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Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 08-14-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 584
Posted By iamthewalrus
Lots of model proliferation, but still no...

Lots of model proliferation, but still no meaningful drivetrain choices. No manual means no new BMW for me -- no matter how many derivative SUVs they serve up.


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Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 08-05-2014, 04:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 806
Posted By iamthewalrus
And after 8 years in (manual) BMWs, my next car...

And after 8 years in (manual) BMWs, my next car will likely be a VW GTI (manual). I refuse to pay >$50K for an automatic.
Regardless of what you're willing to pay, you can't buy a manual SUV in...
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 08-05-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 806
Posted By iamthewalrus
Oh, interesting. For me, I need the ground...

Oh, interesting. For me, I need the ground clearance. Most of the time I drive it's to go hiking in the Cascades mountains outside of Seattle. A sedan or coupe doesn't cut it. I'm also 6'2"...
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 08-05-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 806
Posted By iamthewalrus
They could have boosted sales by offering a...

They could have boosted sales by offering a manual transmission. No other German manufacturer offers a manual, all-wheel-drive SUV. Offer it for a limited time only, and people would still flock to...
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 08-05-2014, 07:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,330
Posted By iamthewalrus
Agreed 100%. So I'll drive my 2006 X3 for...

Agreed 100%. So I'll drive my 2006 X3 for another 8 years and then buy a GTI. I hope GTIs still come in manual by then...


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Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 08-04-2014, 06:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,330
Posted By iamthewalrus
BMW, VW, Audi, MB are trying to fill every SUV...

BMW, VW, Audi, MB are trying to fill every SUV niche, but they're all automatics! If the Q3 came with a manual, I'd buy it. If the X1 came with a manual, I'd buy it. If the MB GLA came with a...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 07-15-2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 919
Posted By iamthewalrus
Good reminder not to trust PDC blindly. Sorry...

Good reminder not to trust PDC blindly. Sorry for your trouble.


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Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 07-13-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 774
Posted By iamthewalrus
This is exactly right. As cities get...

This is exactly right. As cities get increasingly crowded just making the car longer is not an option. FWD packaging gives you a lot more usable room in the same overall package. Just compare a...
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 07-13-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 774
Posted By iamthewalrus
If it comes with a manual transmission and AWD,...

If it comes with a manual transmission and AWD, then it'll be a great car for me. The current X1 is fine, but it's an automatic. Meh. If the new one is automatic only, then I'll get a VW GTI...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 07-13-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,085
Posted By iamthewalrus
In the US with our low speed limits, the 428...

In the US with our low speed limits, the 428 feels like more than enough? Faster? Probably not faster above 90mph, but that's a situation reserved for the German autobahn network. Under 70 mph, I...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 06-23-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 15,330
Posted By iamthewalrus
I hear you! I have a 6-spd manual BMW X3 and I...

I hear you! I have a 6-spd manual BMW X3 and I love it. I look around and there are fewer and fewer options... I think my next car will be a VW GTI or Golf-R. To get 6-spd plus AWD in a BMW...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 06-22-2014, 07:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 796
Posted By iamthewalrus
3-series manual. Automatics are fine, but I...

3-series manual. Automatics are fine, but I personally find them kind of boring to drive.

-James
Seattle, WA
2006 BMW X3 3.0i manual, m-sport, loaded
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 06-21-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 766
Posted By iamthewalrus
My money, my choice. I don't drive automatics. ...

My money, my choice. I don't drive automatics. I had a 330Cic manual and currently an X3 manual. My next car is likely a VW GTI. I could afford a car twice as expensive, but I'm not interested in...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 06-18-2014, 07:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,495
Posted By iamthewalrus
For me, the M4 is more frustrating than fun. For...

For me, the M4 is more frustrating than fun. For that matter, you could argue the same thing about the 435. I'd opt for a well-optioned 428. If you live in an urban area in the USA (which odds are...
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 06-18-2014, 06:57 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,841
Posted By iamthewalrus
Exactly! This is why I only drive manual...

Exactly! This is why I only drive manual transmissions. Paddle shifters pale by comparison, but they're better than nothing.

James
Seattle, WA
2006 BMW X3 (manual, m-sport, loaded)


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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-05-2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,306
Posted By iamthewalrus
Are you going to fix it or take the money, sell...

Are you going to fix it or take the money, sell the car (junk it?), and buy something else?


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Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 06-03-2014, 06:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 652
Posted By iamthewalrus
In the US, the four-cylinder turbo is enough. If...

In the US, the four-cylinder turbo is enough. If you were driving unregulated stretches of the autobahn, I'd tell you to go for the larger engine. But in the US, speed limits are low, traffic is...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-01-2014, 09:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,306
Posted By iamthewalrus
I'm cautiously optimistic that this isn't...

I'm cautiously optimistic that this isn't totaled. It really depends what happened under the skin. But if there's no frame damage and it's only cosmetic, then I think it's fixable for $5-6K. Even...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-28-2014, 08:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 756
Posted By iamthewalrus
Go for it, spokelizard. It'a always great to see...

Go for it, spokelizard. It'a always great to see more pictures!

-James
Seattle, WA

PS: I'll post some post-detailing pictures of the X3 this weekend. I'm going to Bimmers & Burgers in...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-22-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 756
Posted By iamthewalrus
Not surprisingly, after driving across the desert...

Not surprisingly, after driving across the desert my panoramic sunroof drains were clogged. I had water in the back seat footwells for the first time ever. I put 2+2 together quickly and took it in...
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 05-21-2014, 07:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,343
Posted By iamthewalrus
I do wish the automakers would get out of the...

I do wish the automakers would get out of the business of building computers and outsource that to Apple. It seems ridiculous to spend >$40K on a car and have such an awkward UI. My $800 iPhone is...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-19-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 756
Posted By iamthewalrus
There are some *amazing* hot springs at the edge...

There are some *amazing* hot springs at the edge of the desert. That was much of the appeal of this trip. I didn't post those pics here as many of them are not PG-13.
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 05-19-2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 395
Posted By iamthewalrus
X3 in the Alvord Desert, Oregon

Cross-posting from the X3 forum. You'd be surprised how capable your BMW SUV actually is. Enjoy it!

Backpacking trip in the Alvord Desert (southeastern Oregon) with my BMW X3....
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-19-2014, 07:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 756
Posted By iamthewalrus
The trip was a blast. The X3 is remarkably...

The trip was a blast. The X3 is remarkably capable on road and off road. Only one time did I ask my buddy to get out and check the ground clearance as we were going over rocks. It wasn't a...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-18-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 756
Posted By iamthewalrus
X3 in the Alvord Desert, Oregon

Decided to do a long-weekend road trip from Seattle to southeastern Oregon. We camped out in the Steens Mountains on the border of the Alvord Desert. The drive was ~1,200 miles round trip. We went...
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