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  1. 9 points
    i_love_cars

    ILC Back in a BMW Daily

    So after 2.5 years with an S4 pissing me off constantly due to half-baked features, I am back in a BMW. Picked up a 2021 X5 40i fully loaded with the exception of no traffic jam assist package because we have no real daily rush hour commute to deal with. The car had to be ordered to spec because people usually make poor decisions when they order these things, so nationwide dealer search showed literally nothing that matched exactly what I wanted. Crazy fast turnaround time since X5s are being built in North Carolina now and not shipping over on a boat, so it took about 3 weeks from the time of order until pickup at Umansky. Initially I went to IA since they were close, just to test drive and figured deals would be competitive regardless of what dealer I talked to because we're talking about a new car which levels the playing field quite a bit compared to the used market. This was just as big of a mistake as any one of you reading this would expect. Total horseshit. The sales guy we talked to was 3 months into the job, younger guy, unfortunately did not know about the bad reputation that IA has. I sent my spec to them, came in to chat, and they basically just offered me the current BMW incentives of $3500 total. So the car was 79k sticker, minus 3500 leaving it at around 75.5 for the raw purchase price. I looked at TrueCar and found most people around me are paying 74k for a similarly spec'd example. I talked to the sales guy and explained several things which I thought were well-reasoned arguments to lower the price. The first being that the going market rate is 74k, not 75.5. Also, they tell me they can't keep X3 or X5 on the lots and most of their sales are order/pickup. I said ok but you have 3 X5s on the lot right now as we speak, plus an X5 50i in the showroom, plus 2 of 2 allocations waiting to go into production this week that are not yet spoken for. That's 6 X5s that you don't have sold. Who is to say that your 2 allocations get built and don't also sit on the lot? You have an opportunity to lock up a sale right now for one of those if you would just be realistic about price. Plus I'm giving the dealership the financing kickback. So the sales kid goes back to the manager and as you would expect, the manager wouldn't budget at all because he's a piece of shit. Refused to even bother to negotiate in good faith. So I called Umansky and immediately they got me a quote for 73,600 on the same car. I mentioned it to IA just to let the sales guy know that I wasn't wrong or blowing smoke up his ass when I said the car would be had for closer to 74k, and he was asking if he could talk to his manager about this offer from Umansky and try to earn my business. I said no, now you get to the learn why it sucks to be a sales guy with a shitty manager, because I already gave that jagoff a chance to negotiate in good faith and I presented fair reasoning in regards to your volume-based business. There is no more opportunity. I'm just going to buy the car from Umansky because they didn't try to jerk me around. So anyways, onto the X5 itself. The G05 generation is an insane jump up from the prior gen, and very much needed for BMW since they were starting to fall behind in the mid-size SUV race. The G05 really steps it up and puts it back on top as the overall best choice. I watched a ton of reviews and cross shopped it a bit and while the XC90 offers more luxury, the performance driving dynamics are not there compared to the X5, and the Mercedes GLE doesn't have the driving dynamics that the X5 has, nor the quality of infotainment. This thing feels really good and offers enough customizability in the transmissions, steering, suspension, and engine that it's fun for me to drive as well as the wife. The tech works way better than my Audi. Gesture controls and voice activation are spot on, the fit and finish and upgraded leather are supple, the massaging seats are way above what I got with the audi, comfort access actually works unlike my S4 which 60% of the time it didn't, the kick-trunk feature actually works here...and the list goes on. In general a huge reason I went with the X5 is because BMW is still using a lot of obvious tactile response buttons that have satisfying clicks, not everything is behind a touch screen. I have a huge problem with how so many cars these days are trying to behave like a smartphone - I don't want to scroll screens and try to tap shit while I'm driving. BMW is still doing a good job of keeping real buttons in the mix for core functionality inside the cabin. The wireless carplay is really good, doesn't cut out like other cars I have heard of that drop connection. I had to order it with M-sport because obviously I had to order it with M sport... and I am very happy that there isn't any M badging on the exterior of the car. I added the "M" brakes which is separate from the M-sport package, and that's the only place you see any M logo badging on the car. I appreciate it because it's not trying to appear to be something it's not. I did get the 21" wheels which unfortunately come with summer tires only, 275 front, 315 rear, so the last week or so has not been driven at all. But with the air ride option, M sport, extended shadowline and the right wheels, it looks really good with the factory drop on air. I do intend to keep this car for a long time so I bought it instead of leased, and I paid $5800 for the extended BMW warranty which is 7 years or 100k miles. I thought that was interesting when you look at the cost of the car, and says a bit about how much they expect to go wrong. If you wait like 2 years into ownership and try to get the warranty, BMW will charge you almost 10k for it, and I did some rough math in my head and if you figure most people driving 10-12k miles a year, at time of purchase the 7 year/100k warranty makes sense to be cheaper, but add 2 years of time and you're still on the 100k mile limit, but now you have 9 years total ownership into the car with warranty coverage instead of 7. They are definitely banking on shit breaking after 7 years or roughly 70-75k miles, and none of it will be cheap to fix. Overall I'm as happy as I can be I guess for what a modern BMW is these days. I do feel like the X5 is still pretty good in terms of balancing luxury with driving dynamics. Steering is appropro weighted in sport, and the car feels relatively precise even on air suspension. The B58 speaks for itself and the zf8 tuning is as good as it gets in an automatic transmission. Again, much better than my Audi, which thankfully will be leaving the stable in June. Lowered in Sport mode:
  2. 6 points
    KaiserRolls

