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Forum: 5 Series 06-05-2004, 10:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,472
Posted By Nat Brown
05 Dodge Magnum vs. 540iT

I'm trying to get some comparison numbers. Does anyone have performance numbers for the 540iT? I'm especially interested in braking and handling.
Forum: The Detail Department 04-19-2004, 03:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,182
Posted By Nat Brown
The bottom line is that the E46 rode too harsh...

The bottom line is that the E46 rode too harsh for me. I wanted more of a touring car. Man do they hold their value!

The Magnum RT has 340HP and 390 ft/lb of torque with rear wheel drive. The...
Forum: The Detail Department 04-19-2004, 03:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,182
Posted By Nat Brown
Yep, it's me. I sold the E46 last month and I'm...

Yep, it's me. I sold the E46 last month and I'm waiting on a Dodge Magnum. I'm picking it up in Cleveland and driving it back to the Bay Area, so I've got my own little Dodgefest going on. ;)
Forum: The Detail Department 04-17-2004, 11:10 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,182
Posted By Nat Brown
I would say: 1. Also have a towel. Don't...

I would say:

1. Also have a towel. Don't worry about getting all the water, just swipe off as much as possible and have a few microfiber towels ready to mop up the rest.

2. Hold on! There's a...
Forum: General BMW 04-05-2004, 09:31 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,525
Posted By Nat Brown
I discovered that the tires are "self-sealing" as...

I discovered that the tires are "self-sealing" as opposed to run-flats, which should help the ride. I also saw that the 18" tires are H-rated 60 series, which are pretty tall compared to what I...
Forum: General BMW 04-05-2004, 09:27 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,525
Posted By Nat Brown
Unfortunately we won't be seeing the 1-series...

Unfortunately we won't be seeing the 1-series coupe here, as Americans have a phobia against hatchbacks and wagons. There's doubt that the Magnum will do well too, unlike the Chysler 300, which is...
Forum: General BMW 03-26-2004, 06:47 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,525
Posted By Nat Brown
Interesting. I love the Continentals on my 330i...

Interesting. I love the Continentals on my 330i (which I sold yesterday), mostly because they're quiet compared to other z-rated tires I've seen reviewed. The Magnum also comes with Goodyears....
Forum: General BMW 03-23-2004, 05:10 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,525
Posted By Nat Brown
It didn't used to be the case, but the current...

It didn't used to be the case, but the current crop of Chrysler cars all have stellar reliability ratings from Consumer Reports, often as good as the top Japanese cars. We're talking cars, not their...
Forum: General BMW 03-23-2004, 04:59 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,525
Posted By Nat Brown
Dodge Magnum

You'll probably laugh at me, but I'm selling my 330i for the new Dodge Magnum. I've had the 540i and I was thinking about getting a newer one (2002) later this year for the great power and luxury....
Forum: General BMW 06-02-2003, 02:52 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,443
Posted By Nat Brown
Salesman

The bottom line for me is whether I got what I wanted at the price I wanted. Yes, the salesman tried to keep my deposit and caused me headaches. Yes, he gave me the car, and nothing but the car - no...
Forum: 3 Series / 4 Series 05-28-2003, 10:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,236
Posted By Nat Brown
Times have changed

Just 18 months ago a couple grand over invoice on a BMW was a good deal. Despite record sales, its good to see that BMW dealers are bending significantly on their prices. $500 over invoice is...
Forum: 3 Series / 4 Series 03-10-2003, 11:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,800
Posted By Nat Brown
Re: BMW's, problems, and people who post their problems

BBS's will tell you the types of problems that owners experience, but not the frequency of problems among owners of the same cars or owners of other models. If you wanted frequency, you would have...
Forum: Off-Topic 02-25-2003, 08:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 980
Posted By Nat Brown
Re: What is uncomfortable?

I find the sport suspension too harsh for long drives. Maybe I'm just getting old. I'm happy to drive up to 4-hours with the 330i, unlike the perpetual comfort of the 540i, where I could drive all...
Forum: The Detail Department 02-25-2003, 09:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 909
Posted By Nat Brown
I've come full circle on this one and now prefer...

I've come full circle on this one and now prefer the Chenille washmitts, as Ripsnort says. The microfiber mitts are durable, but they seem to trap debris at the surface of the mitt, which makes me...
Forum: Off-Topic 02-25-2003, 09:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 980
Posted By Nat Brown
Maybe

Here's what I just emailed you:

The grass is always greener, and one of my hobbies seems to be griping about my car, researching other cars, and then coming back to the realization that I made the...
Forum: 3 Series / 4 Series 01-30-2003, 09:03 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,737
Posted By Nat Brown
Excellent choice

I agree on the rear seat issue -- I hate squeaks and rattles. My solution is to get the wife a more versatile vehicle, a Passat wagon eventually.

One option that I'm very happy I chose, which my...
Forum: 3 Series / 4 Series 01-30-2003, 02:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 859
Posted By Nat Brown
Depreciation in the class

I was crunching some numbers at the Intellichoice web site and came up with some depreciation costs for the 330i and some other cars in the class. My goal was to see how much of a bath I would take...
Forum: Off-Topic 01-26-2003, 07:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 980
Posted By Nat Brown
Saab

Maybe a lease would be in order, since resale is so poor. I'm sure that's taken into account with the leasing rates though.

--gary
Forum: Off-Topic 01-25-2003, 08:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 980
Posted By Nat Brown
Saab 9-5

So do you see the 9-5 in the same class as the 3-series or more in line with the 5-series? I'm really impressed with the 9-5 Aero. How has reliability been? How about details you've noticed after the...
Forum: Off-Topic 01-25-2003, 03:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 980
Posted By Nat Brown
Test Drove Saab 9-5 Aero

I just got back from test driving the 2003 Saab 9-5 Aero. I saw it at the San Jose Auto Show and liked the interior so I gave it a shot. The car has the interior space of a 5-series with the price...
Forum: General BMW 01-21-2003, 12:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,066
Posted By Nat Brown
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awaiting my SP3

I have a Ericsson cell phone kit mounted there. I have a friend who has mounted his GPS on one, but not in a bimmer.

--gary

http://www.bariaur.com/e39/images/t39.jpg
Forum: General BMW 01-21-2003, 10:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,066
Posted By Nat Brown
Re: Re: Re: Awaiting my SP3

I've got a 2002 E46 with the Profit VSM mount. It's model BM-50-99. It takes about 5 minutes to install.

--gary
Forum: Do-It-Yourself H.Q. 01-07-2003, 07:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,249
Posted By Nat Brown
LeatherZ E46 VDO Gauge Kit (selling)

Hey guys,

I bought the LeatherZ gauge kit and all the extra parts needed for the E46 gauge cluster installation and then decided not to go through with it.

I'm selling the LeatherZ kit and a...
Forum: 3 Series / 4 Series 01-03-2003, 09:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,038
Posted By Nat Brown
Service

Thanks folks.

I do change the oil reguarly; once at 1500 miles and another at 7500 miles. I'm planning to take the car in on the one-year anniversary, which puts the car at about 11,000 miles.
...
Forum: The Detail Department 12-31-2002, 01:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 781
Posted By Nat Brown
Re: New Car wax, zaino, nothing

I suggest you clay bar your car before you wax or polish your new car. You'll probably take off a surprising amount of gunk.

--gary
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