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      01-30-2013, 11:34 AM   #23
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Awesome sounds good guys, thanks for the advice, I will be calling Andy next week or so, and also looking forward to meet some of y'all, since I don't know anyone there yet :/
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Yes, just tell him Josh Wood referred you - maybe it'll save me a few dollars in the future . Anyway, I've been subscribing to the the threads and FB groups, so I share the sentiment of hoping to meet some more of the local enthusiasts.
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Good advice in this thread. Yes OP (how's that coding going for you, btw? ), I'd definitely check out the Tejas Chapter events. The Berli's and BBQ event should be pretty interesting, and I'm actually coordinating the Bluebonnet Drive in March.

As for service, yes BMW of Austin is an amazing place. The facilities themselves are incredibly nicely done, and where else have you found a dealership with a movie theater? Yes, seriously, complete with soundproofing, La-Z-Boys, and a ~106" projection setup fed by a 500-disc Blu-ray player that allows you to choose what to watch while you wait. And the employees there are unbelievably helpful and polite -- not just the SAs, but the techs too! I once had an SA walk me from Point A to B and he couldn't accompany me all the way but clearly pointed me to the door I needed to go to and then radioed ahead to an employee at said door asking them to make sure to get the door for me!

All that said, I have no idea what they charge for work done outside of warranty/Ultimate Service. If you need an indy recommendation closer to Central Austin, check out Flamingo Automotive. I wrote a review for them on Yelp so I won't regurgitate all that here, but you can read it here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/flamingo-aut...PUQd9a3GhK4ipw.
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so quick question, does any one wanna start meeting up on thursday nights on a weekly basis?????
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so quick question, does any one wanna start meeting up on thursday nights on a weekly basis?????

I could do some Thursday's but I typically have work dinners with trainees on Thursday's so it would depend on the time.
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      02-05-2013, 09:03 PM   #32
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Cool cool lets start that, let me look at places see what they can do for us, and usually eat chill like around 8/ 8:30 pm
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Cool cool lets start that, let me look at places see what they can do for us, and usually eat chill like around 8/ 8:30 pm
Where are you located? I am in North Austin.
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You are super close. I live off mopac and anderson so that works. Thursday is $2.50 Mexican Beers and The Park in the Domain

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Good advice in this thread. Yes OP (how's that coding going for you, btw? ), I'd definitely check out the Tejas Chapter events. The Berli's and BBQ event should be pretty interesting, and I'm actually coordinating the Bluebonnet Drive in March.

As for service, yes BMW of Austin is an amazing place. The facilities themselves are incredibly nicely done, and where else have you found a dealership with a movie theater? Yes, seriously, complete with soundproofing, La-Z-Boys, and a ~106" projection setup fed by a 500-disc Blu-ray player that allows you to choose what to watch while you wait. And the employees there are unbelievably helpful and polite -- not just the SAs, but the techs too! I once had an SA walk me from Point A to B and he couldn't accompany me all the way but clearly pointed me to the door I needed to go to and then radioed ahead to an employee at said door asking them to make sure to get the door for me!

All that said, I have no idea what they charge for work done outside of warranty/Ultimate Service. If you need an indy recommendation closer to Central Austin, check out Flamingo Automotive. I wrote a review for them on Yelp so I won't regurgitate all that here, but you can read it here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/flamingo-aut...PUQd9a3GhK4ipw.
John - you may remember that we, as BMWCCA members get a 20% discount on parts and labor at BMW of Austin. Penny Boos is a superb SA - she's taken care of us and our cars now for 6 years.

PS - the ship carrying the new F30 docks in Port Brunswick today!
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I'd be interested in a meet, I also live up north.
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I'd be interested in a meet, I also live up north.
We met up last night, we were talking about doing it again. I will keep you posted.
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I've heard good things about Dr. Beemer on Slaughter, but after calling for a quote to get my SSK installed, opted to have BMW of Austin take care of it instead. Talk to Andy in service. He's always shot me straight and taken care of me with my 335 and my girlfriend's e70 X5!
Dr.Beemer knows his stuff I can tell you as most indy shops wont even touch the computer in the newer cars. But am getting bmw of austin to take care of it as it looks like they can do it cheaper...

But yeah I just moved here too
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John - you may remember that we, as BMWCCA members get a 20% discount on parts and labor at BMW of Austin. Penny Boos is a superb SA - she's taken care of us and our cars now for 6 years.

PS - the ship carrying the new F30 docks in Port Brunswick today!
I do indeed remember, though I haven't yet had occasion to use that discount, except on an alignment I had done when I got new tires (long story). But at the moment I go to Flamingo for all of the service I have done beyond Ultimate Service partly out of convenience, partly because I'm not sure how track-friendly BMW of Austin is (though I've mentioned to my SA that my car sees the track), and partly because I've become friends with Joe there anyway -- plus as my HPDE instructor, Joe both rides in and drives my car at the track, which means he has a vested interest in making sure it's in peak operating condition there!

