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I've never bought a car because of image or status, but rather for its quality, durability, comfort, drive-ability, economics...... why I've owned two Peugeots and an Alfa, Mazda CX-7
Sorry, not buying (or leasing this thread).
You have owned BMW, Peugeot, Alfa, and Mazda. With the possible exception of the CX-7, none of these cars are really about economics (peugeot may have been cheap to buy, but terrible car to maintain). Also, BMW is known for many things..including the need to be repaired expensively.

As for "Beemer"....my baby "Beeemer" is awesome. Love her. My next one will be leased (nothing wrong with that).
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To chime in: You know, I don't think it's quite the fact that "BMW drivers are notorious assholes", it's that PEOPLE are notorious assholes. I can't say I get flipped off on the highway, or anywhere, I tend to do the flipping off myself. I can't stand people that don't use their turn signals, or do that half ass "one signal blip" ****. Yes, thank you for using one, that I barely saw. I'll make sure to fake incredible neck pain when you hit me. Or how people tend to NOT let me merge onto the highway, and instead keep driving 45-50 on the right hand side of the road. Seriously? Get off the highway and take a bus or taxi. Ridiculous.

I think what it boils down to is, one person got cut off by a BMW driver (get over it, it's not the brand, it's the driver), and told their friends about it, and that in turn, forms a cult following of friends who look at other BMW drivers as the "people that are likely to cut you off".

It's a little ridiculous, but it's the reality we live in.



As far as repairs, no issues with my car, and I'm about to hit 142,xxx miles. It might be the fact that the car was ALWAYS taken on long highway drives, but the love I have for the car will keep it going for a long time. I liked the analogy of how someone with a different brand of car would only repair something if it REALLY needed fixing, versus the guy who loves his car and repairs EVERYTHING, even if ti isn't all that important. That's what separates someone who has a true passion, from someone who just gets by. I realize it's a little oddball to compare cars to life, but when you take care of something as inanimate as a car, it just shows you have a passion for something that most others can't relate to. It's really good stuff...
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or do that half ass "one signal blip" ****. Yes, thank you for using one, that I barely saw. I'll make sure to fake incredible neck pain when you hit me. ..
You seem angry, and not willing to look at the other persons point of view. Some people hit their turn signal and think they hit it hard enough (not all are blessed with our quick tap option). Mistakes happen. I am OK with the person who hit it and only got one blip, vs the person who didn't use it at all.

Faking incredible pain? That seems like a dick move. if you are hurt, fine, but faking it? Not only is that fraud, it's one of the things that shows the systemic problems with our society.

Don't be so angry. Not worth it, probably shorten your life span.

Also, careful of the finger flip. People have gotten killed for doing that stuff
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...I immediately noticed that other drivers would speed up to prevent me from merging onto the freeway or to change lanes. I would be shown drivers'middle fingers when passing or honked at when stopped to parallel park.

..I noticed that while wearing polarized sunglasses one cannot read the radio display...

Sorry folks, it's just a car and not a very good one at that...
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You are getting a middle finger perhaps not because of the car but because how you drive the car. Don't drive it like a half blind 90 year old. Who wants to get behind a slow car merging into fast traffic on the highway? Tired of having horns honked at you? a: merge into traffic at the speed of traffic and not slower while meekly accelerating with your brake lights and b: don't be the slowest car in the left lane. Stick to a slow nondescript four banger, brown in color, and people will understand you and your driving habits.

Saying that SUVs get blown around in the wind is greatly disrespectful of BMW X3 and X5 models, these navigate the road and weather better than any Japanese or American car, even in the highest winds.

As far as your polarized sunglasses problem - Get Used To It. Every high quality display is polarized. The polarization you complain about exists with smartphones, iPads, LCD monitors and TVs. Modern flat panel displays in aircraft cockpits are polarized and that is why aviation sunglasses are not. Some cars, like Land Rovers for instance, have polarized windshields. In part the polarization is used to manage reflections and glare and to help create a crisper display.

