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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,974
    edited February 2013
    The way owners like to hack their Prii, I bet some import the bigger tanks to the US and finagle them in.

    Hm, Yakima doesn't have any clips for a Prius v roof rack. That could be a deal killer. Ah, Thule does but I'd have to buy an entire new rack instead of just getting new clips. Only $425. Oops, the keys to keep that expensive rack from walking off adds another $60. :P

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 31,211
    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.

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yeah some of those hacks are nutty. Like blocking air flow in the grille.

    If we see fried inverters we'll know why.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 15,676
    edited February 2013
    I wanted one of these really bad when I graduated college, but it was just a bit out of the price range. Should have just done it anyway.

    this one actually looks pretty nice, and cheap enough. Lot of miles, but hard to tell what parts have the 245K on them!

    http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/3607522968.html

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (daughters college car)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 15,676
    now this one looks like new. Not sure why anyone would want one, but if you do, looks pretty nice for the money.

    http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/3595654641.html

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (daughters college car)

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Driver's seat doesn't look so new....

    Still, says something when the seat is worn out and the car still looks that good.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    I believe you an buy a Spark in Canada as it's not just for the rental fleets. I saw one on the road and it looked like a squished version of the Sonic. Kudos to GM for investing in small cars though as this will be the future.

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    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. It was just a bolt on job for me that took an hour (had to use jack from older BMW as my E90 doesn't even come with a jack!). The retired guy who sold them got rid of his BMW and didn't need them anymore. The funny thing is he never mentioned in his ad that these were runflats or had TPMS sensors.

    Our stock runflats were wearing out anyways so I needed to replace them. This was a smoking deal as our dealer quoted me $430/tire plus mounting/balancing/taxes to replace the all seasons. :surprise:

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    I have BMW sport seats in my 3 Series , Recaros in my 2002, and Mazda "sport" seats in my 2007 MS3. I prefer any of those to the standard seats in the X3 or 328i- not that they are uncomfortable, but I like substantial side bolsters.

    We have the sports seats in our 07 328 as well and they are among the best seats comfort and support wise compared to any car I've driven, even Ferraris and Maseratis (those are supportive but not as comortable). Even sitting in a non-sports-seat 3 series I feel akward and like I'm sitting on a park bench. :surprise:

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 31,211
    Sport seats in my 3-series, as well... both of them.. :)

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  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,222
    "This was a smoking deal as our dealer quoted me $430/tire plus mounting/balancing/taxes to replace the all seasons."

    I read somewhere that many dealers are charging more expensive hourly rates instead of flat fees to mount and dismount RFTs. Apparently, it's very difficult to mount and dismount them without damaging the rim.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    That's why when winter's over I think I'll buy a set of aftermarket rims with normal tires for the 328. Maybe I'll lower the car an inch or two while I'm at it, hoping my wife won't notice :blush:

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,338
    Visited the local MB dealer today. They have the most loaded E550 I have seen to date - virtually everything possible including designo, MSRP within pocket change of 80K. And more interestingly, a black on black 13 E350 Bluetec, pano, etc, 58K MSRP - lease it 24 months 3700 down, 489/month. Seems cheap. If they are having specials already, there could be some deals before the facelift hits the street (dealer said you can special order a 2014 right now). Nothing else of note, but disturbing that a normal non-AMG SL550 is over 120K.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It's getting to a point where if you have to ask the price...you can only afford to lease.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,894
    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.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport 1975 2002A 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 1999 Wrangler 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2009 328i Son's: 2004 X3 2.5

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,894
    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...

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport 1975 2002A 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 1999 Wrangler 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2009 328i Son's: 2004 X3 2.5

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,894
    edited February 2013
    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:

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    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

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport 1975 2002A 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 1999 Wrangler 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2009 328i Son's: 2004 X3 2.5

  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    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.

