Ian’s BMW E30 does the brunt of the donkey work this month as the Alpina continues the search for a buyer.
|Date acquired:||June 2010|
|Kilometres this month:||1586|
|Costs this month:||$0|
|L/100km this month:||9.8|
This month my Alpina has been earning me money sitting still. I put the car underground and under its BMW dust cover after a prospective buyer left me a $270 deposit and a request not to sell until the arrival of 2014. The dawn of a new year brought a surprise decision; the buyer disappointingly elected not to complete the purchase, but said as an apology for the inconvenience so I could keep his deposit. Okay then! As a result, apart from me starting the engine occasionally, I have not added to the mileage and most importantly added to my bank account. Result.
A new advert and following up on older expressions of interest has brought four new viewings and a further promise of a deposit with completion next month once they get the funds together. With a 10 percent deposit taken this time I hope a sale is more assured.
As a result, the now 24-year-old E30 has been taking the strain. Apologies are owed to the reader who noticed last month’s deliberate mistake: my 325i with a inline (straight) M20 2.5-litre engine, using Bosch Motronic fuel injection and producing a stock 169bhp, has not missed a beat. Not a V6 to be found.
With a round trip to visit the team office in Dubai and the regular daily driver in Abu Dhabi I elected to download an app to track the mileage and fuel economy. I can report that it has delivered an age appropriate 9.8L/100km average over the 1586km covered this month. A full service is due and an intermittent dash light tells me the transmission fluid is low, hopefully a level top up and new filters are all that will be required. If so, I hope to line my car up along side a colleague’s manual 325 coupe with MTECH 2 kit and BBS alloys to see how my four-door stock auto compares.
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