:bmw: I am a new member to this site, just discovered it yesterday, wish it had been sooner. I got a used 2004 LT in late October and didn't have much time to check on all the info on it..it is so different from the old BM's that I owned. I have a couple of kind of stupid questions. I remember my old horizontally opposed twin would smoke a bit on start up, and a couple of times this one has done the same thing. Is this common, or do I have a problem somewhere in the engine? I also have read a number of posts of pre-2005 and post 2005 models. I am wondering if the 2004 is significently different than the newer models? I have read some posts that say the 2005 and newer models handle better. Since I don't have anything to compare it to I may never know.