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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-23-2015, 07:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 389
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: 348
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: 668
Posted By Bob Shiftright
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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-08-2015, 09:23 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,089
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: 1,089
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: 1,089
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: 566
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: 328
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: 611
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: 611
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: 1,133
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: 611
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: 400
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: 702
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: 702
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: 702
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: 398
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: 398
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: 651
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...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-11-2015, 05:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 639
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Mechanically I think that BMWs are as good or bad...

Mechanically I think that BMWs are as good or bad as anything today. The killer is the complicated electrical system.

For the long haul, suggest you keep some genuine BMW black electrical tape --...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-11-2015, 06:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 577
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Bolt-on? Snow tires. In the snow, you'll...

Bolt-on?

Snow tires. In the snow, you'll beat any performance car without snow tires off the line!
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-06-2015, 07:23 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,106
Posted By Bob Shiftright
No. There are plenty of "interesting" cars...

No.

There are plenty of "interesting" cars available for much less. The closest to free that you can get is the best, and you get extra points for finding one with a manual transmission. (Almost...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-05-2015, 04:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,160
Posted By Bob Shiftright
I change the oil annually (which is what BMW...

I change the oil annually (which is what BMW recommends for lower mileage vehicles) and that works out to about every 3500 miles.



I also get awful gas mileage -- with all my cars, not just...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-02-2015, 05:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 811
Posted By Bob Shiftright
Congratulations! So when you see a new Porsche...

Congratulations! So when you see a new Porsche 918 Spyder you can say to yourself, "Nice, but I drive something that is really rare!"
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-31-2015, 05:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 485
Posted By Bob Shiftright
I have the Cocomats. I like them. They remind me...

I have the Cocomats. I like them. They remind me of my youth. (The good parts, the parts that featured cool foreign cars, not the bad parts.) I would ask my wife to buy them for me for Christmas...
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