jsbowden: (BMW Convertible)
( Mar. 17th, 2010 05:25 pm)
I needed to change the bulb in the front left fog lamp on my car, since it burned out recently and my car's due for its annual safety inspection. Virginia's rules with respect to flog lamps are...weird. If you have them, and they are wired, they must function, or you fail. If they're there but not connected, the state doesn't care if they work. And if you don't have them, none of this is relevant, obviously.

I hit up Google for info on E46 M3 fog lights, and all it fed me were places to buy replacement housings and forums where people who obviously have zero business ever getting near a tool were complaining about how difficult it was to change them, but no one selling the actual bulbs. So off to BMW of Sterling I went. They sold me the right part, but pulled the wrong box off the shelf. I discovered this when I pulled the old bulb out. At home. If I hadn't have had to drive back to BMW of Sterling to get the right bulb, it would have been a three minute job that requires a single tool (an 8mm hex driver, if you care). I'm still trying to figure out how this is remotely difficult. Or complicated.

The bulb itself is fairly weird and yeah, that's gonna be something that I get from the dealer (in five years, this is the first time I've had to replace a fog light bulb, so it's not that bad).
jsbowden: (BMW Convertible)
( Mar. 17th, 2010 05:25 pm)
I needed to change the bulb in the front left fog lamp on my car, since it burned out recently and my car's due for its annual safety inspection. Virginia's rules with respect to flog lamps are...weird. If you have them, and they are wired, they must function, or you fail. If they're there but not connected, the state doesn't care if they work. And if you don't have them, none of this is relevant, obviously.

I hit up Google for info on E46 M3 fog lights, and all it fed me were places to buy replacement housings and forums where people who obviously have zero business ever getting near a tool were complaining about how difficult it was to change them, but no one selling the actual bulbs. So off to BMW of Sterling I went. They sold me the right part, but pulled the wrong box off the shelf. I discovered this when I pulled the old bulb out. At home. If I hadn't have had to drive back to BMW of Sterling to get the right bulb, it would have been a three minute job that requires a single tool (an 8mm hex driver, if you care). I'm still trying to figure out how this is remotely difficult. Or complicated.

The bulb itself is fairly weird and yeah, that's gonna be something that I get from the dealer (in five years, this is the first time I've had to replace a fog light bulb, so it's not that bad).
jsbowden: (BMW Convertible)
( Mar. 17th, 2010 05:25 pm)
I needed to change the bulb in the front left fog lamp on my car, since it burned out recently and my car's due for its annual safety inspection. Virginia's rules with respect to flog lamps are...weird. If you have them, and they are wired, they must function, or you fail. If they're there but not connected, the state doesn't care if they work. And if you don't have them, none of this is relevant, obviously.

I hit up Google for info on E46 M3 fog lights, and all it fed me were places to buy replacement housings and forums where people who obviously have zero business ever getting near a tool were complaining about how difficult it was to change them, but no one selling the actual bulbs. So off to BMW of Sterling I went. They sold me the right part, but pulled the wrong box off the shelf. I discovered this when I pulled the old bulb out. At home. If I hadn't have had to drive back to BMW of Sterling to get the right bulb, it would have been a three minute job that requires a single tool (an 8mm hex driver, if you care). I'm still trying to figure out how this is remotely difficult. Or complicated.

The bulb itself is fairly weird and yeah, that's gonna be something that I get from the dealer (in five years, this is the first time I've had to replace a fog light bulb, so it's not that bad).
I think my thermostat in the cooling system of my car has stopped working. The temperature gauge used to measure engine temp at about dead center of the range year round in any weather. Recently, it barely gets above cold engine start temperature. If it had to stick, at least it's stuck open. Overheating, especially when I'd be stuck on the side of the road in twenty degree weather, would SUCK.

I'm just glad I have heated seats, as the car isn't cold inside, but it's not exactly warm either.

I wonder if my warranty covers this (I'm off the initial factory which covered everything except tires, and they meant everything, and on an extended warranty now)? Probably not, but thermostats are usually cheap. I'll have to call BMW of Sterling and find out. Bummer.
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I think my thermostat in the cooling system of my car has stopped working. The temperature gauge used to measure engine temp at about dead center of the range year round in any weather. Recently, it barely gets above cold engine start temperature. If it had to stick, at least it's stuck open. Overheating, especially when I'd be stuck on the side of the road in twenty degree weather, would SUCK.

