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Old 06-23-2013, 12:43 PM
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I check under the hood weekly; just like I had cars with a real dipstick. BMW engines are beautifully designed. Look under the hood of a Lexus, Nissan or Honda, it's just a flat plastic cover, nothing to see there.
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I check under the hood weekly; just like I had cars with a real dipstick. BMW engines are beautifully designed. Look under the hood of a Lexus, Nissan or Honda, it's just a flat plastic cover, nothing to see there.
They may have taken away the dipstick, but there's still a radiator reservoir, windshield fluid, and the air filter needs checking periodically. IMO opening the hood on a regular basis to check things is part of owning and operating a car responsibly.
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They may have taken away the dipstick, but there's still a radiator reservoir, windshield fluid, and the air filter needs checking periodically. IMO opening the hood on a regular basis to check things is part of owning and operating a car responsibly.
Agree 100%, you never know what you may find - leaks, smells, fraying belts, dead animals, etc.
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Yeah, But I do my check in the driveway where its more likely I will be able to correct a fault not the local fuel stop. I may be old school but I don't see much to look at in a modern engine compartment but a lot of plastic. Used to be we could actually see the actual engine but even back then I was not one for gas station show offs.
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Yeah, But I do my check in the driveway where its more likely I will be able to correct a fault not the local fuel stop. I may be old school but I don't see much to look at in a modern engine compartment but a lot of plastic. Used to be we could actually see the actual engine but even back then I was not one for gas station show offs.
Maybe in your neck of the woods, filling station people are considered show offs, but where I live, in a small community, it's a meeting place of sorts.

Lots of car talk is shot around the filling station weekly. Some may actually call it: "social", oh God forbid we have conversations at a filling station now!

My grandfather and father both taught me to check the oil, transmission fluid, air pressure and washer fluid at the filling station, it was a social experience then as well, I continue the tradition.
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Maybe in your neck of the woods, filling station people are considered show offs, but where I live, in a small community, it's a meeting place of sorts.

Lots of car talk is shot around the filling station weekly. Some may actually call it: "social", oh God forbid we have conversations at a filling station now!

My grandfather and father both taught me to check the oil, transmission fluid, air pressure and washer fluid at the filling station, it was a social experience then as well, I continue the tradition.
I suspect bear-av does exactly the same thing before each flight. Is he expecting to find a problem? Of course not. Does he want to make sure he knows about one if there is one, of course he does. We're no different.
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I suspect bear-av does exactly the same thing before each flight. Is he expecting to find a problem? Of course not. Does he want to make sure he knows about one if there is one, of course he does. We're no different.
The issue surrounded gas station "show offs" ... how does your answer here relate?
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I suspect bear-av does exactly the same thing before each flight. Is he expecting to find a problem? Of course not. Does he want to make sure he knows about one if there is one, of course he does. We're no different.
Agree, you only skip that if you have a death wish

Actually my comment was directed to this.

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But ... opening your own hood at a filling station, and showing off the beautifully-detailed engine bay of the BMW, is fulfilling indeed.
It might not have been intended the way it was written but in lite of the OP's constant fawning over the M3 engine in a 3xx forum who could tell? I tend to read things literally & I did not see the social hangout part. I also don't see much more than plastic in any BMW engine compartment 4, 6 or 8. Your results may vary.
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Agree, you only skip that if you have a death wish

Actually my comment was directed to this.



It might not have been intended the way it was written but in lite of the OP's constant fawning over the M3 engine in a 3xx forum who could tell? I tend to read things literally & I did not see the social hangout part. I also don't see much more than plastic in any BMW engine compartment 4, 6 or 8. Your results may vary.
Your points are taken; we're not all car/engine guys in this forum.

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The issue surrounded gas station "show offs" ... how does your answer here relate?
You had posted that you enjoy taking a look at things under the hood and doing some routine checks whenever you get gas. Bear-av, being a pilot must do a pre-flight before every flight which includes some of the things you enjoy doing.
My point was that you feel it is as important for your car as he does for his aircraft. So do I.
Wasn't directed at the 'gas station show offs' aspect. I was unclear.
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