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boba fett

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I am hopeing to pick something similar up to day for the daily duties, but it’s a saloon. The E92 M3 is not really a daily, and I am always worried where I park it, and all this warming up business and 17 mpg! so that will accompany the 430.

After I looked into these (this is a 320d also) and was shocked they are £30 a year tax, 50 mpg, and are really nippy. I have always screwed my nose up at them and gone big engine, but these make perfect sense in todays world.
 

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I am hopeing to pick something similar up to day for the daily duties, but it’s a saloon. The E92 M3 is not really a daily, and I am always worried where I park it, and all this warming up business and 17 mpg! so that will accompany the 430.

After I looked into these (this is a 320d also) and was shocked they are £30 a year tax, 50 mpg, and are really nippy. I have always screwed my nose up at them and gone big engine, but these make perfect sense in todays world.
I had a 320D saloon manual for a couple of years when doing lots of mileage. A really good all round car although prefer the auto. Also had a 520D which was more comfortable. Saves a lot of stress about driving a nice performance car everyday.
Just have a quick read about the B47 and B48 Diesel engines prior to buying.
 

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I had a 320D saloon manual for a couple of years when doing lots of mileage. A really good all round car although prefer the auto. Also had a 520D which was more comfortable. Saves a lot of stress about driving a nice performance car everyday.
Just have a quick read about the B47 and B48 Diesel engines prior to buying.

Well it looks like the seller has gone all quiet on me, viewed the car yesterday, he did not want a deposit, and agreed to do the exchange this early morning! Got cash out, now won't answer phone or text's!
 

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Well it looks like the seller has gone all quiet on me, viewed the car yesterday, he did not want a deposit, and agreed to do the exchange this early morning! Got cash out, now won't answer phone or text's!
Odd but if he does not come back to you, just move on. May be a valid reason, perhaps your Stars Wars outfit scared him off:LOL:
 

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Odd but if he does not come back to you, just move on. May be a valid reason, perhaps your Stars Wars outfit scared him off:LOL:

Yeah, a Stoomtrooper turning up has that effect !

I really wanted that one, but he was letting it go to cheap, and must of slept on it!
 

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It all came good in the end, at least he was honest saying he had better offers coming in, but was getting messed around. He apologised then honoured it to me!

Its collected and home now, Ill put up a new post with all the details!
 

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So the steering wheel arrived and it looks great. Thought this would be a quick job but have to removed several trims pieces before you can access battery at the rear. Then onto undoing the nut which secures the wheel and these never undo using a socket wrench. Had to resort to using the impact wrench!

Anyway thought I would be quick and change everything over in the car, not great idea as screws drop all over the place. Anyway trying to put the paddles back on but they wouldn’t work so had to remove excess leather of the wheel as per OEM and all worked once I used the correct screws. Nothing left over so all is well :geek:.
Will take a picture tomorrow as it went dark quickly. Half hour job took over 90 minutes.
 

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Here it is fitted but the horn seems to need a really firm press to make it work. Will have to take the airbag off again to have a look.:rolleyes::oops::unsure:
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That is looking tremendous! Any time I've done it, I;ve always taken the wheel inside and swapped the bits over at a table. Wouldnt attempt it in the car to be honest.

You'll be able to tell if the airbag isn't seated correctly as it'll be loose on one side but it may be a stray wire is in the way behind it.
 

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Bit thicker than stock, but love the way it looks and so much nicer than OEM. Protected with colourlock leathershield.

Not overly impressed with the carbon insert so may return and revert to stock for time being.

Also changed the handbrake gaiter and fitted OEM alcantara with matte finish carbon. Red starter button also added.
 

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That is looking tremendous! Any time I've done it, I;ve always taken the wheel inside and swapped the bits over at a table. Wouldnt attempt it in the car to be honest.

You'll be able to tell if the airbag isn't seated correctly as it'll be loose on one side but it may be a stray wire is in the way behind it.
Not my best idea to do in the car! Hoping it’s just a wire and not the fuse. Where is FEM sited - driver or passenger side?
 

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Not my best idea to do in the car! Hoping it’s just a wire and not the fuse. Where is FEM sited - driver or passenger side?

Normally Drivers side from memory. I quite like the carbon insert, personally, but you could always swap it out for the M3 version. Think you'd need to change the rear section as well to match though (due to the hole in the middle). Can't be a fuse. If it were, then the horn wouldn't work at all.
 

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Normally Drivers side from memory. I quite like the carbon insert, personally, but you could always swap it out for the M3 version. Think you'd need to change the rear section as well to match though (due to the hole in the middle). Can't be a fuse. If it were, then the horn wouldn't work at all.
Good point about the M3 version, never thought about the rear section. Think I’m only getting one tone - will check tomorrow.
 

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That looks very nice. I was thinking about doing mine but with a white 12 hour marker, but its in good condition, and I am not liking the thicker wheel recently!
 

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That looks very nice. I was thinking about doing mine but with a white 12 hour marker, but its in good condition, and I am not liking the thicker wheel recently!
I think it’s marginal in term of thickness and gives a nice lift to the interior. No doubt you could request OEM diameter on any new steering wheel. White marker would look really good. Quite wanted yellow but would have clashed with red leather.
 

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Ill stick with what I've got I think, just trying to fit this rear diffuser, which is turning out to be the usual E-bay "perfect fit" sh1te!
 
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