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Ok. I'm new, love the forum. Bought this thing 'cause I always loved 'em. God, must have been back in the in early seventies when I had my first ride.

Just bought an 01 325i. I love it. The handling, comfort and (I hate to say) power blows me away. Have an SUV that I've been driving prior, and (sorry, I just had a laugh) they are not even in the same species.

Haven't had a ticket in over ten years.

The damn thing wants to move too fast. It's not me, of course, it's the car. Driving along, minding my own business, get pulled over. "Is there any reason you were going over 90?", the cop asks. Um, had no idea I was doing over 65.

$421. Plus points, big ones.

Any ideas on what the heck I'm gonna say to the judge?
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"Can I just pull them down around my ankles, or do you want them all the way off?"

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human said:
Any ideas on what the heck I'm gonna say to the judge?
Now, that was great help. I was hoping for no lower than the knees.

And, hope it's a mam. As in, yes Mam.

Though, your right. A new car to a driver isn't any excuse. But, it wasn't me! It was the car!
Happened to me too, out in the Desert, I was doing at least 100 in a 55 zone which also was a construction zone and thus double fine zone... $750 plus points...:thumbdwn: paid deerly for that one cause I went back to the Netherlands and received a letter of revocation of my license (dutch license...). Good luck and just be honest and forthcoming to the judge...
human said:
Ok. I'm new, love the forum. Bought this thing 'cause I always loved 'em. God, must have been back in the in early seventies when I had my first ride.

Just bought an 01 325i. I love it. The handling, comfort and (I hate to say) power blows me away. Have an SUV that I've been driving prior, and (sorry, I just had a laugh) they are not even in the same species.

Haven't had a ticket in over ten years.

The damn thing wants to move too fast. It's not me, of course, it's the car. Driving along, minding my own business, get pulled over. "Is there any reason you were going over 90?", the cop asks. Um, had no idea I was doing over 65.

$421. Plus points, big ones.

Any ideas on what the heck I'm gonna say to the judge?
Invest in a Valentine1 and StealthOne :thumbup:
Woah, MG67 that was pretty sporty. Quite frankly, the night I got it, I was talking to a friend from the Netherlands (Oostrum) and we were discussing the autobahn. Ahh, those were the days...
Thanks wheel-man!

Finding one now...
hopefully you won't say you didn't realize you were going more than 65, that's like admitting you don't pay attention to what's going on when you're driving ... ;) :angel:
:wave: and welcome to the 'fest!

How about : "Your honor, I have no excuse for endangering myself and my fellow road users by traveling this fast. I hope you will appreciate I recently bought myself a fancy-pants BEE-EMM-DUBYA auto-mobile, and it just got the better of me as I relived my youth. I am in the process of transferring title to the car gratis to a certain WINGSPAN person I met on the internet, and as a result I will be purshasing a Toyota Prius Hybrid vehicle in the very near future."

Howzat? :bigpimp:
human said:
Any ideas on what the heck I'm gonna say to the judge?
I'm from the Netherlands a place called Voorschoten. I lived in Germany for about 10 years so I know all about the Autobahn...:thumbup: :p
human said:
Woah, MG67 that was pretty sporty. Quite frankly, the night I got it, I was talking to a friend from the Netherlands (Oostrum) and we were discussing the autobahn. Ahh, those were the days...
Get familiar with those little buttons under your right thumb! Cruise control keeps my speed sane when I'm droning along on the freeway.
Actually this happened to me me years ago with my parent's car. Not paying attention to the speedo, I was just crusing based on sound and feel.

Went to court. I ended up with half points and fine. I would have gotten off, except I still had a speeding ticket on my record.

Try it, explain that the car is so smooth and quiet it didn't sound or feel like you were even going the speed limit. Heck, worst case you pay the court costs in addition. Best case you walk. Anythign in between is still a win. :)
:rofl: Thanks for the welcome, and nice try...
wingspan said:
:wave: and welcome to the 'fest!

How about : "Your honor, I have no excuse for endangering myself and my fellow road users by traveling this fast. I hope you will appreciate I recently bought myself a fancy-pants BEE-EMM-DUBYA auto-mobile, and it just got the better of me as I relived my youth. I am in the process of transferring title to the car gratis to a certain WINGSPAN person I met on the internet, and as a result I will be purshasing a Toyota Prius Hybrid vehicle in the very near future."

