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Old 12-07-2012, 04:59 AM   #21
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Do: drive in the right lane unless passing

Don't: use an oil saturated air filter. this can cause the oil from the filter to contaminate the MAF which in my case sent a false signal to the computer causing the trans to run too high of pressure all the time and shift funny.

Do: remember it is your car, time, and money, so do what YOU want to it

Don't: let haters opinions make your choices for you.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:13 AM   #22
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Do know you drive a BMW, therefore rightfully own the road

Do not have mercy on other drivers of lesser brands

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Old 12-07-2012, 06:33 AM   #23
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Do know you drive a BMW, therefore rightfully own the road

Do not have mercy on other drivers of lesser brands
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:56 AM   #24
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Do: Get some road head in it
Don't: Tailgate - good way to replace a lot of front end parts
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:13 AM   #25
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Do: drive lots of twisty, scenic empty roads
Don't: make your E46 a grocery hauler


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Old 12-07-2012, 07:29 AM   #26
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Do: drive lots of twisty, scenic empty roads
Don't: make your E46 a grocery hauler


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Our E46 is an excellent grocery-getter.

Do: enjoy having a car
Don't: forget that it's only a three series, two generations old at that.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:52 AM   #27
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DO: Enjoy it while it's running great / learn all you can from those with bad experiences / become proactive rather than reactive in terms of maintenance.

DONT: Assume any brand of car is without flaws / cry about the cost of repair if you can't manage the repair yourself / expect anyone to show you respect if you've got facial piercings and a neck tattoo / wear your hat backwards or to the side if your over 16 years old
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:36 AM   #28
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Do: buy a truck
Don't: use bmw as a truck
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:40 AM   #29
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Or maybe I should have said don't buy a land rover as your hauler because it will fail you when you need it. It's the last vehicle in the world I would take on a expedition.
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:14 AM   #30
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Do: Stuff
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:54 AM   #31
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do take care of it.


dont neglect it.
Do: Take care of it as a car. Do what is needed; Keep it clean, reliable and well maintained.
Dont: Spend all your money and time on it, doing unnecessary stuff. There are better things to do than devote everything to the car.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:20 PM   #32
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What do you do when you close the gap between you and someone who is going 10mph slower than you and obviously has no intention of moving to a farther right lane? In America flashing the brights is looked at as some sort of emergency thing and people FREAK OUT... and then slow down.
If people won't get out of the passing lane, then obviously you should pass them on the right. But I always at least attempt to get them to move over, flash my brights a few times, wave with my hand, they still don't get it then I blow past them and resume the speed I intended to go. But seriously around here I get passed probably 70% on the right, it boggles my mind... I will have no traffic on either side of me going 70mph in a 65mph zone and still get passed on the right by people who came up from behind me... wtf?

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Do: Take care of it as a car. Do what is needed; Keep it clean, reliable and well maintained.
Dont: Spend all your money and time on it, doing unnecessary stuff. There are better things to do than devote everything to the car.
Again

Do pack it with groceries.
Don't forget about said groceries.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:44 PM   #33
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Do: drive in the right lane unless passing

Don't: use an oil saturated air filter. this can cause the oil from the filter to contaminate the MAF which in my case sent a false signal to the computer causing the trans to run too high of pressure all the time and shift funny.

Do: remember it is your car, time, and money, so do what YOU want to it

Don't: let haters opinions make your choices for you.
Definitely a plus right here
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:44 PM   #34
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Do know you drive a BMW, therefore rightfully own the road

Do not have mercy on other drivers of lesser brands
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:22 PM   #35
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Do: Save money for maint. Repairs.

Dont: Spend money on dumb mods you see on this forum. Your car already looks good...
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:37 PM   #36
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Do: drive it like its stolen.
Do not: stop for cops if it actually is stolen
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:21 PM   #37
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Do: Appreciate it for what it is, the last of the BMW DIY-friendly breed.
Don't: Expect it to last forever.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:28 PM   #38
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Do: Enjoy driving it, it really is an ultimate driving machine
Don't: Act like a cock driving it...
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:42 PM   #39
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Do: Realize the stock intake was designed by people who make your yearly salary in a month.
Don't: Make an intake from the home depot plumbing aisle thinking you can outsmart them.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:02 PM   #40
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do: Realize the stock intake was designed by people who make your yearly salary in a month.
Don't: Make an intake from the home depot plumbing aisle thinking you can outsmart them.

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