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Forum: General BMW 01-16-2015, 02:39 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By drrpm
First decide whether you're interested in the 3...

First decide whether you're interested in the 3 or the 5. Both are nice but the 3 is smaller and more nimble while the 5 would be better if you're large or need it as a family vehicle. Personally...
Forum: General BMW 01-16-2015, 02:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 512
Posted By drrpm
My vote for the best daily driver is the E 46 330...

My vote for the best daily driver is the E 46 330 ZHP. Good looks, great handling, quick, pretty reliable with decent DIY ability, first class engine and MT.
Forum: General BMW 01-16-2015, 02:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 662
Posted By drrpm
I have a Honda Accord and a Civic that I let my...

I have a Honda Accord and a Civic that I let my children drive. They are safe and reliable. There is not much snow where I live but its a concern for the OP so FWD is a plus there too. I drive the...
Forum: General BMW 01-09-2015, 06:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 554
Posted By drrpm
If you have to ask you can't afford it. The E46...

If you have to ask you can't afford it. The E46 is a great car but the newest coupe is 9 years old. I have a 330 ZHP which has most of the useful performance of the M3 with a more pleasant ride and...
Forum: General BMW 01-08-2015, 12:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 936
Posted By drrpm
I bought my current BMW at the local Mercedes...

I bought my current BMW at the local Mercedes dealership. It was a recent local trade and in beautiful condition. It was not the color I really wanted but everything else was good so I bought it...
Forum: General BMW 12-22-2014, 06:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 743
Posted By drrpm
The vehicles most likely to go 300,000 miles are...

The vehicles most likely to go 300,000 miles are Hondas or Toyotas with 4 cylinder engines and manual transmissions. My experiences with BMWs have been good but my newest is a 2005 E46 and it needs...
Forum: General BMW 12-22-2014, 06:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 405
Posted By drrpm
I'd be satisfied if my local dealer just was...

I'd be satisfied if my local dealer just was honest (tried to weasel out of honoring their internet coupon last time) paid attention to detail (didn't fill engine oil after repairing an oil leak) ...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-09-2014, 06:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 206
Posted By drrpm
70 mph = 2500 RPM in 6th for my 330.

70 mph = 2500 RPM in 6th for my 330.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-09-2014, 06:09 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,994
Posted By drrpm
The 330 has 40 more HP and an additional 33 lb/ft...

The 330 has 40 more HP and an additional 33 lb/ft of torque which is definitely noticeable.
Forum: General BMW 12-09-2014, 06:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 684
Posted By drrpm
The E21 315 I had in Germany was a great handling...

The E21 315 I had in Germany was a great handling car and easy to work on but was underpowered. I didn't really like the E 30 but had an E 36 325 for 15 years and it was the best car I ever had...
Forum: General BMW 11-28-2014, 07:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 226
Posted By drrpm
Seems like a bad idea

Going from a 10 year old BMW to a 20 year old BMW seems like a step in the wrong direction.

Unless this is just a weekend/fun car, it doesn't make sense. The North American E36 M3 had pretty...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-18-2014, 08:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 719
Posted By drrpm
Its easy to win a race when the opponent does not...

Its easy to win a race when the opponent does not know that he's in a race.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-18-2014, 08:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 517
Posted By drrpm
It looks like the OP has a diesel which probably...

It looks like the OP has a diesel which probably has some differences in the cooling system from the E 46's in North America.
Forum: General BMW 11-17-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 367
Posted By drrpm
Change the oil yearly if you don't hit the...

Change the oil yearly if you don't hit the mileage. Why keep a 325 if you drive it less than a 1000 miles per year? Its got to be costing a lot of money in fees and insurance and its certainly not...
Forum: General BMW 11-10-2014, 12:26 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,696
Posted By drrpm
I drove from Augusta to Chicago and back this...

I drove from Augusta to Chicago and back this summer and it was a comfortable car for the trip. The steering was fine and road noise was unremarkable. It is a 2012 so its the previous model. The...
Forum: General BMW 11-10-2014, 10:56 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,696
Posted By drrpm
That's not sad. The manual Accord is a nice car...

That's not sad. The manual Accord is a nice car and drives well. Its not in my 330's league but I bought one for my wife and its a great car for long trips especially since you can get 600 miles...
Forum: Classic Bimmers 11-04-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,968
Posted By drrpm
Flood car= pass unless you want to pass it on to...

Flood car= pass unless you want to pass it on to funfunfer.
Forum: General BMW 10-29-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,500
Posted By drrpm
As several people have noted, the fog lights are...

As several people have noted, the fog lights are useful in areas without streetlights. I also use mine a fair amount because it is frequently foggy in the early morning when I drive to work. They...
Forum: General BMW 10-10-2014, 10:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 786
Posted By drrpm
The girls were not that racy when I was in high...

The girls were not that racy when I was in high school. ;)
Forum: General BMW 10-01-2014, 06:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,057
Posted By drrpm
My 18 year old daughter bragged about her great...

My 18 year old daughter bragged about her great driving skills right up to the day she totalled my van. OP, you don't know what you don't know so take it easy and go to a driving school before...
Forum: General BMW 10-01-2014, 06:00 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,344
Posted By drrpm
The 328 is at least a semi reasonable choice. I...

The 328 is at least a semi reasonable choice. I still would not suggest it for a new teen driver, especially if you're worried about winter driving. There is no problem with a manual in the winter...
Forum: General BMW 09-29-2014, 09:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,344
Posted By drrpm
"You chopped cows and milked wood? No wonder you...

"You chopped cows and milked wood? No wonder you were poor."

Dad laughed. Then he whacked me.:rofl:
Forum: General BMW 09-29-2014, 06:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 674
Posted By drrpm
I have 2 daughters in college, 1 has a Civic and...

I have 2 daughters in college, 1 has a Civic and the other an Accord. They are safe, reliable and efficient. Since I bought them lightly used with manual transmissions they were less expensive and...
Forum: General BMW 09-29-2014, 06:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,344
Posted By drrpm
Why would you need a car for a 1/2 mile trip to...

Why would you need a car for a 1/2 mile trip to school? Neither of those cars would be suitable for a teenager. Drive Dad's Sonata as long as you can. If you go to college in a city, parking is...
Forum: General BMW 09-29-2014, 06:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,057
Posted By drrpm
Ha Ha, no one with a lick of sense would let a...

Ha Ha, no one with a lick of sense would let a 16 year old drive an M3. Ungrateful kids should be allowed to walk, ride a bike or take the bus until they appreciate what they have been given.
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