Howzat? :bigpimp:
Thanks Mr. E, that's the plan. Though, it's like a choke collar on a race dog...
Mr. E said:
Get familiar with those little buttons under your right thumb! Cruise control keeps my speed sane when I'm droning along on the freeway.
Thanks Pinecone! My attorney friend said to show up at the hearing also. May have a chance at reduction. Really don't want the points.

Here's a question for any and all. Where do you take the poor thing out for a "run"? It's been whining, really. I'll check other groups, if anyone has a pointer, let me know.
Pinecone said:
Actually this happened to me me years ago with my parent's car. Not paying attention to the speedo, I was just crusing based on sound and feel.

Went to court. I ended up with half points and fine. I would have gotten off, except I still had a speeding ticket on my record.

Try it, explain that the car is so smooth and quiet it didn't sound or feel like you were even going the speed limit. Heck, worst case you pay the court costs in addition. Best case you walk. Anythign in between is still a win. :)
How about, it's a new car to me, the speedometer must be inaacurate. I get it checked and adjusted at AAA ASAP.
TRACK DAYS. 145 MPH into the bus stop chicane at the Glen. About 135 MPH on the front and back striaghts at VIR. :) Join BMW CCA and hit some DE events.

Autocross, not so fast, but definately loads of fun.

Escort SRX to reduce the disparity between enforcement activity and ability to play. :)
human said:
Here's a question for any and all. Where do you take the poor thing out for a "run"? It's been whining, really. I'll check other groups, if anyone has a pointer, let me know.
Went to the courthouse. The clerk new exactly what I was talking about. Her sister just got a 330 and she took it for a drive. Didn't realize she was doing 85 in a 40 until she looked down. She gave me a break. :thumbup:

I have realized a lot about this horse recently. So I don't repeat myself, check the "curves" thread.
I know exactly what you're talking about too. It didn't seem to be a problem in my previous 525, but I bought this car in LA and on the drive home to OC, I was cruising along the 5 when I suddenly noticed all the other cars seemed to be going really slow, looked down and saw I was going about 95. :yikes: Since I know there are additional penalties if you're going more than 20 mph over the speed limit, as soon as I got home I set the computer thing so the bell goes off whenever I reach 85 mph. Damn thing is still going off all the time, but at least I'm aware of how fast I'm going now so I can slow down. As suggested above, I also use the cruise control much more than I ever did before and found that helps. Good luck!
human said:
The clerk new exactly what I was talking about. Her sister just got a 330 and she took it for a drive. Didn't realize she was doing 85 in a 40 until she looked down. She gave me a break.
Nice! :)

I sorta have a similar problem, feeling the urgency to drive faster, constantly reminding myself to look down at the g-d speedo. So far, no tickets... :eeps: [knock wood]

Now, I'm not advocating speeding, but there is smart speeding and dumb speeding. Dumb speeding includes:
  • when there is more than light traffic and not enough spacing for braking and safe lane changes
  • when no other cars are in front of you to show the safe speed based on conditions and the presence of cops
  • when it's at night and you can't look out for cops as well as in day (in addition to road hazards)
  • weaving and cutting lane changes close to other cars
  • passing cars in adjacent lanes, which highlights your speed difference
  • speeding in the fast lane when not passing
  • speeding past on-ramps, especially those that follow an overpass (cop entry points)
  • speeding around blind turns or near a break in the median (motorcycle cops)
  • sustained speeding significantly higher than the flow of traffic (obviously dumb)
Under good conditions (meaning not dumb speeding), I usually cruise around 80, with occasional sprints above that. I really need to stop though. Getting too confident. :tsk:

Last night, coming home late, I really didn't want to get nabbed on Memorial Day weekend, so kept it at 67-70. Within five minutes of getting on the the mostly empty highway, a couple cars passed and then shortly after, I saw someone get lit up behind me.

Anyway, enjoy the car, but be vigilant. :thumbup:
human said:
Went to the courthouse. The clerk new exactly what I was talking about. Her sister just got a 330 and she took it for a drive. Didn't realize she was doing 85 in a 40 until she looked down. She gave me a break. :thumbup:
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