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  1. Well I didn't quite make the 450bhp mark, but the dyno operator thinks this is because the correction factor was off so figures should be taken with a pinch of salt. However I did make 420BHP and 810Nm which I'm still very pleased with.
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  3. Put both mine up for sale. Test drove a seat Leon fr tdi. Came back from the test drive and saw my e39 and thought "what the fuck am I doing!!" So she stays I think and will get some bits sorted
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  4. First wash in over 6 months i rekon, poor car has been really neglected since ive been renovating my house but its still going strong, and theyre still such a good looking car when they are clean!
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  5. I finished rear armrest retrofit Great MOD
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  8. Today, the average new BMW (320d etc) is what a Cortina was 40 years ago and nothing more, a reasonably well made mass produced car of average ability in its class, bought by the hundreds of thousands by company car fleets and curtain twitcher private buyers alike as a safe bet. This is a stunning example of a very rare and very lovely car from an era when BMW was genuinely desirable and prestigious. It was handbuilt to a very high standard, and they're not making any more. Collectors are waking up to the fact that BMW's high water mark has long since been and gone, and values of this sort of stuff is on the up.
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  9. Snaps of my brother & my car together today. He's got a pre LCI 545i. Bit of a dog when he got it but slowly getting it up to scratch. It's got Xenon's, comfort seats & Logic 7. Last two I wish I had on mine! Sent from my SM-G925F using Tapatalk
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  10. I think it's time I sold it if this is the shit that's being fitted to them now...
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  11. I've not really done a great deal to it. It's got a Wagner Tuning intercooler and Wagner DPF removal pipe on it. It then made 400bhp and 740Nm on the stock turbos. Then when the engine came out for the chain to be done, I got a set of hybrids from TDI Turbos that are rated to a max of 450bhp. Which I did the 420bhp 820Nm on (I converted it wrong the first time, 606ft/lbs is 822Nm!). Everything else on the car is standard apart from a K&N panel filter. Mapping is my job - so that wasn't too much of an issue to take care of!
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  13. Finally back in a e39 this time a Facelift 540i auto Sport. Had a little break from e39 ownership for a couple of years at least, wasn't really looking for one either but this e39 just caught my attention being a 1 owner car and had pretty much most of the extras ticked off. Old fella had bought it new and ticked of most of the option list, has covered 165k but came with full service history. Body is looking a little tired but it's only cosmetics and I have already booked it in with my local bodyshop. Spec is Cosmos schwarz metallic Heated electric memory black leather int Glass sunroof Elec folding mirrors Sat nav Phone Dsp speaker system Elec rear blind Side blinds Privacy glass Auto dimming mirrors Xenon headlights High gloss exterior trim 18" staggered parallels Would have been nice if he had ticked off double glazing 😂 Plans are Get bodywork looking good again as has some surface corrosion and various marks around body. Gearbox service Replace front control arms Find some Heated black Contour front seats Enjoy the silky smooth v8 😀 Will update with more pics over next few weeks. Sent from my SM-G928F using Tapatalk
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  14. So after a post in the "What have you done to your car today?" thread a couple of people wanted to see dashcam install. Transcend 220 with permanent mount from Amazon and Nextbase wiring kit from Maplin: Power wire goes up in to the gap between trim and windscreen: Runs to the nearside A pillar and crosses over in the gap between the two pieces of trim (red line to show): Wire then goes under the rubber door seal: And runs down the door seal to the little panel where the passenger airbag switch is: The switch panel is removed by pulling: And working your way round: When you get all the way the panel just pops off: You can then push the trim to get the wire in to the area behind the glovebox: Piggyback goes to fuse 54. I needed to trim the piggyback slightly for it to fit: Metal framework behind the glovebox gives you a good place for the camera ground: And that's it. Took about 20 minutes to do.
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  15. They need to pass a competency test (and I don't mean the old cycling proficiency) and to be taxed and insured like other road users. I had one in front of me at a set of lights a few months ago, clad in figure hugging Lycra he was doing the "I'll stand on the pedals and inch forward waiting for the lights to change" routine. The lights changed, he thrust down mightily with his honed and toned right leg, I tell you, the muscle definition in his calves would rival Michelagelo's 'David', he unfortunately totally overcooked it and wound up in a heap in front of me with his bike on top of him. The three teenage girls waiting to cross the road erupted into shrieks of laughter and I couldn't resist the temptation to sit patiently and wait for him to pick himself up, thus heightening his total sense of twattishness, rather than swerve round the wonky-eyed tosser and roar off up the street laughing uproariously!
