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  • Nugs's Avatar
    Today, 02:24 AM
    I can see your points and have no argument with them. But what if there isn't a specialist mechanic that knows your model and can also supply parts in your area? I generally will supply the parts, give them the results of my online research then leave it up to them at an hourly rate. Eg Turbo install on my N55. Everyone online says they get it done in 6 hours, it took my shop 20 hours, but they also had never done one before, didn't have the technical documents, had to wait for parts (studs, o-rings etc) that weren't included, account for steering column in wrong place etc. I thought that was fair.
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  • huicho's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:26 PM
    Mike Murillo's Mustangs are no joke. Great driver and has a top notch shop in San Antonio.
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  • topher454's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:19 PM
    Alex, I could not have said that better myself! Wish you didn't live in Houston! Would have like to come work with you, just never liked it there in Houston. I'm a Dallas boy �� As a BMW Master technician (I hate it when people call the the good technicians "mechanics", I've studied and worked too hard to be call that, plus the money that I've invested in my career) that now works on the independent side, it's a lot harder to work on multiple car lines but BMW's training helped me out a lot. I will say "Yes, technician Google common problems on cars. They world be stupid not to, it out there for free" but the information is not always correct or right for the problem you were dealing with at that moment. I don't want to work on the other car lines but there is too many other "BMW specialist" that have a autologic, that work on them. Plus I've seen things that the dealer techs don't see or know about because the car leave when the warrenty is up and BMW stops caring. The worst people are who price shop you because joe blow said or diagnose it and what you to install their part. And get piss off when it does not fix it. Well you should have paid that diagnostic fee. Some people well never learn I stop posting a long time ago because helping people on forums who do not listen gets annoying. But I may try again lol
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  • Aaron's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:50 PM
    Looks like an LX Mustang to me. 5.slow
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  • alex@ABRhouston's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:25 PM
    here's another example: I was quoted 90 dollars to install my alarm at the house. The first tech came and thought it was going to be a slam dunk. The next day him and another tech came to try and finish it. Day 3 after doing the job twice and re-wiring the entire house, it finally worked. I still paid 90 dollars. Would I've been upset if he did the job the first day in 15 minutes? No, I knew I was going to pay 90 dollars for the SERVICE. Whether it took 15 minutes or 2 techs 3 days to make it work right I still paid 90 dollars for the SERVICE. ​
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  • richpike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:48 PM
    It's one of the reasons I like 5-60 times on cars. It removes a redline clutch drop on an AWD car getting an amazing 0-60 (cough, WRX, cough) and shows the power that a normal person would experience in their day to day driving. Still probably not very insightful for high power super cars, but for most cars it gives good insight. For cars like the McLaren, trap speed (and even 60-130) are more telling like you mentioned. -Rich
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:22 PM
    The McLaren 675LT test numbers from magazines show it is absurdly fast. Magazine times for the Lamborghini Huracan show it is absurdly fast as well running 10.4 @ 135. Based on the magazine test results you would think the cars are fairly even in a drag race, right? Well, they aren't. The McLaren 675LT is almost 500 pounds lighter than the Huracan. The Huracan's all wheel drive system comes with a weight penalty. The Huracan also has less power and its 5.2 liter naturally aspirated V10 has less torque at 412 lb-ft compared to the 516 lb-ft of the McLaren 675LT. On paper the Huracan should have an advantage in the 60 foot but beyond that it's all McLaren. The real world result plays this out with the McLaren on a worse 60 foot running 10.689 @ 135.84 and the Lamborghini running 10.945 @ 127.67. A spread of 8 miles per hour of trap speed is night and day. If the McLaren hooked better the elapsed time spread would be much larger. This race plays out similarly to an MP4-12C vs. tuned Lamborghini Huracan drag race from over a year ago. The Huracan has the better 60 foot thanks to all wheel drive but the McLaren is the faster car. Real world numbers and magazine numbers are very different things.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:40 AM