That said, I've had nothing but great experiences with my SA Thad Tucker there; bought him a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black for Christmas since he's gone above and beyond for me on several occasions.

Congrats on the new 335i being near! You hear a lot more of the wastegate blowoff on the N55 than the N54, reminds you even more that there's a turbo under the hood. Have you found a new home for your E92? And do you have your mod/performance upgrade list already sorted out?
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I do indeed remember, though I haven't yet had occasion to use that discount, except on an alignment I had done when I got new tires (long story). But at the moment I go to Flamingo for all of the service I have done beyond Ultimate Service partly out of convenience, partly because I'm not sure how track-friendly BMW of Austin is (though I've mentioned to my SA that my car sees the track), and partly because I've become friends with Joe there anyway -- plus as my HPDE instructor, Joe both rides in and drives my car at the track, which means he has a vested interest in making sure it's in peak operating condition there!

That said, I've had nothing but great experiences with my SA Thad Tucker there; bought him a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black for Christmas since he's gone above and beyond for me on several occasions.

Congrats on the new 335i being near! You hear a lot more of the wastegate blowoff on the N55 than the N54, reminds you even more that there's a turbo under the hood. Have you found a new home for your E92? And do you have your mod/performance upgrade list already sorted out?
Hi John - yes, I've decided that aside from the M-Perf exhaust and black grilles that will be installed at the port, I'm going to wait for Dinan S2 (not quite ready for F30 yet) and a 5" intercooler. Probably will add wheels/tires when the stockers wear out.

I've had several bites on the car, but no firm purchasers yet, although I have 2 that are requesting more info and indicating they're serious buyers. One's from up in the Dallas area. Car's running SUPER good with this cool air...almost hate to give it up, but can't keep 3 cars.

See you at B&B this weekend, although we may not do the lunch - I'm not sure if Louie M's can do 100 people or thereabouts without a huge wait time. Also, I'm awaiting word from Dudley at BMWofAus regarding when the car will arrive - might be next weekend!
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Hi John - yes, I've decided that aside from the M-Perf exhaust and black grilles that will be installed at the port, I'm going to wait for Dinan S2 (not quite ready for F30 yet) and a 5" intercooler. Probably will add wheels/tires when the stockers wear out.

I've had several bites on the car, but no firm purchasers yet, although I have 2 that are requesting more info and indicating they're serious buyers. One's from up in the Dallas area. Car's running SUPER good with this cool air...almost hate to give it up, but can't keep 3 cars.
Sounds great! Yeah I saw Dinan S2 and S3 for the N55 on the E9x series but nothing on F30. I assume the reason they're not available for the F30 yet is because the required hardware upgrades for that level of software upgrades aren't yet available. Although I'm surprised S3 on the N55 "only" gets you to the 380 hp / 400 tq mark -- doesn't it get you ~440/440 on your N54 E92 now?

Good luck on selling the E92. I hope you can find a fellow enthusiast to take it and appreciate it for what it is rather than having to sell it to a dealer where it will go who knows where. My car is running particularly well in this cold weather too -- even more so a month ago when it was in the 30s. But it's a cruel irony of nature that temperature drops increase engine power but also reduce available traction.
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Sounds great! Yeah I saw Dinan S2 and S3 for the N55 on the E9x series but nothing on F30. I assume the reason they're not available for the F30 yet is because the required hardware upgrades for that level of software upgrades aren't yet available. Although I'm surprised S3 on the N55 "only" gets you to the 380 hp / 400 tq mark -- doesn't it get you ~440/440 on your N54 E92 now?

Good luck on selling the E92. I hope you can find a fellow enthusiast to take it and appreciate it for what it is rather than having to sell it to a dealer where it will go who knows where. My car is running particularly well in this cold weather too -- even more so a month ago when it was in the 30s. But it's a cruel irony of nature that temperature drops increase engine power but also reduce available traction.
Actually, the F30 has a different DME, which is one of the primary reasons that the previous N55 software upgrades won't work. There are some milder tunes available right now, but they're mostly just boost-increasers. Probably going to take some time until they get it all decoded and such.

My current S3 software plus the exhaust, intake, intercooler, and oil cooler give me around 410/440 (flywheel); the N55 S3 gets you something around 380 at best. Word is that the N55 is more about efficiency than pure power, which is why the N54 is still being produced for the "IS" models, which continue as E92 and E93 cars. I'm going to stay conservative on the F30, and enjoy the dynamic handling and added space/doors. I can always get my 6-speed fix in the 128 convertible.
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