I follow a BMW website that focuses on repair of BMWs.
So, a guy posts a detailed description of how to change
an alternator on a BMW X5 SUV. He says he didn't remove
the battery cable first, because it's in the back and
you have to remove the spare tire to get to it. So, he
disconnected the cable and just tied it off with some
string. It's still in the work area and he didn't even
bother to put some tape on the big exposed ring terminal
on the end. It's about half way down in the pics, after
#7 in this thread:
It would be bad enough if the alternator terminal was
easily accessible, etc. But this one you can't see well,
it's underneath, all kinds of stuff nearby.
And now I have two idiots claiming that I'm a troll for
pointing out that this is not only very bad practice,
but dangerous. IMO, that pic, that procedure belongs in
the book showing really, really, dumb things. But these
guys can't grasp the fact that you have a cable the size
of your finger running direct to the battery.
Most BMW drivers are quite a bit show off crowd.
I admired old Bimmers, not any more, they are all junk.
Look at their SMG tranny with known issues.
After 3 years they all start falling apart. You can find
lots of 3-5 year old Bimmers in the market at a fraction of
On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 4:06:58 PM UTC-4, Tony Hwang wrote:
There are a lot of BMW fanatics over there. When parts
fail on a BMW, like window regulators that almost never
fail on other cars, they just salute the BMW flag, make
silly excuses like "it's a performance car, what do you
expect..." And if you say that it's not what you'd expect
in a quality car, that Hondas costing less than half
don't have the problem, they tell you that you shouldn't
be a BMW owner. Great for BMW, keep shipping crap and
the dumb owners don't care. If instead they told BMW
that it was crap and they are pissed, maybe BMW would
Worst BMWs are the ones built in the 2000+ era with the
V8. Unbelievable. Valve seals go at under 100K miles.
I've seen many where they went at 75K. It's like a
$4K repair. They leak oil from every possible seal
and gasket. What makes no sense is that even lesser
cost manufacturers have known how to build V8s for
decades. And I don't see how oil seals equate to being
a performance issue. Given the high failure rate on
seals, CV boots, etc, it almost sounds like the vendor
for their those parts is the CEOs brother in law....
filtercosts almost 100.00. Are they gold plated or really something special?
My friends M5 is barely 3 years old with many bugging minor issues.
A bolt costs 80.00 at the dealer. The car is now worth less than half
the original price. His Volvo XC90 is same but with lesser degree.
My family's Acura, Subaru just chug along giving good dependable
service. Depreciate slower too.
In my experience people will spend $1000 to repair their BMW or Toyota
or other "quality car" and not blink an eye. But if their Chevy or
Ford needs a $250 repair they scream JUNK to everyone within earshot.
My favorite are the Apple iDiots that think nothing of tossing out
their $500 iToys every few years when the battery is shot but bitch
like school girls when their 15 year old refrigerator craps out.
I read that thread with interest, and you seemed to make the same
fundamental mistake that is often made here: you tried to get the guy (a
guy! with a BMW kind of guy to boot!) that he was wrong. Never going to
happen. You made your point in your first one or two posts, and those
readers with half an ounce of brains will read your posts and say to
themselves "yeah, duh. I would do it trader4's way . . .". Your job was
thus done at that point.
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