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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Doug's Domain

Doug Vetter, ATP/CFI

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October 2001

In mid-September I took the car to the DMV to be inspected and on the way home I took a rock in the passenger side of the windshield. In early October, I had the window replaced after a somewhat lengthy process to get my insurance company to pick up the tab. Check out the full story.

While I was waiting for the windshield to come in, I took the car to my dealer for an oil service at a tad over 56000 miles and a little less than half-way through the service interval. This represented a little under 3000 miles in 11 months time, a significant decline over the previous years' usage.

The oil service was performed as expected -- nothing to report there. However, the tech sent along an "in-house" inspection checklist (as opposed to the official BMW Inspection I/II checklist) that noted two things: 1) front brakes would be required soon, and 2) the left rear tire is unevenly worn on the inside. No surprise on the brakes, but I have to admit the uneven rear tire wear caught me off-guard. Translation: this means that I may need to do some suspension work in addition to brakes in the near future...and particularly before I invest the $$$ in tires. Fortunately, given current usage, I may not need to do this until next summer (or possibly later).