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Hi to all, from looking at some of the B8 related threads it appears that there is a lot of knowledge floating around out there!

I have put a deposit on a 1998 B8 with 98KKM on the clock. I was wondering if there are any common faults that I should look for on this machine, one of you mentioned eratic idleing in another thread I was wondering what that was symptomatic of?

Also if anyone had any knowledge about the history of car 75?

Would really apreciate any help / information that anybody could provide.

I look foward to contributing to the site when I offically own the vehicle.
 

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B8UK said:
Hi to all, from looking at some of the B8 related threads it appears that there is a lot of knowledge floating around out there!

I have put a deposit on a 1998 B8 with 98KKM on the clock. I was wondering if there are any common faults that I should look for on this machine, one of you mentioned eratic idleing in another thread I was wondering what that was symptomatic of?

Also if anyone had any knowledge about the history of car 75?

Would really apreciate any help / information that anybody could provide.

I look foward to contributing to the site when I offically own the vehicle.
Is it a coupe or saloon?

Where are you buying from, out of interest? Presumably ex-UK? Otherwise, I'd advise you to get Phil Crouch to have a good look at it (you can reach him through Birds) - he's worked on 3 different UK resident B8s and knows his stuff...

On the other hand, Phil, I know you're on here, so say hello!
 

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Also if anyone had any knowledge about the history of car 75?
Which car 75? Limousine or Coupe?

I'm guessing it's the Alpinablue Coupe with Alpina cloth interior?
 

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It is a coupe with cloth Alpina interior. it is a UK registered vehicle via a private seller.

Thanks for the link to a previous thread on what to look for. I assume you mean Birds Tuning?.. Many thanks for the advice I may seek an inspection..
 

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Where abouts in hampshire are you b8uk? I am near guildford,

I recently bought a b8 with 90k km on it, and the only problems i have had are:

The CD player doesnt work most of the time.

Erh and thats it.

The b8 is a great car,

Could i ask what is the asking price of the car? PM me or email me off board if you like.
 

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B8UK said:
It is a coupe with cloth Alpina interior. it is a UK registered vehicle via a private seller.
Ok - I have some history on it. Send me a PM in case you are interested.
 

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I am based in Horsham, West Sussex. I have a B8 Touring, Lucie, purchased from Hythe. Nothing major, part from an odd rattle from the dash under acceleration and interesting like Adam, the CD works intermittently. I use an excellent garage, MJF Engineering, run by Mark. He is based at Capel in Surrey, 01306 713232. He checked out Lucie before I bought her. As you are based in Hants, it is quite alot closer than Birds. I would be interested to hear what sort of money you plan to pay for your B8. Hope that helps. Cheers, Joni P
 

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Thanks for all the info so far.. Thanks very much for the history on the car.

I now have the B8 and will post a couple of photos soon, it is in a Blue Individual metallic finish with Alpina cloth interior. Anyone ever had a problem with the auxillary drive belt tensioner? as I have this week.. its shreaded two belts already.. sorting that at the weekend.

Would welcome any advice on clutches for this machine as I think its needs replacing.. is it a standard E39 540 clutch? also the disks and pads need replacing allround. As I understand it the rears are standard M3 calipers disks and pads and the front are something bespoke? is that correct? I notice that there have been discussions regarding uprated pad compounds being specially produced for this car, can anyone guide me in the right direction for a decent set of uprated discs and pads?

How many B8's are out there in the UK at the moment? 5 as I understand it?...

Very pleased with her so far, staggering performance.. stagering. I think Kees might be right when he said that the 1998 models were rumoured to have 350HP, I minced a M3 Evo yesterday without even trying. The torque is just superb..
 

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I am based in Horsham, West Sussex. I have a B8 Touring, Lucie, purchased from Hythe. Nothing major, part from an odd rattle from the dash under acceleration and interesting like Adam, the CD works intermittently. I use an excellent garage, MJF Engineering, run by Mark. He is based at Capel in Surrey, 01306 713232. He checked out Lucie before I bought her. As you are based in Hants, it is quite alot closer than Birds. I would be interested to hear what sort of money you plan to pay for your B8. Hope that helps. Cheers, Joni P
sorry to hijack didnt know you used mark for your work and i second that hes rebuilt quite a few alpinas so yes your in good hands.
 

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I think Kees might be right when he said that the 1998 models were rumoured to have 350HP, I minced a M3 Evo yesterday without even trying. The torque is just superb..
Hi Kees,

any informatin on what the difference between the early and the later models was to explain a possible increase in power ?

