BTW, he definitely does not believe in BMW's lifetime fluids. He says the fluids are designed to last the lifetime of BMW's warranty and that's it.
That is so on point. BMW is not trying to appease anyone owning their cars post-lease, basically. Thus, whatever can be said to make the original buyer more satisfied about their purchase ("Look how little servicing this luxury car requires, honey!") is 'a job well done' in BMW's eyes.
MINI does the same thing. Oil changes only every 10K miles, and I think maaaaaaybe they had a similar 100K transmission fluid flush -- thus why I was questioned when I told them to do it well shy of that number. And wouldn't you know it, the 2nd gen MINIs may just have an oil-quality related issue or two, which may or may not be exacerbated by the long oil change intervals.
Then you get into the decision process for material choices for different components in the engine bay. And you wonder, "why is this breaking alrea--- ...oh, right, the car's got 100k miles on it, of course it's breaking now: it wasn't meant to last any longer."
Yeah they do German stuff too, have to make money! Oh there are some very rare cars in there at times. Not much goes outside, sometimes parked on either side of the entrance, they must have a safe place for other vehicles or they just don't accept more.
A friend of mine in high school had a Pinto. It was red with a chrome roof rack. They used vinyl paint to turn the original blue upholstery black. Nobody liked riding with him because there was always a risk of getting black paint flecks on your clothes. He kept a wire coat hangar wrapped around the roof rack because he was always locking his keys inside. He once tried to straddle a large dead dog which was in the middle of the road. We were on a two-lane rural highway with oncoming traffic, so there was no place to go but over. We felt the bloated body thumping underneath the floorpan and I looked back to see it doing barrel rolls down the road. At least it made it to the ditch.
@thejwt I mean, depends on what you plan to do with em I suppose? Rent yourself some studs for your ski week perhaps.
That was what came to mind for me: renting winter tires. I worry a bit about winter tires here because it’s relatively warm so much of the winter, so I wonder what their lifespan would be. If I rented, that’s not my problem.
@just-jeepin That's within driving distance of me and it's looking like all of my plans are getting canceled, so call that a maybe.
Were you simply planning on wandering around aimlessly? I tried to look for some places to drive on dirt in the area and found an off-road park that sounds like it gets very crowded. They do have a dirt drage strip though......
I also found gravelmap.com and they have a few short segments listed nearby.
Not entirely aimlessly; I have one area I’ve visited before and would like to canvas more extensively, and I received a recommendation for a scenic dead end road from a park ranger I met randomly in the area.
A little further from the park where I’m staying I know several water crossings and back roads worth visiting, and further south from there is Madison which has spectacular scenery (well, less spectacular now that the leaves are down and the world is turning brown) and one of the most challenging roads in Indiana (which sadly isn’t that challenging unless there’s snow).
Anyway, I’m pretty good at finding interesting roads, so whether we go somewhere I’m familiar with or not I’m confident the wandering will be pretty good, but there’s always a risk that what I enjoy won’t be worth the drive for you. I definitely wouldn’t drive several hours unless you really enjoyed my wandering posts on Kinja and are very bored, and even then it’s iffy.
@jawzx2 Apparently, they had ordered a replacement for the first cable that broke, but, the second one snapped before they could install it, and now the structure's too unstable to work on safely. Also, they now have to assume that all remaining cables are at risk of failure.
Sort of. Depends on how each user chooses to view the site. It seems that if you sort by "Newest to Oldest", any thread/topic with recent activity will be bumped to the top. Sorting by "Topics: Newest to Oldest", on the other hand, is more like Kinja's chronological order that allowed new posts to push older posts off of the front page ("front page" meaning the front page of Oppo).
@stef-schrader There is no such thing as an overstuffed omelet. I had a brisket omelet at the Bluebonnet Cafe in Burnet and it was more brisket than egg. Which is entirely okay. Nice job on the flip, BTW.
@bicyclebuck Ok awesome! That's encouraging. I know clutch derailleurs can be a bit more fussy re: tension, indexing points. And agreed on the brifters-as much as I like the "paddle shifter" style rapid gear changes I think it would probably be easier to shift with a lever offroad and I hardly need the speed shifting on road haha.