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On 6/3/2020 at 9:04 AM, Okie State said:

I can usually deal with mechanical issues because they can be fixed. Electrical gremlins are a whole different ballgame.

the electrical stories I could tell about my X5M....they were so bad the thing literally spent the same number of days in the shop as it did in my possession.  

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It's come to this because I want to continue to drive a sedan, but I need something that fits 3 of my children in the backseat with boosters/car seat.  My wife has a giant ass SUV (Denali XL) so I don't want another SUV.  Supposedly the widest back seat in this class are the a6 and the s90.  I ultimately want a Tesla, but the X and S are out of my price range right now thanks to Covid and I worry that the Y is a tad bit too small.  I figure whichever car I get next is a bridge for a few years until I get my EV.

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Why are all Mustang drivers the same? Guy cruising at 70 on I-10 this morning with what sounded like straight pipes and the poor 5.0 bouncing off the rev limiter. Because race car!

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Okie State said:

Why are all Mustang drivers the same? Guy cruising at 70 on I-10 this morning with what sounded like straight pipes and the poor 5.0 bouncing off the rev limiter. Because race car!

 

 

I see a slightly different variant with some regularity.  Mustang driver on regular street, revving way too high and loud in a low gear, then more or less coasting to the next light.  BRRRRRRAPPPPPP., zzzzzzzzzz, BRRRRRAPPPPPP.

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2 hours ago, TwiceHorn said:

I see a slightly different variant with some regularity.  Mustang driver on regular street, revving way too high and loud in a low gear, then more or less coasting to the next light.  BRRRRRRAPPPPPP., zzzzzzzzzz, BRRRRRAPPPPPP.

Perhaps they're all still learning to drive a manual transmission? 

Same general binary "toggle switch" driving habits among the Mustang community in Chicago, for whatever that's worth. 

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11 hours ago, Prepuce of Doom said:

Perhaps they're all still learning to drive a manual transmission? 

Same general binary "toggle switch" driving habits among the Mustang community in Chicago, for whatever that's worth. 

Nah, I think they just like making noise and sprinting through one gear without going excessively fast.

I'm pretty sure some variants of the Mustang have an exhaust cutout.  Is that an option on all GTs?

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1 minute ago, TwiceHorn said:

Nah, I think they just like making noise and sprinting through one gear without going excessively fast.

You can still get fined for excessive acceleration without actually breaking the speed limit.   Speaking on behalf of a friend from when I was a teenager.

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8 hours ago, tbone_ said:

You’d know you have the right broad if she gets in.

Damn right and points for the proper use of broad.

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What do you guys favor for a car wax? I'm not interested in "systems" or concours finishes, just a solid wax to keep the finish cleanish and protectedish and looking decent?

What tends to happen with me is that I will wax a new to me car every few months for a year or so, then interest wanes and I may do it once a year or so.  The paint on my cars tends to still look pretty good when I offload at 7 or 8 years, so it seems that early work pays off some.

So, something that fits that model.

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7 minutes ago, TwiceHorn said:

What do you guys favor for a car wax? I'm not interested in "systems" or concours finishes, just a solid wax to keep the finish cleanish and protectedish and looking decent?

What tends to happen with me is that I will wax a new to me car every few months for a year or so, then interest wanes and I may do it once a year or so.  The paint on my cars tends to still look pretty good when I offload at 7 or 8 years, so it seems that early work pays off some.

So, something that fits that model.

I have had very good success with Dodo Juice if you want to go for a traditional hard shell. To me, it's still the best depth of finish by far, but a little more work than a sealant. Can go one step further and put Klasse acrylic down first, then wax for super deep shine, but I think it only really is noticeable on dark finish cars.

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1 hour ago, Prepuce of Doom said:

Everyone who was clamoring for a Blackwing in this thread a month or two ago - now's your chance... 

 

Who killed the Blackwing?  Trucks.

It is becoming apparent, though, that the Blackwing name will replace -V as the hipo Caddys.  And -V will become sort of mid-po and it looks like maybe a pretty compelling package cost-wise.

