My first Alpina: A rather unique D3 Touring

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jplynch23
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Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:55 pm

Hello all,

I've recently become the proud owner of my first Alpina, having been a fan of the brand for about 8 years (my brother Graeme Lynch and nephew James having a few in their history).

The car is a 2007 D3 Touring #190 (mono turbo) that was posted on here in March (Thanks CaesarBob and James Lynch for making me aware of it). It has 104k miles and 7 former keepers. The car is in excellent condition and for that reason it is currently being paint corrected and ceramic coated as I intend to use it as my daily car so will be travelling around the Midlands in the week and hauling dogs, kids, bikes and everything else at the weekend, a decision that is divided in many people's opinions so far. With me she will be well used, but used well. I've bought a full set of interior protection mats to fend off any unwanted scuffs.

The car's spec is incredible:

Full ivory leather with sytner-fitted Alpina badges in the heated sports seats.
Pro Nav with Logic7 Hifi,
Pan roof (recently replaced at a staggering cost to the previous owner)
Comfort access with keyless entry & start
Climate comfort windscreen.
Front & rear park distance control
Cruise Control
Heated windscreen and mirrors

I've had the car a month now and absolutely loved every day with it. It is everything I could want from a car and I wouldn't change a thing. That being said, I've taken some of the aftermarket parts off and replaced with genuine articles, and replaced the boot struts (to very little effect). Other than that I have no further plans other than possibly upgrading lights and iDrive, but that's way down the line.

If anyone has a genuine D3 badge set lying around let me know as the existing 'D' looks really rough so I'm assuming it's aftermarket.

If anyone has any information they can give me on what to look out for that would be much appreciated. I have record of new alternator, PAS pump & belt replacement, sunroof cassette replacement and loads of oil services but I hear things about swirl flaps and turbo overhauls on these cars. Other than that, I look forward to becoming more involved with the forum. My donations are in, as without this forum I wouldn't be in the car I'm in now!

Happy to answer any questions.

Jamie
Instagram: AlpinaD3no190
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2007 Alpina D3 Touring #190
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Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:11 pm

It’s certainly a unique example and glad it has found another keen owner. I don’t see the issue with using a car as intended, why leave them hiding away. Enjoy!
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Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:36 pm

Congratulations and welcome to the Forum and Alpina magic :D
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Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:17 pm

Must be the only one mono with pan roof we think
What was the repair to it out of interest ?
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Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:30 pm

Big congratulations on your car it's stunning love the colour combination. I'm in the Midlands to!!!!!
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Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:59 pm

hap wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:17 pm
Must be the only one mono with pan roof we think
What was the repair to it out of interest ?
From what I know #190 is the only ‘Christmas Tree’ MT Touring.

Was interesting that this and Saloon #408 which also has quite a few (but not as many) extras were for sale at the same time.
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Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:36 pm

I’d suggest the rear badge is pitted and weathered they are plastic but likely genuine
Gentle cleaning with autosol will sort it out
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Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:24 pm

hap wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:36 pm
I’d suggest the rear badge is pitted and weathered they are plastic but likely genuine
Gentle cleaning with autosol will sort it out
Thanks I’ll try that. I came to my conclusion because only the ‘D’ is pitted, none of the other letters are at all. Could be something to do with how the water runs over the car...
2007 Alpina D3 Touring #190
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Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:33 pm

CaesarBob wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:59 pm
hap wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:17 pm
Must be the only one mono with pan roof we think
What was the repair to it out of interest ?
From what I know #190 is the only ‘Christmas Tree’ MT Touring.

Was interesting that this and Saloon #408 which also has quite a few (but not as many) extras were for sale at the same time.
Yes, quite interesting! I thought that might be a sister car to the LHD #132 Geneva Show Car but then surely they would both be in Alpina Blue. Perhaps someone really did just go nuts with the options list! Perhaps after seeing #132.

I’m collating the history and would love to fill some of the gaps. I wonder if the previous owners will mind receiving a text ?!?
2007 Alpina D3 Touring #190
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Ulti123 wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:30 pm
Big congratulations on your car it's stunning love the colour combination. I'm in the Midlands to!!!!!
Thanks very much! I live on the Wirral but do travel round the midlands as a consultant to Severn Trent Water. I’ll drop into Sytner Nottingham when I get the opportunity as last time I was there I parked the fiesta well out of sight!!
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Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:43 pm

hap wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:17 pm
Must be the only one mono with pan roof we think
What was the repair to it out of interest ?
I believe it stuck in the tilt position, and was too damaged to fix, requiring a replacement at a cost of £1,300+VAT plus fitting @ £700+VAT by an independent place by the looks of it.
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Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:28 am

Epic combo of colour. Love it. Enjoy.
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Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:19 pm

jplynch23 wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:55 pm
I intend to use it as my daily car so will be travelling around the Midlands in the week and hauling dogs, kids, bikes and everything else at the weekend, a decision that is divided in many people's opinions so far.
If you want to use it as a daily driver then fill your boots :D

For reference, I've owned my E46 B3S Touring since new in March 2003, have used it daily for commuting during the week and at the weekend for transporting children, dogs and anything else I needed to do and am about to clock up 335,000 miles.

Cars are meant to be driven and what better way to have a permanent grin on your face courtesy of the ALPINA magic :D
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Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:11 am

Stunning specc! I use my D3 BT daily and clocked up 20k miles last year. Cars are meant to be driven. :)
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Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:26 pm

I enquired about this car when it was previously advertised by a forum member in 2014. It's a stunning looking motor car. I don't think you will be able to renovate your D3 badge,my last D3's badges were going the same way. I bought a tin of 'chrome' model paint but never got around to attempting to repaint before selling the car. Replacements are around £100 for the D3 emblem from BMW.
Hope you're enjoying the car,not too far from me so I'll keep an eye out for it.☺
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