What did you do in your ALPINA today?

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Re: What did you do in your ALPINA today?

Post by FlyinRyan » Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:47 pm

F30 D3 BiTurbo #281 recently had an argument with a metal bar in lane 3 of the M74. Luckily, escaped with just a front left puncture. After 2 hours of calling every tyre place known to man, sourced some new Michelin PS4S' and had them fitted earlier this week. New rubber was good, but a little vague, particularly on initial turn in, so popped into Pro-Grip this morning for a 4 wheel alignment.

Front axle was pretty much on the money, but the rear need some adjustment. John did a great job and the car now drives much better, improved steering feel, tracks much better and puts the power down effortlessly. Very happy!

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Re: What did you do in your ALPINA today?

Post by Rav » Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:08 pm

I managed to squeeze the B3 3.3 into my garage. The Boxster has come out for the summer sunshine, allowing the Alpina a short stay cation.
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Re: What did you do in your ALPINA today?

Post by Rav » Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:37 am

Sitting at Swindon BMW as i have booked my E46 B3 for the drivers air bag safety recall.

Its not what I had expected.....Its all a bit, how can i say it, not what i had expected.......dare i say it, a bit vauxhall'y?
:oops:

Edit - 45 min drive there, 45 back. 1.5 hour wait - only to be told that they are now not sure if my car needs this recall as it is an Alpina car and they dont have the new airbag anyway.

FFS!
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Re: What did you do in your ALPINA today?

Post by Charles » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:33 pm

Rav wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:37 am
... only to be told that they are now not sure if my car needs this recall as it is an Alpina car and they dont have the new airbag anyway.

FFS!
The BMW VIN will tell them whether the airbag needs replacing.

The ALPINA VIN will tell them they need the airbag with the ALPINA logo on it.

Unfortunately, if they haven't ordered in the ALPINA badged airbag then you will need to go back there again - this time wearing your baseball cap at a rakish angle and shuffling along in trackies and unlaced trainers
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Re: What did you do in your ALPINA today?

Post by Rav » Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:11 pm

:D 8) :D @Charles - you sir are on fire!!

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Re: What did you do in your ALPINA today?

Post by E24man » Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:03 pm

The AC in my E38 wasn't completely chilly on a particular hot day last week so I had my regular chap come round and check it this morning. It still holds a decent vacuum so it's all topped up and ice cold again but there must be a slow leak somewhere; I checked my records and it last needed a top up three years ago.

While here he topped up my neighbours 3 year old Ford and grumbled that the condensors are made of chocolate, then he checked my E39, E34 (both fine) and we both stood back and marvelled at the still perfectly functioning air conditioning of a 34 year old M635CSi... it had no charge when I bought the car 15 years ago, then after 3 years a chap in Yorkshire converted it to R134a from R12 and it's had just three or four top-ups in the past dozen years! Brilliant engineering.
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Re: What did you do in your ALPINA today?

Post by hap » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:42 pm

Rocker cover gasket replaced, it was so hard it was like plastic and brittle
Alarm sensor re mounted back on roof after my little boy decided to pull it off
Near side front suspension arm lemforder,bush and anti roll bar changed
Wallet lighter and mot plus x2 tyres imminent

Also mileage was 111111 today 😀

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Re: What did you do in your ALPINA today?

Post by simon13 » Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:14 pm

Well, I feel I've turned a stone with the E30. Some of this turmoil is my own doing but...

I've had a after market engine ECU fitted for the past few years. I removed it a little while back as the car never ran drove like a factory engine which is how I wanted it. I'll add at this point that my 2.7 engine is a little different to standard alpina spec partly my doing and partly the Alpina parts being NLA - the spec isn't in a negative way

Anyhow found a guy who can remap the standard ECU, so a god basically. In all my little years I've never known of someone who can do this! I thought it was something that has fallen by the wayside. But this guy specialises in remapping standard ECUs

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Well chuffed, all the niggles are gone and now car starts drives like a factory car. With a little added power over standard. In fact a lot, as most C2 2.7's barely make 200 bhp let alone the 210bhp alpina claimed when they were new. And now if I didn't tell you you'd never know!! Feels similar to the e46 B3S in its power delivery now
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Re: What did you do in your ALPINA today?

