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Everything posted by Eagle

  1. OP says he wants to save money not spend more. Koni's = expensive (esp in NZ) and having them on the rear with some unknown front shocks isn't worth it.
  2. Koni's are great and all but probably the worse choice in this case.
  3. Looks like it could use a re-dye http://leatherique.org/detail.aspx?ID=39
  4. I hope it doesn't its in the danger zone where the TU failure seems to appear(200k-250k). Would hope its had at least the tensioner replaced early on.
  5. Tidy motorsport\M3 E36's look smart but for me seeing so many ugly pos ones around does a disservice. Prefer the E46 too but it's got its own issues. E30's will always be king.
  6. Depending on what front shocks you installed you could also use the Bilstein B4's which are slighter firmer and cheaper and available from the same places FCP have a lifetime warranty too
  7. Earlier models like yours may have 2x purple ones closest to the ecu instead of 1x brown like the later models.
  8. FCP Euro or Pelicanparts. <$350 (shouldn't be any GST) for OEM Sachs with new shock mounts and bump stops (which you should do also) Easy to install yourself with basic tools as long as you got a set of axle stands and jack. Plenty of writes ups.
  9. Might look like a 30k car but i agree its appears overpriced. Engine bay looks fine to me, my engine bay gets real dusty here with this dry weather and ive cleaned it many times.
  10. Yep got 5 myself. The price can only go up.
  11. About the same as my E39 on my highway commute. Shorter final drive option and speeding don't help, i can tell you that much. Other things: Check for vacuum leaks, clean maf, good t-stat, test\replace old O2 sensors, clean injectors, Im sure good vanos seals and DISA valve help also.
  12. Wasn't worried about that. Having refinished 2 sets of these myself (running a set atm) they do require a good deal of input but they are worth it once done. GLWS
  13. Very good condition for vintage? Curbing looks quite bad on 2 of them
  14. If you ring the dealer and give them the last 7 digits on your VIN im sure they can help If you remove some fluid from the reservoir and place it on something white you will be able confirm if its running CHF or ATF. CHF = green tint, ATF = red If it uses ATF then a full synthetic DX3 or 4 would work fine
  15. Looks quite unique (good unique) E30 + M60 is one reliable and long lasting combo. GW
  16. Ive yet to buy a car that doesn't need something but some are worst than others. E39's for example - old cars by today's standards with low plastic quality, running more complex and less reliable electrical systems combined with a more complex full alloy suspension setup = lotsamoney to get back to standard. Im sure i could refresh two E34's for the same price as one E39.
  17. As Andy said they are much a much rarer car than a 328. From a cost point the M44 is less problematic and cheaper to run than M52's while being nicer to work on
  18. With new breakes you may be right
  19. I agree. If it weren't for these clowns putting tacky sh*t all over their ecoboxes, i couldn't have a laugh at their expense
  20. Yep plenty of oils that say they meet the spec. ZF lifeguard is probably the proper choice but not cheap. I'll probably use full synth Maxlife for mine soon but that mainly because i got a lot of it Any of the good brands should have it in 20L containers which are much cheaper for the $. I don't know what method you are using for the oil change though,
  21. Depends on your exact transmission but i definitely would not use that (not full synth for starters). Valvoline MaxLife ATF fairly cheap and commonly used overseas (transmission dependent) Ive always used the specified Fuchs from BNT for all transmissions ive ever done.
  22. Seems reasonably priced https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/bmw/auction-1496026637.htm?rsqid=a2911d617a6e438a907630e4878ea358
  23. No idea how you manage 3 of them. Can't wait to get rid of just the one, so much crappy plastic failing everywhere. The other day i noticed both the bottom corners on my msport front bumper have had chunks taken out of them (probably from stones etc hitting them at speed). Never see that on say an E34.
  24. Photo background looked like another Scott's house here in Hamilton.