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2009 BMW M3: Nine Observations on other Drivers

November 12, 2009

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Guess where we went yesterday? Sadly, the M3 didn't see any track time -- but another long-termer did. You'll have to wait for the whole surprising story later.

But on my drive back, I found myself categorizing my fellow motorists and I came up with 9 to start. I promise it'll be fun--jump with me...

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2009 BMW M3: Just How Big IS This Fuel Tank?

May 15, 2009

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Here's something you don't see every day: Red hot headers! I couldn't help posting this photo of BMW's S65B40 V8 on some sort of testing jig even though it has only a little to do with this entry.

When I fired the car up this morning at 4:45 a.m., it told me the fuel range was 27 miles. Okay, but the office is 41 miles away. Hmm. Knowing what an alarmist the fuel warning light is (it chimes and displays a gas pump when the fuel gauge shows a quarter tank for goodness sake), and that the car was computing my range from previous data (collected on my bummer-to-bummer drive home yesterday), I accepted the challenge.

By the time I had reached the freeway from my house, the fuel range display had already gone up to 31 miles. Now, if I could just get it into 6th gear as soon as possible, avoid unnecessary slowing, and keep my speed as consistent as possible, I thought I'd be fine.

Well the display stayed at 31 miles for several miles, briefly went up to 36 miles, but then started plummeting: 27 21 16 18 11 9 5 and finally 1 when I was still 7.5 miles away from the Shell on Clovefrield. Then the display read, "---- mls" from then on.

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