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It's come to this because I want to continue to drive a sedan, but I need something that fits 3 of my children in the backseat with boosters/car seat.  My wife has a giant ass SUV (Denali XL) so I don't want another SUV.  Supposedly the widest back seat in this class are the a6 and the s90.  I ultimately want a Tesla, but the X and S are out of my price range right now thanks to Covid and I worry that the Y is a tad bit too small.  I figure whichever car I get next is a bridge for a few years until I get my EV.

If you are shopping new lux vehicles like the Denali and Audi A6 then look at certified preowned Teslas. You can price yourself out easily but you can also get into an S or an X for $50-70k. I got a fully loaded X including the second row three bucket seats separately controlled (not common) for $40k off new. Under 25k miles, 3 years old. 4 year battery and motor warranty and 2 year “bumper to bumper” warranty. I bought my prior model S the same way. Only thing I would add - even with the rear facing bucket jump seats the S won’t comfortably seat 3 growing teens and 2 adults like the X with three rows.

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Just bought my wife a new car.  I think I want to go with one of the ceramic coatings that I can apply myself.  What is the best product?  What tools do I need, I guess I'll get a new buffer at the same time.

 

 

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CarPro or go home.  CQuartz UK for your ceramic coating, Flex for your DA buffer, and dedicate a whole weekend for the correction detail, hopefully with most of the work done under the cover of your garage.  

Man I love my ceramic coating, it makes hand washes a breeze and nothing sticks to it.  You'll have to enforce the rules to the wife:  No automated washes and write NO WASH on all dealership service work orders.

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Bump.  After nearly 2 months between purchase, shipping, and upgrades I was finally able to drive my M3 for more than the 1/4 mile to the body shop.  

So far I've had the front bumper redone updating the carbon fiber splitters from cheap eBay versions to oem.  I also had the wheels shipped out for powder coating, new reflectors, & all non m3 badging removed.  Lastly both subs were blown so I had them replaced with Bavsound subs.  

I spent more than I wanted to, but I'm happy with the results.  

BTW: mechanic said the engine is in perfect shape and it has a full service history.  

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DCT?  If so, was your tech able to indicate clutch wear %?  The wet clutch life of the rear differential is also one to look after-- if it was driven hard over its prior life, that rear diff can wear to the point of becoming an open differential, as early as 60-80K.

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1 hour ago, Gravy Train said:

DCT?  If so, was your tech able to indicate clutch wear %?  The wet clutch life of the rear differential is also one to look after-- if it was driven hard over its prior life, that rear diff can wear to the point of becoming an open differential, as early as 60-80K.

Yeah; its DCT.  The tech, to my knowledge, didn't specially look at clutch wear outside of driving the car.  My concerns were rod bearings (oil testing) and throttle actuators which were already done.  The bearings are my biggest concern because I don't have a record of them being done though I've heard that BMW did update them for the 2011+ engines so I may be overthinking it.  

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3 minutes ago, Chewbacca said:

I'm sick of all the COVID talk.  When are you getting your Taycan?

We finally drove it and wife hated the lack of exhaust.  It’s ‘hers’ so I said fuck it and we moved on.  
Been scoping Cullinans with my local buyer.  Will be patient and see if a black badge pops up that I like.  Also still have deposit down on yen Maybach truck that I can get back if I go that route.  
You’re right - C19 has been a buzzkill to say the least.  

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2 hours ago, ChiTownDoc said:

You’re right - C19 has been a buzzkill to say the least.  

For serious. I am probably putting off the DBX purchase for the fall at this point.

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3 hours ago, SDG said:

Yeah; its DCT.  The tech, to my knowledge, didn't specially look at clutch wear outside of driving the car.  My concerns were rod bearings (oil testing) and throttle actuators which were already done.  The bearings are my biggest concern because I don't have a record of them being done though I've heard that BMW did update them for the 2011+ engines so I may be overthinking it.  

You might be able to view an estimate of DCT clutch wear (and launch control use) through an at-home OBD diagnostic tool like Carly or ISTA.  Unless the car was tracked, I wouldn't be concerned about it, as the service life has been reported to exceed 125K.

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3 hours ago, TwiceHorn said:

BMW announces OTA updates to its infotainment systems.

