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Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 12-03-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 664
Posted By iamthewalrus
I'm keeping the X3 indefinitely, but at some...

I'm keeping the X3 indefinitely, but at some point in the next 10-12 years I'll have to let go of it. I've arranged my life so that I don't have a driving commute. I live 1.5 miles from the office...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 12-03-2014, 12:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,787
Posted By iamthewalrus
Personally, I don't have a problem buying a...

Personally, I don't have a problem buying a German-engineered car built outside of Germany. If putting production outside of Germany is how VW is going to keep offering manual-transmission cars at a...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 12-03-2014, 10:37 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,787
Posted By iamthewalrus
Sadly, I see the third pedal disappearing in the...

Sadly, I see the third pedal disappearing in the US completely soon. I'm driving a 9-year-old BMW X3, because it's the only German SUV available as a traditional 6-spd manual. When this goes, well,...
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 12-02-2014, 06:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 664
Posted By iamthewalrus
Helpful comments, thanks! If the X1 came with a...

Helpful comments, thanks! If the X1 came with a manual transmission, this would be easy. Since it's an automatic, I feel compelled to research all of the other German, compact, AWD automatics out...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 12-01-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,404
Posted By iamthewalrus
Right, but to get a 328i that matches the GTI...

Right, but to get a 328i that matches the GTI Autobahn's options (leather, xenons, high-end stereo, sport suspension, parking sensors), you're looking at $45K. Again, that's a 50% markup.

Your...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 12-01-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 382
Posted By iamthewalrus
And this is always the issue -- I don't want the...

And this is always the issue -- I don't want the stripped-down model. My X3 has all of the options (except Navigation which I didn't want.) I want a loaded, high-end, German, AWD vehicle with a...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 11-30-2014, 05:24 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,404
Posted By iamthewalrus
This is where I netted out as well. I've owned...

This is where I netted out as well. I've owned two BMWs so far and I've driven two different friends' 335s (one on European Delivery for 2 weeks), and my next car will be a GTI. For $31K is has...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-30-2014, 05:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 382
Posted By iamthewalrus
One more pro: Unlike any VW, I can go to...

One more pro:
Unlike any VW, I can go to Mercedes' website, configure and price it. So, I actually know how much it costs the way I want it. Try doing that with a GTI! ;)
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 11-30-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 664
Posted By iamthewalrus
Anyone driven a MB GLA? (x-post from X3)

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=811739

Thanks!
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-30-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 382
Posted By iamthewalrus
Driven a GLA?

Has anyone driven the MB GLA 250 and is willing to share their thoughts? My X3 is 8 years old, and I'm probably keeping it for a while, but I do find myself looking around.

GLA Pros:
Compact...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 10-27-2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,134
Posted By iamthewalrus
Ah, but it's not a "dealership". It's a...

Ah, but it's not a "dealership". It's a manufacturer-owned showroom, much like an Apple showroom.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-26-2014, 09:42 PM
Replies: 563
Views: 63,577
Posted By iamthewalrus
2006 X3 3.0i M-sport manual and I've crossed...

2006 X3 3.0i M-sport manual and I've crossed 51,500 miles. In just another sixteen years, I'll be at 150k and ready to sell it.


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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-16-2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 492
Posted By iamthewalrus
Think about the long term. These vehicles, well...

Think about the long term. These vehicles, well maintained, will last a long time. My X3 manual is an '06, and it has been remarkably trouble free. I'm planning to keep it at least another eight...
Forum: F22 / F23 2 Series (2014 - Current) 09-06-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,084
Posted By iamthewalrus
A 228xi hatchback manual M-sport would be...

A 228xi hatchback manual M-sport would be awesome! Alas, we'll never see that in the USA. A VW Golf-R is the closest we'll get.


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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-05-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 420
Posted By iamthewalrus
They no longer make what was on my X3 last week. ...

They no longer make what was on my X3 last week. So, I picked up four 235/50R-18 Pirelli Scorpion STR. At $220 each plus shipping, install, etc, they weren't cheap, but it's done and the X3 drives...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-04-2014, 10:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 420
Posted By iamthewalrus
And $1K later, the issue is resolved. BMWs are...

And $1K later, the issue is resolved. BMWs are expensive to maintain, but it's not like other vehicles would be much cheaper for this kind of issue...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-02-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 420
Posted By iamthewalrus
Thanks. I ordered four new tires from Tire Rack,...

Thanks. I ordered four new tires from Tire Rack, and they'll arrive at the installer tomorrow. Unclear whether I dented the rim. The installer I'm taking it to is great about this kind of thing. ...
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 09-02-2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,137
Posted By iamthewalrus
Jealous! The Golf7 R isn't out yet, and the X1...

Jealous! The Golf7 R isn't out yet, and the X1 is automatic only...


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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 09-01-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 420
Posted By iamthewalrus
Replace the tire?

I was on Forest Service roads this weekend for a hike, and it looks like I have a bubble. Is this sort of thing reparable, or am I looking at replacement? Thanks!

James
Seattle, WA
2006 BMW...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F36 (2012 - current) 09-01-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,851
Posted By iamthewalrus
That's kind of ridiculous for such an expensive...

That's kind of ridiculous for such an expensive vehicle. That said, my iPhone has better nav than any vehicle I've been in. What's better is that I can upgrade my phone anytime where the you're...
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 09-01-2014, 08:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,137
Posted By iamthewalrus
I'm still driving my 8-year-old 2006 BMW X3 3.0i...

I'm still driving my 8-year-old 2006 BMW X3 3.0i (manual, M-sport, premium package, premium audio, xenons, PDC), but I've been checking out the X1. Honestly, if it came in manual, I would have...
Forum: X3 F25 (2011 - current) 08-21-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,402
Posted By iamthewalrus
So many great, compact SUVs out there, but...

So many great, compact SUVs out there, but they're all automatics! I'm holding onto my 2006 BMW X3 3.0i, m-sport manual indefinitely. I just don't drive automatics, so these are all "nice" but...
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - current) 08-14-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,079
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, 05:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,117
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, 03:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,117
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"...
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