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Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) Today, 08:15 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By Autoputzer
General Tire used to have an advertising...

General Tire used to have an advertising jingle..."Sooner or later, you'll own General's." I always considered that a threat. General Tire is now owned by the German Continental. So, they got...
Forum: Off-Topic Today, 06:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 399
Posted By Autoputzer
With all these Citi Sears MasterCard scams, I'll...

With all these Citi Sears MasterCard scams, I'll be way past $2k this year in total rebates.

I don't travel much, and when I do I prefer to do it by car.
Forum: Off-Topic Today, 03:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 399
Posted By Autoputzer
Redeemable for a bunch of different gift cards,...

Redeemable for a bunch of different gift cards, and maybe cash too but at a discount. I get CVS gift card to pay for my med's.

https://www.thankyou.com//gcLanding.htm#
Forum: Off-Topic Today, 03:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 399
Posted By Autoputzer
The latest craziness from Citi Sears MasterCard...

The latest craziness from Citi Sears MasterCard is 25% rebates on payment for utilities (electricity, water, gas, cable TV, and garbage service) of $100 or more from now through October 31st.
...
Forum: General BMW Questions Today, 11:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 172
Posted By Autoputzer
Ideal Gas Law: PV = mRT Tires and the air...

Ideal Gas Law: PV = mRT

Tires and the air in them heat up when driving, about 30 degrees F or about 17 degrees C. The volume (V) inside the tire is the same, so the pressure (P) goes up as the...
Forum: G20 (2019 - Current) Today, 05:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 338
Posted By Autoputzer
The 2020 530e is the same base MSRP as the 530i. ...

The 2020 530e is the same base MSRP as the 530i.

The catch is that the 530e doesn't offer non-run-flat tires or a spare tires. Replacing my 2014 535i is still a few years off. But, the last...
Forum: F22 / F23 2 Series (2014 - Current) Yesterday, 11:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 475
Posted By Autoputzer
The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+'s are probably...

The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+'s are probably skewed more toward performance. The Continental DWS06's are probably skewed more toward dealing with snow. I had some DWS06's on Frau Putzer's...
Forum: F22 / F23 2 Series (2014 - Current) Yesterday, 03:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 475
Posted By Autoputzer
Stick with the original sized. Not doing so is...

Stick with the original sized. Not doing so is asking for trouble. You may or may not have run-flats. Plenty of manufacturers make matching tires in those sizes. Plug your car's info into...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) Yesterday, 01:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 251
Posted By Autoputzer
BMW AG's product liability attorneys love...

BMW AG's product liability attorneys love staggered set-ups. I read somewhere they were the ones first pushing them back in the 1990's. Wider rear tires bias the car toward understeer. Juries...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) Yesterday, 12:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 251
Posted By Autoputzer
You can't rotate them front to back. You...

You can't rotate them front to back.

You might not be able to find winter tires in the correct size.

Wider tires hurt yon, not help you, in the snow.

There might be a slight mismatch in...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) Yesterday, 08:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 238
Posted By Autoputzer
Costco's pretty ethical when it comes to stuff...

Costco's pretty ethical when it comes to stuff like that, unlike Walmart/Sam's Club. But, I paid $0.50/quart for Pennzoil Platinum synthetic with their last rebate offer, and if it wasn't for the...
Forum: F22 / F23 2 Series (2014 - Current) Yesterday, 06:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 475
Posted By Autoputzer
I thought something didn't sound right here. ...

I thought something didn't sound right here.

You probably have a staggered set-up, meaning that the rear tires and wheels are wider than the front ones. For an F22/F23's, the staggered set-up is...
Forum: F80/F82/F83 M3 and M4 (2015 - Current) Yesterday, 06:01 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 107
Posted By Autoputzer
Plug it into KBB.com. It will give you the...

Plug it into KBB.com. It will give you the trade-in, private party, and retail prices. The high mileage will hurt you. The Dinan stuff might also hurt you.

