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Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) Yesterday, 08:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 369
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: 7,848
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: 7,848
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: 1,188
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: 257
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: 849
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: 1,253
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: 686
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: 14
Views: 942
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: 42
Views: 1,430
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: 42
Views: 1,430
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: 1,253
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: 169
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: 169
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: 4,457
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: 7,565
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, 11:58 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,396
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, 07:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,274
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, 08:01 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,164
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, 12:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,409
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, 07:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,409
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, 04:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,409
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, 04:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,409
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, 10:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 515
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, 09:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 515
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.
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