car obnoxious and a magnet for the cops. Remove the cats and you will have all the power the standard turbos can support. Note at this stage you will have real traction issues save the money you would have spent on a bogan exhaust and buy and LSD and the best tires you can afford. Coils die its just a a fact of life my first one went at 91k. As to injectors plenty of guys running MHD tunes with no issues.
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    Alpina mouth and no trousers

    The E30 Madness continues, nicely presented but lets be honest a 318i wouldn't pull a sailor off your sister.
  15. A friend is looking for a 335i or 135i to replace his 550i and I have been keeping an eye out for him. He wants a later 2010 plus N55 with later I drive and there are certainly plenty to choose from. That said the N54 cars are dirt cheap now. I have seen them as low as 11K and while I know only too well there are issues, HPFP, coil packs, charge pipes and on high mileage cars injectors they offer so much potential. MHD and XHP flashes make sorting power and shifting a piece of cake. This reminds of the 90s when you could buy Supras and Skylines for affordable money tune them and make 400 plus HP. 335is may be even cheaper comparatively.
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    Is the 335i the 2019 performance bargain?

    Ok googled it and they called it Gull because it would Sh*t on everything. Very droll Aussie humor.
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    Is the 335i the 2019 performance bargain?

    I think it might relate to when Ford were going to Supercharge the Barra instead of a turbo, but I can't remember why the Gull connection is there, vague memory of sh*t?
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    Is the 335i the 2019 performance bargain?

    Thats a nice car.
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    Is the 335i the 2019 performance bargain?

    Excellent description of the demographic
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    I will take them.
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    Bridgestone Tyres - Buy 1 get 1 half price

    Interested if anyone has tried both RE003 and Dunlop SP 050+
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    Is the 335i the 2019 performance bargain?

    Biggest limitation to N54 power production is cast pistons in an open deck aluminium block. The Siamesed cylinders give some support but the 2JZ had both Siamesed cylinders and a thick closed deck with extra thick cylinders at the top. The RB block in contrast had thin-ish cylinder walls, core shift, thinner deck and was not as hard as the 2JZ, it also had a poor oil system and frequently cracked the block when pushed past 5-600 HP. So I agree the N54 has limitations compared to the 2JZ but apart from the Barra (Which is very big and heavy) the early N54's stack up pretty well compared to a lot of other tuner engines. I didn't mention EJ, SR or 4G engines because well they are 4 Cyl and yes they can make big HP but they require a lot of work to get there especially the EJ . Also all of the above mentioned engines will require new turbos, intakes, pipes and fuel systems so it makes any argument about the reliability of the factory setup for big HP a bit redundant. The stock setup on a 2JZ would allow maybe 450HP pretty similar to an N54 and a bit more possibly than an N55, a stock RB26 DETT can make just over 400HP. Now finding an affordable Supra or GTR well that's just not going to happen and they cant be tuned with a phone App. Just getting some perspective here.
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    Is the 335i the 2019 performance bargain?

    Yeah but thats as much because the Jap autos suck big time. There a world of difference between a ZF 6speed and 4 speed Jatco from the mid nineties. In day to day driving I think the ZF is fine maybe even better than the manual especially with an XHP tune.
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    Is the 335i the 2019 performance bargain?

    The Supra Block could go 800plus horsepower reliably but not the RB blocks.