@johna

Joined 1 year ago

New South Wales, Australia
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S40 Shuffle (Motor, Australia, August 1998)

johna posted a KB article 12 months ago
Article from Motor (Australia) magazine, August 1998 Story: Jonathan Hawley Photos: Warren Kirby You can't excuse Volvo of not trying. It's taken a year and numerous changes, but the...
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Car of the Year (Wheels, Australia, February 1998)

johna posted a KB article 12 months ago
Excerpt from Wheels (Australia) magazine's annual car of the year feature in February 1998. Volvo's collaborative effort with Mitsubishi (whose Carisma shares this platform) should get the...
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Volvo S40 and V40 T Press Release (15 October 1997)

johna posted a KB article 12 months ago
THE VOLVO S40 AND V40 2.0 T WITH NEW TURBO TECHNOLOGY - BETTER, FASTER, MORE ECONOMICAL Thanks to effective use of new turbo technology and an advanced new engine management system, the...
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Volvo S40 and V40 T4 Press Release (27 May 1997)

johna posted a KB article 12 months ago
Torque, traction and temperament Already in its first year, the dynamic Volvo S40 and V40 have developed some muscles and is now being launched in the T4 version. With an exciting...
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BMW M50TU Technical Information

johna posted a KB article 12 months ago
Reproduced from the BMW TIS. With the introduction of the 1993 E34 and E36 models, a revised version of the M50 engine is also introduced. The revised four valve, six cylinder engine is...
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BMW Australia E46 3 Series Range Brochure

johna posted a KB article 12 months ago 1
Australian brochure for the E46 3 series range from November 2000. Covers the 318i, 320i (6 cylinder), 320Ci, 325i, 325Ci, 330i, 330Ci, sedan, coupe and convertibles. 8-page brochure includes...
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RepoNut is back!?!

johna posted a discussion 12 months ago
After an absence of 2.5 years, "new" videos started appearing on the RepoNut channel over the weekend. If you don't know who RepoNut is, well he has a Youtube channel (https://www.youtube...
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Retrofitted rear headrests to my BMW E36 coupe

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 12 months ago
My car originally came with rear headrests but I broke the rear parcel shelf and replaced it with one that didn't have the holes for the headrests, and I didn't mind the improved rear vision that...
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Various BMW E36 Parts For Sale *CHEAP*

For sale · AUD 5.00 · New South Wales, Australia
johna posted a buy & sell 12 months ago
Garage clean out! Parts going cheap. If you see something in the photos you are interested in message me for availability, price or feel free to make an offer. Note: some parts may have been sold...
johna posted a reply 12 months ago 2

Update on my supercharged 318is

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 1 year ago
Over the last few weeks I've attempted to sort out a few issues with the car. Some time ago I ordered some new window slides hoping to fix the issue with my passenger-side window getting stuck...
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New Eleanor Ford Mustang project for B is for Build

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
Today B is for Build announced their next project -- a car that looks like "Eleanor" -- the 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback out of the Gone in 60 Seconds movie -- but is built out of a 2015 Mustang GT...
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The Abandoned Catalina Park Raceway in Katoomba

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
Despite living only 15 minutes away for the last four years, today I finally went for a walk around the remains of the old Catalina Park Raceway in Katoomba (Sydney Blue Mountains). The racktrack...
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Magazine article comparing 1986 Toyota Celica and 1960's Toyota 2000GT

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
Another one of my favourite magazine articles is from the February/March 1986 issue of Sports Car World (Australia). For the introduction of the ST162 Toyota Celica, SCW compared the Celica to a...
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Bucking/surging problem with my 1998 BMW 318is

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 1 year ago
For a week or so now I have been noticing a problem when driving that most occurs when going down hills where I can feel the car bucking or surging. I also noticed that sometimes it would idle at...
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Nikko Brothers 2016 Ford Mustang GT350R stolen

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
On January 9 Nikko Brothers posted on their Youtube community tab that their 2016 Ford Mustang GT350R was stolen. In a later video they said that they had taken the car to show a prospective...
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Tavarish cancels SEMA 2020 supercar project

