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Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts Yesterday, 04:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 226
Posted By Pierre Louis
We own a Lexus CT200h which was designed for...

We own a Lexus CT200h which was designed for Europe. It has the same engine/battery etc. as a Prius which was designed for the US. Our experience is that the Lexus has the same real world fuel...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 09-14-2014, 06:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,040
Posted By Pierre Louis
In my (lengthy) experience, BMW is not very good...

In my (lengthy) experience, BMW is not very good at marketing or selling "niche" vehicles. They are in the process of "homogenizing" their lineup hence the 328i/328d 528i/535i/535d overlapping...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 09-14-2014, 06:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 323
Posted By Pierre Louis
Ha ha, maybe there's a series for electric golf...

Ha ha, maybe there's a series for electric golf carts for geezers!
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 09-14-2014, 06:27 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,285
Posted By Pierre Louis
Mine went into the 1000 mile warning mode twice. ...

Mine went into the 1000 mile warning mode twice. I had no problem filling it up with a funnel the first time, the second time the small bottle from the dealer worked well enough until the next...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 09-12-2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,083
Posted By Pierre Louis
Sounds good. I'm more of a hands on car fanatic,...

Sounds good. I'm more of a hands on car fanatic, so its really nothing for me. You'd be surprised how easy it can be. But I understand the logic. Another reason to go to the dealer and ogle all...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 09-12-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,083
Posted By Pierre Louis
I would get the small bottle of DEF at a VW...

I would get the small bottle of DEF at a VW dealer (same thing as BMW sells but less expensive) and use it before the trip. Then you need to pry open/unlock the large cap to make it possible to...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 09-11-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,083
Posted By Pierre Louis
BMW apparently has stopped recommending a "drain...

BMW apparently has stopped recommending a "drain and flush" for DEF, including our 335d's. This change was about 2 years ago.

PL
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 09-09-2014, 02:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,112
Posted By Pierre Louis
There's always the possible "reckless driving"...

There's always the possible "reckless driving" charge. Lovely.:confused::angel:
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 09-07-2014, 06:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,112
Posted By Pierre Louis
Some people are just immature and thoughtless in...

Some people are just immature and thoughtless in how they drive. I keep them in the right lane whenever I can if they try to pass me (mostly if passing me won't make a bit of difference) - I think...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 09-01-2014, 06:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 459
Posted By Pierre Louis
Dealers do have a choice of using aftermarket...

Dealers do have a choice of using aftermarket parts not from the OEM category as long as they comply with manufacturers specs. The warranty stays the same, usually 90 days to 2 years for their work....
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 08-31-2014, 07:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 459
Posted By Pierre Louis
My experience has been that OEM specific brake...

My experience has been that OEM specific brake pads do not cause excessive brake dust, while aftermarket "performance" pads do. There may be other reasons for the extra dust, but it sounds likely...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 08-28-2014, 08:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 446
Posted By Pierre Louis
Hard to say, but many think carbon buildup is...

Hard to say, but many think carbon buildup is inevitable and say fuel economy suffers first.

Do you have the sport package? The wider/summer wheels seem to decrease fuel economy by 1-2 mpg.

PL
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 08-28-2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 6,671
Posted By Pierre Louis
Here is something that is available to...

Here is something that is available to remove/replace the EGR, FYI

http://www.ebay.com/itm/181501147070?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 08-24-2014, 07:53 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,083
Posted By Pierre Louis
Yeah, I wouldn't keep it in the car, and would...

Yeah, I wouldn't keep it in the car, and would recommend using it up right away after buying it. I keep an empty bottle with the correct nozzle to fit the car. When it needs DEF, I can buy fresh...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 08-24-2014, 07:29 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,110
Posted By Pierre Louis
To me, all aftermarket additives, when used as a...

To me, all aftermarket additives, when used as a preventive "treatment", are snake oil. The entire purpose originally was to fix a problem, such as dirty injectors or add something to the coolant to...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 08-18-2014, 05:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 723
Posted By Pierre Louis
If you buy one time the small bottle at a VW...

If you buy one time the small bottle at a VW dealer of AdBlue, the cap can be gently pried loose and makes the bottle re-usable. The time when needing fluid, buy some at the local auto parts store...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 08-16-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 592
Posted By Pierre Louis
Sorry to disagree with you. There are lots of...

Sorry to disagree with you. There are lots of threads that discuss the scientific validity of various claims.

PL
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 08-16-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 592
Posted By Pierre Louis
458889 So you are, uh, an automotive...

458889

So you are, uh, an automotive chemical engineer?

From here. Effect of fuel cetane number on a premixed diesel combustion mode is a paper that implies the DDE is more the culprit if...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 08-16-2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 482
Posted By Pierre Louis
The money you save on not losing resale value as...

The money you save on not losing resale value as much as well as lower monthly payments should go into maintenance and repairs. I would budget about $2000/year for such a car.

My past private...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 08-16-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 6,671
Posted By Pierre Louis
:beerchug: Beer is a good additive....

:beerchug: Beer is a good additive....
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 08-16-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 6,671
Posted By Pierre Louis
Sorry to hear about the SES light. Its very...

Sorry to hear about the SES light. Its very disappointing I'm sure.

Let us know what they find. Good luck.

PL
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 08-16-2014, 08:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,176
Posted By Pierre Louis
Dan Neil, my favorite car enthusiast writer, has...

Dan Neil, my favorite car enthusiast writer, has a piece in the Wall Street Journal on the 535d x drive...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 08-15-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,285
Posted By Pierre Louis
I look at Ford Fusions and they remind me of the...

I look at Ford Fusions and they remind me of the A7....
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 08-15-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 6,671
Posted By Pierre Louis
My theory for why I needed NOx sensors and 2 new...

My theory for why I needed NOx sensors and 2 new catalytic converters is that I had not been doing that maneuver, flooring it briskly so that it downshifts and powers on, until the time right before...
Forum: BMW Diesel Owners / Enthusiasts 08-14-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 10,895
Posted By Pierre Louis
I'm sure many "second-tier" (I made the label up)...

I'm sure many "second-tier" (I made the label up) brands have good/adequate additives, but its hard to tell from the consumer's point of view either way. The cost of the "top tier" is about $.06 to...
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