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Cars We Drive!

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Bert1568, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. GreenFrog

    GreenFrog Well-Known Member

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    Is she even remotely interested in the RRS? Cause the RRS is pretty big, too.
     
  2. Piobaire

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    No, the wheelbase is medium sized. You must be thinking of the RR.
     
  3. A Y

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    Use the BMW fluid. Don't use any other fluid even though the BMW fluid is $$$. The fluid and filter should be changed every 60k miles. (30k for manuals if anyone's wondering.)

    You can still change it after 100k, but the transmission has adapted to the old fluid by that point --- it's worn in place --- and there is a good chance that there will be slippage or the gear changes will be unreliable if you change the fluid out after 100k.
     
  4. JuyLe

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    Are you sure about this?

    I'm asking because I know my e39 was well taken care of by the previous owner's son (a mechanic), but I have no idea about how far did he take care of it and what I should do first. I know that everything is stock except the fuel flow sensor/meter, the water pump and anything suspension was never changed (might do a full cooling system replacement this year just to be sure, car has 141k km/87k miles).
     
  5. zippyh

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    Old school BMW maintenance recommendations.
    http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=296945&d=1318474368
     
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  6. mike1445

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  7. Piobaire

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    Deadline is in a couple of months when the lease runs out. Also, they don't tend to put great lease deals on cars their first couple of model years.
     
  8. HRoi

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    RRS. I hate infinitis. Not for any terribly logical reason but I do
     
  9. A Y

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    The old school maintenance thing zippyh pointed to is a good thing to use if you're going to keep the E39 longer. At 87k miles, the car's about to have a bunch of issues that should be taken care of. Belts and spark plugs are two that come to mind. Is it the 6-cylinder or the 8?

    In the meantime, I have some man-made maintenance issues as it looked like someone grabbed my driver's side mirror on the E46 and broke it off --- there are finger streaks on the mirror. I just ordered a replacement housing and mirror for a really good price. If you're in the US, PM me for information on the parts place I used.

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  10. dah328

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    I'd be careful. I did a flush with BMW fluid on a family member's 70k auto transmission and three months later I had to do a full rebuild on it to the tune of about $5k. BMW must go to the ends of the earth to find the most brittle auto transmissions possible.
     
  11. A Y

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    Ouch. I didn't know they had trouble that early. I believe the E46s used GM auto transmissions.

    BTW, I think I may have found a durable FCAB: the Powerflex ones have a design that reduces the forces that tear up the OEM ones. I have the UUC versions, but they look to me like rebranded (and recolored and more expensive) Powerflexes. The ride isn't any harsher, and you do get a bit more steering feedback, as it feels surprisingly closer to the Cayman.
     
  12. zippyh

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    E46s autos were sourced from both ZF and GM.
     
  13. Rumpelstiltskin

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    e90 as well
     
  14. JuyLe

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    Thanks. It's a 523i with the M52B25 (TÜV?). I inspected the belt and cannot see any crack or fluid on it, but I was planning on changing it when I replace the water pump (for peace of mind) this summer. Good idea about the plugs, I will pull one out to see if they were changed before or not. I am doing a front brake pad job in the next 2 weeks, I have to find a garage with tools first (apparentely this is how you work on your car here, since you're not allowed to do it in the street and i don't have a garage).

    I'm also awaiting a bmw scanner from some chinese website, seems like a good buy:
    http://www.xcar360.com/bmw-carsoft-6-5.html
     
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  15. brianja

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    I just poked my head in here to see what's going on and I noticed some HRE / ADV discussion on the previous page. I just went through a lot of debate on this topic myself and wound up with a set of ADV1 wheels on my new car. They were mounted up two weeks ago.

    Knowing ADV's history with 360Forged and hearing some of the stories of wheel problems on the boards I was nervous about dealing with them. I reached out to friends who have owned ADVs for 3 years and all reports were that they were easy to work with and that they were still very happy with the end product. While I have seen one thread about a legitimate product failure from them (on a 22" 3-piece Cayenne wheel, IIRC). It seems like a lot of the ADV bashing on the boards is residual bitterness from the 360Forged days. I gather that they have made a ton of changes to the way they do things since then and that they my experience with my order backs that up. Fitment and finish on my set are EXCELLENT and they hit their promised delivery dates for me even in the midst of their busiest season.

    Lots of wheel companies use machine time in larger shops to make their wheels. It's industry standard practice. There are really only a few machine shops in the US that do this sort of machining work. HRE is one. MHT is another and is where ADV machines their product. There is another in Florida, but I forget it's name. A rumor that I've heard is that even HRE is renting out machine time in their shop to outside wheel manufacturers.

    Anyhow... I haven't posted up my new car in here since I made the switch from my RS4 in January, so I owe a few pictures of it how it stands now. I wound up in a '13 991 Carrera 4S:

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  16. GreenFrog

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    How's the clutch engagement?
     
  18. Rumpelstiltskin

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    Drove one of those bad boys recently, threw it into reverse instead of first and nearly wrecked it. Classic. On some of the older "exotics" i have drove reverse was down and to the right, or you really had to push down on the shifter to get it into reverse, this really didn't have that feel. Nice car though, a blast to drive forward once I got the hang of it.
     
  20. Find Finn

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    I've done it to shoes etc. you just need a little bit and the whip it off with a damp rag.



    Never been keen on that leather colour, but must say that car looks sexy.

    Seems like bronze wheels are the new black.
     

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