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Summer 2020 Newsletter

The latest newsletter is online here:

The 50th year celebration of the New Jersey Chapter founding has been postponed until next year, 2021.

BMW Specialist Sponsors

Upcoming Events

Come out and give back! Circle BMW in Eatontown is hosting a Cars & Cans night on Tuesday, December 8th from 6:00-9:00 PM. All attendees are encouraged to bring a bag of non-perishable food items and will be entered to win a $250 gift card to Circle BMW’s Lifestyle Boutique for their generous donation. All donated food will be given to Fulfill, formally known as the Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean County. We hope to see you there!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drive a new M car the way it was meant to be driven, and with professional coaching? Or have you considered Performance Center delivery of your next new car? Come join us for an in-depth virtual discussion about the BMW Performance Center with Mike Renner! We’ll explore the different programs they offer and have some new and exciting M Chapter benefits to announce! This virtual event his scheduled for Wednesday, December 10 at 8 p.m. EST.
Register here:  BMW Performance Center with Mike Renner
Rescheduled!   Saturday, September 18th, 2021.  Stay tuned for more details.

Recent Articles

Recent Forum Threads

Tow vehicle advice

Hi all,

I’ve been driving my Lotus Elise to the track for years. I’m thinking of towing it instead. Two reasons, the A/C isn’t working (the repair estimate for taking apart the front of the car and replacing the evaporator is ~$3K). Also, I’m in the market for a daily driver, and I’m thinking that could serve as my tow vehicle. Of course there are all the other reasons, such as, I don’t have to drive four hours to Summit Point in a tiny car with all my stuff jammed into it; if the Elise breaks I can tow it home; I could bring extra tires, and so on.

I’ve never towed anything. The Elise weighs about 2,000 lbs. 16’ foot open aluminum trailers seem to be about 1600 lbs. An X3 (2018 or newer) can tow 4400 lbs. That sounds like a comfortable margin, but I wonder how it would feel to tow the Elise and trailer with an X3. An X5 (2019 or newer) can tow 6603 lbs. The X5 is about 800 lbs heavier than the X3, and has a five-inch longer wheelbase. For purposes other than towing, I’d prefer the X3. But maybe the X5 would be better for towing.

Do you think either the X3 or X5 is appropriate for this purpose? My mechanic is selling a gorgeous Ford F-150 Raptor with all kinds of upgrades, including bigger brakes. That seems like huge overkill, though tempting. The price of the Raptor and a CPO 2019 X5 are similar.

Any thoughts welcome.

2021 Board Nominations

To all NJ BMW CCA members:

Nominations are now open for the following 2021 New Jersey Chapter board positions:

- President
- Vice President
- Treasurer
- Secretary
- Director of Social Events
- Director of Driving Events
- Member-at-Large (two)

Nominations must be received by me in writing (or e-mail) prior to the November 2020 board meeting. This year's elections will be conducted online (more information to follow).

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the board positions, nominating process or elections. Thank you.

Dave Allaway
Secretary, NJ Chapter BMW CCA

Free: e36 rear deck speakers (6 x 9)

I found an old set of 6x9 (I think) speakers that I believe are from the rear deck of an E36...I'm assuming they will fit others too. Obviously they're old, but they're free so you can't beat the price. Let me know if you want them.


E53 X5 Sport Edition wheels w/ Blizzak winter tires

4 Sport Edition 17" ET45 wheels with Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 winter / snow tires 235/65R17. Wheels and tires were purchased from TireRack in 2016, used for 2 seasons on a 2005 BMW X5 and stored indoors. Tires have date code 3316 and tread depth is at least 8/32". The wheels are gunmetal grey and in excellent shape with no scratches or curb rash. The X5 was unstoppable in winter weather with this setup. Will fit BMW X5 199-2005.

Asking $300 OBO. Pickup in Mt. Holly, NJ or I am willing to meet along 195 / 295 / GSP / NJ Turnpike.

2005 330i ZHP Sedan for sale - SOLD!


[b]VIN# WBAEV53465KM09051[/b]
A fun car with some issues requiring repair. This would be a great car for someone who can do the labor themselves. I don't have the means, the tools, or the time to repair the issues. Perhaps you do? If so, this is the car for you!!