    chit chat thread

    Fishing lures must be right up your alley
  3. 6 points
    I'd be more surprised if THAT was the reason you got pulled over.
  4. 5 points
    Bassboy3313

    E46 Touring Life

    Engine & trans have been removed. Couple snags here and there but came out relatively easily. There always has to be an oil spill in one way shape or form as well. Found a bad inner tierod on driver side and a sheared control arm bushing bolt on passenger side from someone down the line before me. Hopefully drilling and an easy-out will fix that. Next is transferring all the engine accessories over from old engine to new one, buying all new hoses/lines and prepping everything for reinstall.
  5. 5 points
    patsbimmer1

    SCHLEPN | The E39 540itA Story

    The people demand sound clips!
  6. 4 points
    Yup same fitment as style 5's. I think they look WAY better without centercaps (same with 16" style 5's unless you get those RS style waffles/hex nuts). I got my set for cheap at a junkyard and am planning to use them for track/auto-x wheels eventually
  7. 4 points
    straight6pwr

    chit chat thread

    lolol i dont have video editing abilities so e30 text version: show e30 dashboard, insert key, start car, pan up to check control, push button, no lights, happy crying people, pan down to cluster, no lights, more crying.
  8. 4 points
    DrLeadFoot

    SCHLEPN | The E39 540itA Story

    Evolve Medusa headers installed! Mike and I had to drop the engine to get the stock manifolds out and the new headers in. Rawspeed welded up a new Y-pipe and 2 high flow cats to bring the new into the rest of the custom exhaust. Was running 1 high flow cat but that was choking the system at the old Y pipe. It is a whole new car! Really feeling the added POWA!
  9. 3 points
    B C

    E46 Things

    Pulled the car out of the garage for a rinse and re-installed the spoiler because it is very tricky to get the placement correct. I wasn’t satisfied with my first two attempts but it’s all good now. I was able to try out the new parkIng brake components and can now finally hold the car on a hill in neutral! A functioning park brake is underrated.
  10. 3 points
    I had the center waffles repainted as well to match the wheels. Purchased some eBay red BBS center badges for them as the BMW logos were pretty beat. Really liking the combination. I also wanted to check on the car and make sure it was still there. Good news is that there wasn’t a lake of fluids underneath, just one small spot that I’m assuming is oil. Going to charge the battery up and maybe let it run for a little bit next week when it’s warm.
  11. 3 points
    YoungCR

