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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:22 pm    Post subject: Revisiting Alpinas Reply with quote

After my last B10 3.3 caught fire and was written off I've had a few cats since. Currently own an 840ci and a Porsche 944 S2 convertible.

Both cracking cars in their own rights but keep getting drawn back to looking at Alpinas.

Do the B3 3.3 Coupes ever come up for sale with a manual box? I'm considering one of these if any about or an E46 M3

Thoughts please?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sadly no manual option on RHD B3 E46 in any variant
B10 3.3 was available with a spurtle though
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ali wrote:
spurtle

Bit of a niche term there ali Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL Ali

I was reminded of another classic Scottish phrase - blether Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My one Alpina B10 was manual the other was switchtronic.

My 840 is auto and the 944 manual

I think manual is my preferred gearbox

I guess an e46 m3 could be on the cards in that case
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

G20 LPG wrote:
My one Alpina B10 was manual the other was switchtronic.

My 840 is auto and the 944 manual

I think manual is my preferred gearbox

I guess an e46 m3 could be on the cards in that case


I've got a very nice completely standard manual 76k mile FSH 2003 M3 Convertible coming up for sale in the next few weeks Just getting a few minor tweaks done to get it perfect before sale
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hard Top for me only for an E46 sorry

Does sound good though
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

didn't someone do a conversion to Manual on B3?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dans wrote:
didn't someone do a conversion to Manual on B3?

Simon13 converted his B3S Touring to manual - here
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Brothers M3 may be for sale. I can get more detail if you are interested.





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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you can get LHD B3's in manual from factory and they sold loads in every bodyshape, but as far as i'm aware my e46 B3 is the only RHD manual car known - its great!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A manual conversion is a relatively straight forward procedure and as Simon states, its great and well worth doing!

I have converted a couple of E39's, an E34, a few E46s (including Simons) and lost count of the E30's and is one of my favoured conversions.

Came close to doing my old B3 3.3 saloon as well but ended up breaking it and putting the engine in an E30 (with manual box!)

If i ever buy another E46 Alpina it will be getting a manual box and its a shame Sytner (or Buchloe) decided it was not to be for the UK RHD market.
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