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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) Today, 05:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 154
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Eventually they will do away with steering wheels...

Eventually they will do away with steering wheels and tires, too. Eventually.

(I'm actually shocked that only 5% of M cars are sold with manuals. I guess the trend explains why a SA at my dealer...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-29-2015, 02:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 524
Posted By Bob Shiftright
The Acura is likely to be more friendly to your...

The Acura is likely to be more friendly to your wallet.

However, if you already have an E46, you should have some idea of what you are in for with an E90.
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-28-2015, 05:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 302
Posted By Bob Shiftright
The Mann microfilters are $20 on Amazon, if you...

The Mann microfilters are $20 on Amazon, if you can do without the gray box and BMW roundells. There are 6 x 8mm screws, IIRC. (You may find that the Factory Trained BMW tech who worked on the car...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-27-2015, 04:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 589
Posted By Bob Shiftright
"For fun", I checked the trade-in value of a 2008...

"For fun", I checked the trade-in value of a 2008 Honda Accord EX-L V6 with 103K in "good" condition and found a trade-in value of $10,700.

The resale market is adjusting price for the expected...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-25-2015, 07:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 589
Posted By Bob Shiftright
There are DIYs around for adding the sport seats....

There are DIYs around for adding the sport seats. (There is probably a good supply of used sport seats around.) Of course, it would be best to try a car with the sport seats first.

Adding a gel...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-25-2015, 05:06 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,015
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Electrical poltergeists, mainly. Several radios....

Electrical poltergeists, mainly. Several radios. Software updates. The stereo amplifier. The battery. The battery cable recall. Some $1000 gizmo that's involved in the stability control. Serpentine...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-24-2015, 09:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 589
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Think the depreciation curve should be...

Think the depreciation curve should be more-or-less linear at this point.

Do the seats in some other car not cause you pain?

Do you have the sport seats? They are adjustable in more ways than...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-24-2015, 05:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 386
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Fleabay or a local junk yard, and yes, you will...

Fleabay or a local junk yard, and yes, you will lose much of your trunk space if you do this.

A tire plug kit and air pump take up less space. Was this a sudden blowout, or did the TPMS fail to...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-23-2015, 11:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 627
Posted By Bob Shiftright
I'd rather drive a $700 Volvo (trade-in value)...

I'd rather drive a $700 Volvo (trade-in value) and pay for a couple of big repairs yearly than have a car payment. Just how much is a transmission for a 2003 Mercedes? Used?

I've driven too many...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-23-2015, 06:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 627
Posted By Bob Shiftright
The OP indicated that reliability was a very...

The OP indicated that reliability was a very desirable feature.

Quality can be measured in many different ways. Surveys are often created to produce the results that the surveyor wants. Consumer...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-23-2015, 04:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 627
Posted By Bob Shiftright
I try not to equate what a car is currently worth...

I try not to equate what a car is currently worth as a trade-in or wholesale and what it's worth to me, because I've owned cars that I then couldn't then justify filling the gas tank.

In effect,...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-21-2015, 04:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 363
Posted By Bob Shiftright
BTW, I have CA (keyless) and my alarm doesn't go...

BTW, I have CA (keyless) and my alarm doesn't go off when I open the rear hatch/trunk. The car "knows" it's me getting something.

Do you have a clown nose, and does it blink?
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-21-2015, 04:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 363
Posted By Bob Shiftright
The pre LCI US cars are pre-wired for an alarm...

The pre LCI US cars are pre-wired for an alarm but the LCI US cars aren't. On post-LCI cars it's almost always a factory installed alarm and on the window sticker because the wiring harness is...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-17-2015, 05:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 610
Posted By Bob Shiftright
When I brought an older, low mileage car back to...

When I brought an older, low mileage car back to life, I changed the fluid, filters, and battery. Sprayed FrigiFresh through the AC evaporator. Vacuumed out the mouse nests.

I changed the tires...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-11-2015, 05:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 594
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Mechanically I think that BMWs are as good or bad...

Mechanically I think that BMWs are as good or bad as anything today. The killer is the complicated electrical system.

For the long haul, suggest you keep some genuine BMW black electrical tape --...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-11-2015, 06:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 550
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Bolt-on? Snow tires. In the snow, you'll...

Bolt-on?

Snow tires. In the snow, you'll beat any performance car without snow tires off the line!
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-06-2015, 07:23 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,625
Posted By Bob Shiftright
No. There are plenty of "interesting" cars...

No.

There are plenty of "interesting" cars available for much less. The closest to free that you can get is the best, and you get extra points for finding one with a manual transmission. (Almost...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-05-2015, 04:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,097
Posted By Bob Shiftright
I change the oil annually (which is what BMW...

I change the oil annually (which is what BMW recommends for lower mileage vehicles) and that works out to about every 3500 miles.



I also get awful gas mileage -- with all my cars, not just...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-02-2015, 05:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 740
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Congratulations! So when you see a new Porsche...

Congratulations! So when you see a new Porsche 918 Spyder you can say to yourself, "Nice, but I drive something that is really rare!"
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-31-2015, 05:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 432
Posted By Bob Shiftright
I have the Cocomats. I like them. They remind me...

I have the Cocomats. I like them. They remind me of my youth. (The good parts, the parts that featured cool foreign cars, not the bad parts.) I would ask my wife to buy them for me for Christmas...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-31-2015, 02:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 402
Posted By Bob Shiftright
I just spray it into our cars' evaporators when I...

I just spray it into our cars' evaporators when I change the microfilters (annually) and the filter is out and the filter cover is off.

(If you've never changed the cabin microfilter, there...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-31-2015, 02:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 402
Posted By Bob Shiftright
I'm not sure about a solid solution, but when I...

I'm not sure about a solid solution, but when I change any of our cars' pollen filters, I give the evaporator a shot of Frigi-Fresh.

It's been years since I researched this but evaporators are...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-25-2015, 09:21 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,395
Posted By Bob Shiftright
I've heard they're impressed by any guy who still...

I've heard they're impressed by any guy who still has a license.
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-23-2015, 07:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 638
Posted By Bob Shiftright
I purchased the spare plastic key (surfer's key?)...

I purchased the spare plastic key (surfer's key?) -- it contains a (visible) microchip and there is an adapter to use the key in the key slot to start the car if need be. The key came from BMW, it...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-23-2015, 05:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 493
Posted By Bob Shiftright
There is a "correct" solution, using BMW parts,...

There is a "correct" solution, using BMW parts, and a 3M budget solution that would probably work about as well:

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