5 “Did You Know” Answers for The Passionate BMW Owner

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While Des Moines BMW owners have unmatched passion for their European autos, being the “Go-To” service location for European cars requires us to dig deep into the history and heritage of the cars we service so we can give the best maintenance and support to your European car as possible. Along the way, we pick up odd and somewhat amusing tidbits of European car information.

Check out these 5 “Did you knows” about our beloved BMW:

  1. passionate bmw ownerThe BMW Name – BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke. In English, that would be: Bavarian Motor Works
  2. The BMW Logo – The Roundel logo stems from the days of its aircraft heritage, and symbolizes a spinning propeller.
    A huge component of the BMW logo is the blue and white fields, and those come off the Bavarian flag. (Bavaria is a state in Germany. Yes. BMW’s come from Bavaria.)
  3. The BMW “LOOK” – The kidney Grille was first used in the BMW 303. The 303 was a mid-sized saloon produced in the early 1930’s. It was the first BMW to use the “kidney grille” which today is a hallmark if their model.
  4. The BMW Letter – BMW does not use automobile platforms like any other manufactures, instead, each generation has a development code (Entwicklungsnummeren ), E = Entwicklung = DevelopmentSo, why did they switch to “F code” with the new 7-series? Did they run out of E-numbers? We’ll have to look into this… 🙂
  5. The FIRST BMW – The first car made by BMW is: The BMW Dixi!!!
    BMW bought the Automobilwerk Eisenach in 1928 and, with it, the rights to build the Dixi car… Soon after that, they dropped the Dixi name.

European cars run in our blood (almost literally). From BMWs to Mercedes, Jaguars, Porsche and more, we love what we do as much as you, as owners, love the driving and performance.

Reach out to us if you have any questions concerning your vehicles service and performance. Beckley Imports and the entire Beckley Automotive Group can handle any question and help get you back on the road.

Prep Your European Auto For Harsh Des Moines Winter Driving

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It’s hard to imagine prepping your car for fall and winter driving with the 80+ degree temps we current enjoy.  But reality is that fall is technically here and that means turkey, presents, and bowl games and HARSH WINTER DRIVING are just around the corner.

TIP:  When you see the garden centers closing up and the patio furniture on clearance at the stores – it’s time to winterize.

winter driving bmw des moines iowaWinter puts an amazing strain on your car’s systems and fluids.  And if you leave your car outdoors overnight, it endures even more punishment.  Here’s what you should do now to avoid shivering on the roadside waiting for a tow

Get caught up on recommended maintenance

If the summer was just too busy, it’s a good idea to get caught up on the simple things.  We know that with other places you’ve been in the past, you might have felt “taken” a bit on add-ons and extras that don’t seem necessary.  We guarantee that Aaron and Thomas will recommend what’s necessary for your vehicle and give you clear guidance on additional maintenance items that you should consider.

TIP:  Sometimes you just feel like asking the question, “Is it OK if I wait on servicing say…my water pump…until the next time I visit?”  Don’t feel awkward about it! At Beckley, you’ll get an honest answer that does not contain a hidden agenda or innuendo.  We’ve built our business on honesty and good value…so ask any question you’d like and we’ll give you a straightforward answer.

Kick the tires

Possibly the most essential element in the winter equation is tires.  If you don’t do a summer/winter tire switch, make sure you have tread and lots of it.  Sometimes when you’re in that “in between” stage where there’s “probably just enough tread to get by til Spring,” this is a tough decision.  Safety should be your first consideration here.  Stopping distances go through the roof on snow and ice and tread is your friend.

Get the cooling system ready to be REALLY cool

It might seem like “cooling” systems are less relevant in the winter.  True you’re less likely to have overheating issues after running 10 minutes when it’s 20 degrees outside.  But a properly operating cooling system is essential to your engine’s life at all temperatures.  Freezing temps can really push an old water pump to the limit so if you’re approaching or over the max life for that part – consider a proactive replacement.

Put the scraper and winter emergency kit back in the vehicle

It’s a great idea to keep a plastic bin from Lowe’s or Menards with the following items in them.  By the way, check your items each year for expiration dates and be sure to change out batteries.

  • spare gloves
  • jackets
  • flashlights
  • first aid kit
  • small shovel
  • food
  • knife
  • chains
  • jumper cables

TIP:  Consider putting one or more of those 40 pound sandbags in the rear of your car.  This will help with traction in a rear wheel drive car of course.  But a side benefit is that if you get stuck, you can grab the knife from your winter safety kit, cut open the bag, and lay the sand down under and around your tires for extra traction.  You’d be surprised how much this helps when things get slick and you’re spinning those gorgeous wheels.

The Beckley team is available for convenient appointments from early morning to evening.  We’ll even take you to work and pick you up with our shuttle.  Give us a call and let’s see what we can do to take care of your investment.

Who Will Be the First to Own the 2014 BMW i8 Coupe in Des Moines?

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Des moines BMW i8 CoupeWow is about the best word to describe this beautiful machine. BMW recently announced the specs, pricing, and release date for the 2014 i8. The car was previewed at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show and get this – it’s a plugin hybrid.

