1996 Alpina B8

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  1. RyanV

    RyanV Member

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    Thanks, me too! It's actually a bit of getting used to because I'm so used to seeing and feeling the broken emblem. It still makes me feel good every time I see it :)

    Wood trim reattached and panel put back on.

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    I think I'm going to have to take the panel back off though. The plastic clips aren't holding that well, so I think I need to replace them. I think that's what's also causing a bit of a noise that's annoying me.
     
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    Ah yes, e36 door panel clips. I know all about those struggles.

    Wood trim doesn't look too bad. It is unfortunate that you can't just take it off though.
     
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    Got a replacement shift boot. It's not new, but the condition looks much better than the one that's in the car now:

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    Presently in the car:

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    Finally replaced the shift boot today. Since I was already in there, I applied leather cleaner/conditioner to the seats. It doesn't take that long to do, but for some reason I always hate doing it.

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    Looks much better :)
     
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    OOOOOh very nice!
     
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    I got somewhere with no water restrictions, so I took advantage :)

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    Ugh! Jealous! I swear we've been on stage 3 forever now!
     
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    A bit of frost this morning....

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    Warm the poor girl up!
     
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    As requested :)

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    Good, she looks MUCH happier now.
     
  12. RyanV

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    E36-itis strikes again. Can't open the drivers door from the outside. Another typical problem with this generation, so it was only a matter of time. I need to do an oil change soon as well and the CAD has been doing a bit better on the USD lately, so I bought oil and a replacement door handle plus a few other things to get free shipping. I'm not looking forward to doing the door handle replacement though because most things I've read about it say it's a bit of a crappy job. I'll also have to change over the tumbler to keep the same keys.
     
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    Well that sucks.

    Have you sold off all your Benz's at this point, or do you still have the E50 tucked away somewhere?
     
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    Nope, both sold off. I did like the E50 though. The wagon was more practical, but I preferred the engine in the E50 to the E55. The B8 is a totally different animal though with the manual transmission and smaller/lighter car. If I had an empty spot i'd definitely consider another E50.
     
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    Picked this up today:

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    You would think a center console without an arm rest isn't that big deal, but it's amazing how much I actually go to lean on it. Will be much better with this installed :)
     
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    Nice. I liked having that in my e36.
     
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    Finally installed the arm rest today. It was actually more of a PITA job than I had expected, but it's in!

    Yeah, lots of dog hair from the previous owner. Cleaned it as best I could for the moment. One day I'll tear the interior all apart and give the car a thorough clean.

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    And armrest in and life is better! :D. Still have to put in the cup holder console.

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    I have the replacement handle for the Driver's door, but I haven't put it in yet. Opening from the inside through the back door for now...
     
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    Wow...I haven't posted in this thread for a long time!

    Working on a fuel leak and I found a second BMW VIN location:

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    Under the back seat on the left side. Not that it's probably helpful to many people since I doubt many people are importing E36's to Canada these days from Japan, but maybe it will still help someone! Or maybe help someone in the USA?
     
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    Found the fuel leak under the rear seat on the left side near the level sensor, but on the supply line from the pump on the right side.

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    @lenglish did you ever have to deal with anything similar on your E36 when you had it? Or anyone else? I'm hoping I don't need to drop the gas tank to replace the line...
     
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    No photos right now, but I got replacement door cards over the weekend to replace the ones I have with the old cracking wood trim. If I take the wood trim pieces off the original ones then I have door cards with holes in them...annoying, so replacements will go on soon. I'm supposed to have some free time this weekend, so I'll see if I can get them on. Good time to check all the vapour barriers too :)

    ECS order with the fuel line just shipped, so I probably won't have that part until the following weekend.