By naterisch
02/01/2016
It is rare when one of my Facebook friends scoops me in looking for cars on Craigslist, as I am always looking for cars on Craigslist. But in mid-December, scoop me one of them did—and in my own back yard. I received a post from Patrick King with a link to a CL ad for a 2002tii in a town in suburban Boston only about ten miles from me. When I checked the ad, I saw that it had been up for less than 24 hours, so I forgave myself for whatever short lapse had occurred in my CL obsessive-compulsive routine. 
By naterisch
01/23/2016
A few short years ago, I found myself behind the wheel of the monstrous Competition Package-equipped M5. The über-sedan came with an impressive boost to 575 horsepower—the highest output of any production BMW—and that raw, angry power of the turbocharged V8 was only brought into check by the massive sixteen-inch ceramic brakes tucked just behind the Michelin-wrapped twenty-inch wheels. The Competition Package was the ultimate version of the Ultimate Driving Machine.
By naterisch
01/23/2016
Last week, I closed with the long-delayed E30 timing-belt replacement finally beginning in earnest. I decided to change the water pump at the same time, since the two repairs overlap substantially. I ordered a new Graf water pump, but when I took it out of its box and checked its bearing by grabbing the flange that the fan screws into and wiggling it, it had noticeable play—which was ironic, since the water pump I’d removed had none.
By naterisch
01/18/2016
BMW officially launched the new M2 coupe at the North American International Auto Show. It is everything I think a BMW M car should be—and that’s why I can’t test-drive it.
By naterisch
01/18/2016
With the Suburban now finally behind me (actually, it’s not behind me, it’s literally all around me; it’s got 5,500 pounds of steel, and four-wheel-drive, and decent heat, including heated seats—all the nice winter things my Z3 lacks), I can finally work on something else.

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