The i8 will be available in the Spring of 2014 and MSRP’s at $135,925 including destination and handling. I don’t think anyone in the metro or beyond will be disappointed with a delicious 94 mpg and the ability to run 22 miles on electric-only power. There’s no place more suited to “electric only” than Des Moines considering our amazingly low average commute.

The BMW i8 sports all wheel drive and will do an impressive 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds. Horsepower clocks in at 362 and top speed is rated at 155 mph (which currently – only Iowa State Troopers carrying governors can approach.)

Charging will take 3.5 hours if connected to a standard outlet but if you opt for the BMW i Charging Station, the charge will only take 1.5 hours. That sounds like a deal in the long run to maximize your ability to run on electric only and save that gas money for more important things.

We’ll update our Facebook page with more on this once we get an alert that a piece has been delivered in the metro. (LIKE our page so we’ll show up in your stream of information.) Until then, dream of sleek lines and NO lines at the pump!

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The Beckley Import Warranty

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Many dealerships will tell you that having your vehicle serviced anywhere but their dealership voids the warranty. That’s not entirely true. At Beckley Imports, we can work on your vehicle and help you maintain your original warranty. We have been working on European vehicles in Des Moines for over 30 years. Our specialization allows us to be focused on our customers, their satisfaction and their vehicles. Beckley Imports is a trusted source of information about European vehicles. We invite you to contact us to schedule your next appointment.

We Have A Soft Spot for Mercedes

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Beckley Imports has been working on Mercedes vehicles in Des Moines for 35 years. We have the Mercedes factory tools to communicate with your Mercedes. If you  own a Mercedes, live in Des Moines and are looking for someone who can be a trusted source for your vehicle, give us a call. We can help you with repair work and maintenance.

We Love Saab

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Like many of our customers, we love Saab. If you wonder how you can keep your Saab alive and well, now that they are out of production, we can help. At Beckley Imports, we have the tools and training to maintain the health and vitality of your Saab for years to come. From general maintenance to repair work, we want to see your Saab on the road. Let us know how we can help make that happen. We welcome the opportunity to hear the story of your Saab. Please contact us if there are questions we can answer for you.

Do You Drive an Audi or Volkswagen?

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We know Audi and Volkswagen inside and out. Our mechanics have the tools and skills to keep your vehicle running like new. We work specifically with European cars, so when you come to us, you’re sure to save time and money. If you own an Audi or a Volkswagen, we are here to answer any questions you may have. We have a commitment to our customers and want to see their vehicles last.

Built for Speed, The 2014 Audi RS 7

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If you’re a fan of Audi and speed, you will love the RS 7. This is the fastest RS offered in the United States. The Audi RS 7 features a turbocharged 4.0 TFSI V8 engine, giving it an impressive 560 hp. The RS 7 also has exclusive Singleframe grill, all-wheel drive and RS-specific air suspension. The interior features Valcona leather, rev-limit shift lights, boost pressure gauge and a lap timer. You can expect to see the Audi RS 7 this fall.

Bring your Audi RS 7 into the experts at Beckley Imports for all your service needs. We understand European cars!

Mercedes-Benz S-Class, The Best Car in The World?

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You may soon see the Mercedes-Benz S-Class everywhere. Recently, Mercedes-Benz launched a 360-degree campaign focused on the S-Class. The campaign presents the car as “the best car in the world.” It has also created an interactive website to showcase its features and luxury. You can experience the interactive website and get a better understanding for why the S-Class may be the best car in the world. The below video is the television spot for the S-Class. Stay up to date with all things Mercedes-Benz on their Facebook page.

Mercedes-Benz has been presenting the S-Class as a way to sponsor fashion focused events. The S-Class stars next to Chinese top model Sui He. Read more about the campaign here. To keep yours looking and running like the best car in the world, bring it in, our experts will treat it right.

The Future of The Electric Car, The 2014 BMW i3

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July 29th, BMW will unveil the 2014 i3. This will be the first electric car build from the ground up from BMW. There have been some improvements with the body and overall performance of the i3. LifeDrive is a new concept for BMW that focuses on the body, built from  ultra-stiff carbon fiber, making the car lightweight. It weighs in at 2,630 lbs. from the European configuration. The battery pack weights a light 45o lbs. The battery itself provides drivers 80-100 miles before a charge is needed. BMW decided on a Level 2 battery charger, allowing the battery to charge to 80 percent capacity, within 20 minutes.

If you’re worried about acceleration, the BMW i3 will go from 0 to 60 in seven seconds. The car has a limited electronic speed of 93 mph. BMW borrowed from their motorcycle division, placing a 650 cc two-cylinder engine in the rear of the car. The BMW i3 will also come equipped with ConnectedDrive which offers navigation, monitoring of battery life and can assist in best practices for efficiency. If you’ve been looking for an electric car, the BMW i3 might be a great option for you. Here are the price options for the i3.

Bring it in, we can help you with all your service needs.