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  1. "How my brother-in-law lost weight"


    Wanted to update you on my diet plan.


    I called the company and ordered their 5-day, 10 lb. weight loss program.


    The next day, there's a knock on the door and there stands before me a


    voluptuous, athletic, 19 year old babe dressed in nothing but a pair of


    Nike running shoes and a sign around her neck.


    She introduces herself as a representative of the weight loss company.


    The sign reads, 'If you can catch me, you can have me.'


    Without a second thought, I took off after her. A few miles later


    huffing and puffing, I finally gave up.


    The same girl shows up for the next four days and the same thing happens.


    On the fifth day, I weighed myself and am delighted to find I

    lost 10 lbs. as promised.


    I called the company and ordered their 5-day/20 pound program.


    The next day there's a knock at the door and there stands the most


    stunning, beautiful, sexy woman I have ever seen in my life. She is


    wearing nothing but Reebok running shoes and a sign around her neck


    that reads, 'If you catch me you can have me'.


    Well, I'm out the door after her like a shot. This girl is in


    excellent shape and I do my best, but no such luck. So for the next


    four days, the same routine happens and I'm gradually getting in


    better and better shape.


    Much to my delight on the fifth day when I weigh myself, I


    discover that I have lost another 20 lbs. as promised. So I decide to


    go for broke and calls the company to order the 5-day/50 pound program.


    "Are you sure?" asks the representative on the phone. "This is our


    most rigorous program."


    "Absolutely," I replied, "I haven't felt this good in years."


    The next day there's a knock at the door; and when I open it I find


    a huge muscular guy standing there wearing nothing but pink running


    shoes and a sign around his neck that reads, "If I catch you,... you're mine."


    I lost 63 pounds that week.


  2. Have you tried Rockauto.com? I've been ordering a lot of parts from there lately. It's my understanding that they ship overseas and even have a European market vehicle selector (un-click the US flag, and click on the EU-flag to see EU models in the drop down list).


    Do you have a scan tool that will show you the live datastream? If so - take a look at the IAT and CTS sensors on a cold start, as well as after the engine has warmed up. The IAT and CTS sensors should be pretty darn close to each other on a stone cold engine (key on, engine off), and approximately ambient temperature. The CTS should read somewhere around 100*C once the engine is fully warmed up, and the IAT a bit higher than ambient air (the intake manifold is hot from engine heat).


  3. When's the last time the car had a fresh set of spark plugs in it? I just tuned up a 1999 VW Jetta 2.0L, it ran like crap under load. A new set of spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap & rotor, and some new vacuum hoses (to replace the perished ones) made the car feel like new again. :)


  4. Spotted this car on two different occasions, in two different countries (Dachau, Germany and Locarno, Switzerland) over the span of 3 weeks. Small world, eh? Thought it was kind neat that the plate said pirate-911. Would have been better if it were on a Porsche 911...but still neat that it can reference the emergency phone number used in some countries, too.




  5. Wow. The things you learn on this forum. I drove into Germany from Switzerland in a 1981 Mercedes 280SE (gf's car from her late father) a couple years ago. I was a auto tech/heavy equipment mechanic in a former career...and knowing how rare/special an older car is in Europe - I kept an eagle eye on the mechanicals of the car over the course of our road trip. I didn't realize it was illegal to pop the hood of a vehicle parked on the side of the road. I popped the hood on the old Mercedes at the start of every day just to ensure that the fluids were up and things under the hood looked good. Come to think about it, I got some really bad looks in a few places when I did this.


    Speaking of tires - I've got a 2004 MINI Cooper S. I have two sets, a winter set (15" on aftermarket wheels) and a summer set (OEM 17" wheels/tires). My winter tires are approximately 1mm larger in diameter than the stock (summer) tires and about 20mm narrower. The narrower tires work great in the winter and offer more cushion on bumpy road surfaces. The 15" wheels I've got just barely clear the brake calipers. I suspect this tire/wheel combo would be illegal in Germany (tire/wheel size only a factory offering on the non-S Coopers) but I guess my point here is that a slight difference in tire diameter shouldn't cause any detrimental effects so long as you run a matched set on the car.


  6. I had all 4 of mine pulled just prior to my 21st birthday (was still covered under my parent's insurance policy). The main reason was because I've got a rather small mouth and the wisdom teeth were just crowding the other teeth. I'm also missing my pre-molars as well, for that reason. The upper wisdom teeth came through normally and were pulled out quite quickly. My lower ones were coming in sideways. My dentist had to slice my gums open and break the teeth in order to get them out. That wasn't exactly a pleasant experience...but that was remedied with the drugs I was prescribed to reduce the pain after the fact. :)


  7. Has your bf signed up for any of the various US job websites? A good friend of mine (also non-military) managed to snag a job in the Netherlands, working at a US Army base. Some of these jobs have military preference, but if they have a hard time filling an opening, they'll open it up to all applicants (that's how my buddy got his job). I'm thinking that a job on a US base (or with a company where English is the preferred business language) would be the least stressful way for him to adapt to life in Germany. My gf is Swiss and has worked for companies in both Switzerland and Germany where the business language was English - I'll ask her if any of those companies are near the Stuttgart area...


  8. The tail lights on my car have the E marking on them, and only the turn signal lens is white. The red reflectors are still intact, so it sounds like I'm probably good to go there.


    I've recall reading on the forum that Germany mandates that people have winter tires during the winter months. Since studded tires are illegal there, I'll probably just pull the studs and use those. The tires are nearly in new condition and it would be a shame not to use them.


    Thanks so much for your input - it really helps hearing from people who have "been there, done that". :)


  9. Yup, I've got turn signals that blink amber. The tail lights I have on the car now are a MINI accessory - they replace the amber lens with a white one, and have the EU-type approval marking on them. I've been asking around the MINI forums and it appears as though some European MINIs shipped with the bumper reflectors (but oddly, no bulbs), but were amber front and rear instead of amber in the front, red in the rear. Do you think it would be ok if I took the bulbs out of my bumper reflectors and replaced the rear reflectors with amber ones?


    The switch on my car already provides a parking light position. It even has another feature where you can have the parking lights on a specific side of the car light up. I have no experience with this setting, but it's my understanding that you use these when parking your car on narrow streets at night - just turn on the side closest to the road. Can someone confirm that this is how the lights should be used?


    Forgot to mention that I've got an OEM first aid kit. Bought it when I was in Switzerland last year, along with the factory license plate bracket for European long plates. Will I need to get a fire extinguisher as well?


    Are studded winter tires approved for use in Germany? The car is nearly useless in the winter (here in Alaska, anyway) without studded winter tires. I looked at both sets of tires over my lunch break and both have the EC approval marking on them.


    Thanks again!


  10. Glad to hear that you finally got your car registered. I'm planning on taking my '04 MINI Cooper S when I finally make the move over there. I was an auto technician in a former career, so I'll be trying to retrofit as much of the required equipment as I can on my own. What all had to be changed on your car? So far, I've purchased/installed European-spec xenon headlights (the car is already equipped with self-leveling and washers), OEM MINI warning triangle and mounting bracket, Euro-spec side mirrors, and rear fog lights. My car has been programmed to have daytime running lights on (basically runs the high-beams at lower voltage) - any ideas if this is OK in Germany? Can you think of anything else I might need to do?


    Thanks in advance for your help!