Practically every car owner has some connection with the brand of their car. The Ford vs Chevy is case and point. BMW owners are no less attached. After all it is just a car, like every other mass produced auto. Somewhere deep inside though you know a car is not just a car; otherwise you'd still be driving your AMC Gremlin.
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RE: COMMENTS BY "ONAGER" .....LET'S JUST SAY THAT YOU'RE ENTITLED TO YOUR OWN OPINION, BUT NOT YOUR OWN FACTS....
You are getting a middle finger perhaps not because of the car but because how you drive the car. Don't drive it like a half blind 90 year old. Who wants to get behind a slow car merging into fast traffic on the highway? Tired of having horns honked at you? a: merge into traffic at the speed of traffic and not slower while meekly accelerating with your brake lights and b: don't be the slowest car in the left lane. Stick to a slow nondescript four banger, brown in color, and people will understand you and your driving habits. SO YOU KNOW EXACTLY HOW I DRIVE....WHILE YOU'RE AT IT GO AHEAD AND TELL THE BOARD WHAT HAND I WRITE WITH AND WHAT CITY MY FATHER WAS BORN IN.

Saying that SUVs get blown around in the wind is greatly disrespectful of BMW X3 and X5 models, these navigate the road and weather better than any Japanese or American car, even in the highest winds. WOW AGAIN...DID SOMEONE CHANGE THE LAWS OF PHYSICS? THE GREATER THE SURFACE AREA OF A SAIL, THE MORE ENERGY IS TRANSFERRED. YOUR COMMENT IS LUDICROUS.

As far as your polarized sunglasses problem - Get Used To It. Every high quality display is polarized. The polarization you complain about exists with smartphones, iPads, LCD monitors and TVs. Modern flat panel displays in aircraft cockpits are polarized and that is why aviation sunglasses are not. Some cars, like Land Rovers for instance, have polarized windshields. In part the polarization is used to manage reflections and glare and to help create a crisper display. THE FAA WARNS AGAINST USE OF POLARIZED LENSES FOR THE REASONS YOU SITE HOWEVER, WHAT ABOUT THE DOT AND NTSB.....? REGARDLESS, DISPLAYS IN MOTOR VEHICLES THAT ARE UNREADABLE WITH POLARIZED LENSES ARE UNSAFE AND THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE.

Practically every car owner has some connection with the brand of their car. The Ford vs Chevy is case and point. BMW owners are no less attached. After all it is just a car, like every other mass produced auto. Somewhere deep inside though you know a car is not just a car; otherwise you'd still be driving your AMC Gremlin. IF IT WERE "JUST A CAR" THE "CONNECTION" WOULD NOT BE RELEVANT.
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REGARDLESS, DISPLAYS IN MOTOR VEHICLES THAT ARE UNREADABLE WITH POLARIZED LENSES ARE UNSAFE AND THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE.
The only polarized displays in the car that are unreadable are the radio display and display showing temperature selected. Neither are necessary for safe operation of the car and you probably shouldn't be staring at them anyway while the car is in motion.

A little tip: Ranting for the sake of ranting usually doesn't get much appreciation around here. Good luck with your ride.
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Crazy, getting cut-off happened to me twice this week. I never noticed such blatant discourtesy (not to mention inches from high speed wreckage) in previous years of driving my current car or any car. The highest-level defensive driving techniques are back in order...

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Sorry, not buying (or leasing this thread).
You have owned BMW, Peugeot, Alfa, and Mazda. With the possible exception of the CX-7, none of these cars are really about economics (peugeot may have been cheap to buy, but terrible car to maintain). Also, BMW is known for many things..including the need to be repaired expensively.

As for "Beemer"....my baby "Beeemer" is awesome. Love her. My next one will be leased (nothing wrong with that).

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RE: COMMENTS BY "ONAGER" .....LET'S JUST SAY THAT YOU'RE ENTITLED TO YOUR OWN OPINION, BUT NOT YOUR OWN FACTS....
You are getting a middle finger perhaps not because of the car but because how you drive the car. Don't drive it like a half blind 90 year old. Who wants to get behind a slow car merging into fast traffic on the highway? Tired of having horns honked at you? a: merge into traffic at the speed of traffic and not slower while meekly accelerating with your brake lights and b: don't be the slowest car in the left lane. Stick to a slow nondescript four banger, brown in color, and people will understand you and your driving habits. SO YOU KNOW EXACTLY HOW I DRIVE....WHILE YOU'RE AT IT GO AHEAD AND TELL THE BOARD WHAT HAND I WRITE WITH AND WHAT CITY MY FATHER WAS BORN IN.

