E36M3 #1353

Wednesday, June 06, 2001 00:33:35

This digest contains the following messages:

#1. rear tire wear - from Paul Elliott
#2. rear tire wear, followup - from Kevin M. Gregg
#3. Montreal Gran Prix - Room/Transport Needed! - from Chris Brown
#4. Euro Car Rental Info Needed - from eevans@planetc.com
#5. Anyone interesting in an M3 GT Race Car - from Roman
#6. Re: Re: Replacement Windshield - from Lew Becker
#7. Re: Mixing Mobil 1 Viscosities - from Lew Becker
#8. Initial Koni Settings? - from Wayne Miller
#9. Re: [E36M3] Replacement Windshield - from Skip Bogard
#10. Sorry, but I just have to share this... - from Luis Veras

-------------------- 1 --------------------

#1. rear tire wear - from Paul Elliott
Top
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2001 21:06:42 -0400 From: "Paul Elliott" <pelliott@rcn.com> Subject: rear tire wear >>First comment: since your '96+ M3 comes with different wheels (7.5x17 front/8.5x17 rear) you are unable to rotate the tires. If your budget can handle buying another pair of 8.5x17 wheels you will significantly prolong your tire life by rotating them front/back.<< Hmmm...Does this really extend the wear? Let's see....my setup is the stock staggered one, so I dont rotate....Say I replace my rears at 20K, and my fronts at 40K. Then, after 40K, I will have replaced the rears twice, and the front once, for a total of 6 tires. I think if you look at an example of rotating every 10K miles, then you will be replacing your original rears at 30K miles instead of 20. At 40K miles, I think you will find you will have replaced the same 6 tires! This is assuming that at each 10K mile rotation interval, whatever tires have been on the rear have worn 1/2 and whatever has been on the front has worn 1/4. Go through rotations required to get you to 40K miles, and I dont think you will have saved anything...I think most you can say is that you will have evened out your tire wear, for potentially better handling, miniscule as it might be. --------------------------------------------------------- Paul Elliott '99 White M3; < 30K miles; Dinan stage II sc kit; Rotex pads; Steiger SS and Clutch Stop; Sound by Polk, Excelon, JLAudio

Reply to: Paul Elliott

Top

-------------------- 2 --------------------

#2. rear tire wear, followup - from Kevin M. Gregg
Top
Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2001 21:28:39 -0400 From: "Kevin M. Gregg" <kevingregg@home.com> Subject: rear tire wear, followup Hi- Thanks all, for the many comments, ideas, etc. I will try to answer >If your budget can handle buying another pair of 8.5x17 >wheels you will significantly prolong your tire life by >rotating them front/back. My budget won't permit the purchase of additional wheels/tires. Perhaps I am applying my right foot more enthusiastically than I realize. ;-) Perhaps the previous owner enjoyed applying his right foot, too. Perhaps a good 4 wheel alignment is in my future. later, Kevin M. Gregg kevingregg@home.com 1997 BMW M3 coupe http://members.home.net/kevingregg/m3/

Reply to: Kevin M. Gregg

Top

-------------------- 3 --------------------

#3. Montreal Gran Prix - Room/Transport Needed! - from Chris Brown
Top
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2001 21:33:49 -0400 From: "Chris Brown" <ChrisB@Drextec.com> Subject: <OT>Montreal Gran Prix - Room/Transport Needed! Hi Folks - I know this is off topic, but you are the kind of people who just might be able to help me (grin). I've got a chance to get a decent ticket to the Montreal Gran Prix. The bad news is that I have no arrangements for travel or hotel. Anyone in a position to suggest options or offer help (like reservations you aren't using, the need for another paying guy on your trip, etc.). I'm the Philadelphia area, is there anyone driving there that wants another person to take a turn at the wheel? Thanks! Chris Brown ------------- http://www.ChristianBrown.com

Reply to: Chris Brown

Top

-------------------- 4 --------------------

#4. Euro Car Rental Info Needed - from eevans@planetc.com
Top
Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2001 21:46:34 -0400 From: eevans@planetc.com Subject: Euro Car Rental Info Needed Hi, I'm about to spend 1 week in the UK and 2 weeks in Germany/Switzerland/France. I'm interested in renting car(s) while I'm there. I understand from relatives that the best places to rent in Germany are at the major airports. Since I'm taking mostly rail what suggestions do you have for availability/models, etc. Which cars should I avoid? There will be 3 of us traveling together. Any other suggestions for Euro travel in general would be most appreciated. TIA Evan

