HardBall66

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About HardBall66

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  • Name
    Matt
  • Location
    Otaki, Kapiti Coast, Wellington
  • Car
    1997 528i Touring
  • Car 2
    1997 523i (parts car)

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    Male
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    Restoring my E39 Touring, Meeting BMW owners in greater Wellington area.
  1. Schmiedmann should have all those parts - just plug the part numbers into their search box. Shipping from Europe is not too bad on small/light parts, and no VAT or GST if the order is under ~ $400 IIRC
  2. This reposessed M5 is at Turners currently - might be a good project for someone: https://www.turners.co.nz/Damaged-Vehicles/Damaged-Cars-for-Sale/bmw/m5/16442219
  3. I thought this was interesting: http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/bmw/auction-1368233544.htm It would be awesome with a manual conversion
  4. It seems strange to me that the BMW engineers would choose to make the timing chains out of melted jellybeans - no wonder they break down so easily. Also when I woke up this morning I was Katy Perry.
  5. Gateway drug for cashed-up bogans? BMW could have tapped into a whole new market if they'd played their cards right
  6. Hiya Charl - I'm definitely keen to replace the cloth interior on myTouring, however I've set my sights on Sandbeige In fact I have made a small start. I still need to swap the tweeters across, which involves removing the spring nuts without breaking the plastic posts
  7. Welcome aboard! Fellow E-39 owner here.
  8. Such a pretty engine in the Alfa - I could look at that all day.
  9. I have seen some not bad black/beige combinations, but I'll be doing the whole interior including the seats, as the current upholstery is a very uninspiring grey fabric. Just noticed the other door card has a chunk out of the arm rest Not sure if that's repairable, or whether I'll have to look for another door card.
  10. Started swapping the interior across from my parts car. Sandbeige is not everyone's cup of tea, but I love it! It's gonna look a bit weird until I've finished, though
  11. It seems to have held its charge overnight so I'll put it down to coincidence for now, but I'll keep an eye on it... I obviously need to drive it more!
  12. If you see the photo of the little pull-out blind fuse chart on the previous page it says, "Anti-glare inside mirror" - that's the one I re-inserted. There seems to be some variation in the fuse layout here & there (between markets/model years?). No PDC on my car, but I may have to check the reverse switch. Anyway, hopefully she'll have held her charge today and I can write it off as a coincidence.
  13. Thanks Allan, yep - mine's a Japanese import with the infra-red remote - I re-inserted fuse 21 to get the auto-dimming mirror working. Do you think there could be a short on that x428 connector? I've charged the battery back up and will leave it overnight to see whether the battery holds its charge, and if not will remove the fuse & repeat the process... hoping the flat battery was just a coincidence, as the car has been sitting for a few days.
  14. Hmm, I had a flat battery this morning... maybe just a coincidence, but perhaps there was a reason for the previous owner removing the fuse for the auto-dimming mirror - I'll have to keep an eye on this.
  15. https://old.schmiedmann.com/5_series/E34/Equipment-accesories/tuning/page5.htm#19722