Aaand, subscription-based features.  Not services, features. https://jalopnik.com/bmws-new-feature-subscription-plan-idea-needs-to-be-sto-1844246264

They are trying that BS (like Microsoft) because it’ll actually save them money if they build all of their cars with the same products letting you rent the use.  
 

i call BS on this idea and maintain the if I purchase it its mine mentally. 
 

i would never rent the use of heated seats in my car.  

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5 hours ago, TwiceHorn said:

BMW announces OTA updates to its infotainment systems.

Aaand, subscription-based features.  Not services, features. https://jalopnik.com/bmws-new-feature-subscription-plan-idea-needs-to-be-sto-1844246264

That sounds turrible but its happening everywhere. If you buy a John Deere tractor, you don't own any of the software that runs it. Been about 5 years at least now. Hopefully this trend stops.

 

I guess the one thing about BMW is I never understood anyone who bought a BMW that wasn't a base 3 series or a full M car. Everything in between is just such a waste. So this pay for feature thing should really be moot.

 

I definitely had no idea 90% of premium cars in this country were leased. Fucking Americans man.

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8 minutes ago, G650 said:

That sounds turrible but its happening everywhere. If you buy a John Deere tractor, you don't own any of the software that runs it. Been about 5 years at least now. Hopefully this trend stops.

 

I guess the one thing about BMW is I never understood anyone who bought a BMW that wasn't a base 3 series or a full M car. Everything in between is just such a waste. So this pay for feature thing should really be moot.

 

I definitely had no idea 90% of premium cars in this country were leased. Fucking Americans man.

Thoughts on BMW:
1)The bolded part above is very true, but the tunability of the N54 335i made it the exception IMO.   
2) I'm glad I bought an e93 and I plan to keep it in driving condition as long as I can. I think it's the last real BMW, in part because there's no infotainment/nav bullshit. I think BMW has gone completely off the rails. As much as I don't love the idea of subscription features, the new grills are even worse. 
3) The premium car sector is in trouble for a whole lot of reasons. A tattoo artist recently asked me if I was interested in taking over payments on his Stinger GT2. Only $850 a month for the next 6.5 years!

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22 minutes ago, G650 said:

That sounds turrible but its happening everywhere. If you buy a John Deere tractor, you don't own any of the software that runs it. Been about 5 years at least now. Hopefully this trend stops.

 

I guess the one thing about BMW is I never understood anyone who bought a BMW that wasn't a base 3 series or a full M car. Everything in between is just such a waste. So this pay for feature thing should really be moot.

 

I definitely had no idea 90% of premium cars in this country were leased. Fucking Americans man.

Well, with the Deere, it's pretty much a one-time purchase of options that are enabled via software, as opposed to subscription services.

Didn't know the lease thing either.

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3 minutes ago, TwiceHorn said:

Well, with the Deere, it's pretty much a one-time purchase of options that are enabled via software, as opposed to subscription services.

Didn't know the lease thing either.

Oh no, there's a ton of subscription services.

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10 minutes ago, G650 said:

Oh no, there's a ton of subscription services.

That must be kind of new.  The original complaint was from people that would hack their tractors and get them reset after service.  Not a terribly sympathetic position.  Or the inability to service comparatively simple things because of inaccessible software settings.

Anything that's software-based is going to be a license model with a no-reverse-engineering clause for the foreseeable future.

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17 minutes ago, Bozo_Casanova said:

Thoughts on BMW:
1)The bolded part above is very true, but the tunability of the N54 335i made it the exception IMO.   
2) I'm glad I bought an e93 and I plan to keep it in driving condition as long as I can. I think it's the last real BMW, in part because there's no infotainment/nav bullshit. I think BMW has gone completely off the rails. As much as I don't love the idea of subscription features, the new grills are even worse. 
3) The premium car sector is in trouble for a whole lot of reasons. A tattoo artist recently asked me if I was interested in taking over payments on his Stinger GT2. Only $850 a month for the next 6.5 years!

Sweet geebus and that's only a 50k car, tops.

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58 minutes ago, Bozo_Casanova said:

N54

did the fuel pump issue ever get a permanent fix?

 

the 2 door e93s may be the last good looking bmws.  saw a 7 series with a hilariously oversized X7 grille on it the other day.

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