Reply to:

Top

-------------------- 5 --------------------

#5. Anyone interesting in an M3 GT Race Car - from Roman
Top
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2001 19:41:50 -0700 From: Roman <roman@arteuro.com> Subject: Anyone interesting in an M3 GT Race Car Hi All, Just saw this on eBay. Anyone interested? :) Cheers, Roman http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/aw-cgi/ebayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=592094811& r=0&t=0

Reply to: Roman

Top

-------------------- 6 --------------------

#6. Re: Re: Replacement Windshield - from Lew Becker
Top
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2001 20:10:43 -0700 From: "Lew Becker" <lmbeckercfls@earthlink.net> Subject: Re: Re: Replacement Windshield FWIW: My OEM replacement windshield (made by Sekurit) is IDENTICAL to the factory piece in EVERY way -- the Roundel is "embossed" and visible, but not inked. And, I am picky. Lew Becker Been driving BMW's longer than Stephen's been w/State Farm ----- Original Message ----- > -------------------- 6 -------------------- > Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2001 06:30:32 -0700 (PDT) > From: S Lafredo <slafredo@yahoo.com> > Subject: Re: Replacement Windshield > > > Does the aftermarket glass have the BMW roundel on it? > > No. The other problem, explained to me by the glass shop is that they > have to glue on the mirror peg and that it is impossible to get > perfect. They hate it and it's a PITA for them. Chester this is not an > option for you ;) > > If you are picky get the BMW glass, read: Chester and anyone like him, > including me. > > HTH. > > S <- w/State Farm for over 18 years. > > Sorry just a little cranky this morning and I haven't finished my > coffee, yet. :) > > __________________________________________________ > Do You Yahoo!? > Get personalized email addresses from Yahoo! Mail - only $35 > a year! http://personal.mail.yahoo.com/

Reply to: Lew Becker

Top

-------------------- 7 --------------------

#7. Re: Mixing Mobil 1 Viscosities - from Lew Becker
Top
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2001 20:18:08 -0700 From: "Lew Becker" <lmbeckercfls@earthlink.net> Subject: Re: Mixing Mobil 1 Viscosities I recall coming across a post on another list stating that Mobil 1 5W-40 (or 10W-40) was available at Mercedes dealerships (cost something like $5/qt). Can't say from experience -- when I run out of my stock of BMW 5W-40 Synthetic, I'll probably go back to Lubro Moly 5W-40 Full Synthetic. Lew Becker ----- Original Message ----- > -------------------- 3 -------------------- > Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2001 10:25:12 -0500 > From: Neil Maller <neil.maller@gte.net> > Subject: Re: Mixing Mobil 1 Viscosities > > on 6/5/01 12:23 AM, kmcleaster@iquest.net wrote: > > > I'm thinking that 15W50 is a bit too heavy for the midwest, even in the > > summer. > > It's not well known, but you can easily buy Mobil 1 in 10W-40 grade. It's > made for 4 stroke motorcycles and is available at cycle stores. > > Neil > 96 M3 > >

Reply to: Lew Becker

Top

-------------------- 8 --------------------

#8. Initial Koni Settings? - from Wayne Miller
Top
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2001 23:19:03 -0400 From: "Wayne Miller" <M3@waynemiller.com> Subject: Initial Koni Settings? I may install my new single adjustable Koni's tomorrow and I was = looking for some good initial settings for the front/rear stiffness. I have the Euro springs and UUC sway bars. =20 I did install my TC Kline aluminum monoball trailing arm mounts tonight and I don't notice any increase in sound, ride harshness or handling improvement. My old mounts looked fine and boy are they a pain to remove. Jim Powell's instructions are great and it took just under 2 hours from soup to nuts, including cleaning up. =20 -Wayne

