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Old 06-22-2007, 08:44 AM
Huezo Huezo is offline
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Mein Auto: 525iA E39. 330i E90.
I say go for it, but driving school is a must.

I was given a BMW 525iA at 17 as my first car, and I must admit that in the beginning I did get myself in some sketchy situations. Had I been given a 540i I would have probably killed myself.

After a few scares I decided that I needed to get to know the limits of the car, so every day on the way to school I would take some corners sideways. Every day I would slightly increase the speed or the angle. By the end of the school year I was able to control the car almost completely sideways, at speed, through those corners. Learning little by little helped me see what a big difference a small adjustment can make. I don't recommend that your son does this in an M3, so you better send him to a good driving school instead of buying more tires.

Dad: "Why are your tires wearing so fast?"
Me: "I don't know, it must be the harsh Mexican roads"

He always knew what I was really doing.

On the other hand, the legendary BMW handling has saved me a few times since I knew how the car would react.

An M3 at 16 sounds reasonable, but a good driving school isn't optional.
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