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Old 12-01-2019, 07:45 AM
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Man, I'd hate to have such thin skin that a quip or two from a member of some internet forum would hurt my feelings, lol.

If you go back and read ard's posts you'll see that he would only be short with members who joined just to ask some ridiculous question, like "my car is broke, how can fix?!?!one?!", and never to be heard from again regardless of the approach he took. You should also note that his "tough love" style of replying to those types of questions was better for the community as a whole because it, at the very least, set expectations that a member looking for help needs to at least make an effort to help themselves first instead of expecting a one liner quick fix.

And i find it funny that the members here that are ragging on him are not the names I see in hundreds, and possibly thousands, of threads helping newcomers as well as old timers, but who I do always see is ard himself.

He gets paid a dime for every post he makes. He made millions out of this forum and retired.

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Old 12-01-2019, 07:50 AM
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Man, I'd hate to have such thin skin that a quip or two from a member of some internet forum would hurt my feelings, lol.

If you go back and read ard's posts you'll see that he would only be short with members who joined just to ask some ridiculous question, like "my car is broke, how can fix?!?!one?!", and never to be heard from again regardless of the approach he took. You should also note that his "tough love" style of replying to those types of questions was better for the community as a whole because it, at the very least, set expectations that a member looking for help needs to at least make an effort to help themselves first instead of expecting a one liner quick fix.

And i find it funny that the members here that are ragging on him are not the names I see in hundreds, and possibly thousands, of threads helping newcomers as well as old timers, but who I do always see is ard himself.
There's a right way and wrong way to go about things I guess. I'm not saying his "expertise" wasn't a plus but the way he went about it was all wrong. There are plenty of other people on this forum who provide helpful advice in a less arrogant way. He obviously lived for being a troll on an internet forum where people come for advice. I'm sure there are tons of other members who would offer great advice on a more regular basis but they don't have the time to hide behind a keyboard for self-gratification.
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Old 12-01-2019, 07:53 AM
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Old 12-01-2019, 12:42 PM
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Not sure when I started, but unfortunately I'm not going to be here (or in the diesel subforum) much longer. I sold my 335d - guy who bought it got an SES the next week - due to age and hassle factor. Too bad, liked the car.

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Old 12-01-2019, 12:43 PM
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Apparently there’s lovers and haters.
Challenge to the haters; please share a thread where his perceived arrogance is NOT preceded by a stupid question, shouting, gross lack of homework, blatant lack of info, dissatisfaction with offered responses, horrendous spelling, or anything else that qualifies as ‘he had it coming’.

Imho he’s merely holding up a mirror to most of his ‘victims.’



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Old 12-01-2019, 01:47 PM
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Old 12-01-2019, 01:59 PM
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I hear he is taking time off to write his book, project title is I'm OK, you are not OK
Yep, Transactional Analysis of the ego states of the posters above, all complaining of being child like to ARD's adult that drifts parent like occasionally; understandably.

Back in the Sixties most college students were exposed to some TA of one sort or another. I actually studied under Snell Putney, author of Normal Neurosis / The Adjusted American at (then) SJSC. I sailed his 40' trimaran Troika out of Santa Cruz many times.
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Old 12-01-2019, 03:04 PM
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Everyone is entitled to their opinion.

On another note, what oil should I use in my N55 engine? All joking aside, I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season.
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Old 12-01-2019, 03:29 PM
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Everyone is entitled to their opinion. ...
All are entitled to be wrong. Tolerance of wrongness is the slippery slope which nadir we can see.
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Old 12-01-2019, 03:35 PM
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Old 12-01-2019, 05:34 PM
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The forum will be without a bully. Most newbies come here with hope. They are not self styled experts on BMW. Neither are they wrench monkeys with garages where they can overhaul a BMW engine and spout technical jargon.

If you do not have patience to answer the newbies, DO NOT answer. No one is forced to answer.

"ard" collected a million posts with his bull shiite posts.

His apologists need to get a reality check


Or you do.
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apparently there’s lovers and haters.
Challenge to the haters; please share a thread where his perceived arrogance is not preceded by a stupid question, shouting, gross lack of homework, blatant lack of info, dissatisfaction with offered responses, horrendous spelling, or anything else that qualifies as ‘he had it coming’.

Imho he’s merely holding up a mirror to most of his ‘victims.’



