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    1. Member whalemingo's Avatar
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      01-02-2020 02:47 AM #76
      Quote Originally Posted by Smooremin View Post

      If it helps I'm crossing my fingers for you, I just have some bad memories of mine.
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      01-02-2020 12:06 PM #77
      Quote Originally Posted by Bad Rabbit Habit View Post
      All this talk about unreliable cars in this thread is gonna wear off on the e30, and something is gonna break. I’m glad we are making progress with Brodan though.

      I also attempted donuts today. Poor engine couldn’t get on cam in a brake stand with these 215 width dz102s, boat anchor wheels and the rear end. It will just hang out at 2k, being pathetic. Not enough wheel speed to make magic happen. Or even smoke.

      It amazes me how little power the m20b25 makes under 4K. It definitely wants to breathe. It is so slow unless you bury the pedal past the downshift detent. I guess I am just used to turbo torque.
      My car had a 4.10 LSD out of an M3 and a chip for it's newly rebuilt motor that allegedly had a mild cam. That thing *charged* to 7000rpm, but under about 2000 there wasn't much home without a downshift in 3rd or 4th. Sounds unreal when you are nearing redline, though.

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      01-02-2020 01:22 PM #78
      Quote Originally Posted by Numbersix View Post
      My car had a 4.10 LSD out of an M3 and a chip for it's newly rebuilt motor that allegedly had a mild cam. That thing *charged* to 7000rpm, but under about 2000 there wasn't much home without a downshift in 3rd or 4th. Sounds unreal when you are nearing redline, though.
      It feels and sounds great from 4K to redline. With the auto, you have to press the downshift button to make it rev past 4K. So if you floor it without hitting the very stiff downshift detent, it’s terrible. It really needs an manual. I haven’t done any backroad driving, but I can tell I will be fighting the trans the entire time.
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      01-02-2020 02:03 PM #79
      Quote Originally Posted by whalemingo View Post
      . I've just been drinking way too much whiskey over the past couple of days to drive anywhere.
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    6. 01-02-2020 02:44 PM #80
      That thread title made me giggle. Will try it on the wife, some day.
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      01-02-2020 08:27 PM #81
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr Euro View Post
      That thread title made me giggle. Will try it on the wife, some day.
      I’ve sent my wife the text “I did a thing” with the picture of a car I just purchased, I think it was the UrS4. Thankfully I have an understanding wife.
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      01-03-2020 10:45 PM #82
      So, made some progress on making the car legal today. It passed smog! With flying colors!

      It took some doing to get the smog done though. I show up at my buddies shop, he had another car waiting for the dyno. So the 30 minute drive at 5k rpm was pretty much wasted. After the other car is done, he pulled up the e30 on to the rollers, goes to hook up the tach, and the wire leading to the coil hookup fell out. Thankfully, this smog shop is next to my buddies stereo shop. So I fire up the soldering iron, and fix the smog machine. As you do. Now that the car has been idling for nearly an hour, I go beat on the e30 like it owes me money for about ten minutes. Back on the rollers, passes.

      Now to the next problem. The smog shop also does dmv work. Go to transfer it, knowing that it has back fees, I pepper my angus. But not enough. $903 to get it current. So, I hold off at the smog shop, as they aren’t dmv wizards to get fees waived. I quickly run down to AAA, which also does DMV paperwork, and had luck last time I had back fee issues. Turns out they changed their hours, and I show up 15 minutes after they closed the dmv desk. And they aren’t open tomorrow. So, I have drive to the next town over to try tomorrow. .
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      01-05-2020 04:26 PM #83
      Jon,

      I have the clutch. I brought it down from storage. I also have two bottlecap wheels. I thought I had four but the other two vanished. That seems to be all I have left of my e30 days. I also have a set of the 16" 4 lug mini wheels that look kind of like a panasport design. I want to say they are 16x7.5
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      01-05-2020 10:39 PM #84
      Quote Originally Posted by whalemingo View Post
      Jon,

      I have the clutch. I brought it down from storage. I also have two bottlecap wheels. I thought I had four but the other two vanished. That seems to be all I have left of my e30 days. I also have a set of the 16" 4 lug mini wheels that look kind of like a panasport design. I want to say they are 16x7.5
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      01-06-2020 12:38 AM #85
      Quote Originally Posted by Bad Rabbit Habit View Post
      Sweet! PM sent.
      I'm also mailing you a ZHP shift knob. I'll just drive my car without a shift knob. Bloody palms are the devil's playground.
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      01-06-2020 09:36 AM #86
      Quote Originally Posted by Bad Rabbit Habit View Post
      Now to the next problem. The smog shop also does dmv work. Go to transfer it, knowing that it has back fees, I pepper my angus. But not enough. $903 to get it current. So, I hold off at the smog shop, as they aren’t dmv wizards to get fees waived. I quickly run down to AAA, which also does DMV paperwork, and had luck last time I had back fee issues. Turns out they changed their hours, and I show up 15 minutes after they closed the dmv desk. And they aren’t open tomorrow. So, I have drive to the next town over to try tomorrow. .
      Holy moly! Being from somewhere other than CA, is this just annual registration/other fees that have accrued because previous owners stopped paying them and let the car sit?

