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About The_Judge_

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  • Birthday 15/09/1977

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    2002 330d Sport Saloon Auto (Black) - M57D30 - Remapped
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    Harrow, Middlesex
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    Liverpool FC, Led Zep, Jethro Tull, Cream, Doctor Who, WWE

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  1. Just fine the merc equiv of throttle adaptation reset, and learned the engine sounds, car responds much better now 👍🏽
  2. I have a set of 6 injectors that I bought off another forum member. They were used once by Tiggerfish and so they do work, but could do with a refurb. PM me if anyone is interested in them.
  3. It's different. The car I've got is 3.0 petrol with the AMG Sports setup (obviously it's not an actual AMG - so kinda like my M Sport was not an M3), it allegedly had 228hp when new, and I managed to get one with auto gearbox again (for the missus) but flappy paddles for me (7 speed auto) and it's only got 76k on the clock even though it's from 2007. The car is obviously newer and feels classier inside and out, really comfortable leather seats, really nice to have working radio with no interference. The drive is way smooth and comfortable and I really like so much about it, the electric seats are awesome. The panoramic sunroof is amazing, the speakers are awesome for stock. But there things I need to get used to or change/improve with time. Basically I modded my beemer so much that I didn't realise it and miss it in hindsight - it's like when you move out of a property and only then realise how much crap you bought. I now want to do all the changes I made to the beemer to this car. In the 330d, the flappy paddles gave me much more control and a more fun ride, if I used the power I felt powerful on the road and I felt in control. In this car, I'm struggling to match the fun - it's just a nice comfortable ride, I put my foot down and I don't hear or get much feedback but suddenly notice I'm breaking the speed limit it kinda just happens but I wasn't connected to it happening if that makes sense. If I stick it in sports yeah, it's aggressive but still comfortable. In manual mode, I notice when I start the car moves off in 1st gear which gives me the sh*ts as I panic and jump into second for fear of f*cking up the engine. Second has a lot of power, but then that's it, upper gears don't have much oomph, unless I push down- so the power range is concentrated in low rpms. Yeah yeah, I know what everyone is thinking, you bought an Auto Suf, what did you expect, but tbh the 330d never felt like a compromise. Maybe I just need to change my driving style or adjust my ears, I'm changing gears too soon. Also, I haven't really driven it much aggressively, but I don't feel the same confidence and control round corners. This could be fixed by a couple of things, I think the poly bushes in the beemer helped keep it stable meaning I could be a bit more 'loose' round bends. Also, I'm sure some uniroyals would give me some grip - at the moment it has conti's on the front but unknowns on the rear so unusual setup - I had staggered on the 330d. Also I get the occasional clunking, and I think it' sway bar links which seems like a common issue. Also - I got used to my android unit on my beemer. I could launch waze, play music or stream from my phone. There are some really nice androids for the merc, but they look naff anfdthen the decent ones cost £5-600 so I'm not going to bother. So I'm living with a crappy merc radio system, the bluetooth only connects to the phone but doesn't sync contacts. To stream music I had to buy a separate usb adapter, which works but not great. However, the merc forum scene still seems alive, and not like e46zone, so still room for getting advice without having to resortto facebook. Anyway, it's early days, I have hope I will get used to the car and make it fun!
  4. I'm pretty sure my beemer head now been stripped or exported by its current owner, don't think they kept it. Still miss it, I'm now only appreciating the handling improvements things like poly bushes etc made 😭 Anyway, this is me now: https://forums.mbclub.co.uk/threads/sufs-w204-c280-saloon.251408/
  5. This, I loved my vreds, but then the uniroyals were a huge upgrade over them.
  6. Get LEDs instead, and if you buy the right ones and align the bulbs properly, you WON'T blind anyone. LEDs are much easier to retrofit, in reflector or projector. The key is to find leds where the chip is emitting light broadly from the same location in the bulb as the halogen. Don't buy the ones with tonnes of chips on them, its counter intuitive and actually give you fimmer output and that blinds everyone else. Whatever housing your bulbs are in right now, are designed to focus the light emitting from your halogen, do you need an led that emits light in the same way, but because it's led will be clearer and better light. Watch this vid for some get tips: I replaced my H7 bulbs with these ones, and no one had flashed me on the road complaining about being blinded: Win Power H7 Led Headlight Bulb Replacement kit, 6000K Xenon White Super Bright Lamp 12V Car/Motorcycle Upgrade Kit Fog Lights, 2 Pieces https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07D33KCBK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apap_2nlO3lfYoBECb Align your bulbs following these tips:
  7. you might want to try mbclub.co.uk
  8. lol, I totally forgot about this!
  9. I was so tempted to do something similar Jason, the bhp from these big engine1 series' looks amazing, I'll have to get a test drive at some point! In a completely impromptu move, I've bought a Merc, it's a low mileage W204 - aka C280, 3.0 litre. Drives well, 234hp, but the upgrade mod scene is not as fun - I thought I could install a retrofit android unit. Turns out I would have to splash out a lot of money for a big 11" android - so I'm not going to bother.
  10. Yeah, it was tough, but it's now gone, it got picked up earlier for next to no money! What disappoints me is when I search for a new car with the same or equiv bhp, you end up having to spend decent money or accept another 'elderly' car. I'm looking for low maintenance car, looks good, but can match on power. I'm in no rush to get a new car, but if I do it will be petrol. If I try to keep spend reasonable I may get a 135 (or higher), otherwise if I take a big loan then maybe an X1 as apparently they are just E90's behind the scenes right? They're only 4 cylinder 2.0 litre engines (so tax seems low) but the super charger gives enough oomph in hp. The idea though of spending all that money .......
  11. Anyone still on this forum?? So, I've decided to sell my car Still drives really well, phenomenal in fact. However I just can't bear to fix even minor things anymore, don't have the time or inclination. Watch this space on ebay for more details ...!
  12. Not updated this for sometime! Been settling into new job and had some construction work at home, got screwed over by a builder, including him possibly reversing into my car door (no proof though). I then also damaged the lower trim because I drove into a friends hidden low wall in his driveway on a dark rainy day. Can't be bothered really fixing either, may try and repair myself one day. Car is still chugging along though ...
  13. When you say connect the aerial to plain bodywork for earth, presumably the painted bodywork behind the pillar next to windshield aint enough? My reception has been pretty bad to my xtrons unit, but i also have my gps unit and cigarette lighter to dashcam running through the glovebox too
  14. Mine didn't throw up codes, turned out to be the sensor
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