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
Tavarish had planned to build a one-off supercar based on a wrecked Superlite SL-C that he had already bought, combined with some body parts from a Lamborghini kit car he had also already obtained....
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Review of Max Power V8 Frameless Car Windscreen Wipers

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
This time when I needed new windscreen wipers I thought I would give the modern, all plastic, frameless style wipers a try instead of the traditional metal frame wipers. As usual, I hopped onto...
johna posted a reply 1 month ago 2

My supercharged 318is hits 300,000km

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 1 year ago 1
Today my 1998 BMW 318is reached 300,000 km (186411 miles), and is still going strong. Not bad for a car with an aftermarket supercharger fitted for most of its life. I haven't updated on the...
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How to look up BMW specifications from an Australian number plate

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
Sometimes when you are looking at BMWs for sale you might want to look up the original specifications -- things like what equipment and options came with the car when new. This is easy to do if...
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Youtuber Junkyard Dave suffers major setback when lift fails and destroys car

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
A popular car rebuilder on Youtuber suffered a major setback on his latest project when the vehicle lift he was using broke and his project car fell to the ground. Junkyard Dave has been working...
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I hate "Building a car in ten minutes" videos

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
Who started this annoying trend of videos where a series of car build videos is compiled into a single short video titled something like "building a car in ten minutes"? I think it may have been...
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What's with cars with hidden rear door handles?

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
Am I the only one that thinks all of these cars with hidden rear door handles don't look right? I think this trend started with the 1997 Alfa Romeo 156, but it is now quite a common feature to...
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Built Youtube channel going downhill?

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
I was a latecomer to the Built Youtube channel, only finding it when Caleb was working on the Audi A4 wagon that he eventually gave away to one of his subscribers as part of a competition. The...
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What happened to the Street Bandito Youtube channel?

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
Street Bandito is a popular automotive Youtube channel with over 70,000 subscribers. Their first video was published on 17 August 2017 and after a while they starting posting 1-3 times a week....
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A Youtube channel that deserves to be much larger: INITIAL DWEEBS

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
It always intrigues me how some Youtube channels grow and some don't... Youtube algorithms work in mysterious ways. I came across a channel that has been around for close to a year and has...
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Cheap Chinese eBay Dash Cam (DVR) Review #2

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
After my last cheap dashcam failed I decided to buy another cheap one off eBay. This one is a good size - even smaller than the last one - and fits nicely behind my rearview mirror. It also has...
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German BMW 318is "Class II" Brochure

johna posted a KB article 2 years ago
Photos of a German 6-page brochure for the BMW E36 318is Class II. It is undated but refers to the M42 engine so is for pre-facelift...
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Japanese BMW M44 engine document

johna posted a KB article 2 years ago
I found this Japanese document, presumably from BMW, that covers the M44 engine. I have no idea what 99% of it says, but it may be of interest to M44...
johna posted a reply 1 year ago 1

My Volvo search

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
Back in 2007 I was looking for a new car and came across a bright blue V40 at a dealer in Sydney. I wasn't looking for an automatic, but I kind of fell in love with the V40 shape and that particular...
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A Youtube car restoration channel with a difference

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
Youtube is full of car restoration videos but I just came across a very unique video from a channel called SOUP . Classic Motoring - www.youtube.com/user/TheeKookTube. The video is a restoration...
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Best of the car rebuilder Youtube channels

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
Goonzquad (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwO_xoYm2vjhu4kZSxFO5mA) Goonzquad is a huge channel and follows two brothers who rebuild cars and trucks. Their projects have included a few Jeeps,...
johna posted a reply 12 months ago 1

I installed an eBay short shifter on my BMW 318is and I hate it

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 2 years ago
I recently bought a short shifter for my 1998 BMW 318is off eBay (or maybe it was Aliexpress). After watching various instructional videos on Youtube on how to install it I gave it a go myself...
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BAPMIC BMW parts review

