20 Jul AFTER ALL, IT IS A BMW
Yes, we love spending time at the garage!
Not as an excuse to get away from your significant other and your offspring, it is simply time off, from your mental daily schedule to take part in one of the few joys, that you don’t have to fully comprehend, because your Mech, (in my case a soft spoken gentleman called Simon) has the answers for everything as far as your MotoGari is concerned……. It would have to be a BMW
The E60 Mid sized sedan, most of us know as the 5 series, was a break from traditional BMW styling, Designed by Chris Bangle and Adrian Hooydonk.
To say that the reviews were mixed on its debut is an understatement, it was butchered by auto mags and ……. Top Gear on its release over the exterior design\ interior electronics but guess who had the last laugh.
Yes, turns out the E60 became the best selling 5 series of all time.
I did have the option between the status symbol E-class Shinde but something about a BMW, once you have driven one and gone through the pains and joys of ownership you are become part of it.
After all, it is a BMW
My 10 year old 520i is up for service, well 400 clicks to go but who is counting.
They are sensitive cars these, but treat it well it will look after you and provide some of the greatest pleasures life has to offer………After all it is a BMW
Like teaching a 4 litre VX around the Sanchagwan hills that perfection is more than just raw power (the driver was gracious enough to flash his lights in acknowledgment and thumbs up, as I let him by at Timboroa.)
A trip to the garage is like a visit to your parents, you make the most of it because you are not sure when you will be back next….as it should be.
It is also a chance to catch-up with other BMW owners though the conversation always revolves around, What’s wrong with yours and eventually shifts to power, performance and handling model, age etc
After all it is a BMW.
however this particular day falls on a Wednesday when most BIMA owners are hard at work……… they say many of you are in the financial sector, a few doctors here and there, well I am neither.
Oil filter, oil change, plugs, air filter no fuel filter on the E60, (someone had the bright idea to have it inside the tank) and an unexpected oil leak leads to extra cost but is quickly sorted out
as is this case i like to be involved, hoovering around the engine bay area, asking multiple questions about certain functions of different engine components, ensuring no new scratches suddenly pop up.
Unfortunately, most garages will confine you to the reception area…… certainly not!
Now, I am part of this auto forum, ‘beyond tarmac’ like minded people with a an unhealthy appreciation for BMW’s
A mini tour in the form few quick pics to the forum on what I find at the garage including this white E30, someone definitely has a restoration project in mind, and he has chosen the right car
Then it is down to our usual routine with Simon…………which goes like this:
Simon,; “that’s done, anything else;
Me: “yes, there is a certain noise coming from the front, I think the suspension is weak.”
Now if you know the E60s well that suspension is a bitch! Apart from your Bilstein shocks, you have your upper arms, lower arms links etc the list goes on.
The idea of course, is dealers would have had to make money from after sales.
In that regard Simon is damn good, he knows where to sniff out genuine parts you couldn’t find anywhere at prices that will allow you to still afford a Cigar at the end of the week.
Changing suspension parts is labour intensive, most garages would not accept you as a drive in but rather book you in
With Simon its different, he has serviced my previous BMW history so it’s a love hate money relationship
Then Simon will take the 5 out for a road test come back looking perplexed…… he is actually shocked that a 10 year old 5 series on Kenyan roads is this silent.
Simon: when do you use this car?
A silent satisfaction engulfs me, if only BMW had any clue.
Me: sure nothing? Have them remove the tyres and check for any noises underneath.
It is a process we always go through, 5 minutes later the all clear.
Simon: ‘Use it a few more months and lets see how it behaves” by now his irritation is beginning to show,
a lady owner of a 1 series with a gear box problem is coming to pick up her vehicle.
The point is, I did not expect them to find any major trauma underneath, I am a bloody good driver especially where my 5 is concerned. But every now and then, its not a bad thing to be told ‘you are in good nic”
Instills the confidence in your driving, but make no mistake, I will be seeing Simon in under three months, it is never a good idea to wait until the suspension is so weak it is affecting other components, the cost will be no laughing matter.
After the computer is re-set, (the safety belt tensioners warning light keeps coming on, BIMA owners will be familiar with this) I leave Kim’s Bima garage and get onto Bunyala rd, sunroof tilted, Otis Reading reaching beyond his vocal cords with .. “I have got dreams to remember” (yes i am a 70s Man) from the Harman Kardon logic 7 stereo system and a certain calmness settles in………
A certain look, one associated with Bmw drivers develops on my face, you know the one I am talking about, you have it in seen in traffic with BIMA drivers, one of satisfaction
After all, it is a BMW.
Article by Robert Nagila