Post by D3orbust » Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:32 pm

Not much as the D5 came back from it’s EGR recall last night at 17:00 and dropped its coolant into my garage floor at 17:30.

BMW have just picked the car back up car as I refused to drive it to the service centre.
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Re: What did you do in your ALPINA today?

Post by Aggie » Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:09 pm

Hi all

Sorry for not responding sooner, I've been out of the country working. All of the garages and companies I've mentioned, I have used before and come highly recommended. :D :D :D
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Re: What did you do in your ALPINA today?

Post by Metrics » Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:51 pm

D3orbust wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:32 pm
Not much as the D5 came back from it’s EGR recall last night at 17:00 and dropped its coolant into my garage floor at 17:30.

BMW have just picked the car back up car as I refused to drive it to the service centre.
Annoying! Good luck sorting.
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Re: What did you do in your ALPINA today?

Post by PhillV8S » Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:11 am

Finally got all my springs and dampers replaced all around along with some bushes and also had my A/C refilled. Not a cheap day but worthwhile.
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Post by E24man » Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:06 pm

Recent jerky gear changes on the E39 had me puzzled as I could have sworn I had the gearbox oil and filter changed not too long ago, but a check through my receipts proved the car had slipped through the net. A trip back to the excellent Lee Shannon had him struggle with rusty sump bolts, a rusty, slighty leaking sump and absolutely black oil, and not a lot of it. The filter was the original BMW date stamped from 2001 so all new fitted, a very thorough flush, a new sump, all new sump bolts and the car is back to super smooth again.

In other Alpina news I was contacted about the 'other' UK rhd B12 5.7 Langversion, number 45 (mine is number 40); I had been informed it was the twin of mine, ordered to an identical spec a year later in 1998, but on viewing it the car is a little different - biege not champagne leather with no contrast colour beading, no rear AC, and a few other different bits. Sadly it has been well used for most of its life and then neglected and unused for the last seven years. At 236,000 the 5.7 litre engine has gone through an awful lot of fuel and now it sits somewhat forlornly and in a pretty rough state both inside and outside.
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2001 Alpina B10 V8 Touring (1 of 12 rhd)
1997 Alpina B12 5.7 L (1 of 2 rhd)
1995 Alpina B10 4.6 Touring (1 of 1 rhd)
1985 BMW M635CSi (1 of 524 rhd made, but less than half left now)
1982 BMW 635CSiA (1 of only hundreds left from the thousands made and still valiantly fighting a rusty grave)

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Re: What did you do in your ALPINA today?

Post by simon13 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:32 am

so what's happening with it Kevin, don't be shy ! ive got 1500 for it
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Re: What did you do in your ALPINA today?

Post by E24man » Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:56 am

simon13 wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:32 am
so what's happening with it Kevin, don't be shy ! ive got 1500 for it
I'm not sure it's worth that Simon! Parking dents and scratches along both side from the rear bumper to the front doors, cracked front and rear Alpina spoiler and apron, dented and rusty fuel tank, rusty fuel, brake and suspension pipes along its length, knackered alternator (V12 specific), bulging radiator, interior worn, blackened, mouldy and generally very poor indeed, wheels all heavily kerbed, dead battery, and hasn't been driven or on the road in 7 years - even conservatively it's £10k to make it half decent, then what's it worth? £10k at best with 236,000 miles on it...
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2001 Alpina B10 V8 Touring (1 of 12 rhd)
1997 Alpina B12 5.7 L (1 of 2 rhd)
1995 Alpina B10 4.6 Touring (1 of 1 rhd)
1985 BMW M635CSi (1 of 524 rhd made, but less than half left now)
1982 BMW 635CSiA (1 of only hundreds left from the thousands made and still valiantly fighting a rusty grave)

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