Saying that SUVs get blown around in the wind is greatly disrespectful of BMW X3 and X5 models, these navigate the road and weather better than any Japanese or American car, even in the highest winds. WOW AGAIN...DID SOMEONE CHANGE THE LAWS OF PHYSICS? THE GREATER THE SURFACE AREA OF A SAIL, THE MORE ENERGY IS TRANSFERRED. YOUR COMMENT IS LUDICROUS.

As far as your polarized sunglasses problem - Get Used To It. Every high quality display is polarized. The polarization you complain about exists with smartphones, iPads, LCD monitors and TVs. Modern flat panel displays in aircraft cockpits are polarized and that is why aviation sunglasses are not. Some cars, like Land Rovers for instance, have polarized windshields. In part the polarization is used to manage reflections and glare and to help create a crisper display. THE FAA WARNS AGAINST USE OF POLARIZED LENSES FOR THE REASONS YOU SITE HOWEVER, WHAT ABOUT THE DOT AND NTSB.....? REGARDLESS, DISPLAYS IN MOTOR VEHICLES THAT ARE UNREADABLE WITH POLARIZED LENSES ARE UNSAFE AND THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE.

Practically every car owner has some connection with the brand of their car. The Ford vs Chevy is case and point. BMW owners are no less attached. After all it is just a car, like every other mass produced auto. Somewhere deep inside though you know a car is not just a car; otherwise you'd still be driving your AMC Gremlin. IF IT WERE "JUST A CAR" THE "CONNECTION" WOULD NOT BE RELEVANT.
Welcome to the 'Fest.

I'm sure you will find lots of friends here.
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Sorry for your problems. You've had more than your share and I know it's frustrating. I've driven BMW's for quite a while and have had next to no problems. Ceretainly no more than the Toyota's I drove prior to BMW. Maybe it's time for you to move on. Good luck with whatever you do...
You should try driving a super cute Honda Fit.
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You seem angry, and not willing to look at the other persons point of view. Some people hit their turn signal and think they hit it hard enough (not all are blessed with our quick tap option). Mistakes happen. I am OK with the person who hit it and only got one blip, vs the person who didn't use it at all.

Faking incredible pain? That seems like a dick move. if you are hurt, fine, but faking it? Not only is that fraud, it's one of the things that shows the systemic problems with our society.

Don't be so angry. Not worth it, probably shorten your life span.

Also, careful of the finger flip. People have gotten killed for doing that stuff
Nah, heat of the moment, I'd never fake pains just for the hell of it, I'm all talk haha.

But seriously though, the amount of no signal use on US highways is really starting to bug me. Can't be EVERYONE is incapable of pushing a stalk. No excuses.
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Furb, a Beemer has two wheels. Bimmers have 4.
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RE: COMMENTS BY "ONAGER" .....LET'S JUST SAY THAT YOU'RE ENTITLED TO YOUR OWN OPINION, BUT NOT YOUR OWN FACTS....
You are getting a middle finger perhaps not because of the car but because how you drive the car. Don't drive it like a half blind 90 year old. Who wants to get behind a slow car merging into fast traffic on the highway? Tired of having horns honked at you? a: merge into traffic at the speed of traffic and not slower while meekly accelerating with your brake lights and b: don't be the slowest car in the left lane. Stick to a slow nondescript four banger, brown in color, and people will understand you and your driving habits. SO YOU KNOW EXACTLY HOW I DRIVE....WHILE YOU'RE AT IT GO AHEAD AND TELL THE BOARD WHAT HAND I WRITE WITH AND WHAT CITY MY FATHER WAS BORN IN.

Saying that SUVs get blown around in the wind is greatly disrespectful of BMW X3 and X5 models, these navigate the road and weather better than any Japanese or American car, even in the highest winds. WOW AGAIN...DID SOMEONE CHANGE THE LAWS OF PHYSICS? THE GREATER THE SURFACE AREA OF A SAIL, THE MORE ENERGY IS TRANSFERRED. YOUR COMMENT IS LUDICROUS.

