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      03-19-2010, 06:53 PM   #23
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Just picked one up from our local store

Here's a newb question - Where exactly are we supposed to place/position the jack? Directly below the black rectangular thingie or beside it?

And after it's been lifted, where are the best locations to put the axle-stand(s)?

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The black rectangular box is BMW's jacking point. It looks like a plastic box with one end open. If you're using a jack with a wide enough lifting cup, the black rectangular block should fit inside the cup. It's to prevent the metal jack from scratching the metal frame (which would allow for rust).

I like to put the jack stands under the differential but everyone seems to have different preferences.


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I was told to use a hockey puck on top of the jack and the jacking point of the car? I remember reading a while back someone here was selling jack adapters. Where can I buy that?
I've been using a rag in between the BMW OEM jacking point and my old jack (Sold it today. The 3.5 ton Michelin Speedy Lift. If you're not worried about weight, it's the best...really heavy though at 100 lbs).

I've never had a problem with that plastic box getting crushed and BMW's designed that plastic box to be crushed first before the steel frame (which would cause rusting). So that's why I've never used an adapter.

If you don't have an adapter, I seriously wouldn't worry about it.

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anyone know what the torque lbs level should be on the wheels?
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88 ft lbs.
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      03-19-2010, 11:48 PM   #27
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i was about to get one of these when i chanced upon this review from costco in the US. i know it's a different brand but the construction is identical, which makes me think it came from the same factory. i hope forum members who had this jack for a while could chime in and shed some light on the build quality, please.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...186866#reviews
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i am going ot get this tomorrow
http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...at3960&topnav=
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Well, I haven't had my jack for too long so I can't really comment in terms of leaking hydraulic fluid but for me it seems ok. And yes, they look like the same jacks but the Costco site has bad ratings, the CT site has good ones.

In my opinion though, I would NOT get this jack unless having a lightweight jack is something you need. If you have your own garage, where you can stow a heavier low floor jack, it's better to get something else. This jack needs a lot of pumps to fully raise the arm. My other jack (which I just sold today) is a 3.5 ton Michelin Speedy Jack.

The 3.5 ton Michelin jack is much heavier at 97 lbs (which is why I had to sell it - moving to a condo in Toronto) but the construction is much more solid. Also, it only takes 3 pumps to reach its maximum height of 22".

The Motomaster jack requires something like two dozen pumps. Also, it can't handle as much weight so if you were to do something later which required more lift, you'd need a new jack. So to actually raise your car, the Motomaster jack takes longer than the Michelin. However, the fact that the jack is so light is the draw (meaning it's portable).

Anyway that's just my opinion on the jack. I have the Motomaster aluminum racing jack now but it's mostly because I really need something that is light. Otherwise, I'd probably stay with my 3.5 ton Michelin jack. Most of the price for the Motomaster jack is from more expensive material (aluminum vs painted steel).
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Odd, a few people on this forum have had theirs for a while, and I've not heard issues from them on it. The CT and Costco jacks do look the same... I hope mine doesn't end up leaking!

From what I recall, I didn't see any other CT jacks at the store that are low profile, besides this one. IIRC, you need to have the jack go as low as 4.5 inches to clear the adaptors under the 3 series with sport package. I don't feel like driving onto 2x4's every time.
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Was that supposed to be a link to a jack Costco sells? If not, WTF do Microfiber Automotive Cloths have to do with this discussion?
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Odd, a few people on this forum have had theirs for a while, and I've not heard issues from them on it. The CT and Costco jacks do look the same... I hope mine doesn't end up leaking!

From what I recall, I didn't see any other CT jacks at the store that are low profile, besides this one. IIRC, you need to have the jack go as low as 4.5 inches to clear the adaptors under the 3 series with sport package. I don't feel like driving onto 2x4's every time.
I used to use the 3.5 ton Michelin jack from CT. If you remove the rubber adapter, it's enough to clear the 3 series with sport with room to go. I've got x-drive on my car though so it's a little bit higher than zsp without xdrive but I wouldn't expect the clearance to be that much different. I find that several of CT's jacks aren't low enough for the 3er but the ones that come with removable jack pads seem to be ok. (just put a rag in between for stability).