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  16. Following on from my introduction pot a week or so ago, finally got out to take a few pics today to show the good and not-so-good bits of Christine. First of all a couple of overall shots out in the sunshine: The problem bits are: O/S/F wing parking dent. The lights need to come out to sort it, but they need to some out for cleaning anyway so - weather permitting - that may be on the cards for next weekend: N/S/F door mirror and surrounding area, multiple chips. Not sure how they got there but they need to go! N/S/R wheel arch. This may well be more serious than it looks - I'm under no illusions about that, but the area is generally solid so should be able to catch it without really major surgery: O/S/F and R door corners. The front isn't bad yet - have had the door card off to do the window in the past week and it's not going to be a hole + the rest of the lower edge is good. have a couple of tins of Dinitrol on hand for the inside / seam once the cosmetic's done. The white dots are reflections of bird *** on the road btw N/S/R bumper corner from before we got her: There's also a scuff on the N/S/F bumper corner (vsible in the second pic) but that should be little more than a polish out. The O/S/R corner is unblemished
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  17. I enjoyed this series. Le Blanc is a good host, and the BBC should hang on to him. Harris is improving, still not sure about Reid. Top entertainment though. Everything has worked out for the best I think - Top Gear AND The Grand Tour. Two car shows instead of one. I'm going to be honest here - and I expect to get flamed - but I preferred this series of Top Gear to Grand Tour.
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  18. Recently did this with my daughter, her boyfriend purchased a cheep 1.4L after passing her test, He was dismissed shortly after and took the car so I got her a 1.6 mini cooper and she had me on as a 2nd driver along with a black box, doing this dropped her premium right down. I did not like the lad any way so worth the grief
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  19. My first car at 17 in 1981 was a Capri 1600GT XLR, never been without a Capri since. Wish I had kept the RS3100, it was the last of 18 they did in Stardust, bought it off a friend in bits but never had the time to do it so sold it on. 1st car... My last tow barge was a Granada 2.8i Ghia X... Put a 24v in this one, and made a manifold to take a pair of Weber Triple Chokes off a Porsche... The Race Capri which I've had since 1986, bit like Triggers Broom though, it's the 3rd shell, I killed one and a Rover SD1 killed the other ! It does have some BMW dna you'll be pleased to know, as the suspension is all M3... Sorry Greenelekta, would love an M5 Touring though, saw this one last year at Essen Car Show...
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  20. This one. Awful colour but lovely well equipped car. Electric reclining back seats!
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  21. I had 22 Capri's all 3 ltr of every variety, and 1 280 Brooklands, my favourite Mk 3 Cortina was a GXL with a 3 ltr essex manual in it...that i wrapped round an SDI Rover, that had jam coloured stripes down the side...
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  22. went down to London at weekend, a photographer friend is bidding on a job for BMW Russia to do their next ad campaigns anyway they gave him a brief of they style of images they want, if you've picked up any recent brochure youll know what theyre like, something like this so anyway he asked to use my car to do some test shots to present to them, he done 2 so far and I think theyre quite cool!
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  23. New stat, water pump and belts fitted... All bang on as it should be now; runs at the right temp and needle is where it should be! Rear wheels re-balanced and new valves fitted; this was what was causing the wobbling at speed All underneath checked over, all bushes/srms/links/ball-joints/prop shaft,bearing and donut checked and all is is very good condition Needs another wash now the rains leaving sand all over the show... Bloody dark cars!!!
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  24. Put the hsd's on at last. Back needs to come down a little. Full alignment tomorrow. Will lowering the rear another 5mm require another alignment? Or maybe raise the front a bit. Would love to go lower but reality needs to take control!
