Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Blogging is a new, vast way to let yourself be heard and have endless possibilities. A blog is kept online and is also referred to as a weblog. Blogs are an online journal, they can be informal of events or news, they c

an have music or video on them or they can be kept for a fun way to express yourself and let your words be heard from any place the world wide is assessable.

Who knew going into an English class, the curriculum would be centered around blogging? In my winter quarter 109.02 English class, we had to think of a topic for a blog that we would keep for a 10 wee

k period in the class. Wondering what I loved most that would keep my interest peaked for the duration of the class, I chose to blog about the BMW E46 and titled my blog e46 Blogger.


I recently bought a used BMW 328i. My four door sedan was built on the e46 chassis or frame. My excitement  for this car is overflowing, blogging about it for 10 weeks seemed effortless to me and keep me interested. Throughout the last ten weeks my car an I have been through a lot and in the last two weeks I’ve put over $1200 into it. Set aside the cost, the car and I are still rolling. 

This class has really opened my eyes to this new way of writing. I had heard of blogs, and may be seen a few but never got into the whole blogging idea. Now, with it being a requirement for my class, I had too. Throughout the last weeks my experience with blogging has been fun, although my words where available online, I didn’t get any hits from outside my class on any of my blog posts. I know this is mainly my fault, you have to comment to get a comment. My blog was ok, and could have been much better. Looking back, I wish I would have spent more time on it 

This sums up blogging for my class, thank you for your time.


(P.S. Kudos Mr. Boczkowski, it’s been a pleaser)

Friday, March 13, 2009

          Today is Friday the 13th!!!!! Last week we where assigned to guest blog for one another in our class. I was given a blog from a girl in my class and I had to write a bog post for her acting as if it was her that had written it. Tracy Woodward was my chosen person. Tracy had to pose as if she where me and she did an ok job, she looked at what I had mainly written about an made a post about cars, and car problems. 

I'm sure it was awkward for her to pose as a guy and match my style, but she nailed it on the topic!

This experience is a much need exercise, it allows us to step in a hole different world, and see a different perspective from other people.

Monday, March 9, 2009


Car problems! Let me tell you something, there not fun and everyone has issues with their car at some point. For instants, I had car problems a bit back and I had to borrow a friends back up car. Now there was a reason they used it as there back up car. There was not heat or air, windows didn’t roll down, the radio didn’t work, the side door was taped on, and you had to hit the unlock button at the same time as you pulled the door handle to get it open.

However, I had no choice and I took the ride. When you have a lot of running to do in your day you will take what you get. When I got the car I notice the tags on it were expired so in order to use it I had to buy new ones, so there goes 50 bucks out of my pocket. On the way to get tags I ran out of gas; luckily someone was following me. As she picked me up so than decided to tell me the gas gage was broken. So I put gas in the car along with buying the tags. I was not a happy camper at this point.

So the point of the story is, I learned a lesson along this road. I learned to always appreciate what you got because it can always get worst.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Today is Thursday 26, February

So, this weeks blog is a little depressing. I am writing about my car once again, and this time its not bragging on it. So as many of my class mates know, I went on a short vacation last weekend. My time away was well spent but my car was a little jealous. We landed and I got in my car to drive home and my car began to hum  and my steering wheel started to shake! Yay!!!!! I know right! So, my philosophy is that it is mad at me! lol I have made an Apt. with the garage for next Tues. so hopefully I can find the problem!
Wish me luck!!! And hope it's not too expensive.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Blogger Response

Today is Friday, 20Th of February,

Today's blog is in response of another student in my class. I have chosen to follow up on "Till Death Do Us Part". This Blog is all about a relationship and relationships in general. Last weeks blog was about the "Top 3" ways, characteristics that can make a relationship work, in the bloggers opinion. I have chosen this blog because I believe what he is saying is true, you need:

  1. Trust- without trust no relationship can work, you have to be able to be able to believe in someone.

  2. Forget The Past- forgetting the past is another "most do". What we did in our past shouldn't stop us in our future.

  3. Sense of Humor- For me, this is what it's all about! I live on a sense of humor, if i didn't then i would go insane, you have to be able to just stop an laugh, life's too short to live all grumpy.

