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str8_6 last won the day on December 11 2019

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  1. Might have to try it. Never found anything that works other than a wash mitt and car wash. Even dragons breath doesn’t really get rid of the brake dust unless you agitate it. In saying that, my wheels never get to the baked on stage so perhaps it’s better for really stubborn baked on dust.
  2. Have the PS4’s on my M5 and love them. No issues with tram lining.
  3. Classic Winger Wellington service. 1. They broke the passenger door mirror and refuse to even acknowledge it was broken by them, despite the scratches down the side of the passenger wing on the paint. Replacement mirror housing required... $$$ 2. Did an oil service on my new car and refuse to update the service history in iDrive because “it wasn’t due an oil change so there’s nothing to update” Thank goodness it will be out of warranty by it’s next scheduled visit. None of my vehicles will ever go back. They aren’t all terrible though. Sales team and Parts team who have been there for a long time are great.
  4. Get a 3.0si N52. The facelift adds nicer tail lights (IMO) and marginally more screwed together interior. They’re brilliant fun.
  5. I bought mine just over 6 years ago as the second owner with just on 40k. Previous owner had bought it new to replace his e46 M3 so ticked most options. I used it mainly as a daily to replace an e36 325i which I owned for roughly 10 years. As I’d had the e39 M5 for a while at that point, I wasn’t exactly looking for heaps of power, just something that was quiet, subtle and a little more grown up than the e36. I didn’t even consider the 335i at that point as I thought (at that time) that turbos were cheating and if you need turbos, just get the M3 right? I was to be proven so wrong. So instead I tried a couple of n52 cars (330i, 130i, z4) and was bored. Then, a very tidy silver 335i popped up at the local dealer one weekend. I dropped by and took it for a drive. I think I drove 400 meters up the road and immediately realized this was different. It was not boring at all... It also has a distinctively different sound (which imo sounds exotic) compared to the N52’s, great ride, excellent intuitive gearbox, great steering. If you’re used to the torque the S62 puts down in almost any gear, you will love the 335i. To me it feels V8 athletic without spending so much time at the pump. I liked it so much, and used it so much, I sold my first e39 M5 from it simply never being used... But that’s another story... Anyway. There are probably many better cars that have now replaced it, but anyone who ever got a turn to drive it always came back asking what the hell is under the bonnet.
  6. Great car. One of the best of its era. Very very understated/stealth in standard spec. Pretty amazing value these days too. Feels modern even by today’s standards. Great fuel economy too. The longer wheel base means they ride well. IMO the e92 shape is one of the all time great looking BMW coupes. I owned one up until recently (still in the family) and miss it a lot. Get to drive it from time to time and instantly smile. There are heaps of great DIY’s out there to remediate the common problems. Mine hasn’t skipped one beat in 50kms of ownership.
  7. US vehicles have different brake specs so not sure?
  8. Weirdly, the e39 M5 doesn’t have brake ducts from factory. At least not the euro spec cars. Both of mine have not had them.
  9. E36 M3’s are $38k now? ? *pops the e39 M5 in bubble wrap*
  10. str8_6

    E53 X5 4.6is

    The Singapore piece probably worries me less if it was imported earlier in its life - looks to have got here 2011 and has had 100k of NZ mileage added so it’s really up to how the NZ owners have cared for it. Generally cars of that caliber in Singapore are looked after. Owned a standard X5 4.4i pre-facelift. Transmission and suspension parts seem to be the biggest issues, then normal bmw coolant and oil leaks coming in a close second. I had no idea if the chains had been done on mine, but it made no noises and ran well. I still prefer the pre-facelift over the newer V8 despite the timing chain problems. 9k seems okay for the IS model. Interiors seem to be getting a little tatty now on these but that one looks tidy - just needs a good groom.
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    E39 2000 540i Msport

    Don’t need three V8’s, don’t need three V8’s, don’t need three V8’s. ?
  12. Very mad I’m told. The coating was applied to a very loved and already very very tidy garage queen who gets very minimal use. As I said, IF it lasts 4/5 years, then it’s money well spent. If not, then its cost in comparison to the value of the car is not really a lot. I think one of the rear tires cost me more and I think I know which made me smile more when I saw it for the first time last week.
  13. Snake oil or not, I had the M5 done last week and it looks unbelievable for a car that’s just about 20 years old. Initially, the company I used, Elite Detailing in Wellington, wondered why I’d brought it to them because it already looked reasonably good. I wanted paint correction on some of the clear coat scratches an un-named dealership created when they changed my windscreen last year and so in addition I decided to give their coating a go. I’m so impressed. Obviously different colours would have different results in terms of that deep glossy look. If it lasts the 4/5 years they claim, and I’m sure it will as the car is not a daily, then it’s money well spent. The team were very professional, knowledgeable and set the proper expectations about the product they use. Yes it can scratch, yes you can still chip it however I was more than happy to give them my money for their time. It’s really good to see some of their other work and see their passion for detailing. I have a light scratch on the passenger side door of the Porsche that doesn’t quite polish out, I want to avoid painting and after seeing the amazing work Elite did on the M5, I’m happy to hand it over and get them to apply the coating too. It will be good to see how it lasts on a daily.
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