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  26. Thought i'd update this as fairly confident the problems been ressolved - i went for new stock garett unit and so far.....no more leaks Guys at MT offered me another build or a rebate, so went down the route of buying a fresh stock turbo. Still a eyewatering purchase, but all seems well and at least the cars back up and running Fitting new unit was another afternoon jobby with more new gaskets, oil and filter. The old air filter was a performance dry filter by ram-air one and was still ok, but flipped for a new Mann one as bar slightly deeper note, dont think it added much really. Also added a oil pressure gauge so could keep an accurate eye on readings and all faired well on readings here too If any of you plan to add a gauge, oil pressure switch is just under the oil filter. You can use a E30/E36 t-peice as fits the E60 fine. I bought this one: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/351994747967?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT It is a bit tight down there and was worried the sender unit wouldnt fit but went on fine. New oil pressure switch fitted (tested vs old one and got same readings too) and mounted the gauge in the motor With the exhaust, managed to split and clean all, bar the backbox. The DPF & CAT were already gutted so everything from downpipe to DPF were relatively easy to acid degrease, wash through with petrol (wanted to scrub as much as poss and cheap loo brush, rod and some cable ties made perfect tool really) With back box impossible to clean 100%, went onto deleting the box. Seen this done a few ways and all lead to same results, but heres how i done mine... Std backbox The pipe that enters into the silincer is 2.75". My plan was to utilise the left/right factory brackets but as i was gonna chop it up, i thought i'd take a gander at the damage inside All the fibre was caked in oil, most still dripping wet (I dont think any amount of driving would have burnt this off really), but notticed the pipe that went into the box actually got a bit thicker (later confirmed its 3" ) A fair bit of chopping later and left with this. The shiney section is just me running over with the grinder, but it looks like a factory reducer was welded on taking the 2.75 main piping to 3" factory brackets.The first one didnt get used again. the second and third should actually be one peice but bar snapped. (worked out ok mind...as needed seperated in the end) Kind of wish i took more pictures, but this was my shopping list of bits so kind of makes more sense later.... Jetex Y peice section, 3" in, twin 3" out Jetex 3" sleeve Ebay 2.75" sleeve http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/321584236013?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT 3" exhaust tip x2: Yep, that Y section is due to be my new backbox! i've gone for all parts in stainless steel...but mild steel options are avble to make it cheaper Tips sleeve on and later welded in place Lacking pics now, but heres a quick sketch of whats about to go down: The chop in the 2.75" section alloys you to pull the zorst as much as you need to the left so you can centre your new backbox to the bumper cutout. The original zorst hangers (now in a left and right) are trimmed and then tacked to the Y section and retain the factory fittings Ended up looking like this... Sturdy as a rock and cant say its much louder then before really, probably on par really. If you have DPF deleted already, that owl coo'ing sound is nicer - induction noise upfront is much louder mind, but in a good way. All in all, quite happy with that! Car drives like a champ again too!
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  27. Indeed, Mr Blair is the very man I was thinking of. One of the main architects of the current Middle East situation and the man who promoted the import of people from those regions.. The father of Multiculturalism.
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  28. Might look "cool" on a Fiat Punto but has no place on a luxury BMW!
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  29. Here are my two E39's (kinda). Finally got some decent pictures taken and it would be nice to share with others on here some images and ownership details given the amount of pleasure I have had over the last few months looking at the threads of fellow members. The B10 was my first V8 purchase after hankering after an M5 since I was a nipper. Unfortunately I didn't have sufficient funds at the time to go solo so I had to go halves with my old man. Problem is he wanted an auto which put the stoppers on the M5 dream, although a B10 is no bad substitute! I found this example on PH with 121k miles which checked out well and had been well known on the Alpina Register pretty much all its life. It had been undersealed from new and had a rebuilt gearbox and numerous other new bits recently replaced. Since then its had a fortune spent on it to make sure its as tight as a drum including a total front suspension rebuild, all new cooling system, full brake system replacement, all arches, front sills, boot seam repainted and waxoiled along with the whole front end to get rid of stone chips along with loads of other bits. As a result she looks and drives fantastically well, as you would expect. Here are a few pics from the other day after a journey to and from York (hence she is a touch dirty). If the car looks familiar to regular visitors to PH its because the previous owner featured it on PH Carpool a few years back. Here is the link if anyone is interested. http://www.pistonheads.com/regulars/ph-carpool/carpool-alpina-b10-e39/25645 You will note that I removed the stripes! A tad controversial perhaps but I thought they dated the car and weren't factory Alpina decals. Late last year I sold my share to my old man (although I still look after it and get to drive it regularly...Bonus!) purely because my hankering after an E39 M5 never went away, in fact sampling the B10 just made me want one even more. Given prices were noticeably on the rise I decided to act fast before I was priced out of the market, so the hunt was on. I viewed a few 'minters' which turned out to be total sheds before spotting an LMB facelift in Glasgow with 107k on the clock. Initially I really wanted a Silverstone Blue car but I couldn't find a nice one so decided to get myself to Scotland. It turned out to be a lovely example and I was cruising down the M6 the same day. Its a great spec with extended leather doorcards & lower dash, sunroof, alcantara headlining and titanline trim. Here are a few pics Sitting next to the daily & track slag Clio 182 Added a Royal Steering Wheel (brilliant addition, same as on the B10), a ZHP gearknob and E90 sat nav buttons. Needless to say I absolutely love it, it has surpassed my (high) expectations and is getting under my skin in a way that only one other car has done (my 2010 Focus RS). I often get asked how the B10 and the M5 compare, well, they drive very differently despite the similarities to the uninitiated. The B10 rides amazing well and the auto box is great around town yet provides a surprisingly sporty nature when using the paddles and it handles really well indeed. The M5 on the other hand feels a lot stiffer, has quicker steering and is far more physical to drive (which I prefer) and generally feels far sportier. In terms of outright performance they are quite closely matched, with the quick shifting box of the B10 keeping it on the boil easily, although the M5 has the edge. Both are epic machines though and I would totally understand someone owning both at the same time as they deliver very different experiences. More pictures and updates to come.
