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Forum: Ask-A-BMW-Dealer Today, 02:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 880
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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 Today, 01:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 87
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 Today, 09:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 880
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) Today, 05:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 46
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) Yesterday, 06:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 644
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) Yesterday, 01:15 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 8,010
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) Yesterday, 12:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 170
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) Yesterday, 10:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 288
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) Yesterday, 09:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 288
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) Yesterday, 09:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 288
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) Yesterday, 08:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 288
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: 11
Views: 351
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: 35
Views: 1,980
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: 319
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: 35
Views: 1,980
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: 35
Views: 1,980
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...
Forum: G20 (2019 - Current) 03-28-2020, 10:32 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,980
Posted By Autoputzer
Guilty. Frau Putzer says I drive like an old...

Guilty.

Frau Putzer says I drive like an old man when I'm hyper-mile-ing. But, she STFU's after I threaten to buy another M3. I got really good at making U turns with mostly the gas pedal...
Forum: G20 (2019 - Current) 03-28-2020, 07:57 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,980
Posted By Autoputzer
Comparing the 330i to the 330e, it looks like the...

Comparing the 330i to the 330e, it looks like the hybrid hardware weighs 450 pounds.

I had to make a provisioning run Thursday, with three stops: Sam's Club, gas station, grocery store. Traffic...
Forum: G20 (2019 - Current) 03-28-2020, 07:54 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,980
Posted By Autoputzer
Comparing the 330i to the 330e, it looks like the...

Comparing the 330i to the 330e, it looks like the hybrid hardware weighs 450 pounds.

I had to make a provisioning run Thursday, with three stops: Sam's Club, gas station, grocery store. Traffic...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 03-28-2020, 05:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 319
Posted By Autoputzer
This. There's "Edge" and then there's...

This.

There's "Edge" and then there's "Edge (A3/B4)" The latter meets BMW Long Life 01, at least in the 5W-30.

BMW switched lubricant suppliers from Castrol (BP) to Shell around 2015.
Forum: Off-Topic 03-27-2020, 07:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 87
Posted By Autoputzer
Check your new BMW FS credit card account

BMW FS has handed over their credit card operations to a new carrier, Elan Financial. Elan changes the statement closing date, which therefore changes the payment due date.
Forum: Off-Topic 03-26-2020, 05:29 PM
Replies: 296
Views: 7,368
Posted By Autoputzer
Did you migrate back north yet? I used to...

Did you migrate back north yet?

I used to enjoy my 1500 mile road trips, mostly Bubbaville to Cape Code or Newport.
Forum: Off-Topic 03-26-2020, 05:23 PM
Replies: 296
Views: 7,368
Posted By Autoputzer
Here's a NYT article with a cool, multi-variable...

Here's a NYT article with a cool, multi-variable model of the pandemic in the U.S. GIGO applies here, but you can slide the variables around and it seems that early, hard, and long intervention...
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 03-26-2020, 04:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 350
Posted By Autoputzer
Bone stock E46 M3's kept getting more powerful...

Bone stock E46 M3's kept getting more powerful with better gas, up to about 96 AKI. Mine would ping on 91 AKI if I was lugging around at low RPM on a hot day. Downshift, and it was off to the...
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 03-26-2020, 02:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 350
Posted By Autoputzer
A lot of those high power and torque numbers come...

A lot of those high power and torque numbers come with the need for 93+ AKI gas. BMW's run as advertised on 91 AKI gas. A lot of places don't even have 93 AKIl
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