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What have you done to your car today?

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Post by Jamesgofast » Tue Jun 21, 2022 6:38 pm

Tango22 wrote: Tue Jun 21, 2022 4:27 pm Out of curiosity, if you don't mind me asking, what did the handbrake repair cost you? My handbrake works fine most of the time but a lot of the time I need to give it a good wrench upwards a bit as it starts slowly creeping/moving on hills.
I bought two used hand brake mechs. One from a great guy on this forum and another from a breaker on FB.
Didn't want to risk it so compared the two and used the best one. Actually both were pretty much equally in good condition. They did have slightly different springs despite both coming from E85s. One looked newer. Might sell the unused one or keep for rainy day as unit is on back order.

One was £120 the other £150. (New, £400).
Total repair bill including the parking sensor thingy, labour etc, was £250. So, around 400 all in if I sell the surplus unit.

The teeth on mine were gone in the middle, sounds like you have worn unit too. Can lead to an MOT failure.
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Low milage car. Previous owner must have rode the ratchet every time he used the HB. Always depress the button to save this known weakness of the Z4.

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Post by Rldee007 » Wed Jun 22, 2022 7:20 pm

I did share this on FB but I thought I'll add here too. I had my interior retrimmed: seats, door cards and all gaiters.

Just need to do the steering wheel now :D
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Post by Big Andra » Wed Jun 22, 2022 7:57 pm

Rldee007 wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 7:20 pm I did share this on FB but I thought I'll add here too. I had my interior retrimmed: seats, door cards and all gaiters.

Just need to do the steering wheel now :D
They look really good 👍🏻 what sort of costs are involved in something like that? I've toyed with the idea before, but never done anything about it.
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Post by enuff_zed » Wed Jun 22, 2022 8:00 pm

Rldee007 wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 7:20 pm I did share this on FB but I thought I'll add here too. I had my interior retrimmed: seats, door cards and all gaiters.

Just need to do the steering wheel now :D
Inspired by the E89 VO Pure Traction design? Or just coincidence?
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Post by Rldee007 » Wed Jun 22, 2022 10:03 pm

Yes
enuff_zed wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 8:00 pm
Rldee007 wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 7:20 pm I did share this on FB but I thought I'll add here too. I had my interior retrimmed: seats, door cards and all gaiters.

Just need to do the steering wheel now :D
Inspired by the E89 VO Pure Traction design? Or just coincidence?
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Post by Rldee007 » Wed Jun 22, 2022 10:04 pm

Not familiar with the interior, more inspired by E89 Valencia trim
enuff_zed wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 8:00 pm
Rldee007 wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 7:20 pm I did share this on FB but I thought I'll add here too. I had my interior retrimmed: seats, door cards and all gaiters.

Just need to do the steering wheel now :D
Inspired by the E89 VO Pure Traction design? Or just coincidence?

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Post by Rldee007 » Wed Jun 22, 2022 10:07 pm

Varies pending what you get done, I would suggest starting price £1,200 for doors and cards and allow 4 to 6 days from Tappers in Birmingham but it varies a lot from timing and costs between companies.

Big Andra wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 7:57 pm
Rldee007 wrote: Wed Jun 22, 2022 7:20 pm I did share this on FB but I thought I'll add here too. I had my interior retrimmed: seats, door cards and all gaiters.

Just need to do the steering wheel now :D
They look really good 👍🏻 what sort of costs are involved in something like that? I've toyed with the idea before, but never done anything about it.

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Post by SonnyA85 » Wed Jun 22, 2022 10:50 pm

True-Blue wrote: Tue Jun 21, 2022 3:16 pm
SonnyA85 wrote: Tue Jun 21, 2022 12:47 pm
True-Blue wrote: Tue Jun 21, 2022 12:10 pm I’m going to give it a full machine polish & correction, but mainly focused on getting it mechanically sorted so far :thumbsup:
i bought a cheap polisher off aldi but people are saying it spins too fast and to only use it on speed 1 otherwise friction will burn the paint. i now plan on just using it for waxing the car after a clay bar. i think clay is enough to sort out the minor issue of stuff stuck to the car. the paint i'm not overly bothered about. i may invest in a proper DA polisher in future but it's probably better off just spending the few quid extra and getting it professionally done. polishers aren't cheap the decent ones and you normally need 2 of them as well to do the smaller parts.
On what basis is it better off spending a few extra quid to pay a professional?

I’ve got two machines and have corrected many cars, I’d have spent a fortune paying a professional to do them and missed out on the satisfaction of doing it myself.
if you are doing multiple cars then sure DIY makes perfect sense, it's not the case for me but a one off then it's why for me it would likley be better just getting a pro to do it rather than spend £400+ on all the stuff needed to do it once properly.

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Post by Barty » Thu Jun 23, 2022 9:37 am

Rldee007, looks fresh! The Valencia Orange / Pure Traction design has always worked for me. One thing I can’t quite get my head round are the door cards, specifically the leather panels. Got any close ups on those?
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Post by Rldee007 » Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:02 am

Barty wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 9:37 am Rldee007, looks fresh! The Valencia Orange / Pure Traction design has always worked for me. One thing I can’t quite get my head round are the door cards, specifically the leather panels. Got any close ups on those?
As my car is grey (I normally get cars with vibrant or bright colours) I wanted to spice it up. I wasn't happy with the dark interior and the standard seats weren't "sexy" enough. The orange works well with the grey and picks-up and highlights the orange indicator features.

What do you specifically want to see?
The split line car rearward of the handle is pretty much the same but due to the continue of this split sew but the grey curves up. Retrospectively I would of continued the grey down to the original split line as it looks a little busy. I can live with it because it is quite subtle in a busy part of the door.

I do love it and think it was money well spent.
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Post by Barty » Thu Jun 23, 2022 12:05 pm

Understand your retrospective idea of continuing the grey along the split; it’s what I was wondering about :thumbsup: It’s a part of the door that’s mostly covered by the dash when closed anyway, and doesn’t look bad :wink:
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Post by Rldee007 » Thu Jun 23, 2022 1:49 pm

Barty wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 12:05 pm Understand your retrospective idea of continuing the grey along the split; it’s what I was wondering about :thumbsup: It’s a part of the door that’s mostly covered by the dash when closed anyway, and doesn’t look bad :wink:
Thank you, but doesn't look like train wreck and like you said it is semi hidden when the door is closed.

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Post by MikeyH » Thu Jun 23, 2022 3:58 pm

It looks nice, brighter and more modern. Love it :thumbsup:
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Post by MikeyH » Fri Jun 24, 2022 8:14 am

Yesterday washed the car and got rid of the Sahara and hoovered the hood, made a big difference. Cleaned in under the hood window, got out lots of muck and cleaned away the green with a tooth brush. Hoovered the interior and buffed it up. Started waxing the outside, got the bonnet and boot done then it rained, oh well, do the rest another day. :thumbsup:
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Post by jock156 » Fri Jun 24, 2022 5:00 pm

Picked up my engine bits from dippers.

Quality is outstanding 👌

Well chuffed 😁
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