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    2001 Alpina B10 V8 Touring (1 of 12 rhd)
    1997 Alpina B12 5.7 L (1 of 2 rhd)
    1995 Alpina B10 4.6 Touring (1 of 1 rhd)
    1985 BMW M635CSi (1 of 524 rhd)
    1982 BMW 635CSiA (1 of only hundreds left from thousands made and still valiantly fighting against a rusty grave)


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    B10 V8 T, B12 5.7 L, B10 4.6 T, M635CSi, 635CSiA

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  1. sharkfan

    Real world mpg and range

    Link to the thread?
  2. sharkfan

    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    That is a lovely motorcar; do you still have it?
  3. sharkfan

    Real world mpg and range

    OBC at set speeds then checked by rough calculation. Over a long period, the past 2k miles, the car is sitting at 27mpg. I don't think you can throw turbo-diesels into the mix as from OBC I can see over 60mpg from my wifes F31 435d in driving Miss Daisy eco-pro modes; as for the M3 I can match that with a just shy of 34mpg from a ancient M635CSi on a trip down through Wales on A roads, admittedly playing the chase the high MPG game. I don't want to get into an argument but my point is, the figures I obtained for the 2001 car are roughly in line with the promotional and declared figures for the time, but for all the technological advances in 20 years, including the keep-it-in-the-sweet-spot 8 speed gearbox and turbos for better air-fuel ratios there isn't the improvement that would have anticipated or hoped for 20 years ago. I suppose the industry boffins know there are limits to petrol ICE development, that we're at those limits and so electric-petrol hybrid is the way ahead as the best solution for a useful long-range automobile that can also use zero-emmision electric for shorter-range urban journeys. Would still love a G series though, they look awesome.
  4. sharkfan

    Real world mpg and range

    Whilst I'm in awe of the technology of newer cars I am always confounded by the lack of improvement in the ICE in nearly twenty years or so; my recently recommissioned 2001 Alpina B10 V8 with a 4.6 litre NA. Engine manages 24.8mpg around town, 31.7 at a steady 78mph and 39.7 at a steady 54mph. For twenty years of development there is not the improvement you might have hoped for twenty years ago, except of course in terms of safety of the crash cell itself. I would love a G Series Alpina.
  5. sharkfan

    Removing tailgate window opener?

    But is the glass intact?
  6. sharkfan

    Reversed Steptronic Changes

    It's a very simple change - two wires and about five minutes in total. You just need a later gear surround. edit to add; http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/903-changing-the-steptronic/#entry10455
  7. sharkfan

    heater takes ages to get warm e341996

    Thermostat I suspect.
  8. sharkfan

    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    I do think insulation glass is double glazing, again quite rare on E32 V12's but standard on E38 V12's. The sport lip is nice, as is the Alpina lip. Alpina stripes and model badge would/should only have been put on a genuine Alpina cars but the front spoiler was, and still is, offered by Alpina as a part for any E32, much like the wheels. E32 Alpina's would have had 17" Classic wheels in 8.5j & 10j widths. IMHO (not that it matters much) the Alpina spoiler would be ok to pop on a non-genuine car and look great but my only caution would be how low you want to drop it; the B11 and B12 E32 cars were lower than the models they were based on but not by very much by modern or aftermarket standards, perhaps 10mm, maybe 15mm, and any further drop would make an Alpina spoiler very vulnerable indeed. Hope the car is a fantastic purchase, good luck.
  9. sharkfan

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Because they have a torque convertor lock up in every gear the Alpina Switch-Tronic is very much like a manual gearbox in manual mode so I have almost always driven them as manuals and only use them in automatic mode when I'm set in cruise on a motorway, stuck in a traffic jam or just plain old feeling lazy. I have driven modern BMW's with both the eight speed auto and seven speed manual and none have the engine breaking you need for actual driving on A and B roads like the Alpina' s and a manual gearbox have imho.
  10. sharkfan

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    More pics in this thread... http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/68873-quick-how-to-fitting-a-saloon-boot-socket/?tab=comments#comment-708076
  11. sharkfan

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    That was an outstanding effort on the front lights; can I ask what compounds and polishes you used please?
  12. sharkfan

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Very quickly then; Yes the rear Touring window blinds just slot very tightly into place. The tailgate ones use one clip each then one clip to hold them true in the centre. They don't rattle at all and are very secure. The rear door blinds use two self-adhesive slots top and bottom. I tried to take photographs from the outside but they are pretty dark so you just get reflection. I have no problem recommending them, they're very well made and fit pretty much perfectly. For a saloon car without any blinds they are far more cost effective than trying to get hold of the OEM blinds; for a Touring they are the only blinds you can get hold of for the rear of the car, and again more cost effective. Whether you want to put the adhesive clips in your car is up to you, but if you need blinds for kids they are really good.
  13. sharkfan

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    The link for the aftermarket blinds is in the post with the pictures. The aftermarket door blinds do not fit a car that has the OEM rear door blinds. The aftermarket blinds use a one or two very small clips to keep them secure. If anyone local to me wants just the aftermarket rear door blinds then they can have them for £20 instead of buying a whole set.
  14. sharkfan

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    This is the thread you need ... http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/48374-has-anyone-retro-fitted-an-e39-boot-socket/?tab=comments#comment-497805 All the part numbers are there; you need brave pills to cut through the carpet of the side panel but a bit of care and it'll look great. The wiring is very simple stuff.
  15. sharkfan

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Piccy time. Carbon Fibre gearknob and Alpina stitched gaitors. I changed the 2001 gearchange direction and +/- indication to the later, more easily used, configuration soon after getting the car. I have changed the E38 as well.... Sunblinds bought from https://www.carshades.co.uk/index.php. I wanted these to keep prying eyes out when I'm carting stuff about. They fit superbly well and are also on sale at the moment. There's only pictures of the Touring rear side windows and the tailgate as my car already has the OEM rear door blinds. You can also the OEM Touring 12v Boot socket where the battery maintainer is plugged in... These just slot or clip into place and because they only come as a complete set (and I have the OEM rear door blinds) I have the two rear door blinds going spare. Rear seat E38 Cupholder and rear seat 12v sockets and USB socket. They are wired through to the front 12v socket but separately fused. I retro-fitted the E38 rear seat TV button and AV in/out sockets years ago....