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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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    2019 X3 Loaner

    I have a 2019 X3 xDrive30i loaner while the X1 is in for the Takata recall and an oil service. I REALLY like the new X3. It definitely feels more involving than its F25 predecessor. Unlike many contemporary BMWs, in base form it actually responds like a BMW without having to add the M Sport...
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    My wife gets a new(to her) ride: 2015 X1

    My bride missed her 2004 X3 we sold a couple of years ago, and this X1 popped up at the BMW dealer where I used to work. It's a one owner with 30k miles on it as well as a BMW CPO warranty. It ticked all the boxes- M Sport Package, HID headlamps, heated seats, and a true ///M color- LeMans Blue...
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    2018 X3 xDrive 3.0 impressions

    My Club Sport needed some maintenance and my SA at the BMW dealership gave me a new X3 to drive. While I'm usually not a fan of CUVs, I was very impressed. My wife <span style="font-style: italic">really </span>liked it; she's convinced that my SA gives me nice loaners to tempt me into buying a...
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    Considering a 2017-2018 Wrangler JK

    My wife and I both prefer smaller vehicles, so we are only considering a two door. Most likely a Winter Edition- automatic, Trac-Lok rear axle, LED headlamps, heated seats, and Alpine audio. I'd appreciate any suggestions or caveats. As my sig points out, I already have a TJ, so I'm not...
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    2016 BMW i3 REx- Two Year Review

    As some of you know, I took advantage of an insanely cheap 24 month/10k miles per year lease on a fully optioned i3 REx; unfortunately, all good things come to an end, and today I turned it in. The return process was very simple and I was not dinged for any wear and tear. I would definitely...
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    Trying Wipe New Trim Restorer

    I spent a few hours detailing the 2009 Clubman yesterday; it will be my DD when I start my new job in January(assuming we nab a suitably equipped JK or JL for my wife). Anyway, I used Wipe New Trim Restorer on the badly faded plastic trim. It's received good reviews so I thought that I'd give it...
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    AMEN!!!

    <a class="lb-image-link" rel="shadowbox[1765b665b3fdba4b]" href="https://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/attachments/usergals/2018/08/full-176-29383-death_penalty_still_permissible_for_people_who_drive_slowly_in_the_left_lane_pope_francis_clarifies.png" title=""><img...
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    BMW 230i xDrive evaluation

    I brought the i3 in for it's annual service and my Service Advisor set me up in a 2018 230i xDrive. The car was very well optioned, notably with the M Sport and Track Handling Packages. Those two packages essentially upgrade the trim, suspension, steering, and braking to the same level as an...
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    RIP Harry Anderson

    I hated to read of Harry Anderson's passing. <span style="font-style: italic">Night Court</span> made its debut in 1984- two years before I became a judge at the age of 29. It wasn't long before I realized that the show was a stunningly accurate depiction of courts of limited jurisdiction- AKA...
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