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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) Yesterday, 04:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 143
Posted By Tom K.
If your front tires are not the same model as the...

If your front tires are not the same model as the rears, I'd avoid driving over 45 mph or on wet pavement.

Tom
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-25-2015, 02:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 567
Posted By Tom K.
It normally takes 5 miles or so of moderate...

It normally takes 5 miles or so of moderate driving to warm up a Bimmer. Until then, gas mileage is pretty terrible. Perhaps you could improve things by combining your commute with another...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-25-2015, 10:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 360
Posted By Tom K.
Are you driving in stop and go traffic? If so,...

Are you driving in stop and go traffic? If so, figure on 20 to 50k.

I drive very little in traffic and my MT E91 brakes were just replaced at 65k.

But like they say - YMMV!

Tom
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-24-2015, 10:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 567
Posted By Tom K.
Are you driving mostly in the city? Are you...

Are you driving mostly in the city? Are you calculating true mileage by recording miles traveled divided by gallons of fuel at each fill-up or are you relying on the OBC which may or may not be...
Forum: General BMW Questions 08-22-2015, 09:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 324
Posted By Tom K.
As BMW specifies a yearly oil change, I wouldn't...

As BMW specifies a yearly oil change, I wouldn't change the oil again. But (especially if your gas contains ethanol) I would definitely add fuel stabilizer to the gas tank and then drive the car...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-18-2015, 02:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 362
Posted By Tom K.
Which Potenzas? Tire rack lists over 30. ...

Which Potenzas? Tire rack lists over 30.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/bridgestone-tires.jsp

Tom
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-16-2015, 07:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 404
Posted By Tom K.
If the X3 options were the same as the E90/91,...

If the X3 options were the same as the E90/91, then you have the Premium Package and, therefore, Bluetooth connectivity. The garage door opener ("Integrated 3 button universal transeiver" [sic] in...
Forum: General BMW Questions 08-16-2015, 07:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 260
Posted By Tom K.
I had both a '99 328i E46 sedan and an '03 3.0 Z4...

I had both a '99 328i E46 sedan and an '03 3.0 Z4 - both MT.

The E46 was a much more comfortable car, but if the roads in your area are decent, I'd opt for the Z4.

The E46 with ZSP handled...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-16-2015, 09:29 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 181
Posted By Tom K.
If they were not OEM, the system may not accept a...

If they were not OEM, the system may not accept a privately made disc. When I burned my own as a backup, it worked for about a year and then began overheating and causing all sorts of other...
Forum: General BMW Questions 08-15-2015, 04:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 284
Posted By Tom K.
See your Warranty/Service manual for coverage. ...

See your Warranty/Service manual for coverage. If anything listed is malfunctioning, have it fixed - but BMW will not check anything for free unless there is a problem.

Tom
Forum: General BMW Questions 08-15-2015, 09:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 461
Posted By Tom K.
Since the hardware & most of the software is...

Since the hardware & most of the software is already in place, I still don't understand why BMW doesn't provide the actual pressure readings for each tire. My Boxster does (accurate to within 1psi),...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-13-2015, 12:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 543
Posted By Tom K.
Not really as heat is available in winter within...

Not really as heat is available in winter within one mile of startup. But it takes about 6 miles for an oil level to register - signifying that the motor is, in fact, properly warmed up.

Tom
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-12-2015, 09:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 543
Posted By Tom K.
If your E39's gauge was as heavily buffered as...

If your E39's gauge was as heavily buffered as the one on my E46, it was really only useful for ascertaining when the motor was fully warmed up. And you do that on the E91 (or 328i E90) by checking...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-12-2015, 08:25 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,593
Posted By Tom K.
It was actually a few years ago that BMWUSA tried...

It was actually a few years ago that BMWUSA tried to change the time interval to 2 years in the US, but they quickly reverted back to one year after folks (who were still under warranty) complained...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-10-2015, 09:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 524
Posted By Tom K.
Depending on the year, it was most likely a...

Depending on the year, it was most likely a $500.00 option.

Since you don't have CA, your key fob battery charges only when in the ignition slot and the
motor is running. So it is a good idea...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-08-2015, 09:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 298
Posted By Tom K.
Since the total mileage is just over 120,000, the...

Since the total mileage is just over 120,000, the warning could be for the Inspection Service which is called for every 30k miles. Was it performed at 120k?

But the SES light is emissions...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-02-2015, 08:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 724
Posted By Tom K.
I usually prefer to pay cash, or finance through...

I usually prefer to pay cash, or finance through a tax deductible home equity line. But when I was offered 2 year 0.9% financing from BMW for my CPO E91 a few years back, I grabbed it.

However,...
Forum: General BMW Questions 08-01-2015, 10:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 446
Posted By Tom K.
For nearly 20 years, I've filled 5 Bimmers, a...

For nearly 20 years, I've filled 5 Bimmers, a Beemer and a Porsche with nothing but the cheapest off brand gas. The only problem has been a significantly heavier wallet.

Tom
Forum: General BMW Questions 07-31-2015, 09:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 255
Posted By Tom K.
Having ordered 4 BMWs and a Boxster, my...

Having ordered 4 BMWs and a Boxster, my experience has always been 30 days. But I also have a second car which has made things a lot easier.

Tom
Forum: General BMW Questions 07-30-2015, 11:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 244
Posted By Tom K.
Agreed. While the original 4 yr/50k mile...

Agreed. While the original 4 yr/50k mile warranty also covers BMW recommended maintenance, the CPO does not, nor does it cover the battery which will likely be needed after 5~7 years.

Regardless,...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-23-2015, 02:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 446
Posted By Tom K.
Since Googling it points to this thread, can you...

Since Googling it points to this thread, can you cite your source for the definition of "BMW registered mechanic" in the US?

Tom
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-22-2015, 11:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 657
Posted By Tom K.
Best budget cosmetic purchase for my E91 has been...

Best budget cosmetic purchase for my E91 has been Zymöl Creame Wax.

http://www.zymol.com/zymolcreamewax8oz.aspx

Tom
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-22-2015, 08:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 324
Posted By Tom K.
I routinely transport 1/2 ton (25 forty lb. bags)...

I routinely transport 1/2 ton (25 forty lb. bags) of wood pellet fuel with 3 or 4 bags resting on the front passenger seat. It took a couple of trips, but I finally realized the necessity of...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-21-2015, 08:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 429
Posted By Tom K.
I would avoid mixing tire models with different...

I would avoid mixing tire models with different tread patterns as unstable handling may result - especially in situations with less than optimum traction.

If it were my car, I'd replace both...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-20-2015, 03:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 668
Posted By Tom K.
If a BMW dealer did the Inspection service at...

If a BMW dealer did the Inspection service at 118,500, why didn't they reset the dash computer to show the next Inspection due at 150,000?

Tom
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