Re: BMW tool kits...
- From: "John Carrier" <jxc2@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2006 06:50:24 -0500
"Bret Ludwig" <bretldwig@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
As expensive as BMWs are, the tool kit is both sparse and not of the
quality Americans have been led to expect. Most people who can afford a
BMW buy Snap-On, and what comes in the BMW kit is not Snap-On quality.
I have owned German tools-Hazet and Stahlwille- and while I've never
broken one, I don't think the BMW tools are made out of the same stuff
Stahlwille are, and are even more crudely finished. The screwdriver in
particular has a cheesy handle and isn't that tough.
Yes, I know, American cars don't even HAVE a tool kit. But Americans
already have tools. I have doubles and triples and quadruples of a lot
of things, from habitual buying over decades.
And the main point is ... what?
That the kit is small and should have more tools? If so, just how many and
for what purpose?
That the kit ought to have top quality tools? Why?
If not most, certainly a large number of people who can afford BMW do
mechanical work on their cars at their own peril (my brother would be
Anybody who can or does work on their car has the tools and doesn't use
those in the kit (except for perhaps a quick parking lot minor repair).
Those that can't or won't will likely never drop the kit's lid.
I think a car's tool kit ought to include those items that might allow one
to continue to drive where otherwise you'd be parked or extremely
inconvenienced: Tools to change or repair a tire, common fuses,
sunroof/window crank (when the motors/relays fail), etc. (The omission of
the pin to help align the rim on the hub, no longer in the newer car's kits,
is a big mistake IMO.)
R / John
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