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Jul 8, 2015, 11:06 AM
 
Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Bleh, how'd I know that was going to be Wes Siler before clicking?
I did consider posting a warning you were being sent to a Gawker property.
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Jul 8, 2015, 04:37 PM
 
And I have this sneaking suspicion Google put it in my Google News feed because it's still trying to sell me a Subaru.
     
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Think it works for him?
     
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Jul 13, 2015, 10:17 AM
 
I'm sure it cuts down on him getting harassed, and he's correct that he'll get the ticket dismissed, but I don't think he would have been able to get it papered as a passenger vehicle without lying on the forms.
     
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Jul 13, 2015, 12:45 PM
 
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… but I don't think he would have been able to get it papered as a passenger vehicle without lying on the forms.
Maybe he's working in the abduction business?
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Jul 13, 2015, 12:45 PM
 
"Can you help me put this couch in the back?"
     
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"Can you help me put this couch in the back?"
“… just a little further …”
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Jul 14, 2015, 01:21 AM
 
Band leader pointed out "you really are enjoying this truck restriction thing, aren't you?"

He's kinda right.
     
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Aug 12, 2015, 10:52 PM
 
How is needing to get one of these for a crock of bullshit?

     
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Aug 12, 2015, 11:30 PM
 
The **** I'd put that assmonkey's name on one of my cars.
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Aug 12, 2015, 11:50 PM
 
As you can see, I now have a double helping.
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Aug 12, 2015, 11:54 PM
 
F$&@ing Chicago.

That's why I live in the burbs.

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Four months, 500 miles.

Did I mention I don't drive much?
     
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Damn skippy!

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Oct 17, 2015, 09:12 PM
 
I have yet to get a spare, and despite the space I have, would rather not have this odd shaped thing bouncing around the back.

Does anyone have opinions on tire inflators in a can?

I'm guessing the two downsides are it wrecks the tube, and is no use if your tire shreds.

I'm willing to go this route because I've never had a flat in 27 years of driving. Closest was I had a tire slashed. Seems worth the trade, especially if I continue my no-flat streak.
     
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Oct 17, 2015, 09:54 PM
 
I hope you're knocking wood right now. Or have AAA-deluxe.

The one time I tried inflatacan, it did not work. Surprised there isn't a hideyhole already designed for a spare? under the back somewhere? donuts aren't that large.
     
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Oct 17, 2015, 10:55 PM
 
Well, not working at all would be a problem.

There basically is no "under". That's (otherwise) one of the great things about the van. They got the floor as low as possible, so you don't need to lift high to load stuff in. At the side door it's almost curb height.
     
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Oct 17, 2015, 11:44 PM
 
I'll get a donut and look into some (hopefully) clever ways of stashing it.

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Oct 18, 2015, 01:52 AM
 
Don't ever, ever use Fix-A-Flat type products. One, they unbalance your tire, causing it to wear unevenly and creating a shimmy you can feel through the steering wheel. Two, the liquid inside makes a huge mess when you do eventually get the tire replaced or properly patched. You'll royally piss off the poor guy doing the job, getting the nasty crap all over the garage floor, his pants and shoes, and generally ruining his day. In fact, I once saw a sign in a shop that said, "If we find liquid repair products in your tire there will be an additonal $30 service fee charged for proper cleanup and disposal" (or something to that effect).
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Oct 18, 2015, 02:22 AM
 
I had heard they're messy.

It was one of those ideas which has merit if I never actually have to use it, for which I feel there's some possibility.

If I only had to use it once over 10 years, which seems to how long I keep a car, I'd be willing to write off the whole tire for what I save in not having it take up space.

Any more than that and the idea completely tanks.
     
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Can you recommend a good jack?
     
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The reason it may get replaced is it wants $10-****ing-K in maintenance.
I didn't read all the thread, but what exactly did they plan to do for these 10.000 dollars???

And did you go to an official BMW stealership? I case you not absolutely must (for electronics, keys etc) I'd advice against it. Many of them have to pay off their glass towers and charge an arm and a leg for unnecessary work. I had my best experiences with smaller, independent, "self-repair" places, costing probably 30% of the stealers' prices. Plus they do not look funny when you bring your own used/refurbished parts.

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Dec 2, 2015, 12:21 PM
 
It was a dealer, but even if I chopped off 30%, we're still talking about what the car was worth.

I don't remember all the details, but basically the engine wore out. At the least, a bunch of cylinders needed to be replaced.
     
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Dec 2, 2015, 12:30 PM
 
I'm glad this got bumped, because I have a few questions I seek authoritative answers on...

I've never had a fleet vehicle, so there are some basic bells and whistles I need to take care of myself.

1) I already mentioned I need to get a spare, but I should also get a jack... what's the recommendation for the smallest jack I can get my hands on which doesn't suck?

2) I should probably get an alarm for it. I assume the dealer can sell me one. Should I go with that? Is there a better option? I'm most concerned with having a system which doesn't accidentally trip.

3) Rustproofing. Worth it? We have loads of road salt here, but the car is stored indoors, and it's always above freezing in there.
     
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I'm glad this got bumped, because I have a few questions I seek authoritative answers on...

I've never had a fleet vehicle, so there are some basic bells and whistles I need to take care of myself.

