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Forum: General BMW Yesterday, 10:23 AM
Replies: 7
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Posted By thumper_330
Yeah, as far as the plates go to your local DMV....

Yeah, as far as the plates go to your local DMV. Since you're buying the car you can use all of the paperwork to get your perm plates before you go, or get a temporary tag from the DMV to put on the...
Forum: General BMW 06-13-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 465
Posted By thumper_330
Honestly if your budget doesn't stretch to an M3...

Honestly if your budget doesn't stretch to an M3 it's almost certainly not going to stretch to an M5 unless it's a much older model. And then you've got the problem of age; an older one is going to...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 06-03-2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 766
Posted By thumper_330
Good to know. The engine certainly had a very...

Good to know. The engine certainly had a very different character in the 4-series. And for those who've posted about the DHP... no, the car didn't have that at all. It was pretty much base+nav :)
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Forum: General BMW 06-03-2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,050
Posted By thumper_330
Throttle Body Actuator... common problem on the...

Throttle Body Actuator... common problem on the M3 engine around 60K miles or so. You can get the part online for about $400, and there's a great howto on M3post that I don't have a link to right now...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 06-02-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 766
Posted By thumper_330
328i/428i Back-to-Back

Hey guys, I just wanted to post this since it's an observation I've made in the last two weeks.

My E90 M3 has been in the shop... throttle body actuator failure... and due to the warranty company...
Forum: General BMW 06-02-2014, 12:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,050
Posted By thumper_330
... tell that to my extended warranty company who...

... tell that to my extended warranty company who as of today are out about $4000 on my car in the last two weeks. Granted much of that is their own doing (replacing the wrong parts when I already...
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008 - 2014) 05-28-2014, 07:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,080
Posted By thumper_330
You're more than welcome. I was once a Subaru fan...

You're more than welcome. I was once a Subaru fan as well... had a couple of SVX's and a much older STi. They're great cars and fun as all get-out... but really I looked at the recent STi's a couple...
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008 - 2014) 05-27-2014, 12:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,080
Posted By thumper_330
Honestly, you sort of take your chances a bit...

Honestly, you sort of take your chances a bit with these cars. From what I understand there is no way to tell that the car's going to suffer from a rod bearing failure... but the actual number of...
Forum: E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013) 05-16-2014, 08:46 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,510
Posted By thumper_330
Well, I loved mine. The looks are not for...

Well, I loved mine. The looks are not for everyone, but I saw it's looks as "spunky"... just like the 2002 it was based on. The short rear and long hood mean that the driver sits pretty much...
Forum: General BMW 05-16-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 321
Posted By thumper_330
Heh... I don't live there and only worked up in...

Heh... I don't live there and only worked up in the area for 3 months or so... but there are few places with as gorgeous countryside and beautiful mountain roads in my experience. Actually, it...
Forum: General BMW 05-16-2014, 08:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 828
Posted By thumper_330
Eye of the beholder, mate. Honestly, I hated...

Eye of the beholder, mate.

Honestly, I hated the look of the 1'er in pictures... then I saw one up close and really came to appreciate the dimensions a lot more. The best angle by far is from the...
Forum: General BMW 05-13-2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 321
Posted By thumper_330
Pennsylvania. The spring/summer colours are...

Pennsylvania. The spring/summer colours are really starting to come out at this time of year and a jaunt through the mountains of Pennsylvania in a 'vert 6'er would be freaking awesome :)
Forum: General BMW 05-13-2014, 07:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 828
Posted By thumper_330
I've owned a 135i and now own an M3 Sedan. OK,...

I've owned a 135i and now own an M3 Sedan. OK, not a coupe but from the perspective of the driver the 3 series sedan and coupe are pretty damned similar (from the times I've driven one).

Honestly,...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-12-2014, 08:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 612
Posted By thumper_330
As an E90 M3 stick owner, I can confirm it's a...

As an E90 M3 stick owner, I can confirm it's a tough shift and a tough transmission to drive smoothly.

Honestly, part of the reason is the power band of the M3 is not good at low RPM's... you've...
Forum: General BMW 05-09-2014, 09:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 763
Posted By thumper_330
Uter; while I agree with everything you said,...

Uter; while I agree with everything you said, again that idea of "caveat emptor" would be quite important here. Anything you buy online should have that warning regardless of whether it's on...
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008 - 2014) 02-18-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 611
Posted By thumper_330
It varies... and the answer to your question is...

It varies... and the answer to your question is "no".

All my cars with iDrive have done this, and while my current 08 M3 isn't nearly as annoying as my 545i was, it's still up there in the...
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008 - 2014) 02-18-2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,206
Posted By thumper_330
Generally I think it can be easily said that an...

Generally I think it can be easily said that an M3 of any ilk isn't for the faint of heart or skinny of wallet. I just had a service done on my M3 which cost close to a grand... add to that a valve...
Forum: General BMW 02-11-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 584
Posted By thumper_330
Well, even if we just take gas-mileage into...

Well, even if we just take gas-mileage into account as well as cost the math is pretty easy. I am going to base my prices on current prices in St. Louis since that's where I live...

Going with...
Forum: Performance Center Delivery 02-07-2014, 09:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,682
Posted By thumper_330
... or you can always find a willing 'Fester who...

... or you can always find a willing 'Fester who will do the drive for the cost of flights :) Hell, I'd probably do it for you since I can visit friends in Oklahoma City I haven't seen in a while on...
Forum: F22 / F23 2 Series (2014 - Current) 02-05-2014, 08:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,997
Posted By thumper_330
Yup... completely concur. I saw the A3 in person...

Yup... completely concur. I saw the A3 in person as well and it's a really nice little car. Very impressive, though obviously the proof will be in the driving. Having said that, modern Audis already...
Forum: Performance Center Delivery 02-04-2014, 06:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,682
Posted By thumper_330
Well, as my lengthy writeup will attest...

Well, as my lengthy writeup will attest (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=584374&highlight=), I had a great time and honestly would do it again in a heartbeat. Having said that, I...
Forum: E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013) 01-23-2014, 07:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,632
Posted By thumper_330
Honestly? I'd run... not walk away from this car....

Honestly? I'd run... not walk away from this car.

The repairs you've posted look like they were seriously done on the cheap. This says to me that they were not done well and you might have other...
Forum: F22 / F23 2 Series (2014 - Current) 01-16-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,624
Posted By thumper_330
In fairness, the "step up" model from the 2'er is...

In fairness, the "step up" model from the 2'er is the 4'er now... not the 3'er. The price differential is a smidge more when you consider that :)
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008 - 2014) 01-04-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,206
Posted By thumper_330
Yeah, I concur with the actual owners here; if...

Yeah, I concur with the actual owners here; if you want good gas mileage do not buy an M3. Period. My best tank so far was 22mpg which was FAR better than I expected. But that was several hours of...
Forum: E90/E92/E93 M3 (2008 - 2014) 01-03-2014, 07:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,022
Posted By thumper_330
I think the only BMW car I've ever owned that I...

I think the only BMW car I've ever owned that I purchased locally was my 330i... my first one. Here are some summaries of my experiences;

545i - Purchased used from North Carolina. Got a PPI and...
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