Well as some of you know I chucked all my BMW toys out of the pram because I couldn't afford a 330d like I wanted
I bought this beast instead!
£750, 11 months MOT, 5 months Tax, 4 new tyres!
A bit rough around the edges, but thats ok, its quite liberating to have a car you don't have to worry about in the supermarket carpark.
Well here is it:
2.2VTEC 185bhp lump:
Like I said its no trophy queen, few dents and the interior is grubby.
Picked it up from Worcester Thursday night, 85 miles back down the M5 no problem. It really is a good little car to cruise in, I was pleasantly surprised. Managed to get 30mpg, but hoping this will improve.
Got it into the workshop today for a look around and some fluid checks ect. I changed the clutch and brake fluids, topped up the coolant and its only recently had a oil filter and oil by the looks of it. I took the cam cover off to check the belt as its 2 years overdue in time for a replacement, but still 45,000 miles "under". Looks OK and should be fine to go up to Nhamps next weekend for the meet. I will change all the stuff in there soon after I get back if all goes well.
While I was there I checked the spark plugs and the centre electrode has worn away abit so for the sake of a tenner I changed the plugs. Once the belt is done I will look into the fuel filter(supposedly lifetime ), HT leads and dizzy cap and arm.
As you can see from the above picture, some nutter decided heatsoak and partly filtered air would increase performance so chucked the stock airintake/box. While I look for a replacement I bodged a CAI from some hose I had about.
I hope the "CAI" and plugs will show a slight improvement in MPG...
New vs Old:
This car does have 4 wheel steering, but its inoperative at the moment. I pulled the code and it looks like its the angle sensor inside the main unit at the back, which is a £500 new part, or second hand complete unit. I will just remove the dash bulb for now and maybe look into replacing it at a later date. Its very odd looking under the car at the 4WS system....
The SRS light is on as well, the code for this indicates the passenger airbag has a short. I was going to check the bag and if I couldn't see anything, bypass it with a 2ohm resistor on the vehicle loom, but Ronnie tells me that they have changed the rules for MOT again and as long as the light isn't on they cannot fail it(doesn't have to come on with the ignition then go off). So with that new info I will prob just pull the bulb while I am in there with the 4WS light.
It does go pretty well for a 2.2, VTEC doesn't cut in until 5,000rpm, and it sounds goooood Revs all the way to 7,500 Someone has already fitted an aftermarket exhaust which isn't too loud and doesn't drone inside so I think I will leave that alone.
I am not sure how long I will keep this, might run it till the tax or MOT is out then maybe get a cheap diesel runaround, will have to see how things pan out. I fear its going to be a while before I can afford my BMW E46 or E90 330 diesel :(
I know this isn't everyones cup of tea(I have broken my own rules of no; sideways engines, timing belts, FWD vehicles buying it) so comments and criticisms welcome