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  30. Fairy liquid Original or Lynx Shower Gel Dark Temptation. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  31. Decontamination and First stage machine Polish finished, done over a few weekends. Plan on refining it with a second stage when I get the chance.
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  32. Their 2015 manifesto said that the Conservatives would safeguard Britain's interests in the single market. Time these promises were set in stone. And those who failed to keep them should be hit over the head with said stone.
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  33. I read somewhere that a Le Pen win would be the beginning of the end for the EU, so here's hoping, then all these bleating f***ing remoaners will have to shut the f**k up as there will be no EU to rejoin.
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  36. Back to the Fords My first learn to drive was a 1979 V Cortina 1.3 base Which was my dad's work horse during the early 1980's This lasted until 1984 when the Diff and gearbox started to moan like Katie Price ... This resulted in KWD 370V being replaced during 1984 by a 1982 Cortina 2.0 Ghia which was my first really on the road learner car ! I've had many motor's since be could never sell her. Bessie was my first car once my test was passed during 1985 i changed the camshaft etc to Kent cams as you do I'm hoping to get her back on the road this year. (We are fitting new brakes etc etc and found some new Ford panels too )
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  37. It is the worst it's ever been in the 25 years I've been working for the NHS. We cannot even operate on cancer patients now due to lack of beds. Despite having up to 30 patients on trolleys in A&E needing admission we no longer call a major incident. This is, I suspect due to pressure from the DOH not to do so. Their line is that it's just one or two trusts that are experiencing problems. It is not. Everyone I speak to across the country is saying the same thing. There is waste within the NHS, no doubt about it but that doesn't mean it's not hugely underfunded. If you look at what similar countries spend per capita on healthcare you can see we are miles behind. The conservatives will will not spend any more money on healthcare. They deny there is a problem. I can tell you first hand that there is. I can not vote for them because of this whatever else their policies are.
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  38. There are some interesting ideas being floated here. The pity is that a fair number of the problems could be overcome without retests or technology if drivers were a bit more considerate and forgiving and took a bit of pride in driving. I don't commute any more but on occasions that I have to be on the road at peak times some of the behaviour is appalling. If you're in an unfamiliar area and happen to wind up in the wrong lane all too often you get aggressive blocking or the finger - you know the stuff. I try to redress the balance a bit when I can though for some reason people can be surprised at this treatment from someone with a blue and white roundel in the bonnet. [emoji6] The age thing is a tricky one as there are crap drivers of all ages and for all reasons. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
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  39. Fair comment, and it will always be worth what someone is willing to pay. I would pay over the odds for this one, because the owner cares.
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  40. I owned a 2012 F10 520d for about 2 years and 40,000 miles. I've owned my 2015 F10 535d since new for about 2 years and 40,000 miles. I'd suggest I'm in a good position to compare the two. If it's mainly motorway miles you're doing, a 520d will do the job, although it's a bit gutless in the higher gears, so you'll need to work it a bit. It's fine 90% of the time but i find the engine noisy and raucous when cold and around town at all speeds. Don't get a manual, they have an expensive habit of not engaging reverse. The main reasons i got rid of mine were because reverse was getting difficult to engage and the timing chain started rattling at 1500-2000rpm at 38,000 miles. The 535d is smoother everywhere, even when cold. It uses about 10% more fuel than the 520d. Until this second F10, I've never bought the "same car" twice. I chose the 535d over a 640d GC as the ride quality is far better but i wanted similar performance to the 640. My wife and teenagers didn't get it until i took them out in it and unprompted SWMBO said it's like a different car to the previous F10. In summary then, a 520's a fine car, that's why you see them all over the place. You won't regret it, timing chain and manual gearbox risks apart. A six cylinder F10 is even better (I've no doubt the big petrols are even better...) and if you can stretch to one, you won't regret that either. Good luck!
