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Rav's 1999 B3 3.3 Saloon - Yes I bought it!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rav wrote:
Thanks Metrics. I will give that a go and post results.

I made a fool of myself today. The sunroof would go back and forward but not tilt, so i took it apart and the mechanism down. applied voltages using a power pack etc.

My 15 year old daughter cam out and asked what i was doing. I told her and she told me that the button presses inwards as well as sliding forward and backwards.

Argh!!!!


Reminds me of my brother who had a Pug. Reversing up the drive Mum noticed only one reversing light and mentioned it. Brother went to put a new bulb in only to discover it was a blank...
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jolls. - In defence of your brother I did this with reversing and fog lights on several of my cars Embarassed

Next task is to remove the rear spoiler to get this resprayed. It has been sprayed in the past and was done poorly. It has bubbled and paint has come away.

Is it an easy to detattch part?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rav wrote:
Metrics - I tried your technique for cleaning the Alpina stiching on the steering wheels.

WOW. It came up a treat!




Great work Rav, looks fantastic Cool

Did you do the airbag stitching too?

If the leather is worn, you can go one step further - use Gliptone Scuffmaster dye, sponged on in thin layers (taking care to avoid the nice clean stitching.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Metrics. The airbag stitching was pretty clean. The picture hasn't caught it.

My PAS pipes were leaking. 344 inc vat and labour has sorted this today. The difference feels good. The mechanic did find a snap on ratchet, socket and extension arm on the under tray!

Looking forward to driving the car again.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enjoyed the car for a single day and no upset.

On the way to work this morning, coming through the heavy Swindon morning commute traffic, the steering got really heavy all of a sudden.
I also noticed small puffs of smoke from the side of the car.

The car is running very wide Federal 595-R racing tyres, making the car very heavy to drive.

I called up the garage who replaced the PAS pipes, who tell me that the only part left is the PAS oil cooler.

Is this the long pipe with a single trun in front of the radiator?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Call from the garage.

The oil cooler will be replaced, but the car needs a new condenser for the air con too.

My first big bill - 350 for the PAS pipes and a predicted 400 on the new radiator and air con rad.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rav wrote:
Call from the garage.

The oil cooler will be replaced, but the car needs a new condenser for the air con too.

My first big bill - 350 for the PAS pipes and a predicted 400 on the new radiator and air con rad.

R


As predicted on the other thread.
Spend a few extra quid and make sure you don't end up with a pikey cheap radiator thrown in there.
Well worth the money to get a decent one fitted

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the radiators tend to bow at the bottom when they are ripe! or the top. You can buy rads with ali ends instead of plastic. Cheap ones like EIS from euros leak from the word go. Get behr or valeo

Its a standard 330i radiator. Header tanks are a famous victim also to splitting....while your there!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Ali.

[img]https://i.imgur.com/qSRSGSm.jpg?1[/img]

Bulging radiator. I will ensure a good quality part is bought and added to the car.

FFS - Imgur is making me angry.

Clicky here -https://imgur.com/qSRSGSm
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Visited the car at the garage today...

Poor Alpina - UK Press car 2000.

[img]https://i.imgur.com/FprsEb5.jpg?1[/img]
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Garage put the car back together today. They called to let me know that one headlight washer was un operational. 89 for a new part whilst the front of the car is off.

I have given the go ahead as I was told that xenon lights with headlight washers must work.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rav wrote:
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I have given the go ahead as I was told that xenon lights with headlight washers must work.

R


MoT fail if the washers don't work with xenon lights
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ali - Yes this is what i heard, but what is the thiinking behind this? Xenon are brighter than standard units anyway?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The dirt on the lights has the potential to diffract the light to directions that it shouldn't causing potential danger to oncoming drivers as they are so bright
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't worry Rav, the nature of these cars is niggles and bills, but hang in there as they're worth it.
It won't be a endless process.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Metrics.

I'm due to collect the car today/tomorrow.
The radiator has been replaced as well as the PAS oil cooler and pipes. The air con should now be working as the radiator for this has been replaced and the suspension has been raised a smidgen as the Tyre was catching the arches.

I am looking forward to driving her again, but terrified of the bill.
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