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Magazine article comparing 1986 Toyota Celica and 1960's Toyota 2000GT

johna posted a discussion 7 days ago
Another one of my favourite magazine articles is from the February/March 1986 issue of Sports Car World (Australia). For the introduction of the ST162 Toyota Celica, SCW compared the Celica to a...
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Bucking/surging problem with my 1998 BMW 318is

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 4 weeks ago
For a week or so now I have been noticing a problem when driving that most occurs when going down hills where I can feel the car bucking or surging. I also noticed that sometimes it would idle at...
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Nikko Brothers 2016 Ford Mustang GT350R stolen

johna posted a discussion 1 month ago
On January 9 Nikko Brothers posted on their Youtube community tab that their 2016 Ford Mustang GT350R was stolen. In a later video they said that they had taken the car to show a prospective...
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Don't overestimate the value of low mileage

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 month ago
It always amazes and amuses us when we come across a used car for sale where the seller believes that because their vehicle has very low mileage that it deserves a very high sale price. Maybe if...

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Tavarish cancels SEMA 2020 supercar project

johna posted a discussion 1 month ago
Tavarish had planned to build a one-off supercar based on a wrecked Superlite SL-C that he had already bought, combined with some body parts from a Lamborghini kit car he had also already obtained...
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My supercharged 318is hits 3000,000km

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 2 months ago
Today my 1998 BMW 318is reached 300,000 km (186411 miles), and is still going strong. Not bad for a car with an aftermarket supercharger fitted for most of its life. I haven't updated on the...
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Why are people still trying to sell their recalled BMWs?

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 2 months ago
Given that BMW has recalled a significant amount of the late 1990s/early 2000s 3-Series (E46), it surprises us that there are still many for sale. We decided to do a random check on cars...
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A used car seller with no idea?

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 3 months ago
We came across this listing for a 2002 Mercedes-Benz on Carsales today, and it's so bad that we had to share. What first got our attention was that this 18-year-old car was being offered for $14...
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Beware used cars that have had recent work done

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 3 months ago
A used car that has recent repairs or maintenance may seem more attractive than others, but beware that sometimes recent work can mean that there is a major problem with the car that the seller does...
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Youtuber Junkyard Dave suffers major setback when lift fails and destroys car

johna posted a discussion 3 months ago
A popular car rebuilder on Youtuber suffered a major setback on his latest project when the vehicle lift he was using broke and his project car fell to the ground. Junkyard Dave has been working...
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Australian Car Industry Greatest Moments: Holden Adventra v Ford Territory

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 3 months ago
In the early 2000's both Holden and Ford were furiously working on new models to get their piece of the growing crossover market. Holden invested $125 million on developing their challenger and...
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A Youtube channel that deserves to be much larger: INITIAL DWEEBS

johna posted a discussion 5 months ago
It always intrigues me how some Youtube channels grow and some don't... Youtube algorithms work in mysterious ways. I came across a channel that has been around for close to a year and has...
johna posted a reply 1 week ago 1

My Volvo story

johna posted a discussion 6 months ago
Back in 2007 I was looking for a new car and came across a bright blue V40 at a dealer in Sydney. I wasn't looking for an automatic, but I kind of fell in love with the V40 shape and that particular...
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A Youtube car restoration channel with a difference

johna posted a discussion 6 months ago
Youtube is full of car restoration videos but I just came across a very unique video from a channel called SOUP . Classic Motoring - www.youtube.com/user/TheeKookTube. The video is a restoration...
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Selling tips: why are you selling your car?

