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    For sure - even the small diesels are similar to your F350, where right off idle they don't have the throttle response of petrol, but once wound up it's excellent.

    Anyway, maybe my previous post was a bit prophetic...



    Got hit in the side by someone turning across 3 lanes of traffic. I was in the last of the 3 lanes and they didn't look properly! Considering they hit right in the driver's door, thankfully I wasn't hurt too bad (you can see in the damage that the side intrusion bar in the door did it's job!) - just a bit of annoying whiplash & and I'm feeling a bit sore and sorry for myself!

    Insurance is just looking at it to see what they'll do - but I'm thinking maybe the e30 gods have spoken! Back to daily driving the e30 for the next few weeks at least.
    Last edited by lukeADE335i; 04-07-2019, 02:31 AM.
    My e30: OEM+ with M30B35

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      Originally posted by lukeADE335i View Post
      For sure - even the small diesels are similar to your F350, where right off idle they don't have the throttle response of petrol, but once wound up it's excellent.

      Anyway, maybe my previous post was a bit prophetic...



      Got hit in the side by someone turning across 3 lanes of traffic. I was in the last of the 3 lanes and they didn't look properly! Considering they hit right in the driver's door, thankfully I wasn't hurt too bad (you can see in the damage that the side intrusion bar in the door did it's job!) - just a bit of annoying whiplash & and I'm feeling a bit sore and sorry for myself!

      Insurance is just looking at it to see what they'll do - but I'm thinking maybe the e30 gods have spoken! Back to daily driving the e30 for the next few weeks at least.
      Holly crap, the E30 gods really have spoken.

      Sorry about your car good thing your alright.


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      Originally posted by Sonny
      Buy the E30s, they ain't gonna last long
      E30 can make you, E30 can break you
      "He who controls the Nova's, controls the Boomers"

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        Thanks - modern high strength steel is a good thing!

        Had I been driving my e30 at the time my injuries no doubt would have been much worse. My Dad is encouraging me to buy the wreck if it is written off and another e30 shell to swap. No idea how the electronics might work out on that though + there's the rear sump to contend with...

        Went to the specialist BMW repairer today (recommended by the dealer) and they said it's fixable. Just waiting on the insurance company's response. The insurance nominated panel shop took one look at it and said they couldn't fix it due to the tear in the rear 3/4.
        My e30: OEM+ with M30B35

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          Seeing as I'm back daily driving the e30 for a few weeks while the e92 gets repaired, I decided it was time for some new tyres! Driving around on ancient Good Years in the stock size and the M30 is a scary experience, the car has no grip at all & I shudder to think what it would be like in the wet!

          Anyway - to keep costs down, fitted a set of Hankook K-415s. While they're not as grippy as the Yokohama R1s I have been running with the Alpina reps, they're actually pretty good! I'd say actually very close to the Michelins on my wife's car, and far better than some of the other cheap tyres I've tried over the years.



          The car has also just clocked up its 7th birthday since being swapped this week, with the M30 still running strong and reliable as always. The fuel economy is a bit sobering after running the diesel most of the time for a few months, but with fresh tyres and a wheel alignment, the car is a joy to drive!
          My e30: OEM+ with M30B35

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            The e30 is looking mint & im mildly jealous. I wish I could daily my e30 it’s been in the shed for too many months now.

            The e92 looks pretty repairable, in nsw it would need to be bent in half to be a write off these days

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              Thanks Anthony! Yours is going to be an absolute weapon though once it's finished. Looking forward to the engine bay shot with the ITBs once you fit it!

              I've been sorting a few more minor maintenance things seeing as I'm driving it regularly again - just fitted a new electric aerial today as the old one had snapped off in the car wash. But with a few minor jobs ticked off it is getting back to being pretty mint. I'm really appreciating the better ride quality on the 14s over the 16s. Perhaps I'm getting old!

              Since I've had it out the front of the house driving it, I've had multiple people knock on my front door asking whether I'd sell it, but thus far I've resisted.

              The crash repairer called about the e92 today to say it has just gone in to the paint shop, so I can pick it up Friday week. Curious to see the bill, as it won't have been cheap!
              Last edited by lukeADE335i; 04-16-2019, 03:44 AM.
              My e30: OEM+ with M30B35

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                Got my e92 back today - the crash repairer has done a great job, good as new! :D The N47 sounds a bit agricultural after driving God's engine for a few weeks, but the fuel economy will be a bit of a relief!

                Last edited by lukeADE335i; 04-26-2019, 03:59 PM.
                My e30: OEM+ with M30B35

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                  I did some work on the e30 this weekend as the battery had decided to die from sitting around too long - the battery was about 8 years old so I can't really complain. Following the battery replacement another problem surfaced where the car would run fine cold, but once warm would run terribly - really rich and with a bad miss fire.

                  Looking at the Motronic troubleshooting list, the fuel pressure regulator seemed the likely culprit so seeing it was a cheap part, I picked up a new one and fitted it which made the cold running smoother but didn't fix the problem. The old FPR did have a slight internal leak. Fortunately I have a stash of Motronic parts in the shed, so working through the troubleshooting list I swapped the idle control valve for a known good one, which made no difference and then fixed a couple of minor vacuum leaks which still didn't solve it. Last item on the list was replace DME so I bit the bullet and put the M30 Miller chip into my old M20 172 DME. I had a couple of spare 179s there, but the 172 was the latest, freshest looking DME I had. The chip swap worked fine & voila problem solved! :)

                  I think the DME has been on the way out for a while as the car had been running rich at WOT when warm, there has been a slight stutter when transitioning from idle sometimes which I had been thinking was the injectors getting a bit past it, but the car's running great now.
                  Last edited by lukeADE335i; 08-24-2019, 11:02 PM.
                  My e30: OEM+ with M30B35

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                    Continued with some more small jobs on the car this weekend. My drivers seat had become pretty saggy (ie. it has started to feel like I was sitting on the carpet), so I ordered a set of replacement Recaro base straps from Aardvark Racing. Good improvement over the 30 year old straps, which had gone brittle and lost their stretch!
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                    My e30: OEM+ with M30B35

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