    I Have a Problem

    Possibly? Send me the part number Ben plz
  12. 3 points
    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2654273591505564/?ref=search&referral_code=undefined Clean set of style 4 wheels. One of the few OEM forged wheels
  13. 3 points
    Been a minute! Have had quite the off season just getting to this point. I'm going to try and keep the story as short winded as possible. First thing was first it was that time of year to get the car on the stands and drained the engine fluids. Big news first, I was able to purchase a VF engineering supercharger kit from a friend! He sent me everything to use the kit with the m54b30 manifold and the parts that he made up to have the kit work with a M50 manifold. For starters you may notice that there is no mounting bracket for the charger to the engine. Well thats because the box broke in shipping and the bracket slipped out, never to be seen again. This is where the story could get long winded, BUT the short of it is UPS is absolutely useless with help or even through the claim process and I was forced to find another option. Lucky I found a guy in Latavia that makes a bracket for Votech V1,2 and 3 blowers to M5x engines. It's no billet piece like the VF one but VF Engineering is also as useless as UPS. They told me they won't support old kits because it's a liability, so they won't sell a bracket separately. COOL RIGHT. Anyways here's the steel bracket I sourced. Now in typical fashion of course the bracket didn't fit right lol. It was hitting on the alternator housing, after talking to the seller it appears it was designed around a smaller 90 amp alternator, and mine is a 120 amp. Soooooo I took the alternator apart and massaged off some material. And here is the alternator reassembled. And here's the bracket mounted with the blower on as well. The next hurdle I knew about, which was seeing how much clearance there was on the expansion tank being that this kit was designed with the factory radiator. I have the thicker CSF aluminum one, and the friend I bought the kit from tried to swap to a CSF like mine and said it didn't fit. Somehow it fits on my car though, so I'm not mad about that hahahah. Here is a photo of the fitment of the tank/radiator along with the start of fitting the new silicone upper hose, which I started by chopping off the clamps of an original one to get the ends off. Then I trimmed the upper hose and installed the clamps. Here is the blower mounted with the intake on it along with the M50 charge pipe. (This is the b30 manifold though) I decided that I wanted to ditch the old leaky oil return hose that came with the kit. So I ordered up some Vibrant parts 🤗 The cool thing is the drain which just connects to the CCV drain on the dipstick, so I used a tube to AN adapter. I then ran into another road block. The drain fitting on the bottom of the blower hit the housing because it was too big (-8 AN). I couldn't seem to find an extension that I was happy with, plus the extension would make the line sit lower than I would like. Sooooo I decided to "clearance" the housing to allow for the larger fitting. Before. After. Worked out great 👍 Now that I solved that headache I finished making and installing the drain line. And finally to finish catching up to where I'm at currently I pulled the intake manifold in preparation for the M50 manifold I will be picking up in a week or two. Thats it for now!
  14. 3 points
    REKIII

    BANGL 2021

    I'd be glad if I could drive my M5, lol. What if it's a fake M badge on a real M?
  15. 3 points
    B C

    BANGL 2021

    You must be having an outrageously busy day then: 👀
  16. 3 points
    retoropak

    Helmut the e21

    I pulled one side rear fender and will start working on the other side.Helmut by w grync,I cut the inner fender and pulled until it started to dent the outer then i backed up a bit. I welded piece of sheet metal to the inner to fill the gap. I will prime with epoxy and seam sea the shit out of it. I got my new Mig setup its the everlast i-mig200e. I have only experience with some crappy 60 amp mig and inverter tig machine. So far i am impressed with that new mig.Helmut by w grync,I migged the front lollipop mounts together. And will weld them to the frame rails later this week.Helmut by w gryncHelmut by w grync,I had to notch the rear frame rail to clear the triling arm.Helmut by w gryncTrailing arms with the new shock mounts tacked in.Helmut by w grync,Helmut by w grync,
  17. 3 points
    GunMetalGrey

    chit chat thread

    Went out wheeling the other weekend because a friend was looking to test out his Jeep. It started with driving right into a river that was not shallow and driving down the bank a bit. We laugh after exiting and ask him what the heck that was about. "It's usually just river rock along the bank, turns out it's water today!" We then proceed to drive to a spot where we've gone winter wheeling up a mountain before, and it started snowing as we got closer. We didn't see much for tracks going up, and this is a popular spot. Turns out that it had snowed many feet since the last people were up there! The Jeep was a snow plow, and the only reason we did have snow rolling over the top of the 35" tall tires was due to the bumper pushing it to the side first. It was an awesome time! I need to fix / scrap my broken ass Jeep lol. Ripped a brake line off it accidently on our new years day run up the same mountain, not to mention all the other issues. It's snowing here today which is odd and reminded me of this. I also love seeing people play in the snow in the city here since it doesn't happen often. People sledding in the streets, quads / side by sides ripping around with sleds behind, just people out enjoying it. That and a ton of cars in the ditches haha.
  18. 3 points
    At what point would you start to worry about getting pulled over for poor visibility due to salt?
  19. 3 points
    KaiserRolls

