The powers that be here at BimmerLife decided that you need to be exposed to even more of my nonsensical ramblings, so I’m starting a new weekly column. In addition to my usual long-form monthly articles, each week you’ll be treated to a smattering of boring facts, cool finds, errant thoughts, and bad ideas. Here are some examples of the types of topics you can expect from me over the next few weeks.
- E12 and E28 5 Series BMWs used the exact same windshield and rear-window molding over the entire production run of both chassis. That’s better longevity than most BMW cooling systems.
- One of the reasons I prefer N52 E90s to N54 E90s is the oil-filter-housing gasket—a common failure point. On the normally aspirated car, it’s a pretty simple fix that shouldn’t take more than a half hour or so if you’re changing the oil. On the twin-turbo car? It’s a weekend-long affair if you haven’t done it before, necessitating not only an oil change but a cooling-system flush-fill-bleed procedure.
- Similarly, the E34 has a propensity for blower-motor failure, which commonly causes dashboard fires. Simply put, it’s not something that can be ignored. It’s a pretty easy procedure on six-cylinder cars, but eight-cylinder cars have a lot less room to work with, and it takes a whole lot longer. I’ve been putting it off since I parked mine last year for this very reason.
- Speaking of projects, for the past two years I’ve had my eye on an E21 that’s been sitting in front of a nearby shop with long-expired temporary tags. Moving a mile up the street didn’t exactly help matters, and about once a week I’d drive by the shop and see if they were open. One day last week they finally were, and I left my phone number. I currently own six cars, only three of which run, and only two of which are registered. Why am I like this?
So there you have it; you can expect the above, but what else would you like to hear about? Project-car nightmare stories? Used-BMW buying advice? Dangerous Craigslist finds? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do.—Cam VanDerHorst