    The BMW i8 is an interesting car as it showcases the future but also pushes BMW's styling language to the limit. BMW enthusiasts have waited a long time for a high performance BMW halo car but the i8 simply is not that. It's more of a promotional tool for BMW 'i' and a way for BMW to claim to be energy efficient while producing 5300+ pound twin turbo V8 SUV's. The current BMW i8 performs fairly well with 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and a 1/4 mile sprint of 12.3 @ 114. Basically E92 M3 level performance except for more than twice the price. The i8 will struggle against a Porsche 718 Boxster S. For almost $140k you expect a big more from the i8 in the performance area. Well, an increase to 420 horsepower from the current 357 is modest but will do wonders. BMW is expected to increase output of the 1.5 liter B38 three-cylinder turbo engine as well as the electric motor. BimmerBoost says stick a B48 2.0 liter four-cylinder under the hood and be done with it but when does BMW ever do what the enthusiasts want to see these days? We will have to wait and see what the actual specs are and also if BMW increases the range with higher capacity batteries. For now, this is all speculation from an Autocar UK report. If they are right, the facelifted i8 will debut alongside a Spyder as a 2018 model year car. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:20 AM
    The ECU tune on this Audi RS7 is not specified but considering the license plate frame says Unitronic it's likely a 4.0 TSFI V8 tune from them. Their tune recently launched as a matter of fact and offers 691 horsepower at the crank and can be flashed through the OBD-II port. This RS7 does two runs and lays down some impressive and consistent times. The first pass is a 10.998 @ 128.48. The second pass going up against the Mustang is a 10.985 @ 128.81. The RS7 is slower than the Mustang which manages a 10.53 @ 131 but so what? You can make a Mustang run 6's if you really want to. A German luxury sport sedan that weighs over 4500 pounds running consistent 10.9 passes is incredible.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:40 AM
    Last year back in August BimmerBoost member @RingMeister01 shared his ESS-Tuning horror story when attempting to get an S55 engine turbo upgrade from ESS. What followed was forum censorship, ESS saying he is not allowed to publicly share development details, and @RingMeister01 saying he will take them to court. That was almost ten months ago. What happened since then? Did this get resolved? Did ESS-Tuning step up to the plate and do the right thing? Hardly. Here it is from the horse's mouth as BimmerBoost asked @RingMeister01 what happened: Basically, the ESS 'dealer' a guy named IMG on the forums ran away with the money. Asbjorn Bohn and Roman at ESS-Tuning did nothing to help. They just did what they could to get this off the forums and ignored any resolution. Roman posted publicly that he could get a refund to quell the forums but it was just all talk and no refund was provided: Quality customer service, eh? Roman is now apparently gone from ESS-Tuning. That is a good thing. Who wants to deal with this? @RingMeister01 unfortunately was a guinea pig without knowing it and ended up paying for ESS development out of his own pocket. That brings up a bigger question though, what is the state of ESS-Tuning upgrades for the F80 M3 and F82 M4 S55 motor? You will notice these turbo upgrades are still not available for sale from ESS and you will be hard pressed to find any positive results with them. Well, BimmerBoost follows the aftermarket BMW scene very closely and we do not see anything significant from ESS on the S55 platform. Thus far, we have major tales of failure such as this one. Oh, sure, they will offer ECU flash tunes as the flash leaks out to everyone who claims to be a tuner. This highlights a bigger issue though with ESS-Tuning. Their sole domain of success is really S65 supercharger kits on the previous generation E9X M3 S65 V8. How does putting together a Vortech based supercharger kit thanks to having European software sources supplying them with a tune to make it work equate to them having ability across all BMW platforms let alone new turbocharged M's? It doesn't. If BimmerBoost were to guess Roman saw the writing on the wall and left. ESS-Tuning is not going to be much of a factor in the turbo era. You have plenty of experienced turbo tuners already dominating the platforms. ESS-Tuning can't compete with them. AMS realized ESS-Tuning's abilities were overrated a while ago. Frankly, they will likely have to source hardware and tuning from others just like they did previously. It's just that this time around they are late to the party and already overmatched. They can't and won't catch up. The supercharger market on the E9X platform is pretty much tapped out and ESS-Tuning did well controlling the largest S65 V8 forum which is available to the highest bidder. Dissenting opinions were squashed/deleted, users who did not support ESS were banned, and the consensus became ESS-Tuning was the best BMW tuner in the world. They made a lot of money this way at the expense of the community and open dialogue. Fortunately, the BMW turbo era is exposing ESS-Tuning for what they actually are which is nobody special.
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