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      01-06-2020 10:01 AM #87
      Quote Originally Posted by Cabin Pics View Post
      I'm also mailing you a ZHP shift knob. I'll just drive my car without a shift knob. Bloody palms are the devil's playground.
      No need, I just ordered one of these
      No M logo, but it’s supposed to be weighted as well, and is more period correct. Also, it will feel like a vw.
      Quote Originally Posted by Stromaluski View Post
      Holy moly! Being from somewhere other than CA, is this just annual registration/other fees that have accrued because previous owners stopped paying them and let the car sit?
      Yah, two years of back fees and penalties. They really accrue. It is based off of car value, I would assume normal fees are around 120-150 a year.
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      01-06-2020 10:08 AM #88
      Quote Originally Posted by Bad Rabbit Habit View Post
      Yah, two years of back fees and penalties. They really accrue. It is based off of car value, I would assume normal fees are around 120-150 a year.
      Holy moly! That's only 2 years of fees??

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      01-06-2020 10:23 AM #89
      Quote Originally Posted by Stromaluski View Post
      Holy moly! That's only 2 years of fees??
      There are two ways I can get them waived. First, is that if I was not aware of the back fees when I bought the car, they will wave the penalties, but not the two years of fees. So, it would be around 300 bucks.

      Second, there is a clause for classic cars over 25 years old, which will waive both, and I only have to pay this year/taxes to bring it current.
      According to the internet, the classic car clause is hard to get.

      Just be glad this isn’t a truck, as that is a commercial vehicle, even a rabbit pickup. Those fees are much higher.
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      01-06-2020 10:59 AM #90
      It sat for two years, no?

      What about claiming that it was non-operational?

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      01-06-2020 12:21 PM #91
      Quote Originally Posted by Bad Rabbit Habit View Post
      Also, it will feel like a vw.
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      01-07-2020 10:12 AM #92
      Quote Originally Posted by Cabin Pics View Post
      VW kids are gonna VW.

      I picked up a set of BBS RAs to unpimp ze auto.


      Now just to find someone to buy the 16s, and then I will get tires for the 15s. The tires are so tall, the low and slow crowd don’t want them. The wheels are too heavy for the 11/tents crowd. And the crowd with taste go blind when they look at them. .

      I may have to separate the tires, as I think there aren’t a lot of 4x100 cars that take that big of tire.
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      01-07-2020 10:46 AM #93
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      01-07-2020 01:12 PM #94
      Quote Originally Posted by Bad Rabbit Habit View Post
      No need, I just ordered one of these
      No M logo, but it’s supposed to be weighted as well, and is more period correct. Also, it will feel like a vw.
      YES! My all-time favorite shift knob. Shannon has one in his 6er and it is my favorite part of driving that car.

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      01-07-2020 02:14 PM #95
      Quote Originally Posted by CostcoPizza View Post
      It sat for two years, no?

      What about claiming that it was non-operational?
      If only the previous owner had the smarts to do that... it would have been like $40 instead of $900

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      01-07-2020 03:16 PM #96
      Quote Originally Posted by bzcat View Post
      If only the previous owner had the smarts to do that... it would have been like $40 instead of $900
      Definitely ounce of prevention vs pound of cure.
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      01-08-2020 05:05 PM #97
      Got my tags. Managed to get them to reduce it to 430. The clerk wasn’t buying that an e30 is a classic car. Apparently she has never heard of Radwood. I should have been wearing my e30 shirt. She waived the penalties, but not the fees. I am counting it as a win.
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      01-08-2020 05:18 PM #98
      Quote Originally Posted by Bad Rabbit Habit View Post
      Got my tags. Managed to get them to reduce it to 430. The clerk wasn’t buying that an e30 is a classic car. Apparently she has never heard of Radwood. I should have been wearing my e30 shirt. She waived the penalties, but not the fees. I am counting it as a win.
      Radwood was your play? Bold move, but I like it.


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      01-08-2020 05:27 PM #99
      Quote Originally Posted by Bad Rabbit Habit View Post
      Got my tags. Managed to get them to reduce it to 430. The clerk wasn’t buying that an e30 is a classic car. Apparently she has never heard of Radwood. I should have been wearing my e30 shirt. She waived the penalties, but not the fees. I am counting it as a win.
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      01-08-2020 05:33 PM #100
      Quote Originally Posted by Stromaluski View Post
      Holy moly! That's only 2 years of fees??
      Must be the penalties; the car itself won't cost that much to reg. My 2000 M Coupe is only $150 and most of that is personalized tahoe plates.

      Quote Originally Posted by CostcoPizza View Post
      It sat for two years, no?
      What about claiming that it was non-operational?
      Problem is, CA got around this by requiring you to register the car *as* non-operational. It's *cheap* to do so, and if you want to re-activate it mid-year, you just pay that year's reg, no penalties... but it keeps you from being able to claim "oh, nobody's driven it the past 5 years" after the fact.

      Nice to know that they at least waive the penalties if you claim you had no idea. Back reg is back reg.
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