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Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) Today, 06:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 543
Posted By Autoputzer
My E46 had all the sensors and code for the...

My E46 had all the sensors and code for the burglar alarm installed at the factory. But, to make it work I had to pay for the siren (1000+ 0% mark-up) and pay the dealer to turn on that section of...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) Today, 05:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,071
Posted By Autoputzer
Hunter's a privately held company. I checked on...

Hunter's a privately held company. I checked on that months ago. I'm sitting on a pile of cash looking for 'rona virus proof investments, too.

This system is for the customer side of the service...
Forum: G20 (2019 - Current) Today, 03:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 93
Posted By Autoputzer
The base BMW audio systems are crap. The H-K's...

The base BMW audio systems are crap. The H-K's are noticeably better. That's not saying they're worth the extra $875. Our 2014 and 2018 BMW's with H-K's sound better than the H-K on my 2002 BMW....
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) Today, 03:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,071
Posted By Autoputzer
Hah! That's the old fashioned way. The porter...

Hah! That's the old fashioned way. The porter or service writer has to attach those four reflectors.

Hunter's new system checks alignment's toe and camber remotely using LASER's as the cars...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) Today, 03:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,071
Posted By Autoputzer
The high resolution of the digital measurements...

The high resolution of the digital measurements allows me to see problems before "they see me."

My excess 0.27/32" of wear in the outer channels is not consequential, except for the fact that...
Forum: Tires, Wheels, Brakes & Suspension Today, 11:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 106
Posted By Autoputzer
Here's a chart I got off the Interweb's a few...

Here's a chart I got off the Interweb's a few years ago. It's on the Interwebs, so it must be accurate. Right?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 11:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 176
Posted By Autoputzer
This sounds like a classic example of "If it...

This sounds like a classic example of "If it ain't broke, don't fix (break) it."

Pulling, ****-eyed steering wheel, or uneven wear would be a different story, though.
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) Today, 11:30 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,071
Posted By Autoputzer
I had that problem with some Michelin Pilot...

I had that problem with some Michelin Pilot Sport's on an E46 M3. The rear 255's were still wearing more in the middle at ~30 PSI, where the front 225's were fine at the decal pressures. I went...
Forum: X7 (2019 - Current) Yesterday, 05:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 196
Posted By Autoputzer
It's a big waste of money. It's not an extended...

It's a big waste of money. It's not an extended warranty, it's just free routine maintenance. Brake life is highly dependent on your driving environment and your behavior.

My first BMW had...
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - 2017) Yesterday, 05:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Posted By Autoputzer
Here's a link to a temporary spare. The alloy...

Here's a link to a temporary spare. The alloy rim is lighter, but more expensive. But, they're on sale. Don't forget a BMW jack, too.
...
Forum: G20 (2019 - Current) 07-03-2020, 11:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 274
Posted By Autoputzer
Yeah, I know. But, nobody knows how this will...

Yeah, I know. But, nobody knows how this will play out. All anybody knows now is that it's possible. I suspect there will still be a one-time buy option on stuff.

The bigger question is how...
Forum: X7 (2019 - Current) 07-03-2020, 07:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 944
Posted By Autoputzer
The more expensive BMW's tend to have higher...

The more expensive BMW's tend to have higher deprecation rates than less expensive BMW's. Sedans are deprecation at faster rates than SUV's.

Lease vs. buy depends on how long you feel...
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - 2017) 07-02-2020, 04:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Posted By Autoputzer
He was supposed to be some great "mountain man,"...

He was supposed to be some great "mountain man," able to live off the land, bla, bla, bla... But, they caught him dumpster diving behind a grocery store.
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 07-02-2020, 04:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 279
Posted By Autoputzer
You need to total by year, not by quarter. It'd...

You need to total by year, not by quarter. It'd be interesting to see annual sales, and how they varied with the platforms (E60, F10, G30). I did spreadsheets when I was working. A good...
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - 2017) 07-02-2020, 04:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Posted By Autoputzer
The current generation X1, the X2, and the 2...

The current generation X1, the X2, and the 2 Series Gran Coupe are based on FWD architecture. On the 28i xDrive versions, torque is only sent to the rear wheels when wheel slip is detected. I'm...
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - 2017) 07-02-2020, 03:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Posted By Autoputzer
We got xDrive because we're eventually moving to...

We got xDrive because we're eventually moving to the foothills of the Smoky's, and we'll be living on top of one of those hills. Charlotte doesn't get nearly as much snow. Going with sDrive (RWD)...
Forum: X3 G01 (2018 - current) 07-02-2020, 03:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 235
Posted By Autoputzer
Didn't you have a sunroof leak? I remember the...

Didn't you have a sunroof leak? I remember the GIF of the drip coming through the microphone cover in the headliner.

Yeah, trading in a BMW after two yeas is brutal.
Forum: X3 G01 (2018 - current) 07-02-2020, 03:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 235
Posted By Autoputzer
$0... still under warranty.

$0... still under warranty.
Forum: X3 G01 (2018 - current) 07-02-2020, 02:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 235
Posted By Autoputzer
Some early X3's had sunroof leaks, because a...

Some early X3's had sunroof leaks, because a train tube was pinched by insulation.

Our 2018 had a chafed wire in the steering column, giving an airbag warning light. It also had a passenger...
Forum: X3 G01 (2018 - current) 07-02-2020, 02:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 12,434
Posted By Autoputzer
One of our X3's fobs gave a low-battery message...

One of our X3's fobs gave a low-battery message at about 17 months. The other one started at about two years old.

Newer BMW fobs have motion sensors in them. They don't work unless they've...
Forum: G20 (2019 - Current) 07-02-2020, 01:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 274
Posted By Autoputzer
Most BMW's (~57% in the last data I saw) are...

Most BMW's (~57% in the last data I saw) are leased. Options have far more mark-up than the base car does. "Renting" options might bring down the cost of the options for lessees, yet retain the...
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 07-02-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 589
Posted By Autoputzer
I hit Advance M Schools and Porsche Masters Plus...

I hit Advance M Schools and Porsche Masters Plus schools regularly. That gets it out of my system. The main reason I buy an expensive car is for road trips. My old M3 would barely go 325 miles on...
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 07-02-2020, 12:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 589
Posted By Autoputzer
The M550i is also an xDrive, BMW's smart AWD...

The M550i is also an xDrive, BMW's smart AWD system. The xDrive is complex. The transfer case varies the torque going to the front and back axles when the computer(s) detect wheel slipping, using...
Forum: 7 Series - G11 / G12 (2016 - current) 07-02-2020, 10:19 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,086
Posted By Autoputzer
The car most often traded in on a Tesla is a BMW...

The car most often traded in on a Tesla is a BMW 5 Series. On top of that, about 55% of BMW's are leased. So, the number of people replacing a 5 Series with a Tesla is even greater, since about 55%...
Forum: X1 F48 (2016 - current) 07-02-2020, 04:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 142
Posted By Autoputzer
The N20/N26 engine timing chain problems were...

The N20/N26 engine timing chain problems were supposedly fixed starting with January 2015 engine production. It might take another two months for those new engines to start showing up in BMW final...
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