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Since people are posting BMW porn, I'll go ahead and post some more. The AWD versions are bizarrely good on dirt roads.

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Meh. BMW. If you want some decent Deutsche porn, then

Porsche + Pikes Peak + dirt road ...

How about a bit of Asian?

Some old school Manx action from the master... Ari Vatanen?


OK - nothing to do with BMW, but good stuff regardless :-)
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Just pulled about 800 miles this weekend in it and had a blast playing on the HWYs and back roads. Followed a 640i on 95 for about 50 mi. Definitely a good time. Although I did wave to a handful of FJ folks w/ mixed reviews! LOL! Saw some nice modded rigs in southern Va. Cudos to you all.
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Just pulled about 800 miles this weekend in it and had a blast playing on the HWYs and back roads. Followed a 640i on 95 for about 50 mi. Definitely a good time. Although I did wave to a handful of FJ folks w/ mixed reviews! LOL! Saw some nice modded rigs in southern Va. Cudos to you all.
Before I left the house on her maiden voyage.
Wow. Both of your vehicles are extremely similar to mine (not sure if the FJ is Black Cherry or Brick but the Beamer is identical). You are going to love the FJ/BMW combo.
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Wow. Both of your vehicles are extremely similar to mine (not sure if the FJ is Black Cherry or Brick but the Beamer is identical). You are going to love the FJ/BMW combo.

The FJ is Black Cherry and the BMW is the 328i Coupe. Already loving having both!
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Meh. BMW. If you want some decent Deutsche porn, then

Porsche + Pikes Peak + dirt road ...
Pikes Peak 2010 - Porsche GT3 Cup In-Car - YouTube
I'm not quite as high as Pikes Peak but, I'm also not a professional racecar driver. Most BMW owners will probably find that the biggest deficiency in the car is the guy sitting behind the steering wheel.

(But, I'll try to remember to take a video next time I'm doing the ascent to my house. You can drive a 330xi hilariously fast on dirt roads.)
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I'm not quite as high as Pikes Peak but, I'm also not a professional racecar driver. Most BMW owners will probably find that the biggest deficiency in the car is the guy sitting behind the steering wheel.

(But, I'll try to remember to take a video next time I'm doing the ascent to my house. You can drive a 330xi hilariously fast on dirt roads.)


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I have a MINI Cooper S under my care that is an absolute blast to drive. I need to take it to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jebel_Hafeet and http://www.thenational.ae/arts-lifes...ras-al-khaimah before it warms up too much...

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Whatever makes you smile is good!
I have a MINI Cooper S under my care that is an absolute blast to drive. I need to take it to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jebel_Hafeet and Great driving roads: Jebel Jais Mountain Road, Ras Al Khaimah | The National before it warms up too much...
That seems really cool but, it's no Pikes Peak. Pikes Peak is practically Victory or Death. It's that brutal. One slip up and you get to enjoy the last seconds of your life rolling down a cliff. For a racecar driver, I bet that's 100% cool. No sane human would drive that mountain that fast.
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Here was some recent work on my wifes Steptronic transmission. The BMW manual states "lifetime" on the fluid. Shell states 60K miles so it was time.

Much easier now that I own a Ranger BL-5000XL lift. Gives me about 21" of clearance in about 3 minutes of setting up




Here was the fluid and metal shavings found in the old pan (The fluid smelled horrid- like dead fish)



Where all the magic happens. Thats a lot of solenoids





The filter (built into the pan- the whole thing gets replaced) continued to weep out fluid after four times dumping the excess- I think its was getting pretty clogged- Good things its been changed
Id say even with jack stands and Ramps (car must be level) its not too difficult. Filling the transmission case is tricky- you need to have someone literally running through the gears manually (paddle shift) while the tires are spinning so the fluid can be pushed back into all the areas- Took about 5.75 liters which is just about right. Note the round magnets- Those patterns you see are the magnetic field affecting how the metal deposits- they were smooth when cleaned off. Its typical for a transmission with 60K on it though.

Car runs great now. I also did a coolant flush at the same time. The money saved doing it myself allowed me to buy a scanning tool made for BMWs for diagnostic work, resetting all those reminders on the brakes, filters and fluids as well as resetting the battery sync. Also got a trick vacuum system to place the coolant system into a total vacuum and pull the new fluid in without bringing air into the system

Car continues to impress and my wife loves it.
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This bad boy was sitting at the dealer. Don't have 52K sitting around though
I paid $31K for an '11 GS460 with ~60K miles on it in 2015. After options / upgrades original MSRP was in the mid $60's. I love this car. I had to fly to Augusta GA to buy it (less than 50 in the US for 2011), then I drove it the 1500 miles back to Denver in a weekend.

The Lexus I had before that, an '07 LS460, retailed around $70K, I paid $35K with 40K miles. LS's are common a dirt, you can get some ridiculous deals on them.

I only ever bought one Lexus new (an '08 IS350). Yes, they hold their resale values better than Acura, Benz etc, but not that much better. National AutoTrader searches + mileage restrictions can lead to some pretty awesome deals if you're willing to fly and buy.

Example: '10+ IS350 AWD, <$30K, <30K miles

You've got 10 options. I'd filter that list or potentially bump the miles to get one from a place that doesn't salt the roads, but that's just me.
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