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Forum: G20 (2019 - Current) Yesterday, 11:47 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,251
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I went to the credit union to get cash today. ...

I went to the credit union to get cash today. The one close is closed, so I had to go to one eleven miles from home. With Frau Putzer's G01 X3 xDrive 30i, in light traffic and using EcoPro, I got...
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 04-02-2020, 03:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 274
Posted By Autoputzer
Frau Putzer put 25k miles on some DWS06's on her...

Frau Putzer put 25k miles on some DWS06's on her Accord before we sold it. She got the DWS06's after shredding some "green" Michelin's. There were big chunks of rubber tearing off the tread blocks...
Forum: Off-Topic 04-02-2020, 03:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 497
Posted By Autoputzer
If you run the car, you need to go at least ten...

If you run the car, you need to go at least ten miles to boil all the water and gasoline out of the engine oil.

Gasoline, especially E-10 (10% ethanol) starts going bad after about 30 days. ...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 04-02-2020, 09:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 261
Posted By Autoputzer
:p Actually, there's going to be TWATA...

:p

Actually, there's going to be TWATA Volume I and TWATA Volume II.

Two of my relatives are successful, published authors. One writes his **** in Japanese, but I no ready, speaky Japanese. ...
Forum: X3 G01 (2018 - current) 04-02-2020, 08:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 376
Posted By Autoputzer
There's so much going on with modern cars that...

There's so much going on with modern cars that they've given up on writing comprehensive owner's manuals.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 04-02-2020, 08:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 261
Posted By Autoputzer
Frau Putzer said I wasn't allowed to bring my...

Frau Putzer said I wasn't allowed to bring my glow-in-the-dark gauge to bed anymore.

retired 4.5 years.

Years ago, I got some tritium night-sights for a pistol. The house I lived in at the...
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 04-01-2020, 10:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 274
Posted By Autoputzer
The pothole that did in the tire probably also...

The pothole that did in the tire probably also knocked the car out of alignment.

Radial tires are called that because the cords in the sidewalls are only in the radial direction. Cords don't...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 04-01-2020, 10:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 261
Posted By Autoputzer
I looked up the Milton website. They have a...

I looked up the Milton website. They have a very limited selection of bourdon (mechanical dial) gauges now. They mostly sell commercial pressure equipment. Their gauges area $50 to $75, only...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 04-01-2020, 01:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 261
Posted By Autoputzer
The TPMS only displays pressure in one PSI...

The TPMS only displays pressure in one PSI increments. So, 35.45 PSI shows up as 34 PSI, where 35.55 PSI shows up as 35 PSI.

The accuracy of tire pressure gauges vary greatly. Get a Meiser dial...
Forum: Ask-A-BMW-Dealer 03-31-2020, 02:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,116
Posted By Autoputzer
The dealer's profit is mostly in the service and...

The dealer's profit is mostly in the service and parts departments, and used car sales (including lease turn-ins). New car sales is a very competitive environment, and those big showrooms, 200 car...
Forum: Off-Topic 03-31-2020, 01:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 658
Posted By Autoputzer
THe BMW credit cards used to suck. I never could...

THe BMW credit cards used to suck. I never could get a straight answer from them what the rebate rate was. But, that changed about three years ago. In about 18 months, I racked up $1200 in...
Forum: Ask-A-BMW-Dealer 03-31-2020, 09:58 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,116
Posted By Autoputzer
Before our marriage, the future Frau Putzer drove...

Before our marriage, the future Frau Putzer drove about 7k mile/year. She lived in a city of 300k people, 2.5 miles from work. Most of the places she went were within work and home. She hates...
Forum: G29 (2018 - current) 03-31-2020, 05:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 114
Posted By Autoputzer
The current and previous Z4's are sort of...

The current and previous Z4's are sort of mermaids, not enough fish to be a good fish, and not enough girl to be a good girl. They're not a Mercedes-Benz SL, and they're not a Boxter, either. ...
Forum: 8 Series G15 (2018 - Current) 03-30-2020, 06:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 684
Posted By Autoputzer
I saw an orange, F10 M5 with bright trim around...

I saw an orange, F10 M5 with bright trim around the windows in 2013 at the Performance Center, at M School. But, it wasn't around very long. Within the first ten minutes of the first session of a...
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 03-30-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 8,187
Posted By Autoputzer
The 330e's MSRP is $3800 more than the 330i's. ...

The 330e's MSRP is $3800 more than the 330i's. $3800 would buy a lot of gas. But, the MSRP's of the 530e and 530i are the same. So, it looks like there's enough profit in a 5 Series for BMW to be...
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - 2017) 03-30-2020, 12:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 215
Posted By Autoputzer
The MPG doesn't always change in 0.1 MPG...

The MPG doesn't always change in 0.1 MPG increments. The calculations are done in binary (ones and zeros) and then converted to human comprehendible base ten (0,1,2,3...9), and rounded. The...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 03-30-2020, 10:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 674
Posted By Autoputzer
"704" might include stiffer anti-roll bars. I'm...

"704" might include stiffer anti-roll bars. I'm not sure, since I have the Dynamic Handling Package (adjustable shocks and active anti-roll).

F10's didn't come with a spare tire, and had...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 03-30-2020, 09:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 674
Posted By Autoputzer
Google "BMW VIN decoder." There are a bunch of...

Google "BMW VIN decoder." There are a bunch of sites. I'm not sure which is best or worst.

There are a lot of "internal options" that don't show up on the window sticker, but do show up on the...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 03-30-2020, 09:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 674
Posted By Autoputzer
The F10 got refreshed ("LCI in BMW lingo) for the...

The F10 got refreshed ("LCI in BMW lingo) for the 2014 model year. But, the early 2014's with M Sport Package did not have the sport suspension (option code 704). I recall 704 came with M Sport...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 03-30-2020, 08:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 674
Posted By Autoputzer
xDrive adds about 200 pounds. There also can be...

xDrive adds about 200 pounds. There also can be some huge repair costs when you start getting near 100k miles: transfer case ($4k), front driveshafts ($1000+ each).

At least 2/3's of the new...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 03-29-2020, 01:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,045
Posted By Autoputzer
Steel hub, aluminum wheel... galvanic corrosion. ...

Steel hub, aluminum wheel... galvanic corrosion.

With the tire off the ground, kick the bottom of the tire/wheel to break it loose. Sometimes, a hard, two-handed pushes (top, bottom, sides)...
Forum: G20 (2019 - Current) 03-29-2020, 12:57 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,251
Posted By Autoputzer
I live on the coast in Floriduh. The developed...

I live on the coast in Floriduh. The developed area is mostly a one-mile strip along the beach that's maybe 20 miles long. Many of our outings end up being a 20 mile drive. If I'm firing up a...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 03-28-2020, 04:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 335
Posted By Autoputzer
Back in the day, Castrol was a major sponsor for...

Back in the day, Castrol was a major sponsor for BMW's Formula 1 effort. So... BMW's used Castrol oil.

BMW's current supplier is Shell, and Shell's synthetic oils are made from natural gas...
Forum: G20 (2019 - Current) 03-28-2020, 11:08 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,251
Posted By Autoputzer
The BMW Mobility System, a.k.a. the "BMW...

The BMW Mobility System, a.k.a. the "BMW Immobility System."
Forum: G20 (2019 - Current) 03-28-2020, 10:54 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,251
Posted By Autoputzer
I bought a full-size spare for my E46 M3. That...

I bought a full-size spare for my E46 M3. That turned the trunk into the "spare tire compartment" and the back seat into the "duffle bag storage area" on road trips.

My potential (992) 911 might...
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