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  1. #916
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    i replaced the cabin filters and noticed most of the tabs on the plastic covers are broken by some neanderthal during the previous attempt. this kind of shizzle really annoys me, i'm all for diy and people having a crack but if your have the mechanical intelligence of a squirrel please leave it to someone else. 2 new covers now ordered from bmw...



    also swapped from chrome to black rear badge but forget to take an after shot...


  2. #917
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    Don't rule out that a mechanic might have done that in a hurry as opposed to an enthusiastic DIYer.

    I found many busted & pretty dodgy things on my car when I got it despite only ever being serviced by the dealer or a "reputable" local BMW specialist repairer - I'd tend to think it was the latter who had taken a more "creative" route with their approach to the servicing schedule & repairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luke View Post
    Don't rule out that a mechanic might have done that in a hurry as opposed to an enthusiastic DIYer.
    i totally agree, my first thought was a main dealership "trainee". either way i'm stereotyping which i guess i shouldn't. it just frustrates me as its totally unnecessary and these little bits of plastic are a ridiculous price...

    i'll get over it one day, onwards and upwards...
    Last edited by guile; 14-08-2017 at 11:07 PM. Reason: typo fixed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nufnsuss View Post
    hahaha! yes, lesson definitely learned...
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    This is off topic even for off topic.

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    Added a wind deflector to the Z4 (between roll-bars) I love driving with the top down, but wasn't in love with the buffeting wind hitting me in the back of my neck... Really effective, love it!

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    One of my bonnet struts snapped the shaft so I bought another quality (not really) set off eBay for $19 posted and tried to replace it this morning.

    I can see why it snapped - the top part is completely jammed on to the bonnet mounting point. It won't turn or come off at all. Not sure how to get it off now

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  7. #922
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    You need to get the clip holding it on off, which may mean destroying the clip to some extent
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    Quote Originally Posted by mfyoung1086 View Post
    You need to get the clip holding it on off, which may mean destroying the clip to some extent
    I've got the metal clip off (or actually bent out of the way)... but the top part of the strut has seized onto the bonnet mounting point. It wont move in any direction or even rotate (hence why it broke). I will try a bigger hammer.
    Now: 1998 E36 318is coupe (supercharged) Past: 1997 E36 318is sedan; 1991 E36 325i sedan; 1994 E36 318is; 1990 E30 318is; 1995 E36 M3; 1990 E30 318is
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    Squirt some Inox into it and work it about with a set of vice grips?

    Absinthe makes the tart grow fonder

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    Quote Originally Posted by StRaNgEdAyS View Post
    Squirt some Inox into it and work it about with a set of vice grips?

    Absinthe makes the tart grow fonder
    Not sure what Inox is, there was something with a similar name in the gravy section at Woolworths, but I opted for WD40 to be safe.

    After that, a hammer, and one hundred back and forward movements it came off. And now I realise I installed the new one backwards
    Now: 1998 E36 318is coupe (supercharged) Past: 1997 E36 318is sedan; 1991 E36 325i sedan; 1994 E36 318is; 1990 E30 318is; 1995 E36 M3; 1990 E30 318is
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