Reply to: Wayne Miller

Top

-------------------- 9 --------------------

#9. Re: [E36M3] Replacement Windshield - from Skip Bogard
Top
Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2001 20:26:31 -0400 From: Skip Bogard <skip.bogard@alumni.duke.edu> Subject: Re: [E36M3] Replacement Windshield Agreed...that's the main reason I go to my dealership for this. They do the work in the parking lot in the exact spot where the car will sit for 24 hours. It doesn't get moved at all once the adhesive goes on, not even to park it. They have 24 hour security...meanwhile I'm driving their loaner. - Skip '95 M3, no squeeks or rattles in 116,000 miles Andbmw@aol.com wrote: > > if the glass company even moved the car with in 9 hours they broke a > comandment. i would'nt even drive a car unless it sat for 24 hours. > body flex can cause the windshield to move and alow air to get traped in > the adhesive used to seal the windscreen. weaking the structural integrity > of the a-piller! >

Reply to: Skip Bogard

Top

-------------------- 10 --------------------

#10. Sorry, but I just have to share this... - from Luis Veras
Top
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2001 01:30:03 -0400 From: "Luis Veras" <veras@tricom.net> Subject: Sorry, but I just have to share this... So I'm sitting in my living room watching the last game of an 8 team parlay bet I had on. I don't usually bet (in fact, this was the third time I ever placed a sporting bet), but I felt like it this afternoon when accompanying a friend to the bookie. Anyway, I bet $25 and since it was an 8 team parlay, if I won I would have gotten about $3,400. So 7 of 8 games had gone just as I had predicted (hehe, more like guessed), and to make a short story long (too late, huh?) I was very excitedly watching the last game and unfortunately lost that game.I was so close to those $3,400 I could even smell it. Damn was I pissed. So, as an M3 owner, what did I do to take the stress out? You guessed it. Take the ultimate driving machine for a midnight spin. So I started trying to beat my personal record at Cayetano Germosen street, here in Santo Domingo, Dom. Rep. It's a two way, two lane per way street, but each way is separated from each other by a middle green area, so it's like driving on a one way street (making things safer on that side). It's the funnest street to drive because it's so full of curves, one right after the other, some short 400 or 500 ft straights, then some soft curves, followed by very strong curves and viceversa. Also, at one point the two lanes get separated (due to some prehistoric rock that they decided to preserve) so you also have to lower your speed there because the street narrows, and then the two lanes get together again, where you again step on the accelerator. I believe driving that street is the next best thing to tracking. I had driven it before, but not like today, I did 4 full runs (4 west to east, and 4 east to west) trying to beat my record. My previous record was an average speed of 69 MPH (the posted speed limit it's 28 MPH because of the curves, so you can imagine how that street is), and for some reason I couldn't seem to brake it. That's until at the beginning of my last run, a Lexus GS400 pulled up in front of me and started racing! And this guy wasn't kidding, that thing could fly! Believe it or not the first thing that came to my head was this mailing list (for real!), and I immediately thought that I had to defend the honor of the ultimate driving machine, and not let myself be beaten by a japanese car. It seemed no matter how hard I drove, he was always ahead of me! The thing is that it's very hard to make a pass, because each lane is rather narrow, so you always tend to drive between the lanes. So I started driving as fearless as I have never been, taking extreme risks (and I mean EXTREME risks) trying to pass this guy, and at the point where two lanes split, we each took a lane, and vrrooom, when the lanes where back together I was in front of him! I kept running, and he was doing a great job at keeping right behind me, but he couldn't pass me, so I won! Great! The legacy of the all-mighty M3 is saved! And, at the end of the run I checked my OBC... my average speed was 76 MPH! I totally crashed my previous record! Sorry if I bored you, but I really had to share this. I've never driven as hard and fearless as tonight! Sure, I have gone at 150+ MPH in the highway, and done a lot of street racing, but today, I really really enjoyed my car, like never before. Heck, I was so excited and the adrenaline was pumping so hard that I had to light up a smoke when I got back home (I don't smoke in my car), just as if I had just gotten laid! OK. I'm back to normal now. BTW, does anyone know the 0-60, slalom and 1/4 mile times for a GS400? What about the new GS430? What about 100-0 and 70-0? At some points it seemed that the lexus was outbraking my car.

Reply to: Luis Veras

Top