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
I've recently come across the brand BAPMIC when shopping for BMW parts, and they are usually some of the least expensive parts available. Are they any good? Who are BAPMIC? According to their...
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How to remove 1998/1999/2000 Mercedes-Benz W202 C-Class door cards

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
These instructions relate to the later model W202 C-Class. Early models (1995 - 1997) have different door cards and no door-mounted side airbags so a different procedure is involved. I recently...
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Best of the car Youtube channels: Australian Edition

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
Following on from my post Best of the car Youtube channels I thought I should cover the best of the Australian Youtube car channels. Like my other post, I'm ignoring the large channels that...
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Best of the car Youtube channels

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
Everyone already knows the big Youtube car channels but here are some of my favourites that you may not know about. Invincible Extremes Muscle Cars Garage (https://www.youtube...
johna posted a reply 2 years ago 2

I bought the cheapest brake rotors on eBay

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 2 years ago
I know people say you shouldn't skimp on something as important as brake parts, but I had already bought a set of reputedly good quality DBA HD rotors hoping to fix a break vibration issue on my...
johna posted a reply 2 years ago 1

If you like videos of high speed driving on public roads...

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
If you like videos of people driving at high speed on public roads then you might like to check out the Anton Koen channel on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDPicZC2OZKhd4ZhpeS1Mlw)....
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What I'm watching this week on Youtube: Reponut

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
You may have seen the "reality" TV shows about car repossession, but Reponut (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ7hVAuM_Bf4IWX2GwTqiqA) is the real "reality". Reponut (Matt) has been filming his...
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Airbag warning light on intermittently

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 2 years ago
As per usual, I fix one problem and another appears. This time the airbag warning light came on for a moment, then stayed on, then was off the following day but came on again momentarily. I...
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Bendix Euro+ brake pad review

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 2 years ago
I bought a set of new DBA 4000 series heavy duty rotors and Bendix Euro+ pads for the front of my BMW E36. After a month or two I started feeling vibration under braking, which progressively got...
johna posted a reply 2 years ago 1

Doors hard to open

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 2 years ago
The passenger door has been difficult to open from the outside for a long time now. Sometimes it would only open if you pushed against the door. But it wouldn't open at all the other day, and the...
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Radiator replacement

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 2 years ago
I noticed the other day that my radiator expansion tank was empty so filled it up and the next time I drove the car it was empty again. I had a look for leaks and found a trail of coolant under...
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Cylinder head cover gasket replacement

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 2 years ago
There was oil around the exhaust side of the cylinder head cover gasket and also in one of the spark plug tubes so time to replace this gasket. I last did one of these on my first E30 318is and...
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Instrument cluster repair

johna posted about 2000 Mercedes C200T 2 years ago
The digital displays on our Mercedes have been getting worse over time and were at the point where you couldn't see the time or the outside temperature, and it was difficult to see the mileage....
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What I'm watching on Youtube this week: Tow Truck Operators

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
I am not sure why, but it is often entertaining to watch other people work. Maybe there are just some more interesting jobs around than a web developer :) Lately, I've been enjoying watching...
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Caravan levelling ramps - cheap alternative to ramps for lowered cars

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
Because my car is lowered I usually have trouble with getting a trolley jack under the front or back to lift up both sides at once. I was looking at buying a set of ramps for lowered cars to make...
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Review of International Auto Parts Australia

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
I recently needed some BMW parts and, as usual, was looking for the best possible price. I often buy from Clickable Automotive but they were out of stock of one of the parts I needed, and don't...
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What I'm watching on Youtube this week: car repair and car theft videos

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
This week I came across two YouTube channels that I am really enjoying. South Main Auto Repair LLC (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtAGzm9e_liY7ko1PBhzTHA) is a small car workshop in New York...
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Volvo V40 T4 Advertisement

johna posted a KB article 3 years ago
Source: What Car? November 1997 Lumbar support for your back. Head rest for your neck. Turbo for your adrenal gland. The new Volvo V40 T4 is a car that will both confirm your...
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