Introduction - just bought a B10 3.3

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Post by CharlesM » Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:01 pm

Picking the car up tomorrow mid morning (the only drawback being two bus journeys to get there - no lift alas!) and will take some pics sharpish!

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Post by CharlesM » Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:07 pm

So picked it up today, lovely day for driving it and I had a smile on my face all the way from the filling station (the range was showing 5 miles when I picked it up - it's as though car dealers have an app that tells them how much petrol to put in with a pipette so you have just enough!) to parking up a couple of hours ago

It is a magnificent beastie, the engine is intoxicating, ride superb - I suspect Michelins PS will make it even better than the Falkens on it at present, but tough - they're brand new. The lcd matrices are the only short term issue, apart from that, it needs a serious wash, clay and polish and the manifold could do with touching up.

Some photos finally! It wasn't a great spot where I stopped and I'll do some better ones when I have polished it.

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Post by 164 coupe » Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:02 pm

Hi Charles,

Glad you are happy with the car. It looks real good.
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Post by simon13 » Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:25 pm

is this the car that was forsale by a trader for some months? about 106,000 on it?

Always looked nice in photos. Sounds like an e39 i'd like to own one day
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Post by CharlesM » Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:39 pm

Not sure how long on the market, but it has just under 104k so probably is the same car.

I have certainly loved driving it so far - the handling is superlative, up there with an AMG C55 I had which had been fitted with Bilstein coilovers. The soundtrack is as addictive, but I have always loved the sound of BMW straight sixes letting rip.

I am going to have CPC give it a good going over.

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Post by nigee » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:24 pm

Looks good enjoy it :D

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Post by rcshott » Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:57 am

OOOOOOOOO! PURE!!! Think I'm close the similar, myself.
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Post by Alpina Jim » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:02 pm

Welcome and congratulations on your purchase, it looks good.

The only thing you need to change is the steering wheel, the 3 spoke would look good on mine and my 4 spoke would look good on yours, ha-ha.

Happy Alpina motoring.
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Post by CharlesM » Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:49 pm

Another great run out today, it is a car that keeps me smiling, as well as comfortable.

I'm afraid I've become very attached to the three spoke wheel. In a car rather devoid of Alpina gizmos, other than that glorious engine and box, I think it has to stay.

Anybody know where I can get some Alpina floor mats? The car is currently wearing a set of ill-fitting Michelin rubber mats for some reason.

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Post by CharlesM » Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:57 pm

Popped up to CPC Engineering today to have the car inspected, which it was with a fine tooth comb by Phil and his team. A very high attention to detail and thoroughness was evident, also a love of cars (we both had owned MBW 2002s). Apart from a weeping cable, a few pipes and cables incorrectly tied plus some play in the front offside wheel, a test run showed up no issues at all.

So overall a car in decent condition for 12 years old.

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Post by ollieebmw » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:37 pm

Greetings

Welcome to the forum...Still love to hear the comments when people get their new Alpina. Brings back happy memories when I drove mine back on twisty A roads. Enjoy the ride and make sure you get to Gaydon :yahoo: :yahoo:
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Post by nigee » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:37 pm

Enjoy your car looks fab :)

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Post by CharlesM » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:50 pm

I am loving it.

I am not necessarily loving filling it up, but that's the price for a lot of fun.

Given time, I reckon this might become my favourite car of all. At this rate though I am going to be ringing the insurers to up the mileage limit. My sensible Mercedes W210 320cdi is sitting a little disconsolately on the drive, no doubt rusting away more quickly from the salt tears of despair..

Thanks to those who recommended CPC, I was very impressed by the thoroughness of the approach and the care shown by all.

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Post by JPR89 » Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:03 pm

Phil and his team are one of the best respected specialists around, no job too big or small and know the cars inside out, hence the recommendations :D He's had a few of my £'s in the last 10 months :lol:

Unless you have a reason for it, please say you're going to rid of that hideous phone cradle... :shock: Other than that car needs to be shown some more miles, then you can spend even more money and time cleaning it :lol:
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Post by pauly » Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:02 am

Welcome along Charles, car looks well, glad you're enjoying it.
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