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Oh do like to M3 beside the seaside

No hyperbole today, no big story, no auction results, no ‘what to buy’, no comments…

Just some beautiful photos of a BMW E46 M3 Convertible on the beach.

Well, here’s a comment… Go and buy an E46 M3 before it’s too late.

Thanks to Cliff on Facebook for kindly letting us share his awesome photos.

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New Ride: BMW E36 M3 3.0 Saloon

It wasn’t easy selling the last BMW E36 M3 we came across… Not finding a buyer, that was simple, but watching it leave left us with a heavy heart. Having owned a number of cars over the last year, the E36 BMW has really got under the collective skin at Good Shout HQ.

So, having waved goodbye to the M3 Cabriolet, it was only a matter of time before another one popped up. The E36 M3 Saloon is rare, with only 415 produced worldwide. It’s hard to find out exactly how many there are in the UK, and even more difficult to establish just how many are left in Boston Green with Black Leather.

We’ll continue to do some digging on the car and the status of the M3 in the UK, in the meantime, there’s work to be done to bring her up to scratch, but this one is a keeper.

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A BMW E36 M3 Evolution is a safer investment than property

If you can find one… And we have.

This BMW M3 3.2 Evolution is an exceptional example, having covered just 111,000 miles from new. It’s spent much of it’s life in storage, and even has the original service schedule and dealer sticker in the window.

Not only that, but this car has extensive paperwork, including the pre-delivery inspection sheet from the factory.

As you read this, we may have already re-homed this car, but if you are REALLY serious about buying one of the best BMW E36 M3 Evolution Convertibles in the country, then contact us through the usual channels… We know where it is.

Offers in the £8000 region (March 2016… We bet by March 2018 that looks a steal)

Bargain Bavarian Barge – BMW E34 for sale

We’ve developed a real affection for BMWs this year, and this is the 6th one so far in 2015 (Z3 2.8, E30 in red, E30 in green, Z3 1.9, E46 320d, E34).

This one is a real beaut. It’s factory fresh… And do you know what?

We think it might be the best E34 520i in the country.

1993 BMW 520i, 6 Cylinder Automatic Petrol

66,000, 4 Owners, Full History, Lots of Documents

Excellent condition, no rust or rot, beautiful interior, drives like a BMW should

£1995ono

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Another awesome BMW E30 Convertible for sale

You may recall back in summer 2015 we sold a red BMW E30 Convertible.

Well, we got the bug for these cool little cars, so here’s another one:

1993 BMW 318 Lux Cabriolet

MOT until June 2016

105,000 on the clock

Laguna Green with all Black Leather

£2995 ono

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INTERIOR

This car came to me as a project. The roof had long since expired, and in three nights of terrible rain the roof gave way completely, leaving me with swimming pools in the front and rear footwells.

Thankfully the seats are leather and I’d been treating them with a high quality balsam so they were unaffected!

When I removed the seats to assess the rain damage, it became obvious that the carpet was simply too waterlogged to salvage. I removed all of the interior carpet to assess, and was both relieved and surprised to find NO ROT OR RUST beneath it. This means that the roof leak was not a regular occurrence! After drying out all of the footwells, I cleaned them up then treated the paint with black, anti-rust metal paint before having a professional trimmer (Tim the trim) re-fit new carpet to the car. With a fresh set of tailored mats, the inside was complete.

EXTERIOR

A new roof was ordered from the USA, which Tim the trim fitted after removing the old, expired roof. This new roof is a very high quality item, easily as good as any of the German ones. It’s a mohair hood, so if you do buy the car, please, please never use any shampoo on it! Just water is fine… Tim the Trim says you can expect 10 years out of a roof so long as it’s looked after, 6-7 if not. He also said it needs a bit of time to be ‘weathered’, which is why in some of the photos it looks saggy at the rear of the car… It’s not, it’ll settle. Photos were taken just days after the roof was fitted and the car hadn’t seen anything other than the inside of my storage unit until then, so a few days of rain and a bit of sunshine will sort it right out.

There is no rust on the car, all of the arches are in fine condition, which is rare for cars of this age, especially the E30 which is prone to rust.

The paintwork on the car is very good indeed.

ENGINE:

The car came to me as a non runner with an immobiliser issue. I had a mechanic check the car over and spent £260 on a full service. It now drives as it should, idles fine, runs at normal temperature for the engine and is generally a pleasant little motor all round. Doesn’t use any oil or coolant, doesn’t drip any oil.

BAD BITS:

I’ve worked hard to get this little car back up to standard. The only faults are as follows:

– There’s only 1 key
– Very few documents came with the car, the service history was missing when the car came to me and I had to send off for a V5, which is now in my name.
– The car is listed as an insurance write off back in 2012. This is understandable because values of these were low 3 years ago, so any minor damage would result in a write off. It has been repaired to a very high standard and really shouldn’t be a concern to the new owner, any check is welcome.
– The wiring could do with checking, the central locking will work using the boot (?!) but not the doors, although the central locking works fine this way, but you might get bored of walking around to the boot every time! I suspect this is due to someone fitting an aftermarket alarm at some point in the cars life.

Overall, a very usable classic car that’s not going to lose you any money, prices are only going one way!

This is the second E30 I’ve come across, if you’ve been looking for one of these for a while you may have seen the red one with ‘coke bottle’ wheels which sold back in July for £3100.

Personally, although this car doesn’t have much in the way of history, I think it’s a better car, so I’ve priced it accordingly and am open to offers.

