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Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) Today, 02:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 484
Posted By Dave 20T
I also agree. Two small areas that the G20...

I also agree. Two small areas that the G20 improved on the F30 is the hood on the G20 contacts with the grill instead of a horizontal line. Another is the F30 grille is a little too open so you can...
Forum: European Delivery Yesterday, 02:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,987
Posted By Dave 20T
For now, the Covid-19 pandemic is preventing...

For now, the Covid-19 pandemic is preventing travel so it makes no difference in the very short term.

I recently read an article about BMW's large quarterly loss resulting from not cutting costs...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-07-2020, 09:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 830
Posted By Dave 20T
I did an experiment over one year when my driving...

I did an experiment over one year when my driving patterns were very stable. I concluded that a Saab 9-3 using 93 octane got better gas mileage than a 50% blend of 87 and 93 but that the improvement...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 08-07-2020, 09:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 529
Posted By Dave 20T
Let me add some free and terrible advice. At...

Let me add some free and terrible advice. At least use touch up paint for the bumpers and clean the wheels.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 08-07-2020, 09:14 PM
Replies: 326
Views: 32,213
Posted By Dave 20T
I would find more years more useful to me than...

I would find more years more useful to me than miles. For example, 15 years or 100,000 miles would be worth more to me than 10 years and 175,000 miles.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-31-2020, 03:17 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 9,933
Posted By Dave 20T
A few years ago, I wrote to Mobil. They said the...

A few years ago, I wrote to Mobil. They said the oil is good for 5 years. Longer than that and they said some things settle.

Consider shaking or swirling the oil a bit before using. If not using...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-31-2020, 07:50 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 9,933
Posted By Dave 20T
Castrol has a webpage that shows noack volatility...

Castrol has a webpage that shows noack volatility for Castrol Edge Supercar 0W-40 at 8-something (8.6???). Castrol Edge 0W-40 listed specs lack a noack figure but all the other specs listed are...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-30-2020, 12:57 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 9,933
Posted By Dave 20T
After much hand wringing, I have come to a...

After much hand wringing, I have come to a conclusion along with an explanation for my 2013 320i (F30).

If I had a later 320i, maybe 2018, I might have a different conclusion because of its 0W-20...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-30-2020, 10:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 146
Posted By Dave 20T
This is why I don't like needless gadgets on...

This is why I don't like needless gadgets on cars. Another one is a sunroof. That's just an opportunity for water leaks. (That's why I ordered my F30 without a sunroof) Even power windows, I barely...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-30-2020, 10:50 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 9,933
Posted By Dave 20T
Very tempting. But Castrol Edge 0W-40 (Porsche...

Very tempting. But Castrol Edge 0W-40 (Porsche A40, Mercedes Benz 229.5, ACEA A3/B4) has the nice "0W" part. Wouldn't that be better for initial lubrication on start up in cool and cold weather?

...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-29-2020, 08:14 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 9,933
Posted By Dave 20T
A wonderful thread but I am still puzzled to what...

A wonderful thread but I am still puzzled to what oil to use. I have an early F30 (2013 320i, N20). The owner's manual specifies 5W-30 BMW LL-01, or LL-01 FE oil. The more recent F30, N20 have...
Forum: European Delivery 07-24-2020, 02:51 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,884
Posted By Dave 20T
If you want the car, ask that they deliver it now...

If you want the car, ask that they deliver it now or ASAP. I fear that US passport holders that live in the US will not be allowed into Germany for non-essential purposes anytime soon.

If you want...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-24-2020, 02:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 522
Posted By Dave 20T
One has to decide if they want bling or want a...

One has to decide if they want bling or want a serious driving car. With bling, the sky is the limit. The more wild, the better. With a serious driving car, if the brakes are not bigger then a...
Forum: European Delivery 07-23-2020, 01:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,382
Posted By Dave 20T
Nice pictures of the delivery process and trip to...

Nice pictures of the delivery process and trip to Munich

https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=768512

Thanks, Len of Grants Pass, Oregon.
Forum: Off-Topic 07-13-2020, 08:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 283
Posted By Dave 20T
Actress parks car crooked and over the lines.

See this photo.

The G class Mercedes is poorly parked. So easy to park. Wasn't backing into the space, which is slightly harder to do so misalignment is more common. No other cars. Yet the driver...
Forum: Off-Topic 07-13-2020, 08:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 650
Posted By Dave 20T
It's possible to have credit card bonuses as a...

It's possible to have credit card bonuses as a hobby.

Banks and credit card processors can be abusive to the small business. They love to offer rewards cards but then charge a higher commission,...
Forum: European Delivery 07-06-2020, 08:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,689
Posted By Dave 20T
There is a possibility of EU countries letting US...

There is a possibility of EU countries letting US citizens living in the US into their country because of a boyfriend or girlfriend. See this tweet of July 2nd. https://twitter.com/YlvaJohansson (EU...
Forum: European Delivery 06-30-2020, 07:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,689
Posted By Dave 20T
UPDATE: The St. Martin/Sint Maarten loophole is...

UPDATE: The St. Martin/Sint Maarten loophole is on hold as of today, June 30. The St. Martin (French) side of the island threatened to close the border with the Sint Maarten (Dutch) side if US planes...
Forum: European Delivery 06-29-2020, 09:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,689
Posted By Dave 20T
I don't think US citizens are banned. US citizen...

I don't think US citizens are banned. US citizen already in Europe are allowed. I think it's US citizens living in the US traveling to the EU and not among the permitted categories, which include...
Forum: European Delivery 06-29-2020, 02:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,689
Posted By Dave 20T
I didn't want to encourage bad behavior. ...

I didn't want to encourage bad behavior.

Sint Maarten is opening up to American tourists starting July 1. There is a requirement to have a PCR test for Covid-19 within 72 hours before arrival.
...
Forum: European Delivery 06-29-2020, 10:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,689
Posted By Dave 20T
I'm not planned to travel to Europe this year nor...

I'm not planned to travel to Europe this year nor am I in the market for a car, US or European delivery. However, I did find out about a potential loophole to get into Europe but am not sure if it...
Forum: General Automotive Forum 06-28-2020, 04:42 PM
Replies: 4,239
Views: 204,094
Posted By Dave 20T
Some of these last 10 posts confirm my...

Some of these last 10 posts confirm my suspicions. There is a learning curve for car design like I originally mentioned somewhat. The 3 being better designed than the earlier S.

I didn't find out...
Forum: General Automotive Forum 06-28-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 4,239
Views: 204,094
Posted By Dave 20T
I see good and bad. Good is that there were no...

I see good and bad. Good is that there were no major problems. Bad is that there were 5 problems. My F30 had no (zero) problems the first 90 days, which is JD Powers' time period and none in the...
Forum: General Automotive Forum 06-27-2020, 11:19 AM
Replies: 4,239
Views: 204,094
Posted By Dave 20T
Maybe, but maybe not. I am wary of Tesla for...

Maybe, but maybe not.

I am wary of Tesla for a few reasons.

1. The company has no history of building cars. There is no vault of institutional knowledge. Similarly, when an established company...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-26-2020, 08:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 274
Posted By Dave 20T
So you bled the brake lines ignoring the scan...

So you bled the brake lines ignoring the scan tool? Seems like it would work.
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