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    Putting the car hunt on hold…

    I went ahead and purchased the $199 BMW 3 year oil change package for the M235i. M2 Competitiion prices aren’t dropping and I don’t see any other cars I really like better than my 2 Series(that are in my price range). After 8 years and 72k miles about the only issue I have with the 2er is that...
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    My 2014 BMW M235i at 8 years and 70,000 miles

    I purchased my M235i as a CPO car six years ago. It had just come off a two year lease and only had 15,000 miles on it. Over the last 55,000 miles I've been quite pleased with the reliability. The auxiliary fan packed it in at 21,000 miles, which I think was a fluke. The oil filter housing...
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    Battery AH Question

    I just installed an AutoZone H5-DLG battery in my Clubman. I'm trying to find the AH capacity for the IBS, but of course no one at AutoZone support-email or phone-has any idea of what I'm talking about. I believe its 55 AH or 60 AH so I set it at 55 AH for now- but Id like to get the actual...
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    Tempting Fate: Taking the Club Sport to Hilton Head

    Next week marks 26 years since I took delivery of the Club Sport. Last week my wife and I took it to Hilton Head for the BMW Car Club's annual event-now known as "O'Fest Forever"-as well as for the Legends of the Autobahn East. With over 148k miles on the clock I'll admit that I had a bit of...
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    My son bought a new(to him) car...

    My son picked up a CPO 2018 330i xDrive with 16,500 miles on it. His salesperson said she’d be happy to go over the features with him but she said I would probably do a better job(I doubt it). The SXM wasn’t activated but I used my old SXM Dealer app to send a refresh signal and it worked. He...
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    After 13 years, a new TV…

    I went with a Sony 950H. It replaces a 2008 Pioneer Kuro, which in turn replaces a Panasonic plasma. I gave the Panasonic to my friend who helped me unload and unpack the Sony. I’m very pleased so far; the only hiccup was the new Panasonic 4K BD player; it didn’t want to play nice with my 2008...
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    Griot's Ceramic 3-in-1 Wax on the Club Sport

    Our church hosted a Car Cruise today so I decided to clean up the Club Sport. I started with Griot's Ceramic Wash & Coat using their foam sprayer, followed with Griot's Ceramic 3-in-1 Wax. I used BMW Wheel Cleaner Gel on the wheels and 303 Protectant under the hood. I think it ended up looking...
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    Finally Detailed the M235i

    This was just a quick and dirty afternoon project- the car needed it and I wanted it looking good if I get a chance to flip it. I used BMW Car Wash Shampoo Concentrate, BMW Wheel Cleaner Gel, and Eagle One Wax As-U-Dry. After 7 years and 61k miles I think it still looks pretty decent.
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    2021 Supra 3.0 Premium

    Saturday my wife and I drove to a local Toyota dealer to check out the 2021 Supra. The store was absolutely packed with truck and FWD appliance shoppers. The salesman I’ve been talking with was busy, but fortunately the Supra was sitting at the front of the showroom; I think it was the only car...
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    My 318ti Club Sport- 25 Years on...

    Yesterday marked 25 years since I picked up my Club Sport from Fields BMW in Chicago. I ordered it in August and I couldn't wait for it to arrive. It is one of 200 built through BMW Individual's Exclusive Edition program. It now has over 147,000 miles on it and I still love to drive it- in fact...
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    Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit Review

    Today I tackled the cloudy headlights on the Clubman. I did some research and decided on using the Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit- $20.00 from Amazon: Before: After: Needless to say, I'm very pleased with the results.
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    Upgrade Over Trade?

    I was browsing the <span style="font-style: italic">Autoweek </span>and <span style="font-style: italic">Car and Driver</span> sites checking out their favorite coupes and sports/sporty cars, and the M240i is still at or near the top of the rankings. Ditto for the Brit magazines <span...
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    2020 330i xDrive Loaner

    I took the M235i in for an oil change(the key read showed it also needed plugs and an interior microfilter, and my SA said that he would make sure that the car was thoroughly inspected since the CPO warranty runs out in four days). As a result I currently have a 330i xDrive M Sport as a loaner...
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    Oil change needed?

    I have two ZTR mowers I use at my home, one with a B&S Intek twin and one with a Kawasaki twin. Both received 10W-30 synthetic and new filter in January of 2019. The weather was dry and grass growth was minimal and then work obligations caused me to hire a lawn care company to finish the rest of...
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    What could cause a decrease in oil consumption?

    The car: 2009 Cooper Clubman(N12 engine, no turbo) I bought the Clubman with 104k miles on it; at that time it was using one quart of oil every 800-900 miles. At 107k miles I replaced the valve cover as it was thought that a bad PCV valve(integrated into the VC) might be causing the...
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    Enjoying the drive...

    Several of my friends I went to law school with meet up once or twice a year at a local restaurant. Tonight our meet-up was at a restaurant a bit northeast of Louisville. I took my 2er and while I was on the interstate I came up on a new Type R in Polished Metal Metallic. It looked <span...
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    2019 M340i xDrive impressions

    The Club Sport is at the dealer for its annual service, and my service advisor gave me an M340i xDrive for a loaner. <img src="https://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/attachments/usergals/2019/08/full-176-35194-m340i.jpg" alt="[Linked Image]" class="post-image"...
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    The Hunt Begins...

    My lovely bride looked over my shoulder while I was viewing car porn and out of the blue remarked, "Why don't you flip the 2 Series for a true two seat sports car? Between the X1 and the Clubman we can carry four people if we need to." So, that opens up another avenue of possibilities. I may yet...
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    Best BITOG Quotes

    Two of my favorites: "...asking for information, on a forum full of low rent penalty box drivers, about a Jaguar, or any medium cost European car for that matter, will be less useful than slamming your hand in a car door.."- Win ":BITOG; where old cars go to die."- CKN
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    2009 Cooper Clubman- 2 year review

    My wife always wanted a Mini, and this one popped up about two years ago; it belonged to a friend's daughter who was selling it because a second child was on the way. We picked it up for a good price, and it became my wife's daily driver. We bought it just <span style="font-style...
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