Recently I installed a more period correct radio in my E28 B7. The previous one was a 90’s style Alpine Radio, but this one clearly didn’t match the look and feel of the rest of the car.
It is one of the most basic I could find; no cassette, obviously no CD, only 3 preset stations and MONO! It is however digital and with automatic search function. I really like it and think it fits much better in the E28. Hope you enjoy the pics:
PS: the electronic unit you see in the space below is the brain of the Alpina display. Here used to be a cassette-holder as well, but with this new radio I won’t need it anymore. And some extra storage space in the dash isn’t too bad either.
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Tagged Alpina, Alpina B7 Turbo, B7, Bavaria, BMW, Console, Dashboard, Digital, E28, Mono, Radio
Even though these are normally not my favourites, I thought I’d give it a go.
And to my surprise, the result isn’t so bad.
These wheels have different offset front and rear; ET25 and ET13. And as I already had spacers before, I left them here as well (5mm front and 10mm rear).
Since a month I am driving around in my new company car. After having many cars in dark colors before, I decided to go for Estoril blue this time.
It’s a 320dA Touring in M Sport trim; sufficient power and great fuel consumption. After having driven over 8.000 km, I averaged 5,4 liter/100km. The 8speed gearbox is sublime and the interior with alcantara sportseats feels great. I love all the options in iDrive as well. The big screen has nice graphics and is fast enough (could be faster has to be said). But inside I like the M Sport details the most; the blue stripe over the dash, the small 3 spoke M steering wheel, the seats, M footrest and the black rooftrim set it apart.
With the standard 18 inch wheels and M Sport suspension the ride is wonderful. A great compromise between hard and comfort. Not rock hard like some competitors, just sporty as it should be. If I have to think about any weak point, it must be the steering. The feel is still quite ok, but could be better at the straight ahead position. I definitely believe the older hydraulic racks have more feel and give more natural feedback.
Everything else is as expected. High marks on most points and excellent ones on the rest. You simple can’t go wrong with the new 3-series!
The biggest surprise however is how much I like the color. Never thought I would choose this one, but it’s simply wonderful in my opinion. The high gloss black trim makes it stand out even more. And the front with xenon lights gives it a very aggressive look; just what we like at Wheelmen…
Sometimes it’s not so hard. Just take a few cars, meet with some friends and start driving towards a beautiful area in Europe.
Last year was the first time and this year we went with double capacity to the same region, only now through the black forest in Germany. The recipe? Our favorite cars, good friends, nice roads and some food and drinks along the way. And now it’s tradition, so next year we will be back!
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Tagged BMW, BMW E30, BMW E30 wallpaper, E28, E30, E30 M3, E30 Mk1, E30 VFL, E30 wallpaper, M-technic, M-technik, M3, M535i, Roadtrip, Wheelmen