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by MarkWG
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: This week I will be mainly driving....
Topic: Not quite this week, but I thought you might be interested.
Replies: 10
Views: 8128

Tesla vs Alpina

I've only perceptions rather than measurements, but I was lucky enough to passenger in both a Tesla S & an Aston Martin Taraf a couple of years back, both driven very enthusiastically on track. Very impressive machines, but the Tesla did leave me cold - just the sound of a couple of spin dryers as t...
by MarkWG
Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: General ALPINA Forum
Topic: B10 registration plate
Replies: 17
Views: 3924

Fair point Mark but it will stop the car showing it's age and will remind me what model I own Smile
:lol: there is that: trouble is, my initials look like MUG from a distance, probably not the look I want...
by MarkWG
Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: General ALPINA Forum
Topic: B10 registration plate
Replies: 17
Views: 3924

Mine was originally on a B10 plate; trouble is it look like BIO... from a distance, like some egocentric scientist...not really me, prefer the anonymity :lol:
by MarkWG
Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: General ALPINA Forum
Topic: B10 V8 Auto gearbox shifts when cold
Replies: 11
Views: 2899

What's the mileage? If it's not had a gearbox oil & filter change may be worth looking at. Mine was done three or four years back, & it's smooth as silk whatever the temperature.
by MarkWG
Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: ALPINA - Car Advice / Information
Topic: Performance air filters
Replies: 6
Views: 3072

I have K&N panel filters in both our BMWs: no MAF issues, just need to be careful re oiling them, & that service agents don't throw them out anyway...
by MarkWG
Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: General ALPINA Forum
Topic: alpina wheel cap locks
Replies: 7
Views: 3012

If we're talking about Classics, they're a generic lock, so a locksmith should be able to get you some. If you have the old one to size against that'll help. £5 ish each should do it.
by MarkWG
Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:01 pm
Forum: General ALPINA Forum
Topic: no cruise control or electric seats in E39 B10?
Replies: 9
Views: 3966

That is odd. My understanding was that all V8s had the standard 540 spec which included electric seats and cruise. Yes, seems like basic equipment on an Alpina to me. But is maybe different because it was headed to Japan? (at least I think it was since Navi DVD is for Japan, manual was japanese, Ra...
by MarkWG
Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:30 pm
Forum: General ALPINA Forum
Topic: no cruise control or electric seats in E39 B10?
Replies: 9
Views: 3966

Re: no cruise control or electric seats in E39 B10?

Johan wrote:As the subject says I have no cruise control or electric seats in in my B10. It seems a little odd to me, was that normal?

Johan
I suspect there is no "normal" as such - it'll depend on the original owners options, matched with the country of origin.
by MarkWG
Fri Aug 26, 2016 11:43 pm
Forum: ALPINA - Car Advice / Information
Topic: B10 V8 - New battery advice .............
Replies: 50
Views: 25500

Probably not: this one lasted about 15 miles & two starts before it through a warning...but the battery got me to destination & half way home, it's a game old bird my B10 :lol:
by MarkWG
Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:01 pm
Forum: ALPINA - Car Advice / Information
Topic: B10 V8 - New battery advice .............
Replies: 50
Views: 25500

Nice.....I see you're in the same area as me so who did you use just out of interest?
- not sure tbh! The guy who looks after most of the fleet subbed it to a contact of his somewhere in Bournemouth/Poole I think. I can ask when I see him next if you want?
by MarkWG
Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:25 am
Forum: ALPINA - Car Advice / Information
Topic: B10 V8 - New battery advice .............
Replies: 50
Views: 25500

Mine died internally: had it refurbed with a new regulator, then it dumped me by the kerb on a dark night with a trailer hitched up (carrying a portable loo..!). The guy that refurbed it reckoned the wiring had failed internally, & he very kindly agreed a swap at no cost, but it made me wonder if it...
by MarkWG
Wed Aug 24, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: ALPINA Spotted / Busted
Topic: ALP117A B6 Biturbo
Replies: 3
Views: 2006

ALP117A B6 Biturbo

On the Charles Trent FB page - white B6 Biturbo, apparently the only one here, & salvage due to water ingestion...?
by MarkWG
Wed Aug 24, 2016 12:53 pm
Forum: General ALPINA Forum
Topic: Suspension - oh and some rust
Replies: 10
Views: 3662

For info, Alpina use Fichtel & Sachs dampers anyway, so those may be original spec: not to say they're not knackered now, though...
by MarkWG
Tue Jul 19, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: ALPINA - Car Advice / Information
Topic: Dodgy starter motor and torque converter
Replies: 10
Views: 5117

IIRC if you disconnect the battery for 20 mins or so, the ECU defaults back to factory. On a standard 540 the autobox has a learning mode too, which resets, but I believe Alpina disable this. However, a pristine battery coupled with a "Microsoft reset" may well have sorted things for you? I know whe...
by MarkWG
Sat Jun 04, 2016 9:10 pm
Forum: General ALPINA Forum
Topic: Modern Classics magazine needs your E28 B10 3.5
Replies: 6
Views: 3771

What incentive would you want? He's offered insurance, fuel, & food - what else is there? It's a magazine article, that's all, chance to spread the love a bit.