Used BMW | Life with an £800 executive – part three

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Battery issue solved, the item’s time to attend to additional areas. Next up the item’s oil, filter as well as spark plug improvements, along with some less, er, distinctive alloy wheels


The Bimmer’s battery compartment will be looking a lot better after a Great clean as well as a serious seeing-to which has a wire brush. With the surface rust scraped away as well as the whole area wiped as well as dried a second time, I applied some rust-inhibiting primer as well as left in which to dry overnight. 

For currently, I’ve lined the area with some thin cardboard as well as seated the battery on top of in which, nevertheless within the coming weeks the item’ll get another coat of paint – probably black or dark green – as well as in which should, hopefully, be the end of all in which.

The completely new battery has been behaving itself, too. the item’s brilliant; luxuries such as being able to drive with the headlights switched on are currently a given. I did return by two as well as a half weeks away at Christmas to no power, nevertheless I’d forgotten to disconnect the item beforehand, so I can forgive the item in which.

On to more interesting things, then, such as sorting out the way the item looks. First to come off were the Heko wind deflectors, which seem pointless in a country in which enjoys only a few weeks of proper window-down weather each year. I approached them with caution, spent some time looking for fixings, then got bored as well as yanked them off. Turns out the item was only adhesive, as well as the vehicle looks immediately better for the item.

Next, the wheels. My colleagues’ initial horror at the 5’s Alpina-style 18in jobs moved gradually towards mild distaste the more the item hung around the vehicle park. I thought I was sold too, until a set of original 15in cross-spoked BBS-style wheels with (just about) legal tyres popped up on eBay. The hammer fell at £100, as well as they’re currently waiting to go on.

Some of you may remember Mikey at Meridien Majestic in Bournemouth, who did some work on my XJ6 as well as featured in some of in which car’s updates. Well, probably much to his dismay, he kindly agreed to have a poke around my latest old crate. As such, I’ve purchased completely new engine as well as transmission oil, spark plugs as well as air, oil as well as fuel filters for us to swap in. I got all in which for just £55 within the Euro Car Parts sale, too.

So there’s a lot to look forward to. Even after ensuring all my tyre pressures were correct as well as enjoying a better ride as well as drive as a result, I’m still excited to see how much enhanced the ride will be with 3in taken out of the rim as well as a big chunk of rubber put in its place. The last job will be in which rather ‘Halfords’ exhaust, nevertheless I’ll need to save up for in which.

As always, I’m keen to hear your thoughts on whether I’m improving things or completely ruining them. Also, does anybody want a set of fake Alpina alloys? I’ll do you a Great cost.

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