Sunday, July 17, 2011

DAY 65 - Squeaky Clean!

The sun went down, and the temperature finally dropped to 88 degrees. It was hot, but I decided to go ahead and give Zelda a bath in the driveway. It didn't take long, and after I got all the water off with the chamois, she looked pretty good. I blew the water out of the wheels with the air compressor, and I'm going to respray the wheels tomorrow with the Armorall Wheel Protectant. That stuff gets a big thumbs up from this driver. It makes the wheels so slippery that the brake dust just blows away. I love it.

I also cleaned the glass with Windex tonight The windshield and the nose had a lot of dried bug remnants from the past couple weeks of driving. Tomorrow I'll use the RainX I bought a few weeks ago. I'll probably give the whole car another coat of the Meguiar's Tech Wax again tomorrow, too. But I'll probably do it a little at a time so I don't get overheated. Of course that's after a morning of geocaching with my son and my nine year old grandson. Fun fun fun.

The car continues to grow on me. I'm really starting to like the appearance, and I'l learning more about the iDrive system. Today I learned you can vary the categories or the information displayed on the Satellite radio readout. I think a light bulb must have lit up above my head when I discovered that option. I also reset the system to lock the doors when the car starts moving. I kind of like that feature.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

DAY 64 - Need a wash

Aside from the occasional idling issues, the car continues to run great. The odometer is currently at a little over 1,900 miles. The only other issue is that the iDrive lady is hard of hearing. Either that or I mumble. When I try to tell her what radio station I'd like to hear, she misunderstands me. It's easier just to dial it in.

Rear driver's side door needs some type of adjustment. I know the cabin is tight, but the rear passenger door closes quite nicely on the first try. The dealer is going to have to address this issue and get it fixed — if I ever get over there.

One of the things I've noticed is that the car gets up to speed with relatively no effort. I pull away from a light and before I know it, I'm cruising along at 60 mph. The steering is responsive, almost intuitive. And the brakes are more than adequate. From a design standpoint, the car has a great look and actually appears to be moving even when it's standing still simply because of the body lines.

I'm happy with it so far. Except for the fact that it needs to be washed.

Friday, July 1, 2011

DAY 49 - Rough Idle Returns

I'm still experiencing that strange idle situation. I pull into a parking lot and put the car in park. Then the tachometer does a little dance from 600 rpm up to 900 rpm. It keeps doing that as long as the engine is running and the car is in park.

Had another incident last week when I pulled into a McDonald's parking lot. The idle was rough again, but it was more severe, as if the engine was going to die. Then it would rev up a bit more, then back down, almost die, and then rev back up.

Has anyone experienced this? And do you think it's something the dealership can fix?