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Rav's 1999 B3 3.3 Saloon - Yes I bought it!!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

despite being an old car the bills are still based on a car of high value, and being an older car these things will need replacing.

The battery, if its an old unit I'd factor in replacing that when you can.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found out what the battery drain problem is......

The radio has the usual E46 problems. Removal of fuse 7 and 41 resets faults such as:

Radio refusing to turn on
Radio refusing to turn off
Radio not switching off after the key is removed - yes really!

The radio stayed on, even after the key was taken out (a known fault) and drained the battery. Its dry solder joints - but i just cant find anywhere n the internet where i can find where these joints are.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally i got the DVD navigation working. I cheated as i bought a replacement unit from a chap on M3Cutters forum. Fitted this and off it went.

PerryGunn helped me with a snazzy start up screen for the unit specific to Alpina and my car build number! Thanks chum!!!



In the mean time, my original unit is in the process of being repaired. I beleive i have located the fault, so will try this over the weekend. I forgot to take the two transport solder blobs of the optical pick up. So i spent an hour digging back through the unit to get back ot the optic. Its ready now and I will try it at the weekend.

You can read the instructions here if anyone is debating the same repair
https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=624428

After crashing my daily Audi A4, the Alpina has become the daily and i am using the car for school drop offs, shopping and tip runs. Last week, the children were letting a wasp out of the car when the regulator failed with the window in the down position.

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The door card was removed using Youtube videos as a guide. I love the hand written stickers from Alpina on the rear of the door cards, describing the materials and colours used and a name of individual who made them.


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New one on order - but for now some pressure treated timber is zip tied to the old regulator keeping the window shut.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I managed to find some time to enjoy the barmy sunshine today. 25 degrees and its the 10th October!!

Parked her next to her stable mate.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Help!

PerryGunn had kindly given me a nice Alpina splashscreen and I bought a dvd nav to get this working. Perhaps greedily i bought a hybrid tuner from Ebay.

I plugged this in and it didnt work.

I replaced the unit with my old unit and now nothing works. No screen at all. Radio comes on, but no display on the screen.

I feel gutted. The screen does go a little lighter when i put the key into the ignition, but nothing at all displays.

Can anyone help please?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Rav,

I've had something similar - radio wouldn't work when Bluetooth tried to connect with my phone; the Nav was OK as was the onboard computer. I pulled the fuses for the audio, left it for a while and then reconnected - problem has resolved itself. I think I found the fuse numbers on M3cutters. Long term fix is that I don't use Bluetooth.

Not sure this will work for you but it's worth a try.

Hope it helps,

Mike
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mike. Im loosing my mojo on the car.

I have booked an appointment with Baris at Carphonics in north london next week, so hope that we can get to the bottom of the problem.

I just want it to work!
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