In this day and age with high gas prices all over the place, it’s perfectly normal to consider a car’s mileage when making a new purchase. But once you’ve made your decision, it might feel like it’s too late to do anything about improving your mileage. Thankfully, this isn’t necessarily the case. There are plenty of options out there for you, whether it’s getting a basic tune up or ordering and installing some new high performance car parts.
In this article, we’ll take through some of these options. Keep reading on to discover the three best ways to make your car more fuel efficient.
1. Get the Right Kind of Tires and Treat Them Right
The tires that come with the car you just bought aren’t always the best for fuel efficiency. If it matches your driving style and needs, you should consider replacing them with thinner, lower-width tires since they have less traction than wider tires.
There are also types of tires like low rolling resistance tires that can help increase your car’s fuel efficiency.
And lastly, make sure to not inflate your tires too much. While fully inflating them to their limit can lower the amount of friction and resistance they encounter with the asphalt of the road, it isn’t safe since fully or even overinflated tires have a higher risk of exploding. That said, don’t let your tires lose too much air. Having consistently well-inflated tires is a key component to optimizing your car’s fuel efficiency.
2. Develop Smart Refueling Habits
When you’re in need of gassing up your car, it feels great to drive around the corner and see a discount gas station that could be a good 50 cents cheaper per gallon, doesn’t it? After all, you’re saving money and you’re basically using the same liquid that you can find down the street at the more expensive gas station, right?
Not so fast. Not all gas stations are created equal. Cheaper gas stations tend to sell gas that has a higher level of ethanol in it, which burns a lot faster than low-ethanol gas, which you typically find at the more expensive gas stations. So next time before refueling, make sure to do a little research on what the quality gas brands are.
In addition to that, in a lot of cases, it’s important to try not to let your car’s fuel level go below a quarter of a tank.
Obviously we can’t account for everything and sometimes we need to drive somewhere on fumes, but if you’ve got free time and you’re seeing the needle starting to dip below the quarter tank line, you should stop for a quick refuel.
Driving at below a quarter tank puts stress on the engine, expending fuel faster. In addition, a completely full tank adds weight to the car, thus adding more resistance, so consider not filling the tank top the brim.
3. Avoid City Street Driving When You Can
This might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s a very important one to remember when thinking about improving your car’s fuel efficiency: driving from one stoplight or stop sign to the next is going to expend more fuel than a consistent drive down the highway.
Now obviously you can’t take the highway everywhere we want to go, but when you can, it’s certainly preferable if we’re looking to make the most of your car’s mileage.
So those are three of the best and easiest ways to improve your car’s fuel efficiency. Consider them all next time you’re getting your tires replaced, fueling up, or driving across town and you should find yourself saving some money!
Author Bio: Carolyn Clarke is journalist from Los Angeles, CA, who has written on behalf of dozens of clients including the Livestrong Network and Demand Media. When she’s not chipping away at her first novel, she enjoys catching waves in Malibu and going out for long rides in her car with her better-half.
Our shop categorizes BMW products based on their BMW chassis codes. But what does this mean? For example, what is a F10 roof spoiler? F10 refers to the 2010-current BMW 5 series model. Roof spoilers are the aftermarket part you affix on the top of your roof.
Many BMW enthusiasts refer to their BMW based on E or F followed by a number. BMW use these chassis designation codes to identify different body designs. Those with the same body design will have the same code. Our products primarily fit on the exterior of your BMW. This the one reason why we categorize our products based on the BMW codes. All the F10 BMWs will have similar body designs, but whether they have a 2.8 liter engine or a 3.5 liter engine could differ.
Interesting enough, there are thousands of BMW chassis codes associated with various projects, but not all of them are actually made into production vehicles.
What’s the importance of knowing your BMW chassis code?
BMW chassis code help repair shops identify the correct parts to fit your car. It will also help you shop at Bespoke Bimmer. If at any point in time you are unsure of what your BMW code is, feel free to contact us. Depending on what product you buy, send us a picture the relevant part of your car. For example, if you are looking for a BMW roof spoiler, take a picture of your roof area and we can help pair you with the right products.
One of the suckest thing about driving your car in the winter is when your car front windshield is completely fogged up. You try to wipe the fog out with a towel and that doesn’t do much. You are already late for work, so you don’t have time to wait for it to disappear.
What is the optimal way of defrosting your windshield? Which buttons or techniques should you be using to defog your windows in the fastest way possible?
Let’s learn a little bit about what makes the window fog up anyways. The fog you see is really just droplets of water condensation. It is the same as the dew in the morning, the condensation on the outside of a cold can or what appears on your shower mirror after a hot shower. This happens when humidity reaches 100% then the water droplets clump together and form condensation.
