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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
#18996 of 30250 my car sequence
Jul 18, 2002 (3:45 pm)
1966 Barracuda fastback: 273 cin V8, 4 spd., RWD Put on Michelin radials and thought it was the cat's meow until I drove a VW beetle. The Beetle was a fun car.
1968 Datsun SRL311, 135HP, 2L 4 cylinder, 5 speed, RWD, 2 seat rag top. (MGB imitation). With its narrow tires, learned about understeer/oversteer, affects of tire pressure, front/rear damping (w Koni shocks) and how to drive around corners with a two wheel drift. At only 2000lbs, it would get up and go but was geared and sprung for the track and loved to be thrown around. Learned what it is like to drive a car with a very peaky torque curve and horse power developed by high rpm.
1972 BMW 2002 - everything people remember and anti-thesis to the Datsun experience: wide torque curve over the full silky-smooth rpm range, gearing for any occasion and a suspension that required smooth inputs to steer quickly. Bought it for $3200 and sold it for $1500 10 years later.
- got married -
1979 Chevy Citation (wife's car) iron duke 4 cylinder E/W orientation, 4 speed in a console, FWD - a lot of space in this car but not very refined.
1982 Subaru GLX (5 door) 4 cylinder wet-head boxter, FWD only -- something inexpensive while saving money for children's education
1986 Subaru Loyale (wife's car) - same as the above but with fibre-??? overhead cam belt that broke prematurely
1990 Honda Civic (tall) Wagon (5 door) 1.6L 4 cylinder that loved to be revved, 5 spd, FWD -- another inexpensive car while both children were in college.
1995 Mazda 626 (wife's car) 2.0L 4 cylinder, 5 spd manual, FWD -- a lot of torque, short-throw stick, reasonable ride and still running well after 7 years and 140,000 miles.
- both children graduate from college -
2001 325xiT -- enjoy every opportunity to drive it. My wife is afraid I'm going to wrap it around a pole but she was never with me when I drove the Datsun or BMW 2002 at their limits.
Jul 18, 2002 (3:50 pm)
I haven't posted in a in a while anyway here they are,
1985 Honda Accord hatch first car totaled
1987 Mazda 626 lx stolen twice in three months it did
not return the second time
1985 Toyota celica gt good car long 2nd gear, totaled
1983 Honda Accord Lx a good get around car totaled
1993 Honda Accord EX got this one new, its still my
work car 115,000 and counting.
1991 Honda Civic Si fun car but it didn't feel right
I sold this one.
1986 Toyata Camry I hated this car and it was
1993 Honda Civic Si another great car, I had to sell
it because my wife could not drive 5sp.
2001 Acura CL-Type S it could not carry five people
I had to trade it in.
2002 Acura TL-Type S I believed this was a great car
until the German came along.
1991 Honda Civic Lx a car for my wife to practice on.
2001 BMW 330 Xi a true driver's car
The future holds an SUV probably an MDX or Pilot if they put in a moonroof.
#18998 of 30250 Since I was just an observer on this board till now....
Jul 18, 2002 (6:44 pm)
here's my vehicle history:
1977 Dodge Van (New) - My first vehicle. Customized it myself, bed and all. "Chickmobile" - until it got totaled by a head on - not my fault. But I was blessed I lived, the other driver died.
1976 Chevy El Camino SS (Used) - My van replacement from the insurance settlement.
1978 Fiat X-19 (Used) - Brainwashed by the movie "Breaking Away" and since I had the cycling fever, bought the Italian Fiat X-19 and a $600 Raleigh 12-speed. The Raleigh was reliable, the Fiat (FIX IT AGAIN TONY!) was not ..But the girls loved it. Severly underpowered, but handled like a dream and the removeable hardtop was sweet!
19?? Ford Falcon (Used) - My project car - Bought for about $250. I think I drove it twice and then sold it.
1974 Chevy Nova (Used) - Good running car that got me to Texas for college, for awhile, and then got me back after I decided I wanted to be married instead.