Cheers, Alex
 

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The reason might be that the newer alusil engine has lower internal friction then the nicasil = less loss of energy
I thought Alusil has a HIGHER friction coefficient than Nicasil - hence why they originally used Nicasil...?

Perhaps there's a difference in the exhaust manifold / piping? That's what held the older cars back.
 

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As I heard from my mechanic the nikasil block pistontrings has higher preasure ageinst the walls of the block then the alusinl, hense the higher friction.

There hasen´t been any exhaust updates to the B8 according to Alpina, when I asked if they did any modifications to the engine, gearbox or drivetrain during its lifespan. They answered that no such modifications where made. (except the nikasil/alusil change)
 

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From what I understand it might have been in the ECU mapping. I will ask my source if he wants to comment.
 

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The B8 E36 is restricted to 333 PS and 470 Nm...there are no differences between the modelyears. The engines in the E34 made 340 Ps and 347 PS in the E39s....the engines are restricted by the small exhaust manifolds due to the missing space in the E36 engine bay....

You can take a normal 540i E34 clutch-that will work perfect.

Just change your head-gaskets to the ones of the X5 4.6 is. these are made of metal instead of the original organic ones. A head-gasket damage will cost you a cylinderhead and a new block...i've seen 8 engines dying by this way

You should change some rubber bushings as well-rear shock-absorbers, rear control arm, Front shocks mounting...

The waterpump can also be worn after this time-mine left in a 13km long tunnel in Switzerland...not very funny at all.
 

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alpinab846 said:
The B8 E36 is restricted to 333 PS and 470 Nm...there are no differences between the modelyears. The engines in the E34 made 340 Ps and 347 PS in the E39s....the engines are restricted by the small exhaust manifolds due to the missing space in the E36 engine bay....
The engine made 340hp in the first series of the E39.

I have no intention of introducing rumours. My source is one of the specialists on the B8.
 

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Thanks for the advice Alpinab846, I am having the vehicle inspected next week with a new clutch, bushes, tie rods + ends being scheduled. I will consider getting the head gasket updated and well as pre emptively changing the water pump.
 

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Anyone ever had a problem with the auxillary drive belt tensioner? as I have this week.. its shreaded two belts already.. sorting that at the weekend.
Yes, I had a problem with the belt tensioners. Had to replace all of them.

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also the disks and pads need replacing allround. As I understand it the rears are standard M3 calipers disks and pads and the front are something bespoke? is that correct? I notice that there have been discussions regarding uprated pad compounds being specially produced for this car, can anyone guide me in the right direction for a decent set of uprated discs and pads?
for the brake rotors there is no alternative to the factory Alpina/Lucas rotors. Alternative Pads can be custom ordered from EBC in different compound qualities. I ordered a set of Yellowstuff R pads.

read here:
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=50817

here's my incomplete list of stuff I needed to replace so far:
- brake rotors and pads (calipers seized after last winter, causing melted pads and warped rotors)
-replaced all belt tensioners
-new water pump
-new starter motor
-new batterie (the old one died this winter)
-head gasket replaced with metal X5 4.6 parts
-replaced shocks
-replaced control arm bushings
-replaced rear shock mounts
-replaced front shock mounts
-replaced front control arms
-replaced tie rods
-fixed leaking headlight washer nozzles
-replaced failing air temperature sensor in side the brake air duct

next:
-replace rear trailing arm bushings
-repaint the complete front because of stone chips
 

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Yes, I had a problem with the belt tensioners. Had to replace all of them.



for the brake rotors there is no alternative to the factory Alpina/Lucas rotors. Alternative Pads can be custom ordered from EBC in different compound qualities. I ordered a set of Yellowstuff R pads.

read here:
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=50817

here's my incomplete list of stuff I needed to replace so far:
- brake rotors and pads (calipers seized after last winter, causing melted pads and warped rotors)
-replaced all belt tensioners
-new water pump
-new starter motor
-new batterie (the old one died this winter)
-head gasket replaced with metal X5 4.6 parts
-replaced shocks
-replaced control arm bushings
-replaced rear shock mounts
-replaced front shock mounts
-replaced front control arms
-replaced tie rods
-fixed leaking headlight washer nozzles
-replaced failing air temperature sensor in side the brake air duct

next:
-replace rear trailing arm bushings
-repaint the complete front because of stone chips
They do seem to go through starter motors at quite a rate....
 
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