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Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) Today, 07:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 427
Posted By dcharnet
I have towed race cars in covered trailers to...

I have towed race cars in covered trailers to road courses around the Midwest for years. Total tow weights are in the 4-5k range, and of course an 18' covered trailer with another 2' of Vee nose adds...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 12-13-2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 263
Posted By dcharnet
I am in the snowbelt (perhaps that should be...

I am in the snowbelt (perhaps that should be "snowbelt"). My 255 OEM RFs on 19 wheels were decent in snow when tread depth was greater. At 30k and 6/32 they are not so decent. I have gone to Pirelli...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 12-09-2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,736
Posted By dcharnet
...and don't be surprised when they lie back to...

...and don't be surprised when they lie back to you....
Forum: E89 Z4 (2009 - current) 12-07-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 239
Posted By dcharnet
If mice can get into your storage space, they...

If mice can get into your storage space, they will enter the car through the open trunk. It mystifies me how they can climb up into things. We live in the country on 10 acres, and fight that battle...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 12-06-2014, 01:31 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,396
Posted By dcharnet
Thumbs up Thanks, the MGB is at the center of my car life....

Thanks, the MGB is at the center of my car life. Hope you find your way back to club or vintage racing. And all those REAL Bonnevilles! :cool:
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 12-06-2014, 05:49 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,396
Posted By dcharnet
'15 BMW Z4, '13 Mini Countryman S, '63 MGB...

'15 BMW Z4, '13 Mini Countryman S, '63 MGB vintage race car, 09 Ducati GT 1000, '12 Triumph Bonneville.
Forum: E89 Z4 (2009 - current) 12-03-2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,183
Posted By dcharnet
This "age" business is of course so much related...

This "age" business is of course so much related to mental attitude. If you feel younger, you will be, in so many important respects. Do this, and don't overthink it. My '15 Z4 is pure fun whenever I...
Forum: E89 Z4 (2009 - current) 12-03-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 551
Posted By dcharnet
I intend to drive my '15 year around along with...

I intend to drive my '15 year around along with my '13 X5. I have had no winter issues so far. This is a leased car. I am MUCH more relaxed about winter's bone.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 11-29-2014, 07:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 965
Posted By dcharnet
I have just installed Pirelli Scorpian Snow and...

I have just installed Pirelli Scorpian Snow and Ice tires on my 19 inch rims. I'm very pleased so far, especially with how they handle, feel and sound in dry conditions. I need more snow to fully...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 11-25-2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,262
Posted By dcharnet
All this analysis and no one has asked about...

All this analysis and no one has asked about tread depth or chassis miles. It could be wear bars near the surface and that the driver hears the left side more acutely. It could be a tire bulge, or...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 11-23-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,490
Posted By dcharnet
Not so little, perhaps: an affirmation, an...

Not so little, perhaps: an affirmation, an unexpected tribal communication.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 11-23-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,490
Posted By dcharnet
A CPO is really just an extended warranty paid...

A CPO is really just an extended warranty paid for in advance. By you. I would suggest buying a vehicle that is in warranty. You can always add the extended warranty before the BMW warranty expires,...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 11-22-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,490
Posted By dcharnet
I have found a definite DHF (diesel hassle...

I have found a definite DHF (diesel hassle factor) with my former diesel SUVs: Smell, finding the right nozzle size, ad blue anxiety. The torque and HP on my '13 35i are fine for my relatively heavy...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 11-20-2014, 06:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 400
Posted By dcharnet
Generally it is not a good idea to let any...

Generally it is not a good idea to let any vehicle sit and idle just to warm it up. The best way to warm it up is to drive it. Depending on circumstances, letting the oil circulate at idle for a...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 11-17-2014, 09:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 965
Posted By dcharnet
An X5 with 255-50-19 runflat all seasons is a...

An X5 with 255-50-19 runflat all seasons is a good snow vehicle if tread depth is adequate. Wider tires than that can certainly cause problems in winter. Marginal tread depth is a winter problem even...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 05-14-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,682
Posted By dcharnet
When you solve your issues, try driving in Sport...

When you solve your issues, try driving in Sport or Manual mode. 0-60 is about 6.7 seconds if you push it---very decent for the size. Standard D mode is CAFE-compromised. I am very performance...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 04-23-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,718
Posted By dcharnet
I have towed 4500 lbs of race car and covered...

I have towed 4500 lbs of race car and covered trailer through high passes in Colorado in winter snows and was very impressed.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 04-09-2014, 06:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 950
Posted By dcharnet
My view is that this is one of those questions...

My view is that this is one of those questions with no objective answer that could really help you. You have to weigh all of the subjective variables and value them for yourself. It's almost like...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 02-02-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 453
Posted By dcharnet
"Love it or leave?" Get real.

"Love it or leave?" Get real.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 01-20-2014, 08:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 877
Posted By dcharnet
Likely the race gas was leaded and damaged...

Likely the race gas was leaded and damaged something in the emissions system. It probably did not enhance performance one jot, and probably voided the warranty.

I suggest hanging with a different...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 01-03-2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,287
Posted By dcharnet
I'd bet water pump.

I'd bet water pump.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 12-31-2013, 06:24 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,549
Posted By dcharnet
As miles accumulate, the question of what is...

As miles accumulate, the question of what is ordinary wear and tear and what is a defect has, by degree, a different answer. Expect these issues---what is reasonable component life and what is...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 12-26-2013, 09:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 982
Posted By dcharnet
Drilled and slotted rotors are a complete waste...

Drilled and slotted rotors are a complete waste of money on a road-driven X5 and are more prone to stress failure and shortened life.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 12-08-2013, 01:49 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 15,369
Posted By dcharnet
I completely agree with you. My '13 is no...

I completely agree with you. My '13 is no different than my '12. Both are excellent cars.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 12-06-2013, 09:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,208
Posted By dcharnet
I've had gas and diesel SUVs. Both are good in...

I've had gas and diesel SUVs. Both are good in all material respects. There is less hassle with gas, and diesel pumps tend to leave a smell. The 35i is faster---yes. There is absolutely not one...
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