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Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 05-22-2015, 09:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,099
Posted By iamthewalrus
That's exactly how I'd describe it! I've owned a...

That's exactly how I'd describe it! I've owned a 2006 BMW 330Cic and now a BMW X3 3.0i (both manual, sport package), and they're great. I did European Delivery of a friend's 2009 335xi coupe for...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 05-03-2015, 05:42 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,614
Posted By iamthewalrus
That was my experience driving my friend's 335...

That was my experience driving my friend's 335 sport line. Don't get me wrong, the car was incredibly capable. It can do far more safely than we can ever really utilize legally on US roads. But it...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 05-03-2015, 05:39 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,614
Posted By iamthewalrus
People won't buy an Audi because of past...

People won't buy an Audi because of past experiences with VW reliability. In that case, I never would have bought a BMW, because my 2006 Mini CooperS convertible was such a maintenance nightmare. ...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-30-2015, 12:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 515
Posted By iamthewalrus
Keep it. My X3 is a 2006 with 53k miles on it,...

Keep it. My X3 is a 2006 with 53k miles on it, and I intend to keep it indefinitely. The maintenance items are cheaper than buying a new vehicle and facing the depreciation.
My X3 is spotless, but...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 04-20-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,001
Posted By iamthewalrus
It has several hundred already!

It has several hundred already!
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 04-20-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,001
Posted By iamthewalrus
Think about how amazing that is for a moment. ...

Think about how amazing that is for a moment. Within one generation, the Internet and web forums like this have made us the experts. The collective knowledge of a group of aficionados far surpasses...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 04-20-2015, 08:44 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,001
Posted By iamthewalrus
Just look at the Atlanta teachers' scandal. Give...

Just look at the Atlanta teachers' scandal. Give anyone incentives and strong enough incentives and they'll game the system. It's ridiculous for BMW to be surprised by this.

NPR.org "Atlanta...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-08-2015, 07:24 AM
Replies: 593
Views: 68,962
Posted By iamthewalrus
502527 My X3 in the Alvord desert in...

502527
My X3 in the Alvord desert in southeastern Oregon.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-08-2015, 07:21 AM
Replies: 593
Views: 68,962
Posted By iamthewalrus
I have 53,000 on my 2006 X3 3.0i M-sport, manual....

I have 53,000 on my 2006 X3 3.0i M-sport, manual. I'm keeping it indefinitely. They just don't offer manual-transmission SUVs in the USA anymore.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 03-31-2015, 08:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 484
Posted By iamthewalrus
I think the Audi design is timeless, clean, sexy...

I think the Audi design is timeless, clean, sexy -- if a bit chunky looking. On the 4-series, that boomerang-shaped trim piece just behind the front wheel seems disconnected and distracting. What...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 03-29-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 8,163
Posted By iamthewalrus
That's my experience. The extreme of this is the...

That's my experience. The extreme of this is the M3 convertible. Most tracks will not let you take out a convertible. Therefore you have a supremely capable car, that you never actually get to use....
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 03-23-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 8,163
Posted By iamthewalrus
That's exactly right! We live in the USA with...

That's exactly right! We live in the USA with low speed limits, poor roads, and lots of traffic. The M3 is more frustrating than it is fun. Get the 335; it's already more car than you can truly...
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - current) 03-14-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,439
Posted By iamthewalrus
It's really tough to know anything from these...

It's really tough to know anything from these pics other than the general size and proportions. It's a ritual now where people say the spy photos look horrendous, but the finished product is much...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 03-13-2015, 10:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 313
Posted By iamthewalrus
Posts like this remind me why I'm keeping my...

Posts like this remind me why I'm keeping my 2006, manual-transmission BMW for as long as I can. All of these technological nannies are really f'ing annoying. I know auto manufacturers are being...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 03-12-2015, 07:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 925
Posted By iamthewalrus
Love my manual-transmission BMW. The electronic,...

Love my manual-transmission BMW. The electronic, lawyer-appeasing automatic transmission features drive me crazy...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 03-06-2015, 08:14 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,523
Posted By iamthewalrus
The opacity and complexity of auto pricing is a...

The opacity and complexity of auto pricing is a terrible customer experience. Makes me want to get a Tesla next time and skip all if this confusion and uncertainty. Did you get a good price? Could...
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 03-06-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 860
Posted By iamthewalrus
I hear you! The economics of the industry,...

I hear you! The economics of the industry, environmental regulations, and US tastes are driving the auto industry to bland. The golden age of the car is over. I'm holding onto my 2006 X3 manual...
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 03-05-2015, 07:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,485
Posted By iamthewalrus
Not surprising they haven't sold well. Maybe if...

Not surprising they haven't sold well. Maybe if they'd offered a manual transmission, they could have broadened the appeal...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 03-04-2015, 11:00 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,001
Posted By iamthewalrus
BMW called me every day for over a month after...

BMW called me every day for over a month after one of my first service appointments. Never left a message but called back every day. Eventually I answered and demanded to be taken off their calling...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 03-03-2015, 06:54 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,001
Posted By iamthewalrus
The business model of dealerships is tough. They...

The business model of dealerships is tough. They really do not have the margins to hire the sort of talent they need to help with these increasingly technologically complex cars. The sales people of...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 03-02-2015, 07:24 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,523
Posted By iamthewalrus
Wish we could just buy cars online. Seriously,...

Wish we could just buy cars online. Seriously, with how many other purchases do people actively dread the process this much? This industry is so broken and consumer unfriendly. You can't help but...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-27-2015, 12:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 186
Posted By iamthewalrus
No, no battery tender. My garage is currently...

No, no battery tender. My garage is currently under construction, so I've had to park it on the street. Clearly I need to either drive it more often or get a battery tender. Can anyone recommend...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-27-2015, 08:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 186
Posted By iamthewalrus
The lights went out...

I knew my X3 needed to go in for service. It was starting slugishly. Bad battery? Bad alternator? Not sure.

But driving it to the service shop this morning, the radio goes out, the dash stops...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 02-26-2015, 06:18 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 4,936
Posted By iamthewalrus
That's my thinking exactly! My last two BMWs I...

That's my thinking exactly! My last two BMWs I custom ordered specifically to get manual transmissions, M-sport, xenons, etc. but NO nav system. I tend to keep my cars for a long time, and nav...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 02-23-2015, 12:36 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 7,851
Posted By iamthewalrus
I always buy and hold. My current drive is a...

I always buy and hold. My current drive is a 2006 BMW X3 M-sport, manual, loaded. I figure $1-2K in maintenance each year is much, much cheaper than either a lease or buying new every 4-5 years. ...
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