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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
Apr 25, 2002 (10:55 am)
WOW! Lots of posts from Friday until today! So Cal was great! I can't believe the amount of 3 series out there!
So speaking of idiots, my uncle just moved from a suburb of Cleveland, OH to Anaheim Hills, CA. He always likes to show off and I got wind from my mother that he bought a BMW Convertible when he moved out there last month. I got to his Apartment and said hello to my uncle, aunt, & cousin. I sat down to have a cold drink (2 minutes after I arrived) and he says: "Hey, come check out my Beemer!" We went down to the garage and there is a 325 Convertible there. A 1991 E30 325iC. It was White with a blue top and blue leather (5 Speed) and has 112,000 miles. It had the "BMW factory 6 spoke wheels" that are advertised in the back of Car & Driver all the time. He bought ($7500) it without having it checked out or doing a carfax. I drove it and told him it was nice. I told him he should have the airbag sensor checked out and that I heard a sqeak coming from the right rear suspension. I wished him good luck with it! He's the type of guy that says he's got a "beemer" and it makes my skin crawl!
Apr 25, 2002 (11:00 am)
Welcome back. BTW, it's bimmer. beemer is a bike.
I found out 3rd gear tops out at 90 last night. Interesting experience. Nice steady pull thoughout RPM range. Every owner should try it out at least once.
Apr 25, 2002 (11:10 am)
Tried it. Went to about 84 and chickened out. Engine sounds great.
Apr 25, 2002 (11:10 am)
I always get the 2 confused, but you all knew what I meant!
Apr 25, 2002 (11:38 am)
Did you get a chance to play on the PCH with any fun toys?
Apr 25, 2002 (11:47 am)
I got to drive the various Toll Roads (and did some off roading) in my friend's 2001 Range Rover 4.6 HSE. No PCH though:(
Apr 25, 2002 (11:53 am)
I practice that every day - what would driving a 3-series be without redlining it regularly :o) I am too focused on the RPM's as I approach redline but I think my 325 will top out in the low '80's in third. Will let you know tomorrow ;o) "Nice steady pull throughout RPM range" describes it very well - I've noticed that a slew of cars that try to keep up with my 325i can do it briefly but the 325i keeps going and going and going....You get a really wide band to play with so at least with my 325 engine, it's not a sudden push that makes it accelerate fast - it is the continuously excellent and steady acceleration that gives me an edge. And having the type of transmission that allows you to shift smoothly in 1/4 second helps a lot too ;o)
p.s. I really wish you lived on the East Coast so we could get together and "pass a lot car together" :o)
Apr 25, 2002 (12:37 pm)
If we ever lived close to each other, we'd have to replace our tires every 10k.
Apr 25, 2002 (1:20 pm)
PCH is beautiful around so. Cal. but you have to go quite a ways up (north) before you get to the breathtaking curves of the central coast portion. I have a picture of the Allegheny forest as screensaver, that area must have lots of scenic roads too.
Apr 25, 2002 (1:42 pm)
Does anyone ever take their E46 to get a new paint job? I am thinking about one of those Exclusive Line colors from Standox, anyone knows how much it would cost?