As far as your polarized sunglasses problem - Get Used To It. Every high quality display is polarized. The polarization you complain about exists with smartphones, iPads, LCD monitors and TVs. Modern flat panel displays in aircraft cockpits are polarized and that is why aviation sunglasses are not. Some cars, like Land Rovers for instance, have polarized windshields. In part the polarization is used to manage reflections and glare and to help create a crisper display. THE FAA WARNS AGAINST USE OF POLARIZED LENSES FOR THE REASONS YOU SITE HOWEVER, WHAT ABOUT THE DOT AND NTSB.....? REGARDLESS, DISPLAYS IN MOTOR VEHICLES THAT ARE UNREADABLE WITH POLARIZED LENSES ARE UNSAFE AND THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE.

Practically every car owner has some connection with the brand of their car. The Ford vs Chevy is case and point. BMW owners are no less attached. After all it is just a car, like every other mass produced auto. Somewhere deep inside though you know a car is not just a car; otherwise you'd still be driving your AMC Gremlin. IF IT WERE "JUST A CAR" THE "CONNECTION" WOULD NOT BE RELEVANT.

Well Harp, it's clear enough that you are left handed. But in what city your father was born? How would anyone know that?

Your post seems inconsistent; an emotion based construct. The surface area of a sail for instance. Wouldn't many factors come to bear, aside from square inchage?

Surface area, indeed. Good Lord. We are alarmed by your rambling evolution of foundational logic and propensity of capitalization.

Please explain yourself if you can.
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....here are the major ones:
31,000 miles the automatic door locking system failed...the night I purchased it...on my anniversary....failed when the valet brought the car after dropping $400 on a lovely dinner
31,000 miles....somehow, some way, BMW's expert CPO crew MISSED the grinding left rear wheel bearing..warranty.
31,050 miles on..I noticed that while wearing polarized sunglasses one cannot read the radio display...Somehow nobody at BMW knows about this though it's all over the web...more fun...my Blackberry Storm2 that supposedly worked with the on board hands free system didn't work properly...(It works fine with my Samsung Galaxy).....
50,000 miles or so...the tube for the windshield washer leaks....two weeks earlier and it would have been covered by the first part of my CPO warranty, but now it's almost $400...ha ha...hey, none of my cars ever had that fail, not even either of my Peugeots...
54,000 miles...electric water pump failed...covered by warranty with $50 deductible....
58,000...the left outside mirror adjustment range no longer allows proper adjustment...another $50 warranty repair...it's been going on for a while...
I could, perhaps, understand the grumbling here. That is until I saw the mentioning of dropping $400 on food in one sitting for, presumably, 2 people.

$500 over nearly 3 years of driving vs. $400 in three hours?

People can spend their money how they want. But the values placed on money here seem a bit skewed.

Plus the Hollywood Hills have got to be about one of the worst places to drive a Bimmer. The roads are terrible. Think NYC with steep grades and turns. Prime territory for a Lexus or Benz.

...roughly 8k miles here. No issues save a right side rearview mirror that does not aim for the ground when shifted in reverse. Figure that'll get fixed under warranty when the car goes in next time.
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lol his numbers say he spent $500 bucks over 50k miles who in their right mind wouldn't take that.
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The only polarized displays in the car that are unreadable are the radio display and display showing temperature selected. Neither are necessary for safe operation of the car and you probably shouldn't be staring at them anyway while the car is in motion.
I kind of thought the inability to read the displays with polarized sunglasses was a safety feature intended to keep the driver from getting distracted.

But then BMW went and changed everything with the LCI E90 and now both can be read while wearing polarized sunglasses.

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A little tip: Ranting for the sake of ranting usually doesn't get much appreciation around here. Good luck with your ride.
Yep-per on that. Although it sounds like maybe the OP might want to check into whether the CA Lemon Law could get them out of their misery er, ride. There have been other owners who have been able to get out of CPO cars once they hit the magic threshold of 4 failed HP fuel pumps.

FWIW, my experience in LA is that if you hold up traffic, you get the horn and the middle-fingered wave regardless of what car you drive. Ask Toyota Prius owners about their experiences.
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