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Old 12-22-2012, 08:51 PM
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About a year ago, I acquired the tool kit our with which our 3ers should have been equipped. In it is a swiss army knife of sorts. Today, I needed to use one of the torx drivers and I got curious about all the implements in the swiss army knife. I could identify all of them except this one.

So what is it?


Please note that when I laid a ruler against the ruled markings they did not equate to mm increments.


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One thing it could be used for is tread depth measurement. There would be a need to be able to hold the measuring stick at a 90 degree angle to the tread....

Edit: On further reflection, what does the corkscrew-like thingy get used for on a BMW car? I am not aware of anything approximating a bottle cork on our cars.
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Ah yes! I gave that tool kit to my wife for our anniversary about a month before we did ED on her car! I can't say that she was entirely thrilled, although it is a very nice, although extremely overpriced, little tool kit. It lives in that shallow space under her trunk floor and I've been trying to figure out some way to diplomatically transfer that kit to my car where there is more likelihood that it may see actual use than in her car since her car is still under warranty for another 2.5 years whereas my car has been out of warranty for at least two years.

The edge of that tool is not sharp so it is not a knife and I have no idea what scale those markings are. I'm pretty sure that the hole is a wire stripper where you insert the wire, kind of bend it on one side of the hole and pull the wire sharply to strip the end.

While I was looking at it my wife decided that it was the perfect tool to open a bottle of wine, a bottle of Späten Oktoberfest, slice some cheese and/or apples, use the scissors to open the package of crackers, all while waiting for BMW Assist to rescue one from what most certainly is a failed component that should probably have been replaced as proactive maintenance.
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Interesting- how close are those marks to mm?
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It's a reamer that hasn't been sharpened, unless the sharpened edge is on the side away from the camera, but I've assumed you would show the edge if it had one.

The Swiss Army Knife my wife gave me 33-years-ago-this-week has one in the same place. If you were to show my knife in the same view, it would be a smooth back edge just like that, without the scale and small hole. If you flipped it over, there's a cupped edge on the other side, a reamer working only in clockwise rotation (sorry, lefties) using the knife body as a T-handle, with the solid back side supporting the cutting edge.

Can't speak to the markings. The scale markings on mine are on the hook disgorger, inches on one side, cm on the other.
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It is a combination punch/reamer. The hole can be used to draw thread/twine/cord/rope etc through something like a sewing needle. For some reason they decided to put a ruler on it as well. I guess you could use it as a depth gauge, checking tire tread depth is really the only practical automotive application i can think of.
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Based on my old German army knife, I'd say it was a tool to remove the top lead seal on wine bottles?

I like the leather awl/reamer thought; my (very) old Scout knife had one at this position also.
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Kat - is there a part no. for this tool kit?
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It is a combination punch/reamer. The hole can be used to draw thread/twine/cord/rope etc through something like a sewing needle. For some reason they decided to put a ruler on it as well. I guess you could use it as a depth gauge, checking tire tread depth is really the only practical automotive application i can think of.
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I've use it to add another hole in my leather belt (awl), wire stripper & a fid (for spicing line, which it's too sharp to be used as a fid safely).
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About a year ago, I acquired the tool kit our with which our 3ers should have been equipped. In it is a swiss army knife of sorts. Today, I needed to use one of the torx drivers and I got curious about all the implements in the swiss army knife. I could identify all of them except this one.

So what is it?


Please note that when I laid a ruler against the ruled markings they did not equate to mm increments.

What could it be? Not a ruler, evidently. Perhaps a dip stick....brake fluid?
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Kat - is there a part no. for this tool kit?
The only place that I've been able to find that has this tool kit is ECS Tuning. They sell it as the "European Driver's Utility Set" which makes it tough to search for because it doesn't have "BMW" or "tool" in it's name. It's ECS Part# ES#190549 and it's now $149.95. When I bought it in March 2011 it was only $129.95 I think, and I bought it on sale for $99.95, which is still overpriced. The BMW part number that ECS indicates is 82292151462, but that doesn't show up on getbmwparts.com or any of the other online BMW parts places that I've used. The ECS Tuning description says "This rare item is available only though European channels, and ECS Tuning.".

Here's a picture of it in our trunk, complete with the stylish cotton gloves that are included:


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BTW, the small black cylindrical object is a flashlight, which just happens to fit perfectly in the flashlight slot in the glove box of late model 3 Series.
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^^^ Awesome, thanks.

Showed it to Mrs. MMME30W, she told me her E30 had a tool kit kind of like this, in the trunk lid. No wonder she is a keeper.
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Like the others posting here, I do not know what the marks on that particular tool blade represent. I hope--but somehow I doubt--this is the information you were looking for.
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Ah yes! I gave that tool kit to my wife for our anniversary about a month before we did ED on her car! I can't say that she was entirely thrilled,
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About a year ago, I acquired the tool kit our with which our 3ers should have been equipped. In it is a swiss army knife of sorts. Today, I needed to use one of the torx drivers and I got curious about all the implements in the swiss army knife. I could identify all of them except this one.

So what is it?


Please note that when I laid a ruler against the ruled markings they did not equate to mm increments.


Thanks!
I'm guessing that it's for an emergency appendectomy. BMW thinks of everything!
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Interesting replies. The ruler markings correspond more to 10 marks per inch. There is no hollowed out area on the back side. I'm thinking the appendectomy implement has merit!
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Is it something that could be used for setting the gap on the plugs? If it is the correct thickness, then that might be the answer - but no idea on the measurement part.
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Is it something that could be used for setting the gap on the plugs? If it is the correct thickness, then that might be the answer - but no idea on the measurement part.
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