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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 01:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 452
Posted By Autoputzer
The price of oil in the U.S. is tied to the world...

The price of oil in the U.S. is tied to the world price of oil. A lot of the U.S. oil comes from Alaska. But, there's a limited number of refineries on the west coast. So, a lot of Alaska oil is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 10:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 452
Posted By Autoputzer
Most of the gas stations here in Bubbaville...

Most of the gas stations here in Bubbaville charge the same for cash or credit card purchases.

I have three credit cards that give me 3% back on gasoline purchases. It's also more convenient to...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) Yesterday, 08:09 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,444
Posted By Autoputzer
Opportunity costs should be calculated using the...

Opportunity costs should be calculated using the current years' book value, not the initial outlay. Also, when coming up with the opportunity cost rate (%), you should consider income tax (on...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-17-2019, 11:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 452
Posted By Autoputzer
No increase here in Bubbaville, Floriduh. I...

No increase here in Bubbaville, Floriduh. I paid $2.499/gallon for 87 AKI and $3.149 for 93 AKI at my favorite Shell station yesterday, the same that it's been since August 22nd. For our BMW's,...
Forum: 7 Series - F01 / F02 (2009 - 2015) 09-17-2019, 11:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 318
Posted By Autoputzer
That will result in a one inch difference in the...

That will result in a one inch difference in the rolling diameters front to back. You will quickly destroy your xDrive transfer case, specifically the clutches. You would want 275/35-20's in the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-16-2019, 06:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 308
Posted By Autoputzer
That's 23.5 MPG. Yeah, for a big comfortable car...

That's 23.5 MPG. Yeah, for a big comfortable car from the 1990's, that's pretty good. BMW's always been good about fuel economy, better than Mercedes-Benz.

Technology marches on...

2014 F10...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 09-16-2019, 06:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 300
Posted By Autoputzer
Werd up. My average for a new car is over...

Werd up.

My average for a new car is over nine years and almost 120k miles.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 09-16-2019, 06:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 300
Posted By Autoputzer
Cars don't last forever. At some point they...

Cars don't last forever. At some point they become unreliable, with an increased change of disrupting your life on a regular basis. Here's my depreciation and maintenance costs for an E46 M3. ...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 09-15-2019, 10:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 333
Posted By Autoputzer
There's a $100 Michelin rebate offer through...

There's a $100 Michelin rebate offer through September 19th.

It can go literally weeks without rain where I live. I used to run tires down to 2/32nds inch. But, as I've become wealthier I've...
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 09-15-2019, 09:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 200
Posted By Autoputzer
We got our incentives locked in when we ordered...

We got our incentives locked in when we ordered our last BMW. BMW's pretty good about that. But, some incentives are focused on getting rid of leftovers from the previous model year still in...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-15-2019, 08:32 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,444
Posted By Autoputzer
Maybe he meant the valve cover gasket.

Maybe he meant the valve cover gasket.
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - Current) 09-15-2019, 06:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 225
Posted By Autoputzer
Yeah, I ordered Frau Putzer's X3 with a square...

Yeah, I ordered Frau Putzer's X3 with a square set-up and all-season non-RFT's. The only time that car gets flicked around is when I'm driving it and trying to catch a yellow light (or run a red...
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - Current) 09-15-2019, 05:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 225
Posted By Autoputzer
That's a "performance" size set-up on a big SUV. ...

That's a "performance" size set-up on a big SUV. So, it's an odd-ball situation to start with. Then, you're breaking the BMW norm' by getting non-RFT's. It looks like Michelin and Pirelli make...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-14-2019, 09:29 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,444
Posted By Autoputzer
So, that's about $0.22/mile for maintenance and...

So, that's about $0.22/mile for maintenance and repairs. That's high, and would be psychologically painful. But, less so when you consider was deprecation on a new X3 would be.

Frau Putzer's...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 09-14-2019, 02:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 713
Posted By Autoputzer
This phenomenon is commonly called "feathering." ...

This phenomenon is commonly called "feathering." Feathering is usually most severe on the driven axle, or on the primary driven axle or AWD vehicles. The other axle also experiences feathering,...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 09-13-2019, 05:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 713
Posted By Autoputzer
I showed my cool digital tread depth gauge to my...

I showed my cool digital tread depth gauge to my friends at the BMW dealership (one is a parts guy, the other is the service manager). The service manger took down the information on, and took a...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 09-13-2019, 05:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 713
Posted By Autoputzer
You can't go side-to-side with directional tires....

You can't go side-to-side with directional tires. But, directional tires have sort of gone out of vogue, except for performance snow tires.

Each corner is going to have different wear patterns,...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 09-13-2019, 04:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 713
Posted By Autoputzer
BMW can't make up their mind on tire rotation (of...

BMW can't make up their mind on tire rotation (of square set-up cars): don't, front-to-back only, side-to-side only, or "consult a BMW center."

Yeah, the whole point of tire rotation is to have...
Forum: X3 M 09-13-2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 111
Posted By Autoputzer
This question would belong on the F25 X3 forum. ...

This question would belong on the F25 X3 forum. But, yeah, that might be little high. Check the private party sale prices on Edmunds.com and KBB.com (Kelley Blue Book).
Forum: Off-Topic 09-13-2019, 06:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 314
Posted By Autoputzer
I do that with my regular bills. But, I don't...

I do that with my regular bills. But, I don't bother for the intermittent medical bills. My solution with those Bubba's was to use another medical lab from now on. That will also save me about...
Forum: X3 G01 (2018 - current) 09-13-2019, 01:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 426
Posted By Autoputzer
The X3 suites us. It's just two of us (humans,...

The X3 suites us. It's just two of us (humans, anyway), and we rarely have anybody in the back seat. But, when we do it's cramped back there. A lot of things on 5's (X's or non-X's) are better than...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 09-13-2019, 12:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 693
Posted By Autoputzer
You still want to vary the engine speed and load...

You still want to vary the engine speed and load (torque). Every combination of engine speed and torque concentrates wear in a different position on bearings, rings, and cylinder walls. When an...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 09-12-2019, 05:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 693
Posted By Autoputzer
The problem with driving it like you stole it...

The problem with driving it like you stole it during break-in is that the bearings and the crank shaft can get scored by miscellaneous chunks of crap floating around the oil supply. When a journal...
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 09-12-2019, 06:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 230
Posted By Autoputzer
BMW's plugged that loophole... ...

BMW's plugged that loophole...

https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1281042
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 09-12-2019, 05:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 230
Posted By Autoputzer
Keep driving it. You've probably blindly...

Keep driving it. You've probably blindly stumbled into one of the few circumstances where a consumer lease of a BMW makes sense.

At $0.25/mile, the over-miles are the cheapest miles you'll have. ...
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