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Old 09-06-2012, 07:59 PM   #261
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and if u all heard that Johnny Carson gas switcheroo joke before did u hear this one...just stumbled upon this today on facebook and I am still laughin...

A 'heads up' for those men who may be regular Lowe's, Home Depot, Costco, or even Wal-Mart customers. This one caught me totally by surprise. Over the last month I became a victim of a clever scam while
out shopping. Simply going out to get supplies has turned out to be quite traumatic. Don't be naive enough to think it couldn't happen to you or your friends.

Two seriously good-looking, college-aged girls will come over to your car or truck as you are packing your shopping into your vehicle. They both start wiping your windshield with a rag and Windex, with their breasts almost falling out of their skimpy T-shirts. (It's impossible not to look). When you thank them and offer them a tip, they say 'No' but instead ask for a ride to McDonald's.

You agree and they climb into the vehicle. On the way, they start undressing. Then one of them starts crawling all over you, while the other one steals your wallet.

I had my wallet stolen Sep. 4th, 9th, 10th, twice on the 15th, 17th, 20th, 24th, & 29th. Also Oct. 1st & 4th, twice on the 8th, 16th, 23rd, 26th & 28th, three times last Monday and very likely again this upcoming weekend.

So tell your friends to be careful. What a horrible way to take advantage of us older men. Warn your friends to be vigilant.

Wal-Mart has wallets on sale for $2.99 each. I found even cheaper ones for $.99 at the dollar store and bought them out in three of their stores. Also, you never will get to eat at McDonald's.

I've already lost 11 pounds just running back and forth from Lowe's, to Home Depot, to Costco, Etc.

So please, send this on to all the older men that you know and warn them to be on the lookout for this scam. (The best times are just before lunch and around 4:30 in the afternoon.)
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:25 PM   #262
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All the teasing here by me means little.
I love the South and Southerners. And the food!
Could see living there.

And think I don't get enough NY jokes?

Hmmmm..... whose the weasel that told you about the wife beating??


Good riff tho on your part!


EDIT: and if I neglected to throw in an apology if I misjudged the impact of what I said, I apologize.
Want to continue to go back and forth with you on the tech side.

Thanks for taking this well.
I did not have the energy for a pissing contest!
Your wife beating secret is safe with me, as long as you keep my secret about working for Bank of America.... :O
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:40 PM   #263
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and if u all heard that Johnny Carson gas switcheroo joke before did u hear this one...just stumbled upon this today on facebook and I am still laughin...

A 'heads up' for those men who may be regular Lowe's, Home Depot, Costco, or even Wal-Mart customers. This one caught me totally by surprise. Over the last month I became a victim of a clever scam while
out shopping. Simply going out to get supplies has turned out to be quite traumatic. Don't be naive enough to think it couldn't happen to you or your friends.

Two seriously good-looking, college-aged girls will come over to your car or truck as you are packing your shopping into your vehicle. They both start wiping your windshield with a rag and Windex, with their breasts almost falling out of their skimpy T-shirts. (It's impossible not to look). When you thank them and offer them a tip, they say 'No' but instead ask for a ride to McDonald's.

You agree and they climb into the vehicle. On the way, they start undressing. Then one of them starts crawling all over you, while the other one steals your wallet.

I had my wallet stolen Sep. 4th, 9th, 10th, twice on the 15th, 17th, 20th, 24th, & 29th. Also Oct. 1st & 4th, twice on the 8th, 16th, 23rd, 26th & 28th, three times last Monday and very likely again this upcoming weekend.

So tell your friends to be careful. What a horrible way to take advantage of us older men. Warn your friends to be vigilant.

Wal-Mart has wallets on sale for $2.99 each. I found even cheaper ones for $.99 at the dollar store and bought them out in three of their stores. Also, you never will get to eat at McDonald's.

I've already lost 11 pounds just running back and forth from Lowe's, to Home Depot, to Costco, Etc.

So please, send this on to all the older men that you know and warn them to be on the lookout for this scam. (The best times are just before lunch and around 4:30 in the afternoon.)
Thank you from all of us older men who shop in these places. This is clearly a public safety issue, and I thank you for your sense of civic duty by passing on this info. It was very brave of you to publicly admit to being the victim of such a horrible crime. You are a courageous man.

