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#18702 of 30250 Z4 & Growing Designs
Jul 05, 2002 (7:09 am)
Maybe I'm showing my (young) age here, but I like what I see in the photos of the new Z4. The front looks aggressive and (looking at the glass as half full) the rear to me resembles the back end of a Ferrari 550 Maranello (before the flaming starts, I said resembles:) IMHO. The car is going to look great when we see it in person. When is it coming stateside? Is this new Z4 going to be built on the E46 platform?
As far as BMW designs growing on me, I have to say that when the E36 came out in (1992?) I didn't like it. Granted I was 16 and wanted a 5.0 Mustang GT, but I was still a fan of the old E30. E36s still manage to turn my head to this day. I like many of you was not a fan of the new 7 when it was released, especially in the photos (The interior is still funky looking to me). I really likt the looks of the 7 series with the optional 19" wheels. It is a long, wide, & tall car that (to me) has the presence of the previous generation (1992-1999) Mercedes-Benz S-Class. I'm a HUGE fan of the old 740i SP and put one of those next to a new 7 and it looks out dated already.
#18703 of 30250 side mirrors
Jul 05, 2002 (7:10 am)
Hate to beat a dead horse, but what I was once told, and have found it works very well to get rid of blind spots: Adjust your mirrors so that when a car leaves your rearview mirror it begins to enter your side mirror. If your mirrors are set up this way there will usually be very little if any blind spots and cars will be beside you as they leave your side mirror. The easiest way to do this is to get in the center lane of a three lane street and drive just a little slower than traffic so that cars come up from behind, then pass, very slowly. As the cars pass in the lanes to your left or right, adjust your mirrors so that the front bumper of the passing car is entering your side mirror as it is leaving your rearview mirror. This gives you a sort of panoramic view toward the rear of your car (from left side, to rear, to right side). I've found this works really well and eliminates all but maybe a quarter of a car length of blind spots. Needless to say, but I'll say it, is your side mirrors will be adjusted way farther out than most people are used to, but this way you can see what is to your side/back rather than three views, from the three mirrors, of the same thing behind you. You don't need to see the side of your own car. Hope this helps, it worked for me.
#18704 of 30250 Fold Down Seats
Jul 05, 2002 (7:15 am)
They might not get used much, but when they do you really needed them and are glad you have them. (My 540i6 has 'em but my wife's 323iA doesn't. I've only used a couple times, but was glad. Also have 'em in my beater car. Use 'em there for things like taking yard waste to dump and taking kids bicycles to gas station when their tires are flat.)
#18705 of 30250 A little more to fold down seats and rigidity though
Jul 05, 2002 (7:23 am)
If ever your assertion came from someone who 1. has fold down seats and 2. feels they squeak, then it's very good indication that there is a problem with the chassis itself. In this case I'd urge this guy to go visit his local dealer. Altered chassis rigidity is many the worst thing that can happen to a car.
Jul 05, 2002 (8:13 am)
Last year I puchased a product called an Autobahn Mirror. It is real small mirror that adheres to the lower left corner of your windshield. It completely eliminates blind spots and is especially usefull for high speed highway driving. I don't even turn my head anymore to execute safe lane changes. I highly recommend it. Several on-line sites sell it (GriotsGarage.com, ProperAutoCar.com, etc.) or do a Google search on "Autobahn Mirror".
#18707 of 30250 Jet engine sound from under the hood?
Jul 05, 2002 (8:54 am)
I have a MY2002 (post 9/01 build) 330i with 4,000 miles on it. I enjoy the growl that comes with this model, but over the past 2 weeks I've begun to notice a very loud noise coming from under the hood.
The noise resembles that of a very loud fan and it occurs when I accelerate from a stop and only after the car has warmed up. I've noticed this only on super-hot (100+) days - it began on the first hot day of this summer.
I recall there being an issue with auxiliary fans on the E46, but thought that this had been resolved prior to MY2002.
I haven't noticed a drop in performance, yet I wonder if this noise may be the engine trying to increase airflow, given the hotter climate. Is this noise common or should I have it looked at by the dealer?
#18708 of 30250 re: Side Mirrors
Jul 05, 2002 (8:59 am)
The easiest way to do this is to get in the center lane of a three lane street and drive just a little slower than traffic so that cars come up from behind, then pass, very slowly. As the cars pass in the lanes to your left or right, adjust your mirrors
Why not just park in your driveway and adjust to the details in the mirrors? ie find a detail (tree, neighbors garage, etc.) at the edge of the rearview mirror and adjust the side mirrors to that detail.
Sounds a lot safer and easier than doing it on a highway.
p.s. Ever wonder why we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?
Jul 05, 2002 (10:22 am)
I hear the same noise or sound. It sounds like the intake. It does not bother me. I guess I would probably have to drive someone elses car or one with a CAI. But that is my conclusion, got to be related to the intake. Does sound like the car trying to inhale air.
#18710 of 30250 3-series SP long distance comfort
Jul 05, 2002 (10:52 am)
I'm thinking about getting a 330i SP. I like the look and handling of the SP. However I do lots of interstate driving. During a test drive, it's hard to evaluate noise and fatigue factors that might only appear after several hours.
Can 3-series SP owners comment on the long distance comfort (including seats and noise level) of their cars?