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by Charles
Mon Mar 08, 2021 12:41 am
Forum: General ALPINA Forum
Topic: Supporting the forum
Replies: 63
Views: 4737

Re: Supporting the forum

TonyS wrote:
Sun Mar 07, 2021 9:39 pm
... could only get a small donation past my wife - sorry - will try harder later
Thank you - every little bit helps 😊
by Charles
Sun Mar 07, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: ALPINA Meets & Events
Topic: Classics at Glenham Woodbridge 5th Sept 2021 - CANCELLED
Replies: 9
Views: 364

Re: Classics at Glenham Woodbridge 5th Sept 2021 - CANCELLED

I think you might have misunderstood the previous post, Norman.

No-one is saying that you specifically were part of the organisers for the Glenham event and the "we" refers to a collective of members here who may be able to organise an informal get together later this year.

Hope this helps
by Charles
Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:56 am
Forum: ALPINA - Car Advice / Information
Topic: Cold Start Up Problem and Cog of Death - Alpina E46 B3.3 2002
Replies: 29
Views: 497

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

I had something similar to this once and it was a frayed wire coming off the throttle body which threw everything out. Had to be recovered to the garage but was a pleasantly easy (and cheap) fix. Since then I've had all the cables recovered and adjusted their routing to prevent a repeat situation. M...
by Charles
Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: ALPINA - Car Advice / Information
Topic: Cold Start Up Problem and Cog of Death - Alpina E46 B3.3 2002
Replies: 29
Views: 497

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

"Problem solving by forum" is not going to work here. My advice is to get a full fault code check - then you will have a clear idea of what is going on. Being based in Scotland, CPC in Amersham or BMR in Crawley are a bit too far for you to consider, but any decent BMW specialists in your part of th...
by Charles
Fri Mar 05, 2021 6:18 pm
Forum: ALPINA - Car Advice / Information
Topic: Battery issues
Replies: 16
Views: 387

Re: Battery issues

The flashing indicators when locking and unlocking is something that can be changed via the OBD.

Perhaps someone at BMR changed a setting when they were working on the car?
by Charles
Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: ALPINA - Car Advice / Information
Topic: Battery issues
Replies: 16
Views: 387

Re: Battery issues

PS. I dream of a E46 B3 Touring!! I assume you have one based on your profile pic? Does it suffer same subframe / boot floor issue? Yup, I have a 2003 B3S Touring which I've owned from new and am about to clock up 350k miles. No subframe issues here (all checked recently) but it's a 2003 car and th...
by Charles
Thu Mar 04, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: General ALPINA Forum
Topic: VED changes.
Replies: 10
Views: 314

Re: VED changes.

Here is a link to the .gov website showing the tax rate rules If I've interpreted it correctly, then a summary for ALPINA owners is as follows: For ALPINAs registered before 1 March 2001 and treated as PLG, annual tax = £270 For ALPINAs registered between 1 March 2001 and 31 March 2017 and treated ...
by Charles
Thu Mar 04, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: General ALPINA Forum
Topic: VED changes.
Replies: 10
Views: 314

Re: VED changes.

Phil is right - these tax changes are not retrospective My 2003 B3S has emissions at 235g/km which would, in mainstream cars, give it a tax rate near £400pa but it is classified as PLG so I pay £265pa at the moment (edited to show correct PLG rate) When the D3 appeared, Sytner started registering th...
by Charles
Wed Mar 03, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: ALPINA - Car Advice / Information
Topic: Battery issues
Replies: 16
Views: 387

Re: Battery issues

Xiaorpowr wrote:
Wed Mar 03, 2021 12:57 am
Not sure if all the Alpina owners care about weight reductions, but I've been running a lithium battery in my E46 M3 last 3 years. Went down from a 18kg lead-acid to a 3kg battery. Never looked back... https://www.deadweightindustries.co.uk

:D :D :D
Just seen the price though :shock:
by Charles
Wed Mar 03, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: ALPINA - Car Advice / Information
Topic: Cold Start Up Problem and Cog of Death - Alpina E46 B3.3 2002
Replies: 29
Views: 497

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

Any recommendations as to how I could test the current one [starter motor] to check it’s efficiency ? Not easily - it gets slower and slower and then dies! In my case, having had the car from new, I was aware of what it should be like and what it had become and the time taken to fire up was getting...
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: 29
Views: 497

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: 16
Views: 387

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: 147

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: 166

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: 166

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...