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    SPOTTED! The official thread

    No photos - but an CS 2002 on the Terrace (blue / black colour?) and a white 340i Touring near Parliament.
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    New Member - e81 130i

    I like this a lot. The other reason there aren't any here is because the E81 wasn't sold in Japan - only the E87 (of which there are now plenty in NZ, generally poorly specced compared to the Singapore versions).
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    SPOTTED! The official thread

    Nice E30 325i Cabby in Island Bay this evening...
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    NZ New BMW’s and Petrol Particulate Filters

    NZ currently legislates 10ppm sulfur for diesel and petrol. Australia has 150ppm for 91 and 50ppm for 95/98, not sure about their diesel. I believe our 98 Octane (not the Gull stuff with ethanol in it) is imported refined from Singapore (which has very exacting specifications.
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    NZ New BMW’s and Petrol Particulate Filters

    Guess that's why we get a better range of tourings than AU? they're stuck with 520d/530i in the G31 and nothing bigger than a 330i in the F31.
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    NZ New BMW’s and Petrol Particulate Filters

    Don't have firm info but the NZ/AU 40i B58 engines have a lower compression option (S858) c.f. the euro market ones (due to poorer quality fuel - mainly in Australia) - so they may continue to omit it?
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    New M140i Owner, Auckland

    1 series can’t be had with individual colours
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    Current 1-Series vs 2020 1-Series

    Presumably a profit driven approach. Most people don't know / care about which wheels are driven. They can use the same platform as Mini / X1 and minimise their development costs. Agree it produces a watered down drivers car c.f. RWD straigh 6 hatch, but the Golf R certainly gets decent reviews. I would guess they can't shoehorn a straight 6 into transverse layout so it'll be an inline 4 with a big turbo.
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    $1 Reserve F10 M5

    Multiple previous owners (judging by the plate history) and has been written off previously as well. Seller seems to be a little evasive about that though... https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=1903714586
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    $1 Reserve F10 M5

    what a muppet.
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    $1 Reserve F10 M5

    $31k doesn't seem like much - seller didn't really help himself though
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    Towbar on 2011 335i Touring

    was that sourced from BMW NZ or from overseas?
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    Towbar on 2011 335i Touring

    I've read that this is not difficult. I believe the NZ regulations require a chain attachment for any trailer towing - which is not the case in Europe. Anyone got an engineering company to weld one on?
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    Towbar on 2011 335i Touring

    That's the current set up. Forever paranoid I'll drive into the garage with bikes on roof.
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    Towbar on 2011 335i Touring

    Thanks - I believe the Thule Euro-ride models are compatible with the swan neck bar (but it looks like the NZ purchased one is only compatible with a 50mm ball)
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    Towbar on 2011 335i Touring

    Bringing this post back from the dead - I am looking into importing a Westfalia towbar from the UK for my F31 335d (as it seems Westfalia NZ are now in receivership). My plan is to use (rarely) in conjunction with a towbar mounted bike rack - hence I really want the Euro style removable swan neck rather than the ugly nz ball style. Has anyone got any other suggestions?
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    335i Touring Msport

    if the 335d is in budget would definitely go for that instead. NZ new and more likely to have comprehensive service history. better economy and equivalent performance
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    335i Touring Msport

    this may fit the bill. good colour, highish k's but reflected in price https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=1908533766
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    335i Touring Msport

    I get that diesel is not for everyone (and they don't sound good) but the BMW diesels are the best on the market.
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    S54 M-Coupe Anyone?

    As far as I know that is not the case in NZ, Australia or the UK.
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    335i Touring Msport

    Having owned both E91 + F31, the older car has a much worse ride quality (despite being on 17's and the new one on 19's), steering perhaps has a bit more feel on the e91 but it's still a wagon rather than a sports car. If you don't mind the idea of diesel, I'd recommend a test drive of the 335d, fantastic combo of performance, usability and economy. Almost certainly more reliable than N54 engined 335i from Japan.
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    335i Touring Msport

    The F31 335i is extremely uncommon here - I think I've only seen 3 for sale in the last two years. 2x luxury line jap imports and 1x m-sport nz new. The n55 is probably more reliable than the n54 although the 8-speed ZF on the F-series is a massive upgrade on the old 6-speed autobox. This appears to be the only one on TM at the moment https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/bmw/auction-1862146263.htm?rsqid=d09b331609444764805821f97ea6203c
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    Jane - My Green German Girlfriend

    a Jeff Gray plate surround would be a nice touch to go with that!
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    Quick rant thread.

    surprised they check the emissions on the gas guzzling V6/V8 fleet (that somehow the giant trucks that are everywhere are not included in the calculation for)
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    KwS's not M3, M3 Project (or, the M328i)

    ooooh this is nice. OEM wheels please!
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