By naterisch
04/09/2016
With my epic series on the most questionable wheel refinishing project in history mercifully concluded, I’m going to give you an easy one: a column about decrepitude and pain. You know, something light and chatty.
By naterisch
04/04/2016
One of the great thing about the car community is the variety and the variety of people you meet along the way. In mid-March I was able to attend the incredible—and, thankfully, incredibly close-by—car extravaganza known as the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. As one would expect, BMW turned out in force, as did the enthusiast contingent for Saturday’s cars-and-coffee get-together to kick off the weekend.
By naterisch
04/04/2016
Last week I wrote the ending of the E39 Style 42 wheel-refinishing story and solemnly intoned the lesson learned: Don’t buy an inexpensive set of corroded wheels and try to refinish them yourself. The time required to do even a passable job simply isn’t worth it. Even I would never do it again. Even I would pay someone else to do it, or buy a set in better condition. Be smart—don’t be a cheap idiot like me.
By naterisch
03/28/2016
This month marks my 40th anniversary as a BMW car-owner. For those 40 years, the BMWs that I have been fortunate enough to own have been excellent, and by excellent I mean fun and reliable—and excellent.
By naterisch
03/26/2016
The story thus far: I paid fifteen hundred bucks for a running 2003 530i stick with the sport package. Its main demerit was the absence of the original lovely Style 42 cross-spoke alloys. In their place was a truly objectionable set of corroded Beyerns, like four cruel changelings. I railed and raged at the obvious intervention of a callous, uncaring god in my otherwise perfect world.

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