  • [*]ZHP "Nothing Special" Model
  • [*]185,500+ Miles
  • [*]SilverGrey Metallic
  • [*]Black leather interior with M3 Seats
  • [*]6-speed manual transmission
  • [*]Xenon Headlights
  • [*]Wood trim (Original, damaged silver cube trim included)
  • [*]New Pilot Sport 4S tires with less than 1,000 miles
  • [*]Avin Avant 4 Head Unit with Apple Car Play
  • [*]CarFax from 2016 available
  • [/list]
    [b]Issues[/b] [list]
  • [*]Electrical battery drain (needs a tender)
  • [*]GM5 module requires occasional resetting.
  • [*]Oil Pan gasket leaking
  • [*]Rear Main Seal leak
  • [*]Motor and transmission mounts worn.
  • [*]Headliner droop
  • [*]Minimal rust spots
  • [/list]
    [b]Major maintenance (with receipts) since I took ownership in 2016
  • [*]139,311 - Tie Rods Replaced, Alignment done.
  • [*]141,516 - Passenger Airbag Recall, Valve cover gasket, Spark Plugs, and Fuel Filter Replaced
  • [*]142,987 - Cooling System refresh (radiator, hoses, water pump, thermostat, belts, expansion tank), Brake flush, Breather system refresh, Oil Filter housing gasket & line replacement.
  • [*]144,000 - Installed H&R Sport Springs, Bilstein Shocks/struts, Strut mount hardware, New brake pads & rotors
  • [*]146,942 - Continental Extreme Contact A/S tires installed, Oil Change
  • [*]152,605 - Driver's Airbag Recall, Power Steering fluid exchange
  • [*]156,250 - Control Arms Replaced, RR wheel bearing replaced, Y pipe (fuel system) replaced, Oil Change
  • [*](missing records) Oil _Filter changes every 5-6k miles
  • [*](missing) GM5 Module replaced (Used)
  • [*](missing) Front Window Regulators and RF door gasket replaced
  • [*](missing) Battery Replaced
  • [*]184902 - Michelin Pilot Port 4s tires installed
  • [*]184921 - Tie Rod Ends replaced, Oil Change
  • [/list]
    [b]Optional items included, depending on sale price
  • [*]Valentine One detector and remote display
  • [*]WeatherTech Floor Mats F+R
  • [*]Two Rear Wheels in moderate shape
  • [*]Windshield Wiper Tray (replacement)
  • [/list]
    [url=https://www.instagram.com/p/CFU6VmPjMtr/]Exterior Photos[/url]
    [url=https://www.instagram.com/p/CFU6ihEDICa/]Interior Photos[/url]

    Price: $3,600 neg. (Includes all extras listed above)
    Contact: forsale@ackthud.net

    About Us

    The New Jersey Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America was established in 1970 and today has of over 3,000 members in New Jersey and the surrounding area. Our purpose is to provide services and organize events that benefit and interest our members. Our goal is to help you get the most enjoyment and satisfaction from BMW ownership, and to create a community where members can share their enthusiasm for these terrific cars.

    The Chapter holds a monthly meeting for members that often consist of technical presentations and demonstrations. Our social events are well know as fun, family affairs and offer a great opportunity for members and their families to meet and mingle.

    Since we are a car club, we place a lot of emphasis on the safe, proper operation of the automobile. We offer several “behind-the-wheel” activities in a learning environment that are designed to improve your driving skills. These consist of our Street Survival program for teens, Autocross events and our highly regarded Driver School program.

    Since this is a BMW car club, we also organize competitive events that explore the limits of these awesome cars. We hold regular timed Autocross events and sponsor several Club Races throughout the season.

    If you, like most car nuts, can’t resist modifying, improving and maintaining your prized BMW’s, the club has a terrific collection of resources for you. The scope and depth of knowledge among our membership almost guarantees that you’ll find an expert who will gladly offer advice on any detail, and the club maintains a technical library and toolbox for your use.

    This club exists for you, the membership, and is run by active members. What we do as a club is determined by you so, if you would like to see other activities, or additional services offered, please bring these suggestions forward.

    So, join the club, come to a meeting, and meet your fellow members. We are sure that you will make new friends who share your interests – and passion – for these great cars!

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