By naterisch
10/16/2016
I received a bunch of e-mail about last week’s E39 battery story. Several people said that, with their club discount, they got a genuine BMW battery from their dealer for their E39 for about $200. Considering that Autozone’s price is $143 for their basic battery, and $207 for the “platinum,” that’s not bad.
By naterisch
10/09/2016
In auto racing, so much goes on behind the scenes that doesn’t get shown to the fans by the media. Most of what the fans see are the drivers looking like “heroes” and the really cool race cars, but in reality, there are many people behind all of the action on TV doing a lot of work to make the cars go around the track. This is a team sport!
By naterisch
10/09/2016
When I bought the 2003 E39 530i Sport in the dead of last winter, dead was the operative word; the car was advertised as dead—perhaps not dead parrot dead, but more than just a dead-battery dead.
By naterisch
10/04/2016
I have a confession to make: Although I have spent decades cultivating my image as a rootin’ tootin’ rally driver, a man who scoffs at the wussy-boy clean-car crowd who collapse in shivering collywobbles at the sight of a dirt road, who counts every rock chip as a badge of honor, the truth is that too many years spent wandering around the Oktoberfest concours and Legends Of The Autobahn have corrupted my aesthetic senses. But that was before Nick Griot and his crew ruined me.
By naterisch
10/03/2016
There is an open secret about the Hack Mechanic: He’s cheap. Actually, that’s not true; like any gearhead, I’ll spend money like water on certain things when there is no way to get out of cheaply (hello, Kugelfischer injection-pump rebuild). But you can’t own twelve cars and keep the bank balance in the black without being ruthlessly thrifty. And so I am.

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