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Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 01-30-2015, 08:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 474
Posted By iamthewalrus
They'll offer a manual transmission, but only...

They'll offer a manual transmission, but only with rear-wheel drive. Am I the only one loves manual, AWD cars? My 2006 BMW X3 M-sport manual is getting more and more rare by the day!
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 01-28-2015, 09:01 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,871
Posted By iamthewalrus
I try to get a Ford Focus whenever I rent. It's...

I try to get a Ford Focus whenever I rent. It's a surprisingly decent rental. The suspension is as close to a European compact (like a VW Golf) as you're going to find on a US car. Even in the...
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 01-27-2015, 01:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 719
Posted By iamthewalrus
VW North America, are you listening? The car...

VW North America, are you listening? The car purchase experience is often terrible, but it doesn't need to look like this. Apple and Dell have this all figured out. Maybe you should take a look. ...
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 01-26-2015, 08:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 719
Posted By iamthewalrus
I wish we could buy directly from a...

I wish we could buy directly from a manufacturer-owned showroom, like we do with Apple, DWR.com, or Room&Board. Instead we roll the dice with a locally owned "dealer".
It's no coincidence that a...
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 01-26-2015, 05:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 719
Posted By iamthewalrus
Consider a VW GTI or Golf-R down the road...

Consider a VW GTI or Golf-R down the road...
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 01-26-2015, 05:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 719
Posted By iamthewalrus
I drove a friend's 2006 Mini CooperS (manual,...

I drove a friend's 2006 Mini CooperS (manual, loaded) to and from Vancouver a few weekends ago. Wow, that car is just so much FUN! It's a level of pure fun, engagement, and enjoyment that I simply...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-22-2015, 11:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 398
Posted By iamthewalrus
For me it is. There is no other...

For me it is. There is no other manual-transmission, AWD, compact SUV available in the USA. No BMW, no Audi, no Porsche, no MB, etc. I really don't want to get an automatic, so I'm taking care of...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-21-2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 398
Posted By iamthewalrus
Very true, but I'd accumulate a few more...

Very true, but I'd accumulate a few more scratches before shelling out the money to have it repaired professionally.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-21-2015, 09:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 398
Posted By iamthewalrus
I'd address both of those with a little touch-up...

I'd address both of those with a little touch-up paint. Neither is huge. If you accumulate a few more, then you can always take it to the body shop for a repair that gets all of them.
That what I...
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 01-20-2015, 04:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,181
Posted By iamthewalrus
So, if you had to pick, which one do you love...

So, if you had to pick, which one do you love more? Is the Golf-R manual or dsg?
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-19-2015, 08:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 647
Posted By iamthewalrus
487488 I had the rear bumper repainted, and...

487488

I had the rear bumper repainted, and now it looks perfectly showroom new! They just don't make them like this anymore.

James
Seattle, WA
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 01-18-2015, 09:18 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,333
Posted By iamthewalrus
When people talk about Volkswagen reliability,...

When people talk about Volkswagen reliability, you need to task what model and year they're talking about. I think in the 90s and early 2000s VW have a lot of problems, but in recent models this has...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 01-18-2015, 09:13 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,333
Posted By iamthewalrus
+1. I have a 2006 BMW X3 (m-sport, manual,...

+1. I have a 2006 BMW X3 (m-sport, manual, loaded). It's 9 years old and somebody asked me two weeks ago, "Did you get a new car?"
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 01-12-2015, 07:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,616
Posted By iamthewalrus
The flipside, of course, is that Audi/VW are...

The flipside, of course, is that Audi/VW are consistently thousands cheaper than their BMW equivalents when comparably equipped. The reason is that Audi can develop strong technology and then defray...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 01-11-2015, 09:12 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 6,618
Posted By iamthewalrus
I'm in the same place: no kids, no debt, etc. but...

I'm in the same place: no kids, no debt, etc. but I do it the other way around. I drive my cars until the trade-in value is negligible and I don't really care what they're offering. It definitely...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 01-10-2015, 01:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 989
Posted By iamthewalrus
If they'd offered a manual in the USA, I would...

If they'd offered a manual in the USA, I would have bought one!
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - current) 01-10-2015, 09:31 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,886
Posted By iamthewalrus
No. I bought my 2006 X3 3.0i m-sport manual,...

No. I bought my 2006 X3 3.0i m-sport manual, because it was the only German SUV I could but with a six speed manual. I don't like automatics, so it made my decision effortless.

James
Seattle, WA
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 01-10-2015, 09:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 989
Posted By iamthewalrus
These micro SUVs were built for people like me. I...

These micro SUVs were built for people like me. I live in a city, Seattle, so having a fairly compact footprint is helpful. But I spend my weekends cross-country skiing or backpacking in the Cascade...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 01-09-2015, 03:41 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 6,618
Posted By iamthewalrus
I think there are two crowds: I pay cash and...

I think there are two crowds: I pay cash and hold for 8-12 years. Some of my friends lease the sexiest 335 or M3 they can afford and re-up every three years. I see both, but typically not the same...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 01-09-2015, 08:44 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,733
Posted By iamthewalrus
Oyster looks amazing -- love it! Be careful out...

Oyster looks amazing -- love it! Be careful out there. These cars are amazingly powerful. Remember, the power and capabilities of your 335 were reserved for Porches and Ferraris back when your...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 01-07-2015, 08:05 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 6,618
Posted By iamthewalrus
I've always paid cash, and I tend to keep my cars...

I've always paid cash, and I tend to keep my cars for at least 8-10 years. Paying for it up front is a good gut check for me on whether I can truly afford it. I also prefer the simplicity of a cash...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 01-07-2015, 02:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,238
Posted By iamthewalrus
I guess this is the point of my thread. I...

I guess this is the point of my thread. I personally would cross shop them. You simply assume that the price gap means there's no comparison. My point is that they are comparable and the price gap...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 01-07-2015, 11:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,238
Posted By iamthewalrus
The comparison should be to the 328, not the 320....

The comparison should be to the 328, not the 320. The power and torque numbers of the GTI are directly comparable to the 328. The GTI also has a ~500-pound weight advantage over the 3 series.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 01-06-2015, 10:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,238
Posted By iamthewalrus
I tend to buy my cars and hold them indefinitely....

I tend to buy my cars and hold them indefinitely. My 1998 Audi A4 2.8 Quattro I sold in 2006 to buy the BMW 330Cic. I loved the 330Cic, but it was a mistake for my lifestyle. I spend too much time...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 01-06-2015, 06:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,238
Posted By iamthewalrus
Currently I drive a 2006 BMW X3 3.0i M-sport,...

Currently I drive a 2006 BMW X3 3.0i M-sport, manual. It's based on the E46 chassis, though at 4,000 pounds, it's a little too heavy to be really fun. For an SUV, however, this is as good as it...
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