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Feb 10, 2013 (5:03 pm)
It's getting to a point where if you have to ask the price...you can only afford to lease.
#30055 of 32726 Re: Optima EX w/pano roof [ateixeira]
Feb 10, 2013 (5:50 pm)
I don't think the Kia's cooled glove compartment was common.
I think GTIs had/have a cooled glove box- and my 1988 M6 had a cooled console compartment- complete with its own thermostat and evaporator coil.
#30056 of 32726 Re: Driving Experience [kyfdx]
Feb 10, 2013 (5:53 pm)
You can do an M50 swap for about $2K. Less if you do the work yourself. Very few other mods required. That's an extra 50 HP... And, you are still 100% BMW.
I know, I would like to keep it a four banger; I should have installed a Downing Atlanta supercharger kit before they quit selling them...
#30057 of 32726 Re: now this, is nice [boomchek]
Feb 10, 2013 (6:09 pm)
I bought a set of 16" Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires for our E90 BMW for $700 off Craigslist. Not only were they used only for 1 season but they were also runflats, came with stock BMW rims, and TPMS sensors.
That's a great deal! I paid $1319 for new BMW Approved 16" LM-25 Blizzak RFTs, TPMS, and Sport Edition F10 wheels from Tire Rack:
The F10s use the BMW lug bolts and even accept the OEM center caps. Only the most die-hard Bimwads can tell that the wheels aren't OEM.
The 17" stock wheels had summer Continental RFTs, which were a bit of a surprise. Whoever mounted them went crazy with an impact wrench; I broke a 1/2"-3/8" adapter trying to remove them. I bought a 1/2" breaker bar and a 1/2" 17MM impact socket and finally was able to remove them. As for a jack, I have a 2 ton Craftsman floor jack-made before the Chinese got the job- as well as a lightweight Snap-On "racing" floor jack and jack stands. Best money I ever spent for fleet maintenance chores in and around the garage
#30058 of 32726 Re: now this, is nice [roadburner]
Feb 10, 2013 (6:14 pm)
That's a great deal too, for new wheels and tires!
Ha that's funny. When I was removing the stock 17's off my 328 they seemed to be stuck to the hubs even after all the bolts were off. I had to wrestle with each wheel for a good 5-10 minutes just to pull it off.
What I like about the 16" vs the stock Conti 17 RFT's I had on is the ride is much more comfortable and it's easier to steer, and since my wife is the one driving it she actually likes the smaller 16's more.
#30059 of 32726 Re: Optima EX w/pano roof [roadburner]
Feb 10, 2013 (6:14 pm)
M6 doesn't surprise me but GTI? Cool (literally).
I never would have cared though recently I've kept sports drinks in the car as the kids often forget to take them to practice/games.
Heated steering wheel was funny the first time I felt it working.
#30060 of 32726 Re: Optima EX w/pano roof [ateixeira]
Feb 10, 2013 (6:25 pm)
The heated steering wheel is one thing I miss from my Jeep. It sounds silly but you really get used to it.
#30061 of 32726 Re: now this, is nice [boomchek]
Feb 10, 2013 (6:37 pm)
When I was removing the stock 17's off my 328 they seemed to be stuck to the hubs even after all the bolts were off. I had to wrestle with each wheel for a good 5-10 minutes just to pull it off.
BMW wheels are hubcentric- the wheels are centered by the hubs and not the lug bolts. The wheels can virtually weld themselves to the hubs, which is what you ran into. I wire brush the wheel and the hub mounting surfaces and then apply a tin coat of anti-seize paste. End of problem.
Two fixes if you run into an obstinate wheel again:
1. Big A** hammer- with a block of wood serving as the intermediary
2. Remount wheel, lower car, back off each lug bolt 1 turn, drive around the block once or twice
#30063 of 32726 Re: . [ateixeira]
Feb 10, 2013 (7:05 pm)
And with the way they depreciate, leasing will be the smartest way to go. They must be inflating residuals to a hilarious level.
If I can find a Bluetec with P2, pano, and good colors for that advertised rate, I will be severely tempted.