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Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) Today, 01:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 201
Posted By Autoputzer
704-less-ness on pre September 2013 cars was...

704-less-ness on pre September 2013 cars was maybe just a U.S. thing. There are a lot more options available on European spec' cars: less standard equipment, and more options. We get a choice of...
Forum: X5 G05 (2018 - Current) Today, 01:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 51
Posted By Autoputzer
. sounds like a big waste of money. ...

. sounds like a big waste of money.

Yeah, the black trim on the bottom of non-M Sport BMW SUV's sort of makes them look like Subaru's. If that was a problem, you should have ordered an...
Forum: General BMW Questions Today, 12:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 60
Posted By Autoputzer
A six makes a satisfying noise, a multi-frequency...

A six makes a satisfying noise, a multi-frequency rasp. A four cylinder makes an annoying, single frequency drone. Modern BMW's as so quiet that you really only notice this when the windows are...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) Today, 10:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 439
Posted By Autoputzer
The new definition of K used on Frau Putzer's...

The new definition of K used on Frau Putzer's 2018 X3 makes more sense: Lower the K to lower the displayed MPG, increase the K to increase the displayed MPG.

But, most of the world doesn't...
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - Current) Today, 07:30 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 24,096
Posted By Autoputzer
That part number in my post above was for an E70...

That part number in my post above was for an E70 rim, not necessarily an F15 rim. ECS Tuning also sells a spare tire and jack kit.
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) Today, 07:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 439
Posted By Autoputzer
You're right. What you're describing is what...

You're right. What you're describing is what engineers are indoctrinated in, called Lean Six Sigma. "L6S" can be summed up as "large improvements can be gained trough the sum of many small...
Forum: Ask-A-BMW-Dealer Today, 02:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 575
Posted By Autoputzer
Those cars are absolutely beautiful. Back...

Those cars are absolutely beautiful.

Back when I was maybe twelve years old, circa 1971, I sat in this car and it changed my automotive tastes forever. I don't think it was running at the time,...
Forum: Ask-A-BMW-Dealer Today, 02:07 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 575
Posted By Autoputzer
Even hybrids don't have much advantage in highway...

Even hybrids don't have much advantage in highway use. I remember having a 3 ActiveHybrid as a loaner back in 2012 or 2013 and getting ~36 MPG on my 90-mile drive back to the dealership. Six years...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) Today, 01:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 201
Posted By Autoputzer
I ordered my first 535i in the summer of 2013,...

I ordered my first 535i in the summer of 2013, and this was an issue.

As I recall, 2014 production started in August 2013, but there was a last-minute decision to add 704 to M Sport and that...
Forum: Ask-A-BMW-Dealer Yesterday, 07:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 575
Posted By Autoputzer
There's a bone stock, apparent "survivor," 1969...

There's a bone stock, apparent "survivor," 1969 Camaro thumping around here in Bubbaville. It's a stripper, with dog dish hubcaps. The paint's not good enough for it to be a restored car. If it's...
Forum: Ask-A-BMW-Dealer Yesterday, 06:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 575
Posted By Autoputzer
:thumbup: I'm pretty sure you're pulling my...

:thumbup:

I'm pretty sure you're pulling my leg. You really don't need an advanced Putzerian spreadsheet to come to that conclusion.

Yeah, another scenario for my car strategery is to keep...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) Yesterday, 06:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 201
Posted By Autoputzer
The sport suspension wasn't even included on the...

The sport suspension wasn't even included on the early 2014 535i M Sports, and maybe not on pre LCI F10's. They added 704 to M Sport early in, but not at the beginning of the 2014 model year.
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Forum: Ask-A-BMW-Dealer Yesterday, 05:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 575
Posted By Autoputzer
The shortest BMW lease is 24 months, and they're...

The shortest BMW lease is 24 months, and they're expensive. The sweet spot for a BMW lease is 36 months. Oddly, a 42 or 48 month lease is usually more expensive.

We're building a new house 500...
Forum: Ask-A-BMW-Dealer Yesterday, 05:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 575
Posted By Autoputzer
Your biggest risks are tires and brakes, which...

Your biggest risks are tires and brakes, which are maintenance not repairs. You can improve your chances of avoiding these costs with maintenance and driving behavior.

For the tires, "AIR"...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) Yesterday, 05:02 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,738
Posted By Autoputzer
In the UK, they put corn on pizza. They also...

In the UK, they put corn on pizza. They also always eat pizza with a knife and fork. I was in a Pizza Hut in London, ordered a pizza with corn, tore off a slice and started knowing on it. The...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) Yesterday, 12:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 439
Posted By Autoputzer
Actually, using math, the on-board computer, the...

Actually, using math, the on-board computer, the trip odometer, and a stopwatch, you can precisely determine how much gas your car burns when idling. Guess what, I have a spreadsheet for that too! ...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) Yesterday, 08:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 439
Posted By Autoputzer
O.k., here's something weird. Post #7...

O.k., here's something weird.

Post #7 has my since-new OBC MPG errors as percentages. My 535i's actual MPG has been 1.8% better than the OBC says it is. Although, lately it's been on the...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) Yesterday, 06:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 439
Posted By Autoputzer
When you told me to "Keep it simple but don't be...

When you told me to "Keep it simple but don't be stupid," I was pretty sure I wasn't going to get a real answer (a %) when I asked what your fuel economy improvement was by refilling your tank when...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 08-21-2019, 02:57 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 439
Posted By Autoputzer
O.k., I'll buy that for "some" cars. I bet a...

O.k., I'll buy that for "some" cars. I bet a BMW's fuel control is precise to a gnat's butt, though.
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - Current) 08-21-2019, 02:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 145
Posted By Autoputzer
BMW puts M Performance parts on at the ports, and...

BMW puts M Performance parts on at the ports, and then they print window stickers for the vehicles showing the M Performance parts on the window sticker. This allows the prices to be included in car...
Forum: X3 G01 (2018 - current) 08-21-2019, 12:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 503
Posted By Autoputzer
I've seen that menu on Frau Putzer's 2018 X3. I...

I've seen that menu on Frau Putzer's 2018 X3. I recall finding the correct tires on the menu, also 19" all-seasons.

The menu didn't differentiate between RFT's and non-RFT's, and the...
Forum: X3 G01 (2018 - current) 08-21-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,314
Posted By Autoputzer
Yeah, but only 25 years later. We didn't...

Yeah, but only 25 years later.

We didn't date any in high school. We went to the same college, but didn't date there, either.

We ran into each other in our late 20's and went out a few...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 08-21-2019, 11:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 439
Posted By Autoputzer
So, what's the number? the improvement in...

So, what's the number? the improvement in fuel economy (%) by filling up at a half-tank instead of at a 1/8th or a 1/16th tank?

Surfing the Interwebs, it looks like gasoline vapor is about...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 08-21-2019, 08:12 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,738
Posted By Autoputzer
All three of my BMW's have had oil temperature...

All three of my BMW's have had oil temperature gauges. Seeing how hot the oil gets in a BMW scares me into buying BMW oil (or at lease BMW LL rated oil). Frau Putzer's X3 just has a coolant...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 08-21-2019, 06:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 439
Posted By Autoputzer
The evaporation rate varies with the surface area...

The evaporation rate varies with the surface area of the top of the gasoline, not gasoline volume, and that's fairly constant with the fuel level. Temperature and pressure are other factors.
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