BTW - just a random question, you don't list a city in your info. Where exactly in the USA are you? A street address, linked to a Google map, listing nearby home improvement stores (just so we have some landmarks to navigate by)would be very helpful.
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:30 PM   #264
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Thanks for taking this well.
I did not have the energy for a pissing contest!
Your wife beating secret is safe with me, as long as you keep my secret about working for Bank of America.... :O
Not the problem!
First we become friends, then we tease.
I like reading your contributions, so carry on!
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Old 09-10-2012, 04:31 PM   #265
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My thoughts would be that your figures are coming from the gauge on the dash, which is nothing more than a vacuum operated (IIRC) guesstimate.
You need to do a real measurement by filling up, resetting your trip odo to zero miles, and driving. Then, top up your tank again, and divide the exact number of gallons you put in by the number of miles traveled.
Anything else, including the gauge or the instrument cluster computer, is just a guess, and not accurate.
There was a guy a few months ago making similar claims about milage, and it turned out he was just going by the gauge, and not really calculating the real number. He had several people freaking out, and a lot of others scratching their heads until I finally asked exactly how he was getting his numbers.
If you are correctly calculating your numbers, then they are extremely good, if not too good to be true.
If you are going by that silly gauge, then I can do one better. I hav seen more than 50mpg on my car for seconds at a time.
Yes, the numbers are coming from the car's computer, but still... they have never stayed that high in five years of owning it. This has been happening on a 25 mile stretch of I5 between Woodburn and Portland in both directions, four times now. I have driven this route hundreds of times and the mpgs have never stayed above 33 max. I guess none of you have any real answers for me.

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I can get mine to say 99mph.
I can't remember if it displays triple digits, but I have done it.

And it will for those moments, be accurate.
No, it doesn't go into triple digits. Stops at 99.9. Easy to do, just reset while engine braking.
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i heard that this cars go like 300k miles
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:01 PM   #266
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A friend's e46 just crapped its fuel pump at 171k. Just a to tell people it's more common than they think.
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:18 PM   #267
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jneumann,

Thanks for the update.

What year was the car?
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:41 AM   #268
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Hey jfoj, looks like I'm forced to replace my fuel pump AND the fuel level sensor when I get back from vacation in two week. Turned on my car yesterday and it showed about 174 miles and the needle under half, then after driving went to 190 and it was OVER the half mark. I'll try to get it done on the 25th.
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:58 PM   #269
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Jake & Neumann it appears the regulars are starting to have issues here??

Maybe I should purchase a pump and have it on hand as my wife drives the E46, not me, so you know the drill!
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:01 AM   #270
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Which item do I need to buy exactly?

#1 which is the Delivery unit, right for $330.93? Part # is 16146766942

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Old 09-12-2012, 12:07 AM   #271
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Would it help us if we knew what your problem is?

Or how about replacing the part that's broken?

You probably are asking about the fuel pump which is the whole unit on the left?
Always buy a new gasket with that.

If you pay that price, you'll be paying double what you could get.

Look on www.furiousmethod.com for price comparisons.

Or go to www.bmaparts.com for a great price.

Just for instance: http://www.rmeuropean.com/search.asp...rd=16146766942

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Old 09-12-2012, 12:23 AM   #272
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Mine failed @ 120K so I replaced it needed AAA tow to house lucky I was only 5 miles away. took me 2-3 months to get to it though
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:36 AM   #273
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Old 09-12-2012, 04:45 PM   #274
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subscribing to read later...but the gist of it seems like the no reverse issue we automatic owners have.
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Old 09-12-2012, 04:55 PM   #275
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Jake & Neumann it appears the regulars are starting to have issues here??

Maybe I should purchase a pump and have it on hand as my wife drives the E46, not me, so you know the drill!
#2 on post 270

My car died on me once with 63 miles left on the OBC. Bottle of chevron every oil changed fixed it but I think it is finally going down.
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:17 PM   #276
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jneumann,

Thanks for the update.

What year was the car?
2000 323i if I remember correctly.

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Jake & Neumann it appears the regulars are starting to have issues here??

Maybe I should purchase a pump and have it on hand as my wife drives the E46, not me, so you know the drill!
Already happened to me 70k miles ago at ~150k on my 323i. Thankfully it died in my driveway. Unfortunately it happened with a full tank of fuel and on a cold, windy day in the middle of January in Wisconsin. Not exactly what I'd call a pleasant DIY experience. I've got a writeup on it somewhere.

Honestly, the fuel pump is one of the few items on these cars that can leave you stranded somewhere. I actually met a fellow E46 owner on the side of the road once when their fuel pump died mid road trip. Well worth the $150 and 45 minutes it takes to swap it out.
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:29 PM   #277
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Much better when you choose the time and day and place rather than the pump choosing for you when you least want to do this.
And will cost you if out on the road and need one faster than online discount price.

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Old 09-15-2012, 08:34 PM   #278
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The simple answer for not doing it is money.

If I replaced every single failure prone part on this car, I'd be broke. I have more important things to spend my money on, and more important parts to replace at 100k.

I'll consider it after 175k, when I will have money and a job.

And probably an F3X 2-door well before then.

So no, I'm not doing it unless it dies while I own it.
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:45 PM   #279
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Can't make you wrong.
New one could fail out on the road too.
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Old 09-16-2012, 06:27 AM   #280
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BMW fuel pumps are like death & taxes!! We will all succumb to them at some point!
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