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E86 Monaco Coupe Progress Thread

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Post by inkey$ » Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:09 pm

Hi all. Back on the forum with my newly acquired Z4 coupe si, bought today.

After many years of Zed’s, ///M’s a Breadvan and most recently, an E30 325i vert, I’m back in straight six naturally aspirated territory with a coupe. I love the coupe. The shape, rear end, interior space - it just works. So after a short look around I found this 2006 Monaco Blue, beige interior, manual car on 102k miles and a decent history.

Car has done only 400 odd miles the last few years so thanks for all previous advice on checks and changes. Some I’ll be doing myself and some I’ll be getting my go to Beemer specialists ETA Motorsport to sort out. She’s heading over there next week for a full health check, but I have to say I’m already smitten. All the old memories of my previous Z4MC came flooding back when I climbed into the car for the first time today. It’s such a great place to be and compared to the ‘temporary’ VW Scirocco I ran the last month, night and day in terms of build quality.

Going to try and keep this as a bit of a build thread. Few things to sort (such as the broken centre console door (see below)) and a few things in mind for the future (exhaust, suspension, bush refresh etc etc etc). Also want to get Bluetooth streaming via that Amazon dongle thing that plugs into the CD prep, plus I’ve just been reading a thread on subtle twin USB power cabling.

To those I already know, hello. To those I don’t, nice to meet you :thumbsup:

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Post by Lynchy » Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:16 pm

Very nice Dave, look forward to seeing it

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Post by Mr Tidy » Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:50 pm

That's a great colour combination, and probably quite a rare one too - looks great!

Good luck getting your planned mods done. :thumbsup:
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Post by MrPT » Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:54 pm

Welcome back. Lovely coupe.

Am I right in remembering that there was a "mini inkey" who is probably a somewhat bigger inkey now? The image of him in your Z4MR sticks in the memory!
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Post by inkey$ » Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:59 pm

MrPT wrote: Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:54 pm Welcome back. Lovely coupe.

Am I right in remembering that there was a "mini inkey" who is probably a somewhat bigger inkey now? The image of him in your Z4MR sticks in the memory!
Very well remembered. 2013 and 2020 mini-inkeys (also joined by a mini-mini-inkeys in 2016)

This was the day I sold my MCoupe...
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...and this was just now :lol:
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Post by srhutch » Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:02 pm

Mini inkey has grown somewhat David. :lol:

Great to see you back in a Z4. Your third if memory serves me well.

Hopefully see it in the flesh sometime soon if we can get rid of this covid.
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Post by inkey$ » Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:53 pm

Thanks. Yes, let’s hope so. Last hoon I came on was Hastings in the Breadvan :driving:
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Post by dougie1142 » Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:08 pm

Welcome back, and looking forward to the progress!

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Post by maxman » Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:50 pm

Nice to see you back in a Z4.What happend to the bread van.?
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Post by inkey$ » Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:04 pm

maxman wrote: Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:50 pm Nice to see you back in a Z4.What happend to the bread van.?
:thumbsup:
Breadvan wasn’t being used that much and was getting more valuable by the week. Needed to be driven to keep things going so decided to sell in 2018. Still miss that car but it enabled me to try a few other things for a while, so forever grateful. Such a great experience though...
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Post by tomscott » Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:50 am

Welcome back lovely car 👍🏻
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Post by craig3.2 » Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:40 am

Welcome back Inkey,looks a nice Coupe there. :thumbsup:
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Post by Bing » Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:19 pm

I’ve already welcomed you back, so... :)

Are you talking about this for the Bluetooth streaming ?

https://www.incarconnections.co.uk/bmw- ... ector.html

Given my intravee no longer allows me to control my phone through the stereo or steering wheel controls, I am ver tempted by this idea. I will watch with interest how many knuckles you skin getting the stereo out :lol:
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Post by inkey$ » Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:27 pm

Bing wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:19 pm I’ve already welcomed you back, so... :)

Are you talking about this for the Bluetooth streaming ?

https://www.incarconnections.co.uk/bmw- ... ector.html

Given my intravee no longer allows me to control my phone through the stereo or steering wheel controls, I am ver tempted by this idea. I will watch with interest how many knuckles you skin getting the stereo out :lol:
Exactly. Plug in, play music, control via wheel. No AUX in my coupe. Want less wires. Figured it was a win.
Plugged into rear firewall area, so no knuckle damage required by the looks of things.
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Post by inkey$ » Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:28 pm

inkey$ wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:27 pm
Bing wrote: Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:19 pm I’ve already welcomed you back, so... :)

Are you talking about this for the Bluetooth streaming ?

https://www.incarconnections.co.uk/bmw- ... ector.html

Given my intravee no longer allows me to control my phone through the stereo or steering wheel controls, I am ver tempted by this idea. I will watch with interest how many knuckles you skin getting the stereo out :lol:
No, not that. The Amazon thing. Plug in, play music, control via wheel. No AUX in my coupe. Want less wires. Figured it was a win.
Plugged into rear firewall area, so no knuckle damage required by the looks of things.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bluetooth-Audi ... B0773MX7BG
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