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Old March 31st, 2015, 09:57   #46
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Notwithstanding the 'formation' of the SSBMWO, I am continually grateful to Fred and the TCIClub for arguably leading the virtual (and thereafter real) community of diesel heads in North America. Great reference that still to this day proves its worth day in and day out.
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What DnA Diesel said.

After being a BMW owner and now a former TDI owner for a while, I think it has led some TDIclub forum members to wonder why I'm so active here yet don't own a TDI at all.

It is because TDIclub is where it all started for me, starting with my 02 Golf TDI in 2002. I log around 1k miles/week and prior to 2002 I was doing that in a Subaru WRX gasser. The WRX was a blast to drive but I was a loyal friend of OPEC with it. I have absolutely no regrets about "graduating" to diesel from gasoline and such that I won't own another gasser ever again if I can help it. No more gassers! ALL future vehicle purchases of mine shall be DIESEL vehicles. Since 2002 I've logged a combined total of more than 700k miles in my diesel vehicles. My first BMW purchase was the 535d in 2013. I still support the TDIclub vendors because they also sell what I need to maintain my BMWs.

I'm grateful for Fred and TDIclub for leading the virtual and thereafter real (and growing) community of diesel heads in North America.
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Old March 31st, 2015, 13:41   #47
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Agreed. This forum has more meat on the bones than most, by a long shot.

I'm over at Elioowners forum since I've lusted after this piece of vaporware longer than I can own up to, and the quality/knowledge base -to-strong opinion ratio is noobishly tickling. Their average age is surely over 55, but they argue like testosterone addled 15 year olds--usually sans fact but with one strong'ish' personal anecdote or occasionally two.

Oh, they can all out drive Mario Andretti in snow, and rebuild any engine in the dark, as long as it was made pre-1979.

Most here don't know how good we have it here.
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Old March 31st, 2015, 13:48   #48
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A 1999 e39 528 It (for those unfamiliar with BMW speak, Touring (aka wagon))
With a 5mt.
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Old April 1st, 2015, 18:54   #49
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Just got a 2012 X5 xdrive35d. The Best car I've owned thus far!


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Old April 3rd, 2015, 20:56   #50
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Some pics of the New 2012 X5 xdrive35d next to the old 2011 335d M-Sport.






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Old April 3rd, 2015, 21:35   #51
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I have owned several diesels, from 3 3/4 ton trucks, 1 Golf TDI, a 2011 BMW 335d, and now a 2015 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel. I have been hearing a lot about carbon buildup, which has led to major repairs, some as high as $16,000. Owners have reported the problem as early as 60,000 miles. Now I am worried about my Ecodiesel, in that it may experience the same problem, which is caused by the EGR systems on these new diesels...
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Old April 4th, 2015, 03:43   #52
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CBU happens on alot of different cars from the EGR system, Ive had to clean the intake manifold on my 2000 jetta tdi 2 times already. As for the BMW's they stepped up and cover them under warranty and CPO warranty. (both my bmw's have been CPO) BMW has also covered it out of warranty on a few cars ive seen on the bmw forums. If your not under warranty a few indy shops are doing the full cleanings for about $850, so alot less then $16,000....... The highest estimate ive seen from a bmw dealer was around $3,000.
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Old April 4th, 2015, 07:41   #53
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Look for indy shops to deal with CBU. A local guy I know does it for $500.
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Old April 4th, 2015, 08:50   #54
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I stopped commuting in Jul 2012, so my TDI was sold as my commute went from 140km one way to 6km one way.
I also had use of any car on the dealer lot, so didn't need a DD anymore.

Last fall, finally got a weekend car to put in the garage, 2002 BMW 330i with Sport Pkg, 5 spd manual. Love the car, my 7th BMW. Technically doesn't really belong here though, as it's not an oil burner.

I'll be back in a TDI the second I start commuting again though….if I ever commute a far distance again.

