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M3AN last won the day on September 29

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  1. Agreed, it looks smart... but $15k? I'm not so sure. How much would a manual conversion cost for one of these? Surely not anywhere near $7k? Considering you can pick up a very nice auto for $8k, a manual priced at much more than $12k makes no sense to me.
  2. BMW won't retrofit it for you, in fact they're likely to simply give you a blank look if you ask. I retrofitted cruise on my E87 and it's not too difficult (same procedure as Z4/E89), what part are you looking to outsource? Do you already have the replacement stalks? If not, that's your first task and it needs to match exactly your existing stalks but add the cruise stalk, any variance (at all) will cause you headaches. Apparently any E8x, E9x, E89 setup will work, as long as it's exactly the same as your existing one (plus the additional cruise stalk obviously), the slip rings in the hub of the stalk assembly vary widely and are not cross-compatible.
  3. Hmm, there's a lot to unpack there, most of it not true I'm afraid. But we can skip the unpacking because it's my understanding that BMW themselves stipulate 10w60 for the S85 and if that's the case, that's what you should use unless you have non-typical requirements. The one exception to that is actually the cold viscosity because, at least north of Taupo, we have a very moderate climate so you could arguably go to a 25w60 if a good one were available, which is precisely the opposite of your recommendation. Rules of thumb for modern 4-stroke engine oils: Always use a high quality fully synthetic oil Base the number before the w on your climate, but never lower than the manufacture's recommendation Base the number after the w on how you use the car, but never lower than the manufacture's recommendation The smaller the gap between the hot and cold viscosities the better (less oil pressure variance) Of course it gets very nuanced beyond these basic rules but most people need not worry about that.
  4. FWIW I got mine from eBay... https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=for+bmw+e36+reclining+seat+gear
  5. Assuming we talking all six cylinder setups, the hot climate version of the cooling system is vastly superior to the standard setup, the M3 setup is only an incremental upgrade to the hot climate setup. All Japanese imports came 'hot climate', all NZ new (to the best of my knowledge), except the M3, came with standard cooling. Unfortunately there are a lot of unique parts for the hot climate edition: https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=BG22-EUR-09-1996-E36-BMW-328i&diagId=17_0960 https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=BG22-EUR-09-1996-E36-BMW-328i&diagId=11_6077 https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=BG22-EUR-09-1996-E36-BMW-328i&diagId=11_6080 And even more to go to the M3 version. So if you can find a pre-prepped conversion kit that would be easiest.
  6. Yeah, Trademe with offers over $150k, leave it up for 30 days and see what happens, you have nothing to lose except your time (and possibly mind). To be honest, in a private sale I don't think you could expect much more, perhaps $170k. How long left on the factory warranty? Continental can extend that, you can't and as a buyer at this level that would be important to me. A friend has sold a number of 6 figure cars "via" Trademe... none of the transactions completed on Trademe though, all via offline private treaty (you're really silly to pay Trademe fees at this level). A Trademe posting is probably more valuable to identify serious buyers than it is to actually sell something of this value.
  7. New for $290 at Continental Cars BMW: https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/motors/car-parts-accessories/bmw/accessories/listing/3370432615 I'm not sure what they normally retail for but I suspect it's more than $290. No association but I believe everything they've sold so far has gone to a Bimmersport member, including me and they're legit.
  8. All three e36 M3's have had a recent price drop... https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/motors/cars/bmw/m3/new-listing/3118113298 (down 3k) https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/motors/cars/bmw/m3/listing/3082890008 (down 5k) https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/motors/cars/bmw/m3/listing/3306085270 (down 6k) Still not sure I'd pay that much for any of those examples.
  9. No problem, happy to help. Same with oil and tyres, there are some people who consider themselves "enthusiasts" that still think there's a meaningful difference between Castrol "10w60 Titanium", "10w60 TWS", and "10w60 Supercar" when that's just foolish... or that your car will handle terribly and fall off the road if you're not using Michelin PSx tyres when that hasn't been true for over two decades. Unfortunately some of them still frequent BS and pedal their tired BS.
  10. Looking fab Chris, lovin' the track look. I'm assuming, no confirmation required, that "essential services" requires a 100mph speed test... just to make sure the tyres and brakes are up to spec. 😜
  11. It's not unusual for any car to use a bit of coolant over time, and if it's low it can just take a single corner to trip the sensor. The best thing to do would be to top it up and see if it's still fine after a week or two, if so ignore it and move on. I'll keep saying it, BMW coolant is just G48, it's a standard so there's no point in paying for (or importing) BMW branded stuff when you can get it from Repco or Supercheap for less. Valvoline and Penrite are both readily available in NZ.
  12. Indeed, lucky I didn't place a bid I was sure wouldn't have been enough! 😂
  13. $5,255 with ~3 hours left. Edit: and I see yours is for sale?
  14. Price drop on this one already... $6,999 ONO which means you could probably walk away with it for $6,500, that's not bad buying if it's sound.
  15. Can a smoke test even work effectively in a boosted intake? None of the machines I've seen could run much above atmospheric pressure, let alone multiple times that. 🤷‍♂️
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