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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
Apr 30, 2003 (5:11 pm)
I was considering buying a TL-S and a few other makes. Though it has a lot of hp, there was a lack of excitement inside & out.
Then I remember driving my uncle's brand new 1992 535i in Hawaii. There is no car like it in terms of sportiness and refinement. I went to visit him last year and his car has 8K miles on it (no place to build high miles on a island & he has many other cars); it is still as great as I remember it 11+ yrs ago! I have to admit, since driving my baby for the last few months, I may be a BMW lifer.
#22924 of 30250 Shipo and Re-sale
Apr 30, 2003 (5:13 pm)
Shipo, I was wondering where you have been (not travelling to Taiwan again?). I have the same problem, got dropped out of 3 and 5 series boards. No biggie, just re-subscribed.
I want to add a little to the options/re-sale value discussion. Personally, I would choose Navigation over sun-roof. Currently we have both (TL). I have found that the sunroof has been open on about 5 out of 365 days even in California, whereas the navigation system is used on about 360 out of 365 days. I also use to hate leather back in Jersey (cold in winter burning hot in summer), but not feel too bad now in CA. Still I could care less about leather seat on a used car, price is the most important. Manual transmission does seem to sell less well. Seems old. I once had a conversation with a BMW salesman about manual vs auto. He seemed to blame women, claiming that he had seen "many guys who told me they wanted manual, then as soon as wives showed up, they wimped out. Nowadays, family decisions are made by wives, etc. etc.."
#22925 of 30250 yes, its the wife!!!
Apr 30, 2003 (5:31 pm)
I have to admit, I am one of those people. I was leaning on the 5 speed until the wife... now I have the step... sniff sniff....
I think I need to get rid one or two of my toyotas first and get a M5 so I can pass the 5er to my other half..... hmmmm.....
Apr 30, 2003 (5:53 pm)
Generally tires are never the auto makers responsibility. Generally with all auto makers warranty claims on tires have to be taken to the tire manufacturer. If in fact the tires are at the end of their life due to over or under inflation there is not much you can do with getting BMW to pay IMO. Even at the point of time the car was taken in and the tires were deemed to be within normal pressure. Even if the tire issue was due to misalignment, I don't think there is much you can do. I suspect your only chance would be to prove a defect in the suspension contributed to the tire wear.
Maybe chalk this up to experience, and keep your next set inflated properly, if that is indeed the issue. Go to one of the discount tire shops or even on-line to tirerack.com for example.
Apr 30, 2003 (7:08 pm)
Nope, not this month anyway, although I did Paris a couple of weeks ago. It does look like I will be doing Taiwan again in the June/July timeframe, and again sometime around October. Hmmmm, let's see, 4 trips to Taipei (4 x 16,290 = 65,160), a trip to Paris, another London, add in a handful of domestic trips, and I might have my first (and hopefully only) 100,000 mile year this year. Fortunately, Northwest/KLM flies everywhere I have needed to/will probably need to go this year.
Manual transmissions and wives...
Fortunately my wife LOVES driving a manual transmission, so much so that she is still threatening to break my other leg now that I am driving my 530i 5-Speed again and she is back in her Caravan. I am still trying to get her to opt for a new 525iT 5-Speed instead of a new Caravan, but I suspect that the space/utility of the van will win out in the end.
Apr 30, 2003 (7:24 pm)
You're a smart guy though. If anybody could figure out how to swap a manual transmission into a Caravan it is you:)
Apr 30, 2003 (8:05 pm)
Good to hear from you. I'm very surprised to hear about the chip - I thought that even Dinan and Jim Conforti couldn't eke out any HP gains and Authotority goes for double-digit gains?!?
Apr 30, 2003 (8:31 pm)
Unfortunately you will go nowhere with complaints about the tires. I doubt the tires are the cause of your problems, and it is very possible that they need replacement even at 18k miles. It is sortof one of those "true, true, and unrelated" facts. I also doubt that over-inflation ruined them, but I imagine it would depend on the severity of the over-inflation. It is highly unlikely that BMW checked the pressure at the last checkup. They probably said they did, and just eyeballed it -- if they look low they would have noted it. Checking tire pressure is something that every car owner should do at least once or twice a month, but no one does. At least 15% of the vehicles I see out driving around have underinflated tires that are obvious to the naked eye. Sorry to hear about all of the problems with the car -- that is a real shame.
FWIW: I have less than 12k miles on my car and already need to replace all 4 of my tires.
#22931 of 30250 Brave1heart---HP and torque is noticeable
May 01, 2003 (5:25 am)
Brave. Good to be back. Thanks. Yes, I had been searching high and low for something to make up for my lack of displacement (Car Viagra, if you will). Autothority was working on an ECU upgrade last year, but they felt it wasn't up to par. So waited until this spring to release the new one. I talked to Ali there, and he said the ECU upgrade would definitely make a difference. True enough, it did. I can even make my Dunlop Wintersport M2s chirp between 1st and 2nd now and the car moves more quickly in 5th gear. From 70 to 100, it's even more responsive.
How's your car doing? Are you planning on keeping it long term? Get me up to speed on the latest.
May 01, 2003 (7:00 am)
"dave330i, did somebody slip something into your drink? LOL! As long as you've still got your 330i!
No, my parents needed a new car. The TL was the perfect car for them.
leenelsonmd - I check my tire pressure almost everytime I fill the car. I even account for the hot tire/cold tire pressure difference by measuring while the tires are cold, then again at the station.