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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) Yesterday, 01:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 108
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) Yesterday, 09:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 108
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, 07:18 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 2,345
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, 01:36 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 7,277
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. ...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 02-04-2015, 12:58 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,307
Posted By iamthewalrus
I bought my current X3 one year old as a CPO. ...

I bought my current X3 one year old as a CPO. Best move ever. I saved a ton of money, and nine years later it's still a great vehicle.
If you're planning on holding onto your car, buy rather...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 01-30-2015, 08:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,298
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: 2,052
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: 26
Views: 1,275
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: 26
Views: 1,275
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: 26
Views: 1,275
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: 26
Views: 1,275
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: 474
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: 474
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: 474
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: 40
Views: 1,709
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: 681
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: 125
Views: 7,277
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: 125
Views: 7,277
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: 2,908
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: 6,850
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: 1,029
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: 84
Views: 5,976
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: 1,029
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: 6,850
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: 1,884
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...
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