130i hunters unite!

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Re: 130i hunters unite!

Post by sitruc_nuahs » Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:05 pm

Also, I’d pick my 130 over a M car as a daily / main car. Running costs and upkeep are mad. £555 tax on a late E46 and all E9x M3s, plus insurance and mpg is nowhere near. Sure 130 doesn’t have the power to match the M cars but it’s no slouch either!


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Re: 130i hunters unite!

Post by Mr Whippy » Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:32 pm

I’m focusing on cleaning/protecting at 12yrs/100k, as much as replacing parts.

There is no point refreshing too much on parts if the chassis is rotting over time to the point it’s increasingly uneconomically viable to repair.
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Re: 130i hunters unite!

Post by sitruc_nuahs » Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:43 pm

Mr Whippy wrote:I’m focusing on cleaning/protecting at 12yrs/100k, as much as replacing parts.

There is no point refreshing too much on parts if the chassis is rotting over time to the point it’s increasingly uneconomically viable to repair.
Yeah I think I meant what would need major cleaning / refurbing! Chassis is fine I think...


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Re: 130i hunters unite!

Post by Mr Whippy » Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:54 pm

I’d like to know too haha.

E46 is older so lots of info from owners now.

1er is just getting to that age.

From my E85 Z4 experience and E46 history, I know I’ll be focussing in the same kinda areas though!
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Re: 130i hunters unite!

Post by swanny71 » Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:27 pm

Mr Whippy wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:32 pm
I’m focusing on cleaning/protecting at 12yrs/100k, as much as replacing parts.

There is no point refreshing too much on parts if the chassis is rotting over time to the point it’s increasingly uneconomically viable to repair.
I doubt the chassis is anywhere close to ‘rotting’.

I spent a good few hours rummaging around underneath mine last month with all covers removed. Only points of note were:

Some light surface rust on rear subframe
A couple of exhaust heat shields had corroded around the fixing bolts (clean up and large washer to re-fix)
The diff casing is crusty as hell, but sound underneath
Light surface rust on drive shafts/flanges
All brake hard lines look good shape - though I know the hard to flexi joints are seized on the fronts
Some small (1-3mm) rusty bubbles on the bonnet slam panel - cleaned, Hydrate 80 and Hammerite
Strangest one was the EPAS motor - aluminium housing has corroded causing it to split. Cleaned up and epoxy metal fix is holding (repaied this at 155k when I did the water pump)
All wheel arches and sills are good. No sign anywhere of rust (even in the early stages) on body panels.

She’s in great shape for a 2007 car with 167k miles, always lived outside and exposed to the worst of british weather/roads etc.
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Re: 130i hunters unite!

Post by Mr Whippy » Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:00 pm

I’ll be having a good look around under mine this summer hopefully.

Mostly the surface/easily visible bits are fine, I’ve had a fair bit of work done and it’s been given the all clear for obvious stuff... it’s the hidden areas where the nasties are possibly lurking and slowly worsening.

Ie, sill tops behind wings. Sills under bonded on side wings. Inner arches behind liners.

My diff casing is pretty rusty on the surface.
The subframe is looking quite bad on the lower rear area, definitely one to resolve sooner than later imo.
And I had a few rear brake pipes done as they’d have probably attracted mot advisories.


I’d deffo prefer to get in there early before the rot starts or is just surface, and resolve, than resolve later when it’s a lot harder.

Mainly rear wings... they’ll be a pain to sort if they ever go... and can’t be removed to easily fix either.


Just pointing out that underneath is a good area to focus on at 10+ yrs as it’s an investment in the future.

Unlike say a water pump, which either works or doesn’t, and won’t work without it... sorting the body protection is a bit of a sliding scale of costs vs importance vs time.

Having had a Z4 that’d have needed £1000 in wing work to get like new again, I wished I’d spent the time over the years removing them and DIY protecting the backs of them years earlier for £25 in materials and my free time!
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Re: 130i hunters unite!

Post by Nyxeris » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:59 pm

Not to be too much of a shill but Dinitrol is the daddy of rustproofing, always worth keeping a can of RC900 and High Performance Clear Wax knocking about for "whilst you're under there" use on older cars. RC900 is a rust converter, HPCW is just a clear coating wax. Their black underbody wax is cheaper but you can spray HPCW basically anywhere, it doesn't conceal any possible issues and it's not going to get you an advisory for "unable to inspect [thing], heavily coated in grease or other compound" , plus it comes in litre cans so you'll probably never run out.

Stuff is pricy but it's lightyears ahead of Waxoyl and anything else you'll find in Halfords, doesn't stay tacky or stink when it gets warm either.
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Re: 130i hunters unite!

Post by Imprezaworks » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:13 pm

Not seen a 130 manual with low ish miles for a while.

Was a car on the list but can't see it happening tbh

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Re: 130i hunters unite!

Post by twg1994 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:33 pm

Imprezaworks wrote:Not seen a 130 manual with low ish miles for a while.

Was a car on the list but can't see it happening tbh
There's on one the 130i Facebook group. 46k miles IIRC, unfortunately it's cat N from damage to the rear bumper.
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Re: 130i hunters unite!

Post by Imprezaworks » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:34 pm

Cheers. Not interested in write offs mate

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Re: 130i hunters unite!

Post by twg1994 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:35 pm

Imprezaworks wrote:Cheers. Not interested in write offs mate
Don't blame you. I'd have the same approach.
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Re: 130i hunters unite!

Post by Imprezaworks » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:42 pm

Manual
5 door
Half decent spec
Sub 100k
FSH
Not thousands of owners
5500

What more could you ask for lol

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Re: 130i hunters unite!

Post by HarisF1 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:53 pm

Saw one go for around that much from an auction. 60k, blue, lemon leather interior. Real beauty but no real service history.

I'd be happy with something with around 80k miles with evidence of good maintenance. Water pump done but otherwise not much else really is necessary for these.

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Re: 130i hunters unite!

Post by Imprezaworks » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:55 pm

Which auction mate

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Re: 130i hunters unite!

Post by sitruc_nuahs » Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:48 pm

When should the water pump be replaced? Mines on 106k but no record of water pump being changed... is it worth getting done as a precaution?


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