The aluminum jack is a good buy in my opinion when it's on sale, especially for condo dwellers or people with not enough room in the garage.

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thank you for the comments guys. good to hear that CT branded jacks work fine.

i found this video of an identical aluminum jack (different brand again) unboxing and demonstration on how it performs against the cross member (i think) under the engine. i'm impressed to see it in action, as well as the long handle and how light it is.

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Was that supposed to be a link to a jack Costco sells? If not, WTF do Microfiber Automotive Cloths have to do with this discussion?
There is nothing wrong with it! I mean, he is just letting people know about a deal on microfiber cloths.....its better than creating a new thread!
Im going to pick up some of this MF cloths, thanks Kit!!
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That blue jack that costco sells is the same as the one at Harbor Freight. I saw in Motor Trend mag today that blue jack at Harbor Freight for 60$ on sale, regular 100$ which is what costco sells the jack for. I bet the one from CT and the blue one from Costco/Harbor Freight are identical. If it brakes, take it back to costco... lifetime warranty on anything there.

Im going to see if costco has it as i would rather buy from there then CT and get ripped off.
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Just saw this on another forum:

"The princess auto jack is good(blue one). DO NOT buy the low profile mastercraft jack from canadian tire(red one), I've gone through 2 of them and Reggie has gone through 4. The mastercraft ones tend to fall and there is a linkage piece where the bottom of the handle meets the jack that likes to break."

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Was that supposed to be a link to a jack Costco sells? If not, WTF do Microfiber Automotive Cloths have to do with this discussion?
hahah well it has nth to do with this topic really but i am just trying to be nice to give a heads up to other members that those microfiber cloths are on special.
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There is nothing wrong with it! I mean, he is just letting people know about a deal on microfiber cloths.....its better than creating a new thread!
Im going to pick up some of this MF cloths, thanks Kit!!
haha np bro=)
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my first time using this jack i didn't really know how it works. later i found out after the car is jacked up i'm supposed to rotate the bar to the right to keep it in place? then when i want to lower the car i rotate to the left the car falls down really fast, it was hard to control the speed.

is that the proper way to use it?
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Just saw this on another forum:

"The princess auto jack is good(blue one). DO NOT buy the low profile mastercraft jack from canadian tire(red one), I've gone through 2 of them and Reggie has gone through 4. The mastercraft ones tend to fall and there is a linkage piece where the bottom of the handle meets the jack that likes to break."

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AARRGH! I was just about to open the box and start using it, now I'm wondering if I should! The PA jack is selling for $200 now, does that ever go on sale? The store is a half hour drive, or it's $25 shipping, if I get it online. If that was to go on sale, I'd get that I guess given the above comments.

Everyone referring to the PA one being the same as the Costco one, have you seen the jack at Costco Canada stores though? The link someone posted above was for Costco USA, and the Cdn site doesn't list it. The stores usually have different stock than the website, so I wonder if we might have it at the Costco stores themselves.
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AARRGH! I was just about to open the box and start using it, now I'm wondering if I should! The PA jack is selling for $200 now, does that ever go on sale? The store is a half hour drive, or it's $25 shipping, if I get it online. If that was to go on sale, I'd get that I guess given the above comments.

Everyone referring to the PA one being the same as the Costco one, have you seen the jack at Costco Canada stores though? The link someone posted above was for Costco USA, and the Cdn site doesn't list it. The stores usually have different stock than the website, so I wonder if we might have it at the Costco stores themselves.
The blue PA jack was on-sale 2 weeks ago for $120.
FWIW I have had the CT aluminum one for years and have not had an issue with it.
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I went to Costco and I didnt see any jacks for sale. I know they do though. I think the brand was Torin
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I know Gen_E92 also has had the CT jack for 6 months, and has used it 20 times at least, without any issues. Crossing my fingers!
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ah man, i bought the Canadian Tire one on saturday, didn't realize costco has same one for less...ah well, it helped with my coilover installed tremendously

the worst thing about it is that its really hard to lower the jack slowly without having the car crash down on u, well not 'crash' down, but u know what i mean
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