E93: A BMW noob's first impressions
My wife and I took delivery of our 2013 E93 at the Performance Center on Friday, July 26th, and took a leisurely route home to Northern Virginia over the weekend. I thought some of you might be interested in our experience with the new car.
The Performance Center itself was excellent. We were well taken care of, and the track driving was a blast! When we got off the shuttle bus in the morning, and entered the lobby of the Center, our Deep Sea Blue vert was parked there, all shiny and new. It was absolutely beautiful. During the course of the delivery, Nick, our delivery specialist, spent almost two hours demonstrating the features and functions of the car. I certainly would recommend taking delivery of your next BMW by this method if possible.
As for the car itself, it was in perfect condition, as one would expect. I could find no complaints or squawks after careful inspection. So By around 2 o'clock, we were ready to leave.
Up to this point, the only BMW that I had ever driven was during a short test drive before ordering my car. And that was in a 328 (honestly, I don't remember what model) that had a manual transmission (which I wanted), but had the 4 cylinder engine (which in no way is close to the 335i power-train). So when I first drove the vert, I was amazed by the experience.
The car was so much fun to drive, even with the limitations of the break in period. The steering was so precise and intuitive, and the power was delivered so smoothly that I fell in love with the car immediately. Honestly, up to that point, driving was a pretty mundane experience for me. I have always had sensible basic transportation in the form of a Honda of one form or another (Prelude, Accord) Riding my motorcycle, and piloting light planes were my preferred forms of motoring. But now driving, at least in my BMW, can be added to the list.
We have put 750 miles on the car so far. Everything works perfectly. The hardtop raises and lowers silently and smoothly, The HK audio system is amazing in its fidelity, and even with the top down at 80 mph, you can hear it easily, as well as speak to passengers in normal tones. That fact still amazes me, and that is without the wind deflector. The average mileage during the trip home, was 28.7. The route we took was mostly 2 lane blacktop on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Highway travel was kept to a minimum.
So count me as one very happy BMW owner, at least so far.