By naterisch
05/01/2016
This is a tale of loss and redemption, of bidding farewell to an old friend, and of new beginnings. When last we spoke, I was dealing with a broken turbo on our 2011 X5 diesel. As I weighed the pros and cons of repairing the beast, Betty arrived at a simpler solution: “Replace it,” she said.
By naterisch
05/01/2016
We interrupt this series on the Decapitation of Otto to bring you something less greasy and possibly more useful. Last week I was preparing to attend the Nor’East 02ers’ Spring Drive. I was going to take Otto, but he was, well, you know, decapitated. So I prepared to take Kugel, my ’72 2002tii, out of storage.
By naterisch
04/25/2016
Most West Coast track rats and probably more than a few East Coasters know of David Moody, his Cool Carbon brake pads, and his support of the BMW CCA. I know that many Golden Gate Chapter events have handed out Cool Carbon pads as door prizes, and Roundel has carried ads for these stoppers as well.
By naterisch
04/23/2016
Last week I explained that during a routine compression test prior to putting Otto (my ’74 2002tii) up for sale, the #3 cylinder measured only 50 psi. I described doing a leak-down test and finding that pumping compressed air into #3 pushed so much air into the radiator that the cooling system literally gurgled like a fish tank.
By naterisch
04/18/2016
I’m used to erratic weather. I have lived in Ohio since I can remember, starting out in Cincinnati, working my way to Columbus, and eventually winding up in Cleveland. I do not foresee a move to Toronto, but given my northwest progression, I’m not ruling it out. However, my heart is still anchored in Los Angeles, where I was born; I have fond memories of sunshine, so I suspect that I have already stretched the geographic limits of the homestead.

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