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Old April 5th, 2015, 20:15   #55
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CBU happens on alot of different cars from the EGR system, Ive had to clean the intake manifold on my 2000 jetta tdi 2 times already. As for the BMW's they stepped up and cover them under warranty and CPO warranty. (both my bmw's have been CPO) BMW has also covered it out of warranty on a few cars ive seen on the bmw forums. If your not under warranty a few indy shops are doing the full cleanings for about $850, so alot less then $16,000....... The highest estimate ive seen from a bmw dealer was around $3,000.
No CBU on my 12 X5 Xdrive35d (@ 86k miles)or 14 535d Xdrive (@44k miles). I haven't actually checked for CBU but power and MPGs are where they are supposed to be and are always driven like they were stolen and regularly see long runs on the highway.

Just like TDIs, BMW diesels and others need to be regularly driven hard and like they were stolen. They do not like to be babied for long periods or used exclusively for short trips. CBU problems are preventable!

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Old April 5th, 2015, 20:19   #56
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Some pics of the New 2012 X5 xdrive35d next to the old 2011 335d M-Sport.
temporaptor, nice pics of your new ride! :thumbup:
It is identical to my 2012 X5 35d and same color.
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Old June 17th, 2015, 14:12   #57
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BUMPing this thread to the top again....

My 535d was at my BMW dealer (Tulley BMW in Nashua NH) today to get the lens replaced on the FLIR night vision camera. It took a rock hit a while ago and cracked the lens and allowed water to get into the assembly. Image quality was poor and often nonexistent due to moisture fogging the system. The lens is replaceable however it is a $617 part and was not covered under warranty due to the rock damage. Fortunately the $2000 FLIR camera was not damaged.

I had a 2015 328d loaner car for the day so I finally got to test drive a 328d. The car drove nice and has plenty of torquey zip to it but my 535d can still leave it behind. I averaged 46 MPGs on my way to work this morning while haulin' ar$e on the highway. The car only had 600 miles on it. What I don't like about the car and why I won't own a 3-series is that I don't fit in it very well. The door pocket sticks out too far and digs into my left leg and my right leg is into the center console. The center console is a bit wide near the footwell area like in a JSW TDI. Even if I were as thin as a rail I would still have problems fitting into it.

Overall the 328d is a nice car and uses the right fuel but I'll never own a 3-series because I don't fit into them very well.
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......and to think I've been linking FLIR to law enforcement/helicopter use all these years....

and now BMW has it. Any others?


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Looks like I'm joining the SSBMWO club. Going to Charlotte NC to pick up an 09 335D with the sport package shortly. 94Kmi. All options except folding rear seats and Idrive (which I'm ecstatic about). I'll add the folding rear seats later, easy enough. Deal was too good to pass up. Deep metallic blue paint.

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Old June 17th, 2015, 21:04   #60
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......and to think I've been linking FLIR to law enforcement/helicopter use all these years....

and now BMW has it. Any others?


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BMW using FLIR: http://www.flir.com/uploadedFiles/CS...s/BMW_A_EN.pdf

I think MB has a pedestrian night vision detection system like BMW. IIRC GM may have had something as an option in a Cadillac I recall from years ago.

I use the feature all the time and love it. It is one of the coolest features of the whole car. It has saved my ar$e a few times at night from deer on the highway and cops hiding in the median with all lights off. I'm aware of what's there before my headlights light 'em up. A cop can hide under the cover of darkness but can't hide the heat signature from his vehicle! In my neighborhood I can see utility pole transformers glowing because they are warm. The front of recently parked vehicles glow brightly from the underhood temps. Vehicles parked long enough to be totally cold don't glow at all. When parked at a convenience store I held my hand on a store window for about a minute and then looked at it with the FLIR camera and could see a thermal handprint that I left behind.

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The yellow highlight color appears when the system detects a pedestrian. Animals such as deer are highlighted in orange when detected by the system. It may not detect a human pedestrian if the person is not standing up or is facing sideways toward the camera. The system software looks for the shape of a standing human pedestrian. The highlight color simply doesn't appear when not detected but at least I still get to see the thermal image.

More fun with FLIR:


This was at a truck stop in Lebanon NH shortly before TDIfest2013. The truck in the pic arrived before I did and was still warm. Anything that's warmer than ambient temp glows in the pic. Also notice that cloud cover in the sky is visible in the pic but was not visible to naked eye at night.
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