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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-15-2016, 02:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 293
Posted By drrpm
That's got to be near the top of list of the most...

That's got to be near the top of list of the most sketchy things you could buy used ;).
Forum: General BMW Questions 06-14-2016, 12:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,222
Posted By drrpm
I reserve the "you're #1 salute" for truly...

I reserve the "you're #1 salute" for truly egregious or dangerous behavior.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-22-2016, 11:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 270
Posted By drrpm
A bad ground is a frequent cause of electrical...

A bad ground is a frequent cause of electrical weirdness.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-19-2016, 11:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 309
Posted By drrpm
The 2001 330xi would have the M54B30 engine.

The 2001 330xi would have the M54B30 engine.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-19-2016, 10:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 309
Posted By drrpm
The 3.0 crankshaft is forged, not cast like the...

The 3.0 crankshaft is forged, not cast like the 2.5 so its significantly stronger. There are several different 3.0 liter BMW engines that have been made relatively recently. You probably need the...
Forum: General BMW Questions 04-18-2016, 07:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 718
Posted By drrpm
My experience with car dealers is that they all...

My experience with car dealers is that they all make lowball offers on trade ins. I iron out the deal on the car I'm buying first and then let them make an offer on a trade in but I have never...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-22-2016, 09:28 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,133
Posted By drrpm
Two cars isn't really extravagant. Its handy to...

Two cars isn't really extravagant. Its handy to have a spare when 1 needs service or repair or if the 2 of you have different places to go on a given day. An already depreciated example of the best...
Forum: General BMW Questions 03-22-2016, 09:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 858
Posted By drrpm
The average cost of the extended warranty will be...

The average cost of the extended warranty will be greater for the buyer than the expected average cost will be to the seller of the warranty. In general extended warranties are a sucker bet, however...
Forum: General BMW Questions 03-11-2016, 11:53 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 298
Posted By drrpm
Very cool!

Very cool!
Forum: General BMW Questions 02-23-2016, 09:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,729
Posted By drrpm
Pay the deductible and let the insurance company...

Pay the deductible and let the insurance company handle the dealership. Unless the deductible is more than the initial estimate it doesn't matter anyway, if it is higher then you may want to fight...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-09-2016, 02:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,032
Posted By drrpm
The 330 Xi will be a bit more gas hungry that a...

The 330 Xi will be a bit more gas hungry that a regular 330 due to the AWD but it should do better than 16.5 mpg unless its driven on short trips in city traffic where that mileage may be reasonable....
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-08-2016, 08:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,614
Posted By drrpm
That car looks pretty nice and the top of book...

That car looks pretty nice and the top of book price is around $6k. I might go another $500 if I really wanted it and it looked perfect in person, but I wouldn't spend a premium price for something...
Forum: General BMW Questions 01-27-2016, 10:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 619
Posted By drrpm
Ethanol free gasoline makes some sense for use in...

Ethanol free gasoline makes some sense for use in some small infrequently used engines like with chainsaws and some old outboard motors because the ethanol can oxidize and become acidic. There's not...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-15-2016, 12:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 987
Posted By drrpm
Mine, its 2005 330 Ci ZHP 6MT.

Mine, its 2005 330 Ci ZHP 6MT.
Forum: General BMW Questions 12-28-2015, 09:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,027
Posted By drrpm
Peak horsepower for my M54B30 comes at 5,900 RPM...

Peak horsepower for my M54B30 comes at 5,900 RPM and I rarely rev it that high. Put me down for once a month and 6 cylinders.
Forum: General BMW Questions 11-30-2015, 09:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 995
Posted By drrpm
The CRV is pretty nice. I have a 2010 bought...

The CRV is pretty nice. I have a 2010 bought used 1.5 years ago after my daughter wrecked our van. My wife liked it better than the new version or the RAV4. Another top pick would be a Lexus...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-24-2015, 07:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 405
Posted By drrpm
Soft tread compounds will wear faster especially...

Soft tread compounds will wear faster especially if driven at high speeds.
Forum: General BMW Questions 10-20-2015, 07:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,679
Posted By drrpm
My 1986 IROC Camaro was the only car I owned that...

My 1986 IROC Camaro was the only car I owned that had trouble with clogged fuel injectors and the last episode was 1990. Since then I have owned 10 more fuel injected cars and trucks, 4 of which...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-19-2015, 11:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 490
Posted By drrpm
Also, with no AC you will likely have a fogging...

Also, with no AC you will likely have a fogging problem especially in a humid environment.
Forum: General BMW Questions 10-19-2015, 10:56 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,679
Posted By drrpm
I have not had a problem with clogged fuel...

I have not had a problem with clogged fuel injectors since about 1990, when it was a fairly common problem. Gas is gas sums it up. I wouldn't worry about gas from anywhere except some off brand low...
Forum: General BMW Questions 10-13-2015, 07:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,117
Posted By drrpm
The ZHP gearing is the same as the convertible, I...

The ZHP gearing is the same as the convertible, I think it's a 3.07 final drive ratio and not the least bit annoying. I get a consistent 25 mpg in mixed driving and around 30 on the highway.
The...
Forum: General BMW Questions 10-13-2015, 11:13 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,751
Posted By drrpm
I'm on my third 3 series (315, 325IS, 330 CI)...

I'm on my third 3 series (315, 325IS, 330 CI) since 1991. I'll drive the 330 as long as it runs well, hopefully at least another 5 years. At that point I'll have to see what they have to offer. I...
Forum: General BMW Questions 10-07-2015, 11:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,117
Posted By drrpm
The power difference is small. The main...

The power difference is small. The main difference is in the suspension that helps it handle almost as well as an M3 but still have a comfortable ride.
Forum: General BMW Questions 10-07-2015, 10:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,117
Posted By drrpm
The newest E46 would be a 2006 coupe so finding...

The newest E46 would be a 2006 coupe so finding one with less than 50K on the odometer will be hard and even then it will require the usual E46 maintenance items just due to age. That said, An E46...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-02-2015, 03:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,115
Posted By drrpm
The higher one starts, the further there is to...

The higher one starts, the further there is to fall. On average, most cars will lose about 50% of their value in 4-5 years and the descent will slow from there. Eventually most cars get to the...
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