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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-02-2015, 07:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 432
Posted By Bob Shiftright
....purchased our last few cars through Costco. ...

....purchased our last few cars through Costco.

Not the BMW, but my nearby BMW dealer came reasonably close to the Costco price, and the Costco BMW dealer was in the other corner of the state.
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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-02-2015, 05:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 240
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Any chance that someone was smart enough to pull...

Any chance that someone was smart enough to pull an electrical connector so that it wouldn't start after they put the hole in the oil pan? (After they cleaned up all the oil that leaked out.)
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-01-2015, 07:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 150
Posted By Bob Shiftright
The most popular car in the History of Man is the...

The most popular car in the History of Man is the Toyota Corolla. Over 40 million Corollas have been sold.

There are reasons for that.

So I'd suggest buying a Corolla, studying hard, making...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-01-2015, 07:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 297
Posted By Bob Shiftright
The autodim mirrors are not cheap. (Try eBay.) ...

The autodim mirrors are not cheap. (Try eBay.)

If you are in the US you can use this as an opportunity to upgrade to the Euro mirrors. http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=520029...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-31-2015, 04:31 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 604
Posted By Bob Shiftright
So your BMW dealer agreed to fix the problem?...

So your BMW dealer agreed to fix the problem? (Without calling in the lawyers?) :thumbup:

I'm getting too old and the potholes here are getting too deep, but some like a car that rides like a coal...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-30-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 604
Posted By Bob Shiftright
That probably depends on the part. (Read the fine...

That probably depends on the part. (Read the fine print of the warranty). If the car has a Mann filter or the bumper has been repainted, everyone will probably roll their eyes.

If your car is not...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-23-2015, 07:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 405
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Your driveway? I maintain my cars, but not...

Your driveway?

I maintain my cars, but not at the dealer. Once the "free" maintenance was over, my car never went back to the dealer for routine maintenance.

I had the BMW extended warranty and...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-13-2015, 04:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 356
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Both manuals! Difficult choice. Old cars...

Both manuals!

Difficult choice. Old cars with manual transmissions have souls.

I hate rust.

Since Karmann invented rust and then licensed the process to the Italians (and British), I'd have...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-08-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 693
Posted By Bob Shiftright
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=...

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=206415
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-08-2015, 09:23 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,097
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Since everyone knows about the EPA testing, of...

Since everyone knows about the EPA testing, of course they program the transmissions to maximize gas mileage in the EPA test. The world I drive in isn't an EPA test, but either way my fuel cost is...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-08-2015, 04:14 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,097
Posted By Bob Shiftright
The PDK is a $4,080 (MSRP) option on a base 911...

The PDK is a $4,080 (MSRP) option on a base 911 -- this is not the kind of transmission that comes with a $18375 (MSRP) Toyota Corolla AT.

Manual transmissions continue to have fuel economy and...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-06-2015, 05:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,097
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Eventually they will do away with steering wheels...

Eventually they will do away with steering wheels and tires, too. Eventually.

(I'm actually shocked that only 5% of M cars are sold with manuals. I guess the trend explains why a SA at my dealer...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-29-2015, 02:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 572
Posted By Bob Shiftright
The Acura is likely to be more friendly to your...

The Acura is likely to be more friendly to your wallet.

However, if you already have an E46, you should have some idea of what you are in for with an E90.
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-28-2015, 05:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 331
Posted By Bob Shiftright
The Mann microfilters are $20 on Amazon, if you...

The Mann microfilters are $20 on Amazon, if you can do without the gray box and BMW roundells. There are 6 x 8mm screws, IIRC. (You may find that the Factory Trained BMW tech who worked on the car...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-27-2015, 04:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 615
Posted By Bob Shiftright
"For fun", I checked the trade-in value of a 2008...

"For fun", I checked the trade-in value of a 2008 Honda Accord EX-L V6 with 103K in "good" condition and found a trade-in value of $10,700.

The resale market is adjusting price for the expected...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-25-2015, 07:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 615
Posted By Bob Shiftright
There are DIYs around for adding the sport seats....

There are DIYs around for adding the sport seats. (There is probably a good supply of used sport seats around.) Of course, it would be best to try a car with the sport seats first.

Adding a gel...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-25-2015, 05:06 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,148
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Electrical poltergeists, mainly. Several radios....

Electrical poltergeists, mainly. Several radios. Software updates. The stereo amplifier. The battery. The battery cable recall. Some $1000 gizmo that's involved in the stability control. Serpentine...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-24-2015, 09:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 615
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Think the depreciation curve should be...

Think the depreciation curve should be more-or-less linear at this point.

Do the seats in some other car not cause you pain?

Do you have the sport seats? They are adjustable in more ways than...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-24-2015, 05:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 404
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Fleabay or a local junk yard, and yes, you will...

Fleabay or a local junk yard, and yes, you will lose much of your trunk space if you do this.

A tire plug kit and air pump take up less space. Was this a sudden blowout, or did the TPMS fail to...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-23-2015, 11:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 715
Posted By Bob Shiftright
I'd rather drive a $700 Volvo (trade-in value)...

I'd rather drive a $700 Volvo (trade-in value) and pay for a couple of big repairs yearly than have a car payment. Just how much is a transmission for a 2003 Mercedes? Used?

I've driven too many...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-23-2015, 06:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 715
Posted By Bob Shiftright
The OP indicated that reliability was a very...

The OP indicated that reliability was a very desirable feature.

Quality can be measured in many different ways. Surveys are often created to produce the results that the surveyor wants. Consumer...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-23-2015, 04:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 715
Posted By Bob Shiftright
I try not to equate what a car is currently worth...

I try not to equate what a car is currently worth as a trade-in or wholesale and what it's worth to me, because I've owned cars that I then couldn't then justify filling the gas tank.

In effect,...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-21-2015, 04:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 404
Posted By Bob Shiftright
BTW, I have CA (keyless) and my alarm doesn't go...

BTW, I have CA (keyless) and my alarm doesn't go off when I open the rear hatch/trunk. The car "knows" it's me getting something.

Do you have a clown nose, and does it blink?
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-21-2015, 04:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 404
Posted By Bob Shiftright
The pre LCI US cars are pre-wired for an alarm...

The pre LCI US cars are pre-wired for an alarm but the LCI US cars aren't. On post-LCI cars it's almost always a factory installed alarm and on the window sticker because the wiring harness is...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-17-2015, 05:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 661
Posted By Bob Shiftright
When I brought an older, low mileage car back to...

When I brought an older, low mileage car back to life, I changed the fluid, filters, and battery. Sprayed FrigiFresh through the AC evaporator. Vacuumed out the mouse nests.

I changed the tires...
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