So, I know that's not all that can make a relationship work, but its a good start, and if all these attribute are present, then you can bet on a life full of happiness!

Friday, February 13, 2009

BMW 5 Series VS Pontiac G8

This  is outrageous, where does GM get off thinking they can compare one of there vehicles to a BMW? I have personally driven a G8 and gave it all it all I could, it was powerful but it still resembled the cheap pontiac that produced it. I couldn't  believe it when the salesmen told me it was being compared to a BMW 5 series, the stats are numbers, but the true quality in a BMW, looks and performance unsurpassed any Pontiac.

 Some fun facts 
  1. The Pontiac G8 GT has a base price of $30,000-The luxurious  5 Series starts at $58,500
  2. The german manufacturer managed to squeeze out 360 ponies from their V8 4.8L, while the american automaker managed to the same horsepower, but from a 6.0L engine.
The price between the two is a little different, but it comes down to buying QUALITY instead of JUNK.

Friday, February 6, 2009

The Transition

Blogging is an assignment in my English class. The assignment is to write many stories on a webpage. On mine, I will discuss the car and others like it. BMW’s 3 series e46 is an outstanding automobile. My car is one of the true examples of the quality and craftsmanship that BMW puts in there vehicles. My love for Bimmers has increased as I have grown older. Not too long ago I got the opportunity to sell my current car and buy a BMW, through many road blocks, I stand here today, the proud owner of one. I want to tell the story of how I got mine, where it stands today and how it won me over.

In September of 2008, I decided to sell my Ford Mustang, don’t get me wrong, it was a beauty, black with black rims, I had it looking nice. I had it for two years; the mileage was getting up there (for an American car). So I decided it was time to say goodbye. I put it up for sale on a Wednesday in my local neighborhood and by Friday I didn’t have any serious buyers. I had heard of this online selling, buying, wanted etc. web page.  Therefore, I decided post my car online on Saturday morning and by that night I had a buyer at my house ready for pickup, no negotiating or anything. They offered what I was asking, so off they went. 

Now, car less, I was on a mission. I had always wanted a foreign car, so I went online to start searching. I didn’t know what I wanted at first, but once I started looking at cars, and seeing what was available, I narrowed my search to the 3 series. Now knowing what I wanted, and having money hot in my pocket, I began looking at the four door 3 series. Since I didn’t sell the Mustang for much, I only had a little to buy my next one. I was looking at 1994 to 1998 e36 body style because for what they were selling for I could buy without having to add money. Throughout many hours of searching and searching, I hadn’t found anything that really jumped out at me.

Now Tuesday had come by and my father was leaving for vacation. It would be a week before I would be able to do anything; and a week without a car. Just my luck, I find my dream car! A 1999 BMW 328i, this car was amazing, black, with a shine that would hurt your eyes, this car was the classic, amazing, utmost luxury sedan that BMW had offered, and me, Kyle Edwards was just about to get it. This model was the first style for the new 3 series, and the similar body style had stayed the same till 2005 (keep in mind, that it undertook minor changes). I called my dad and told him about this unbelievable deal, and described the car, and as dads are, he asked me about the car and started to get my hopes up, and then he shoots them down. He tells me he’s not going to do anything while he’s on vacation. OK, so my heart just sunk, this car was an amazing deal, and I wasn’t able to do anything because my dad wasn’t in town. Might as well kiss it goodbye! How could a deal like that stick around till I could act on it? Well, the week slowly goes by and I keep calling the dealership, and every time they still have the car. My dad gets back on Sunday and the next day he wants to go look at the car. Bright and early Monday we get up and go look at the car. Pulling up the drive I see it, I couldn’t believe that was it, one of my dream cars before my eyes. It was almost too good to be true, the car looked perfect! We chat with the sales representatives and set out for a  drive, prier, going through my head was, this car must drive like crap, or it doesn’t run right, I went through every possibility, scenario, everything. The car drove like a dream.  We soon get back at the dealership and make the purchase!

