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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-25-2015, 09:36 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 3,803
Posted By Bob Shiftright
For almost completely uninvolved commuting,...

For almost completely uninvolved commuting, telecommuting is about 671,000,000 MPH faster than any BMW built today.
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-25-2015, 05:49 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 3,803
Posted By Bob Shiftright
I doubt I average even your speed. Traffic...

I doubt I average even your speed.

Traffic is awful here -- but if it's awful with a manual transmission it's just as awful with an automatic. Traffic is as much of an argument against buying a...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-24-2015, 08:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 370
Posted By Bob Shiftright
A "model year" might span months or years. ...

A "model year" might span months or years.

Or even decades. I thought a car's model year was pretty much what the car's manufacturer says it was.

http://www.shelbyamerican.com/index.asp
...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 02-23-2015, 02:41 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,131
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Both are luxury goods. Buy whatever you want and...

Both are luxury goods. Buy whatever you want and can afford.

Ancient history now, but this reminds me...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-22-2015, 05:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 458
Posted By Bob Shiftright
I had a front strut (Bilstein) collapse on...

I had a front strut (Bilstein) collapse on another car once.

The suspension fell enough to score the tire on the side that failed but IIRC both sides appeared lower.

As others have said, get...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-21-2015, 08:33 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 3,803
Posted By Bob Shiftright
$4,840. Faster on a track. Less fun...

$4,840.

Faster on a track.

Less fun (for me) on a street. Since I'll never take a car out on a track, my choice would be easy.

Not just the GT3 -- it looks like all turbos are also PDK...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-21-2015, 05:49 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,231
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Ummmmm. There are some who think that each and...

Ummmmm. There are some who think that each and every BMW already has a dipstick between the steering wheel and the front seat.

I'm not sure it affectionate.
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-21-2015, 04:39 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 3,803
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Plenty of $100,000 cars available with 6MTs and...

Plenty of $100,000 cars available with 6MTs and 7MTs!

http://www.porsche.com/usa/aboutporsche/porschecarsnorthamerica/
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-21-2015, 11:17 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 3,803
Posted By Bob Shiftright
We have both, and plan to have both, but not...

We have both, and plan to have both, but not because of traffic. I commuted into NYC and DC in old SAABs -- which had some of the notchiest manual transmissions around. NYC and DC traffic was awful,...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-21-2015, 05:31 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 3,803
Posted By Bob Shiftright
The March 2015 issue of Road and Track that...

The March 2015 issue of Road and Track that arrived in my mailbox yesterday features a comparison test of the 2015 Chevrolet SS 6-speed with a 2003 BMW E39 M5 6-speed. (MSRP for the SS is $46740 --...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-20-2015, 08:58 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 3,803
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Hopefully, the door was open?

Hopefully, the door was open?
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-20-2015, 05:22 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 3,803
Posted By Bob Shiftright
That's a problem? A F10 manual pops out of...

That's a problem?

A F10 manual pops out of the BMW CPO finder so they must exist.

I'm more surprised that only half of M3s sold are stick. You can not purchase a Honda Civic Si with without a...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-20-2015, 08:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 664
Posted By Bob Shiftright
I like it. I think it weighs a few ounces...

I like it.

I think it weighs a few ounces more than the US armrest so it makes the car go slower, not faster.

Is the armrest worth the money? None of this stuff is worth the money but if that...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-20-2015, 05:41 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 3,803
Posted By Bob Shiftright
The last time I checked a E9x parts catalog, a...

The last time I checked a E9x parts catalog, a replacement E9x manual transmission was priced higher than the replacement automagic.

When 6-speeds were first introduced, a few manufacturers...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-19-2015, 10:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 664
Posted By Bob Shiftright
"None of the above" isn't an option? :) The...

"None of the above" isn't an option? :)

The headlight switch was probably first -- because that was easiest.

The remote Valentine display took some time because of the fabrication. Otherwise,...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-17-2015, 06:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 525
Posted By Bob Shiftright
No, not a 2-stroke three. Sorry! I love Kurt...

No, not a 2-stroke three. Sorry!

I love Kurt Vonnegut's remark -- he was (briefly) a SAAB dealer -- that if he had sold Volvos he never would have needed to become a best-selling author!
...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-17-2015, 05:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 392
Posted By Bob Shiftright
"Buy a Honda/Toyota" is just the standard...

"Buy a Honda/Toyota" is just the standard disclaimer, like "if it lasts for more than 4 hours, call a doctor". We already have BMWs, so we know what we've gotten ourselves into.

+1 on the...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-17-2015, 05:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 392
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Have you considered encouraging your parents to...

Have you considered encouraging your parents to buy a new 3-er or 5-er and sell you the 330i?
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-16-2015, 11:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 525
Posted By Bob Shiftright
If it pops out of gear even when you're holding...

If it pops out of gear even when you're holding it in, I agree, the transmission is probably done. Too bad.

In the meantime, I'd think you could start it in 2nd on the flat. We used to get by with...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-16-2015, 06:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 525
Posted By Bob Shiftright
IIRC the 335i and 328i use different...

IIRC the 335i and 328i use different transmissions. One is a Getrag and the other is a ZF.

As to exactly which transmissions were used in what years and AWD versus RWD -- suggest checking an...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-14-2015, 12:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 814
Posted By Bob Shiftright
I'm pretty dumb b/c I bought my Volvo beater back...

I'm pretty dumb b/c I bought my Volvo beater back from my indy Volvo guys three times last year. It makes economic sense. It isn't the value of my car to you or anyone else that matters if the car...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-14-2015, 09:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 612
Posted By Bob Shiftright
"For fun" I compared the estimated depreciation...

"For fun" I compared the estimated depreciation of a used 3-series BMW with the estimated depreciation of a new Honda Civic Si, both at a similar initial price point. While one might expect the used...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-14-2015, 07:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 814
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Anecdotally, I have an old Volvo beater. A few...

Anecdotally, I have an old Volvo beater. A few years ago, it developed a major oil leak and I took it, not to a Volvo dealer, but to my local Porsche indy shop. They are much closer than my Volvo...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-13-2015, 09:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 591
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Looks like it was available on the 335i and 328i...

Looks like it was available on the 335i and 328i LCIs.

According to the BMW USA website there are currently three (3) used 2009 E9x M-sports for sale at USA BMW dealers, 2 x 335i, and 1 x 328i. ...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 02-13-2015, 05:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 591
Posted By Bob Shiftright
White is the fastest color.

White is the fastest color.
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