I'm just glad I have heated seats, as the car isn't cold inside, but it's not exactly warm either.

I wonder if my warranty covers this (I'm off the initial factory which covered everything except tires, and they meant everything, and on an extended warranty now)? Probably not, but thermostats are usually cheap. I'll have to call BMW of Sterling and find out. Bummer.
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I think my thermostat in the cooling system of my car has stopped working. The temperature gauge used to measure engine temp at about dead center of the range year round in any weather. Recently, it barely gets above cold engine start temperature. If it had to stick, at least it's stuck open. Overheating, especially when I'd be stuck on the side of the road in twenty degree weather, would SUCK.

I'm just glad I have heated seats, as the car isn't cold inside, but it's not exactly warm either.

I wonder if my warranty covers this (I'm off the initial factory which covered everything except tires, and they meant everything, and on an extended warranty now)? Probably not, but thermostats are usually cheap. I'll have to call BMW of Sterling and find out. Bummer.
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jsbowden: (BMW Convertible)
( Nov. 7th, 2008 10:34 am)
It's sunny, almost 70F (and should get to 73ish or so by mid afternoon), and Freitag. I'm thinking, it's a top down day. Probably my last this year considering we're already into November.
jsbowden: (BMW Convertible)
( Nov. 7th, 2008 10:34 am)
It's sunny, almost 70F (and should get to 73ish or so by mid afternoon), and Freitag. I'm thinking, it's a top down day. Probably my last this year considering we're already into November.
jsbowden: (BMW Convertible)
( Nov. 7th, 2008 10:34 am)
It's sunny, almost 70F (and should get to 73ish or so by mid afternoon), and Freitag. I'm thinking, it's a top down day. Probably my last this year considering we're already into November.
I saw a brand new E92 M3 on the GW Parkway this morning.

It's absolutely maddening that a car with those specs is so visually bland. I'm not a huge fan of the current 3 series styling for the sedan (E90) or the coupe (E92), but the new M3 is just...meh.
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I saw a brand new E92 M3 on the GW Parkway this morning.

It's absolutely maddening that a car with those specs is so visually bland. I'm not a huge fan of the current 3 series styling for the sedan (E90) or the coupe (E92), but the new M3 is just...meh.
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I saw a brand new E92 M3 on the GW Parkway this morning.

It's absolutely maddening that a car with those specs is so visually bland. I'm not a huge fan of the current 3 series styling for the sedan (E90) or the coupe (E92), but the new M3 is just...meh.
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So, last Sunday (not yesterday, but the previous) we drove down to Va. Beach to visit some friends. There were some people I meant to get together with, but circumstances dictated otherwise. In any event, the peeps we were hanging out with have a 2007 Porsche 911 (997 chassis) which is damn fine bit of machinery. We didn't get to drive it, but we will, oh yes, preciousss...we will.

While chatting about German cars and what not, it came up that I've never really pushed my car to see just what it can do. I play a little on the corners, but really, I'm not even close to the limit, and on public roads, I'm not going to be. The condition of most of the roads and the presence of other drivers dictate being fairly conservative. I'm fine with this, but I would like to drive outside the box, as it were, just to see what it's like.

Well, said Porsche owner and his brother (they've both owned various flavors of noted high end German auto maker's line) mentioned that they do track days at the VIR on occasion. It was just sort of an idle thought, but it's done gone and got all stuck in my head. I'll bring my BMW, they'll bring the Porsches, and, another of our friends has an 04 Corvette with some performance mods. I'd be outclassed, but I'm okay with that since it's not an actual race or anything. I just think it'd be a seriously fun day.
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So, last Sunday (not yesterday, but the previous) we drove down to Va. Beach to visit some friends. There were some people I meant to get together with, but circumstances dictated otherwise. In any event, the peeps we were hanging out with have a 2007 Porsche 911 (997 chassis) which is damn fine bit of machinery. We didn't get to drive it, but we will, oh yes, preciousss...we will.