Today, 8,000 miles later, the car is still perfect. My car has 155,XXX miles on it and it runs and drives like it was driven off the lot yesterday! My car is one true example the quality and craftsmanship BMW puts in their cars! Any American car with that many miles on it, may look like mine and even drive like it, but it’s hard to find one, and it’s been babied all its life. I expected my car to need a little elbow grease but it didn’t! This car makes me a believer on foreign automobiles, and I plan to own one for the rest of my life, the prices are higher (not much) but enough to make a difference, I’m willing to give it, you just can’t beat the quality in them.


Today is February 6th, 2009, and today I will write a little about the history of the BMW 3  series. First, the BMW 3 series was introduced in May of 1975. It has been produced in five different generations in no less than five different body styles. 

E21 Generation years 1975-1983

 E30 Generation years 1982-1990

E36 Generation years 1991-1998

E46 Generation years 1999-2004

E90/91/92/93, 2005 to present 

Each year BMW improved the design each year up to today, as you can see I have the E46 body style. The start of this body is my favorite, and todays model is elegant but its still growing on me.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Adventures in the Snow

Today is the 30th of January! The past few days here in Ohio have been really frigid and quite adventurous. We had a snow day this past Wednesday, which is a miracle because Ohio State very rarely has snow/cold days. One would think the snow would have to be so high that going through a door would require digging tunnels before Ohio State would close campus. The day off was much needed, after a stressful week of midterms and book reading.
My E46 is equipped with ESC, aka a form of traction control. With this option I have a separate button to activate the system on or off. This setting is usually ran in this position at all times. Today, I found out that if you turn it off it is fun to drive in the snow (if you are in a controlled situation)! Okay, I know it is not safe, but I was in an empty parking lot and I just had to try it out. ESC is just one of the features that BMW supplies as an option in their vehicles. BMW vehicles are rear wheel drive, unless one has the optional all wheel drive models. I have the rear wheel drive with ESC and I find them to be amazing features if one is not lucky enough to have the all wheel drive. Not to complain about these less than perfect features, I still love my car.
Have a great day!

Friday, January 23, 2009

A Mile at a Time

Today is Friday January 23rd. I want to write about the gas mileage my car gets, and the average amount of miles I can go on a full tank. I also want to ask if anyone knows about lights and how they work.
On an average day, driving to and from school and is about 350 miles a week for week. My BMW averages about 25 miles/gallon with a 16 gallon gas tank, I get a little over 400 miles a tank. With today’s gas prices on a relative low, it would cost me about twenty-five dollars to fill my gas tank. Some ways I conserve gas is by going a little slower, and “gunning” it or passing people when unnecessary and overall not being an aggressive driver. Having being said, gas prices have decreased by more than 50% in the past few months… making it easier for all of to fill our tanks, although before it would cost me around sixty dollars to fill up. So obviously when the gas prices were high I was more aware of what miles I had been driving, but weren’t we all.
Set aside that thought; let’s go back to last week’s topic. A little recap, last week received new headlights that I ordered the previous month. After many issues and difficulties, I finally had them working. They are still working wonderfully except my right front corner light. As you may recall, I had tapped into the wires to get my halos to work, well the company sent me the wrong wiring harness so I disconnected them. The other day I noticed the right corner light was dim and not as bright as the left side. QUESTION!!! Does anyone know what could have caused this; did I short the circuit, or anything? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!!

