At The Wheel: Cartuner


My name: Alan Member Name: Cartuner
My ride: 1994 BMW 540I
My age: 21
My profession: Automotive
City/town: Tracy, CA
Relationship status: Single
Sexuality: Gay

What is the best thing that you like about your ride?
Style, Comfort, Reliability, RWD and power.

Do you like to take road trips in your car? Describe your favorite road trip -- where did you go? What did you do?
So far the longest road trip I went on was to San Francisco, Treasure Island to be exact... I went and entered in the 3rd Annual TI car show that was organized by a few of my friends and sponsored by Tunerplayground and Monster Energy drinks.

Alan_2 Do you like tinkering under the hood, or do you leave repairs and routine maintenance to your mechanic?
It depends on the size of the job. Under the hood of the 540I is stock for now and routine maintenance is done by me. But bigger repairs like a transmission replacement is done at a shop. Although my previous car which was a 1990 Integra Sedan had many goodies under the hood that were performed by yours truly from a large aluminum Fluidyne radiator to a upgraded GSR transmission for shorter gears with every other bolt on you can think of.

What special touches have you added to your car that reflect your personality and individuality?
I chose a black car because I find it to be quite "sexy" when kept clean... I like to take turns quite fast and the stock 15" 50 series tires were NOT cutting it. So I had to upgrade to 18x8" front and 18x9.5" rear M parallel wheels with performance Michelin pilot tires, dark tinted windows all the way around for added privacy and an Alpine CD player with Ipod adapter because it came with a stock cassette player and 6500K Xenon kit to put the projector headlights to better use.

What is the most you’ve ever paid for a car? What is the most you would ever pay for a car?
$17,000 for a 2003 Acura 3.2TL Type-S was the most. And the most I will ever pay for a car depends on my budget at the time which of course will be whatever I can afford.

Alan_3 Do you have a great memory of a date that relates to you car?
May 11, 2009... The day I bought it... On May 10th I ended a 5 year love affair with my 1990 integra. On May 11th I searched all over Craigslist and made a list of 5 cars I wanted to look at in order from best to worse. It included a 1997 Mercedes E420 as first, a Red 1995 BMW 540I, a Black 1994 BMW 540I, 1992 Ford Mustang 5.0L GT and a 2000 Dodge Durango. I called for the Mercedes, someone was at the dealer lot filling out papers to buy it... Called for the red 540I, the ignition switch had just gone out... Called the black 540I, still have it... Went out and poked around it, it was abnormally clean for its age, low miles and all. Test drove it and felt something the Integra never had... Torque... Pulled back up to the guys work... SOLD. Brought it home with a smile on my face.

Do you find yourself more attracted to people with similar car tastes to your own? Or doesn’t it matter?
I'd love to find someone with similar car tastes but its not a must.

Alan_4 If you had an unlimited budget and could change anything you wanted on your car, what modifications or accessories would you add?
Change the tan interior over to black BMW M5 interior, change the 5 speed Autotragic to a 6 speed Manual, Dinan lowering springs, Koni yellow shocks, M5 front and rear sway bars, Dinan engine computer chip, Dinan high flow exhaust... Thats about it, unfortunately theres not much aftermarket support for my car.

Do you think your car has a personality or soul? What kind of sound or behavior does it have that makes it unmistakably your car?
If I'm driving it too gently at freeway speeds the "transmission error" code will pop up on the information center about 2 times out of 10... If I take a hard corner to fast before the tires warm up it likes to get tail happy.

Do you have a nickname for your car?
Not really, I just call it the "bimmer".

Have you upgraded the car stereo? What is your "dream" sound system?
I just changed the stock cassette to a Alpine head unit... I wouldn't mind getting upgraded speakers through out the car with upgraded amplifiers then the stocks... Also a nice JL audio sub/amp/cap set up in the trunk would be nice... Preferably a custom set up so I can still have trunk space.

Alan_5 What aspect of your ride most attracted you when you decided to own and drive it?
The troque, the elegance and Rear Wheel Drive (RWD).

Have you ever pushed your car to its performance limit? What was the fastest speed?
155MPH... The speed governor kicked in after.

Are you a member of any car clubs or other auto related organizations?
Yes... I'm leader of 2 car clubs and a member of a total of 8.

What was the first car you ever had? Do you ever get nostalgic for it?
1988 Cadillac Seville... And very much so, she looked MINT. Fresh paint, flawless leather... I sold it to my brother who then proceeded to shove the front end under a Corolla.

If you could trade your ride in for any other car, what would it be, regardless of the price?
2008-2009 BMW M3 Coupe... Or a 2008-2009 Audi S5.

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