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Forum: Tires, Wheels, Brakes & Suspension 06-22-2019, 05:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 819
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If you're worried about parting with $4, maybe...

If you're worried about parting with $4, maybe you shouldn't be driving a BMW. Kia's are nice.

I went for decades with just the $4 tread depth gauges. I still have some made in the U.S.A. ...
Forum: Tires, Wheels, Brakes & Suspension 06-22-2019, 05:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 819
Posted By Autoputzer
Continental DW's and DWS06's have something...

Continental DW's and DWS06's have something similar, with a "DW" or "DWS" embedded in the tread. "D" stands for "dry." "W" stands for "wet." "S" stands for "snow."

Some slicks have dimples in...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-22-2019, 10:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 109
Posted By Autoputzer
Alignments are cheaper than tires. Google what...

Alignments are cheaper than tires. Google what "toe-in, "camber," and "caster" means.

The chain tire shops are probably not the place to get a BMW aligned. They know how to do the front toe,...
Forum: Tires, Wheels, Brakes & Suspension 06-22-2019, 07:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 819
Posted By Autoputzer
I sort of built my own in Excel. It takes the...

I sort of built my own in Excel. It takes the previous tread depth measurements and calculates wear data. It then shuffles the depth measurements based on the tire rotation pattern so that it can...
Forum: Tires, Wheels, Brakes & Suspension 06-22-2019, 06:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 819
Posted By Autoputzer
With a tread depth gauge, you can see trouble...

With a tread depth gauge, you can see trouble (over-inflation, under-inflation, misalignment) before it destroys your tires. Here's a cheat sheet.

Also, you should never trust a tire salesman to...
Forum: General BMW Questions 06-22-2019, 06:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 239
Posted By Autoputzer
Oil changes are free for the first three years...

Oil changes are free for the first three years and 36 months. That's the only scheduled maintenance during that period. You might wear out some brakes during that period, but only if you have a...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 06-22-2019, 05:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 673
Posted By Autoputzer
Almost all cars built in the mid-1970's were...

Almost all cars built in the mid-1970's were lousy. But, the German auto industry was also hit by rising labor costs and a German Mark that was increasing in value against other currencies. So,...
Forum: Tires, Wheels, Brakes & Suspension 06-22-2019, 05:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 819
Posted By Autoputzer
Another useful tool to have is a tread depth...

Another useful tool to have is a tread depth gauge. They're about $4 at any auto parts store.
Forum: F87 M2 (2016 - current) 06-21-2019, 04:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 186
Posted By Autoputzer
I sold it with the car. Bimmerzone.com sells...

I sold it with the car.

Bimmerzone.com sells jury-rigged spares for the M2, M3, and M4, but not the M2C.

Some foreign countries require cars to have spare tires. So, BMW's likely makes one for...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 06-21-2019, 03:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 673
Posted By Autoputzer
I remember the Audi 100's. Audi started out as a...

I remember the Audi 100's. Audi started out as a joint venture between VW and Mercedes-Benz, but VW bought out Mercedes-Benz early on.

The VW's and Audi's of that era were disposable cars. If...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 06-21-2019, 11:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 673
Posted By Autoputzer
The twelfth year was sort of the perfect storm. ...

The twelfth year was sort of the perfect storm. I had it pretty good for several years before that, though.

For my F10, I'm budgeting $0.20/mile for maintenance and repairs between 50k and 100k...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 06-21-2019, 05:54 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 673
Posted By Autoputzer
Here's a summary of what my 2002 M3 cost in...

Here's a summary of what my 2002 M3 cost in maintenance and deprecation. Notice that for the first eleven years, the annual sum was less than the average of the previous annual sums.

But, that...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 06-21-2019, 05:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 673
Posted By Autoputzer
Cars don't last forever. Nobody in the industry...

Cars don't last forever. Nobody in the industry likes to talk about it, but everything on a car is designed to last a certain number of: years, miles, cycles (e.g. starter). I've heard, second...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-20-2019, 07:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 390
Posted By Autoputzer
The worst engine flush story I ever heard was one...

The worst engine flush story I ever heard was one where the flush dissolved the liquid gasket material (commonly known a "Permatex"), and it solidified on the oil intake screen and the drain holes in...
Forum: E63 / E64 6 Series (2004 - 2010) 06-19-2019, 08:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 295
Posted By Autoputzer
There are a lot of M cars that never see a track....

There are a lot of M cars that never see a track. A lot of them become garage bunnies too, avoiding sunlight, road salt, and parking lot damage. I had the third E46 M3 coupe the dealer sold. I...
Forum: E63 / E64 6 Series (2004 - 2010) 06-19-2019, 06:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 295
Posted By Autoputzer
1. Big BMW's depreciate faster than little ones....

1. Big BMW's depreciate faster than little ones. There are very few 6 Series around because... very few people wanted one when they were making them. As they get older, even fewer people want...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 06-19-2019, 05:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 375
Posted By Autoputzer
VW/Audi was having a lot of problems with HPFP's....

VW/Audi was having a lot of problems with HPFP's. They did find that a lot of HPFP's were associated with the accidental introduction of gasoline.
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 06-18-2019, 08:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 433
Posted By Autoputzer
At 59k miles, mine's a happy car. My only...

At 59k miles, mine's a happy car. My only problems have been corroded exhaust tips and a mal-functioning door latch (doesn't always unlock when I pull the inside handle twice).

My gripe is the...
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 06-18-2019, 03:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 282
Posted By Autoputzer
My dealer charges $145 for an alignment. The...

My dealer charges $145 for an alignment. The cost of living in OCCA is more than here in Bubbaville, Floriduh, though.

You only need an alignment when your car is out of alignment. Any...
Forum: Tires, Wheels, Brakes & Suspension 06-17-2019, 06:21 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 819
Posted By Autoputzer
That sounds horrible. In the spring the...

That sounds horrible.

In the spring the pressure increase due to warming temperatures can cancel out the pressure loss due to leakage. In the late summer, fall you'll need to add more air.
...
Forum: Ask-A-BMW-Dealer 06-15-2019, 10:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 574
Posted By Autoputzer
BMW lease residuals have historically been...

BMW lease residuals have historically been slightly higher than KBB "retail" (dealer sale). But they're supposedly getting closer now, meaning that BMW leases are more expensive now.

I was...
Forum: 7 Series - G11 / G12 (2016 - current) 06-15-2019, 09:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,017
Posted By Autoputzer
My mother lived in a massive apartment complex...

My mother lived in a massive apartment complex for ten years. It took them almost that long to complete it. It was owned by a guy who had his own construction company. When business was slow from...
Forum: 7 Series - G11 / G12 (2016 - current) 06-15-2019, 05:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,017
Posted By Autoputzer
RFT's can literally be a life saver if you have a...

RFT's can literally be a life saver if you have a blowout in a place where it's not safe to change a tire. I used to drive the urban interstates of the northeast. I remember thinking "I'd hate to...
Forum: 7 Series - G11 / G12 (2016 - current) 06-14-2019, 08:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,017
Posted By Autoputzer
I like saving a worn out tire that has almost...

I like saving a worn out tire that has almost perfectly even wear and is down to the wear bars. It's (further) evidence of my genius. :confused:
Forum: 7 Series - G11 / G12 (2016 - current) 06-14-2019, 06:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,017
Posted By Autoputzer
The underlying problem with RFT's is that the...

The underlying problem with RFT's is that the sidewalls can't stretch in the circumferential direction as much as with a non-RFT radial tire.

Radial tires are called that because the cords in the...
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