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Mikan last won the day on November 26 2017

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  1. Mikan

    2003 530i Sapphire Black Touring MSport

    Great question. I assume it got stuck (can't confirm, haven't investigated myself and haven't got a detailed post mortem on Jon - have been talking pretty much solely about next steps). The warning I got was coolant temp, (rather than low coolant), and it overheated SO quickly which I guess indicates lack of circulation rather than volume of coolant? Pity - this thermostat was only about a year old.
  2. Mikan

    2003 530i Sapphire Black Touring MSport

    Pushed it over a quarter of million kms recently, which was a good result for an engine I thought might be on life support a year ago. It's toast now though, thermostat failed going through mount Vic tunnel and I could see my bank balance going down as the temp gauge went up and the warning messages started dinging. Pulled over as soon as I could, but game over (-heated with catastrophic results - confirmed by Jon at Auto38 yesterday). I have a very low kms m54b30 from Brent waiting in the wings, just need to commit to the expense of the swap. First instinct was to consider selling everything as a 'project' package, but having a night's perspective on things I think the only way forward is through it. TBC.
  3. Mikan

    Beauty NZ New E39 540i M-Sport

    You can have your one back soon if you want. I've done the vanos for you.
  4. Mikan

    1990 E30 325i SE

    Looking good! What could possibly replace the ACS though? 🤔
  5. Mikan

    2003 530i Sapphire Black Touring MSport

    Hey @BozzaFC Nary a problem. Would have done 5 or 6 thousand k since. Planning to switch back to ll01 in the Big Summer Service but I'm not anticipating any troubles. You're welcome to try it out - maybe early in the new year we can tee something up?
  6. Mikan

    New member from Tauranga

    Beautiful! Love it.
  7. I got my rears from fcp, fronts from a polish vendor on ebay through (UK) youshop. Both got tagged by customs. I tried to youshop a second (rear) pair over, but they got turned around at the (US) warehouse - despite providing the information sheet they asked for, they just refused to carry them. No problems with nzpost and multiple sets of shock absorbers in the past, it felt like a policy had finally started to be implemented.
  8. Mikan

    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    So much pollen.
  9. Mikan

    Bmw E39 possible ews problem

    Do you have a spare key you can try? This happened to me last week (2003 e39), turned out the key was dead. Might not be part of your problem, but costs nothing to try, as opposed to replacing ews/ignition switch.
  10. Mikan

    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    Bought a new diamond key for the e39 - had a miserable 'won't start at all' situation that luckily was resolved by trying the spare key. Ordered a new one to safeguard against the spare (same vintage) dropping off too. Not a purchase I relished, but the fear of being stranded in a parking building for two weeks was too strong to ignore.
  11. Wonderful! Cool project, can't wait to see the updates.
  12. Mikan

    E30 sport seats retrim

    Beautiful! Great job.
  13. Mikan

    FS 2002 e10 parts NOS

    Sure is mate.
  14. I'd be more put off by the silent-auction-masquerading-as-a-classified-listing than the rust. Did the vendor go into that at all? I guess if you've been thirsting for a red 2.5 touring for ever then it could be worth the punt. I can absolutely see the appeal. @Young Thrash Driver is right, it is beautiful. Maybe easier and cheaper to make a solid car pretty though, and at least you know you get to drive it! Garage it for a couple of years and those wheels alone will be worth the asking price the way prices are going.
  15. Mikan

    1985 525e

    Hang in there - Tom Cruise is about to heat the market for you: https://jalopnik.com/mission-impossible-fallout-is-going-to-ruin-the-old-bm-1827841847