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Customizable Options in the BMW 5 Series

With the BMW 5 Series, you don't have to settle for average. The popular luxury mid-sized sedan is available in a range of configurations. Not only that, but numerous upgrade packages are available to make your new car your own.

The simplest trim option includes just the essentials. It comes equipped with BMW's navigation system, sports seats, and LED headlights. If you want something more impressive, you can opt to go with the Executive Tier. It has Automatic High Beams, Parking Assist Plus, and soft-close doors. 

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Make Your BMW 2 Series One of a Kind

When we look at this popular coupe, we see a high performance vehicle built into a compact package. With the BMW 2 Series, it’s been redesigned with all of the power but none of the excess.

With the luxury body style you get an overall impressive look to your 2 Series. Chrome accents show off the grille, tailpipe and other parts of the body. The M Sport style just reinforces the image of the 2 Series as a racing design. 

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BMW 7 Series at the Summit of Luxury Sedans

Known for its exceptional attention to detail and styling, the BMW 7 Series is the apex of quality and luxury in its class. As the flagship vehicle of the BMW brand, the 7 Series full-size sedan is a study in refinement. The adaptive drive feature enables the vehicle to adjust to any road condition and drive preference, providing a fully customizable ride. The exclusive Panoramic Sky Lounge brings the outdoors into the cabin with its expansive vista. This roof is a perfect complement to the detailed ambient lighting designed to enhance any mood.

 

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How do I Test My Battery with a Voltmeter?

Your battery is a repository of electrical charge in the form of voltage. When you test your battery, you must take care not to short the battery by connecting the positive and negative poles without a resistor. Using a voltmeter to make the connection is a safe way to make the connection between the opposite poles as a current resistor is built into the device.

To check your voltage level using a voltmeter, your first step is to check and make sure all your lights and the ignition switch are off. 

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Prevent Tire Blowout With Maintenance

Your tires are one of the most important parts of your car. They're your only real contact with the road. Blowing out a tire is dangerous, scary and can cause the car to spin out of control. Luckily, with proper tire maintenance, blowouts can mostly be avoided.

Checking tire pressure and wear to the treads is the most important step. Check your pressure when your car has had a chance to cool down, about three hours after you've finished driving for the day. It should be within the published range your car's manufacturer recommends. 

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How Can You Tell if Your Ignition is Damaged?

If your car isn't starting, it's sometimes the fault of your battery, and often, that's what many will assume is the issue at first glance. Sometimes it's not your battery that's dead, but rather an issue with your ignition. How can you tell if the problem is your starter? There are a few issues that may crop up if your ignition isn't working properly, and they can be used to identify the issue easily.

If your starter drive gear gives off a grinding noise, or your engine starts freewheeling, giving you nothing but a…

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What are Gaskets?

If you are going to be buying a car soon, it is important to know the basics about a vehicle first. That is why we here at BMW of Fairfax are here to tell you all about one small aspect of your car which often go ignored: your gaskets.

A gasket forms a seal between two parts within your engine, ensuring that nothing gets in or out that isn't supposed to be there. If you have a bad gasket, you should go to a dealer for servicing as quickly as possible. 

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Keep Your Transmission in Peak Condition

Whenever you take your vehicle in for an oil change, you may be encouraged to change the transmission fluid. Although you may be tempted to delay fluid replacement, it’s no joke that might put this vital system at risk if you do.

Just like engine oil, transmission fluid also goes through a punishing process. It ensures that our vehicles change gears efficiently, controls our engine revolutions per minute, and regulates transmission temperature. However, the chaotic environment causes the eventual breakdown and contamination of the fluid. 

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Is Copper Better Than Aluminum for Radiator Cores?

Radiator cores are the central parts of your radiator. They route hot coolant through the center of the radiator where it is cooled by airflow from the fans and vehicle motion. Cores can be made out of many different metals, but two of the most popular choices are aluminum and copper.

Copper is too soft to form core-material on its own, so it is often combined with brass for structural strength. Copper and brass radiator cores tend to be heavier than aluminum cores, but also have slightly better heat removal capabilities. 

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Use Windshield Wiper Fluid in the Winter

Anyone that has driven in the snow here in Fairfax, Virginia knows how important it is to have windshield wiper fluid topped off at a moment’s notice. Not only can the fluid be used to rid a windshield of unwanted ice and snow, but it can also help a driver to see better when their windshield gets covered with road salt and sand that are typically used by road crews to increase traction and melt ice. Although these products can help drivers to drive more safely on the roads, they can also cover their windows pretty quickly and make…

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