1) I already mentioned I need to get a spare, but I should also get a jack... what's the recommendation for the smallest jack I can get my hands on which doesn't suck?
Depends on how high the van needs to be jacked up to get a wheel off.

2) I should probably get an alarm for it. I assume the dealer can sell me one. Should I go with that? Is there a better option? I'm most concerned with having a system which doesn't accidentally trip.
You'll always pay a premium at the dealer, but nothing integrates like OEM. We had a remote start system added to my wife's car when we bought it - they added a module, updated the car's software, and gave us new keys. No janky aftermarket FOBs, all OEM stuff with OEM buttons and OEM function.

I bought a $30 keyless/alarm system for my M3 and it randomly locks and unlocks itself while it sits in the garage. My bedroom is directly above the garage and I hear it "chirp chirp" a couple times a week.

3) Rustproofing. Worth it? We have loads of road salt here, but the car is stored indoors, and it's always above freezing in there.
How long do you plan on keeping it? The longer you want to keep it the better an investment it is. If you're only going to have it for 3-4 years I wouldn't bother, but if you want it to stick around for 10 I'd go for it. Today's drivetrains can easily do 10 years and 250,000 miles without sweating, but a rust can easily cause damage exceeding the value of the car even when everything else works.
     
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All awesome answers! Thank you!

I'll look into what jack height is required.

Any advice on finding a good place to get rustproofing done? I have this feeling there will be way too many choices with no way for me to differentiate them.
     
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My wife had the rust-proofing done by a company that also does commercial bedliners. Let me look that up... Ah, Line-X.
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Dec 2, 2015, 05:30 PM
 
I'm not sure if you know this is a thing, but there is a factory spare/jack kit:

2015 2016 RAM Promaster City Spare Tire Wheel Kit with Road Side Jack New Mopar | eBay

It comes with a typical scissor jack which is compact, simple, and reliable, but flimsy. Good enough for roadside tire changes, but barely.

These guys on the Promaster forum discuss it briefly.

This guy made his own kit to mount the tire to the rear door.

Viewing pics requires an account, but vehicle-specific forums are invaluable for questions like this so you may as well sign up.
     
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Signing up seems like a good idea... thanks yet again!

As for the OEM jack, I've been told not to even bother with them, and that they're actually kind of dangerous. I was taught to either use a real jack or call AAA.
     
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My wife had the rust-proofing done by a company that also does commercial bedliners. Let me look that up... Ah, Line-X.
Sounds like a good combo. Thanks!
     
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Dec 3, 2015, 12:32 PM
 
As for storing the spare, I like the simplicity of the car forum solution, but a much better use of space would be rigging something up along the side wall, over the wheel well.

I'm hesitant to kill space in my longest dimension.
     
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I looked at it today and it's pretty neat stuff. It's a clear, abrasion-proof layer that they spray on that seals against rust and chemical penetration, w/ a lifetime warranty against either. I don't see any reason why someone who lives in an area with frequent snow shouldn't get it, frankly, especially if it's a new car.
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Dec 3, 2015, 12:42 PM
 
Well, neither of my cars, one of which lived outside, ever had rust problems over their 10 year lifespans.

However, I'm assuming both of them came with some sort of treatment, while this is going to be like the spare and the jack... you're on your own, buddy.
     
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Thanks again for the advice! I'm setting up an appointment now.
     
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Yeah, if I lived up there, I'd opt out of the manufacturer treatment and get the Line-X stuff (or something identical), personally.
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just replaced a rusted out oil pan. I guess the manufacturer rustproofing craps out after about 5 years...
     
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I didn't realize Subarus had steel oil pans. I think the V8 I got for my M3 is the first steel oil pan I've ever had, and I actually replaced the factory aluminum pan with this aftermarket steel pan for fitment.
     
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I looked at it today and it's pretty neat stuff. It's a clear, abrasion-proof layer that they spray on that seals against rust and chemical penetration, w/ a lifetime warranty against either. I don't see any reason why someone who lives in an area with frequent snow shouldn't get it, frankly, especially if it's a new car.
Galvanized steel or aluminum would do it.
     
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Doesn't protect your paint, plastic body panels, or chrome.
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^Imposter.


Edit: looks like that fake Rob got sacked real quick.
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How'd the rust-proofing turn out?
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Dec 11, 2015, 12:31 PM
 
I foolishly set up to get the van there the day of the appointment, out in the middle of nowhere, at 7 AM. I canceled the appointment, and plan to set it up where I bring it the day before at a reasonable time.

I need the van to haul something though, and the timing has been up in the air, so I haven't made a new appointment.

I want to get it done before we get the first big salting of the earth, but we're actually close to shorts weather right now.
     
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The honeymoon on maximum cargo capacity is over. Decided it would be best to get a spare.

Full size. Donut on a laden vehicle seems like asking for it.
     
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Holy crap... I'm looking at the directions for this thing, and it stores the tire under the van.

That's either a horrible idea or the best thing ever.

Maybe both.
     
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There's the spot for it. Looks like the tire won't ride much lower than the gas tank, if at all.

Hot damn this van is clever.
     
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Had an old Peugeot that did that. The entire thing was in a cage underneath, and to let it down you released a hook from under the luggage compartment carpet. Very clever, because you could reach that hook with the luggage full of other stuff.
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