    chit chat thread

  20. 3 points
    Mmmm salty. :side note: The car heats up quick now with the coolant system and heater sorted. BUT, I have a few holes I need to plug to keep the air from coming in. Without interior panels it’s quite drafty.
  21. 3 points
    Bassboy3313

    E46 Touring Life

    Couples hours this morning in the toasty garage. Good start I'd say.
  22. 3 points
    Bassboy3313

    E46 Touring Life

    And so it begins .... again!
  23. 2 points
    GunMetalGrey

    I Have a Problem

    I know, I know, I know, I moved and abandoned everyone, but the car and truck both have WI plates so it kinda counts, right? The real reason is to keep track of things, and this forum format is pretty slicks. So, I bought another E30. Like any logical man I made sure to buy one that was thousands of miles away, and too low for any sanely priced shipping company to touch. Took my truck to WI to say hi to a few people, fly out to CA for work, then fly back to WI so I could load up the car on the trailer and head home with it. Nothing like a 4,000 mile round trip to grab a car! So the real question here is; why? This is a car that has been mentioned from time to time, a handful of you know it, but never had much presence on the internet or in person. This is the car that a friend purchased shortly after he saw me rebuilding my first E30 and thought it looked cool. I've been working with this car since day one, and know the details on all of it, so minimal surprises. He's owned the car for around 10 years, and it has seen an M10, M10 turbo (shortly), M50, and the current setup. It has been the bastard child of many projects, but what I really wanted was the current drive-line. Car Details: 1984 318i Rear euro bumper on, front in the car to be put on full late model brake swap houndstooth / black leather interior Koni adjustable suspension, poly throughout the whole car for bushings M3 steering rack Engine Details: S52 OBD1 Swapped 11.5:1 Pistons (bored over) MLS Head gasket (.01" taller than stock to compensate for block and head decking) Shrick Cams Bavarian CNC port and polished head Upgraded valve springs Solid lifters (?) M50 Intake manifold Riot Racing big bore throttle body 3.5" Euro MAF 24lb injectors Turner Underdrive pulleys ARP hardware throughout Ceramic coated headers, full stainless exhaust from Mr. Asparagus's NA setup Needless to say, the car can really get out of its own way. We rolled the car across a scale a year or so ago which was very similar to how it sits now, and the scale showed 2,400 lbs. Lightweight NA power is a whole different ball game from what I've known. The car needs plenty of clean up work as it has been "neglected" for many years, a lot of the finer details are not in a way that I appreciate. I'm excited to be back behind the wheel of an E30 that will actually be enjoyable to drive (the diesel noises were cool before, but the rest was strongly mediocre). Until next time!
  24. 2 points
    m42b32

    Finally Joined the Longroof Club

    104k It wouldn't start in the sub-zero temps we had for a few weeks which was annoying. The battery was replaced at the dealer not long before I bought it but I think it is a low cold cranking amp version as the car was previously in CA/NM. Now that the weather has warmed up it starts the car and holds a charge perfectly fine, which means I can ignore it till next winter lol. Way back in October I swapped my winter setup to a set of 17x7.5 MSW wheels with Continental Wintercontact SI tires in 205/50/17 somewhere around 102k. The bigger wheels will clear the 335 brakes I have sitting in boxes waiting to be installed in the spring. Pretty happy overall with the new combo, road noise is definitely higher and the grip in the snow isn't quite as good the altimax's, but they're a bit less squirmy (maybe from shorter sidewalls) and I put together the whole setup for pretty cheap.
  25. 2 points
    GunMetalGrey

