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Old 26-01-2017, 09:25 AM   #11
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Old 24-03-2017, 02:07 PM   #12
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Well, two years in and it's TüV time (german MoT equivalent).

It failed. Leaking rear shocks, so it's off to get those sorted out on Monday, along with a gearbox oil change to see if the shift improves, and he'll change the rear diff oil too.

Now approaching 198,000km / 123,000 miles. No squeaks, clunks, rattles or bangs anywhere. I put on a nearly-new set of 16" Goodyear EfficientGrip (7mm) summers for €80, oil changes every 12k km as it gets lots of shortish journeys in the winter, that's about it really. The latest stone chips have been touched in and the paintwork sealed with Bilt Hamber Autobalm. It's come up OK.

Still very happy to sit at silly speed on the Autobahn between Frankfurt and Stuttgart, where I am currently working!





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Old 24-03-2017, 02:44 PM   #13
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Wow that bumper repair is impressive !
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Thanks mate. Impressively cheap.

There are loads of talented people on P&R, I'm not one of them, about the only thing I'm good at is keeping my wallet in my pocket.

Hence the cheap repairs with Zip-ties and bits of ice cream lid!

Have a great weekend!
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Old 25-03-2017, 09:17 AM   #15
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Lovely car and I love Germany. My brother in law lived in Heilbronn for 11 years and only just moved back here last year due to work, amazing country.
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Currently approaching 209,000km and still running sweetly.

Changing the gearbox oil has made no difference to its reluctance to go into first gear when cold, so the routine of second->first at standstill remains. No big deal.

We've had a couple of electrical gremlins - a short-circuit in the LH rear door meant the electric window stopped working. I replaced the regulator to no avail, admitted defeat and took it to the mechanic. Turns out the old regulator was fine and it was a split wire in the loom somewhere.

€50 and a crate of beer for about 2 hrs work seemed fair!

The other thing is that it bongs on start-up to tell me a bulb has gone, but none are out. Possibly a control module on the way out?

Anyway, I'm in Cardiff at the moment so had the BmW remapped by Paul at Cardiif Remap on the Whittle Road. I requested a 50/50 map, so taking it to about 190bhp (they will map to over 200, apparently) and hopefully improved economy.

I haven't done enough miles since to comment on fuel use but there is certainly a lot more wallop in-gear. Bloody hell. Paul's a nice bloke and I would recommend him.

Remaps start at €500 in DE so to get it done for £140 was a result.

No photos, it still looks the same.
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Old 06-10-2017, 01:15 PM   #17
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Changing the gearbox oil has made no difference to its reluctance to go into first gear when cold, so the routine of second->first at standstill remains. No big deal.
Assuming its a manual but I have had issues with cars like this and its been one of 2 things, the selector gate is on its way out or more commonly the clutch pedal is not quite working all the way when cold meaning 1st isnt available unless you double the clutch or go into 2nd first..
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Thanks mate. The clutch/DMF are both newish so it's most likely the selector gate.

Is that an easy fix on this 'box?
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Looking good and some really good quick fixes and good to see some ingenuity going on for repairs - is the bumper repair still holding up ?

Any yes, looks much better on the new alloys
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The bumper repair is still (much to my surprise) holding up perfectly well.

I do like it now it's been remapped - lots more urgency from 2k RPM.

The new alloys will be going back on shortly with the winter tyres on. Yeah, I know, it should be the other way round - the summer tyres on the nicer wheels, but that situation will be rectified in a year or two. I just couldn't turn down the winter wheelset or the summer tyres for the money I got them for!

Cheers all!
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