E92 Alpina B3 Biturbo #185

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Re: E92 Alpina B3 Biturbo #185

Post by bss325i » Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:30 pm

B3FNA wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:49 pm
I'm loving reading your updates!! Please do keep them coming. I've done a gearbox flush on my B3 also it's made such a huge difference to the way it drives and shifts into gears.

Can I please ask where did you get the side repeaters and your mirror, and the alloy wheel centres from and how much??

Any other planned maintaianece or work???


I'm wanting to get my stripes done by Simon, but am unsure of whether to get my front bumper sprayed first, or not as it is peppered in stone chips somewhat and has a small scrape underneath that you can't see but it bothers me a little bit!!!

I'm also considering getting it detailed and deswirled before having the stripes applied, does that sound sensible or can it be done later?
Thanks, will do!

Side repeaters and wheel badges came from BMW, mirror a lucky find on ebay of a genuine BMW retro fit.

As others have said, the paint sorted first before striping.
E92 B3 Biturbo #185

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E34 B10 Biturbo #445
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Re: E92 Alpina B3 Biturbo #185

Post by bss325i » Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:31 pm

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E92 B3 Biturbo #185

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E46 B3 3.3 Saloon #114
E34 B10 Biturbo #445
E36 B3 3.0 switchtronic coupe #185
E46 B3S convertible #34

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Re: E92 Alpina B3 Biturbo #185

Post by bss325i » Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:22 pm

After the road trip it was time for a bit of cosmetic TLC. Mark at www.marells.co.uk who started the paint correction before the application of the Deko set set to work completing the rest of it before applying a coat of wax.

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The high gloss shadow line trim and rear lights got some attention as well as it was all covered in swirls and scratches

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The obligatory beading shot.
E92 B3 Biturbo #185

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E46 B3 3.3 Saloon #114
E34 B10 Biturbo #445
E36 B3 3.0 switchtronic coupe #185
E46 B3S convertible #34

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Re: E92 Alpina B3 Biturbo #185

Post by hap » Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:36 pm

Good correction lifts the car

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Re: E92 Alpina B3 Biturbo #185

Post by bss325i » Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:30 pm

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I've never really been a private/cherished number plate kind of person and tend to appreciate area code identifiers on standard UK registrations such as the FJ for Nottingham on the new style plates or GO for South London on a prefix pate which my E30 325i has. The Bi turbo has had a plate change or two though so i did a search on a few plates and to my surprise this popped up as available!

(This is posted on other forums so many of you will probably already know the following.)

Now only serious Alpina aficionados will acknowledge what relevance it has which i like. OAL is for cars registered in the Ostallgau region of Bavaria where Alpina are based in the town of Buchloe and the prototypes and press cars bare this on their plates. B1 reads like BI short for Biturbo so was happy with that as B3 OAL is on another Alpina already, an E46 B3 which i happened to spot out in the wild about 6/7 years ago.

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LHD press car B3 biturbo #002

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RHD press car B3 biturbo #004
E92 B3 Biturbo #185

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E46 B3 3.3 Saloon #114
E34 B10 Biturbo #445
E36 B3 3.0 switchtronic coupe #185
E46 B3S convertible #34

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Re: E92 Alpina B3 Biturbo #185

Post by Metrics » Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:25 pm

Nice touch Barry, car looks great.
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Re: E92 Alpina B3 Biturbo #185

Post by bss325i » Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:27 pm

Metrics wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:25 pm
Nice touch Barry, car looks great.
Thanks! I think other than a set of LCI rear lights its just how i want it on the exterior looks front.
E92 B3 Biturbo #185

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E46 B3 3.3 Saloon #114
E34 B10 Biturbo #445
E36 B3 3.0 switchtronic coupe #185
E46 B3S convertible #34

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Re: E92 Alpina B3 Biturbo #185

Post by bss325i » Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:49 pm

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Before i purchased the car i conducted various checks which included the warranty history and if there were any outstanding recalls. Checking up on the warranty history found that the B3 has had all 6 injectors and High pressure fuel pump replaced along with a couple of other minor parts but those checks also revealed two recalls outstanding which were the Battery B+ cable and the heater blower motor cable which respectively can cause the failure of pretty much all of the cars electrical system or cause it to catch fire.

Being out of the dealer network for some time now meant i could not do these myself and also left me with the predicament of having someone i trust to do it. Luckily during my time as a senior tech I got to work along side some great guys (as well as some terrible ones!) but so many of the good ones have left to move onto different career paths or woking in different countries earning a better wage but i still have one or two contacts that I would trust to do a great job!