    I Have a Problem

    Full tank of gas, I was standing next to it. Trunk tar in. My battery relocation to the rear requires a bit more work than initially thought. It's either an '84 thing or just early production, not sure. The rear battery tray area is narrower than a late model, so I will need a different battery. I also need to cut a hole for the battery cable grommet in the engine bay vs just punching out a blank plate. My weight bias isn't great (55% front) but it's not as bad as expected. For ref, this is an 84 318i with full interior, full stereo in place, and a complete 6cyl e30 driveline and suspension components, with a 24v instead of the M20. I'm fairly impressed at the weight.
  26. 2 points
    timmer

    BMW Guinness Record Attempt 7/10/21

    Anyone up for a summer road trip to South Carolina for the “World’s Largest BMW parade” Guinness Records attempt? I’m seriously thinking about it just as an excuse to make a long drive with the bimmer and get out of town for a bit...the big question is which one do I take?? 🤷🏼‍♂️ Probably one with working A/C!! https://theultimateparade.com -Timmer
  27. 2 points
    GunMetalGrey

    I Have a Problem

    Thank you sir! a I spent some time the other day with a clay bar and some paste wax. Certainly helped the paint out a fair bit! It's not perfect but it'll do. I bought some radiator mounts from a late model (~$18 from BMW) which turned out to be part of the core support so I cut them apart and welded them onto my current chassis. I realized the radiator had been resting on the fan and not the lower rubber bumpers like I had thought 😕 Solved that issue though, some dripping paint for the kids. I've found this specific chassis to be fairly terrifying to drive, the rear end is clearly significantly lighter than the front so it is always looking to rotate around in any non straight situation. I was at the junkyard looking for some other parts and came across an E30 where the trunk tar was completely loose and intact, so I got that for $15 and will be throwing it in. I also got a battery cable from a late model (and all the fixings) and will be converting to a rear battery setup to help with weight balance further. Battery cable was only $15 too which was awesome. Note the two tone trunk to plate area, as I haven't finished yet! The piece of the puzzle that I have been waiting for! Konig countergram's in hyperchrome which have been backordered since October, one place got a handful in stock and I managed to grab a set. 15x8 et25 and will be running a 225/45r15 likely with an rt660 for fun. Rears look like they will fit beautifully (IX rear end) and may have a smidge of room to go out further. Fronts have the rim .05" off the strut tower, so I will need to space that out. May end up grabbing camber plates for the front to make things more proper and fit easier. I'm stoked with the way they look in person! This car is coming along nicely, it wasn't fun to drive when I got it due to clutch and various contact points, but it has been fun cleaning up all the small lingering items!
  28. 2 points
    Rekpoint

    chit chat thread

    Shameless plug. If anyone wants to see rare/uncommon BMW parts follow my instagram https://www.instagram.com/bimmerbreakers.us/ Selling a lot of cool stuff on there. Also offering rare part finding services.
  29. 2 points
  30. 2 points
    YoungCR

    Official Vanity Plate Thread

    This is my OCD but the badge placements are all over the board on the SUV's now. The X3 has it below the tails, X7 is awkwardly in towards the middle. This is a stupid thing to rant about but it bothers me every time I see it 🤷‍♂️
  31. 2 points
    B C

    BANGL 2021

    From today forward, play BANGL and win a prize! Rules: -Game begins 2/17/2021, activities must take place after this date. -activities SHOULD be completed with a BMW but once someone achieves BANGL and submits evidence in this thread, we will vote. -evidence should be photographic, but if it isnt, it will be subject to scrutiny by the community come validation time. -Knocking on Chris’ door is an acceptable substitute in the event he tampers with his doorbell
  32. 2 points
    You could make a solid weekend out of that trip. These are just a small bit of fun roads on your way to Greer
  33. 2 points
    GunMetalGrey

