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Old 09-07-2012, 05:24 PM   #11941
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There is this finance concept I always butcher but its basically the time value of money, or something like, a dollar is worth more in my pocket than yours. I imagine your interest rate is pretty low, so in a sense you are borrowing the banks money for pretty cheap. you could pay it off, but why? Conversely, if you could take that money and invest it could you make more?

however, there are these amortization and payoff tables you can find online that tell you when it makes more sense to pay something off than to keep making payments. You would be surprised.
This is very true.. I won't save any money by paying it off early, as the interest is already set.

It would just depend on whether I can profit $140 a month on an investment until the loan is finished.
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:45 PM   #11942
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Doing an oil change on the M3, first time. Went to local bmw dealer and got the castrol tws motorsport oil 10w-60. $15/bottle aint bad at all, total 110 with taxes. Asked for oil filter 30 somethng dollars. Got one from pelican parts was just curious. Saw some badas s bimmers.

The girl at the counter some cougar, said that it needs 6.5l and sold me on 7 bottles. I remember reading that it needs 5.5l but just paid for it. I was like i can go check the manual.
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:00 PM   #11943
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Doing an oil change on the M3, first time. Went to local bmw dealer and got the castrol tws motorsport oil 10w-60. $15/bottle aint bad at all, total 110 with taxes. Asked for oil filter 30 somethng dollars. Got one from pelican parts was just curious. Saw some badas s bimmers.

The girl at the counter some cougar, said that it needs 6.5l and sold me on 7 bottles. I remember reading that it needs 5.5l but just paid for it. I was like i can go check the manual.
It's 6 qts or around 5.5 litres for the M3, but it doesn't hurt to have an extra bottle in the trunk.
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:41 PM   #11944
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Battery light started flashing on me on the way to the store. Would go away if went over 3500rpm. Made it to Advance Auto which confirmed my suspicion. Alternator took a dump. Think it was the original (168k miles). Changed it there with their highly disorganized tools. 75 minute job including fighting the bottom bolt.
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:47 PM   #11945
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Doing an oil change on the M3, first time. Went to local bmw dealer and got the castrol tws motorsport oil 10w-60. $15/bottle aint bad at all, total 110 with taxes. Asked for oil filter 30 somethng dollars. Got one from pelican parts was just curious. Saw some badas s bimmers.

The girl at the counter some cougar, said that it needs 6.5l and sold me on 7 bottles. I remember reading that it needs 5.5l but just paid for it. I was like i can go check the manual.
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:12 PM   #11946
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:24 PM   #11947
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:56 PM   #11948
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Oil change went well, 5.5l maybe 5.6 filled her right up. The mahle filter looked much fancier than my mann filter that I put in. Mahle made in austria, mann made in germany! I took the plastic cover underneath even tho you dont need to when u change the oil and discovered some sweaty lines! How bad are these lines? I believe when i did my ppi it showed that the 'vanos line' slightly sweating. pic
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:04 PM   #11949
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I bought and received more than $600 in parts today. Turner subframe kit, new shocks, RTABs, and full set of AKG black subframe and diff bushings. The car goes off to my mechanic tomorrow to get them installed

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Old 09-07-2012, 10:41 PM   #11950
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:53 PM   #11951
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:22 AM   #11952
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About to redo my vcg with an OE gasket this time...last one leaking from rt. rear corner as so many do. Hopefully it's only a gasket issue--read the Reinz seems to have had issues in days past...probably in the days when I got mine from it!
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:42 AM   #11953
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This is very true.. I won't save any money by paying it off early, as the interest is already set.

It would just depend on whether I can profit $140 a month on an investment until the loan is finished.
If you need more cashflow, then you should eliminate any debt possible. An extra $140/mo will be nice, but if you put that money into something else and don't pay anything off completely, then you still have the same cashflow as before. I realize that if you just kept the 2300 you can afford to pay $140 for 16 more months assuming you dont use it on anything else. You have a lot of options haha.

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Old 09-08-2012, 10:01 AM   #11954
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Finally started my two-tone & CF wrapped trim project. Just have to stretch it out because I don't have much time. Teaser!
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:06 AM   #11955
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brought some angel eyes for it
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:15 AM   #11956
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Finally started my two-tone & CF wrapped trim project. Just have to stretch it out because I don't have much time. Teaser!
Nice, i want to do this so bad. What type of cf did u use the fabrick or the tape type idk. How do u get it smooth around the bends?





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Me too, since i bought new headlight cover lenses i thought why not do 2 things at once. I got the cheap leds from ddm! Had them on my 330 before they'r bright as hell.

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Old 09-08-2012, 11:18 AM   #11957
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I only brought a hong kong set but its a start i guess. Wanted to get red ones so they match thw colour of the car but that would lead to defects oh well itll still make it look awesome
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:45 AM   #11958
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:56 AM   #11959
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Nice, i want to do this so bad. What type of cf did u use the fabrick or the tape type idk. How do u get it smooth around the bends?
3M Dinoc CF vinyl wrap. You can get it pretty much anywhere (car related, even eBay). I went through ECS because those guys are frackin' awesome. Other than that, patience, my girlfriend's hair dryer and a lot of precision cutting to get it to lay smooth. DEFINTELY start with the small pieces so you can work up some confidence before you wrap the shift trim and armrests. Overall, it's simple. Hardest part is getting the armrest trim off, but once you get a grasp on that, it isn't even that hard.
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:32 PM   #11960
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After re- doing VCG 3 times last week, I ordered a new one yesterday. It was victor reinz that i replaced around 5 months ago. It suddenly developed a leak at the front, after removing and installing 3 tomes last week, i was able to stop the leak for a week. Now its leaking again in the back side.
I ordered elinger this time. If this leaks as well then I will just get a new VC.
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