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  1. coop

    E28 For sale

    Don't think you'd be too welcome at beach hop in a BMW. I put one of my yank cars in Cruise Martinborough the past weekend, and although the eligibility criteria is more relaxed than beach hop, apart from a few pommy Fords, there was only one Euro entered... VW Karman Ghia. M60 will go just as good as an LS1, and it's not like no ones has ever dropped a chev into one of these.
  2. Hi Matt. I don’t have a BMW you’re after, but I do have a late 1980s 560SEL in good original condition. If you only find a decent E32 or E34 they might make a nice 1980s couple. An E32 750iL would be a good companion. I would like to have both in my garage. Disregard if you’re set on BMW only. These aren’t to everyone’s taste😎
  3. coop

    NZ Touring Car - A bit of history!!

    Didn't the V8s also compete in the category/against the 2 litres? When they wrapped up the four cylinders I was a kid but can vaguely remember the Primeras (and Peugeot 406 or Toyota Coronas?) serving the Falcons and Commodores when the rain came out. I think Team Kiwi Racing had Primeras. Can't find any footage of the old series, including youtube.
  4. coop

    Tow Vehicle

    Consiser the mercedes GL320 cdi or GL500 both can be had for around $20k now. 3.5t rated. The Petrols are better value for money. Jeep Grand Cherokee WK with the Mercedes diesel running gear can be had for as low as $10k. Probably the best value true 4wd on the market. i think the ranger is the most over rated vehicle of this decade.
  5. coop

    Quick rant thread.

    The difference between now and the 1980s and before is that our roads, our cars and independence have improved greatly. I don’t think rail will ever come back as a viable freight or passenger service (outside of the cities) for the fact we have such a small spread out population over difficult topography, and no community is self sistanable like decades gone by. Ie time sensitive pre packaged salads from Mangere are on the shelves in Invercargill and berries from Timaru are sold in Tauranga etc. the Hamilton - Auckland passenger rail service is a joke and the media are too scared to scrutinise. 90mins Hamilton to Papakura. Have they done any reasearch as to where Hamilton commuters work? My bet would be majority in the airport and East Tamaki areas. Requiring a connecting bus or connecting train and bus. If going to eaither of those areas, or the CBD, one is looking at a 2 hour minimum commute plus the travel time to the Hamilton station and waiting around for the train... 5 hours daily commute?!?! And to top it off the service is the same price Porirua to Wellington train so a huge waste of money . olaf - to be honest I don’t think the Island Bay cycleway has affected house prices much or at all. It is still one of the more desirable suburbs in Wgtn. Luckily all houses on that stretch of road have ample off street parking. No argument that it has become more dangerous for every road user including cyclists, especially with cars entering and exiting a driveway. Im guessing you haven’t seen what they have planned for Berhampore and Newton? Adelaide Rd, Russel Tce, Riddiford St, Waripori St cycleway will see to loose 600 car parks!
  6. coop

    Quick rant thread.

    Why... What are we going to achieve by that? Our total population is smaller than the cities of most countries in the world. We are a drop in the ocean. To do this is only going to hurt the poor who don't have the means to repair a non conforming older vehicle that they rely on everyday day, or buy newer 'cleaner' vehicle. I'm surprised the current lot of out of touch bludgers in parliament haven't pushed for this, especially the Greens. I'm of the opinion that if they could, they'd be taxing cars relative to their engine size or claimed fuel use, and a RUC type system for all vehicles. Their hate for the motor vehicle and the freedom they give us is apparent. Hell, look at WCC and their anti car initiatives. I have a house in Island Bay and still spew every time I drive up the monstrosity that is The Parade.
  7. coop

    BMW Running cost

    First problem is going to VTNZ and having their failed, unreasonable and unrealistic mechanics inspect it. I would perhaps steam clean or brake clean the oil leaks on it. Maybe run some thicker oil (when does it smoke, under load, on over run, after sitting idle for a few minutes?). Maybe trade in on an E46 330i, E39 or E60 530i, depending what you require of a car. Its a bugger BMW have gone from some of the strongest engines from the 70s-80s and into the 1990s to the fragile crap they've put out over the past 15-20 years M Cars included.
  8. coop

    Petrol to diesel engine conversion

    You'll also find amongst Land Rover enthusiasts, P38s are more desirable with the EAS in the vehicle and working than ripped out for coils. For obvious reasons. Coupled with the four wheel traction control, they are were more capable off road then nearly anything else from the 1990s. I think these are becoming more collectable amongst LR enthuiasts, not to the level of the RR Classic but enough to save or not butcher good examples. I had one converted to coils, and it had a better ride quality than one with EAS. My only issue with them is the transfer case - controlled electronically by the BCM and the transmissions own ECM, with no real mechanical locker, so if you break an axle etc in the bush you're really buggered. No doubt another obstacle you'd need to navigate around with a re power.
  9. coop

