What I've been wondering lately is what forced BMW to intorduce the DBW throttle in it's current highly-flawed state. I mean, BMW, at least from an engineering side, hasn't really previously screwed up. But for '01 we get both the hyper-boosted steering and the DBW throttle, two certifiable goofs. Did they just think that enthusiasts no longer bought BMWs and the badge buyers would never notice? Because you do not have to be an extreme enthusiast to hate the DBW throttle or crappy steering (and the retrofit sucks too, just in a different way).blackdawg said:roaring into lab today at 7am...i realize again the beauty of mechanical throttle linkages.
it's so linear.
having spent the past two days in DBW cars, it's a relief to drive something where i am plugged into the car.
the new M3 has snappy throttle response, but the non M cars are so disjointed. it speaks to the general excellence of BMW that their bread n butter cars still outperform their peers with this sucky-arsed feedback in the 330s and 325s (even with software tweaking).
Supposedly the steering was "fixed" for '02 but they turned around and made the '02s hideously ugly, so they're still not an option.