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Old 14th April 2021, 22:56   #61
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My headlights have a blue segment running across the light and it is indeed the laser package, which has all the adaptive LED features (cornering, auto dim on approaching vehicle etc) plus the 600 m throw of laser.

Have seen the lasers in action and it is quite the night and days difference in illumination when compared to the lights on my E70 X5. In India, the auto dim feature is impractical at high speeds and i prefer to switch to manual mode. When in manual, am not able to figure out if the lasers are activated or not.--the local dealership is not very clear on this either.
Yes, I know Laser lights are the latest technology and are much improved over the LED lights. Lucky that you have them, I could only wish it was available on my model. But, no regrets as Adaptive LED's are brilliant as well

As Turbanator mentioned, it is recently allowed on BMW cars and I think the BMW X7 and a few other models have these here in the US

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+100 to others who have pointed this out. Please remove this contraption. Yes. It looks very good. But totally not worth the risk!
Well, Well. Being fellow BMW owners, You decide to visit my thread only when you see an issue with what you see here but, never made an attempt to congratulate me on my new acquisition

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Best will be to take off, at least from social media
I agree with your point. I need to be careful what i post on the forum. Will make a note of it. Thank you Turbanator
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Old 14th April 2021, 23:00   #62
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Well, Well. Being fellow BMW owners, You decide to visit my thread only when you see an issue with what you see here but, never made an attempt to congratulate me on my new acquisition
Ah. That is my bad! Please accept my apologies

Congratulations on the beast. Wishing you tens of thousands of miles and smiles
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Ah. That is my bad! Please accept my apologies

Congratulations on the beast. Wishing you tens of thousands of miles and smiles
No need for apologies. And, thank you for your good wishes

In other news, I was looking for some M design grille badges. There are multiple options here right from painting it to cheap plastics to some really good quality stuff that are expensive

After scouting for a while, decided to go with an expensive material with colors that look like true M colors as some options are not true M colors as shades don't really match real M colors

These came in over the weekend and were simple to fix. Just press them to the grille and it locks with a nice "click"

Seller is guaranteeing no color fade under bad weather conditions (harsh sunlight, snow or rains) and also comforted me saying that washing the car won't fade the colors.

Let's see how long it lasts. For now, All I can say is- "I'm Lovin' it"

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Last weekend was a truly petrol head weekend as it was spent purely discussing cars and enjoying some quality time with our respective families. Nikhil drove down from Pittsburg for the drag event in Detroit and stayed over at my place on Saturday.

This gave us a great opportunity to know each other well and also spend sometime hanging out in some nice places in Detroit and not to mention I enjoyed driving the sedan version of B58 (M40i) and he took the wheels of the X3M 40i. Entire weekend we drove each other's cars and this gave me a good perspective of how the BMW M40i behaves compared to my car.

Sunday was the drag event and after meeting at a designated place, I decided to take over the wheel of the mighty Dodge Challenger Scatpack (a 485hp beast with stick shift) that I drove until the drag strip which was around 55 miles away.

It was wonderful to drive a manual car after more than 3.5 years and it took me quite a while to get adjusted to a manual as I would keep forgetting to press the clutch whenever I had to halt at a stoplight and a totally funny incident happened while driving to the event.

Challenger has it's parking brake under the instrument cluster on left and when I was trying to release that to drive, I accidentally opened the hood and continued driving. In a few minutes, I get a call from Scatpack mentioning that the hood is open. We were on a freeway and it was terribly risky to stop on the shoulder as they were that broad so had to drive carefully for about 5-6 miles and pull over on a broad shoulder to pop the hood back in its place.

Enough of talk, here are some pictures of the meet and more pictures of the drag event can be found on the “Detroit Meet Thread”.

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/team-...ml#post5048502 (Team BHP USA meets in Detroit)

P.S : Due to MB restrictions, most of the pictures are in reduced size format so the quality might not be the best. And, all taken from my iPhone !!!

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mobike008, wonderful pictures there. It was a wonderful experience driving your X3 that day, I love the SPORT mode!!
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Nikhil drove down from Pittsburg for the drag event in Detroit and stayed over at my place on Saturday.

This gave us a great opportunity to know each other well and also spend sometime hanging out in some nice places in Detroit and not to mention I enjoyed driving the sedan version of B58 (M40i) and he took the wheels of the X3M 40i. Entire weekend we drove each other's cars and this gave me a good perspective of how the BMW M40i behaves compared to my car.
True. Had a fun weekend. Made my first long drive on the M340i. Got a chance to drive Avi's X3 M40i, like any petro-head, we had to exchange notes.

Other than the usual stuff about an SUV vs a Sedan, considering its the same engine, I was pleasantly surprised to note that the X3 M40i has a louder and more pronounced exhaust note ( grumble, gurgle and the pop ) as compared to my M340i which is fairly subdued.

