Man, that new 328i is a nice ride. Any experience here?
Man, that new 328i is a nice ride. Any experience here?
5. 1967 1600, 1968 1600. 1973 2002, 1974 Bavaria
Back in the old days, I drove the 67, my ex drove the 68. the California plates were 525 BMW, and 524 BMW. Both were light green. Freak out the troops at the gas station.
We bought a house in Fullerton, Ca a long time ago. 1500 W Maxzim St. 1500 was the first real BMW after the war.
Phone number, just the way it came, was 525-2002.
I was a BMW parts manager for 10 years, drove B Sedan, crewed on an IMSA 1600, as well as the Hyde Park Motors BMW's.
So then I left California, started driving Toyota's, came back to Illinois, working at Chrysler Corp dealers. Been driving a Neon, wife has a Caravan. Also usually had a demo.
So last winter, we started talking about buying a car. I thought a Dodge with a Hemi might be OK, since I can't stand FWD. So I drove one to Milwaukee and back, etc.
So one night, she said, "What would you buy if you had your choice." 15 seconds, I said BMW. Bought the 525, used at 47K has a service contract, and BMW maintenance. Now has 58k. The only problem I've had is the ticket I got on I 57 yesterday. 88 in a 65, but had just dropped back from 119. Had to clear the Garmin before the trooper got to the car!
To put in another way, I am 62, have been in the car business all my life, in the back end. If you want a Sports Sedan, BMW invented the whole thing. If you want a sofa on wheels, buy a Buick!
jm70, thank you sir.
About thirty years ago I mentioned to my Dad that I was thinking about buying a BMW... He said " Do you know what BMW stands for?"
BIG MISTAKE, WALLY.....
"Doc, just set them fingers sose I can hold the wheel"
James Hurtubise, June, 1964
Cool ZOOOM; enjoy your Chevy, or is it a Citreon?Originally Posted by ZOOOM
First car I ever owned, 1983 - Germany, a 1972 2002 Ti.
..it was fun but I traded it for a '79 German spec GTI. I thought that car was much more fun,
"IRL is better at everything except selling themselves." -- Jennifer Floyd Engel, ESPN/103.3 FM
1995 525i, 1995 M3, 1998 Z3, and 2001 X5. Two were mine, two my wifes. Care to guess which?
I loved all three, but the one consistent problem was cost of repair. BMW's are great in warranty, and not particularly problematic afterwards, but every little thing seems to be 2-5 times what you would have guessed.
That being said, my next car will probably be a BMW. I sold my last one in 2005, and have regretted it.
Here's my stock E36 on the factory limiter...notice the tach
This was the badboy E34
If you've never driven an E34 540 it's difficult to describe. It pulls like a bigblock, handles like it's on rails, and rides smooth as a magic carpet. Without a doubt the finest car I've ever owned.
Congrats on your new driver.
"You people worry too much. Strive for change. Root for your favorites. Enjoy the racing. Drop the flag." rev-ed, 3/04
I haven't gotten it yet but if a car ever sold itself just by a test drive, I may have one soon.Originally Posted by KnockOff
Yeah, I noticed the tach. That thing wasn't even laboring.
If you can afford it, plan to drive it three years and flip it for another one.
KO pulls down the big bucks doing his music.......he can afford anything.Originally Posted by KnockOff
I usually keep cars for about 8 years. Clean the paint and wax twice a year. My 98 A4 looks almost new. My girlfriend thinks it's her car.Originally Posted by KnockOff
Yeah, right. Since I got married and have a teenage daughter, I'm driving thisOriginally Posted by rrrr
And I don't see anymore BMW's in my foreseeable future.
Hey, at least it has BMW headlights......
Say, was that picture taken in Beaumont? When did you get paved streets down there?
I'm waiting to look at the new one series that will be coming over (early next year) with the optional Twin Turbo 300hp engine . A few hundred pounds lighter than the 3 series should make it a rocket.Originally Posted by lutesk
I still answer to my uncle who survived the Battle of the Bulge. If I bought a German car he'd never forgive me.
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Yet so many people drive their big Dodges/Chryslers, thinking they're an American car.
Originally Posted by lutesk
Yep. Don't get me started on that one either.
I've heard the new ones are very gadget-intensive, particularly the iDrive system which is often called "intrusive." Back in the '90s I dated a girl who had a 328is, and I liked it. But I don't think I would like one as much that obscured that elemental connection between the driver and road in the name of gadgetry.
Of course, in a straight line my Mustang thinks BMWs are yummy.
"Only a fool fights in a burning house."-Kang
"If you listen to fools....The Maaahhhhb Ruuuules....."-Ronnie James Dio
"Of course, in a straight line my Mustang thinks BMWs are yummy."
Yeah, I remember when they used to fade after 140 when the 5'er was yet to take a breath in 5th.
As most of us don't have the Autobahn or Nurburgring Nordschleife to buzz around I'll have to take your word for that.Originally Posted by KnockOff
I don't know where that stretch is, but it kinda looks like parts of I90 between Bozeman and Billings. (I don't think that pic is Montana though because there would be mountains in the background in that area at either end of the highway. Otherwise the terrain is similar.) In Montana I would only go as fast as I saw the cops going (in their Hemi Chargers). So 110-120 or so was good.
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That looks like West Texas, IH 10 somewhere between Fort Stockton and Kerrville.
looks alot like I70 in central Utah also....but considering the poster is from Texas it must be....well texas
I test drove the BMW a couple of months ago.....it was smooth with a capital......OOOOO
just can't seem to part with my truck....hauling the motorcycles and camping gear etc....
Gas pipeline service road to the left combined with the vegetation and pavement - it is definitely West Texas. Another pic with link;Originally Posted by Ken
When this photo was taken, the dark pavement on this stretch of Interstate 10 in West Texas was 11 degrees F warmer than the light pavement.
Another Texas highway with 6 lanes divided and straight
Had 6 of them to date, and they're excellent for the most part. Except for the one that burned up and the one my son totaled. Not a good idea to have one that is out of warranty, as has been noted. Also, unless you get some options, the current ones are bare bones and cheap feeling inside, especially the 5 series, which I just cannot bring myself to like. I've been tooling around recently in a 330xi with some wood trim and a couple of packages - it gives you the feeling that there is nothing it can't do.
The 135 coupe showing up in the Spring is going to be tough to resist.
I too had an Uncle in the Battle of the Bulge. And one who flew B-24's to Germany 30 times. I've had no negative reaction driving BMW's, but I will assure you they drove the Buick's and Cadillac's.
I think I see a trend here, and think it reflects my feelings.
Do you really appreciate a car, and are willing to pay for that, or is it just transportation.
Are you a Driver, or a motor vehicle operator.
I live in Germany. And I must say thet the Autobahns are not all that big wide and smooth as evrybody in America makes them out to be. Probaly half of them around here are even 3 lanes. Which leads to another problem. The trucks here are electronically limited to 55 mph. So even more exciting than driving at 100+mph speeds is the HUGE braking episodes one has every few minutes when sombody pulls in front of you and you are going 60mph faster than them.
Also, I love driving over 130 and would do it every day. But try this in America and you can see whats it is like. Next time you drive do not take you car out of second gear. Drive aroud between 5000 and 6500rpm all day. It just seems so brutal to my cars. Altough rental cars are different stories.
With the wife and kids in the car I have a self imposed limit of 100mph except when passing, maybe short bursts to 125 or so.