@johna

Joined 5 months ago

New South Wales, Australia
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Japanese BMW M44 engine document

johna posted a KB article 10 months ago
I found this Japanese document, presumably from BMW, that covers the M44 engine. I have no idea what 99% of it says, but it may be of interest to M44...
johna posted a reply 5 months ago 1

My Volvo search

johna posted a discussion 10 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 10 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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Best of the car rebuilder Youtube channels

johna posted a discussion 11 months ago
Goonzquad (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwO_xoYm2vjhu4kZSxFO5mA) Goonzquad is a huge channel and follows two brothers who rebuild cars and trucks. Their projects have included a few Jeeps,...
johna posted a reply 2 months ago 1

I installed an eBay short shifter on my BMW 318is and I hate it

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 12 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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BAPMIC BMW parts review

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
I've recently come across the brand BAPMIC when shopping for BMW parts, and they are usually some of the least expensive parts available. Are they any good? Who are BAPMIC? According to their...
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How to remove 1998/1999/2000 Mercedes-Benz W202 C-Class door cards

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
These instructions relate to the later model W202 C-Class. Early models (1995 - 1997) have different door cards and no door-mounted side airbags so a different procedure is involved. I recently...
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Best of the car Youtube channels: Australian Edition

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
Following on from my post Best of the car Youtube channels I thought I should cover the best of the Australian Youtube car channels. Like my other post, I'm ignoring the large channels that...
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Best of the car Youtube channels

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
Everyone already knows the big Youtube car channels but here are some of my favourites that you may not know about. Invincible Extremes Muscle Cars Garage (https://www.youtube...
johna posted a reply 10 months ago 2

I bought the cheapest brake rotors on eBay

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 1 year 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 1 year ago 1

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

johna posted a discussion 1 year 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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What I'm watching this week on Youtube: Reponut

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
You may have seen the "reality" TV shows about car repossession, but Reponut (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ7hVAuM_Bf4IWX2GwTqiqA) is the real "reality". Reponut (Matt) has been filming his...
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Airbag warning light on intermittently

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 1 year 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 1 year 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...
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 2 years 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 2 years 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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What I'm watching on Youtube this week: Tow Truck Operators

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
I am not sure why, but it is often entertaining to watch other people work. Maybe there are just some more interesting jobs around than a web developer :) Lately, I've been enjoying watching...
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Caravan levelling ramps - cheap alternative to ramps for lowered cars

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
Because my car is lowered I usually have trouble with getting a trolley jack under the front or back to lift up both sides at once. I was looking at buying a set of ramps for lowered cars to make...
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Review of International Auto Parts Australia

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
I recently needed some BMW parts and, as usual, was looking for the best possible price. I often buy from Clickable Automotive but they were out of stock of one of the parts I needed, and don't...
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What I'm watching on Youtube this week: car repair and car theft videos

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
This week I came across two YouTube channels that I am really enjoying. South Main Auto Repair LLC (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtAGzm9e_liY7ko1PBhzTHA) is a small car workshop in New York...
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Volvo V40 T4 Advertisement

johna posted a KB article 2 years ago
Source: What Car? November 1997 Lumbar support for your back. Head rest for your neck. Turbo for your adrenal gland. The new Volvo V40 T4 is a car that will both confirm your...
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Life at 40 (Wheels magazine, November 2001)

johna posted a KB article 2 years ago
Source: Wheels magazine (Australia), November 2000. By Fraser Stronach. Three years after its Australian launch, Volvo's S40/V40 has received a mid-life make-over designed to boost...
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How to find out the selling dealer on a Carsales.com.au advertisement

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
Don't you find it annoying when you are looking at a car for sale on Carsales.com.au and you don't know where the selling dealer is? Sure you can type in your postcode and they will tell you that...
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On The Move Australian VHS Video Magazine from the 1990s

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
On the Move was an Australian video magazine produced in the 1990s. The hosts were Wayne Cantell and James Laing-Peach, and also featured Jo Kelly. I am not sure how many issues were produced,...
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Torque ABC TV series from 1973-1980

