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by Grrrmachine
Mon Jan 18, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: E30 touring rear bumper question
Replies: 9
Views: 90

Re: E30 touring rear bumper question

I didn't even get a chance to read Brian's PM!

FWIW, the Touring bumper debacle raised its head 7 years ago, when I was buying my one. Spent a day in a subzero scrapyard trying to undo the rusted bolts on am upturned shell, just because someone on here had told me they're touring-specific :mad:
by Grrrmachine
Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:42 am
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: 325I has lay for a year, seized starter? Smoke from wires H
Replies: 3
Views: 122

Re: 325I has lay for a year, seized starter? Smoke from wir

If you take a car that hasn't run for a long time, the first thing you should do before putting the key in the ignition is to try and turn the engine by hand. This involves sticking a spanner on the crank bolt and trying to do a full revolution (with the handbrake on and the gear in neutral, of cour...
by Grrrmachine
Wed Nov 25, 2015 6:51 am
Forum: E30 BMW Chat
Topic: 325 diff ratios
Replies: 6
Views: 172

Re: 325 diff ratios

Barry, that diff table is one of the oldest pages in the Wiki, so if you can give me some pointers about how it needs correcting then I'll clean it up ASAP. I've never seen any sources for the information that's on there.
by Grrrmachine
Thu Nov 12, 2015 5:52 am
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: One for the tech heads
Replies: 14
Views: 283

Re: One for the tech heads

Nm - Newton metres. It's what people not born in the Jurassic era use instead of ft/lb.

30Nm = 22ft/lb.
by Grrrmachine
Tue Nov 10, 2015 11:49 am
Forum: E30 BMW Chat
Topic: Touring rear doors/hinges/fitment/advice...
Replies: 3
Views: 69

Re: Touring rear doors/hinges/fitment/advice...

If anyone can write a quick procedure for adjusting door panel gaps, it would be much appreciated - I have an annoyingly sticky rear door too!
by Grrrmachine
Mon Nov 09, 2015 10:35 am
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Steel Fuel line replacement? To buy pre made or make your ow
Replies: 15
Views: 277

Re:

Is there any technical reason not to use copper/kunifer for this situation? Easy to bend, easy to flare, no rust, and even available with a rubberised coating if you use the LPG stuff.
by Grrrmachine
Fri Nov 06, 2015 6:12 pm
Forum: Other BMW Chat
Topic: E39 530i Touring
Replies: 30
Views: 445

Re:

Her indoors has the power of veto over whatever I get, because she needs to drive it too occasionally. This means I'm in that dubious area of buying something new enough to suit her tastes, but not so new that I lose serious cash when she inevitably hits something. So it has to be made in this mille...
by Grrrmachine
Fri Nov 06, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: Other BMW Chat
Topic: E39 530i Touring
Replies: 30
Views: 445

Re:

I looked at E46s, but the missus wasn't impressed with the size (oo-er!). And over here, a 330i is regularly a grand more than similar age/condition 530i, so with the E39 it's a lot more car for the money. This chariot will be making regular trips of a few hundred miles at a time (the in-laws live 2...
by Grrrmachine
Fri Nov 06, 2015 6:52 am
Forum: Other BMW Chat
Topic: E39 530i Touring
Replies: 30
Views: 445

Re:

Cheers for the advice gents. With a baby on the way and in the middle of a house renovation, I definitely need the extra space of a Touring. I'd heard warnings about cooling systems and the horrors of the ABS module, but didn't know the suspension was a weak point too.
by Grrrmachine
Thu Nov 05, 2015 7:33 pm
Forum: E30 BMW Chat
Topic: I want to sell my E30 but I'm not sure how much its worth
Replies: 7
Views: 329

Re: I want to sell my E30 but I'm not sure how much its wort

If you want to see any decent coin, get those horrendous rims off and sell them separately. If you've got time, it might also make sense to take your adjustable suspension off and flog that too, as it won't add any meaningful value to a 1.8 auto fourdoor. Once you've done that and taken honest, dayl...
by Grrrmachine
Thu Nov 05, 2015 7:29 pm
Forum: Other BMW Chat
Topic: E39 530i Touring
Replies: 30
Views: 445

E39 530i Touring

Before I go and join the deviants on the 5er forums, what's the take on these old chariots? Are they getting unbearably ropey with age, or are they still a decent motor for their price? With a sprog on the way and lots of motorway miles to eat up, I need a safety-conscious estate with some decent gr...
by Grrrmachine
Sun Jul 12, 2015 4:33 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: E30/E36 Hybrid Steering UJ
Replies: 3
Views: 75

Re: E30/E36 Hybrid Steering UJ

Unfortunately those are the best images we have; they date back so far that they're from the Zone's previous incarnation :D

But if anyone has better images, I'll gladly replace them.
by Grrrmachine
Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:22 am
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Fitting sunroof headliner
Replies: 0
Views: 28

Fitting sunroof headliner

Can't seem to get mine to fit, and this has led to an unpleasant drip in this summer's thunderstorms because the rear gutter rail isn't aligned. I've clipped the sunroof panel headliner's side arms to the gutter rail. Then I open the sunroof in the tilt-forward position, and try to slide the headlin...
by Grrrmachine
Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:42 pm
Forum: E30 BMW Chat
Topic: Spotted M3: H189XYT
Replies: 0
Views: 97

Spotted M3: H189XYT

Spent a week in England, and casually bumped into an M3 parked on the road in a Kentish side-street. Not the most pristine example, but still a genuine pleasure to see one of these beasts in the flesh.

