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As a matter of fact, downshifting the S65 when being driven aggressively on the Stelvio was pretty cool. It's almost like BMW miniaturized a racing driver and put him in the computer for those folks who never learned how to heel-and-toe a manual transmission, just so they could have the experience. I wouldn't mind standing by the side of the road to hear it from outside. I may do just that when the car bet's back to SoCal. Therre's a well-known run up a certain mountain in San Diego County that would provide an ideal venue...
Let me know when you go! I know exactly where you're talking about and this would certainly be fun! I've done this both up and down the front side, and have also been down the back side. A good alternative would be SR78 down Banner Grade on the other side of Julian.

BTW: Excellent color choice! It was my wife's choice, but I really love LMB!
 

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Also: since I'm thinking of taking my new 328i out on some drives around here in Southern CA, where is this road in San Diego County that's good? Heck, what ARE some good drives around here?
Here's the first road that boothguy mentioned. The destination is Mt. Palomar. Coming from I-15 South take the SR76 exist and then go southeast on SR76, from the upper left of the map, then take either the first road (Nate Harrison Road) or the second road (Mt. Palomar Rd/South Grade) off SR 76 to get up to Mt. Palomar. You can then come down either road, or take State Park Road and East Grade Road southeast all the way down to Lake Henshaw, then return west on SR76.

http://goo.gl/maps/OtsW

Here's the second road that I mentioned. From Julian, take it down to Banner and then back up again. This one is short, but intense, and possibly less traffic.

http://goo.gl/maps/JREE

If you've got all day, you can combine them. The roads between Mt. Palomar and Julian are all pretty enjoyable! A good return home would be to take SR79 from south of Lake Henshaw up through Warner springs back to I-15 North back to Orange County.

These are both AWESOME roads and I've done them both many times in my S2000. Mt. Palomar is particularly attractive to motorcyclists and you'll see a lot. Traffic can sometimes be bad and extremely frustrating when you're stuck behind someone out for a Sunday drive and going 30 MPH all the way up without pulling over. I've convinced that some people, possibly local residents, do this on purpose to combat speeders.

I'm looking forward to doing them in the 335is when it arrives home!
 

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Awesome! Keep those reports coming!
 

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My wife did the victory lap and then drove her car off the floor at the Welt. Then after we had the car brought around she drove to Dingolfing. I drove back. The next day she drove the entire way to Salzburg in the rain. We traded off driving the rest of the trip. She did 145 on the Autobahn. When we got a flat tire on a Saturday afternoon, the day before Nurburgring, she told me later that she almost cried realizing the she wouldn't be able to drive the Nurburgring. She's looking forward to taking the BMW CCA Car Control Clinic at the end of July and the BMW CCA Driving School at Willow Springs in December. She loves driving her car and she thoroughly enjoyed driving it in Germany!
 
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