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
Torque was an Australian television series that ran on the ABC from March 1974 to 1980. The show featured road tests of cars, information about automotive products and the Australian automotive...
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Thunder Races TV Series

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
Thunder Races was a UK TV Series hosted by Adrian Simpson where three teams built a car for a particular challenge over the space of a few days then competed against each other in a race. Series...
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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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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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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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T4 Proves Small Volvos Can Be Fun (What Car?, UK, Nov 1997)

johna posted a KB article 2 years ago
Article from What Car? (UK) magazine, November 1997 Turbo puts 200bhp under T4's wheels. Look at what those fun junkies at Volvo are up to now. They've just slipped a turbocharged...
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Volvo S40 and V40: New Limited Edition Sports Pack (Press release: February 06, 2003)

johna posted a KB article 2 years ago
Volvo press release, February 06, 2003 Volvo Car Corporation is now launching a new sports pack for its medium-size range, the Volvo S40 and V40. The main content is: New 17" wheels...
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Volvo S40 and V40: improving ambience and practicality in equal measure (Press Release: September 26, 2002)

johna posted a KB article 2 years ago
VOLVO PRESS RELEASE - September 26, 2002 Improved side-impact curtains Even lower fuel consumption New instruments with four dials Three-spoke steering wheel Seats that offer enhanced...
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Volvo V40 (Press release: September 23, 2002)

johna posted a KB article 2 years ago
Volvo press release, September 23, 2002 The launch of the Volvo V40 Phase II model in 2000 brought more far-reaching changes than may be apparent at first glance. The Phase II versions...
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Volvo 440 Successor Grows Curves (Wheels, Australia, ?)

johna posted a KB article 2 years ago
Article from Wheels (Australia) magazine This is Volvo's replacement for the ageing 440 hatch. And yes, it is disguised ... under the boxy add-ons is a rakish five door hatch, codeĀ­named...
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Bread 'n' Butter (Motor, Australia, May 1996)

johna posted a KB article 2 years ago
Article from Motor (Australia) magazine, May 1996 Volvo makes no bones about its ambitions for the new S40 sedan and V40 estate. Brimming with confidence following the success of the 850,...
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Carry On Lifestyle (Car, UK, September 1996)

johna posted a KB article 2 years ago
Article from Car (UK) magazine, September 1996 They're an ad agency's dream, tailor made for a thirty-something lifestyle. PAUL HORRELL drives four 'estates' that put image way before...
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Bang for Your Bucks (Motor, Australia, June 1998)

johna posted a KB article 2 years ago
An excerpt from Motor (Australia) magazine's annual "Bang for your bucks" feature about the Volvo S40 T4 from June 1998. Volvo has done a great job of shaking off the 'hat driver' image in...
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Top 10 Books for Car and Motor Racing Enthusiasts

johna posted a discussion 3 years ago
Here's my top ten favourites from my automotive book collection. Most of the books are probably now out of print but available from the usual sources as pre-read copies. 1. Cannonball! By Brock...
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Cheap Chinese eBay Dash Cam (DVR) Review

johna posted a discussion 3 years ago
I thought it might be fun to get a cheap car dashcam so I could record some of the interesting things I often see on the road and share them with Dash Cam Owners Australia on Youtube (one of the...
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My 1990 BMW 318is (E30)

johna posted about 1990 BMW 318is 3 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 3 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...
johna posted a reply 2 months ago 1

1998/1999 BMW 318is Sport (Australia)

johna posted a KB article 3 years ago
In 1998, near the end of the E36 life, BMW Australia introduced a limited edition version of the 318is called the "Sport". Being the last of the series, they had stability and traction control...
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BMW E36 window stuck in open position

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 4 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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Cheap eBay baffled oil catch can review

johna posted a discussion 4 years ago
Due to a combination of my aftermarket supercharger and 240,000km of engine wear on my 1998 BMW 318is, I get quite a bit of oil through my PCV/CCV system that clogs the valve and gets sucked back...
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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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An Australian Cannonball Run in 1984?

johna posted a discussion 4 years ago
I must be living under a rock because I have never heard of this race. But apparently in late 1984 a race took place from Sunbury in Victoria to Perth, Western Australia. Charlie Kovacs, who I...
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