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Old 03-23-2011, 12:37 PM
Cyros Cyros is offline
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Thumbs up New(ish) E86 "Owner"

I say "Owner" cuz technically my bank owns it.

I got this beast back in September. It was a lazy Labor day off of work and I decided out of nowhere: "Imma go buy an M Coupe". I drove my 996TT down to a semi-reputable dealer and completed the transaction in one day. The hard part was agreeing on a price for that damn 996TT (attempts to sell it privately were futile, I blame the economy ).

So yeah, kinda a downgrade, but not really. The 996TT is insanely fast but I'm at -8 points on my license and "insanely fast" is a sure way to be commuting to work "insanely slow" on my bmx bike.

I'm going to dig a grave real quick and say I've never been extremely impressed or interested in BMWs, so I wasn't sure the M Coupe would do it for me. After the first test drive I knew I had to have one someday, good job BMW. This car is great fun to drive...blah blah everyone already knows how great it is so I won't go further.

The main reason I'm starting this thread is the damn CEL has a mind of it's own. I took it to a dealer and they said they fixed it with some flash upgrade. A week later and it came back. Then a few weeks later it goes away, then comes back, so on and so forth. Does anyone else have/had this issue? The main dealer is slightly out of my way so I hate making the trip there unless needed. I have tried disconnected the battery to no avail.

This car is a cop magnet. Pulled over 3 times in 2 months just after modifying the exhaust. I quickly went back to stock (boo boring stock exhaust sound). I might just go with an xpipe and call it a day ($750 for an xpipe? wth...).

Ok here's pics (I have since removed those ugly chrome thingy's on the front):

And what it replaced (feel free to ask questions about the 996tt):

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Old 03-23-2011, 02:34 PM
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Congrats on the car. Looks very familiar
What were the stored codes that were causing the CEL to come on? Is shouldn't be going on and off, I'd say your dealer didn't fix the problem, or doesn't know what the problem is (thrown CEL code is a by-product of the real issue that they can't determine).

Nice TT. I think the M Coupe is going to get you in just as much trouble. I say find a track for your high speed itches.
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:41 PM
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Welcome to the Forum. Have you by chance checked the O2 Sensors yet?

The M Coupe is the last M model before BMW decided to load the M models with technology. Be happy you still own a "true" BMW.
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:58 PM
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Welcome to the forum.

We'd have to know the codes that caused the CEL to illuminate before we could help.
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