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JB2 installed in the 335….

Posted in bmw, cars, tunermobiles with tags , , , , , , on August 21, 2008 by lee76

I purchased a Stage 2 Juice Box (JB2) from Burger Motorsports and installed it in my 335 last weekend.  I must say that I’ve been beyond pleased with this tuner’s performance so far.  The price was right, installation was not difficult, and best of all there are no fault codes or check engine lights.  Most importantly, the JB2 delivers a genuine and substantial seat-of-the-pants increase in power. Continue reading

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BMW M3 vs. The Indomitable Prius

Posted in bmw, cars, politics, Track Events with tags , , , , on August 12, 2008 by lee76

Hilarious!  The guys from BBC’s Top Gear pitted a Toyota Prius Hybrid against the BMW E90 M3 on a track, to determine which car gets the best mpg.  Try and guess who wins.  If you want to find out, click the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLgwiQwGRcU

BMW 335i Software Tuning

Posted in bmw, cars, Maintenance and Care, tunermobiles with tags , , on August 11, 2008 by lee76

Everybody knows the E90/91/92/93 335 with the N54 twin-turbo engine (now also the E60 535 and E82 135) is a tuner’s dream car.  It’s a simple formula:  if you have turbo(s), you can increase their boost output by changing the electronic codes that govern them.  This means you can achieve big power gains with only software modifications instead of altering the engine’s internal mechanical components.  And now that the engine has been in service for a good while, we’re seeing more and more software modifications on the market.  There are two basic types: downloads to the ECU, and “piggyback” systems.  Downloads actually modify the ECU software while the piggyback systems change the information going to the ECU, resulting in more boost, among other things. I’ll try to cover as many as I can, and bear in mind I don’t know nothin’ bout them newfangled computer thingys.  Continue reading

BMW M1 Concept Car

Posted in audi, bmw, cars, mercedes with tags , , , on April 30, 2008 by lee76

The M1 Hommage concept (left) with the original production M1 (middle) and the original M1 concept (right).After Mercedes produced its SLR McLaren and Audi its R8, one would expect BMW to join the supercar fray.  Hell, anything with Mercedes’ twin-turbo torque-monster V12 runs like a supercar.  Well, BMW is finally taking steps in the right direction: behold the M1 Hommage concept car.

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Great Track Cars

Posted in 'stang, acura, audi, bmw, camaro, cars, competition, ferrari, mitsubishi, porsche, Track Events with tags , , , , , on March 18, 2008 by lee76

I’ve always said, “Need to get out to the track,” or “Gotta go to one of those high performance driving schools the Club does.”  Yeah, yeah.  Well, I did it.  Now I’m addicted.  Here’s the problem, however.  I have a car that cost almost fifty grand, and it would be the only thing in my current sparse stable I could take out to the track that could “hang.” I really don’t want to replace the brakes, the brake fluid, the tires, possibly the rear floor (Mike?), my bank account, my ego, my engine (hey look, anyone is at risk of money-shifting).  So I’ve been looking for a track car.  Something that can be modified with a proper roll cage if I get that that far into it; something that I won’t care if I ding up.  My results are set forth below, and they are just off the top of my head.  Feel free to add more cars via “comments”: Continue reading

Used All Wheel Drive Rides

Posted in audi, bmw, cars, mercedes, mitsubishi, subaru with tags , , on March 4, 2008 by lee76

As promised, here is the review of some used all wheel drive cars.  Many of these can be had for fairly reasonable prices, some are still quite dear, and others, well let’s say you wouldn’t want your friends to catch you driving them, but they’re still loads of fun.  I didn’t include the obvious Subarus and Mitsus.  It is indeed possible that your experience is different, but I haven’t seen a used Subaru or Mitsu that wasn’t beat to hell.  I’m sticking to the Germans on this one, with one exception.

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Run-Flat Tires–and No Spare!

Posted in bmw, options with tags , , , on February 29, 2008 by lee76

My 335 came equipped with Bridgestone Potenza RE050A run-flats.  Apparently BMW thinks that if you have run-flats, you don’t need a spare. We’ll see why that’s a total myth in a second.   The ‘Stones had a lot of grip in the corners, but not much else.  They were heavy, expensive, and in my opinion detrimental to the car’s ride.  After 20,000 miles, the rear tires were worn out, and no, I didn’t do a lot of burnouts.  Not too many burnouts.  Just a nice, reasonable number of burnouts.  Anyway, I replaced the ‘Stones with a set of vastly superior Continental ContiSport Contact 3’s.  The ride improved, grip stayed the same, and road feel was actually better.  The Conti’s are cheaper and they last longer than the ‘Stones.  To top it off, I bought a Continental inflation/foam kit in case I got a flat.  Continue reading