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 6 months ago
We have seen some strange reasons for selling listed in used car advertisements. Here's a couple of our favourites... "I just purchased the car for my partner but she can't drive a manual so its...
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New Youtube channel for Aussie car enthusiasts

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 6 months ago
We recently came across a new Australian Youtube channel that has grown very quickly, obviously meeting the demand for more content on Australian cars. I guess a lot of us are getting a bit bored...
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Using the best photos when selling your used car

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 6 months ago
Photos are a very important part of any used car advertisement. They are the first impression you make on a potential buyer. Here are our top five tips: 1. Remove personal items Potential...
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The importance of price research and knowing when to reduce your price

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 7 months ago
There's an uncommon BMW model that I've been watching on the used car market for some time and it's a good example of the importance of researching the market value when listing a used car for sale...
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I installed an eBay short shifter on my BMW 318is and I hate it

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 7 months ago
I recently bought a short shifter for my 1998 BMW 318is off eBay (or maybe it was Aliexpress). After watching various instructional videos on Youtube on how to install it I gave it a go myself...
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An example of over-pricing, poor descriptions and selling an unregistered vehicle

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 8 months ago
We've posted elsewhere about the importance of not over-pricing, good descriptions, and also how hard it can be to sell an unregistered car. Over the last month we've watched a good example of...
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More used car quotes

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 9 months ago
Seller: "Very sad to see this car go. Looked after like a baby..." In the same advertisement that this seller says they have looked after their 2003 BMW 3-Series like a baby and had it serviced...
johna posted a reply 6 months ago 2

I bought the cheapest brake rotors on eBay

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 10 months ago
I know people say you shouldn't skimp on something as important as brake parts, but I had already bought a set of reputedly good quality DBA HD rotors hoping to fix a break vibration issue on my...
johna posted a reply 10 months ago 1

If you like videos of high speed driving on public roads...

johna posted a discussion 11 months ago
If you like videos of people driving at high speed on public roads then you might like to check out the Anton Koen channel on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDPicZC2OZKhd4ZhpeS1Mlw)...
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Airbag warning light on intermittently

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 11 months ago
As per usual, I fix one problem and another appears. This time the airbag warning light came on for a moment, then stayed on, then was off the following day but came on again momentarily. I...
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Bendix Euro+ brake pad review

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 12 months ago
I bought a set of new DBA 4000 series heavy duty rotors and Bendix Euro+ pads for the front of my BMW E36. After a month or two I started feeling vibration under braking, which progressively got...
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Best quotes from today's used car listings

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 1 year ago
We scour the classifieds for the most entertaining used car descriptions. Here's the best from today's listings... Found this in a listing for a 2005 BMW 320i: "Seat belt sign and air bag sign...
johna posted a reply 1 year ago 1

Doors hard to open

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 1 year ago
The passenger door has been difficult to open from the outside for a long time now. Sometimes it would only open if you pushed against the door. But it wouldn't open at all the other day, and the...
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Radiator replacement

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 1 year ago
I noticed the other day that my radiator expansion tank was empty so filled it up and the next time I drove the car it was empty again. I had a look for leaks and found a trail of coolant under...
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Cylinder head cover gasket replacement

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 1 year ago
There was oil around the exhaust side of the cylinder head cover gasket and also in one of the spark plug tubes so time to replace this gasket. I last did one of these on my first E30 318is and...
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Instrument cluster repair

johna posted about 2000 Mercedes C200T 1 year ago
The digital displays on our Mercedes have been getting worse over time and were at the point where you couldn't see the time or the outside temperature, and it was difficult to see the mileage...
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Run-flat tyres in the 1970s?

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 2 years ago
Like me, you may have thought that run-flat tyres were a fairly new invention, that became popular with BMW models in the 2000's. However, while looking through some motoring magazines from the...
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Treated my car to an engine, gearbox and differential oil change

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 2 years ago
I had been hearing some unusual noise from the rear which I thought might be the differential possibly low on oil. Also the gearbox sometimes doesn't spring in and out of fifth gear. First was...
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New car for wife

johna posted about 2000 Mercedes C200T 2 years ago
We bought this 2000 model Mercedes-Benz C200T for $3,400. It had travelled around 220,000km. It's white with 5-speed automatic transmission and black leather interior, including built-in child...
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An overdue oil change

johna posted about 2000 Mercedes C200T 2 years ago
I finally got around to doing an oil change on the Mercedes. It has been a while since I did one on this car so I had to Google to see which side the sump plug is on so I knew which side of the...
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The car of the future will be advertising-supported

