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Luxury, regular, car for investment purposes, daily drivers, maintenance questions etc...

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Your credentials, please?
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Your credentials, please?

Laptop + broadband connection = guru
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can you tell me where I left my keys?
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"Being an expert on general automotive knowledge, can you tell me... what would the correct ignition timing be on a 1955 Bel Air Chevrolet, with a 327 cubic-inch engine and a four-barrel carburetor? "
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Why doesn't my car stay clean? On the inside I mean. There are always cans of pop and old papers in the back seat, and sometimes even in the front seat on the passenger side. Also there is dust. And pennies. Are there cars that stay clean?
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Quick test, for a 2007 5 series, what are the three main problems to check for?
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What should one look for if test driving an E92 M3, pre-purchase?
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i have half a mind to buy a porsche 911 or 912 with the motor blown out (hopefully tranny still functioning) or an old one with a ton of mileage and converting it to an electric car.

bad idea?
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Why the 911? It's never been as easy to work on without specialized tools, and you really need a lift to work on a 911. Not to mention the expensive Porsche parts that would still remain relevant to the electric car project. If you want an engine-less car, there are probably better, cooler cars you could do?
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MG/Triumphs make great electric conversions.

 

~Kurt

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Quick test, for a 2007 5 series, what are the three main problems to check for?

On my 07 550, there were a hell of a lot more than three main problems!
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MG/Triumphs make great electric conversions.

~Kurt

I was thinking something sexy like an Alfa graduate spyder on the low end, maybe a throwaway (? maybe not these days) series II E-type would be good if you want to do something like that to. IMO a desirable electric conversion should be a lightweight car normally laden with a bit of motor weight, not particularly known for the motor alone or the motor/chassis interface (like a 911) Plenty of old cars fit that criteria though.

What's wrong with the E60's?
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What should one look for if test driving an E92 M3, pre-purchase?

No major issues with the E92 M3 so far, car has been pretty much bullet proof. DCT and Vanos can be pretty expensive to fix if any issues were to arise, i'd say, Take the car to a BMW dealership for a PPI. Measure clutch, brakes, check for any Vanos issues.
I personally would not buy one if doesnt have the entertainment center option.

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i have half a mind to buy a porsche 911 or 912 with the motor blown out (hopefully tranny still functioning) or an old one with a ton of mileage and converting it to an electric car.

bad idea?
Do you actually have the know how?
If so, then more power to you, i think so far only, RUF has done such a thing, it'll be a 2nd.
IMHO, that would be an automotive blasphemy, that's the equivalent of taking a Prius and swapping the motor out with a big block Chevy. (I think the latter would even be more interesting)
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