Originally Posted by JoelF
Assuming you want kids, that completely sucks man. You have decisions to make. I wanted kids, had that discussion and hung out. Marriage is over but it's gotten late now for kids of my own. Thinking of looking for a girl with a kid or kids that need a dad. Is this a bad idea?
I don't think it's really ever too late to have kids if you're a man and single/newly married - maybe 50-55+, maybe even 60 if you're just a damn cool dude... had a friend growing up whose dad was probably 60 to begin with, and the kid had two older siblings already in high school; as a result my friend didn't really get along much with his siblings when he was a teenager and his dad passed away while he was in college, but overall, I don't know if it was all that terrible for him growing up, he got a bit more freedom and enjoyed himself a bit because his parents were older and more chill. He now gets along famously with his siblings, lives with his brother in Huntington Beach and they just go out and have fun all the time. Their dad would've like that.
Originally Posted by ezlau
Uh.. As far as I know, there are ALOT of bmw forum members in the east coast, and they are generally super friendly and willing to help you DIY for a six pack of beer or so. I know that for a fact that e36 m3's temperature needle is not supposed to go past the middle point, since it has some lag issues to it and usually a little past the middle temp means its already super super hot. I'd say watch your temp gauge closely, and check hoses for cracks/leak, radiator for cracks etc.
my old 540i got so hot on long trips that I could've seared a steak on the hood. Woefully inadequate cooling on the old big-engined BMW's.
Car really never gave me any problems though.