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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 09-05-2016, 02:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 710
Posted By dmatre
Is the problem solved when you drive away after...

Is the problem solved when you drive away after replacing the rotors?

If yes, then the problem is likely the rotors.
If no, then your problem is likely worn control arm bushings.

If the...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 09-02-2016, 10:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 555
Posted By dmatre
Has the brake fluid been changed regularly (every...

Has the brake fluid been changed regularly (every year, or two at the most)?

Brake fluid is hygroscopic (it readily absorbs water from the atmosphere).

If not changed periodically, the water...
Forum: The Detail Department 09-01-2016, 04:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,084
Posted By dmatre
1) Get a good polish (Menzerna, Meguiars,...

1) Get a good polish (Menzerna, Meguiars, Einzett, etc)
2) Get a good coating (Optimum Gloss Coat, C-Quartz, etc)
3) Get some Optimum No-Rinse for washing

Give the car a good polish (it's not...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-24-2016, 06:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 717
Posted By dmatre
Yes, the control arm bushings are likely shot. ...

Yes, the control arm bushings are likely shot. They are fluid-filled, and with wear/age they start to leak.

When replacing, you can use the arms from the M3, which have solid rubber bushings. ...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-23-2016, 03:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,266
Posted By dmatre
It's all relative. Nobody suggested that the...

It's all relative. Nobody suggested that the rear fog light was equivalent to a deflector shield. But all other things being equal, with the rear fog light on, the car will be more visible than...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-22-2016, 03:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 419
Posted By dmatre
BETTER Tires stick more than wider tires

BETTER Tires stick more than wider tires
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-19-2016, 01:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,266
Posted By dmatre
Those few years must've been 1987-2003 (the years...

Those few years must've been 1987-2003 (the years of both Benzes).

A friend's 2012 E-class had them, and it's still active on the current CLA class.

Seems to be only BMW disabling them in USA.
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-19-2016, 04:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,266
Posted By dmatre
Both of my previous Benz's had functional rear...

Both of my previous Benz's had functional rear fogs. Don't know what reason BMW would have to disable them in the US. Likely planning to offer them as an 'option' at some later date.
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-19-2016, 03:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,266
Posted By dmatre
I wish I had the original invoice...

To prevent people from running into the back of your car in foggy conditions.

The brighter light (compared to the normal tail lights) allows visibility from 2-3 times farther away.
Forum: The Detail Department 07-24-2016, 07:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,668
Posted By dmatre
Get a tube of Optimum Gloss-Coat and do it...

Get a tube of Optimum Gloss-Coat and do it yourself. I've got 5 years on the application to my wheels, and it's still an easy cleanup. (Still need to clean, rather than just spray, but results are...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-20-2016, 05:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 728
Posted By dmatre
Not exactly correct. N52 is affected also. ...

Not exactly correct. N52 is affected also.

When having recall done on my car, they found two bolts completely backed out and had to retrieve them - causing an extra day in the shop.
Forum: The Detail Department 06-14-2016, 04:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 754
Posted By dmatre
Check out Griots Garage. Great car wash, and no...

Check out Griots Garage. Great car wash, and no (or VERY minimal) fragrance.
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-11-2016, 06:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 357
Posted By dmatre
The instructions aren't really clear. To...

The instructions aren't really clear.

To reset, you have to push the stalk button, then push again to confirm.

Give it a shot, hopefully that's your issue.
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-22-2016, 11:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 445
Posted By dmatre
You're not the first to do that... The...

You're not the first to do that...

The crossed connection was in the jumper cables rather than in the electrical systems of either car.

If you had the cables connected for any period of time,...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 05-21-2016, 06:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 770
Posted By dmatre
I am not going to tell you what you should do,...

I am not going to tell you what you should do, but I would pull the nail, plug it, and not think about it again.

People can argue pro and con until both are dead, but you have to make the decision...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 05-16-2016, 04:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 557
Posted By dmatre
Technically, tint is illegal in CA; however about...

Technically, tint is illegal in CA; however about 30% of the cars stuck in the commute with me each morning/night are tinted.

Mine was tinted when I left the east coast. I was going to run the...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-05-2016, 04:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 659
Posted By dmatre
If you get only 8 options then you're doing it...

If you get only 8 options then you're doing it wrong. There are 100's (1000's) of wheels available for E9X.

You can go with 17, 18, 19 inch wheels, square or staggered, polished/painted/chromed,...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 04-30-2016, 06:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 702
Posted By dmatre
No need to remove the springs to replace the rear...

No need to remove the springs to replace the rear shocks.

OP: If you're going to keep the car for a long time, consider Cal' recommendation.

If you're just trying to get it to end of lease,...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 04-06-2016, 07:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 610
Posted By dmatre
We shipped our Volvo from Charlotte (NC) to LA. ...

We shipped our Volvo from Charlotte (NC) to LA. We arranged it through our mover. Everything worked out perfectly for us.

They did a complete walk around at pickup. All loose items had to be...
Forum: The Detail Department 04-01-2016, 12:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,709
Posted By dmatre
I have different "levels" of clay. The BMW or...

I have different "levels" of clay. The BMW or the Wife's Benz gets fresh clay every time. I then save this 'lightly used" clay, and will reuse it for our silver Volvo or silver Murano (won't show...
Forum: The Detail Department 04-01-2016, 11:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,709
Posted By dmatre
Optimum No Rinse

You could use your detailing spray when drying - if you are likely to wipe during drying. Just spray on the wet car, then dry as normal. If you're religious about blotting, then no need for a...
Forum: The Detail Department 04-01-2016, 10:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,709
Posted By dmatre
No problem with your products - everything you've...

No problem with your products - everything you've got is quality stuff.

I believe that the issue likely is dragging/wiping when drying. Using a drying aid as a lubricant may also help (it's easy,...
Forum: The Detail Department 03-31-2016, 06:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,709
Posted By dmatre
Avoiding marring is equal parts technique and...

Avoiding marring is equal parts technique and product. You don't provide a lot of info, but tips are:
- use a quality car wash specifically designed for the purpose. Lubricity is more important...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 03-31-2016, 05:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 245
Posted By dmatre
Go to the dealer - that's an M-Sport wheel.

Go to the dealer - that's an M-Sport wheel.
Forum: The Detail Department 03-30-2016, 05:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,709
Posted By dmatre
You can try chanting and burning incense, but in...

You can try chanting and burning incense, but in actuality, that's all there is. (What a letdown, huh?)
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