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Old 08-03-2014, 11:02 PM
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Question Things you wish you knew with 1st BMW?

What are some things you wish you knew/did when you got your first BMW?

Whether it's related to proper care/maintenance, money saving tips (other than finding an Indy mechanic for non warranty issues), practical or fun accessories to get, join the BMW car club, anything.

I'm going on 3 weeks with my first BMW and doing as much research as I can to learn more about my car. I've read the manual, which isn't always helpful...still can't get the garage door opener to program. Yet, I often feel like I don't even know what I don't know, so I don't know what to ask.
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Old 08-03-2014, 11:55 PM
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The first one wasn't a problem the second one has quirks.

The first one wasn't a problem the second one has quirks.
Because the first one was a e46 that came with a spare tire
and a dipstick and no runflats.
Also you could change the battery on the e46 without the necessity
of hooking it up to a computer and telling it that there is a new
battery in the car.
Also the premium stereo is not really there best one.
L7 is.

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Old 08-04-2014, 06:56 AM
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Two things: 1) stupid IBS 2) the difficultly/cost for upgrading to a good xenon setup.


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Old 08-04-2014, 01:26 PM
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Thanks for the responses! Anyone else?
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:52 PM
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If I knew I would always need more HP -I would buy M5 right of the shoot instead of 535i
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Old 08-04-2014, 04:03 PM
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Not a lot really, I kinda like the long "getting to know you" period. I love using the REST feature in winter and I was surprised how practical the e92 is with the back seats down. I am moving house at the moment and it's amazing what you can fit in the rear. Don't miss having a four door at all.
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Old 08-04-2014, 05:11 PM
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1. Love the Handling
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3. hate to see my wallet goes empty in Maintenance and (quirky electronic) repairs
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Things you wish you knew with 1st BMW?

If I had known what I know now when I bought the 335i in 2007 I would have driven directly from the dealer to a tire shop and had them install Koni FSD shocks and non RFT Tires




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Old 08-04-2014, 05:51 PM
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1. Ditch RFT immediately. 2. Replace waterpump and thermostat every 60,000 MILES. Expensive but so is towing.
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:40 PM
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Practical/Fun Accessories

With regard to little niceties:

The split armrest. This is something that is a standard, readily available accessory on the euro models. If your car is an auto (as I recall you were asking about paddle shifters), it may not be as significant from a purely functional aspect; but it is definitely a comfort upgrade as it makes the driver's side of the armrest adjustable.



Another little nicety is replacing the garish orange reflector on the front fenders with paint matched inserts, commonly known as the front fender reflector delete.

This is one of those things that is binary. People either hate the reflectors, or don't even notice them. If you hate them, it's an easy fix.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:10 PM
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Things you wish you knew with 1st BMW?

I would have liked to debadge my E70, simply to make hand washing easier. I finally ended up doing so, not before some minor scratches underneath


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Old 08-04-2014, 08:38 PM
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I had to google a few things you all mentioned:
1) fender reflector delete - I honestly didn't even notice the reflectors. I'll see if I notice them tomorrow and care enough to 'delete' them. lol
2) "debadge" - why remove the emblem? How does it help make hand washing easier?
3) REST feature - This sounds amazing and might be useful for the 2 days of the year it gets "cold" in Miami...anything below 70 degrees and we break out the coats, boots and even turn on the heater. I don't recall seeing a REST button in my car, I have heated seats so I'll check tomorrow.

Hmm, I have RFT and planned to switch to non-RFT once they needed replacing. Why would you ditch them when they're new?
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:42 PM
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If I knew I would always need more HP -I would buy M5 right of the shoot instead of 535i
LOL Needing more HP sounds like a moving target.


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Are you saying you wish you did get the xenons? or that you wish you didn't get them?
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Not getting xenons.
Pretty sure LadyEsq won't have to sweat this one as coupes and cabrios had xenons as standard equipment.

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3) REST feature - This sounds amazing and might be useful for the 2 days of the year it gets "cold" in Miami...anything below 70 degrees and we break out the coats, boots and even turn on the heater. I don't recall seeing a REST button in my car, I have heated seats so I'll check tomorrow.
Don't bother looking for this if you have a 2011 build. This 'feature' went away in the E92/E93 LCI in 2010. For the record, it really is a nice feature when it's cold and you have to pop into someplace for 15 minutes, just hit the rest button and the car is still all warm and comfy when you come back.
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Hmm, I have RFT and planned to switch to non-RFT once they needed replacing. Why would you ditch them when they're new?

I bought my 335 in South Florida and the RFTs were not an issue on South Florida roads,





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I bought my 335 in South Florida and the RFTs were not an issue on South Florida roads,

As soon as I got the car to New York City and drove on the areas war ravaged roads I ditched the RFTs even though they had less than 2,000 miles on them.





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Nordic_Kat- yeah, I didn't see the rest button.

So the RFT don't fair well on rough roads? Are they prone to damage or just don't ride well? I haven't had any issues with them in Miami although driving on certain roads in South Beach forces me to drive well below the speed limit. I did notice when I got a loaner '14 3 series sedan with nonRFT, the drive felt smoother but was told it's the sports suspension.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:00 AM
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- the vehicle service isn't that difficult, it's just different from many other cars.
- if I knew how much I would enjoy it, I would have purchased sooner.
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So the RFT don't fair well on rough roads? Are they prone to damage or just don't ride well?
Google "pothole explosions BMW".

On bad roads in the northeast, runflats are nasty - harsh, noisy, and just plain unfun. They should be fine in Florida. The sport suspension makes it firmer, not necessarily harsher.
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Okay just read up on pothole explosions. Ummm, yeah. I get it now.

They're doing highway construction now so some parts have those metal manhole covers sticking out unevenly. I usually drive around them but will be more diligent about avoiding them.

This might be a silly question but when I get new tires can I keep them staggered with nonRFT? When I got the car the finance guy scared me into getting tire warranty. I have 60 days to cancel and get a full refund, which I decided to do after I read on here that you can repair RFT. He told me they couldn't be repaired ever, and that putting nonRFT would mess up the suspension and make it "ride like an old truck." I'm guessing that was all BS?
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This might be a silly question but when I get new tires can I keep them staggered with nonRFT? When I got the car the finance guy scared me into getting tire warranty. I have 60 days to cancel and get a full refund, which I decided to do after I read on here that you can repair RFT. He told me they couldn't be repaired ever, and that putting nonRFT would mess up the suspension and make it "ride like an old truck." I'm guessing that was all BS?
Yes, you can keep them staggered.

You can repair run-flats, but only if you haven't driven very far on them after losing pressure. The sidewall degrades, and most will be non-repairable after 50 - 100 miles of driving. The tire needs to be pulled and inspected internally. You can't tell from the outside, and many places just adopt a "we don't fix them" attitude to avoid taking the liability if one subsequently fails.

Putting non-RFT tires on the car does not mess up the suspension, nor does it ruin the ride. Many people (CA, myself, etc.) switched to go-flats and prefer the result.

FWIW, I took the tire insurance on my car when I first got it (one of the very few times I've ever taken an extended warranty), as I had no prior experience with a car using RFT. $350 for 5 years. Used it once, just about 2 weeks before the 5 years ended. The insurance covered about $300 in costs.
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Zooks527- Thanks for clarifying.

I paid $1300 for 5 years. After I got home and read the multitude of exceptions, I realized it's too narrow a warranty to be worthwhile since they possibly could be repaired if I hit a nail (pretty much only thing covered by warranty).
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Good idea.. Do you really have a Model A? My Grandfather had one for a while and it was always fun to ride around in! Especially parades. If so, post a picture please.
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