What you need to do is lower the humidity and raise the temperature because hot air absorbs more moisture.
1. Crank the heater up to max – Hot air can hold more moisture
2. Turn the AC on – Pulls moisture out of the air (Like wringing out a wet towel)
3. Turn off inside air recirculation – Heated outside air can absorb more vapor
4. Crack the windows for a bit – Swap humid inside air with dry outside air
BMW 3 series has kept up with the ever changing times since 1975. Its legendary design and trim continues to evolve throughout the decades. From the Hofmeister kink at the C or D pillars of the car to the signature widely recognized front grilles, you can see why this is the world’s most distinct look. Combined with advanced steering and suspension, the BMWs have enjoyed renowned road-grappling handling. Giving an impressive 320 horsepower at its fullest.
Still we are always looking to make our BMW unique compared to others. Where should we start? How about start with something simple and make your BMW stand out with our top of the line aftermarket trunk spoilers.
The new 2017 BMW M3 is set to be released in February of 2017. What is new about this BMW M3? You will get Adaptive M Suspension, which is now standard on the M3. The 2017 BMW M3 also features a torquey new twin-turbo straight-six. With a 3.0-liter twin turbocharged engine it easily produces 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque Let’s not forget you’ll have wireless charging for applicable mobile devices.
Three Quick Facts about the 2017 Redesigned BMW M3
1) Zero to Sixty in 4.1 Seconds
2) The 2017 M3 is 176 lbs. lighter than its previous predecessor
3) M3 holds a heavily-crafted front bumper and a signature hood bulge and aggressive fenders all around
When your car reaches excess of 90 mph, unfavorable air flows across the car’s body can cause excess amounts of turbulence or drag thereby potentially lifting your car of the ground. Fortunately for all of us, we have speed limits to adhere by, which largely prevents such events to occur.
However, the purpose of a trunk spoiler is not just to change the air flow over the rear part of your car. There is added benefits to having a trunk spoiler fitted on the back of your BMW trunk, Mercedes trunk, or what have you. The trunk spoiler redirects air flow downward creating more traction for your vehicle. As a result, you’ll achieve better braking stability and fuel efficiency. Let us not forget you get the added slick stylish look of a car model you otherwise would not have achieved. For example, Bespoke Bimmer has largely redesigned and manufactured CSL style trunk spoilers for the E46. You can achieve the look and aerodynamic feel of a CSL BMW, without the costs.
But let us be realistic, most of us are not going to be speeding down the freeway at 90+ mph unless you want to be pulled over by the cops or you are in Germany on part of their autobahns where their highways have no speed limits. We mostly buy spoiler for aesthetic looks for your car. Still, when you are shopping for a trunk spoiler, you’ll want to look for quality products. If the trunk spoiler is not installed correctly, it can actually cause drag instead of reduce.
In any event, take a look around our shop. We’ve test fitted all of our products on cars before we release them to the market. The BMW 3- Series E92 Performance High Kick trunk spoiler is by far our most popular model.
The main difference between a 1×1 and 2×2 carbon fiber weave is the pattern itself. While the 1×1 (plain weave) has a more checkered board look, the 2×2 (twill weave) has more of a noticeable diagonal pattern.
The 2×2 (twill weave) goes over two cells and then under two. This pattern allows the fabric have more “give” in between it’s weaves, which means it can be wrapped around curves and corners with fewer distortions. Thereby providing a more consistent coverage of the fiber making the end parts stronger than the 1×1 counterpart. This advantage also means that the carbon fiber needs to be handled more carefully because it is easily manipulated giving rise to potential unwanted distortions becoming visible.
The 1×1 (plain weave) pattern goes up one and down one. It is a tighter knit fabric, thereby making it more difficult to put over the car part molds. But to that same token it is less susceptible to inadvertent distortions. Incidentally, this also makes the 1×1 have less tensile strength.
The Motorsports industry considers the 1×1 to be more of a Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) style than the 2×2. Generally speaking, you’ll want to keep all the weaves on your car the same. Meaning if you mixed a 1×1 carbon fiber weave hood and then a 2×2 carbon fiber twill, that would look like a mismatch.
While the 1×1 is generally more popular among Motorsports enthusiasts, it is also much cheaper in cost ($8-$12 per yard). However, the better strength, integrity, and rigidity comes from the 2×2 twill weave. Though, if you are purely looking for aesthetics then the 1×1 is fine.
Bespoke Bimmer offers a number of 1×1 carbon fiber weaves. Included of which is the M3 CSL Style Diffuser and E63 M6/E64 M6 Front Lip Spoiler V-Style. However, we specialize in 2×2 carbon fiber weaves.