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  41. This is me (embarrassingly) in around 1989 having just taken over my nans 1968 1.3 GT XLR that she bought 6 months old. When she bought it she couldn't understand why somebody would buy a car and only keep it for 6 months so she contacted the previous owner. He was a butcher from Hereford that said he decided he'd made a mistake buying a 1.3 so chopped it in for a non GT 1.6. He told her it was a mistake because it was no quicker than the GT 1.3. I only ran it for a year or so then sold it! What a mistake that was! Young and foolish etc. BTW, despite being garaged all its life it wasn't very good underneath and the wings were shot. Still a shame it never got sorted though.
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  42. In the past couple of weeks I've changed battery, brake booster, master cylinder, radiator and all cooling hoses (cracked in the winter, new ones from BMW), changed front discs and pads for Brembo ones, bled coolant, bled brakes... only to have the corroded rear brake pipe go... Bought new ones from BMW (I know, copper/cuperite would be better etc), managed to find a place that could tackle it and after much faffing and waiting around, took it there today and they call me and tell me that the back needs new discs, pads and handbrake shoes... Didn't want to be ripped off and have them put cheap parts in (they quoted me £160), so I went to ECP (never-ending discount) and got all Brembo parts for £115 and took them in. Should pick it up tomorrow... then it STILL needs MOT and Tax too, so who knows what that will throw up... Good bloody job the thing is beautiful...
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  43. What did I do to my F10 this weekend..... Well after scratching the bumper whilst removing the trailer break away cable, I washed it on Saturday. Today I swapped out the locking wheel bolts for a different style whilst putting my newly powder coated 351s equipped with new Michelin Primacy 3 up front. New wheel bolts. New tyres, new valve caps, new centre roundels and new ///M badges. Now that the summers are on, its a sure fire way of getting crap weather now!
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  44. The thing is folk do some pretty sick things for a belief but just as sick is trying to mix people with two opposing beliefs and expect there to be no trouble... The people who promoted the "Multicultural project" knew exactly what would happen and should be dangling at the end of a hangmans noose... I would argue that it is pretty easy to swipe a truck and drive it if you have the keys, most controls are common to a road car.. You could, I'm sure that you could look it up on youtube...Theonly real thing that could cause an issue could be the safety brake on Scandinavian trucks and then only if the air pressure had dropped.
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  45. GT2260V (vacuum controlled) turbo is the first move. Then probably x35d solenoid injectors and bigger intercooler. Of course you will need a new map for these. These injectors are a bit problematic as they have slightly different injection angle and not optimal for efficiency. There are custom injectors available but they are quite expensive. For bigger intercooler you will need to loose the front pusher fan which is another downside. With these mods you usually get about 270 HP. After this the next steps would be hybrid 2260 turbo. To use higher boost pressures a pressure sensor from M57N is needed and map for that. CP3 high pressure pump from M57N engine and rail pressure sensor +map for higher rail pressure. A better inline fuel pump or two in parallel are also needed. Manual clutch or GM auto gearbox can't handle much more than 500 Nm so that is a limiting factor and for that reason that later stage upgrade is not cost effective or reasonable. If you ask me for a daily driver I would probably go with 2260 turbo with stock injectors and a remap and stick with ~250 HP and 500-550 Nm.
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  46. Very impressive... Glad the gearbox can handle it.. Did you ever see your competition.. On a pre-lci looks like a similar setup, he's in Portugal i think
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  47. Checked its fluids and told it to behave itself. I'm driving it over to Lincoln tomorrow for work and I'm gonna stick it on the rolling road whilst I'm there. If it makes 450BHP I'd be very happy with that.
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  48. They are marked WMB and the propellor is back to front....
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  49. The American auto industry does turn out a lot of junk, sadly; the problem of when you have a captive market. When Trump was bellyaching about how 5th Avenue in NY was full of Mercedes but Berlin had next to no American cars in it (which Trump viewed as unfair, unsurprisingly) he was roundly told by the German vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel "the U.S. needs to build better cars."
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  50. So guys picked the car up today total cost £340 this includes investigation charge 2 x pressure converters and a bracket for new style converters also he found 2 vacuum pipe in the wrong location so put that right.. So now how does it drive your asking! Well I had to go the extra long way home as now it feels like a new car I'm grinning from cheek to cheek totally buzzing the car is quick and off the line acceleration is awesome.. I would totally recommend Jim @ Munich Power his a one man band small little workshop and a fully trained bmw technician he used to work for vines bmw he definitely knows his stuff and such great guy he gives you updates by text as he goes along 100% top service so if your near Redhill surrey and you need fault finding or just service work his your man..! Wish I done it sooner.. Next mapping but probably later in the year.. Brakes 1st.. He also carries out a full health check and has advise with the high mileage on my car it's in tiptop condition.. Happy happy happy! Sent from my HUAWEI VNS-L31 using Tapatalk
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