Worksie

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About Worksie

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  • Birthday May 8

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  • Name
    Graeme Larsen
  • Location
    Hamilton
  • Car
    2004 BMW 530d (E60)
  • Car 2
    2004 Mercedes E500 (W211)
  • Car 3
    2002 MG ZT 190

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    Male
  • Interests
    My house renovation, My cars.

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  1. After finding out that my aircon pump has knackered clutches and a shagged bearing, I have now been told that my alternator needs to be replaced, my glow plugs are not working, and my pcv valve is buggered. Alternator is around $1300, the glow plugs are $600, the aircon pump, if they can repair it is $300/400, or a new one $3000 ex Germany! No idea about the pcv valve yet! I do like my 530d, but I have never had a car that has cost me so much, so quickly! I needed a new battery in the first week I got the car ($600) and then a warrant three weeks later cost me around $1500 (2 tyres and a suspension bush!). Graeme
  2. My E60 diesel has started knocking badly and it sounds to me like the sound you would get from a big end bearing knock ( a noise I am familiar with after running a big end in my MG ZT190 recently!) It is actually coming from the aircon unit/pump. I have had the aircon belt taken off, and the car is going in to be fixed soon. Has anyone else had a similar experience, and can tell me what my worst case scenario will be? I assume at the worst it will be a new aircon pump, as I don't know if those units are or can be repaired. Costings wise, is this likely to be an expensive repair? Cheers, Graeme
  3. That's good to know. I lost my panel that covers the tow bar section of my 530d. Have got a replacement, but it needs to be colour matched. Is currently black plastic! Am down in Wellington again next week, so will call in on them on the way down! Unless I can locate a similar place here in Hamilton. Graeme
  4. As bought. Has Coomes Johnston BMW number plate frames now. Was sold by them New in Hamilton.
  5. I am in Wellington till probably Wednesday next week.......... Look for a 530d with the rego BYA530! Graeme
  6. Here's the pic! Graeme
  7. Took my recently acquired 2004 530d for a trip from Hamilton to Wellington today. Travelled 505.8 kms, and used not quite half a tank of diesel. Had cruise on as much as possible. Open road speed was set at 100 km/ph. The trip computer ended up sitting on 6.4 ltrs per 100 kms. Was a very comfortable trip too, and the 'comfort spec' seats certainly proved their worth. I particularly like the extendable thigh support squab. I am very happy with my car. Graeme
  8. Hi all, In my recently purchased 530d, the centre cup holder worked once, and on pushing it back in, there was a crunching sound, and the unit would not go all the way in. Looking online (Dr Google and YouTube) it appeared that the E60 cup holder could not be repaired. Well, after purchasing a second hand unit, I decided to try and see if I could repair the original. YouTube shows repairs on the E90 cup holder model. The E60 has little plastic welds that needed to be released, trimmed or suchlike, so as to release the cover. I ended up using my 'jewellers screwdriver' set and an ordinary, very small bladed screwdriver. In my case the spring had come free as the small plastic rod? that holds the spring, had broken off. Shades of what happens to the 3 series ones. I used the same principle to fix my one as shown for the 3 series/E90, a small cable tie was used to lock the spring tab in place. Hey presto, it works again! I will try and get some pictures up to show what I did. Could have saved myself $105.00 had I known this repair was possible. At least I have a spare unit if the original should ever fail terminally! I need to work out how to put a video on YouTube showing what I did, stating that the E60 cup holder CAN be repaired, rather than coughing out close to $200 for a new one, or $105 for a secondhand one like I did! Graeme
  9. Good looking car you have there, hope you get a lot of enjoyment from it. Graeme
  10. Hiya, have done some searching and have noticed that the car is indeed listed on Mannheim. Appears to have been listed yesterday. 2002 BMW 330d. I can give you full details of car damage if you want. Cheers, Graeme
  11. I found the number plate quite amusing as well. I should try charging BMW for advertising! 'B(u)Y A 530', or get a blank black plate frame with the word 'Travelling' on it....Travelling BY A 530!!! Graeme
  12. Hi all. Collected the 2004 530d last night. This is to replace the 2002 330d that met with an untimely demise a couple of weeks ago. First impressions. Is a much larger car than the 330d, but more suited to my physical size, especially the drivers seat. I found it felt quite big, driving it for the first time, from Raglan to my home in Hamilton. I have been out and about in it today and found that I got used to it very quickly. Is a more comfortable ride, suspension wise, than the 330d. Though I think the 330d would possibly out handle it, though I could be wrong. This car has been well looked after, I am the third owner, the first was had it for 11 years! Here are some photos of it, as it was advertised on Trade Me, I have yet to take my own. I have been able to get a set of number plate frames for it too, thank you to Combes Johnston Hamilton. I hope this car serves me well, and for a long long time! Graeme
  13. Pass! AMI are my insurance company and I am in Hamilton, so not sure where they send their damaged vehicles too. Turners?
  14. Well my recent post about having a crash in my 330d, has now resulted in the purchase of a 2004 530d. The insurance company wrote of my 330d, as repair was over the 75% of the insured value. A pity. There was no damage to any water, aircon, or motor. It was just panel damage. The lf inner guard is a little bit dented, but the panel beater told me that would have pulled out easily. It all came down to costing and the annoying GST content......that is really what pushed it over! Anyway, the 530d that s being collected on Wednesday next week. Will post up some pics once it is mine. Graeme
  15. I do 40 kilometres each way to and from work, pretty much most of it is open road speed. Plus my family and friends live in Tauranga, Auckland and Wellington. So my travel is mostly open road. I am also very impressed with the torque after my petrol cars. My fuel bill has been cut by I would say 2/3rds, and my distance travelled has increased as well, for less fuel cost. I know rego is more expensive, and there are RUC as well. But the fortnightly fuel payments make the biggest change.