Five Steps to Installing Your Trunk or Roof Spoiler
- To install the spoiler, first clean the surface of your trunk or roof thoroughly where the spoiler is going to be installed. Use some rubbing alcohol mixed on a clean cloth or even just a paper towel.
- Then test fit the spoiler on the trunk or roof before peeling off the red plastic strip from the 3M tape (the 3M tape should be pre-taped onto the spoiler for you already).
- Mark the position on your trunk with some masking tape (that can be easily peeled off afterwards), or with erasable marker.
- Once you’ve got the position figured out, start peeling off the red plastic of the 3M tape from the two ends of the spoiler and pull towards the middle, and press down on the spoiler as you do so.
- After you peel off the entire strip, press down hard across the spoiler to make sure it’s taped on tightly, and use a blow dryer to heat up the glue if you can. If you are not able to do that, just try to leave it under the sun and not driving too fast for 24 hours.
Additional Tips: If it does not come pre-taped, it is recommended that you apply two parallel lines of tape from one end of the spoiler to the other, along the edges, on the back of the spoiler where it comes in contact with your trunk. After you install the spoiler, it is recommended to leave it under the sun (if weather permits) for a day, or use a heat gun/hair dryer to let the adhesive melt so it will stick better.
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BMW assigns every production model car with an E or F code. E stands for Entwicklung, or development in German. They ran out of E codes and started using F codes. The below table includes common past and current BMW models.
“LCI” code stands for Life Cycle Impulse, also commonly referred to as facelift or mid-cycle refresh. BMW made changes to either the front bumper area or other parts of the body and/or drivetrain that differentiates a later model from the earlier release.
|E38 LCI||1999-2001||7 Series|
|E39 LCI||2000-2003||5 Series|
|E53 LCI||2004-2006||X5 SAV|
|E60||2004-2006||5 Series Sedan|
|E60 LCI||2007-2010||5 Series Sedan|
|E61||2004-2011||5 Series Wagon|
|E63||2005-2007||6 Series Coupe|
|E63 LCI||2008-2012||6 Series Coupe|
|E64||2005-2007||6 Series Convertible|
|E64 LCI||2008-2012||6 Series Convertible|
|E65||2002-2004||7 Series short wheelbase|
|E65 LCI||2005-2009||7 Series short wheelbase|
|E66||2002-2004||7 Series long wheelbase|
|E65 LCI||2005-2009||7 Series long wheelbase|
|E70 LCI||2010-later||X5 SAV|
|E82||2008+||1 Series Coupe|
|E83 LCI||2007-2010||X3 SAV|
|E85||2003-2005||Z4 / MZ4 Roadster|
|E85 LCI||2006-2008||Z4 / MZ4 Roadster|
|E86||2006-2008||Z4 / MZ4 Coupe|
|E88||2008+||1 Series Convertible|
|E89||2009+||Z4 Convertible Coupe|
|E90||2006-2008||3 Series Sedan|
|E90 LCI||2009-2012||3 Series Sedan|
|E91||2006-2008||3 Series Touring Wagon|
|E90 LCI||2009-2012||3 Series Touring Wagon|
|E92||2007-2010||3 Series Coupe|
|E92 LCI||2011-2013||3 Series Coupe|
|E93||2007-2010||3 Series Convertible|
|E93 LCI||2011-2013||3 Series Convertible|
|F01||2008+||7 Series short-wheelbase|
|F02||2008+||7 Series long-wheelbase|
|F06||2012+||6 Series Gran Coupe|
|F07||2009+||5 Series GT|
|F10||2010-2013||5 Series Sedan|
|F10 LCI||2014-later||5 Series Sedan|
|F11||2011+||5 Series Touring Wagon|
|F12||2012+||6 Series Convertible|
|F13||2012+||6 Series Coupe|
|F20||2013+||1 Series hatchback|
|F22||2014+||2 Series Coupe|
|F23||2014+||2 Series Convertible|
|F30||2012-2015||3 Series Sedan|
|F30 LCI||2016+||3 Series Sedan facelift|
|F31||2013+||3 Series Wagon|
|F32||2014+||4 Series Coupe|
|F33||2014+||4 Series Convertible|
|F34||2014+||3 Series Gran Turismo|
|F36||2015+||4 Series Gran Coupe|
|i01||2014+||i3 plug-in electric city car|
|i12||2014+||i8 plug-in hybrid sports car|
What is the best way to find your color code on your BMW?
Release the hood from the inside of the driver’s side leg area then Look under the hood. There should be a color code sticker on one of the strut towers. You can also use this link: http://www.paintscratch.com to find the BMW colors and codes for specific models and years.
Just in case you are missing the sticker, here is another way to find it by using the car VIN. http://www.etk.cc. VIN decoder link is on the homepage.