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    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.
  • jpp5862jpp5862 Wilmington, NCPosts: 377
    The heated steering wheel is one thing I miss from my Jeep. It sounds silly but you really get used to it.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,894
    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

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport 1975 2002A 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 1999 Wrangler 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2009 328i Son's: 2004 X3 2.5

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 15,676
    only minor flaw is the 153K on the clock, but looks well cared for. And very snazzy.

    http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/3608201970.html

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (daughters college car)

  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,338
    edited February 2013
    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.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 8,013
    edited February 2013
    Here's a shot of my 2011 328xi parked in my driveway during the great blizzard of 2013

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,894
    KY got something similar in 1994; my one SUV was broken down so Casa Roadburner was completely isolated for five days. My wife and I called it The Shining week.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport 1975 2002A 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 1999 Wrangler 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2009 328i Son's: 2004 X3 2.5

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,818
    Yowser! I remember living in Westchester as a kid and getting snow like that but don't think I could do that anymore. Good looking shot though of the Bimmer!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf SE (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 8,013
    edited February 2013
    Just looking around on BMWUSA's site, I found a 2007 X3 (at Prestige BMW) with the following options: White, Black Leather, Premium, Rear Parking Sensors, Cold Weather, xenon lights, & a 6 speed manual transmission. Only 70,000 miles. They are asking $18,000. The car is listed as having an automatic transmission, but the pics show a stick. Not a bad SUV if you could get it for $15,500 - $16,000 :confuse:

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 15,676
    I'll drive it if you want to buy it for me.

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (daughters college car)

  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 1,395
    There was an article on the truth about cars a few days ago about cars that were surprisingly offered with manuals, and this was one the vehicles mentioned. I've seen a few come up over the years, but not often, obvioiusly. Someone will buy it. Maybe someone named stickguy.

    They even offered the 1st gen X5 with a stick initially...I've only ever seen one of those over the years.

    15 Leaf / 08 RDX

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,818
    edited February 2013
    Had a day off yesterday which which was very welcomed and rested my sore back. Texted my chief this morning about 8 and found out that there was no work. Decided to roll back over for a bit and next thing I heard was the phone buzzing about 10 and it was him. We had a Key West run and was I available. Hell yes I told him and we were to meet at 1. Got another text at 12:10 saying a 2nd run was added...a Ft. Lauderdale to Miami one which worked out since our cars were waiting at MIA for us. This time we got cars by random choice and I got another Elantra which was cool. My buddy got something I was drooling over...a 2013 C Class! Man, I wish it had been me but since we do runs for this company on a regular basis, it's Sixt, I know I'll get another chance to bag me a C Class for a trip.

    They gave me a brand new Focus for the Key West trip and since it didn't have SAT radio, I decided to try my ipod. Unfortunately, it said that my generic connector didn't sync...I need to buy one that will work with any radio. Luckily I had a small cd case with my stuff so just threw one of them in and was pleasantly surprised at how good it sounded through the Ford system..."MySync"...very nice actually! This car had 60 miles on it and it felt great. I'm still not happy with the wonkey tranny when one has to pass or some other move that requires a burst of speed. Mashing the throttle sends this car into a spaz attach...it doesn't react immediately and just leaves a lot to be desired. Guess it needs to learn one's driving style. But the seats were comfortable and the side bolsters really keep you enveloped which felt great. Besides the goofy tranny, this car is really that good though the hatch is the real looker in the group here...the sedan leaves me cold! I am seriously considering buying this car...gasp...when I do swap the Civic out, it's that good! I'm sure the tranny weirdness will be dealt with eventually also. Right now, I still prefer the Elantra over the Focus but not by much folks. Still haven't snagged a Jetta for a long drive and I'm really itching to get my hands on one already. I have visions of it being the perfect car and I hope I'm not disappointed!

    They wanted me to work another Key West run tomorrow but had to decline...see the pain doctor and have a bunch of other errands scheduled so I can keep the next 2 weeks free from any obligations. This "part time job" is turning out to be more of a full time job and the work seems to be available. I'm game as long as my spine holds out. The wife and kids are after me to watch myself and don't over do things but I assured them all that I will be careful here...it's just that the fun factor hasn't worn off yet and I truly love to get behind the wheel no matter where we are going. I tried to find a job like this for so long that now that I do have it, I want to run with it for a bit. My co-workers are amazed that I'm still grinning from ear to ear whenever I show up for work, they must think I'm a bit nut!. I know you guys understand why I love going in...I just tell 'em I'm a car guy and this is my dream job, driving different cars on someone else's dime...I don't think I'll be getting tired of it for a long while here!

    I'll come back with some more observations of some of the cars I've driven in the next edition of "The Sandman Chronicles". Would rather do a bunch of reviews all at once. This is a golden time for the auto industry though with so many good choices for us consumers. I really haven't driven a bad car in the bunch yet, honestly!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf SE (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

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