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Forum: General BMW 12-30-2003, 06:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 695
Posted By marksmith
Plain-Jane M3 ........

I am biased since I own a new M3 SMG but in the real world this car does everything so well it's hard not to appreciate it's wonderous engineering. So far I have driven about 1/2 the M cars EVO...
Forum: M Series 12-25-2003, 02:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,593
Posted By marksmith
FYI Dinan specs ....

Snake-oil (while very expensive and limited usefullness, having a vile around is a great way to strike-up a conversation.)
-Dinan has garnered a lot of contempt on the various M3 web-sites w/ many...
Forum: M Series 12-15-2003, 06:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,560
Posted By marksmith
Dinan SMG software

I wonder what the Dinan SMG software will do? Also, what is the goal of the Dinan SMG software relative to the Dinan 3.91 Diff mod?
Forum: M Series 12-14-2003, 08:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,507
Posted By marksmith
great car...

Congrats: great looking car. Mine is the same color, it looks terrific, wears well on the eyes and is so easy to keep clean.
The color is a blue-gray (meaning it has a high ratio of blue pigment...
Forum: M Series 12-14-2003, 08:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,603
Posted By marksmith
light-weight full size spare...

You might consider buying a 17" full size light-weight wheel (such as SSR Comp. at 11.5 lbs.) and mount w/ a non-directional tire (app. 9-11lbs.) With the proper front et. the tire will work F &...
Forum: M Series 12-14-2003, 07:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,791
Posted By marksmith
OE wheel weights..

-Style 67 18" 24lbs Front, 26lbs rear (cast)
-Style 76 19" 24.5 lbs Front, 26.5 lbs rear (forged.)

FYI: Dinan 19" M3 wheels are made by Proline (as stated by Dinan's Calif. HQ)
Forum: M Series 12-13-2003, 06:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,083
Posted By marksmith
Mixing metaphors...

I have mixed Supersprint w/ Dinan in 2 earlier cars w/ very good results.
-Since the Dinan e46 exhaust is the only aftermarket exhaust that eschews the OE engineering design & takes such a...
Forum: M Series 12-12-2003, 08:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,791
Posted By marksmith
19 are pretty nice.....

My 03' M3 came w/ the M double-spoke style 67 19" wheels. I hated them at first (they looked too big to my eyes.)
-The weigth is almost the same (1/2 lb. lighter w/ the forged 19" as opposed to the...
Forum: M Series 12-12-2003, 06:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,083
Posted By marksmith
Dinan as opposed to....

Right on old farts!! As one of the charter members of Old Farts Spending Money on BMW's I can attest to the shear pleasure of spending down the family assets tweeking my car. More to the point: I do...
Forum: 3 Series / 4 Series 12-09-2003, 04:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,997
Posted By marksmith
no SMG buzzing here...

My 03' M3 SMG II does not buzz at all/in any way. I have driven 7-8 M3's w/ SMG & none of them buzzed? I would take it to the dealer.
Good luck
Forum: General BMW 12-09-2003, 04:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,263
Posted By marksmith
Race w/ the fuel tankers?

Interesting and ironic image of a mazda zooming around an autocross course flanked by what appears to be several huge fuel tankers (might be full of milk?) Gotta wonder what they drink w/ their...
Forum: M Series 12-08-2003, 05:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,083
Posted By marksmith
To Dinan or not to Dinan?

I've had 2 all Dinan BMW's in the last 4 years & loved each one. I am seeking feedback on Dinan products for my new M3 SMG. Anyone out there using Dinan stuff on their M3? (I think there are a few?):...
Forum: M Series 12-07-2003, 05:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,560
Posted By marksmith
Thanks.....

Thanks for the responses. Actually I do most (75%) of my driving on sweeping rural backroads in N. Texas where I can drive aggressivly w/ realtive impunity (the biggest danger is cattle but the...
Forum: M Series 12-07-2003, 07:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,560
Posted By marksmith
Can I do this w/ SMG?

I have a new M3 w/ SMG (which I love) but I have a question :
#1: It is often my habit w/ manual cars to roll to a stop in neutral. I do this w/ my SMG by clicking the shift lever L to "O" (or...
Forum: M Series 12-06-2003, 12:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,095
Posted By marksmith
SMG is terrific!!

This is my Ist. car w/ SMG or "automatic" (after 38 years of driving BMW's.) I love it BUT: It's nearly impossible to imagine that a dealer could sell the technology to a neophite SMG driver in...
Forum: M Series 12-02-2003, 06:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,428
Posted By marksmith
wiper blade assembly falls off...

Trivial question: My new M3 has a minor but nagging problem w/ the passenger side wiper assembly: It falls off, wont' stay attached to the wiper arm. Anyone had a wiper that keeps popping off? What...
Forum: M Series 11-26-2003, 05:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,949
Posted By marksmith
RGR lip.....

Thanks for the photo. I have found different 3 images of the RGR which all have slight variations of the lip inset. (Tirereack, Blekkers and RGR.) The wheels on the CSL and indeed different (and the...
Forum: M Series 11-26-2003, 03:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,949
Posted By marksmith
Bekkers CSL wheels & BBS....

It would appear from a quick look that the BMW CSL wheels sold by Bekkers are very similar to the BBS RGR (can't tell if the color is grey or silver?) The Bekkers wheels share the same weight specs...
Forum: M Series 11-26-2003, 07:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,949
Posted By marksmith
got wheel data....

-The 19" CSL OE wheel is a BBS RGR. 22.5 lbs front.
-The M3 M spoke 19" style 67 (OE wheel) is a true forged Aum. wheel weighing 26.3 lbs (front.)
-The M3 M spoke 18" is cast and weighs app. the...
Forum: M Series 11-25-2003, 02:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,949
Posted By marksmith
M3 CSL wheels & air box..

Does anyone know about the OE. CSL wheels (make, weight, can we buy them?) They look great and they look light.
-The Carbon Fibrer CSL air intake: can it be purchased via dealership parts dept and...
Forum: M Series 11-24-2003, 08:29 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,889
Posted By marksmith
Been there & went w/ the M3....

I spent months test driving the new S4 and the M3 and in the process managed to drive myself & every BMW/AUDI dealer in N.Texas nuts. Here is my take on the debate:
-My most recent BMW was an 02'...
Forum: M Series 11-24-2003, 12:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,998
Posted By marksmith
M3 is well priced..

Considering all the variables, the M3 is still a well priced car that holds it's own when compared to the others in it's field. I just shelld out for a new M3 SMG after driving everything out there,...
Forum: M Series 11-24-2003, 11:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,071
Posted By marksmith
OE M double spoke wheels weights...

Does anyone know the weigth of the OE M3 18" and 19" standard-issue "M" double spoke style 67 wheel? I have a new M3 (which came w/ 19's) and I have no idea what the weigth is. Someone at the...
Forum: The MINI Board 08-09-2003, 06:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,289
Posted By marksmith
Run-flat noise is an issue:

I have an 03' Cooper S (w/ various mods) & I drive it twice a week to work, 70 miles each way on well maintained 2 lane back roads. Although I enjoy the drive (especially w/ my Works kit installed)...
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