While chatting about German cars and what not, it came up that I've never really pushed my car to see just what it can do. I play a little on the corners, but really, I'm not even close to the limit, and on public roads, I'm not going to be. The condition of most of the roads and the presence of other drivers dictate being fairly conservative. I'm fine with this, but I would like to drive outside the box, as it were, just to see what it's like.

Well, said Porsche owner and his brother (they've both owned various flavors of noted high end German auto maker's line) mentioned that they do track days at the VIR on occasion. It was just sort of an idle thought, but it's done gone and got all stuck in my head. I'll bring my BMW, they'll bring the Porsches, and, another of our friends has an 04 Corvette with some performance mods. I'd be outclassed, but I'm okay with that since it's not an actual race or anything. I just think it'd be a seriously fun day.
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So, last Sunday (not yesterday, but the previous) we drove down to Va. Beach to visit some friends. There were some people I meant to get together with, but circumstances dictated otherwise. In any event, the peeps we were hanging out with have a 2007 Porsche 911 (997 chassis) which is damn fine bit of machinery. We didn't get to drive it, but we will, oh yes, preciousss...we will.

While chatting about German cars and what not, it came up that I've never really pushed my car to see just what it can do. I play a little on the corners, but really, I'm not even close to the limit, and on public roads, I'm not going to be. The condition of most of the roads and the presence of other drivers dictate being fairly conservative. I'm fine with this, but I would like to drive outside the box, as it were, just to see what it's like.

Well, said Porsche owner and his brother (they've both owned various flavors of noted high end German auto maker's line) mentioned that they do track days at the VIR on occasion. It was just sort of an idle thought, but it's done gone and got all stuck in my head. I'll bring my BMW, they'll bring the Porsches, and, another of our friends has an 04 Corvette with some performance mods. I'd be outclassed, but I'm okay with that since it's not an actual race or anything. I just think it'd be a seriously fun day.
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jsbowden: (BMW Convertible)
( Feb. 15th, 2008 08:19 am)
Driving in on the Friday before a three day weekend...

Traffic this morning was nonexistent. I love when I actually get to drive, vs. sitting in traffic.

Oh, and it seems I have Monday off. We don't normally get Presidents Day. I wonder which of our normally allocated holidays falls on a weekend this year?
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jsbowden: (BMW Convertible)
( Feb. 15th, 2008 08:19 am)
Driving in on the Friday before a three day weekend...

Traffic this morning was nonexistent. I love when I actually get to drive, vs. sitting in traffic.

Oh, and it seems I have Monday off. We don't normally get Presidents Day. I wonder which of our normally allocated holidays falls on a weekend this year?
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jsbowden: (BMW Convertible)
( Feb. 15th, 2008 08:19 am)
Driving in on the Friday before a three day weekend...

Traffic this morning was nonexistent. I love when I actually get to drive, vs. sitting in traffic.

Oh, and it seems I have Monday off. We don't normally get Presidents Day. I wonder which of our normally allocated holidays falls on a weekend this year?
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Such as when I was driving home from work the other day and saw a guy on the GW Parkway in a pre WWII Mercedes roadster. Or a couple of weeks ago while filling up when the lady in the Shelby 427 AC Cobra pulled up at the next pump. The Bugatti on the toll road was nifty too. Where I grew up, seeing a Porsche, Lamborghini, or Ferrari was a big deal. Here? Anyone can buy one new, and I see them all the time...vintage is where the real class is at.

These aren't kit cars, kids, these are originals. Welcome to America's richest congressional district.

Ich liebe mein BMW, aber ist nicht so gut. At least, not compared to a lot of cars I share the road with.
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Such as when I was driving home from work the other day and saw a guy on the GW Parkway in a pre WWII Mercedes roadster. Or a couple of weeks ago while filling up when the lady in the Shelby 427 AC Cobra pulled up at the next pump. The Bugatti on the toll road was nifty too. Where I grew up, seeing a Porsche, Lamborghini, or Ferrari was a big deal. Here? Anyone can buy one new, and I see them all the time...vintage is where the real class is at.

These aren't kit cars, kids, these are originals. Welcome to America's richest congressional district.

Ich liebe mein BMW, aber ist nicht so gut. At least, not compared to a lot of cars I share the road with.
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