1982 AMC Concorde Wagon (New) - Contrary to AMC's history, this was a great running car. Along with the Nova, reliable transportation for our two jobs.
1969 Chevy Camaro (Used) 327 V-8 - My dream car. After my daughter was born, and with overseas orders, I decided we didn't need it anymore. Someone should have hit me with a 2x4 to knock me back to reality. Oh, somedays I wish I had that Camy again. My 18-year daughter still reminds me day after day why I sold "HER" car.
1986 Ford Escort (New) - Our car after I returned from overseas. Should have been used. Money pit #1. Problems since day #1. After two blown head gaskets, and other problems, it had to go. Worst car I have ever owned, including the Fiat.
1990 Mazda 626 (New) - Great car.
1993 Ford F-150 4x4 X-tra Cab (New) - For the Nebraska winters.
1989 Mercury Topaz (Used) Cheap transportation, but lemon. Money Pit #2.
* Note to self - NEVER buy American again, especially Ford!
1996 Toyota Camry (New) - Great reliable car. Not ONE problem in 3 years.
1999 Toyota Avalon (New) - Another great reliable car with no problems. Sold when I came here to Qatar last December.
2000 Toyota Tacoma X-tra Cab (New)- Still own. Great reliable truck. "Do I see a pattern here"?
2002 Mazda Protege (New) - Still own (my title). Really it's my daughter's car 99 percent of the time. Her present for High School graduation and to use for college.
2003 ?? When I return from my contractor work in Qatar later this year, it will be one of these... Infiniti G35 coupe, a BMW 330ci or a BMW 530i. Until I do a test drive, I haven't finalized my decision yet. But I'm stongly leaning towards the Infiniti. I'm waiting for that day when I lay cash on the table at either the Infiniti or BMW dealer and say "I want that today"!
Jul 18, 2002 (7:15 pm)
Man , that brings back high school memories.My best friend bought a used one and another friends dad got him a new one, but it didnt matter we were allways stranded!I think i recall it was a overheating problem and the radiator hose busted over and over ,,,,,
#19000 of 30250 searching......
Jul 18, 2002 (7:25 pm)
havn't been on board for a while so pls forgive...does anyone remember the name or link to the British web site that pictured and detailed all the design and tech changes for all BMW models in the near future as well as pictures of the new models too? thanks gary
Jul 18, 2002 (7:39 pm)
Hey, that happened to me once too - a busted radiator hose leaving me stranded. Along with other problems I remember like that bad thermostat, rear struts, altenator, wheel bearings, brakes and a slew of other things. Can't remember them all since its been close to 22 years. Even with all those problems - I still miss driving that car.
#19002 of 30250 nyccarguy,
Jul 18, 2002 (8:29 pm)
"hey, you're 26 and don't need a BMW right now."
I'm 27 and I definitely need my BMW! lol.
#19004 of 30250 questions on sports package(E46 coupes)
Jul 18, 2002 (10:02 pm)
I was wondering what exactly does the sport package include. Is it just a tire and seat upgrade or is there some suspension tuning. I was looking in the 3 series coupe brochure and it says that the coupes come with a sport calibrated suspension. Also in the brochure it only states a wheel/tire upgrade as well as the addition of sport seats.
Also if the upgrade is just tire and seats, does this apply to the 2001 coupes as well or is the sport calibration just for 2002. If this is the case I can just buy low profile tires and the m double spoke wheels for real cheap off of ebay.
#19005 of 30250 My car history
Jul 19, 2002 (5:59 am)
1979 Toyota Cressida 4sp yes! 4sp
1980 Honda Accord 5sp
1982 Audi s200 turbo charge auto
1987 Honda Prelude 5sp
1988 Honda CRX si 5sp
1992 Mazda MPV (Ex wife's)
1998 Nissan Pathfinder Auto
1999 Nissan Altima 5sp
2002 BMW 325xi 5sp