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1991 BMW 525i

Rusty Pipes

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Before... 

Before... 

The  Fiver developed a small hole in the muffler over a year ago. Rust, salt, moisture, and heat combined to turn that into a larger hole over the past year. The result is an increasingly louder vehicle which went from not noticeable to burbling like a hot rod muscle car.  A new muffler came from Bavarian Autosport, and it was installed by a local Midas shop. Noticeably quieter, and feels a bit smoother. 

After... 

After... 

Arctic Explorer

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Unfortunately, the fiver has been pressed into hazardous duty as the mercury has plummeted, and we have been impersonating a Siberian village. The original battery has been flawless following multiple days and now weeks of temps below freezing. I am duly impressed, while acknowledging that this is pushing my luck a bit. Winter tires have been thoroughly tested, to say the least, and continue to pass with flying colors. Lots of Subarus and big 4x4 trucks are in the parking spaces next to this car.......

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Winter Wear

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On a relatively warm weekend, I changed the wheels on the 525i back to the winter wheel/tire combination, and within a day it snowed ! I am not sure of the exact cause/effect linkage, but it is suspicious.....Handling and grip are dramtically worse in the dry, but this combination absolutely loves precipitation. The more the merrier. A deluge, no problem. Inches of snow, ok.  Confidence, better.

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Above Average

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Sometimes,you have one of those runs where the speed is way above average. It seems like everyone is just travelling faster than they normally would. That was the case on this 200 mile sprint. It may not seem that impressive unless you know the route, which is not all interstate. It involves divided highway, some two-lane road, and two mile long construction sections where one of two lanes is closed. Even more amazing is that I was passed twice like I was standing still by police cruisers on this trip while doing around 75mph in the right lane. This makes it all the more impressive. It is normally a full 10mph slower !  

The fiver made it seem like no big deal. Brilliant. 

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Commuting Blind

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The fiver is piling on the miles as it now exists as a daily driver. And it is handling that duty very well. It is very comfortable at 80MPH and above, but mileage becomes dismal in the low 20s. The BBS wheels and all-season tires are back on the car, and they transform the handling. The interior needs a little bit of attention as the headliner adhesive has dried out in key places like the sunroof and the rear pillars. Despite this, it has seen sun, rain, fog, etc and handles them all with ease. ..In particular, on the day of the image below, there was super thick fog for about 10 miles. Visibility was about 100ft at best !

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Snow Shoes

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Well, one thing the Fiver is not well known for is its handling of snow. We have already had some, and a rear wheel drive car with a big engine up front and all season tires is not a good formula. Accordingly, I went in search of winter tires and found some aggressive looking firestones for the stock wheels. They look like they would be noisy and rough on dry roads, but they are neither. They do compromise the handling in turns, but that is to be expected. They performed very well in some slushy stuff when non-AWD vehicles were all abandoning the highway. Impressive so far, and a lot safer....