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spike60 last won the day on April 8 2016

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  1. If you have external mirrors not tinting at night it's often the wiring inside the door tired from the auto fold, my passenger side has never worked on my watch. They also start to lose the adjustment functions.
  2. The few times I've had Xenon light levelling problems it's been the little rods and ball joints on the suspension which go to the sensors falling to bits, nothing too dramatic. W211 I've had nearly 5 years ok with those so far.
  3. I'll have to wimp out I'm afraid due to family shiz, No2 son drove up from Kent and got terrible sciatica for his trouble a month ago. This resulted in him having his S1 vertebra removed within 12h of seeking medical help.😮 He's recovered enough to go for the return to Kent on Sunday and I want to be around, not that I can do anything.
  4. I should be good for it, confirm bit nearer!
  5. As a reformed 5 series perv I think early 530d E39's were 184 bhp with autos having swirl flaps but not the manuals, then after a couple of years 193bhp with swirl flaps for all. The 525tds E34 was 143 bhp so I assume it was the same in the early E39 525 tds before the 530d came along. E34 525 td was 120 ish bhp. I paid £500 for broken seedy 1999 530d estate manual and took it from 233k to to 270k before a cracked manifold was the end for me and it.
  6. That'll be me then. I worked as a diesel fitter for a Leyland truck and bus dealer in 1981 and we used to get those and FG's in for service etc .
  7. I don't think it's particularly a new problem, 10 years or so ago BMW E39 ARB links from ECP didn't last until the next test/8000 miles. The do usually offer a price/quality range, I guess you get what you pay for to some degree. I usually keep my cars a fair while so I'll price original manufacturer and better branded parts but sometimes still do the "buy shite, buy twice" mistakes. We have a couple of older Mercs and about half the time buy genuine, prices and availability are generally OK. W126 rear exhaust, S211 front pads and discs , gearbox service kit all competitive and delivered. Anybody tried making a warranty claim on Chinese stuff sold within the UK? Good luck. We tried to claim on a BMW E61 rear air bag compressor, 2 year warranty, fucked at 3 months. They won, they wore us down by going off on a tangent all the time. Replaced with an American Arnott one for triple the price. I fitted a Chinese rear wiper motor on the Merc S211, within 2 months it parks where and when it feels like it. Crap. But is one from a 15 year old scrapper better? Original MB £250 IIRC, mebby should have just manned up and opened the wallet!
  8. I think it's for the automatic headlamp dipper, when I was a kid not so far from Fylingdales a neighbour had several Chrysler 300's with it IIRC
  9. 1996 Wilkin Gig. One of three made apparently. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1821200781581142/
  10. Hold the press! A late addition to the fleet, I don't think it's tat (yet) and hopefully not shite either but in a change of plan I got a Honda CRZ hybrid. I wanted a V12 while still doable, then when I got cold feet I decided on another Corvette but the prices are a bit too rich for my blood at the moment. So I got 1.5 hybrid, if anyone can explain why to me please do. Does this mean I have to hand my AS card in? Definitely a fleet clear out in the spring involving 2.8 Z3 and 500 SEC!
  11. Dog dick red 1985 SEC 500 Lorinser owned 4 years for sale in the spring. Probably. 2000 Z3 2.8 has had a makeover since this, currently has a hardtop on and 17 inch black OZ wheels. Cat C before I bought it, it'll possibly be for sale in the spring. Been a good little fella for the last 11 years. E320 cdi that stayed, it was living a life of leisure until June when changing circumstances meant it had to work for a living. Now on175k with few problems over the last 4 years Departed very smart and very troublesome 530d. Owned and used by my son for a year until became surplus. My fleet has been static for a couple of years but I decided this would be about my last chance to get a V12 with way the world is changing. So a couple of weeks ago I drove 200 miles and went to see a Mercedes CL600 that was an actual colour, the car was lovely for age, mileage etc and I know CL's reputation goes before them but I hadn't anticipated the V12 shocking reputation for oil leaks etc, I got cold feet and bailed after talking with the helpful local indy. In a change I couldn't explain I now have an interest in getting a Honda CR-Z, totally out of character for me!
  12. I used to cycle into work regularly and you see much more then, especially as the last 2 miles are on Teesdock road, wagons galore. Best find from memory 16" Bluepoint (Snap On) eagle beak pliers but even as a plant fitter I don't use them.
  13. Norbar are good quality torque wrenches, look after it. They also make them for Beta, the Italian company who supply tools ( or used to) Ferrari.
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