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Finished with fresh carpet and new mats

Finished with fresh carpet and new mats

Before the carpet went in - No rust, no rot, just solid floors and anti rust black paint

Before the carpet went in – No rust, no rot, just solid floors and anti rust black paint

An honest guide to fixing loose BMW Z3 seats

First up, I don’t have the patience for anything that involves tools. I want the job done NOW, so anything that isn’t a two minute job with a screwdriver or a hammer is beyond me.

Anyway, this post should really be titled ‘how to ruin a Monday evening in a few simple steps’ because that’s exactly what happened. Here’s the background….

I bought a BMW Z3, and on the initial test drive, noticed that the drivers seat was rocking back and forth, mostly under braking.

The seller claimed they ‘never drove the car hard enough to notice’, and bless the old dear, she was probably telling the truth.

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Anyway, a week later and the seat has gotten worse (and the Z3 is being driven properly for the first time in it’s life)

So I did what any decent person would do, and googled it. Turns out the bushings in the seat mechanism go awol after a little while. These are available to buy here, so after plenty googling, I purchased them.

Right, once your bushings arrive, make sure you read EVERY article there is on replacing them. There are a lot. And YouTube videos.

Done that? Brilliant. Now here’s a guide for how to actually do it.

  1. Spend a good hour cursing the person who invented electric seats
  2. Spend even longer cursing the person who decided to put electric seats in a BMW Z3, a simple, back to basics roadster
  3. Do the job after work, on a day when you have other things planned. Budget an hour, but tell yourself you’ll have it done in 20 minutes or so, you know, so you can crack on with the evening. Try to manage your own expectations
  4. When removing the seats, try and scrape at least one of the runners down the side of the car. Really badly. The deeper the scratch, the better the feeling of satisfaction when you sell it for less than you bought it for.
  5. Once the seat is out, ignore all the advice about counting the turns and screws on the ‘kebabs’. Just disassemble the entire thing before reading the advice about counting the turns and being meticulous with removing them… Either way you’ll get the same result – total confusion.

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    Can you see the original bushings? No, me neither. There’s virtually nothing left of them. Well BMW, that didn’t work did it?! What did you make those out of at the factory, sauerkraut?!

  6. Don’t bother with any grease, or realise that you don’t have any right at the point when:
    1. the shops are closing
    2. even if the shops were still open, your drivers seat is in the kitchen
  7. When you’ve got the new bushings out of the packet, you’ll need to sand them down. This is the easy bit. Get a piece of sandpaper, and rub the bushing on the paper until you’ve lost all the skin on your thumb and a good portion of the skin on your forefinger. Once most of your skin is on the sandpaper, you’re ready to put them in place.2015-09-07 19.55.54
  8. If the bushings don’t quite fit, use a hammer. Then go and read all of the advice, which tells you NOT to use a hammer.
  9. Right, now that you’ve got the bushings to fit (thanks to the hammer that you shouldn’t have used), you can put them back into the carriers… Now would be a REALLY good time to realise that ONE of the carriers has an L on it for Left. Which is completely indistinguishable from the other side, and it’s now impossible to tell which is which because you’ve already removed them both.2015-09-07 19.39.03 HDR
  10. Now for the easy bit. All the guides make this bit sound like a piece of cake, and do you know what? It freaking isn’t! You need to get the carrier onto the kebab, and get the entire assembly down into the seat runner… What the guide’s DON’T tell you, is that the stick part of the kebab at the bottom needs to accept the square part of the motor arm, AND that the outside of the kebab needs to push down into the recess on that piece of metal at the end. Otherwise, you’ll never be able to get the torx screw in place. Do you know how many hours it took me to work this out?! ALL OF THE HOURS!2015-09-07 20.03.17
  11. OK, now for a serious bit of advice. If, like me, you DIDN’T bother measuring or counting the turns or the condition of your kebabs before you removed them, you CAN get away with guessing it…. Look at the first picture on this blog of the kebabs as they came out the car, the one with the long caption, and try to get yours into roughly the same position when you put them back in place… Jobs a good ‘unqqh00
  12. Finally, put the seats back in. By now, it should be dark outside, and cold.

If the seats don’t fit at this stage, you have a choice of four options:

Four options for if you’ve really ballsed up your Z3 seat bushing replacement:

  1. Repeat steps 1-12 until you’ve got it right
  2. Buy a MANUAL seat from a scrapyard that works the way a proper car seat should work and fit it without all that fancy electric bollocks that you didn’t need in the first place
  3. Phone a friend who can weld, sit on the seat, get it in the right position, and pay him to weld it there
  4. Replace the seat with something you have in the house, like a plastic garden chair
  5. Set fire to the car

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The famous BMW vs Audi Ad War

So here it is, the famous BMW vs Audi advertising campaign that unfolded high above the streets of California.

Of course, the great irony of this is, BMW never really has had a valid competitor to the Audi R8. Although the BMW M6 can compete with most of the offerings from Porsche on the spec sheet, BMW have always struggled with offering the soul of a sports car, and much is still to come from the German brand.

In the ranks of the Audi R8 and Porsche 911, BMW still has some catching up to do…. And when it comes to orders in the showroom, F1 cars don’t count!

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Audi start proceedings by goading BMW with the ‘Your Move BMW’ Billboard… to which BMW respond with Check Mate

 

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To which Audi quickly respond with the R8 ‘King’

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Which is quickly trumped by the BMW F1 Car blimp…

Of course, this isn’t the first time BMW have gone to ‘war’ with their key competitors through advertising:

BMW mocks Mercedes with 'delivering driving pleasur' advert

BMW mocks Mercedes with ‘delivering driving pleasur’ advert