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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) Yesterday, 08:02 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 762
Posted By Tom K.
When the thermostat failed (in the open position)...

When the thermostat failed (in the open position) on my '99 E46 328i, the gas mileage went down by about 25%.

Tom
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-18-2015, 07:16 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,332
Posted By Tom K.
According to Tire Rack, only the 205/55R16 OEM...

According to Tire Rack, only the 205/55R16 OEM size for my E91 is H rated, all other sizes are W. Strange anomaly!

Glad you like the tire.

Tom
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-18-2015, 07:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 627
Posted By Tom K.
For a protectant, I've had good results with...

For a protectant, I've had good results with Zymöl Treat.

Tom
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-18-2015, 08:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 608
Posted By Tom K.
Then shift back to AUTO when you don't need the...

Then shift back to AUTO when you don't need the acceleration.

It also might be a good idea to spend some time with the section in the owner's manual which describes how to control your Steptronic...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-17-2015, 09:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 486
Posted By Tom K.
Those cars have a front weight bias and would...

Those cars have a front weight bias and would naturally under steer. Most BMWs have a 50/50 weight distribution so more air in the rears promotes the under steer that many drivers are used to. It...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-16-2015, 08:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 314
Posted By Tom K.
If it were me, I think I would opt for the...

If it were me, I think I would opt for the run-flats. If the leaking one has not been damaged by running too far while flat, it can be safely plugged. BTW, I carry the compressor even with...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-16-2015, 08:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 486
Posted By Tom K.
No, 35/41 psi is for a 2007 328i sedan with those...

No, 35/41 psi is for a 2007 328i sedan with those tires and ZSP. For your 2010 335i convertible, you'll need to check your manual (which can be downloaded from BMWUSA.com if you don't have one).
...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-16-2015, 08:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 314
Posted By Tom K.
Since most punctures result in a slow leak, I've...

Since most punctures result in a slow leak, I've found that carrying a 12 volt compressor allows the tire to be inflated enough to get to a repair facility. You can add a plug kit and some sealant...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-15-2015, 08:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 486
Posted By Tom K.
Look up the pressures for the tires that are on...

Look up the pressures for the tires that are on your car in your owner's manual (probably 35F/41R for 19" or 32/36 for 18"). Inflate to those pressures and then reset the TPMS (see your manual).
...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-14-2015, 08:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 268
Posted By Tom K.
Assuming you are only considering all-season...

Assuming you are only considering all-season tires, you might check out the Continental DWS for a non RFT performance tire, and the Bridgestone Drive Guard for a touring RFT.

I've had excellent...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-14-2015, 02:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 294
Posted By Tom K.
If you don't put the same tires on all 4 wheels,...

If you don't put the same tires on all 4 wheels, you may have some nasty surprises on wet roads or in emergency situations. Especially if you are considering mixing RFTs with Go-flats!

Tom
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-13-2015, 01:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 406
Posted By Tom K.
+1. I set mine to position 2 and back it off to...

+1. I set mine to position 2 and back it off to 1 after two minutes.

Tom
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-12-2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 672
Posted By Tom K.
Agreed. With a 140 mph top speed and 0~60 in...

Agreed. With a 140 mph top speed and 0~60 in 6.6", my 1991 SHO was the fastest sedan this side of an M5.

320i: 7.1" 0~60; $32,950.00
328i: 5.8" 0~60; $37,500.00

So why shouldn't folks have a...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-11-2015, 03:45 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,064
Posted By Tom K.
Since BMW no longer sells the NA 6 (or any NA...

Since BMW no longer sells the NA 6 (or any NA motors in the U.S.), I think I have a better chance of seeing a 328i Wagon with both RWD and MT to ultimately replace my E91! If not, the new Golf Wagon...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-10-2015, 09:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 322
Posted By Tom K.
Parts only: Xenon Bulb - about $200. Xenon...

Parts only:
Xenon Bulb - about $200.
Xenon Headlight Assembly - about $900
...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-05-2015, 01:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 518
Posted By Tom K.
If the ride quality is your chief concern, mount...

If the ride quality is your chief concern, mount a set of Bridgestone Drive Guards on your 16" wheels. For an A/S RFT, they handle well, snow performance is good, they are inexpensive, quiet, should...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-04-2015, 11:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,105
Posted By Tom K.
After 2,000 miles on the Drive Guards on my '07...

After 2,000 miles on the Drive Guards on my '07 E91, I think Vinnie put it very well. I would only add that they are quiet, very stable at highway speeds and much better than the EL42Turanzas...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-04-2015, 07:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 213
Posted By Tom K.
My '07 E91 also has the base 16" wheels and I...

My '07 E91 also has the base 16" wheels and I feel that it already has plenty of under steer - especially with the recommended 32/39 pressures. Rather than increasing the under-steer, I'd opt for...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 04-30-2015, 11:02 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,593
Posted By Tom K.
From the 2007 E90 manual: "Required fuel ...

From the 2007 E90 manual:

"Required fuel
Super Premium Gasoline/AKI 91
This gasoline is highly recommended.
However, you may also use gasoline with less
AKI.
The minimum AKI Rating is:
>...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 04-29-2015, 08:40 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,593
Posted By Tom K.
Not really; as 87 octane will work just fine in...

Not really; as 87 octane will work just fine in the OP's NA motor. He might be giving up some peak power, his fuel mileage might be slightly less, and his wallet will be heavier.

Unless the...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 04-29-2015, 08:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 338
Posted By Tom K.
On my '07 E91, the glove compartment may only be...

On my '07 E91, the glove compartment may only be locked or unlocked with the "integrated" key. So if you do not lock it with the key, you should be able to open it by simply pulling on the handle.
...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 04-26-2015, 02:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 209
Posted By Tom K.
3200 miles overdue for a micro filter...

3200 miles overdue for a micro filter replacement. (See "Service Requirements" in your owner's manual.)

Tom
Forum: Tire Rack's Tires, Wheels, Brakes & Suspension 04-26-2015, 11:41 AM
Replies: 2
Rft
Views: 236
Posted By Tom K.
Why can't it be patched? Unless the tire has...

Why can't it be patched? Unless the tire has been damaged by running it in a totally deflated condition, a RFT may be patched or plugged like any other tire.

And don't mix RFTs with Go-flats as...
Forum: Tire Rack's Tires, Wheels, Brakes & Suspension 04-26-2015, 11:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 313
Posted By Tom K.
Good advice. But do NOT replace just one...

Good advice.

But do NOT replace just one tire with a different brand and/or model as the car's handling could become dangerously unpredictable, especially on wet roads or in an emergency.

Tom
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 04-17-2015, 12:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 531
Posted By Tom K.
Back in the day, that technique was called "Keep...

Back in the day, that technique was called "Keep backing 'til you hear glass!"

Tom
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