Anyone on here know who the car belongs to?
by Grrrmachine
Fri Jul 03, 2015 9:45 am
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Fuel tank problems
Replies: 2
Views: 130

Re:

Nope, it's definitely the right tank and gauge. The gaugle says 60l, and since I fitted the tank myself I know it's the larger unit.

I'm thinking that one of the syphon pipes is blocked or crimped somehow, so there's 20l trapped on one side that I cant pump out.
by Grrrmachine
Fri Jun 26, 2015 8:40 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Fuel tank problems
Replies: 2
Views: 130

Fuel tank problems

Just ran out of fuel 3km short of the German border... fortunately on the slip lane into the petrol station, so it was only a 100m push! Fuel gauge still showed 20 litres left, and I could only get 40 litres into the tank no matter how slowly I pumped, and the gauge now reads full. There's no dent i...
by Grrrmachine
Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:32 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: service resetting tool
Replies: 6
Views: 107

Re: service resetting tool

The CHECK light will flash if any of the red bulbs are lit on the Check Panel above the mirror. The Brake light will glow when you turn the ignition in, and should go off when you press the brake pedal. If it doesn't go off, then either your brake switch isn't seated properly in the pedal mount, or ...
by Grrrmachine
Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:01 am
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: A question for the Motronic gurus
Replies: 17
Views: 233

Re: A question for the Motronic gurus

Put Engine Management into the Wiki, and all is explained.
by Grrrmachine
Sun Jun 21, 2015 7:09 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Touring Rear Seats
Replies: 7
Views: 72

Re: Touring Rear Seats

Those look like touring rear seats to me, but the headrests look like they're in the wrong place.
by Grrrmachine
Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:04 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: fog light fixings
Replies: 3
Views: 60

Re: fog light fixings

If you have the part numbers, try searching the forums to see if anyone else has asked Cotswolds for the prices. You may be pleasantly suprised; it's often a case that no-name tat on eBay works out more expensive than genuine BMW stuff.
by Grrrmachine
Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:29 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: fog light fixings
Replies: 3
Views: 60

Re: fog light fixings

BMW are the place for this sort of stuff. Go on Realoem.com, find your car, then find the diagram with the bits you need. Copy the part numbers and quantities, then either visit your local dealership or post a request in the Cotswold BMW section of this forum. Have you checked your fuse box to make ...
by Grrrmachine
Mon Jun 15, 2015 3:44 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: anyone can identify this gearbox?
Replies: 7
Views: 86

Re: anyone can identify this gearbox?

The G260 gearbox was only fitted to M20-equipped cars.

For the propshaft, I cannot find any detailed information on lengths, unfortunately. However, there is a small amout of adjustment (20mm?) in each prop shaft.
by Grrrmachine
Mon Jun 15, 2015 3:06 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: anyone can identify this gearbox?
Replies: 7
Views: 86

Re: anyone can identify this gearbox?

Markus, you need Getrag 240 ending with BMS, MB or BMT. I have just updated the Wiki with this information.
by Grrrmachine
Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Non starter
Replies: 10
Views: 174

Re: Non starter

Put a spanner on the crank shaft nut to confirm the engine turns over by hand. From there, confirm the engine to body earth strap is in good condition. Try clipping a jumper cable from the block lifting hook (by the oil cap) to the body earth point (right strut tower). Then put a known good battery ...
by Grrrmachine
Sat Jun 13, 2015 8:19 am
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Bad earth - left rear light cluster
Replies: 5
Views: 74

Re: Bad earth - left rear light cluster

Thanks for the offer, but I can get one over here for less than 5 quid...

http://allegro.pl/e30-bmw-lampa-tylna-l ... 89030.html
by Grrrmachine
Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:27 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Bad earth - left rear light cluster
Replies: 5
Views: 74

Re: Bad earth - left rear light cluster

These rear clusters are definitely the weak point on these cars - the design is atrocious.
by Grrrmachine
Fri Jun 12, 2015 6:10 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Shock replacement
Replies: 13
Views: 233

Re: Shock replacement

The max drop of 30mm isn't because of the shocks, but because of the suspension geometry being buggered up on the back end, leading to excessive tyre wear. Of course, shorter shocks will help your handling if you have dropped the arse that much.
by Grrrmachine
Fri Jun 12, 2015 4:15 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Bad earth - left rear light cluster
Replies: 5
Views: 74

Bad earth - left rear light cluster

I've got the Old Ford syndrome; when the indicator flashes the brake light (and other lights) fade to compensate - this is a pain if the lights are on with your foot on the brake, as it makes the indicators speed up. I've looked at the loom and can't see any major issue, and from looking at the wiri...
by Grrrmachine
Fri Jun 12, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: 320i non start help pls
Replies: 5
Views: 76

Re: 320i non start help pls

Does the ICV buzz when you turn the ignition on?
by Grrrmachine
Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: E30 BMW Chat
Topic: I've seen it all now!
Replies: 5
Views: 329

Re: I've seen it all now!

It is well-old, but it's worth a revival just to remind ourselves that no E30, no matter how unloved or birmingham'd it has become, can ever be as bad as that.
by Grrrmachine
Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:35 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Control Arm Replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 83

Re: Control Arm Replacement

1) Jack up the car on stands and take the wheel off. 2) Undo the nut on the outer ball joint. Jack up directly beneath to place pressure on the joint to prevent it spinning. 3) Do the same for the inner nut. 4) Using a ball joint splitter, separate the outer ball joint from the steering hub. If you ...
by Grrrmachine
Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:32 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Headlight adjusters
Replies: 5
Views: 120

Re: Headlight adjusters

I think with a lot of fiddling with screwdrivers you can prise the legs of cup inwards just enough for it to pull out with the bolt. But really, don't count on it; if it's the original one then the plastic will be properly brittle by now.