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Discover the Power of the BMW 3 Series

The 2018 BMW 3 Series is one of the top luxury small cars on the market. The handling is smoother and more responsive than previous models. There are also multiple upgrades, including five additional engine options. The base 320i comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. At its base, the BMW 3 Series gets 248-horsepower, which is why you may want to upgrade to one of the higher trims if you are looking for power.

The 340i is a high-powered engine with 320-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine. The EPA on this is still rather high at 32 mpg for highway…

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Intuitive Technology in the BMW 5 Series

The BMW 5 Series is a renowned luxury mid-sized sedan that takes advantage of the latest and greatest in auto technology. The cockpit of the car is equipped with advanced equipment that can make your ride an enjoyable one.

The prominent infotainment center is front and center. It stands out from the dash and provides you with full control of your media. The rectangular shape of the touchscreen creates a unique user experience. It utilizes Intelligent Voice Control so you can control your music without taking your hands off the wheel. 

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Experience the Luxury of the BMW 2 Series

Have you seen the new BMW 2 Series lineup? US News & World Report ranked it in the top ten of luxury small cars, but driver reviews make it seem like it should be in the top five! With fine-tuned German engineering, the 2 Series offers great power for a small sports car, delivering 248 horsepower in the base model with just a four-cylinder. You can always upgrade to get more power from the M240i, which delivers 384 horsepower from such a small package.

The BMW 2 Series is a five-seater, but in typical roadster fashion, there's more room up…

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What Can the Stunning BMW 7 Series do to Improve Your Commute?

Have you seen the BMW 7 Series? It's all new in 2018. The latest design combines German engineering and high class materials inside with technological comforts that place this car as a driver's favorite. Ranked third in super luxury cars by US News & World Report, this is one vehicle that drivers can't stop raving about for its performance and style.

Even in the standard model, you'll get tons of horsepower, but there are several trims with the BMW 7 series. At the height of the premium trims, there is the 760i, which puts out over 350…

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The Importance of the Alternator in Your Vehicle

Many drivers assume that the car battery is the one part that is giving power to things like the doors and windows, when in fact the alternator is carrying that heavy load. Here are reasons to consider having the system checked regularly by the BMW maintenance team here at Brian Harris BMW.

The car starts when the battery sends juice to the starter motor. From there, the alternator will send power to all the things you take for granted while driving. The alternator is basically a generator. 

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Let's Learn about Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings

You know that your car needs appropriate oil and periodic oil changes, but motor oil viscosity ratings can be confusing. We can clarify this matter right now at the Brian Harris BMW service center!

First, let's discuss viscosity. This property classifies a liquid's resistance to flow. Thin liquids like tea barely resist flow, so they feature low viscosity. On the other hand, thick liquids tend to flow sluggishly, so they feature high viscosity. 

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Are Your Gaskets in Good Shape?

Recognizing the signals your car is giving you can help you prevent a small problem from becoming a bigger--and more expensive--problem to fix. Gaskets are critical components of your car's engine; they form impenetrable seals that keep fluids and gasses from leaking into places they shouldn't be, potentially causing significant damage if they fail. That's why knowing the signs of gasket issues and getting your car in to be serviced promptly is important.

You can help ensure the health of your engine's gaskets by getting your oil and coolant replaced at regular intervals. 

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Signs Your Exhaust Might be Leaking

The exhaust plays an important part in the overall operation and performance of your vehicle. Any type of unusual odor or noise is a sign that something’s not functioning like it should. There are a few telltale symptoms, in addition to the fumes, that will point to an exhaust leak.

One of them is hearing a popping noise in the engine. If you also notice discoloration around the tailpipe or engine cylinders, you should get your system checked as soon as possible. It could lead to burned spark plugs, wires, or worse. 

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How Much Does Timing Belt Replacement Cost?

Vehicle owners generally understand how timely maintenance can keep repair costs down. This concept is true when it comes to repairing or replacing a timing belt. On average, it will cost about $500 to have a belt repaired and about $2,000 on average to have the belt replaced altogether.

While nobody looks forward to spending hundreds of dollars on car repair, it can be even more expensive to not maintain a timing belt. 

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Suspension, Shocks and Struts Affect Ride Quality

If your drive down the street or highway feels more like a boat bouncing over waves rather than a smooth glide, your suspension and steering system may have worn out parts. At our BMW service department in Baton Rouge, we can evaluate your vehicle's suspension system and recommend what parts needs replacement in order to restore smooth and safe handling of your car.

Shocks and struts replacement services result in improved safety, better vehicle handling, more control and stability, shorter braking distances and an overall smoother ride.

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