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Some European cars are tolerable but others are just ridiculous.... Audi's are wonderful PITA's,... My little cousin lost his way and in a moment of confusion and diluted confidence he got a Audi TT and when time came to change the headlights we discovered it was a bumper off job....
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Some European cars are tolerable but others are just ridiculous.... Audi's are wonderful PITA's,... My little cousin lost his way and in a moment of confusion and diluted confidence he got a Audi TT and when time came to change the headlights we discovered it was a bumper off job....
On the BMW E85 (Z4) you can change the bulbs, but to do anything else with the light assemblies the bumper cover has to come off also.
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On the BMW E85 (Z4) you can change the bulbs, but to do anything else with the light assemblies the bumper cover has to come off also.

Haha so true, we had to take the bumper off of my cousin's Z4 to change a headlight ballast and also try to figure out why they kept fogging up, we improved it I think but never totally fixed it.
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Welcome to North Carolina folks! They've already got a lot done but unfortunately I won't be here to see the progress. I have to spend some time with my mom in Nebraska, so come tomorrow morning I will be driving to Lincoln and remain there for a few weeks, any suggestions on spots I can stop at along the way for a break?
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Are you doing Cosmos Black or Jet Black Andrew?
I like Jet Black, but I like Alpine White more, but I decided to keep it factory, cosmos it is.
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Old 04-22-2016, 09:45 AM
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Haha wow, sold! Can anyone do an inflation calculation? Interested to know how much $25k was in 1919.

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Eh, I think it really depends on the car itself, not the country of origin. Some domestic cars totally suck. Some foreign cars totally suck. I'm an equal opportunity hater. However, I think we've all been pampered by the packaging layout of the E36, which is one of the easiest cars I've ever worked on.
Newer cars are all a pain to work on.

But compare a 90s ford focus or 90s chevy cavalier to a 90s audi, VW, Subaru, etc and you'll see the domestics are or were easier to work on.
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It's $440K using an average of 3% inflation per year.
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Haha so true, we had to take the bumper off of my cousin's Z4 to change a headlight ballast and also try to figure out why they kept fogging up, we improved it I think but never totally fixed it.
I knew someone who said that the bumper had to come off of his infinity g35 to replace the headlight, too. It's not as uncommon as one would think.
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You are supposed to remove part of the bummer to replace the headlight on a 5th gen Camry. When I replaced the headlight, I just did not bother with any bolts I could not easily get to.
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Welcome to North Carolina folks! They've already got a lot done but unfortunately I won't be here to see the progress. I have to spend some time with my mom in Nebraska, so come tomorrow morning I will be driving to Lincoln and remain there for a few weeks, any suggestions on spots I can stop at along the way for a break?
Stop in St. Louis and get a frozen custard at Ted Drewe's and take a trip to the top of the arch if you've never done that.
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Stop in St. Louis and get a frozen custard at Ted Drewe's and take a trip to the top of the arch if you've never done that.

Ya I never have, been through st louis many a time but never stopped for anything other than gas. Frozen custard sounds yummy!
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It's $440K using an average of 3% inflation per year.

Thanks! Ya that price would probably make sense in some places but I'm not sure about this part of New York. It says 12 rooms, but I'm not sure that means bedrooms that would be ridiculous! Unless you were running an orphanage lol.
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Ya I never have, been through st louis many a time but never stopped for anything other than gas. Frozen custard sounds yummy!
It's pretty good! The store on Chippewa is probably closest to your route. Just watching the operation they have there is something else. When they're at the busy hours we've estimated they're selling about 3,000 cups an hour. The engineering of the arch is pretty interesting. The elevator system was a modern marvel when it was built since it was the first one to traverse an arc instead of just going straight up and down. It's pretty old now but still interesting.

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Thanks! Ya that price would probably make sense in some places but I'm not sure about this part of New York. It says 12 rooms, but I'm not sure that means bedrooms that would be ridiculous! Unless you were running an orphanage lol.
I'm guessing they're asking more than just a straight appreciation calculation.
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Quick question, how sensitive is the fuel pump to low voltage? I have the fuel line before the filter disconnected and I am not getting any fuel out of it when I turn the key to run. I used my multimeter to check voltage at the pump and I am see about 10v. This could just be my meter sucking or the battery not being charged. Even at 10v the pump should still turn on right?
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Quick question, how sensitive is the fuel pump to low voltage? I have the fuel line before the filter disconnected and I am not getting any fuel out of it when I turn the key to run. I used my multimeter to check voltage at the pump and I am see about 10v. This could just be my meter sucking or the battery not being charged. Even at 10v the pump should still turn on right?
Well the other factor is current I suppose. I doubt a 9 volt battery would turn a fuel pump. Maybe you should just charge your battery.
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Well the other factor is current I suppose. I doubt a 9 volt battery would turn a fuel pump. Maybe you should just charge your battery.
That's what I am doing now. I have it on a charger and I am going to try again in the morning. It's just wired that the pump won't run at all.
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Quick question, how sensitive is the fuel pump to low voltage? I have the fuel line before the filter disconnected and I am not getting any fuel out of it when I turn the key to run. I used my multimeter to check voltage at the pump and I am see about 10v. This could just be my meter sucking or the battery not being charged. Even at 10v the pump should still turn on right?
BMW like to switch the ground side of circuits. If you're measuring from the +12V line to the car body you're only seeing part of the circuit. Measure from the negative side of the pump to ground. You'll see the positive voltage if the circuit is open, and near zero if the circuit is closed.
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I installed a pair of those last night!

My suspension overhaul is mostly complete. During the alignment they found that a seized eccentric bolt. The rear camber is barely out of acceptable range. Looks like suspension work still be on the to-do list.

The shop gave me a sweet little loaner for the morning.

Sweet, my loaner car options is what I have at home

The E36 isn't my only vehicle now so I can take it easy with the overhaul. I got all bushings now and rear orange Koni shocks, the Bilsteins are leaking more and more.

I have felt the rear end a bit loose and bouncy so looking forward to when I'm done.
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BMW like to switch the ground side of circuits. If you're measuring from the +12V line to the car body you're only seeing part of the circuit. Measure from the negative side of the pump to ground. You'll see the positive voltage if the circuit is open, and near zero if the circuit is closed.
I just measured from the positive and negative of the plug. 10v with the key on run, 0v with it on off.

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