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Leekay07 11-29-2012 07:43 PM

Was at the BMW dealership today. Funniest thing
 
When the driver picked me up from home. We got on to new things in cars and how the new 328i sounds like a 1.6l diesel. I happened to say that least all cars come with cameras next year and he said yeah.

Yesterday someone brought a loaner back and complained she damaged it.

"I drove into something today and damaged the car".
"What happened" Said the receptionist.
"The stupid car did no tell me to stop when I was reversing."

LOL

Zeichen311 11-29-2012 09:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Leekay07 (Post 7222371)
Yesterday someone brought a loaner back and complained she damaged it.

"I drove into something today and damaged the car".
"What happened" Said the receptionist.
"The stupid car did no tell me to stop when I was reversing."

LOL

I would laugh with you except it is too depressing. :bawling:

Nordic_Kat 11-30-2012 05:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Zeichen311 (Post 7222525)
I would laugh with you except it is too depressing. :bawling:

What is even more depressing is, this isn't the first time this has been addressed.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...hlight=sew+bmw

(now y'all know where "Can I sew?" started.) ;)

tturedraider 11-30-2012 07:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Zeichen311 (Post 7222525)
I would laugh with you except it is too depressing. :bawling:

My thoughts exactly. Don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Spagolli94 11-30-2012 01:39 PM

For the fist time in 4 years, I'm driving a car without PDC. I must confess that I had a couple close calls parallel parking the first few weeks. I had been trained to keep an eye on my rear wheel via the passenger mirror and just listen to the beeps to gauge how much space I had in the rear.

LarkHouston 11-30-2012 02:45 PM

My '06 545i had PDC and the wife's SUV has a back up camera. Having to turn around and actually look where I am going in my technologically deficient 3 and Z is very old school.

Nordic_Kat 11-30-2012 06:36 PM

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Originally Posted by LarkHouston (Post 7223861)
My '06 545i had PDC and the wife's SUV has a back up camera. Having to turn around and actually look where I am going in my technologically deficient 3 and Z is very old school.

But you still do it, right? And you don't blame the car if you don't and something bad happens. ;)

the328 12-01-2012 01:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Nordic_Kat (Post 7224198)
But you still do it, right? And you don't blame the car if you don't and something bad happens. ;)

Nooo, it's the car's job silly :rolleyes:

MMME30W 12-01-2012 04:23 AM

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Originally Posted by Nordic_Kat (Post 7222784)
What is even more depressing is, this isn't the first time this has been addressed.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...hlight=sew+bmw

(now y'all know where "Can I sew?" started.) ;)

Wow.

Wow wow wow.

:(

Bemo 12-01-2012 10:20 AM

Shame...:(.

Having obtained driver's licenses on both sides of the Atlantic pond, I must say it's way too easy to get one on this side! At least in Connecticut, one is required to answer 12 out of 16 questions correctly, coupled with a 5-minute drive, typically around your local DMV, and you have yourself a freshly-minted driver's license. And the demolition derby begins...

In contrast, the other side of the pond required me to answer 120 questions, with an allowance for a total of 3 mistakes. But that wasn't even the hardest part. A long drive ensued...about 30 min of city driving with all sorts of challenging scenarios, which culminated in another 30 minutes of highway driving, of course in a car with a manual transmission.

Needless to say, 20/30% of applicants failed the written test or the driving part, on their 1st attempt.

End result: Better drivers on the roads and a whole lot LESS accidents. The stats are there to prove it.

Make of this what you will...I am extra vigilant each time I drive and have avoided lots of troubles. Looking around at other drivers is always scary however, and it's not the applying of make up or shaving, or even reading books in traffic that bothers me, it's how indicative it is of a total lack of situational awareness and common sense.

In closing, for as long as I can afford to, I will drive German cars just for the additional level of safety they provide.

Alex

GarySL 12-01-2012 10:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Bemo (Post 7225073)
...At least in Connecticut, one is required to answer 12 out of 16 questions correctly, coupled with a 5-minute drive, typically around your local DMV, and you have yourself a freshly-minted driver's license. And the demolition derby begins...

Alex

The California DMV test is similar to Connecticut's. That said, I manage to pass (driving a manual) & maintain a accident free record for 40+ years. As well as my wife in her 40+ years of driving & now my three daughters (well into their 40 year skein & all trained to operate a manual before they took the DMV driving test). Guess our family falls outside those statistics.

Bemo 12-01-2012 12:49 PM

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Originally Posted by GarySL (Post 7225103)
The California DMV test is similar to Connecticut's. That said, I manage to pass (driving a manual) & maintain a accident free record for 40+ years. As well as my wife in her 40+ years of driving & now my three daughters (well into their 40 year skein & all trained to operate a manual before they took the DMV driving test). Guess our family falls outside those statistics.

Good for you and the fams. Apologies if my statement came across as stereotypical, completely not the intent. Yes there are exceptions to be found in all aspects of life. I merely attempted to illustrate the ease with which one can obtain the right to operate a 2-ton+ potential deadly weapon, and the recklessness with which some approach this great privilege and responsibility!


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