Tips on Picking Used Audi A Series Cars
Saturday, August 11th, 2012
When it comes to buying a used Audi you expect that you’ll be getting a quality car, but what should you keep an eye on to make the most of your investment?
Here is something to consider.
Tips To Avoid Convertible Top Repair
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Ahh the feeling of the summer air, breeze and sunshine as you drive in your convertible. Nothing beats it. Unless you have screwed up your convertible top! If you don’t have a convertible, but are thinking seriously about buying one, here are some things to consider.
Let’s face it, that coolness that comes with your Audi, BMW, MINI, or Mercedes convertible is high maintenance. Yes, I said it! Convertible tops are high maintenance. There is no question that in the later models, they look better than ever and operate smoother and better than ever. But, they do have to be “babied”.
High Gas Prices? Get Better Gas Mileage
Friday, March 30th, 2012
Wow! The gas prices are going crazy again. Did you know that by keeping your BMW, MINI or Mercedes in top condition, you will get better gas mileage.
A few other tips!
Don’t use your trunk as a storage locker! OMG you would not believe the trunks that we see. Sometimes, if we have to access a trunk for a repair, there can be stuff shoved and pushed in the trunk that weighs as much as one or two more people! Weighing down your trunk with “stuff” can affect your gas mileage in a negative way.
Save some gas!
Friday, April 22nd, 2011
According to AAA, only 17 percent of cars have all four tires inflated to the proper level! That means that 83 percent of drivers are using more gas! Who wants to do that as these gas prices keep skyrocketing? If your tire pressure is less than optimum, you will wear out your tires faster also and your BMW or MINI will not handle as well, either. See your tire pressure listed on the
The Department of Energy estimates that every 5 mph you drive over 60 is like paying an extra 10 percent at the pump. Sometimes it is difficult to keep below the speed limit in a BMW, no doubt. But, there is always …
BMW Wiring, Engine and Pest Control
Friday, April 15th, 2011
It is the time of the year when those little critters such as mice, squirrels and yes, big ole rats are trying to stay warm and have a snack at the same time. Yes, they are getting into your BMW and/or MINI, (they have good taste) and eating wiring!
For some reason, members of the rodent family love to chew on wiring. They can cause substantial damage if left to fill their tiny tummies. There are all kinds of home remedies that we have heard of over the years, (moth balls, cayenne pepper etc.). Sadly, we cannot vouch for any of them.
Will Ethanol Increase Gas Mileage for BMW?
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
During these times of higher gas prices, do not be tempted to put some “stuff” into your BMW that you read about on-line or picked up at your local DIY auto parts store. Most probably it will not do what you are hoping to increase your gas mileage.
You do not want to fool around entering any fluid in your BMW or MINI that is not spec’d for your particular Beemer. This is a good way to waste your money and possibly gunk up your engine, injectors or lines. Nope. No cans or bottles of “stuff” in your gas tank, please!
ABS Diagnostics: Self and Pro
Saturday, July 17th, 2010
Your BMW or MINI is doing a self diagnostic every time you turn on the ignition. Of course you see those lights illuminate on the instrument cluster/panel upon start up and bulb check. Then the “self checking” begins and if all is OK, the lights turn off.
The units such as your ABS (which basically has a computer processor) are all going through a dynamic circuit check for you! It is monitoring the input circuits for any incorrect voltages and is also checking the output controls or messages. If there is a problem the computer will activate the warning light to you. If all of the hundreds of tests are passed, the indicator goes out.
Maintaining Belts For Uninterrupted Driving
Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
You may not think about the health of your BMW or MINI belts, but they play a very important part in the operation of your BMW.
The older models used V belts, but the modern BMWs and MINIs have the serpentine style belts that basically weave around the components they drive. Your belts have to have the sufficient grip on the mechanical parts such as the water pump, alternator, and AC compressor. If one of your belts should break while you are doing some highway driving, it can cause severe engine damage. That is just another reason why it is so very important to have your BMW or MINI on a regular scheduled inspection and maintenance program.
Vintage Classic BMW – Sell or Keep?
Saturday, June 19th, 2010
In the last 6 weeks, we have had 4 customers with older, classic BMW’s as the 1974 2002 or 2002tii. These 1970 era BMW’s are cute, mpg friendly, and fun to drive. Driving a BMW that is 36 years old has it’s upsides, but it’s not for everyone.
The downside is that one has to make a serious decision. Am I going to keep this BMW baby goin or not? And how much do I want to invest to enjoy just drive my classic BMW? Do I want to perhaps bring it up to a level that is close to perfection, (as in 90-98 pts) and do an all out full restoration? Yeah, that would be fun to drive to shows …
Batteries, and more Batteries
Monday, April 12th, 2010
Reportedly, some scientists at Stanford are using facets of nanotechnology to develop batteries that are made of paper and also fabric. How awesome! They are using ink made of carbon nano tubes and silver nanowires to produce a highly conductive battery that is lightweight and dependable, and bendable. Using the same idea with a nano tube ink to dye fabric they have developed a textile that can hold up to 3 times more energy than a cell phone battery.
Lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles should also see some gains in usage as a Japanese firm states that it has discovered how to make them last longer with about 10,000 recharges over 20 years. Could this be a game changer …