seivwrig: I'm honored that you put me in the same category as dave330i, but I think brave1heart & shipo would definitely go in that category as well. Great (and hilarious) assesment of our board members here:)
I've only been driving for 10 years (Got my permit April 3, 1992 & my license August 31, 1992). Every car I've owned or leased has been an automatic. The Prelude I just bought is a stick and I can't tell you how much I absolutely love it! I don't think that automatics are terrible, but I wholeheartedly prefer a manual. I always try and convince people here on edmunds (especially the BMW boards) to get a stick shift car so when I can afford my first BMW, they'll still make cars with sticks:)
Happy B-day shipo. For some reason, I thought you were younger. I turn 29 myself over the weekend.
If I ever have a extremely bad commute (i.e. 4 hours in gridlock), I might consider buying a CVT MINI as a commuter, or more likely, switch jobs.
Anyone else notice that the 3 series pedal layout makes it easy for heel & toe downshift? I've started practicing with just the pedals, and noticed that you can position your right foot either way, and they both work well.
I bought the 3235xi for the same reasons you are considering to do so: enough days of bad weather that would make me park a less able car. Add to that some hilly roads and the xi is a must.
I did one very unscientific test. One snowy evening before I ordered my car I took out a 325xi loaner. It was snowing hard and by the time I hit my driveway (.4 mile, steep climb with 2 switchbacks) there were about 4-5 inches of snow on the ground. The xi climbed it like a mountain goat.
While doing my ED I also crossed the Alps in a snowstorm in my car and although the conditions were not bad the car never slipped or slid once.
#17454 of 30250 ButMyWife, WRJohnsonpghpa, NycCarGuy & Dave330i
May 23, 2002 (7:11 am)
Thanks! I will.
Prior to responding to you post yesterday, I did in fact notice your proviso “daily driver”. My point is, that at the age of 45, after having driven a stick shift for almost 30 years, I still absolutely prefer a manual transmission as my “daily driver”. At this point, the novelty has long since worn off, and if that was all that was keeping me driving a stick, I would have long since switched back to an automatic. What is interesting about all of this is that I am going to pick up my new 530i 5-Speed later today after a month of driving the family hauler, complete with automatic transmission, and my anticipation is almost palpable.
So, for me at least (and I suspect for a number of other folks in this community), driving is not just a passing fad (like moving into the “Big City” and living the Single-Urban life for a while), it is a way of life. Another interesting point, it looks like we are going to become a three-car family in the next year or so, as my wife also wants to buy a new BMW for herself. Our family MiniVan is her first vehicle equipped with an automatic transmission since the late 1970s, and she cannot wait to make her “daily driver” a stick again. At that point, we will have the 1998 Grand Caravan, the 2002 530i 5-Speed, and most likely a 2003 325i 5-Speed.
When you “wholeheartedly” prefer a manual, there is only one way to scratch that itch; Automatics, ManuMatics, SMGs and CVTs need not apply.
Hmmm, I think that was a compliment. Thanks!
Due to a heavy workload today, and three therapy sessions for my daughter, I will not be able to pick up my new car until this evening.
The black strip on the bumper has excessl length that is hidden at the end of the bumer as the black strip goes into the bumper. All you have to do is grip the strip in the middle and give it a good pressure toward the desired direction and it will go that way. And no, you do not need to remove the strip to do this, since it is made to slide back and forth with force of course.
Sorry, some of this might be late, so bear with me.
My color choice was the oxford green metallic 2 with the natural brown leather (with wood). Looks incredible. It does have the black at the bottom (with black mats). Brown mats in mud and dirt just don't work for me. Nobody else around here, that I've seen has the Green 2 / natural brown combination. WOO HOO
My spouse also is a manual preferrer. She comes from the world of Mustangs and RX-7's, so I feel like shipo, picked a winner there! As long as we don't live in heavily populated areas (read Los Angeles or Dallas!) we will have at least one manual. Traffic, age, or amputation would be basically the only reasons we would have an automatic.
As for the xi and the vibration, mine was fixed (for the most part) by rotating the tires. The softer rubber on my tires is already cupping a bit, leading to the noise. Rotating solved most of those issues, but once tires cup, they are never as quiet - until you replace them. I hope the vibration problem while accellerating for the other poster is fixed soon. The 2002's are NOT the first AWD's. The xi was introduced in 2001, but BMW DID have the ix back in the early 90's, so they are not new to AWD as previously stated. You may also want to check the bearings to see if any are worn. If the tires were out of round, that could have caused premature wear. (Read this in the current Road and Track).
Shipo has on more than one occasion,
Also, with the xi, we are loving it in the mountains where we live. I love the surefootedness of the car. With my entire family of 4 and luggage, we still have no problems getting up and going. I would have loved the 330xi, but I just couldn't justify the cost for the different engine and trims especially when the 325xi more than met my needs. Just wanting the biggest and best I guess.