    Petrol to diesel engine conversion

    I think the over rated 1KZ would be cracking heads on a monthly basis having to haul around a 2.5 tonne Range Rover. Complexities around the P38 might make it easier and cheaper to keep it as a parts car and find a standard 2.5dse, or the later L322 with the BMW td6, or even a td5 Disco. Also I think diesel and V8 gearing are different of the top of my head... the V8 Range rovers will do 70 in 1st and around 120 in 2nd.
  10. coop

    Daily Driver opinions

    Is yours manual? Mine was an auto one. Not the first car I have had that has some discrepancies between fuel use, sounds as though yours is more frugal (I assume your speedo error isn’t reading excessively high, throwing out the total kays?!). Driving sedately say cruising behind trucks at 90 my 320d may have dropped down to 6 or even less over a long distance. But yeah I never managed 1000km on a tank. I think I may have scraped 900km but that was it. The E39 530i Msport I had afterwards made more sense. I could manage about 8/100km open road same driving style. Mich nicer to car to drive long distance especially with the M54 and staggered wheels. Perfect for long distance NZ roads IMO. For an extra 9 or so litres to do my usual trip from Cambridge to Wellington, a no brainer. Even when I was looking at the E87 with the same engine I could not justify it after reading several forums and what sort of mileage people were getting out of them.
  11. coop

    Daily Driver opinions

    Not that economical IMO. I could not better 6.2l/100km in mine. A gentle run at 100 on flat road, say Hamilton to Auckland or Wellington to Hawkes Bay was usually 6.2l/100km It was replaced with a 2012 Corolla 1.8 manual which under the same style of driving will return 5.8l/100km. If I nurse the Corolla and sit in behind the usual open road day dreaming muppets and not worry about passing I can get down to 5.6. Around town they are the same (8ish l/100km) I was set on a newer E87 120d but I read the N47s have timing chain issues. So I thought bugger it, the Corollas aren't badly priced and over ten years it will likely only need a few sets of tyres and a couple of batteries. I would not be confident saying the same about a BMW. I have enough cars and bikes that need attention, I don't want the daily city car to be a long term project or head ache as well. Not trying to recommend a Corolla BTW but the old E46 320d just made no sense with its relatively high fuel consumption and the RUC rort. I think if I were to do it again with the BMW, I'd go for an E46 330i or E87 130iM spec. They seem relatively bullet proof and the extra 1 or 2 litre/100km in consumption over a four cylinder would be worth it as far as smiles go.
  12. coop

    Quick rant thread.

    I guess you could compare further, and ask a few more questions, does Norway have rampant entitlement culture that is too common in this country, largely fuelled by the media and vote grabbing politicians? Is personal responsibility a thing of the past in Norway, where anyone’s failings can be blamed on someone else? Is there a section of society/demographic of Norways population who have no regard for the law, no respect for the police and are repeatedly in/out of the courts, bringing no gain or productivity to society? Does Norway have generational welfare breeders, living off the tax payers for decades? Does Norway place more value on the family unit? Do they value fathers more than we do here, where fatherhood is trivialised while solo mothers are paraded as something to be looked up to. Does Norway have rampant issues with mysoginistic drug dealing gangs, hooking vulnerable people and teenagers on meth, with the tax payer left to bear the costs of these huge spin on effects, while the media and politicians are too scared to do anything about.
  13. coop

    Import tax

    How long has this being the case? I haven’t worked in NZ full time since 2012, but both jobs, one as a mechanic at two franchises, and the other as a line haul truck driver, there was no mention of claiming expenses against income tax (tools, PPE, meals when staying away etc). I’m working in Aus since 2012 as a mechanic. I can claim tools, cell phone, laptop, prescription glasses, over night allowance & out of zone allowance (breakdowns), vehicle, health insurance, any training/tickets/ licences and associated costs. Each end of financial year I get between 10-20% back in tax. As an employee i don’t think this happens in NZ?
  14. coop

    What car to upgrade to from 540i?

    Nice! I can remember seeing that for sale and thought it was a good deal. If you haven’t done already, google m156 head studs, cam shaft & lifters, and sort out some mechanical insurance.
  15. Perhaps you can put me straight... I thought the M325 was a 325is in other markets. Same car, different badge. Same story with the E34 M535i? Be interesting to see the invoice for the engine build. Either someone’s taken him to town, he’s jacked up the rebuild figure to justify his asking price, or an attempt to impress a potential buyer who wouldn’t have the know how on changing a tyre - someone like Mike Hosking or Jack Tame springs to mind. Hell, for around $22k I could build a 15 litre Cummins or Cat, or 16 litre Volvo inc cylinder head that will be good for 1 million km.