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  1. Thought I would put this on here first to see if anyone was interested. The car is getting a proper clean inside and out in early January, so don’t judge the photos too harshly as the car is pretty dirty. Mechanically fine, runs well with plenty of grunt, no issues that I am aware of. The AC works, but is a little temperamental (sometimes doesn’t come on). I’ve been told that it likely just needs a new hedgehog. Factory reversing/parking sensors. Has a detachable tow bar which has hardly been used and has spent its life in the garage. I’ve removed the original BMW cassette and put in a frame with a basic JVC unit. Car is in Hamilton. Looking for 2k ono. Edit: forgot to mention, it has a *very* slow oil leak, though I haven’t noticed anything while it’s been parked outside. Haven’t had any issues running out of oil. The valve cover gasket was replaced a couple of years ago and looks good.
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    1998 BMW 328i E46 NZ New with tow bar

    Had a clean now - currently offering to watchers for $1500: https://trademe.nz/motors/cars/bmw/328i/listing/1890436777
  3. Assuming I go ahead with some tunes on my 335i (downpipes and ecu stage 1 at least), will the BMW dealership have an issue with servicing it? They wouldn't turn me away would they?
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    Insurance and tuning question

    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?
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    Cooked Motor Question

    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
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    Cooked Motor Question

    Choice. Lucky it’s a Toyota!
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    Cooked Motor Question

    Do you know how to do a compression test yourself?
  8. 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?
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    Insurance and tuning question

    Should be under 20%. If everything is ticked off with them first then there's no excuse to deny cover.
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    Insurance and tuning question

    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.
  11. Interested to see if there are any good ones selling
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    Insurance and tuning question

    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.
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    Captain Sensible Calling...

    Plenty of older 540i options in Wellington. Cheap to buy, expensive to run...
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    Captain Sensible Calling...

    I borrowed one a few years ago in Wellington - a manual though - it was seriously rooted. Car was maybe 1998.
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    Captain Sensible Calling...

    A destroyed old Jap import Z3 in red?? 😂
  16. Hey all, Currently have four BMWs, though about to sell my old E46s. My X1 M-Sport is the "family car”, while my 335i N54 E90 is my "fun car". Interested in doing some basic mods on the 335i to make it sound a bit more decent, though haven’t decided where to start. Not keen on fault codes or excessive engine and gearbox wear! Cheers
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    Will servicing at BMW be an issue?

    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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    Captain Sensible Calling...

    Bit different to your 135i I bet
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    Captain Sensible Calling...

    Rather than buying two cars after you sell this mistake, could you just get a decent NZ New 1 series? That way it’s small enough for your wife and you can still get one that’s fast.
  20. Hey all, I’ve acquired an NZ New 2009 335i (E90) and I’m looking into doing catless downpipes. My understanding is that being a 2009 car it’s ok. Could I get some suggestions as to what kit I should buy? And where from? Nothing extravagant... I’ll get a local euro mechanic to do the swap out. Many thanks!
  21. Just got the car. There is an Aux input but no USB. Seems strange on a 2009? I’m getting the feeling that this is one of those cases where it’s a 2007 or 2008 produced car sold NZ New as 2009...
  22. You’re telling me. I was a bit surprised to, but then decided I don’t really care about iDrive, and my X1 has it anyway so it’s not like I’m missing out on something in my life Car being delivered tomorrow - photo attached taken a month ago. It’s an SE model.
  23. Ah ok, do they have an aux input ready to go? Edit... Checked around, seems they all do. Sweet.
  24. Cheers. So random question while I’ve got some 335i drivers here... this 335i that’s coming my way has no iDrive system, but it does have Bluetooth. Does a 2009 support streaming music from my iPhone XR by any chance? I.e. Spotify.
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