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Old 01-28-2014, 03:11 PM   #24781
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That's where you and I differ. I do some maintenance on a preventative basis, but other non-critical things I deal with as they come along. Doesn't mean that my car is neglected.
I am not saying your car is neglected. You had to drive to the hardware store vs. ordering a part online. Then you complained about having to go to the dealer, etc. to get a genuine part vs. a home depot part that costs twice as much. I am saying that complaint can be avoided by ordering such inexpensive things with other online orders assuming you shop online for some of your car parts. Also as you say, that o-ring is not critical. could you not have waited for your next online purchase to throw it in the cart? to avoid paying twice as much for the wrong part.
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Old 01-28-2014, 03:19 PM   #24782
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I am not saying your car is neglected. You had to drive to the hardware store vs. ordering a part online. Then you complained about having to go to the dealer, etc. to get a genuine part vs. a home depot part that costs twice as much. I am saying that complaint can be avoided by ordering such inexpensive things with other online orders assuming you shop online for some of your car parts. Also as you say, that o-ring is not critical. could you not have waited for your next online purchase to throw it in the cart? to avoid paying twice as much for the wrong part.
The part works fine. "Twice as much" certainly sounds dramatic, but we're talking 30 cents here. My solution was easy, effective and required no waiting. That the O-ring is not a BMW-annointed part? Puh-lease. Don't care, like honeybadger.

I didn't like the fact that the reservoir was weeping, and found a fast, common-sense fix at Ace. Done and done.
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Old 01-28-2014, 03:27 PM   #24783
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The part works fine. "Twice as much" certainly sounds dramatic, but we're talking 30 cents here. My solution was easy, effective and required no waiting. That the O-ring is not a BMW-annointed part? Puh-lease. Don't care, like honeybadger.

I didn't like the fact that the reservoir was weeping, and found a fast, common-sense fix at Ace. Done and done.
i think you mentioned the OD of the home depot part you bought was larger. this could mean it rips or tears as you twist the cap down. it may be fine for now but check your fluid levels a few time and you may tear it causing more headaches. For stuff like o-rings, i like to use something offered by BMW.

All that aside, you really should be replacing the reservoir because it contains a filter. Not servicing the filter is neglect in my book. To each his own
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Old 01-28-2014, 03:30 PM   #24784
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i think you mentioned the OD of the home depot part you bought was larger. this could mean it rips or tears as you twist the cap down. it may be fine for now but check your fluid levels a few time and you may tear it causing more headaches. For stuff like o-rings, i like to use something offered by BMW.

All that aside, you really should be replacing the reservoir because it contains a filter. Not servicing the filter is neglect in my book. To each his own
Thank you for your concern, but I'm borderline ecstatic with my Ace O-ring.
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:19 PM   #24786
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i think you mentioned the OD of the home depot part you bought was larger. this could mean it rips or tears as you twist the cap down. it may be fine for now but check your fluid levels a few time and you may tear it causing more headaches. For stuff like o-rings, i like to use something offered by BMW.

All that aside, you really should be replacing the reservoir because it contains a filter. Not servicing the filter is neglect in my book. To each his own
Someone reputable, I forget who, maybe they'll speak up, claimed they inspected their filter and it wasn't really dirty. They managed to clean it too. Honestly, if the PS system is in good repair, a little screen filter shouldn't be needed.
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:28 PM   #24787
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Had some trouble on icy slopes but managed to drive it home safely. There are no snow plows in this city.

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Old 01-28-2014, 08:50 PM   #24788
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Had some trouble on icy slopes but managed to drive it home safely. There are no snow ploughs in this city.
You guys call that snow? Ha! I drove to school through 8 inches of unplowed snow and have a video of a Blazer spinning out in front of me.
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8 inches is greater than the ground clearance of you car so I doubt it was that much.

Also this thing of northerners laughing at people in the south having hard time with a little snow pisses me off. Let's see how well a city in Canada does with just one inch of road accumulation when we take away all salt, grit, plows, snow tires, fewer 4wd cars, previous snow driving experience, and heavy winter clothing.

Next time any northerner says a word about heat gets me one upping their ass for the entire summer at every chance I get.


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8 inches is greater than the ground clearance of you car so I doubt it was that much.

Also this thing of northerners laughing at people in the south having hard time with a little snow pisses me off. Let's see how well a city in Canada does with just one inch of road accumulation when we take away all salt, grit, plows, snow tires, fewer 4wd cars, previous snow driving experience, and heavy winter clothing.

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Thank you for your concern, but I'm borderline ecstatic with my Ace O-ring.
My disa gasket was .35 cents from advanced auto parts


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That gasket is going to blow up your car unless you go buy it from the dealer along with the disa, cables, and all other rings in your car that dont need to be replaced!!! Hurry before its too late!

Sorry mango, beat you to it!
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There is no OEM Disa O-ring, so get whatever fixes the vacuum leak.
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:54 PM   #24794
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That gasket is going to blow up your car unless you go buy it from the dealer along with the disa, cables, and all other rings in your car that dont need to be replaced!!! Hurry before its too late!

Sorry mango, beat you to it!
Hahahahahha! Better black out my headlights and tails. Heck maybe my eyeballs.


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There is no OEM Disa O-ring, so get whatever fixes the vacuum leak.
I personally never had a leak but new it's an easy diy and felt good it was done.


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Old 01-29-2014, 12:08 PM   #24799
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Had some trouble on icy slopes but managed to drive it home safely. There are no snow plows in this city.
I think there is one, but he was pretty busy.
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8 inches is greater than the ground clearance of you car so I doubt it was that much.

Also this thing of northerners laughing at people in the south having hard time with a little snow pisses me off. Let's see how well a city in Canada does with just one inch of road accumulation when we take away all salt, grit, plows, snow tires, fewer 4wd cars, previous snow driving experience, and heavy winter clothing.

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I don't mind the heat. I HATE using the AC. Drove around with my sunroof open and windows down in the 100 degree weather last summer.

Also, that's not how snow works. As long as you can get ontop of the snow, you don't need 8" of ground clearance to drive through it. Snow does indeed get packed down. I also drive on all season tires, and I will say it again, streets were unplowed and unsalted.

I do agree that the driving experience is a big part, however.
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