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  1. My E26!

    Actually.... I'll send you a link. On second thoughts, never trust a url from me.
  2. My E26!

    You will actually buy a BMW Unicorn one day won't you
  3. Back in an ‘M’...

    Vents are for neck warming.
  4. Back in an ‘M’...

    Love that M4, especially the colour scheme. Mrs Sharkfan chose a 435d M-Sport X-drive cab in every-other-car-is-also-estoril but it goes very, very well and the ride is much better on its 18's rather the 19's fitted to nearly every other car.
  5. V8 curiosity

    Nothing wrong with Alpina steering wheels, but a V8 curiosity was never quite enough for me....
  6. Selling mercury

    Local university chemistry department?
  7. Alpina B10 V8 Touring 0012/1

    As much as it pains me to write this I have to put my E39 B10 V8 Touring up for sale as spares or repair. A year or so ago the car developed a misfire and I stopped using it. When I had time I tried to establish the fault but to no avail so recently, when funds allowed I sent it to a well-known and well regarded Independent BMW specialist. He very quickly established that the N/S head-gasket had blown between cylinders and worse still, there was scoring on the bore of number 6 cylinder. It’s worth pointing out the car was running well enough to drive the 15 or so miles there without any issues of smoke, overheating or mis-firing. So with a scored bore and my personal financial circumstances not allowing for purchasing a replacement block I have to face reality and admit that I cannot afford to fix the car. The rest of the car is in remarkably good shape save for a small amount of corrosion that will need attention on the rear of the sills, and a section of the rear brake pipes that will need replacing soon. The car is 0012, a 2001 facelift car and the last rhd B10 V8 Touring before the introduction of the B10 V8S Touring. It was the Sytner demonstrator and as such was loaded with some nice goodies that took the list price from £56,950 to £74,000. It is Individual metallic Steel Grey with Individual Silver-Grey extended leather. Externally it has full Celis lights and xenon headlights with replacement aluminium adjusters, high gloss black exterior trim, front facelift Alpina spoiler, BMW aero high tailgate spoiler and the rare Alpina lower tailgate lip on the (still working) powered tailgate. It has the oval electric, memory, auto-dip, folding M5 exterior mirrors , white indicators throughout and glass tilt/slide sunroof. It has self-levelling suspension, headlight washing system but it does not have the long roof rails. The interior is unmarked silver-grey extended leather, black dash top and door cappings with the rare and desirable Anthracite Birch wood trim; heated, electric, memory Sports seats to which I have added the OEM lumbar supports to make them the same spec as the M5 seats, rear door sunblinds, MkIV widescreen sat-nav and freeview TV tuner, DSP with OEM Bluetooth – all functioning perfectly. It has the later three spoke Switch-Tronic steering wheel , Alpina door sill trims, and it has the very, very rare black Touring headlining with high gloss black extended interior lighting. It wears the staggered 18” softline wheels with some small amount of tread left but the wheels are unmarked completely since refurbishment, and the spare has yet to have a tyre fitted since it was refurbished, and there are at least three keys for the set of matching locks on the wheel centre caps. It has become very obvious since talking to a friend who is a breaker that in its current condition the car is worth far more in parts and will break for well over £8000 by the time you strip it completely and well over £5k just by simply unbolting most of the high spec stuff I have mentioned above. I have only advertised here and the alpinaregister as I am hoping the car would go to an enthusiast who may have sufficient skills or funds to sort out a replacement engine and then provide a cosseted life for this beautiful, rare, very high specification car. If anyone is interested the price is £5000. I will not listen to any lower offers for the complete car as the figures clearly demonstrate the value of the parts on this specific car. Should the car not find a home fairly soon I will break the car myself and post individual prices for parts at that point. Please don’t contact me about breaking the car or asking for specific parts at this stage, that time will come soon enough if the car fails to find a home. PM me if you are interested in the car and I'll get in touch by telephone - I'm not one for posting my telephone number on the forum.
  8. Considering a 'vert

    This ^^^^^^^ sounds great but I also spotted this..... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E36-328i-CONVERTIBLE-AUTO-ABSOLUTELY-STUNNING-83K-MILES/162843628890?hash=item25ea3c955a:g:O8QAAOSwZrhaVUZT
  9. Considering a 'vert

    Sorry for the bad influence Dave. BMW three series and Audi A4 Cabs are a good size for four adults for an hour; beware the E63/4 Six series though for I believe they have less room in the back seats than either of the above. Our Audi S4 was great until it died; literally no warning, just no power, no useful alarms or codes, just complete limp mode and no way or idea how to fix it. If you're sticking with BMW then don't discount a tidy E36 while you're sifting through the gazillions of E46 cabs. If you want something special but not too screamy there is a tidy silver over red E36 Alpina B3 3.2 lurking in the classifieds somewhere. Be aware of the Alpina 3.4 engines regular need for headgaskets at ever 65k miles or so; fortunately the smaller Alpina blocks don't appear to have this particular achilles heel. Good luck in your search and say Hi to your three lovely ladies from the three of us.
  10. Apple Pencil - can ANYONE get it to work??

    It's an Apple product; it'll only keep working with repetitive and constant updates.
  11. E34 B10 Project

    Just massively overpriced given the huge amount of restoration necessary and their future potential worth.
  12. E34 B10 Project

    Some shill bidding perhaps? It was auctioned for £8k last week on ebay.
  13. Road Tax Fine

    On a similar theme I passed a Highways Agency white van parked on an A3 layby the other day with a dot-matrix display saying it was using ANPR to check for vehicles with valid RFL.
  14. Bmw 90AH or Universal 110AH battery 760LI

    Took advantage and got an Bosch S4 at half price for my 635CSi.
  15. What are you currently drinking...?

    Another cigar fan here, but just one or two a year. On topic, a Sloe G&T.
  16. What have you done on your E34 Today

    Repaired the centre dash air vent again, and once again marvelled at the E34's build complexity and quality. It is deviously hard to get out, equally hard to get back in, and if you do need to replace it make sure you get the right part number as there are three different types; non-AC, AC, and Auto AC.
  17. What about F30 335d xdrive?

    Mrs Sharkfan has had her 2015 435d xdrive msport Cab for a year or so now; it does everything really well except the engine note. No handling problems, 45+ mpg easily achievable, very rapid and a nice place to sit especially with the heated sports seats and heated steering wheel. It's a much, much nicer on ride on its 18" run-flats than on all the other cars we tested with their 19's, and the six pot diesel is enormously better than the four pot diesel in the range which really does sound like a tractor; we had a 420d Gran Coupe for a week while ours was being sorted and it was an awful ride on 19" run flats and sounded dreadful too.
  18. What are you currently drinking...?

    Several Old Fashioned tonight.
  19. My new favourite BMW saloon

    Not quite perfect; that is my ancient 635CSi with its fabulously unbreakable 3-speed auto, my M635CSi is hiding in the garage
  20. My new favourite BMW saloon

    Phew. Old eyes Richard, and too much Port.
  21. My new favourite BMW saloon

    Quite serious.
  22. My new favourite BMW saloon

    There used to an Alpina B12 5.7 lwb in Aberdeen, one of only two rhd UK cars. Edit; I've just checked, and it's still on my drive
  23. What have you done on your E34 Today

    Tailgate pistons. The original ones look to have lasted 22 years so fingers crossed for the next set as the car has just cleared 160k miles.
  24. What are you currently drinking...?

    Douro, then a mince pie or two and a glass of Port... or three...
  25. How Long Have You Owned Your E34?

    5 years in my current E34 and about 30k miles, but I've had an E34 Touring in three different forms for ten years now.
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