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Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-18-2017, 02:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 492
Posted By chiefneil
I'm surprised your car isn't completely freaking...

I'm surprised your car isn't completely freaking out with the setup the dealer gave you. When different wheels on the same axle are moving at different speeds in a straight line, the computer...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-18-2017, 09:05 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,218
Posted By chiefneil
Here's our X5 35i with N55 engine running fine...

Here's our X5 35i with N55 engine running fine with plastic engine cover on and a/c running med-high.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=12153&pictureid=57954

Here's my 335i...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-16-2017, 08:45 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,218
Posted By chiefneil
Actually 242F and oil temp of 300F, but close...

Actually 242F and oil temp of 300F, but close enough. What was your oil temp when your a/c shut down? Did you hit 300?
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-15-2017, 08:02 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,218
Posted By chiefneil
You can see in my user info that I have a 2014...

You can see in my user info that I have a 2014 335i. You might want to update yours since it just says Prius.

Google "N55 engine manual" (assuming you have a 335 and not a 340) and in there you'll...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-14-2017, 09:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,218
Posted By chiefneil
Something's probably wrong either with your...

Something's probably wrong either with your cooling system or your a/c. Even on 115-117F days in Phoenix my a/c blows cold and my oil temp sits at 205F. On long boring highway slogs the cooling...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-13-2017, 03:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 646
Posted By chiefneil
It's not just the drain plug, it's your oil pan...

It's not just the drain plug, it's your oil pan that it's connected to. It's not a structural component so you want somebody to take a look and make sure nothing was cracked, broken, or pushed out of...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-11-2017, 05:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 747
Posted By chiefneil
My daughter's Mini has go-flats and a mini spare....

My daughter's Mini has go-flats and a mini spare.

Oddly enough I've also never been stranded by a flat tire, and my wife and I have about 50+ years of driving combined under our belts. But my...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-10-2017, 05:10 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,103
Posted By chiefneil
Personally I would follow BMW's updated...

Personally I would follow BMW's updated maintenance schedule, which is something like 10-12k / 12 months. The 15k/2yr interval was only there for 2012/2013, and I'm surprised they didn't...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-10-2017, 12:22 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,103
Posted By chiefneil
Quoting from the SAE paper summary below, my...

Quoting from the SAE paper summary below, my emphasis added.

"In one of our previous studies it was observed that engine oil samples collected from fleet vehicles after 12,000 mile drain interval...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-10-2017, 10:39 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,103
Posted By chiefneil
I've been doing 10k/12 months oil changes on all...

I've been doing 10k/12 months oil changes on all my BMW's since about 2002 with multiple oil analyses by Blackstone all indicating zero problems. My 2002 E46 went to 12 years and 120k miles when I...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-10-2017, 10:06 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,046
Posted By chiefneil
I think Car and Driver counted ~34 on the F30, so...

I think Car and Driver counted ~34 on the F30, so you missed a few.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-07-2017, 01:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 580
Posted By chiefneil
And this too. I changed my own oil for years but...

And this too. I changed my own oil for years but disposing of the used oil got to be enough of a pain that I'd rather just pay somebody the extra $50 to do it for me while I sit in a comfortable...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-07-2017, 01:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 580
Posted By chiefneil
How do you suck it from the top without a...

How do you suck it from the top without a dipstick tube to use?
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-26-2017, 10:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 837
Posted By chiefneil
Probably from stuff falling off trees - acorns,...

Probably from stuff falling off trees - acorns, pine cones, etc.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-23-2017, 08:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 622
Posted By chiefneil
From the N55 engine manual: Engine cooling ...

From the N55 engine manual:

Engine cooling
The engine cooling system utilizes an electric coolant pump. The heat management
determines the current cooling requirement and controls the cooling...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-20-2017, 06:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,523
Posted By chiefneil
Eh, I won't be surprised if they go back to...

Eh, I won't be surprised if they go back to halogens for the G20.

BMW addeth content as the model ages, and BMW taketh content away for new releases.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-18-2017, 06:15 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,412
Posted By chiefneil
I definitely would like to have more color...

I definitely would like to have more color options in the 3 series. When we got our X5 there was a whole pallet of interior colors available (currently have tobacco brown with contrast stitching -...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-12-2017, 12:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,240
Posted By chiefneil
The very cheapest tints are usually dye, or...

The very cheapest tints are usually dye, or metallic for a bit more. Going up the price scale you get to the ceramics and so-called "nano" tints. At the very highest end there's one tint that's...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-12-2017, 11:53 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,197
Posted By chiefneil
:rofl::rofl:

:rofl::rofl:
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-11-2017, 08:02 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,197
Posted By chiefneil
Dunno. The guy at the CCRC himself made me sign a...

Dunno. The guy at the CCRC himself made me sign a piece of paper saying that if I wanted them to use OEM I acknowledged it would be an additional charge that insurance wouldn't cover. Or something to...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-10-2017, 10:31 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,197
Posted By chiefneil
Liberty Mutual in Phoenix wouldn't cover OEM on...

Liberty Mutual in Phoenix wouldn't cover OEM on repairs to my daughter's Mini. It was repaired at a CCRC and it's a lease so I didn't really care either way.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-09-2017, 11:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 862
Posted By chiefneil
The protective film-forming characteristics of...

The protective film-forming characteristics of synthetic oil improve as it ages, well beyond 5k miles. If TBN is good and deposits/particulates are low, then older synthetic is arguably better for an...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-09-2017, 07:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,240
Posted By chiefneil
Crystalline and Llumar are both excellent tints...

Crystalline and Llumar are both excellent tints by reputation. I have CR40 all around (except windshield) and am very happy with it.

Personally, I would prioritize the reputation of the installer...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-02-2017, 02:36 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,676
Posted By chiefneil
As a public service, I feel I should point out...

As a public service, I feel I should point out that many BMW CCA chapters offer driving schools in their local areas. They're not free, but when you factor in airfare and your personal time...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 05-31-2017, 06:05 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,676
Posted By chiefneil
I also got an invite after I bought my '14 335i....

I also got an invite after I bought my '14 335i. They included a free night at the hotel too. Unfortunately they didn't have Thermal at the time and I didn't feel like trecking out to Spartanburg...
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