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Postby mdl28 » Sat Nov 08, 2014 5:23 pm

lobbythis wrote:No, you misread. Please, tell me where I mentioned M-series. That is an entirely different ballgame and you know it since you are so quick to defend it in length. I said basic 330. I admit, I forgot to specify 330 sedan to be fair. It was cheap-feeling and small because it's their bottom of the barrel car other than a 328 or that laughable, child's play 1-series.

Of course I would take an M-coupe. Don't be silly. My point still stands though. A basic 3-series sedan is not worth any investment when you can have much better for the same price or less. And, I only mentioned the Pilot because another member brought it up.


Well said :oooo

Still I stand by the brand and their craftsmanship VS others. But I agree the base models are less attractive but still better built. I am just not a fan of all the crazy lights that Honda puts inside its cabin. The orange lighting BMW uses is a proven fact that it helps calm the driver during a long duration of driving. Honda has bright blue, green, & bright white lighting all over the place. I'd need a pair of sunglasses just to tolerate a quick trip to the corner stop.
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Postby lobbythis » Sat Nov 08, 2014 5:35 pm

mdl28 wrote:Well said :oooo

Still I stand by the brand and their craftsmanship VS others. But I agree the base models are less attractive but still better built. I am just not a fan of all the crazy lights that Honda puts inside its cabin. The orange lighting BMW uses is a proven fact that it helps calm the driver during a long duration of driving. Honda has bright blue, green, & bright white lighting all over the place. I'd need a pair of sunglasses just to tolerate a quick trip to the corner stop.


Haha, ok, I see your point on the lighting too.

I remember my first time riding in an M3 Coupe. 1998 black on black, orange lights everywhere was all you could see. I felt like I was in a little cockpit.

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Postby takeshi » Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:46 am

lobbythis wrote:Rode in a friend's 2013 330 and absolutely hated it. I'm only 6'1" tall and felt like I was riding in a go-kart.

Nothing wrong with go-kart handling. It's what I love about my S2000. However, go-kart comfort and build quality are entirely different matters.

lobbythis wrote:I just think the damn 3-series is so watered down.

I'm not surprised. It seems like BMW has been trying to cater more to the masses.

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Postby rhipsher » Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:18 pm

I have a 2007 530i 6 speed manual and love it. It will do 155mph no problem if you want. Handles like a boss. And is probably the finest car I've ever owned.
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I paid cash for the 07. Next year I'll me getting a brand new M5 F10. For me there has been no noticeable issues with it. It drives great and the iDrive is fantastic. I don't think you can go wrong with any German car. But a 5 series is really what you want. Plenty of room. Huge trunk. Very sweet ride.

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Postby golf.ninja » Thu Nov 13, 2014 8:41 am

Have always been a BMW fan growing up. From my mom aunt's 2002, to my mom's 84' 325e. I was absolutely hooked the morning I saw my neighbors E28 M5. Of course, growing up in the yuppie decade of the 80's, BMW was essentially the must have car for anyone that can afford one. And for the kids, it was the 'will have one day' car.

My only bimmer was a E46 M3. Hell of a car. And to me, it was the last of the "true" Ms before they sort of jumped the shark. Albeit it seems every M owner says that about the next generations. I recall the E36 owners just trashing the E46 about how bloated it was etc.

The draw is that they are first and foremost a driver's car. Their attention to detail is often more about the driving experience. I haven't kept up with the latest models, but in the past, they were one of the only major car maker who's cars are pretty much 50/50 (or very close) in terms of weight distribution. Not something joe public cares, but those are the little things that they do to maintain performance.

And of course, performance and reliability typically are on opposite sides of a sliding scale. Hence, I personally don't think its an apples to apples comparison when you put up a BMW against a Honda/Toyota from a maintenance/reliability stand point. But in general, the more of a performance car, the higher the maintenance bill. I know the oil for the M3 was Castrol 10w60. And it was essentially the price of racing oil at $10-$12 a bottle. So changing the oil yourself will cost you over $50.

