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Sunroof on Alpina D3 Saloon
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German



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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's very funny Simon LOL.
Didn't know i was adding so much weight...
Maybe that's why i'm concerned about adding the sunroof Wink
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anything missing?-Full set of winter wheels and tyres-and dont forget the center caps!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sorry i'll stop. I wish i was in the position to order a new pina
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you guys for your helpful comments!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

simon13 wrote:

My bro in laws e46 B3S saloon has a glass sunroof. Rare!



Good to know.
Mine has a glass sunroof, like you say, I like the option of both.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heated steering wheel... now thats just extravagant!

Sunroofs - i've avoided them as I feel they introduce more noise in to the cabin, but I insist on a light headlining and A,B & C pillars.

Looking at Spec'ing mine at the minute - what are going to be the desireable options later on in life? LSD / LED / heated, memory seats/SatNav etc?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello German,I owe you an apology,I am so used to driving with distance control,and you cannot run cruise seperately to distance control but there are 4 positions to set the distance on if that makes sense,just clocked another 450 today and IMO it doesn't seem to make a lot of difference if you could split the system,
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a must have option with +500lbs is an LSD. It shouldn't be an option really but it is. To have any sort of proper traction in the wet or dry its a must. Especially if you like to get the hammer down when you can which tbh we all do thats why we buy these types of cars.

HUD is fantastic option
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Paulb
Agreed, heated steering is extravagant but i use it every day. It's like airco: once you have it...
Light headlining does not go with the spirit of the car in my humble opinion.
Sunroof, noise in the cabin: i paid attention to that today in my 520d and you are right there is some cabin noise generated by the sunroof. I never noticed until now Sad
So probably no sunroof. I will have to live with a dark headlining and black seats... There are worth things in life...
Desirable options once the car is older? Probably comfy leather, satnav, HUD, LSD, LED

@Flareside: thanks for the clarification on distance control. Will probably not take that option even if it is a fantastic security feature. On our Merc the DC is driving me crazy and limits my freedom to have CC without DC Very Happy

@Simon: LSD and HUD are on the goodie list. Does LSD have settings in the cabin when you want to use it or is it "always" on? Sorry have no experience with that stuff!!!

Thanks again for your comments!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The easiet way to imagine it is this.

open diff gives you power to one rear wheel, which means the TC will interveen alot more as the unloaded wheel will try to spin up.

With an LSD you have drive to both rear wheels all the time. There for alot more traction which means less nannying from the TC.

imo LSD is win win. It should be standard fitment with the power/torque of the car imo. They used to be in the old days upto the early mid 90's

It also means when it snows you'll have a chance of moving! My wifes Z3 went everywhere in the snow thanks to the LSD from factory.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Simon, that is helpful information. I guess your Z3 is also fitted with winter tyres when needed?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No it wasn't! but with winter tyres you'd never get stuck in this country i'd go far to say!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

simon13 wrote:
No it wasn't! but with winter tyres you'd never get stuck in this country i'd go far to say!


I'd quite agree with that statement. Mine have been worth every single penny and more. Didn't even get the traction control light flickering when driving through snow, slush, standing water - you name it, they coped with it.

Thanks also for the feedback re the sunroof and LSD.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm using winter tyres for 9 years now and they are worth every penny. Breaking is stronger, getting out of snow on a ramp, etc. It started on my Cayman S in 2006 and had them on all my other cars. On the D3 with LSD it should be a good package for the winter season.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 1:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the sunroof can also help introduce the fantastic noise of the engine on full song. thats an alpina for you
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