I sold my E46 M3 on BMWCCA.org's...
Forum: F22 / F23 2 Series (2014 - Current) Yesterday, 04:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 475
Posted By Autoputzer
That would increase you rolling diameter by about...

That would increase you rolling diameter by about an inch, from 24.75" to 25.72". Possible problems would be rubbing and confusing the traction and stability control software. It would definitely...
Forum: The Detail Department 08-06-2020, 05:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 342
Posted By Autoputzer
Start with cleaner wax, e.g. Meguiar's in the...

Start with cleaner wax, e.g. Meguiar's in the maroon bottle. That will probably do it. If not go up in power to a "final cut" or "Plexiglass polish, or maybe a tar remover. You always start out...
Forum: G20 (2019 - Current) 08-06-2020, 12:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 338
Posted By Autoputzer
Here's a screenshot of my trip computer of one of...

Here's a screenshot of my trip computer of one of my runs to Sam's Club, 14 miles away in Frau Putzer's non-hybrid X3 xDrive 30i. It was at the height of the lockdown-smackdown, so traffic was...
Forum: Ask-A-BMW-Dealer 08-06-2020, 11:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 356
Posted By Autoputzer
There was a student at my college who looked like...

There was a student at my college who looked like Norm. Every time he'd come into the student dining hall, everybody (100+ people) would yell "Norm!."
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 08-06-2020, 07:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 485
Posted By Autoputzer
The PS A/S 3+ is being replaced by the PS A/S 4...

The PS A/S 3+ is being replaced by the PS A/S 4 in North America, with "with 4% better dry braking, 5% better wet braking and 10% more snow traction."
...
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 08-05-2020, 06:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 458
Posted By Autoputzer
The first stint being three years is supposedly...

The first stint being three years is supposedly because of the humidity is better controlled at the factory than it is at dealerships' service areas. But yeah, whoever decided to stretch the first...
Forum: G20 (2019 - Current) 08-05-2020, 06:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 338
Posted By Autoputzer
Hybrids don't buy you much in highway driving. ...

Hybrids don't buy you much in highway driving. That's because the advantage of a hybrid is recovering kinetic energy when braking and converting it into electrical energy (charging the battery). If...
Forum: General BMW Questions 08-05-2020, 02:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 198
Posted By Autoputzer
The BMW recommended pressures are selected for...

The BMW recommended pressures are selected for ride quality and to maintain adhesion with the pavement when encountering discontinuities (big word for "bumps").

I used a high-resolution digital...
Forum: X5 G05 (2018 - Current) 08-05-2020, 02:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 710
Posted By Autoputzer
Sorry... type. "...lack of a spare tire." As...

Sorry... type. "...lack of a spare tire." As jadnashuanh said, the volume under the cargo floor is taken up with batteries on the 45e. You also loose the option for spare tire if you get the 3rd...
Forum: X5 G05 (2018 - Current) 08-05-2020, 07:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 710
Posted By Autoputzer
BMW's changed their minds on tire rotation...

BMW's changed their minds on tire rotation several times: don't, side-to-side only, front-to-back only, and "consult a BMW center."

Many BMW's have staggered set-ups, rear tires and wheels larger...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 08-05-2020, 07:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 450
Posted By Autoputzer
Frau Putzer's 2006 V6 Honda Accord didn't need...

Frau Putzer's 2006 V6 Honda Accord didn't need top-offs before 8k mile oil changes with 5W-20 synthetic. We sold it at 147k miles. That's why I'm not worried using the BMW recommended 0W-20 in...
Forum: X3 G01 (2018 - current) 08-05-2020, 07:08 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,362
Posted By Autoputzer
Good garages make good neighbors. I spend...

Good garages make good neighbors. I spend $1600/year to keep m $2,000 Chevy Cobalt in a rented u-stor-it garage.. money well spent.

Granny Putzer had big two-car garage (10' wide doors). After...
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