Rav's 1999 B3 3.3 Saloon - Yes I bought it!!

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Post by ali » Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:52 pm

Rav wrote:Thanks Metrics.

and the suspension has been raised a smidgen as the Tyre was catching the arches.
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How have they raised the suspension?
What size wheels and tyres are you running ?
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Post by Rav » Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:12 pm

Thanks Ali - I will go and check once the rain eases off and update you.

I collected the car today from my local mechanic. She has been there for two weeks.

Invoice:

Radiator
Air Conditioning Condenser
Air con vaccum test clean and System Regas.
Anti Freeze
Headlight washer
Offside washer jet and pump
Power steering cooler pipe
16 hours labour

Total price £560. Which wasnt that bad.
Drove the car back home steadily as it had just started to rain. The car had even been cleaned for me.
I will clean her properly once the weather improves with Autoglym.

Next job will be to replace the laser in the DVD navigation system.
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Post by ali » Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:35 pm

Wow
That lot for £560???
There should be at least £300 in parts there
£15/hr labour + VAT in a garage is awesome.
Either that or they got the sums seriously wrong.
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Post by hap » Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:41 pm

Bargain price rav
It will be worth it mate
Ps have u conditioned the leather yet?

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Post by Rav » Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:21 pm

Bargain price because I spend my weekends at that garage helping out with simple tasks and some electrical fixes. They are good freinds of mine.

I havent had chance to condition the leather as yet. Its one of my jobs for this week as well as a full clean and Auto Glym detail.

@PerryGunn kindly sent a new firmware with customised splash screen to me. It still wouldnt install. Standard error of CD/DVD error. I decided to take apart the unit and replaced the optic (laser). BMW Swindon wanted to relieve me of £2.5k for this unit today!
I bought a new optic for £10 from China. Fingers crossed it arrives by the end of september and I will install and replace.


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Post by hap » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:46 am

Any more updated pics yet rav?? Turning into a labour of love ❤️

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Post by Rav » Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:31 am

Thanks Hap - Still waiting for the part to arrive from China. Its difficult to get hold of this part now - the use of CD/DVD drives is slowing at an astonishing rate. One idea would be to replace the whole unit with a Solid State Hard Drive. It wouldnt change the functionality or apperance, but make the whole system so much more robust.

I might keep that mod for another time!

Once the Parts arrive from China, i will continue the write up. Fingers crossed it works..
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Post by Rav » Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:33 pm

Ok, so the part arrived on Friday......

I went to collect it from hte post office and managed to crash my Audi A4 into the back of a parked car :-(.

Opened the part up today and its the wrong one........I have asked Ebay for a refund, but i suspect that I wont see the money again.

Still looking for a SF-HD4 Optical pick up if anyone has one.....

Is anyone selling a working Mk4 DVD navigation system?
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Post by ali » Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:37 pm

Bad luck with the A4
It's an Audi so doesn't really matter
At least it wasn\t the B3!!!

Loads on eBay

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Post by Rav » Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:27 pm

ali wrote:Bad luck with the A4
It's an Audi so doesn't really matter
At least it wasn\t the B3!!!
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Say it like you mean it!!

Thanks for the link to the units on Ebay - These are big bucks. Anyone selling up on here?
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Post by Rav » Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:28 pm

ali wrote:Bad luck with the A4
It's an Audi so doesn't really matter
At least it wasn\t the B3!!!
]
Say it like you mean it!!

Thanks for the link to the units on Ebay - These are big bucks. Anyone selling up on here?
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Post by Rav » Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:08 pm

Found a couple of DVD navs via M3 Cutters. Cheapest is £100 + delivery. Risk is who knows what condition the laser is in.......

I also found a site in the states that sells the parts to repair these....


https://www.germanaudiotech.com/product ... e53-x5-e46

A replacement complete mechanism is £100 - so i guess it would be less risky to buy one of these.

Before I buy one, does anyone else on here want one, so i can buy in bulk and potentially save on shipping?
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Post by Rav » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:08 pm

Arghhh.

I ordered the part from america and it arrived on Friday. I was so excited and fitted it on Saturday. Tried it this morning and just got the cd/dvd cannot be read.

I give up......

Im so fed up, im £90 down on this thing already.
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Post by Rav » Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:39 pm

So i found a working unit via M3Cutters - £105 delivered and whilst i was there i ordered a hybrid TV tuner too for £170.

They will arrive next week, so it will be fitted next weekend.

I crashed my Audi a few weeks ago and i sold the salvage today. I tried to start the Alpina as that will be my daily car now, and it failed to start. Battery was at 10v. Charging this now - but scared that this is another expense.
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2000 Porsche Boxster S - viola
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Post by Rav » Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:30 pm

Fiited the Nav unit bought from M3 Cutters for £105 and it works!

A big thanks to @PerryGunn for the SW - i get a great Alpina logo on start up now!!!

Navigation also seems to work, but is really slow......

TV tuner to install next.

I ordered a rear window regulator and proped up the window with some wood.
1999 #032 Alpina B3 3.3 saloon (UK Press Car) - Buchloe Beast
2000 Porsche Boxster S - viola
2015 Audi A4 Avant Ultra - Wifes car

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