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by Charles
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: General ALPINA Forum
Topic: What did you do in your ALPINA today?
Replies: 1162
Views: 138700

Re: What did you do in your ALPINA today?

Cleaned and waxed the summer set in preparation for the spring switchover tomorrow.
by Charles
Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: General ALPINA Forum
Topic: What did you do in your ALPINA today?
Replies: 1162
Views: 138700

Re: What did you do in your ALPINA today?

woolley11 wrote:
Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:28 pm
Took my errant B10 out for a 10 mile round run near us - after it chucked its toys out the pram yesterday with a battery issue.

Happy to report she behaved herself 😊
Do you think it was just a loose connection on the battery terminal?
by Charles
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: ALPINAs for sale
Topic: 2009 B3 touring RHD 41k miles.
Replies: 11
Views: 2376

Re: 2009 B3 touring RHD 41k miles.

This thread was locked for a couple of hours this afternoon as a result of some inappropriate comments and accusations which were felt to have "crossed the line" in terms of how we do things here. Since then, a collective decision was made by the Admin team to delete the account of a member here due...
by Charles
Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: General ALPINA Forum
Topic: Supporting the forum
Replies: 63
Views: 4737

Re: Supporting the forum

EdM wrote:
Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:20 pm
I've just made a small donation. Thanks for all the work maintaining the site. I've recently bought B3 3.3 Cabrio 180, and i'm not sure I would have without the forum!
Thank you 😄
by Charles
Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: Charles's Blog
Topic: Rebuilt engine oil usage
Replies: 6
Views: 191

Re: Rebuilt engine oil usage

The first 180k miles were using 0W-30 and then, after rebuild #1, I changed to 5W- 40.

This time round, I chose to to stick with 5W-40.
by Charles
Sat Apr 03, 2021 11:23 pm
Forum: Charles's Blog
Topic: Rebuilt engine oil usage
Replies: 6
Views: 191

Re: Rebuilt engine oil usage

simon13 wrote:
Sat Apr 03, 2021 10:16 pm
Charles have you stuck with the 0-30 grade piss they specced from new?!
Nope - using Shell Helix Ultra 5W-40
by Charles
Fri Apr 02, 2021 11:56 pm
Forum: General ALPINA Forum
Topic: Educate me please....
Replies: 25
Views: 513

Re: Educate me please....

The petrolhead father of a school friend would often quote, "Power for show, torque for go!" (or something like that) From experience, I think this answers your question Adam. With full torque available from 2000rpm, the Alpina will always pull out of corners quicker and unless there is a very long...
by Charles
Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: General ALPINA Forum
Topic: Educate me please....
Replies: 25
Views: 513

Re: Educate me please....

Adam has explained that well.

I would add, however, that where the M3 is about power, the equivalent Alpina is about torque, particularly lower down the rev range.

In a straight line, the M3 will beat a B3/B3S but put them on the twisty bits and it's a very different story :twisted:
by Charles
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:17 pm
Forum: ALPINA Spotted / Busted
Topic: green e46 b3 touring heading away from amersham to beaconsfield
Replies: 8
Views: 184

Re: green e46 b3 touring heading away from amersham to beaconsfield

Fast3000 wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 6:39 pm
I've heard there's another green all wheel drive e46 touring Alpina. It was awd and a complete one off ordered for the Baron of Buckinghamshire.

Disclaimer: Opinions are opinions and should never be used as facts.
Careful - if you tug the tiger's tail, be prepared for it to bite back!
by Charles
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:16 pm
Forum: Charles's Blog
Topic: Rebuilt engine oil usage
Replies: 6
Views: 191

Re: Rebuilt engine oil usage

Charles, I don’t think this is bad, you will expect to use some oil bedding in, especially oiling of the bores. The old YB in the Cosworth used to drink a half litre a month and this was even recognised in the owners manual. I should have been clearer - when the original engine was new, I used to b...
by Charles
Thu Apr 01, 2021 6:22 pm
Forum: Charles's Blog
Topic: Rebuilt engine oil usage
Replies: 6
Views: 191

Rebuilt engine oil usage

I've managed 3500 miles in a year since the big rebuild and I've used 1/4 litre of oil.

Must be the new piston rings!
by Charles
Thu Apr 01, 2021 6:19 pm
Forum: ALPINA Spotted / Busted
Topic: green e46 b3 touring heading away from amersham to beaconsfield
Replies: 8
Views: 184

Re: green e46 b3 touring heading away from amersham to beaconsfield

Guilty as charged!

Popped over to CPC for a chat on my first day of freedom post-shielding and I was just about to open up the taps up the hill 😄
by Charles
Thu Apr 01, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: General ALPINA Forum
Topic: Spy shots: B2 Edition99
Replies: 9
Views: 347

Re: Spy shots: B2 Edition99

PhillV8S wrote:
Thu Apr 01, 2021 12:30 pm
Happy April 1st.🤣🤣🤣🤣
+ 1
by Charles
Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: ALPINAs for sale
Topic: F10 B5 BiTurbo #048 (in Northern Ireland)
Replies: 11
Views: 557

Re: F10 B5 BiTurbo #048 (in Northern Ireland)

SIN6H wrote:
Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:50 pm
Is anyone familiar with the process of bringing a car across from Ni?
Northern Ireland is part of the UK, so it should simply be a case of drive to ferry, drive onto ferry, have a coffee, drive off the ferry and drive home 😄
by Charles
Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: ALPINAs for sale
Topic: B5s # 452 for sale on facebook.
Replies: 6
Views: 226

Re: B5s # 452 for sale on facebook.

Link doesnt seem to work for me. Is there an echo in here Rav :lol: Think Rav needs to find the edit button! I'm trying to work out how to tidy up this thread before it starts confusing the hell out of me but Rav has clearly been on a speed typing course recently!!! There - I think that works ...