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by Charles
Tue Mar 02, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: ALPINA - Car Advice / Information
Topic: Cold Start Up Problem and Cog of Death - Alpina E46 B3.3 2002
Replies: 6
Views: 49

Re: Cold Start Up Problem and Cog of Death - Alpina E46 B3.3 2002

When I've experienced it in the past, slow start-up was linked to an old battery which wasn't generating enough "oomph" but you appear to have addressed that with a new one. However, it might be worth checking that the "new" one is fully charged. You might also find that the starter motor is beginni...
by Charles
Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: ALPINA - Car Advice / Information
Topic: Battery issues
Replies: 8
Views: 93

Re: Battery issues

Like others, I can't help with the possible parasitic drain but a quick search on E46 forums points mostly at the Final Stage Resistor (FSR) which can cause battery drain as it starts to fail, as well as unusual behaviour of the heater fan. This is a common problem on the E46 but be warned as you ne...
by Charles
Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: ALPINA Meets & Events
Topic: Classics on the Crick, New Date - Sunday 29th August 2021
Replies: 2
Views: 36

Re: Classics on the Crick, New Date - Sunday 29th August 2021

Original link edited and thread moved to announcements
by Charles
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: General ALPINA Forum
Topic: Occasional spam posts
Replies: 3
Views: 84

Re: Occasional spam posts

ScooBeeFive wrote:
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:39 pm
No worries Charles - nice to have a bit of fun with them, knowing they are soon to be history. :-)
I did think about keeping the follow-up comments as you guys were definitely enjoying it but my OCD prevents me from having orphan posts
by Charles
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:35 pm
Forum: General ALPINA Forum
Topic: Occasional spam posts
Replies: 3
Views: 84

Occasional spam posts

Apologies to those of you who caught sight of the spam post that appeared earlier - I've had a full teaching schedule today and only just came across it half an hour ago. I do try and weed out the more obvious applications to join but some will, occasionally, slip through. As always, please flag the...
by Charles
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: My Car
Topic: Rav's 1999 B3 3.3 Saloon - Yes I bought it!!
Replies: 175
Views: 22820

Re: Rav's 1999 B3 3.3 Saloon - Yes I bought it!!

Rav wrote:
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:42 pm
Its actually my birthday today
Happy Birthday Rav :dance
by Charles
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: ALPINAs for sale
Topic: E36 B3 3.2 #067
Replies: 7
Views: 118

Re: E36 B3 3.2 #067

Yad3100 wrote:
Mon Mar 01, 2021 3:05 pm
The e46 has a much greater following and the rise for “good” ones has already gone.
When it comes to the E46 Alpina's, I would beg to differ. Their prices are slowly but steadily rising and a good B3S is sitting around the £12-15k mark, depending on variant.
by Charles
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: ALPINAs for sale
Topic: BMW ALPINA DIESEL CONVERTIBLE D4 3.0 Bi Turbo 2dr Switch-Tronic FN15NVF Current Bid: £15,700 Time Left: 2d 4h 42m 03/03
Replies: 3
Views: 58

Re: BMW ALPINA DIESEL CONVERTIBLE D4 3.0 Bi Turbo 2dr Switch-Tronic FN15NVF Current Bid: £15,700 Time Left: 2d 4h 42m 0

Someone's going to have fun tracking down that water leak and sorting all those "little" jobs. :shock: I've seen several F 3 series convertibles (BMW not ALPINA - not that it makes a difference) where the lower drain holes have become blocked and the rear quarter panels fill up with water. Above a ...
by Charles
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: ALPINA - Car Advice / Information
Topic: Gear Selector Light
Replies: 10
Views: 101

Re: Gear Selector Light

Rav - just to clarify - is it the orange light on the centre console next to the gear lever or the display on the dash?
by Charles
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:09 pm
Forum: General ALPINA Forum
Topic: FMW Tuning - BEWARE VAT issues
Replies: 7
Views: 216

Re: FMW Tuning - BEWARE VAT issues

As a comparison, I wonder what the situation is when buying from AWD?

If I understand their corporate structure correctly, they buy in Germany through their German business, import "internally" and then sell in the UK through their UK business.

Does anyone have any recent experience post-Brexit?
by Charles
Sat Feb 27, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: ALPINA - Car Advice / Information
Topic: Gear Selector Light
Replies: 10
Views: 101

Re: Gear Selector Light

Probably just a loose connection on the bulb. You can check this by lifting the trim around the gear selector.

Really pleased that you finally have the proper suspension set-up 👍
by Charles
Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: General Chit-chat
Topic: My E9
Replies: 27
Views: 363

Re: My E9

Sorry guys, I know that this is a bmw forum, but always liked these better I think we're allowed on this Chit Chat forum :wink: Absolutely no problem at all - particularly as I cut my motorsport teeth attending meetings in the 70s at Brands Hatch with my dear departed father who used to marshal the...
by Charles
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: General ALPINA Forum
Topic: F10 D5 BiTurbo - #137
Replies: 12
Views: 618

Re: F10 D5 BiTurbo - #137

One thing that I need to sort out ASAP is getting more alloy keys cut. I'm assuming I can get this cut in the usual way so heading down to Timpsons at some point (if I can find one that is open) to see if they can help. From my experience, Timpsons will say that their matching key will work but it ...
by Charles
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: ALPINAs for sale
Topic: B12 E38 5.7 #45 E-KAT
Replies: 29
Views: 621

Re: B12 E38 5.7 #45 E-KAT

exactly theres no value in this car other than being able to of owned one and had the experience, as its got the full collection of what you don't want in an old car if you want it to be valuable Needs to be cheap and for someone who has skills to tinker it back. Otherwise its a mega money pit 100 ...
by Charles
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: General ALPINA Forum
Topic: Where are all the XB7?
Replies: 32
Views: 1108

Re: Where are all the XB7?

Metrics wrote:
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:04 pm
Interesting that the plaque isn’t numbered - is this a US market thing?
I believe that US cars are sold as BMWs, rather than as ALPINAs and so the Buchloe numbering isn't applied