    I Have a Problem

    Quality seems solid, crisp lines, smooth clear over the top. The wheels I've wanted for this are finally in stock so I snagged a set, right after saying I was done with excessive spending for the rest of the month...😒
  34. 2 points
    HipMF

    chit chat thread

    Real climbers are goddam freaks. (pictured above) John Gill was one of the fore-runners of modern climbing (bouldering especially) . Devil's Lake is home to one of (allegedly/possibly the only?) routes that he ever "chipped" aka modified to make more climbable. Little Flatiron. Rated at V4 it's an lower-intermediate climb, but a lofty goal for a noob, and conveniently an hours drive from my spot. Who knew there was historically significant rock climbing areas in Wisconsin? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  35. 2 points
    patsbimmer1

    chit chat thread

    I got a new tattoo on Wednesday! It was great to get back in the seat after 10+ years! It's got my son's name and birthday.
  36. 2 points
    REKIII

    chit chat thread

    Building up to a full pull up is very hard, even for strong people. You really need to set up some sort of assistance. Not sure if you are doing this at home or at a gym, but you need to lighten your body, you can do that with a counterweight pull up machine, or a big band around your feet connected to the bar, or you can even find a lower pull up bar where you can put your feet on the ground to get some weight off. Essentially you want to be able to go through the whole pull-up motion at a lighter weight to strengthen the muscles. Just like any other weightlifting exercise. You wouldn't start bench pressing at 300lbns and just do the downward motion.....you'd start at a light weight and do several reps and then increase weight. Pull-ups need to be progressed the same way. Another thing with the abs as it applies to the rock climbing is leg lifts or toes to bar. If you have the pull up bar, hang from it and lift your legs and touch the toes to the bar. Or, raise your knees as high as you can, etc. It engages the abs differently than a pull-up and will simulate using your core to raise your feet up to the next hold spot on the boulder.
  37. 2 points
    i_love_cars

    ILC finally gets a roadster

    As any true car enthusiast knows, the answer to that is always "not enough" 😆
  38. 2 points
    patsbimmer1

    E46 Touring Life

    That looks like an X5 from that angle and with that wheel gap.
  39. 2 points
    Jdesign

    New Member

    Nice set of blades my man. WELCOME!
  40. 2 points
    patsbimmer1

    E46 Touring Life

    Sweet! We're going rear engine clownshoe like the Renault Clio v6!? I'm in.
  41. 2 points
    GunMetalGrey

    I Have a Problem

    Throttle body updates? Nah I determined I want to do some data collection before that regarding intake vacuum pre/post TB What I did do was replace the boat 3 spoke steering wheel with a smaller unit. Please ignore the lack of kick panel near the pedals, and the speaker grille. Gotta love early models for not having actual kick panels there.
  42. 2 points
    Nick_08

    1990 e30

    Plenty of room, just need the right offset! Good info. I didn't want to risk the wheels not fitting with the 330i brakes. For some reason I get no notifications of posts even though I have the notifications turned on. Is this a common issue with the forum? Finally got the car on the ground. I approve. NO POKE!
  43. 1 point
  44. 1 point
    GunMetalGrey

    I Have a Problem

    Identical pic from the bay of e 1742010 is what is on the throttle boy. Ben Plz'd
  45. 1 point
    B C

    Google Street View Challenge

  46. 1 point
    Bassboy3313

    E46 Touring Life

    It wasn't that bad actually. Put the seat all the way back and knelt on ground leaned in under dash. Hardest part was getting the booster arm off the brake pedal due to the metal loop that surrounds the pin on the brake pedal arm. Running the line to the slave cylinder will be a huge bitch tho as the carpet doesn't want to bend very easily to get to the grommet hole in floor/firewall. Might be a two man job for that one or waiting until old engine/trans is out to have more space.
  47. 1 point
    kirkandorules

    New member

    Hi! I'm Colin, just purchased my first BMW - jumped right into the deep end with a Euro '84 520i with an E36 M3 drivetrain and various other M3 and M5 parts. German Buick Grand National, I guess. Flying out to the east coast tomorrow to pick it up and then drive it home. Always been a VW/Porsche guy, now I'm expanding my horizons...a little. In the Madison area, Middleton specifically. Dealer photos below, more to come, I'm sure!
  48. 1 point
  49. 1 point
    YoungCR

    chit chat thread

    I've started using it ~6 months ago when I was researching E34 values for the claim. Email notifications for new listings and results for specific models you want is great.
  50. 1 point
    Photos of the new to me trunk installed.
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