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Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008+) 02-17-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 507
Posted By captbilly
Issues with the display on my M3

I have a 2011 E90 DCT, competition pack, with the LCD display in the center of the dash (with the GPS and all that stuff). It seems like almost every time I start the car the display comes up with a...
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008+) 02-17-2014, 04:51 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,131
Posted By captbilly
I get 16MPG in town, up to 24 on the highway.

The mileage is about the same as my old Audi A6 turbo, not great but not terrible. On the highway it is possible to put up some decent mileage if you drive the speed limit (which, of course, we all...
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008+) 01-15-2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,483
Posted By captbilly

An M3 is a 4-5 seat car, the Corvette a 2 seater with essentially no trunk. That Chevy could build a car with 2 seats that is faster than a BMW with 4 should not be surprising to anyone. I think...
Forum: F80/F82/F83 M3 and M4 (Coming spring 2014) 09-26-2013, 09:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,653
Posted By captbilly
What other advancement in technology should we not want.

I get the argument for a manual transmission, but why do we look at a DCT differently than other advancements in automotive technology? Do any of us want to go back to no power steering? How about...
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008+) 08-01-2013, 11:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 866
Posted By captbilly
How can a car have ED?

I just can't see how a car can have erectile dysfunction.
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008+) 05-10-2013, 01:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,064
Posted By captbilly
Most wheel dynos are not good at absolute measurements

There is no reliable way to calculate the the rotational inertia of the drivetrain, wheels and tires. (well you could pull everything apart and carefully measure it, but nobody does this). Without...
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008+) 02-12-2013, 11:03 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,468
Posted By captbilly
Went through the same process.

1. No run flats no spare. Funny story, one day I left the office without my cell phone to do an errand. I got on the interstate and boom totally flat tire in 2 seconds. So here I am sitting on the...
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008+) 02-12-2013, 10:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,032
Posted By captbilly
A convertable.... nooooo!

Just messing with you but... a convertable, nooooo! Ok I am calm now so here's the poop. Lots of people like convertibles, heck I have owned one for 33 years (it sits in my garage 360 days out of...
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008+) 02-12-2013, 10:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,528
Posted By captbilly
Why do we want these?

Are they lighter than the originals? What is the advantage of these over the original or competition package wheels?
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008+) 02-12-2013, 10:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,903
Posted By captbilly
Service does not like to top it off because....

Your level is completely OK, about 1/2 liter low (or above the minimum, depends on if you are a half empty or half full kind of guy), so you don't need to do anything. The reason that most dealers...
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008+) 02-11-2013, 12:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 13,080
Posted By captbilly
Remember that on the M3 the autostart feature is...

Remember that on the M3 the autostart feature is off by default (you have to push a button to turn the feature on) so you don't have to use it if you don't want to. And, as I said in my original...
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008+) 10-08-2012, 11:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,737
Posted By captbilly
e90 m3

I also considered and test drove c63 amg, lexus isf, s4, ctsV. In addition i considered R8 v10 and Gallardo but decided they were simply too impractical for me (2 seats and no real trunk just...
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008+) 10-02-2012, 11:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,601
Posted By captbilly
I have to second what tearex said about convertibles in Texas

I had a convertible for the year I lived in Texas, and there were precious few times when I would have wanted to drive with the top down. Even forgetting for the moment the skin damage you will...
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008+) 05-14-2012, 05:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,795
Posted By captbilly
My point is that the performance difference isn't slight.

As I said in my post above; There are surely all sorts of reasons why someone might want a convertible, I have owned a convertible sports car since 1980 but, in the case of the M3 coupe or sedan vs....
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008+) 05-05-2012, 08:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,795
Posted By captbilly
Just sayin

I am not suggesting that there is no reason why someone wouldn't want a "top down experience", in fact I have owned a convertable for over 30 years, I'm just saying that the performance difference...
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008+) 05-05-2012, 09:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 13,080
Posted By captbilly
DCT 2011 M3 auto start almost never shuts off engine

I have turned on the autostart feature but I have tried it a couple of times. It seems that between the hot California weather and the DCT being in manual mode most of the time, the autostart...
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008+) 05-05-2012, 09:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,114
Posted By captbilly
$150 installed at the dealer.

It may actually have only cost $120, but whatever, it was cheap. I hit mine on a curb when pulling into a parking space while trying to leave room for the car next to me, as they say, no good deed...
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008+) 05-05-2012, 09:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,475
Posted By captbilly
I have about 12000 miles on my M3 with...

I have about 12000 miles on my M3 with competition package, with PS2s. I would guess they will last to nearly 20,000. I will be replacing them with PSSs, which are supposedly significantly more...
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008+) 05-05-2012, 09:18 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 43,234
Posted By captbilly
I have driven a 335 loaner, as well as the 135...

I have driven a 335 loaner, as well as the 135 with the M package ( not an M1), and they were both very nice cars. I was particularly impressed with the 135 but after driving a M3 competition...
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008+) 05-05-2012, 08:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,795
Posted By captbilly
There is a major performance hit going to the convertable

I just wanted to comment on your comment that the performance loss from the coup and sedan to the convertible is slight. The convertible performs and handles like a completely different car than the...
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