Replacing a Side Mirror

Posted on July 22, 2014 | Repair Issues

Darn it! My side mirror was smashed.  Some idiot, probably drunk, either drove too close to my car overnight or purposely smashed it.  I looked around at the other cars on the street but they were fine.  I was pissed. This was personal!  My car!  But after I cooled down, I realized I was lucky […]

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How to Pay for a Used Car

Posted on July 15, 2014 | Buying Advice

Buying a used car from a private party can save you a lot money relative to purchasing it at a dealership.  However, there are certain risks and extra work involved, not least of which is the actual exchange of money. Let’s assume that you want the car, agree on the price, and have had the […]

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Best Time to Buy a New Car

Posted on July 7, 2014 | Buying Advice

Conventional wisdom states that the best time of the year to buy a car is at the end of the calendar year between Christmas and New Years.  To find out if this was true we conducted the best non-scientific study possible amongst our dealer customers.  In other words, we got them drunk and asked them […]

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DMV Services at AAA

Posted on July 1, 2014 | General Advice

Not too many people know this but you can avoid the long lines and the (cough cough) inefficiencies of the DMV by using the AAA for certain services.  In California for example, you can use the AAA to order duplicate registration papers, titles, and stickers.  You can also replace license plates and request personalized plates.  […]

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Coolant Leak

Posted on June 24, 2014 | Repair Issues

My 13 year old BMW was running fine until a warning light that looks like a radiator lit up on my dashboard. I did not know how serious this was, but I thought I would check the coolant level under the radiator cap myself. It was pretty low. I had never checked it before, but […]

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Hack for Radiator Fan

Posted on June 17, 2014 | Repair Issues

Suddenly one day I noticed the engine was much noisier than usual. The non-stop high speed turning of the radiator fan is not hard to identify. But what was the problem? It used to be quieter. After some online research, I identified the problem. It turns out that the temperature sensor which controls the radiator […]

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When Window Regulators Fail

Posted on June 10, 2014 | Repair Issues

You would normally think that reliable and dependable mechanical parts should last for the life of the vehicle. And you might also believe that windows are built to withstand the harshest abuse from the environment. In reality, any part is subject to fail. When window regulators fail it can cause anything from a minor inconvenience […]

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AC Won’t Stop!

Posted on June 3, 2014 | Repair Issues

One of the problems with the old BMW 3 series (E46) is their electronics. For example, I now have a problem with an electronic component of the air conditioner. My problem is that the air conditioner does not slow down when the car is cooled to the set temperature. The symptoms are obvious – the […]

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