Friday, January 16, 2009


It's Friday, and today is ridiculously cold out side. I pulled my car out of my garage this morning and my temperature gage started flashing a negative 19 degrees outside. Yeah, its kinda cold. Now, back on topic, my car is the top of the line 328i, it has every bell and whistle on it, except xenon headlights. I know, if you're a car freak, you sort of really want these. On top of the obsession of BMW's, I also have an obsession with xenon's!!! These lights are amazing, the cool, crisp light that the xenon gas emits, is unbelievable. Ever since I can remember, I wanted them to be on my car. Now owning a car that they're suppose to be on, they're not. So, after investigating after market headlights, I finally found a set from DDM Tuning at a reasonable price. I purchased them. These headlights are the exact replica of the factory xenon headlights that come on the BMW with that option. I purchased mine on December 8Th, and waited until January 13Th to receive them. As soon as I got them, I pulled them out of the box and admired their pristine quality. After the shock receded, I began to uninstall my old headlights. After about an hour, they were out. I began to hook up the halo to my battery terminal, soon realizing the company sent me the wrong wiring parts. So, I called DDM, and they promptly sent out the correct wiring parts. One of many snags out of the way, I started installing the headlines. Anxious to see them light up, I installed the passenger's side first and then proceeded to turn on the headlights. With no luck, the light didn't come on. After more tries, and no luck, I called the company back again. They began to explain to me how to hook them up and troubleshoot the problem, but nothing seemed to work. So one of my genius ideas, I changed the polarity going into the headlights power source and completed to install the other headlight. It's a miracle they both came on. Not to get too excited, the passenger headlight went off, and my "canceller" exploded. In disgust with myself, I started uninstalling and packing them away to send back. After six hours of fiddling with them, I couldn't believe that I had screwed up something so simple. Once my mess was all cleaned up, I went to bed. Unable to drive anywhere due to the weather the next day, I decided to uninstall my old lights, and install the new ones to see if I could get them to work without the "cancellers". So, once again I uninstalled the old lights and in with the new! To much surprise, they worked!!! I couldn't believe it, I was told some cars didn't need the "cancellers" for the lights to work, who knew my car was the on that didn't. It's a 1 out of 10 chances it could happen; in other words its slim. BMW's have a computer in them that monitors the operation of the car and its components, since my car was not programed for xenon's, its not set up for the circuitry the xenon's give out, thus it sends a message to the car that the headlight is out, thus the "canceller" bypasses this and doesn't send the error message. My car, "the odd one," didn't need them. I think this is because I used 55w Ballast instead of the 35w Ballast that come standard, I opted for the higher wattage, and in return my car worked properly without the "cancellers" and still carried a full circuit. So, now my headlights work perfect, there everything I had hoped for and now I can enjoy the cool, crisp lights.

Friday, January 9, 2009

A little about me!


I’m completely new to blogging, so bare with me through the next several weeks. First off, my name is Kyle; I am 20 years of age and am now attending OSU. I am a freshman here and loving every minute of it, the transition from high school to college wasn’t too bad, but figuring out what my major is difficult. Enough of that for now, I’m here to talk about my interest in BMW’s, and how my infatuation about cars began. For all my life I’ve been obsessed with cars. When I was a kid I’d always head straight to the toys section and pick out all my favorite Matchbox cars, then find my mom and then she would let me get a couple of the cars I picked out. Through the years I have quite the collection of Matchbox cars (no offense to Hot Wheels, but I never liked the “style” of their cars). Matchbox cars where always close replicas to the real thing. So starting young I played with cars, which had obviously got me hooked on them, and today you can almost call me crazy, but I know almost everything about them, just I’m not too familiar all the mechanical aspect of them. Too much surprise, I later found out that the automotive “idea” has been in my family for years. My dad’s father had a new car dealership in Sunbury, Oh. My dad, when married to my mom, was a used car salesmen. So that’s where I believe my interest in cars is from, at least kind of. The other side of me is how I love my car to shine! It can be freezing outside and id is out washing my car, all to make her shine! Later I’ll get into my ride; hence that’s what this page is all about!