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

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Post by AG » Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:34 pm

despite being an old car the bills are still based on a car of high value, and being an older car these things will need replacing.

The battery, if its an old unit I'd factor in replacing that when you can.
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Post by Rav » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:35 pm

I found out what the battery drain problem is......

The radio has the usual E46 problems. Removal of fuse 7 and 41 resets faults such as:

Radio refusing to turn on
Radio refusing to turn off
Radio not switching off after the key is removed - yes really!

The radio stayed on, even after the key was taken out (a known fault) and drained the battery. Its dry solder joints - but i just cant find anywhere n the internet where i can find where these joints are.
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Post by Rav » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:51 pm

Finally i got the DVD navigation working. I cheated as i bought a replacement unit from a chap on M3Cutters forum. Fitted this and off it went.

PerryGunn helped me with a snazzy start up screen for the unit specific to Alpina and my car build number! Thanks chum!!!

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In the mean time, my original unit is in the process of being repaired. I beleive i have located the fault, so will try this over the weekend. I forgot to take the two transport solder blobs of the optical pick up. So i spent an hour digging back through the unit to get back ot the optic. Its ready now and I will try it at the weekend.

You can read the instructions here if anyone is debating the same repair
https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showt ... p?t=624428

After crashing my daily Audi A4, the Alpina has become the daily and i am using the car for school drop offs, shopping and tip runs. Last week, the children were letting a wasp out of the car when the regulator failed with the window in the down position.

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The door card was removed using Youtube videos as a guide. I love the hand written stickers from Alpina on the rear of the door cards, describing the materials and colours used and a name of individual who made them.


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New one on order - but for now some pressure treated timber is zip tied to the old regulator keeping the window shut.
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Post by Rav » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:57 pm

I managed to find some time to enjoy the barmy sunshine today. 25 degrees and its the 10th October!!

Parked her next to her stable mate.

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Post by Rav » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:16 pm

Help!

PerryGunn had kindly given me a nice Alpina splashscreen and I bought a dvd nav to get this working. Perhaps greedily i bought a hybrid tuner from Ebay.

I plugged this in and it didnt work.

I replaced the unit with my old unit and now nothing works. No screen at all. Radio comes on, but no display on the screen.

I feel gutted. The screen does go a little lighter when i put the key into the ignition, but nothing at all displays.

Can anyone help please?
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Post by DogWagen » Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:14 pm

Hi Rav,

I've had something similar - radio wouldn't work when Bluetooth tried to connect with my phone; the Nav was OK as was the onboard computer. I pulled the fuses for the audio, left it for a while and then reconnected - problem has resolved itself. I think I found the fuse numbers on M3cutters. Long term fix is that I don't use Bluetooth.

Not sure this will work for you but it's worth a try.

Hope it helps,

Mike

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Post by Rav » Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:20 pm

Thanks Mike. Im loosing my mojo on the car.

I have booked an appointment with Baris at Carphonics in north london next week, so hope that we can get to the bottom of the problem.

I just want it to work!
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Post by Rav » Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:59 pm

Woke up at 05:30 and was on the road by 06:30 on Saturday morning. I went to see Baris at Carphonics to have my in car entertainment repaired.

Got to Enfield by 08:30 after negotiating the cameras on the M25. Baris had a quick look and was able to fix my problems. Whilst I was there, I purchased one of his modified Digital TV tuners. I asked him to repair the radio too as i often had to pull fuses 7 and 41 to get the radio to behave.

I also had my spare Mk4 DVD navigation repaired whilst i waited.

Spent £450 with Baris, but should reccoup at least some of that back.

I now have working Digital TV and DAB radio working. Sat nav works and have a spare Mk4 DVD navigation drive. I have a USB in slot, so can add a 32Gb usb stick containing pictures, videos, film and music to play.

I cant recommend Carphonics enough. Baris is excellent to deal with and carries stock, so no need to wait around. He also accepts units by post.

http://www.carphonics.co.uk/

or call Baris on 07958 499151

As a result - I have for sale at the moment, the following items:

1. Mk4 DVD unit - brand new loader fitted by Baris on 20 Oct.
2. Standard Hybrid Digital TV tuner.
3. Analouge TV Tuner.

Please let me know if you want/need any of the above.
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Post by jolls » Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:39 pm

Glad you got it sorted in the end!

You have PM.
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Post by Rav » Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:13 pm

@Jolls - replied!

My children were very happy this morning on the school run. They were able to watch Cebebies on the way to school!
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Post by Charles » Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:45 pm

Rav wrote:My children were very happy this morning on the school run. They were able to watch Cebebies on the way to school!
Rav - sorry to put a dampener on things but you might want to check the legality of being able to play video/tv whilst moving - see here
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Post by Rav » Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:36 pm

Fair point Charles - I will connect the handbrake connector back up to stop it working whilst moving.

Kids will have to watch TV whilst waiting for thier mum.
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Post by jolls » Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:17 am

@PM back to you Rav.
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Post by Rav » Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:06 pm

I noticed a knocking under the car especially when driving on those annoying bump strips as you approach roundabouts. It sounded like gearbox mounts. I was terrifed that this would be big costs.

I took it to my garage over the weekend and had a look. It seems that the rubber mounts for the exhaust are broken. New ones ordered and will be fitted at the weekend.

Whilst under there i noticed some general corrosion. Can anyone reccomend what to use on the car to minimise this?
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Post by Rav » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:21 pm

Not sure if anyone actually reads these?

Replaced the exhaust mountings yesterday, didnt take long. Bolts were very rusty.
Whilst under there i used Hammerite Underseal all over the underside of the car.
Next step is to clean the arches, remove the liners. Pressure wash out and use waxoyl to rust proof.

I also bought a new bm-24 radio module as mine refuses to turn off/on on occasion. I have to remove fuses to leave the car.
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