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Old 12-02-2019, 04:11 AM
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For our younger correspondents here a review of Transactional Analysis might be in order, and [b]I'm OK – You're OK by Thomas Anthony Harris (Harper & Row 1967) was not the worst of the genre.

In a word, TA analyzed social congress in terms of language that might be used by Child / Parent / Adult. I believe that "idiot" would fall into child-speak, and that a mechanic's advice is parent-speak, and that an adult points to new knowledge as a teacher.
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Old 12-02-2019, 06:05 AM
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For our younger correspondents here a review of Transactional Analysis might be in order, and [b]I'm OK – You're OK by Thomas Anthony Harris (Harper & Row 1967) was not the worst of the genre.

In a word, TA analyzed social congress in terms of language that might be used by Child / Parent / Adult. I believe that "idiot" would fall into child-speak, and that a mechanic's advice is parent-speak, and that an adult points to new knowledge as a teacher.
So I conclude; "pop the hood for once" (mechanic's advise) and "find any of the 200 threads on this" (point to new knowledge) is both parent and adult speak. Pretty grown up approach then ;-)
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The forum will be without a bully. Most newbies come here with hope. They are not self styled experts on BMW. Neither are they wrench monkeys with garages where they can overhaul a BMW engine and spout technical jargon.

If you do not have patience to answer the newbies, DO NOT answer. No one is forced to answer.

"ard" collected a million posts with his bull shiite posts.

His apologists need to get a reality check


Except you landed here in an attempt to have your wishful thinking confirmed.


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Old 12-02-2019, 07:37 AM
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Old 12-02-2019, 08:15 AM
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Old 12-02-2019, 08:35 AM
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Man, I'd hate to have such thin skin that a quip or two from a member of some internet forum would hurt my feelings, lol.


And i find it funny that the members here that are ragging on him are not the names I see in hundreds, and possibly thousands, of threads helping newcomers as well as old timers, but who I do always see is ard himself.
Pretty much this.

I liked having his wisdom here and don't get how he was perceived as a bully unless someone didn't like being wrong or was way to thin skinned.

There have been way worse bmw internet group bullies or cult of personalities over the years. Anyone involved with any of the iterations of the "garage" list should be well aware.
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Old 12-02-2019, 12:14 PM
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IMO, everyone contributes in their own way. It's not like ARD was blatantly obstructive in his comments. He just has a sarcastic way of writing it. I actually wish he's back, b/c everyone has a different point of view especially when discussing troubleshooting topics. Typically a hiatus on a car forum means the user sold his car.

But then again, I had a few periods of non-activity here b/c I had 2 kids since 2015. It's hard for me to offer advice anymore, admittedly, I'm here to take more than to give as I'm not the expert on anything here. This forum is incredibly useful and helpful to me as I troubleshoot the tons of issues I've had with my X5d. It's the de facto primary E70 forum on the internet IMO. I just wish members like Doug, Blue Dragon, Edycol, FredinSF, kanar200, f30jojo and others dont' sell their cars before I do!!! lol
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I just wish members like Doug, Blue Dragon, Edycol, FredinSF, kanar200, f30jojo and others dont' sell their cars before I do!!! lol
Milady Wife is 81y.o. and I’m just a kid at 71, and this is supposed to be our last car. We had the VW TDI for thirteen years good trouble free years and sold it only for the safety of a larger vehicle. The community Door2Door van is next when I have to give up my keys, and then to my daughter that is still commuter driving her 2000 Civic.
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Old 12-03-2019, 12:28 PM
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With that said, a good reminder that all of us were noobs at one time, so some measure of patience and a generally friendly attitude are appreciated by those that are just now learning about the E70.
There were a lot fewer threads in this forum back when some of us were learning

The information everyone has provided has been invaluable over the years. I would imagine it could add up to hundreds of thousands if not millions of $$$ in true cost... priceless for reality check and aggravation avoidance. Includes the newbie or veteran responses and much of the time the conversation and debate over issues itself creates the Book of Knowledge. What someone might have asked of an SA/Dealer and then shared with this group has been helpful in duplicating or (quite often) created warnings for what not to fall prey to. You technicians and SMEs out there with the tips, tricks, modifications and workarounds....I could not mention all of it nor say enough in gratitude for those of you who do or have contributed and shared...thanks!
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He may not have had any sense of friendliness or respect.
Funny, I've got more respect and friendliness from ARD than you.

I wish he was back here.
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Funny, I've got more respect and friendliness from ARD than you.

I wish he was back here.
That is correct.
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