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M3AN last won the day on February 10

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  1. Was presented with a coolant leak in the 130 today... pulled out of the garage this morning and there was a small pool on the floor, jumped in it this evening for the (short) trip home and got a dash warning and left another small pool in my parking spot at work. Didn't get much beyond 100*C on the ~9km trip home but it's a problem that will need addressing. Long weekend on Waiheke this one so no time to look at it until next weekend so I'll have to carry around some demineralised water or premix G48 for the time being. To be fair, it's the only mechanical problem I've had with it in 2.5 years and ~10k kms so I can't complain. And well, BMW cooling systems, it was hardly unexpected. 🙄 Better than blowing the bottom out of the radiator at the top of the harbour bridge, 20km from home, in the old 328 I suppose...
  2. Top shopping for classy seats, well done. I'm sure installation and compliance will be more of a PITA than you've imagined but the end result will be mega and well worth it. Ace. 👍
  3. That's quite astonishing given it only takes a few mm of incorrect toe to make a car practically undrivable. Good result though.
  4. Couldn't agree more, if there's nothing seriously wrong that's a steal.
  5. The principle of parsimony (Occam's razor) suggests you check that the arch liner itself is properly positioned and secured before getting too deep into the mechanical side of things.
  6. Yeah, it's a stupid price. I'm guessing halogens also being NZ new. 🤮
  7. Optimism defined: https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/motors/cars/bmw/130i/listing/3595961461 No questions allowed but don't worry, he's a decent bloke... 🙄
  8. I think it's a steal for 7 or 8, the buy now price seems reasonable, one could probably walk away with it for 9 or a bit less. But yes, a lot of how much you need to spend to bring it up to spec depends on the mechanical condition.
  9. $9500 buy now for a manual, bid from $6500... https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/motors/cars/bmw/130i/listing/3597703336 Needs a good tidy and not sure what's up with those exhaust tips but you're really buying the engine and gearbox combo right?
  10. Paid for and collected. Thanks for the easy transaction Josh, nice to meet you. 👍
  11. Unless your insurance company is going to cover it I wouldn't worry about meth contamination, it's not really a thing except for in exceptional circumstances, and you can be pretty confident they weren't cooking the stuff in there. https://thespinoff.co.nz/business/27-09-2017/the-great-meth-testing-scam https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/104287037/rental-meth-panic-over
  12. It's always a tough decision to walk away from tyres with good life left in them, unless you have severe comfort issues with your runflats perhaps try some other things whilst you wear your existing tyres down? At least then, by the time you need new tyres, you'll have a better feel for whether you need different sizes. I'd do the camber pin mod, ideally add M3 lower control arms (TRW JTC1426/JTC1427) and then you'll need an alignment so ask for a tiny amount of front toe out. I suspect you'll notice a considerable reduction in corner entry understeer.
  13. What size tyres are you currently running? A square 225 setup likely means you're reducing the rear footprint which will help with understeer but only because you can no longer put as much power down which is ultimately counter-productive (slower). I'd think 235's would be the minimum square setup to use although I've never been a believer in a square setup on a rear wheel drive car, tyre size is a pretty blunt instrument to address under (or over) steer. Better tyres, camber pin mod, M3 front arms and, some front toe out are all things I'd try before committing to a square setup.
  14. I think it has some way to go to the floor since M3's and M5's typically dip below 20k before they recover, as difficult as that is to believe.
  15. Reserved pending deposit. Deposit received.
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