……. Unless it is overflowing After driving E30s for a few years, I got into the habit of looking for problems and trying to sort them prior to the issues developing. My crystal ball is well used. The cooling system was one of those areas where the slightest anomaly lead to panic and paranoia. Knowing how fragile BMW’s cooling systems can be, (who thought a pressurised system with plastic components was a good idea?), I am particularly wary of what my temperature gauge is doing. Last night, my son drove me to the local shops in my car. On the … Continue reading The Glass is Half Empty
When I bought the E39, there were a few things that needed looking at. It might sound like an extremely long list, but this is still a 20 year old luxury car for less than $5k. 3 out of four cup holders were broken.One rear indicator was intermittent… It’s OK, it’s a BMW so they are not necessary.Paint on the top of the rear bumper was peeling and awful. (Since been touched up with a rattle can)A few little shopping trolley dings and so on (but the paint is good)Cloudy headlight coversBoot release buttons inside and on the boot did … Continue reading A Remote Relief
So a month has passed since I swapped my E30 323i for an E39 523i. It is time look back at whether it was a good idea. I have always been of the opinion that, as a car person, if you get out of a car and don’t look back as you walk away, then you bought the wrong car. I cannot honestly say that the E39 is as pretty as the E30 (or even the E34, but that is a story for another day). It is not offensive by any stretch of the imagination and could easily be improved … Continue reading Is three really greater than five?
After the red E30 was written off, and we acquired the E34. I kept looking at my poor little E30 and thinking….. maybe it was time. The sheer luxury of the E34, and the little mechanical niggles from running a car as old as the E30 every day were starting to make me wonder. My wife has never liked the E30, but in fairness, she has never once told me I should get rid of it. I really wanted something like the E34, so I started quietly looking around. I advertised the E30, and unlike last time when I had … Continue reading It’s an E thirty-something
Working backwards, the ugly was undoubtedly the distress caused by the accident to the gorgeous little red S2 E30 Coupe, and the horrible aftermath. This included the shock of having the Adelaide Hills crash repairer who was supposed to quote to repair it choosing to maliciously vandalise it instead. We all have a special place in our hearts for our first car do we not? And my son was no different. The bad therefore in this story is the fact that this first car was finally written off. I did everything I could to try and prevent this, but ultimately … Continue reading The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
This is a cautionary tale of what can happen if you are not careful to take lots of photos of your crashed pride and joy, particularly a classic. You also want to choose your repairer not go with whoever the tow truck driver works for. If you are suddenly stuck, see whether anyone you know has had an experience and how they found their repairer. In this time of instant social media responses it might just save you a lot of heart-ache Yes, car crash photos on facebook can be cause for ridicule or a bit of light-hearted banter. I … Continue reading Who is looking after your baby?
A workmate came to me a few weeks ago and said she had been given an old BMW as a first car for her daughter. Some judicious questions led me to the conclusions that is was likely to be an E36 coupe, supposedly in fairly rough (although mechanically good) condition. One of my favourite phrases came immediately to mind. “Would I swap my BMW? No. Would I recommend one to a friend? Hell no! The information was a little concerning, as the initial description was a 318i with a six cylinder engine and a sunroof that wouldn’t close. Oh oh! … Continue reading Messing with Someone Else’s Mind…… errrr….. BMW
How do you make more money from your crapped out parts cars. Why you lease them out of course. This is not what really happened but it could be argued in a roundabout sort of way. When I bought Sassbubble (see the story here) my wife was less than impressed. I was originally offered the bumper bars off the car for $500, or the whole car for $900. No brainer really. We collected what was an effectively complete car but in pretty sorry condition and with part of the engine removed it was going to be quite an uphill battle … Continue reading Leasing out your old junk
It is a scary thought when you suddenly realise that your car has been reading your facebook posts and has taken offence to something you wrote. I’m sure I could easily file for a restraining order if I was so inclined. Old BMWs in excessive heat….. not a good mix usually. The weather here in Adelaide has been 42, 45 and 45 this week with an expected top today of 46 (it was 36 at 6:30am). I took a photo of my temperature gauge after my 35km commute up the hill showing the needle only just above the blue. I … Continue reading When your Car is a Facebook Stalker
Driving to work this week I noticed the speed limit between the towns of Summertown and Uraidla in the Adelaide Hills has been dropped to 50km/h from 60. It is a nuisance for me personally as it means my I can no longer use 5th gear on this stretch. Is this section of road a prime site for accidents? I doubt it, but with road fatalities rising suddenly and stupidity on the roads seemingly to be witnessed multiple times every trip, it is hard to argue with the decision. The news this week has been full of the issues with … Continue reading The Lowest Common Denominator on the Road.