Motor Traders Network posted a discussion 2 years ago
You’ve seen it before on the Internet, some sort of service where you can either pay for it or get it free if you don’t mind seeing some advertisements. Well, the car of the future might be the same...
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My 1990 BMW 318is (E30)

johna posted about 1990 BMW 318is 2 years ago
I bought this 1990 BMW 318is from a dealer on Sydney's Northern Beaches. From memory it was around $17,000 (Australian Dollars). At the time it had travelled about 135,000 km and I sold it around...
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My 1995 BMW M3 (E36)

johna posted about 1995 BMW M3 2 years ago
Back in 2003 I was shopping for an E36 325i manual coupe and not having much luck finding a good one. After a while I decided to up my budget and also look at 328i coupes. Still no luck and...
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Intermittent loss of power issue with my BMW 318is

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 3 years ago
I started having some trouble with my supercharged BMW E36 318is a few weeks ago. Firstly the car smelt strongly of fuel, and then it started losing power or stalling while driving. I kept a...
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BMW E36 window stuck in open position

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 3 years ago
My passenger side window on my 1998 318is coupe has been stuck in the closed position for some time. I can usually get it going by removing the door trim and then hitting the window motor with a...
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My all-time favourite magazine article

johna posted a discussion 4 years ago
My all-time favourite magazine article is from Wheels (Australia) March 1990 issue and is "An old dog or a new trick" by Paul Cockburn. It's a comparison test between the Mazda MX5 (just released...
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How to fix BMW E36 squeaking and grinding steering wheel

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 4 years ago
If you hear a squeaking noise coming from behind your 1991 to 1998 BMW 3 series steering wheel, or possibly the steering doesn't feel so smooth and maybe binds every now and then, then there's...
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Improvements to my air intake system

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 4 years ago
Since I bought this car, the air intake system has been a bit of a mess. Originally the exit from the PCV valve was routed to before the MAF. Except there was no PCV valve - just a pipe from the...
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Replaced BMW E36 analogue clock with 7 button MID

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 5 years ago
I have a spare 7-button MID from one of the cars I dismantled and now that I have moved to a colder climate (Sydney Blue Mountains) I thought it might be interesting to fit it to see what the...
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Repair of BMW ABS+ASC controller 34511164897

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 5 years ago
The ABS+ASC warning light has been stuck on in my 1998 318is coupe since I bought it. When I checked the fault codes the error was a fault with the pump unit. I have looked into this problem a...
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Bypassing the BMW E36 passenger seat occupancy sensor

johna posted a discussion 5 years ago
The airbag warning lights on both of my BMW 318is's have been on for some time now and, because I now have my 4-door 1997 model up for sale, I thought it was time I did something about it. I had...
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Front control arm bushing replacement for my E36 BMW 318is coupe

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 5 years ago
Last time I had a wheel alignment done the mechanic told me that my front lower control arm bushings were worn out and were in need of replacement. The ball joints and control arms themselves were...
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Fuel gauge problem for my BMW 318is E36 coupe

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 5 years ago
My fuel gauge in my 1998 BMW 318is coupe stopped working the other day. My first thoughts were to check the sender which I believed was on the left side of the car, underneath the rear seat. I...
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M44 to M50 clutch replacement for my supercharged 318is

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 5 years ago
I finally got around to having the second hand M50 dual mass flywheel and clutch kit fitted today. I can confirm that it is a bolt in replacement with no modifications required. The...
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Battery drain problem on my 1998 318is

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 5 years ago
The other night I noticed an unusual whirring noise from the engine area on my 1998 BMW 318is coupe. I assume it was one of my idler pulley wheels which I have previously noticed as being noisy and...
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Update on my 1997 318is sedan

johna posted about 1997 BMW 318is 5 years ago
After several months of excessive noise due to the previously mentioned cracked exhaust manifold, my 1997 318is sedan is now fixed and quiet again. I had previously purchased a second hand...
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