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shell1967
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Post by shell1967 » Fri May 14, 2021 5:43 pm

Hello
apologies for not introducing myself although some of you may recognise
me from FB, please find a pic of my B3s.
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Rav
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Re: Hello

Post by Rav » Fri May 14, 2021 6:02 pm

Welcome - Very nice B3s. I would love to see some more pictures.
I have an early B3 with 3.3 engine, but am tempted by a 3.4.
1999 #032 Alpina B3 3.3 saloon (UK Press Car) - Buchloe Beast
2000 Porsche Boxster S - Viola
2015 Audi A4 Avant Ultra - Wife's car
2002 VW Lupo 1.4 16v - Daughter's car

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Post by shell1967 » Fri May 14, 2021 6:21 pm

Thank you Rav, the car is #178, i have owned it since 2018, bought this one from James Paul, the car spent some
time in the channel Islands, Jersey, I have recently had it serviced, and hope to use it a bit more than I have, it
was advertised as an Individual, but i dont believe that it is, I'll post some more pics soon.

CaesarBob
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Post by CaesarBob » Fri May 14, 2021 7:14 pm

Hey Andy!
Silver Grey and Montana leather wasn’t true ‘Individual’ spec, but that tag seems to be on all ALPINAs, I’ve always presumed it’s because of the way they’re ordered on BMWs production systems.
B3 3.2 TOURING #062

Fast3000
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Post by Fast3000 » Fri May 14, 2021 9:05 pm

Welcome mate, lovely car and colour combo.
Current
2004 BMW B3S #156 (Keeper)
2015 BMW 320d F30 ED Sport (70mpg)
Previous
2011, 2016, 2018 - Kia Sportage (Rolls Royce customer care)
2007 BMW Z4M E86 Coupe (Animal)
2006 Audi A4 B7 2.0T (Good car)
2001 VW Golf GTI MK4 (Meh)
1994 Ford Escort 1.6 Zetec (light n dandy)
1992 Fiat Tipo GT (Fun car)
1991 Ford Orion 1.6 Ghia (beefy engine)
1984 Ford Fiesta 1.1L (Audio more expensive then car)

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Post by shell1967 » Fri May 14, 2021 11:00 pm

Thanks, I'm really pleased with it, first Alpina that have owned, and a convertible, I would have liked a B3s E46 touring, but I saw
this and travelled from Cumbria by train, and bought it the same day, drove it home. :D

Fast3000
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Post by Fast3000 » Sat May 15, 2021 11:10 am

Nice one.

Any touring Alpina deserves the status 'rare as hens teeth' they are a great package, as the Alpina suspension combined with the practically suits the nature of the car. I was similar to you - its not like you can pick and choose the perfect one that easily. The selling points for mine were colour combo, history, good vendor and low mileage...
Driving through cumbria must have been pretty cool. The big advantage of our cabrios is that you get to hear that glorious buchloe built engine - its a tad better sound in the cab.
Current
2004 BMW B3S #156 (Keeper)
2015 BMW 320d F30 ED Sport (70mpg)
Previous
2011, 2016, 2018 - Kia Sportage (Rolls Royce customer care)
2007 BMW Z4M E86 Coupe (Animal)
2006 Audi A4 B7 2.0T (Good car)
2001 VW Golf GTI MK4 (Meh)
1994 Ford Escort 1.6 Zetec (light n dandy)
1992 Fiat Tipo GT (Fun car)
1991 Ford Orion 1.6 Ghia (beefy engine)
1984 Ford Fiesta 1.1L (Audio more expensive then car)

Jules Sunleu
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Post by Jules Sunleu » Sat May 15, 2021 11:39 pm

Welcome and that's lovely. I've had two E46 convertibles in the past and loved both, and they weren't Alpina ones. I bet Alpina changes really suit the car
Alpina B5 E61 2005 Touring #007 Special Toy Malachite Green with Caramel Merino Leather. Quaife LSD upgrade
BMW 640D F12 2018 Convertible Daily
KTM 990SMT 2013 Summer Toy
Suzuki GSXR1300R Hayabusa 2002 Summer Toy
Kawasaki ZX6R 1999 Summer Toy
BMW X5 F15 2014 30d M Sport Daily for the other half
BMW Mini R57 2009 Cooper Convertible Toy for the other half

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Re: Hello

Post by bobbly » Sun May 16, 2021 11:23 am

Looks lovely. I've had the pleasure of driving a similar car and it's a nice way to cruise around.

If you get rear end vibration issues, that's fairly normal on E46 cabriolet and it's rarely wheel balance issues. Sometimes it's so bad, the rear view mirror blurs. A rubber-isolated battery tray is the usual fix to reduce its mass effect on the rear dynamics, but trawl the 'net and you may see other " fixes", good and bad.

Cheers
Bobbly

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Post by shell1967 » Sun May 16, 2021 3:25 pm

Thanks to you all for your kind words, and advice, there seems to be quite a lot of new enthusiasts discovering these
fantastic cars lately, my car has done 64K so it will require new shock absorbers, and a head gasket at some stage,
but well worth it for such a nice car, its not without fault I bought it with Uniroyal tyres, but will run these and replace
with suitable Michelin items, there is a small ding in the door, but annoyingly a small crack in the rear bumper, which
was done while my wife and I were away last year in a hotel car park, there are some pixels missing on the dash readout,
but other than that its not bad.

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