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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-27-2016, 06:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 482
Posted By alpinweiss
Touring models (wagons) are common in Europe, but...

Touring models (wagons) are common in Europe, but fairly rare in North America. This applies to other brands too, not just BMW. So finding a nice used one will take some effort.

For family use,...
Forum: General BMW Questions 01-24-2016, 05:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 671
Posted By alpinweiss
More frequent oil changes now, will reduce the...

More frequent oil changes now, will reduce the chances of lubrication-related engine problems later (sludge, etc.).

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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 01-24-2016, 05:36 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,610
Posted By alpinweiss
I now have almost 5000 miles on my Bridgestone...

I now have almost 5000 miles on my Bridgestone DriveGuard tires. So far, I am very happy with them. We will see how they hold up in the long run. :)

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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 01-22-2016, 06:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 440
Posted By alpinweiss
To amplify your point a bit, many dealerships and...

To amplify your point a bit, many dealerships and many individuals will not buy a car which has had the color changed, at ANY price. This may become less critical as the car gets older, but on a...
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - current) 01-17-2016, 07:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 752
Posted By alpinweiss
We are happy to help. Let us know what you...

We are happy to help. Let us know what you order.

Incidentally, I am about 6' 4" tall (1.95m), so headroom is always a consideration for me, on any car. Deleting the sunroof (moonroof) normally...
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - current) 01-16-2016, 07:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 752
Posted By alpinweiss
Welcome to Bimmerfest! I think you are right...

Welcome to Bimmerfest!

I think you are right to be skeptical. I ordered my 2016 X3 without the panoramic moonroof for the reasons you mentioned, plus the following:
1. The panoramic moonroof...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-16-2016, 06:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 210
Posted By alpinweiss
Welcome to Bimmerfest! I didn't fully...

Welcome to Bimmerfest!

I didn't fully understand your post, but it sounds as if you are having random door lock and window problems. The GM-5 module may be the problem. This is an expensive...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 01-12-2016, 06:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 375
Posted By alpinweiss
This could be a coding issue. What is the...

This could be a coding issue.

What is the history on this car? Did the rear foglights work previously? If you are not the original owner, was the car imported from another country?

If the...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 01-11-2016, 06:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 415
Posted By alpinweiss
Wow, how fast was he backing up? :drive:

Wow, how fast was he backing up?

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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 01-09-2016, 08:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 366
Posted By alpinweiss
If you have limited automotive repair experience,...

If you have limited automotive repair experience, the oil pan gasket is NOT a very good do-it-yourself project. It is a complex operation that involves a lot of disassembly, and dropping the front...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-08-2016, 07:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 312
Posted By alpinweiss
Many shops will install a used part, but there is...

Many shops will install a used part, but there is no warranty on the labor. In other words, if the used replacement transmission is defective, you will have to pay for the labor to remove it and...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 01-07-2016, 05:16 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 745
Posted By alpinweiss
I have owned my car since it was new (2011 328i)....

I have owned my car since it was new (2011 328i). It came from the factory with 225/45-17 tires on all four corners. I replaced my tires with the DriveGuards of the same size.

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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 01-06-2016, 08:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 301
Posted By alpinweiss
Congratulations, it looks nice. And welcome...

Congratulations, it looks nice.

And welcome to Bimmerfest!

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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-06-2016, 07:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 269
Posted By alpinweiss
Your E83 X3 does not have runflat tires as...

Your E83 X3 does not have runflat tires as factory original equipment. Although it is possible someone retrofitted them.

As a general answer to your question, yes softer tires will make your X3...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 01-04-2016, 04:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 745
Posted By alpinweiss
The Bridgestone DriveGuard is a runflat tire for...

The Bridgestone DriveGuard is a runflat tire for people who hate runflat tires. My car (2011 328i) originally came with Continental runflat tires (17" rims). I replaced them last May with...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 01-02-2016, 06:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,201
Posted By alpinweiss
I understand your enthusiasm for your car. ...

I understand your enthusiasm for your car.

Unfortunately, there is a lot more to lowering your car than just replacing the springs, especially since it is an Xi model. The suspension geometry...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 01-01-2016, 07:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 435
Posted By alpinweiss
Often, one do-it-yourself repair will pay for the...

Often, one do-it-yourself repair will pay for the cost of the Bentley repair manual. :)

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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 12-31-2015, 07:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 435
Posted By alpinweiss
The 2011 323i has an N52N engine, according to...

The 2011 323i has an N52N engine, according to realoem. This engine is covered in the Bentley manual, even if the displacement is a bit different. I think the other differences between Canadian and...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 12-31-2015, 05:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 435
Posted By alpinweiss
I think the Bentley service manual is the best. ...

I think the Bentley service manual is the best. It is available directly from the publisher, or from numerous other sources, such as ECS Tuning, etc. They have a manual specifically for the E90.
...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 12-19-2015, 10:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,137
Posted By alpinweiss
I do not own an F30, but I have driven one as a...

I do not own an F30, but I have driven one as a loaner car on a couple of occasions. I must admit I do not care for the mirror-mounted flasher being visible to the driver. I do not think it is...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 12-08-2015, 11:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 760
Posted By alpinweiss
Who needs a pickup truck when you...

Who needs a pickup truck when you can.......:rofl:

And congratulations to Kat!

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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-06-2015, 07:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,272
Posted By alpinweiss
Check with a magnet to see if the engine block is...

Check with a magnet to see if the engine block is cast iron or aluminum. If it is cast iron, it may be rebuildable. If it is aluminum, I am not as optimistic.

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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-05-2015, 09:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,272
Posted By alpinweiss
Based on your description, it sounds like this...

Based on your description, it sounds like this engine was severely overheated. It got so hot that the aluminum has annealed (softened). This is why the head bolts have stripped.

Although you may...
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - current) 11-30-2015, 05:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,106
Posted By alpinweiss
+1. Winter is coming, and sometimes the...

+1. Winter is coming, and sometimes the dealerships over-inflate the tires to prevent the dreaded "low tire" warning from the TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System). The tire pressure drops about 1...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 11-27-2015, 05:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 417
Posted By alpinweiss
If one of your wheels has that many problems with...

If one of your wheels has that many problems with welds and additional cracks, what is the condition of your other three wheels? Is it time to replace the entire set of wheels?

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