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Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 07-14-2020, 04:00 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,461
Posted By Robert A
Labor charges have nothing to do with how long it...

Labor charges have nothing to do with how long it actually takes. Labor is based on the number of hours their shop manual says it should take. I learned this lesson many years ago when was charged...
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 06-22-2020, 07:51 PM
Replies: 283
Views: 17,563
Posted By Robert A
So you're coming from "704" in the G20 to the...

So you're coming from "704" in the G20 to the Tesla standard suspension? Is there much "tilt" or "float", or does the Tesla feel tight and dialed in on fast curves?
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 06-20-2020, 01:43 PM
Replies: 283
Views: 17,563
Posted By Robert A
Pharding, what's your sense of the suspension...

Pharding, what's your sense of the suspension setup, and the firmness overall? I've only been able to drive the Performance model. No LR-AWD models have been available for test drives in my area.
Forum: G20 (2019 - Current) 06-16-2020, 11:05 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,073
Posted By Robert A
I didn't care for the poor rear visability. $6k...

I didn't care for the poor rear visability. $6k for Performance isn't bad when you consider that BMW charges $5k for M Sport. At least with Tesla, you get more power too.
Forum: G20 (2019 - Current) 06-16-2020, 08:55 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,073
Posted By Robert A
Test drove a Model 3 Performance yesterday. It...

Test drove a Model 3 Performance yesterday. It was a lot of fun to drive, and could really find any flaws in the handling. Firm, but not too firm.
Forum: G20 (2019 - Current) 06-15-2020, 09:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 693
Posted By Robert A
704 vs, Adaptive

What are the latest thoughts on suspension options for M Sport? I've read that 704 is too stiff and to go for Adaptive. Is this still the case?
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 06-11-2020, 11:29 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 17,563
Posted By Robert A
I'm going to test drive two Model 3s on Monday. ...

I'm going to test drive two Model 3s on Monday. I'm coming from a 535d and can't wait to get rid of the barge. Yes, the BMW is a higher quality car, but it's no longer a 5 Series, it's a Cadillac...
Forum: G20 (2019 - Current) 06-09-2020, 10:34 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,073
Posted By Robert A
That was my feeling after Bernard ("Beewang") let...

That was my feeling after Bernard ("Beewang") let me drive his Model 3 for a full hour last year.
Forum: G20 (2019 - Current) 06-09-2020, 09:33 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,073
Posted By Robert A
You go for the Tesla if you care about climate...

You go for the Tesla if you care about climate change, can charge off your own panels, and want something mechanically simpler than an ICE car. You accept the known quirks in the bargain. The...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 05-30-2020, 01:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 296
Posted By Robert A
Suspension restoration

My 2014 535d is 6 years old with 45k miles. The suspension has lost that tight feeling it had when new. Though all the suspension parts check out fine (I just had it serviced), what parts do I need...
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 05-27-2020, 01:31 PM
Replies: 283
Views: 17,563
Posted By Robert A
Does that 18% assume that power comes off the...

Does that 18% assume that power comes off the grid? If so, what happens when the power comes from solar panels?
Forum: European Delivery 05-24-2020, 07:26 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 13,106
Posted By Robert A
Okay. For whatever reason, I remember exiting...

Okay. For whatever reason, I remember exiting the place and being dumped right on the Autobahn, but that memory is rather hazy.
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 05-24-2020, 07:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 524
Posted By Robert A
Tell them you feel a slight pulse in the pedal at...

Tell them you feel a slight pulse in the pedal at 80 mph. Might not get you pads, but may get you rotors.
Forum: European Delivery 05-24-2020, 07:11 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 13,106
Posted By Robert A
It may have been Freimann, but it definitely...

It may have been Freimann, but it definitely wasn't the same place as they used prior to the Welt. I'm thinking back to summer of 1984.
Forum: European Delivery 05-24-2020, 04:39 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 13,106
Posted By Robert A
Anyone happen to remember the location of the...

Anyone happen to remember the location of the delivery center in the early 80s?
Forum: European Delivery 05-16-2020, 10:40 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 13,106
Posted By Robert A
I think the program requires a lot of...

I think the program requires a lot of coordination and personal attention that requires staff on both sides of the Atlantic. Each customer car is built to order, then has to be coordinated with the...
Forum: European Delivery 05-08-2020, 07:38 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 13,106
Posted By Robert A
Is ED mostly about the discount, or the...

Is ED mostly about the discount, or the experience? Money was icing on the cake -- the experience is why this subforum exists, and why ED matters.

But if we want to discuss money, let's not...
Forum: European Delivery 05-08-2020, 07:32 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 13,106
Posted By Robert A
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Forum: European Delivery 05-06-2020, 03:12 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 13,106
Posted By Robert A
What's the point of going to the Performance...

What's the point of going to the Performance Center anyway (unless you live nearby)? There's no story and no history there. In Munich, there was reason to go because you felt like you were right...
Forum: European Delivery 05-06-2020, 02:42 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 13,106
Posted By Robert A
Where did they do it in the early '80s? I...

Where did they do it in the early '80s? I remember a different location -- sort of a little box of a building off a highway somewhere. It may have been south of town.
Forum: European Delivery 05-06-2020, 02:13 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 13,106
Posted By Robert A
My last ED -- at the old Freimann delivery center...

My last ED -- at the old Freimann delivery center in 2006. Oh how I miss that 530i. It was a BMW thoroughbred.
Forum: European Delivery 05-06-2020, 12:44 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 13,106
Posted By Robert A
We've always taken for granted a program that...

We've always taken for granted a program that allows us to get our car at the factory doorsteps, and at a discount. It was a unique program that only the EU manufacturers offered (you cannot, for...
Forum: European Delivery 05-06-2020, 09:59 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 13,106
Posted By Robert A
They did no such thing. They only reduced the...

They did no such thing. They only reduced the discount but did not change the program.
Forum: European Delivery 05-05-2020, 09:56 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 13,106
Posted By Robert A
I am going to guess that the ED program has been...

I am going to guess that the ED program has been a hugely expensive money loser for decades that only existed to boost German auto industry pride and build brand awareness. BMW finally decided it...
Forum: European Delivery 05-05-2020, 04:03 PM
Replies: 382
Views: 66,965
Posted By Robert A
My first experience with ED was in 1968 when my...

My first experience with ED was in 1968 when my parents took delivery of a VW bus. I did it with BMW in 1984 (E30), 2000 (E39), and 2006 (E60). When I went in 2000, I was able to arrange a private...
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