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About jamesmcd

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    BMW 335i SE 2009
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    BMW X1 M-Sport
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    BMW 328i & 325i E46s

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  1. Wouldn’t mind dealing to the wood in my 335i. It looks pretty lame in a quick car.
  2. Had a clean now - currently offering to watchers for $1500: https://trademe.nz/motors/cars/bmw/328i/listing/1890436777
  3. As an aside, when I first met my wife she had a "reliable Toyota". Within six months it blew a head gasket and I got her onto BMWs since then
  4. Choice. Lucky it’s a Toyota!
  5. Do you know how to do a compression test yourself?
  6. According to the service records my 2009 335i (NZ New) hasn’t had its HPFP changed at any point. Is this something I should preemptively fix? Or just wait for it to inevitably fail? Car has done about 65k. Anyone know the cost of this repair?
  7. Should be under 20%. If everything is ticked off with them first then there's no excuse to deny cover.
  8. Have spoken to the insurer and removing the cats and a basic ECU stage 1+ tune is fine but they will need specific information (performance increase details). They seem good to deal with. This is for both standard insurance and mechanical.
  9. Exactly. I'll be up front about it. I'll check with my existing company first. I'm in a safe spot in that I haven't done anything yet.
  10. Hey all - obviously this depends on the company (in this case Provident), but I’m looking for people’s experiences. I’ve already paid for a year of cover on the basis that my vehicle isn’t modified, which it isn’t. However, I am interested in doing some performance tuning this year. Obviously I would tell them that I’m doing this, but I was wondering how badly this affects the premium?
  11. Plenty of older 540i options in Wellington. Cheap to buy, expensive to run...
  12. I borrowed one a few years ago in Wellington - a manual though - it was seriously rooted. Car was maybe 1998.
  13. Interested to see if there are any good ones selling
  14. A destroyed old Jap import Z3 in red?? 😂
  15. Eek. The vehicle has mechanical insurance through BMW’s provider. Even with just downpipes and an ECU tune it looks like I’ll have to wait (or forfeit the insurance).
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