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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) Today, 07:44 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 4,951
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I used to go to the UK for work. The rental car...

I used to go to the UK for work. The rental car fleet loaded up with automatic transmission cars in the summer, to accommodate American tourists. We'd get a rental car in the hinterlands in the...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) Yesterday, 02:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 105
Posted By Autoputzer
One important trick is to go to a crafts store...

One important trick is to go to a crafts store (e.g. Hobby Lobby), and buy the smallest paint brush they make. The one that comes in the cap of the paint bottle is too big. Make one dob, and walk...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) Yesterday, 10:53 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 4,951
Posted By Autoputzer
There's a blurb in my F10 manual saying that ASS...

There's a blurb in my F10 manual saying that ASS can accelerate wear on components, but doesn't list any specific ones. The main and connecting rod bearings need oil pressure to keep metal away...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) Yesterday, 08:46 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 4,951
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I customized EcoPro to not fiddle with the air...

I customized EcoPro to not fiddle with the air conditioner performance, and I have to manually turn off the Auto Stop/Start. Starters, turbocharges, and engines are more expensive than gasoline.
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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) Yesterday, 07:16 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 4,951
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A student at Advance M School asked an instructor...

A student at Advance M School asked an instructor which gear he used in turn number-whatever. The instructor said he used "S" (Sport Automatic), because when he's tear-assing around at 160 MPH he's...
Forum: X3 G01 (2018 - current) 07-14-2019, 07:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 165
Posted By Autoputzer
They also goose up the pressures so that the cars...

They also goose up the pressures so that the cars don't bounce around on the ship when they're chained down. If they bounce, they can work the chains loose. They also put blocks in the springs to...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-14-2019, 01:54 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,737
Posted By Autoputzer
Michelin makes a "high-performance, all-season"...

Michelin makes a "high-performance, all-season" tire, the Pilot Sport A/S 3+. It has a higher US DOT treadwear rating than the PS 4S, 500 vs. 300. The PS A/S 3+ is also a little cheaper. With...
Forum: General Automotive Forum 07-14-2019, 09:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 155
Posted By Autoputzer
My city car is cheap, fits into small parking...

My city car is cheap, fits into small parking spaces, and is a car that vandals ignore. A Tesla S is none of these. 6k miles/year of town driving at 25 MPH and $3/gallon gas works out to...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 07-12-2019, 06:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 415
Posted By Autoputzer
Since you live in the Sunbelt, you probably don't...

Since you live in the Sunbelt, you probably don't have AWD ("xDrive" in BMW lingo). Since you have an M Sport Package and probably not AWD, you likely have staggered tires (back tires wider than the...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 07-12-2019, 06:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 415
Posted By Autoputzer
BMW's (and maybe M-B's) have a lot of negative...

BMW's (and maybe M-B's) have a lot of negative rear camber (tires tilted in at the top). That causes the rear tires to wear "conically." My F10 spec's are 1.8 degrees of negative camber in the...
Forum: General BMW Questions 07-12-2019, 05:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 462
Posted By Autoputzer
Doug's right... sort of On average, warranty...

Doug's right... sort of On average, warranty premiums cost more than warranty claims.

Anytime there's a discussion on extended warranties people post how they've saved money by having one. ...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-12-2019, 11:50 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,737
Posted By Autoputzer
Your mileage may vary... I currently have...

Your mileage may vary...

I currently have PSS's on my 535i, with a square set-up. I rotate them and I manage the pressures to get even tire wear. After 26k miles, I have an average of...
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 07-12-2019, 08:06 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,568
Posted By Autoputzer
If they don't agree to a before and after...

If they don't agree to a before and after print-out, you don't want them working on your car for anything.

If you have a square set-up (front and back tires the same size), you'd benefit greatly...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-12-2019, 07:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 167
Posted By Autoputzer
They're building a new factory in Texas. I...

They're building a new factory in Texas.

I was in Lowe's a few weeks ago, and they were selling Craftsman tool chests made in the U.S., but with imported components.
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 07-11-2019, 07:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 261
Posted By Autoputzer
If they're OE tires, they're probably a BMW spec'...

If they're OE tires, they're probably a BMW spec' tire, identifiable by a star on the sidewall. They're usually available for a few years after they stopped being installed on new cars.

If...
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 07-11-2019, 07:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,568
Posted By Autoputzer
I've bought ten new cars. Three of them needed...

I've bought ten new cars. Three of them needed alignment soon after I bought them (two Nissans, one GM). One Nissan and the GM came from the factory out of alignment.

The other Nissan might...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-11-2019, 06:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 167
Posted By Autoputzer
Estate sales sometime have a load of Made In...

Estate sales sometime have a load of Made In U.S.A. Craftsman tools. The Craftsman brand has recently been bought by Stanley Tool Works, and they're bringing a lot of the tool production back to...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-11-2019, 06:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 228
Posted By Autoputzer
Wherever you get a spare, check the date code. ...

Wherever you get a spare, check the date code. The age of the tire is usually the constraint on when it needs replacing. Spare tires are a low demand item. So, they can be sitting on the shelf for...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-10-2019, 06:38 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,437
Posted By Autoputzer
There's usually an additional cash discount...

There's usually an additional cash discount available in lieu of the subsidized loans.

Most people think that having a perpetual car payment is normal. They figure out what monthly payment(s)...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-10-2019, 11:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 228
Posted By Autoputzer
Tire Rack has that size in a Kumho for $91 plus...

Tire Rack has that size in a Kumho for $91 plus shipping.

I had mini-spare fail after eight years, the first time I drove on it. From now on, I'm going to replace spares every six years, which...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-10-2019, 11:24 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,437
Posted By Autoputzer
I get a hair cut about once a year, if I need it...

I get a hair cut about once a year, if I need it or not. The last time, the hair cutter at the next chair looked down on the floor and said "Oh, look... a puppy dog!"

Actually, I got my last one...
Forum: G20 (2019 - Current) 07-10-2019, 08:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 292
Posted By Autoputzer
245/40-19's. It looks like I'll get about 37k...

245/40-19's. It looks like I'll get about 37k miles out of them, wearing them down to 3/32nds inch of tread.
Forum: G20 (2019 - Current) 07-10-2019, 05:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 292
Posted By Autoputzer
There is one thing about my PSS's... ...

There is one thing about my PSS's...

Florida is a sandbar. The asphalt roads develop ruts in them as the sand under the roads compact. I can feel these ruts with my PSS's, pulling the car...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-10-2019, 05:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 269
Posted By Autoputzer
Think about finding some used tires that comply...

Think about finding some used tires that comply with you lease agreement. BestUsedTires.com has a wide selection. BMW lease return compliant tires are a big part of the used tire business.
Forum: G20 (2019 - Current) 07-10-2019, 01:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 292
Posted By Autoputzer
PS 4S's have replaced PSS's as Michelin's primary...

PS 4S's have replaced PSS's as Michelin's primary aftermarket max-performance tire in the U.S. They're still making PSS's, and specifically as OE tires for BMW's. But, there will come a day when...
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