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mobike008, wonderful pictures there. It was a wonderful experience driving your X3 that day, I love the SPORT mode!!
Hi Abhijit aka Scatpack392,

That Sport and Sport + Mode transforms the car into a Beast. Given its power to weight ratio, she just lurches and flies. I wish we had more time at hand, I was so tempted to drive your Scatpack. Maybe next time.

Been a while since I have driven a MT vehicle as well.
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mobike008, wonderful pictures there. It was a wonderful experience driving your X3 that day, I love the SPORT mode!!
Thanks Abhijit. Glad that you enjoyed driving my car !!

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I was pleasantly surprised to note that the X3 M40i has a louder and more pronounced exhaust note ( grumble, gurgle and the pop ) as compared to my M340i which is fairly subdued.
Nice to know you noted this difference. Yes, the X3 exhaust note is much louder than the M340i and crackle and pop drama is very prominent in the sports mode especially when you deaccelarate or brake

Now we both have an experience of how our respective cars drive


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Been a while since I have driven a MT vehicle as well.
Trust me, it will take getting used to as we forgot how to drive a manual.

I struggled for at least 10+ miles as I kept forgetting to use my left leg and almost stalled the car at one traffic signal

But, once you get used to it. It is a pleasure to use the stick shift and go through the gears as that's what our brain was tuned to all our car owning history
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Hi Abhijit aka Scatpack392,

That Sport and Sport + Mode transforms the car into a Beast. Given its power to weight ratio, she just lurches and flies. I wish we had more time at hand, I was so tempted to drive your Scatpack. Maybe next time.

Been a while since I have driven a MT vehicle as well.
Sure Nikhil, in our next meet, please take her for a drive
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It’s been 3.5 months since Blau Rakete came home and it completed just 2500 miles.

I noticed I have crazy relationship with tires for almost all new cars that I bought in my life. Brand new car getting punctured or a nail going into it etc has been a historical scenario and this time it was no different

Well, We made a few trips out of town like Cleveland and Columbus in the last month but, didn’t take my car as my friend prefers we ride with him in his massive Traverse so both our families can enjoy talking and kids playing in the back-seat and out of ear-shot of our gossip stories

Last weekend, I was in the mood to drive as we were planning to visit our annual ritual spot in Spring (Holland, Michigan) to enjoy the Tulip Festival ( I believe there are only 3 places in entire US where you can enjoy Tulip Festivals (Washington, Michigan and New Jersey)

I never checked air pressure ever since I got my car, I casually stopped at a Costco outlet to check air pressure. The guy who checked said FR tyre valve was leaking air and he recommended I better go to BMW as they are run-flats. Kaboom, there goes my plan to drive for the weekend as it was late in evening and hard to get hold of BMW folks

I drove 5 miles back home with a new notification on screen of “Low Tire Pressure”

Monday morning, I checked with my friend who has the M340i and he recommended that I go to “Discount Tire” as he said their service is awesome. I called local BMW showroom and left a VM and decided to go to Discount Tire as they are a pretty popular brand and there are plenty of them near home. Called them and took a 1:45 pm appointment and explained the problem and manager there said it’s pretty unusual for a new BMW and said if the valve needs to be replaced it will be $60 for the consumable and labor

I reached there on time and they ushered me in and did a thorough job of checking the valve, tyre and the stem. Valve was broken at the top and perhaps could be due to pressure applied by the Costco air guy. They replaced the valve and got the tyre back on rim but, there was still air leaking, so he replaced the long stem and checked in

This time, it worked and there was no leaking. They checked entire tyre and thankfully said the tyre is not damaged (I drove a total of 15 miles with low pressure with some noise coming from tyre due to its slightly deflated state) and checked all other tires

I checked that notification was still ON, Manager said drive a few miles and it would go away

Asked him “ What are the charges” he told me "No charges and you are good to go"

I was zapped, they spent an hour on the car and replaced consumables and let go off me with a $0 bill (If it was BMW, I wouldn’t have blinked an eye but, some third party store doing this was unbelievable)

Now I know what my friend meant. This was “Height of Customer Service” !!!

P.S : I just reset the TPMS and notification went away and life is back to normal

P.S 2 : These cars are loaded with technology gizmos are just too sensitive so I will never check air pressure just for heck of it and only when I need to. LOL!
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This pleasant surprise came into my inbox last week.

I spoke to them earlier this week and they mentioned they started this program from June 2020 and there are different offers for different BMW New Vehicle Buyers.

They asked for all my purchase details and then mentioned that I have an offer for a full day at any of their 2 BMW Performance Centers in US to experience their "almost full line-up" of M cars on a track guided by trained drivers.

This offer allows me and one another participant to enjoy this experience completely free of cost. However, all expenses to reach the venue and other expenses has to be borne by myself. Considering what's on offer, I still feel this is a fantastic offer by BMW NA.

I will get to experience the M2, M3, M4 and M8. Also, the X3M and X5M

This offer is valid until January 2022 so I have another 7 months to make up my mind which location to visit (Greer in South Carolina or Thermal, California). I need to do some research to check which track is most enjoyable.

Hopefully will plan one weekend before end of this year.

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