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Old 2nd September 2022, 23:45   #196
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Blau Rakete went through its regular car wash. I try my best to wash it once every fortnight but, it does not really happen.

I take "zero" care of its paint protection but, even after 20-months it's shine after a nice car wash is a treat to the eyes.

I found this new car wash near home who did a better job than others I used in the past. For $15 bucks, they did a platinum wash which is pretty reasonable.

Here is a video of the car wash. Love the rainbow colors.



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Also, bought a lovely and useful device to inflate the tyre pressure of BMW as well as my new e-bicyle.

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Old 2nd October 2022, 08:22   #197
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It's been a month now since my last update.

Things with Blau Rakete is absolutely smooth and there are zero issues (touchwood). It works like how a German machine should work-smooth, effortless and without any issues.

I have completed 21,500 Miles (~ 35,000kms) in 20 months of ownership.

Despite working from home, I just don't know how I am clocking these miles.

We need a reason to go to Portland (0% sales tax state) which is 3 hours or 200 miles from home. And, in the past have done plenty of day trips and sometimes even to get groceries. LOL!

When this event came up, I could not resist and immediately booked it.

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I can't wait to lay my hands on the i4. Wish it was an i14 M50, things would have been a bit more lively.

One thing that I can never get enough is the stock exhaust of the B58. Every day is filled with it's aural pleasure and I cannot thank BMW enough for filling our lives with joy of this sound.

Here are a couple of latest videos of the stock B58- Goes without saying, please use a good pair of headphones to enjoy the exhaust sound.

When you unleash a beast from it's cage. Hey, I am referring to the car and not my wife....LOL!



A TBHPian friend and colleague was visiting Seattle from Detroit. We had a great time catching up over dinner. He shot this video when I dropped him back at night.


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Old 5th October 2022, 23:06   #198
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Wish you all a Happy Dussera 2022 from "Blau Rakete" & " White Lightening"

It's been a tradition in our family (like many families) to do "Vahan Pooja" each Dussera. Learnt it from my parents and I continue the tradition.

Back home in India, it used to be an elaborate affair. But, here in US, I like to keep it simple.

Drive the vehicles over lemon (to drive the evil eye away) and drive over them and not turn back but, do a small round and come back and park the vehicles.

I was hoping to do this year's pooja with "10 Wheels" but, unfortunately, I had to do only with " 6-Wheels"

Thanks to god, I was able to enjoy so many amazing cars and motorcycles over time and hope to enjoy many more in future.

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Old 7th October 2022, 00:53   #199
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Got a nice update to "MY BMW" app for my Apple Watch.

It's super convenience to quickly glance through the basic details of status of my car.

Not sure if same update is also made to BMW owners in India?

Details of the update

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Isn't it always a relief to know that "All is good" with your car?

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My Apple Watch also shows the gas and miles left status- Very helpful !!

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22,000 Miles/32,000kms completed in 21-months of Ownership

Touchwood !!!

Yes, I had to start this post with touchwood as Blau Rakete has been a dream to drive and apart from the crazy fun that I get every single time I am behind this beast, there is nothing adverse to report.

Let me cover some important areas that we normally experience as its normal to experience wear and tear for every product.

Rattles- None. The cabin is deathly silent and not a single rattle till date. Touchwood, again !!

Tires- Someone from the forum mentioned RFT's don't last more than 10-12k miles and here I am after 22,000 miles, I know I can squeeze more life out of them. And, all of this despite aggressive driving all the time.

Punctures- None. Touchwood, yet again.

I am waiting to change the tires to experience the car's original potential.

Gas Mileage- Fantastic is the word. At an average, I get about 22mpg but, what shocks me is the rising cost of gas prices again. Last tankful was a tearful $85 bucks.

Money Spent on maintenance from date it came home- A princely sum of $0.

My apologies for such a boring report but, that's what the reality is.

I'm enjoying the fall colors everywhere in our state and area outside home and neighboring communities is exploding with fall colors.

So I thought 22,000 miles deserves a small photoshoot.

22,000 mile click

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Our home community- Fall & Dusk make a deadly combo

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Outside community

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Pretty. eh?

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From last weekend when we picked Cabbage, Strawberries and Corn....Haha!

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Following pictures are outside home or neighboring communities.

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Guys,

Wish you all a happy Diwali 2022.

On this auspicious occasion Blau Rakete got a lil' sister.

We added a 2023 Tesla Model 3 Performance to our garage.

Details here : https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/elect...ml#post5426730 (Unique Tesla booking experience | EDIT: 2023 Tesla Model 3 Performance delivered)

A dream of owning the fastest (err..2nd Fastest as it's elder sibling is fastest) production electric car has finally come true.

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Couple of pictures of the beauty !!!

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Safely tucked into the garage.

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Last weekend, Team BHP Seattle folks enjoyed a beautiful drive of 250 miles to enjoy the fall colors.

A few pictures from that meet.

More Details : https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/team-...ml#post5429568 (Team-BHP Meets @ Seattle, Washington)

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Blau Rakete's lil sister (Rosso Diablo) ownership review is out.

She has mesmerized us as much as Blau Rakete.

Detailed Ownership Report here :

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/elect...ml#post5440379 (“Rosso Diablo”- 2023 Tesla Model 3 Performance (M3P) enters our life | Ownership Review)
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Ever since Tesla entered our home, Blau Rakete is getting treated like a "Step Child".

Proof- Just one-tankful in last 45 days.

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