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Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) Today, 12:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 555
Posted By Autoputzer
"It now has over 200k miles, and is running...

"It now has over 200k miles, and is running fine."

A DIY oil change on Frau Putzer's X3 (5 liters) is $85. One on my 535i (7 liters) is $106. I keep cars to about 100k miles. Doing 8k-mile oil...
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - 2017) Today, 12:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 386
Posted By Autoputzer
You'll need a spare tire (or something). ...

You'll need a spare tire (or something).

Frau Putzer managed to shred some "green" Michelin MXM4's in 48k miles. There were big chunk of rubber tearing off the tread blocks. After 25k miles of...
Forum: F07 Gran Turismo (2010 - 2017) Today, 11:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 62
Posted By Autoputzer
Add on tint can start looking like **** after a...

Add on tint can start looking like **** after a few years. Nothing says "old car" more than degraded add-on tint.

I can't stand driving a car with the front door windows tinted. It degrades my...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) Today, 11:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 555
Posted By Autoputzer
Frau Putzer's 2006 Honda Accord V6 used 5W-20. ...

Frau Putzer's 2006 Honda Accord V6 used 5W-20. It didn't require synthetic but that's what I used, either Mobil 1 or Pennzoil. I followed the recommended 8k-mile oil change interval. It never...
Forum: F07 Gran Turismo (2010 - 2017) Yesterday, 10:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,793
Posted By Autoputzer
Yeah, but not as sexy as Steve McGarrett getting...

Yeah, but not as sexy as Steve McGarrett getting out of his black '68 Mercury Park Lane with the windows rolled down. Book 'em, Danno!

https://youtu.be/4V67Txw1dDI?t=44


I had a project in...
Forum: General Automotive Forum Yesterday, 07:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 252
Posted By Autoputzer
The new offer, good through April 30th, is a $25...

The new offer, good through April 30th, is a $25 rebate on a six-quart case bought on-line from Advance Auto, Amazon, or Walmart, and only for odd-ball versions: Extended car, Sart-Stop, Maximum...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) Yesterday, 05:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 755
Posted By Autoputzer
This is my favorite new toy... about $10 on...

This is my favorite new toy... about $10 on Amazon.

They're hard to use when the wheels are on the car, though. I do digital measurements at tire rotation time.

They're an adaptation of a...
Forum: General Automotive Forum Yesterday, 05:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 298
Posted By Autoputzer
The UK's charging a punitive tax on diesel...

The UK's charging a punitive tax on diesel passenger cars (the "Toxin Tax") not meeting the latest EU emission standards if they are driven in large cities. It's something like $3k/year. So,...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) Yesterday, 04:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 755
Posted By Autoputzer
My high-resolution, digital tread depth...

My high-resolution, digital tread depth measurements are sort of an ultra-slow-motion version of these. This method only became effective with the advent of the digital gauges.
Forum: X3 G01 (2018 - current) Yesterday, 04:55 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,690
Posted By Autoputzer
My driver's restrain warning light came back on...

My driver's restrain warning light came back on at about 17k miles. The dealer PuMA-ed the car (asking for BMW's assistance), and eventually found a chafed ware in the steering column wiring.

I...
Forum: General BMW Questions 04-07-2020, 04:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 217
Posted By Autoputzer
Here's one... ...

Here's one...

https://bimmerzone.com/collections/bmw-spare-tire/products/bmw-3-series-e90-m3-spare-tire-kit-emergency-spare-tire
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 04-07-2020, 02:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 192
Posted By Autoputzer
BMW's OE mats are not known for their durability....

BMW's OE mats are not known for their durability. I keep cars to somewhere around ten years and 100k miles. So, I've learned to buy at least one extra set of mats when the car is still in...
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 04-06-2020, 05:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 762
Posted By Autoputzer
One of the variables of engine performance is the...

One of the variables of engine performance is the intake and, to a lesser extent, exhaust valve circumference. The circumference multiplied by the valve stroke (how far it opens) is the area in...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 04-06-2020, 04:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 356
Posted By Autoputzer
You should first just get an alignment, but make...

You should first just get an alignment, but make sure to specify the settings you want (minimal toe-in). The alignment print-out should include before and after settings. If the before readings...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-06-2020, 09:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 525
Posted By Autoputzer
I redneck, F-150 driving coworker was always...

I redneck, F-150 driving coworker was always asking what was so great about a BMW. My best answer was that everything on a BMW is better than on a regular car, sometimes a little better, sometimes...
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 04-06-2020, 09:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 762
Posted By Autoputzer
Honda made a V6 Hybrid Accord back in the...

Honda made a V6 Hybrid Accord back in the mid-2000's. It was a hot rod like the BMW ActiveHybrid's. But, they didn't sell many of them.

BMW used to make an in-line six with just two-liters of...
Forum: Ask-A-BMW-Dealer 04-06-2020, 07:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 418
Posted By Autoputzer
Back in the 1980's a friend of mine worked at a...

Back in the 1980's a friend of mine worked at a BMW dealership in Virginia. A guy came in with a 6 Series with Florida tags (actually "tag," singular) and wanted a new one they had on the lot. He...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 04-06-2020, 07:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 755
Posted By Autoputzer
Back when I was young whippersnapper in high...

Back when I was young whippersnapper in high school, if you had "70's" on your car you were a badass.... like Todd.

https://youtu.be/inx649Z64MU


Uncle Dougie's statement is correct, but...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 04-06-2020, 12:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 755
Posted By Autoputzer
The whole TPMS thing is for non-car people. "Car...

The whole TPMS thing is for non-car people. "Car people" could get by with FTM (flat tire monitoring). FTM uses the ABS wheel speed sensors to detect a tire going flat (smaller rolling radius...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 04-05-2020, 11:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 199
Posted By Autoputzer
There should be a minimum thickness stamped on...

There should be a minimum thickness stamped on the rotor. Surf through NewTIS.info (semi-bootleg on-line BMW shop manual). It might have the minimum thickness there, too.
Forum: F80/F82/F83 M3 and M4 (2015 - Current) 04-05-2020, 11:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 222
Posted By Autoputzer
I read somewhere that the manuals in the M3/4's...

I read somewhere that the manuals in the M3/4's will only be available with the base spec' engine.

BMW's said that they can't find a suitable manual transmission that can handle the torque of...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 04-05-2020, 11:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 755
Posted By Autoputzer
Newer BMW's display the tire pressures on the...

Newer BMW's display the tire pressures on the iDrive screen, and then tell you what the pressures should be adjusted to, based on tire temperature vs. ambient temperature, type of tire, and maximum...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-05-2020, 11:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 228
Posted By Autoputzer
Lights up one side only, very dimly as to not...

Lights up one side only, very dimly as to not drain down the battery. It's been a European thing forever. But, Frau Putzer's U.S. spec' G01 X3 has it.
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 04-05-2020, 05:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 762
Posted By Autoputzer
I freaked out the first time I had a 528i F10...

I freaked out the first time I had a 528i F10 loaner and rolled the windows down. Admittedly, they're fine with the windows up. BMW are quiet inside, more so with the optional acoustic glass. That's...
Forum: F80/F82/F83 M3 and M4 (2015 - Current) 04-05-2020, 02:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 222
Posted By Autoputzer
I broke a DCT on one of BMW's M5's My thought...

I broke a DCT on one of BMW's M5's My thought was "I'm glad this ain't my car."
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