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Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) Today, 07:25 AM
Replies: 10
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Posted By iamthewalrus
This captures it really well. The 320 is...

This captures it really well. The 320 is probably fine for 99% of your daily life, but there will be those handful of times when you wish you had more power -- and you'll remember them!

I had a...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) Yesterday, 05:57 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,427
Posted By iamthewalrus
Been a long time since I've said that about a BMW...

Been a long time since I've said that about a BMW 335. At $55k optioned the way I want, it's *expensive*. I paid that much to relandscape my house, a far better investment here in Seattle than a...
Forum: E52 Z8 (1999 - 2003) Yesterday, 01:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,742
Posted By iamthewalrus
Wait, that's an *automatic*?!? I didn't think...

Wait, that's an *automatic*?!? I didn't think they offered an auto transmission in the USA?

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=387250
Forum: E52 Z8 (1999 - 2003) Yesterday, 01:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,742
Posted By iamthewalrus
A gorgeous Z8 I saw in Seattle a few years ago at...

A gorgeous Z8 I saw in Seattle a few years ago at the annual Memorial Day weekend (Sunday) Burgers & Bimmers event .

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=14689&pictureid=57051
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) Yesterday, 10:07 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,427
Posted By iamthewalrus
I had a 2006 MiniCooperS convertible (6-spd...

I had a 2006 MiniCooperS convertible (6-spd manual, sports package, etc.) and just loved it! It's just so much smaller than either the 3-series or the Golf/GTI and much louder and less refined, that...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) Yesterday, 08:13 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,427
Posted By iamthewalrus
Awesome, we're on the same page then. Agree...

Awesome, we're on the same page then. Agree 100%. For many of my friends -- Seattle/Portland professional guys in tech -- they overlap a great deal. But clearly we're only one market segment.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) Yesterday, 07:20 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,427
Posted By iamthewalrus
I agree with many of these posts, but when people...

I agree with many of these posts, but when people say "they don't compete" or they're in different classes, I don't really get it. Of course they compete. My friend Mike bought a loaded GTI...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 05-25-2017, 04:58 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,427
Posted By iamthewalrus
I've never understood this "classes" argument. ...

I've never understood this "classes" argument. It's not like I'm comparing a Bentley to a Hyundai. We're talking entry-level, four-cylinder turbo German wagons/hatchbacks. The GTI, A3, Q3, X1, 330...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 05-25-2017, 09:43 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,427
Posted By iamthewalrus
I went on www.bmwusa.com and priced out a BMW 330...

I went on www.bmwusa.com and priced out a BMW 330 Touring (read: wagon) which is the closest proxy to a VW GTI hatchback. Add black leather, sports suspension, H/K stereo, and navigation to get it...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 05-25-2017, 09:34 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,427
Posted By iamthewalrus
My big gripe about the Golf-R is no sunroof. ...

My big gripe about the Golf-R is no sunroof. Apparently they're made in the same facility as the E-Golf and it's not set up for sunroofs. I can't see spending $36-40K on a car without a sunroof. ...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 05-25-2017, 07:12 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,427
Posted By iamthewalrus
Fair point, thought it depends if you're...

Fair point, thought it depends if you're comparing against the 328 or the 335. For me, the back seat of an A3/S3 is simply a non starter. I don't fit! I sat in one at the auto show, and if you...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 05-24-2017, 05:01 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,427
Posted By iamthewalrus
The VW GTI would the obvious choice for me,...

The VW GTI would the obvious choice for me, except that I live in the Pacific NW and regularly take my car on Forest Service roads in the Cascades. The GTI just doesn't have enough ground clearance....
Forum: Pacific Northwest Region - AK, HI, ID, OR, and WA 05-24-2017, 12:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 240
Posted By iamthewalrus
Looking through the coding forums, I figured it's...

Looking through the coding forums, I figured it's going to cost me a lot less to buy the Carly app and dongle than buying a Windows PC and learning the ins and outs. I'm going to ask the dealer...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 05-24-2017, 08:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 295
Posted By iamthewalrus
I'd love to hear your thoughts after the test...

I'd love to hear your thoughts after the test drive. I've owned a series of BMWs (330Cic, X3 and now X1) but my parents are an Audi family. For the newest Allroad, I find the interior to be...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 05-24-2017, 08:37 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,427
Posted By iamthewalrus
I think you capture it well. I have a 2014 E84...

I think you capture it well. I have a 2014 E84 X1 "xDrive35i" and it's what you describe. I love the go-cart handling, telepathic steering, etc. but it definitely crashes over bumps and the...
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - 2015) 05-22-2017, 08:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 691
Posted By iamthewalrus
Not worries at all. What you're describing makes...

Not worries at all. What you're describing makes perfect sense!
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - 2015) 05-22-2017, 07:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 691
Posted By iamthewalrus
Well, that's a tough one. I'm the kind of guy...

Well, that's a tough one. I'm the kind of guy who'd rather buy used/CPO with 15K miles on it and get all of the bells and whistles. I did that with my 2006 BMW X3 and kept it 10 years. I did it...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Region - AK, HI, ID, OR, and WA 05-21-2017, 12:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 147
Posted By iamthewalrus
Metro Auto Rebuild in SoDo did great work on my...

Metro Auto Rebuild in SoDo did great work on my X3 and my friend's M3.
Forum: Pacific Northwest Region - AK, HI, ID, OR, and WA 05-21-2017, 10:41 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 131
Posted By iamthewalrus
8th Annual Burgers and Bimmers next week in Issaquah, WA

http://www.bmwpugetsound.com/events/8th-annual-burgers-bmws-at-the-triple-xxx-drive-in/

Great opportunity to come out and see some amazing BMWs. Sunday of Memorial Day weekend starting at 10a at...
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - 2015) 05-20-2017, 09:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 581
Posted By iamthewalrus
Don't you wish California had better mass transit...

Don't you wish California had better mass transit so you could enjoy your BMW X1 on weekends and not worry about a driving commute? I did the Bay Area twice, including 18 months of Noe Valley SF to...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Region - AK, HI, ID, OR, and WA 05-20-2017, 08:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 781
Posted By iamthewalrus
What is "the software"? That's what's so vague...

What is "the software"? That's what's so vague in these posts. You can buy the ODBC-USB cable on Amazon.com for $25, but then it gets really vague from there.
I'd prefer a laptop-based solution,...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Region - AK, HI, ID, OR, and WA 05-20-2017, 08:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 240
Posted By iamthewalrus
Seattle, Capitol Hill near Volunteer Park. Happy...

Seattle, Capitol Hill near Volunteer Park. Happy to meet somewhere neutral or convenient. Definitely interested in learning what's required to do this right and then seeing what works to go buy...
Forum: Pacific Northwest Region - AK, HI, ID, OR, and WA 05-19-2017, 11:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 240
Posted By iamthewalrus
Coding help in Seattle

I recently purchased a CPO 2014 BMW X1 xDrive35i. I want to turn off the iDrive bootup notification and rearview camera notification.
Anybody have a Carly for BMW in the Seattle area? These...
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - 2015) 05-19-2017, 09:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 795
Posted By iamthewalrus
Found this post, and it seems to capture the...

Found this post, and it seems to capture the highlights: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=973239&highlight=

Thanks!
James
Seattle, WA
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - 2015) 05-18-2017, 12:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 795
Posted By iamthewalrus
I bought a 2014 xDrive35i CPO with 11K miles on...

I bought a 2014 xDrive35i CPO with 11K miles on it in January. Not quite apples to apples, but here is my $0.02.

1) The forums have a lot of good info on this. Apparently you're looking for a...
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