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Postby rhipsher » Thu Nov 13, 2014 8:54 pm

In fact here is a short video of the vastly different cars I own at the moment. And one of them is a brand new Chevy that is worth considering unless your just hung up on BMW's.
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Postby nismoZtuner » Sat Nov 15, 2014 5:27 pm

rhipsher wrote:I have a 2007 530i 6 speed manual and love it. It will do 155mph no problem if you want. Handles like a boss. And is probably the finest car I've ever owned.
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I paid cash for the 07. Next year I'll me getting a brand new M5 F10. For me there has been no noticeable issues with it. It drives great and the iDrive is fantastic. I don't think you can go wrong with any German car. But a 5 series is really what you want. Plenty of room. Huge trunk. Very sweet ride.


That looks nice, probably the same color of car I will be looking at in a few days. What do you recommend me on checking on the test drive I have only owned Nissan cars (z cars)
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Postby nismoZtuner » Sat Nov 15, 2014 5:29 pm

golf.ninja wrote:Have always been a BMW fan growing up. From my mom aunt's 2002, to my mom's 84' 325e. I was absolutely hooked the morning I saw my neighbors E28 M5. Of course, growing up in the yuppie decade of the 80's, BMW was essentially the must have car for anyone that can afford one. And for the kids, it was the 'will have one day' car.

My only bimmer was a E46 M3. Hell of a car. And to me, it was the last of the "true" Ms before they sort of jumped the shark. Albeit it seems every M owner says that about the next generations. I recall the E36 owners just trashing the E46 about how bloated it was etc.

The draw is that they are first and foremost a driver's car. Their attention to detail is often more about the driving experience. I haven't kept up with the latest models, but in the past, they were one of the only major car maker who's cars are pretty much 50/50 (or very close) in terms of weight distribution. Not something joe public cares, but those are the little things that they do to maintain performance.

And of course, performance and reliability typically are on opposite sides of a sliding scale. Hence, I personally don't think its an apples to apples comparison when you put up a BMW against a Honda/Toyota from a maintenance/reliability stand point. But in general, the more of a performance car, the higher the maintenance bill. I know the oil for the M3 was Castrol 10w60. And it was essentially the price of racing oil at $10-$12 a bottle. So changing the oil yourself will cost you over $50.


I usually run Mobil 1 synthetic oil or even royal purple in my cars in fact I was talking to a bmw person from YouTube about oils but he tells me to stick to bmw oil..
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Postby takeshi » Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:02 pm

golf.ninja wrote:And of course, performance and reliability typically are on opposite sides of a sliding scale. Hence, I personally don't think its an apples to apples comparison when you put up a BMW against a Honda/Toyota from a maintenance/reliability stand point.

It really depends on what you're comparing. The bulk of what Honda and Toyota make are appliances but my S2000 hasn't needed much other than standard maintenance. I've had a slave clutch cylinder. TCT o-ring and just recently the master clutch cylinder fail but that's it. Our 981 has also been reliable but it's still very new.

golf.ninja wrote:But in general, the more of a performance car, the higher the maintenance bill.

Even if the car is reliable you'll chew through (more expensive) tires much more frequently. The rears wear out about twice as fast as the fronts on both our S2000 and 981. Depending on the vehicle and roads more frequent and precision alignments may be needed. Fluids may cost more and may need to be changed more often as well.

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Postby amexguy321 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:51 pm

In my opinion a BMW is one of the best cars you can buy. It truly is a drivers machine. I personally drive an 07 z4 3.0i. Its an inline 6 than has plenty of power and torque for any situation here in the states.
I would make sure that the model you buy is equipped with the M Package. Amazing suspension and feels great on the rode. To my knowledge a 330i has a six cylinder engine, not four. I think you will have plenty of room being 6'2". I am 6' and have plenty of headroom and legroom. I can only agree that there is a lot more legroom than most people think.

I also think that the 1series a beautiful car. It has to be equipped with the M-Package. A 135 will haul a**. I think that in recent days, even the performance cars are getting way to big... in every dimension. A 135i drives like a race car and handles spectacular. Keep in mind there is also a 135is. If the car is just for you, I would go for that. Huge bang for the buck.



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