Cue a drive from Sussex to Essex one evening where a good friend and brilliant tech works at Sytner Harold wood on the night shift so he could carry out said recalls while i got to chill alongside and catch up.

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Behind the glove box where the JBE and Blower motor are located.

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Battery B+ cable repair kit.

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Heater blower cable repair kit.

All back together and another job ticked of the list.
E92 B3 Biturbo #185

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E46 B3 3.3 Saloon #114
E34 B10 Biturbo #445
E36 B3 3.0 switchtronic coupe #185
E46 B3S convertible #34

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Re: E92 Alpina B3 Biturbo #185

Post by hap » Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:47 pm


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Re: E92 Alpina B3 Biturbo #185

Post by Metrics » Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:59 pm

Very nice Hap, looks like a loved example.
2012 Alpina D5 BiTurbo No. 13
2002 Alpina B10 V8S No. 60
1993 Mercedes 190E 2.6 Sportline spec
2005 Audi TT 225
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Re: E92 Alpina B3 Biturbo #185

Post by bss325i » Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:15 pm

hap wrote:
Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:47 pm
Sister car for sale

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Alpina-B ... SwT8FdHm3G
That car is pretty much identical in spec and the asking price is what i paid for mine!
E92 B3 Biturbo #185

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E46 B3 3.3 Saloon #114
E34 B10 Biturbo #445
E36 B3 3.0 switchtronic coupe #185
E46 B3S convertible #34

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Re: E92 Alpina B3 Biturbo #185

Post by bss325i » Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:43 pm

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Good things come in small packages, especially in Alpina wrapping!

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An optional extra on the E9x B3 models was this digital gauge that fits in one of the dashboad vents. These hark back to the 80's with various Alpina models such as the E30, E28, E28 having one as either standard fit on the flagship models or as an option on the lesser versions.

The E9x version is made by Awron who sell it themselves but without the Alpina branding and it incorporates several features including a boost gauge, temp gauges for engine oil, auto gearbox oil and coolant which is important as the E9x and E8x models don't have a coolant temp gauge!

It also features a couple of gimmicky things like transverse and longitudinal G measurement, a 0-100 KM stop watch plus peak measurements recorded for all parameters on each ignition cycle.

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Installation is fairly straight forward, six wires that need to be piggy backed into the JBE for CAN bus signals, ground and power. Glove box out to access the JBE and dash trim off to fit the gauge.
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E34 B10 Biturbo #445
E36 B3 3.0 switchtronic coupe #185
E46 B3S convertible #34

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Re: E92 Alpina B3 Biturbo #185

Post by bss325i » Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:43 pm

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Very happy with it and ads to the whole Alpina feel to the car in my opinion.
E92 B3 Biturbo #185

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E46 B3 3.3 Saloon #114
E34 B10 Biturbo #445
E36 B3 3.0 switchtronic coupe #185
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Re: E92 Alpina B3 Biturbo #185

Post by bss325i » Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:45 pm

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The first part of next retro fit, a new rear shelf with cut out for an electric rear sun blind. A retro fit I've done on previous BMWs (as well as door blinds on some) is one some people consider to be a bit pointless but i have two children the regularly travel in the rear so it comes in useful plus I like an optioned up car!

A lucky find on german ebay scored me a used electric E92 blind for a bargain price but compared to other BMWs, this is not as straight forward a retro fit.

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I could have made up the wiring but instead bought the retro fit wiring loom which means the correct colour wires and terminals.
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E46 B3 3.3 Saloon #114
E34 B10 Biturbo #445
E36 B3 3.0 switchtronic coupe #185
E46 B3S convertible #34

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Re: E92 Alpina B3 Biturbo #185

Post by bss325i » Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:01 pm

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Rear end stripped out ready to fit the loom.

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Part of what makes this retro fit not as straight as other BMWs is the control side of it. Other cars such as E46 use a switch direct too the blind to operate it. On the E9x the switch input travels to the heater panel (IHKA) via a ribbon cable which then is linked to the body CAN BUS (K-BUS) to send a signal to the Junction box electric control unit (JBE) which activates a relay to power the blind.

The original JBE in my car was a lower spec one which doesn't have the relays so a new 'M' level JBE was purchased, fitted and coded to the car.
E92 B3 Biturbo #185

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E46 B3 3.3 Saloon #114
E34 B10 Biturbo #445
E36 B3 3.0 switchtronic coupe #185
E46 B3S convertible #34

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