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You are in the BMW 3-Series
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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
#21168 of 30250 brave1heart
Dec 14, 2002 (7:17 am)
Well, I shouldn't admit this, but West Coast CCA member Dan Tackett and I competed in the 1994 O'fest autocross. I drove my chipped-M6 with euro exhaust(no cat) and he drove a Jag XJ6 he rented from Hertz. He equaled my fastest time Luckily, the guys in my class were worse than me, so I won first place in Touring Sports Class A while Dan took home the Gold in the Non-BMW class. Dan never lets me forget it, BTW.
Dec 14, 2002 (9:37 am)
....is this the BMW 3-series board?
#21171 of 30250 Sorry about using the statement "Stupid Useless Vehicle"
Dec 14, 2002 (9:39 am)
Probably too strong adjectives for our civilized forum.
I have always believe that you should drive what ever you like and want, and hope I did not offend any fellow board participant who drives one of those..... things 8-D
That being said... My neighbor just borrow our minivan for the 4th time in 2 months because his Ford SUV doesn't have the room to do the job
Dec 14, 2002 (10:44 am)
While I would love to credit my driving skills for catching up with that 911, once he saw me coming, he left me behind in a quick way. I'm just amazed he wasn't moving a little faster to begin with. The roads through Delaware State Park are amazing. Perfectly paved, very few off-camber turns (which are abundant through most of area) and loaded with switchbacks, decreasing radii turns, highspeed sweepers, etc.
Div, I'll take my Performance Pack 330i in Topaz! Sounds sweet! According to my agreement with wife,, only one more year before I'm ~allowed~ to start shopping again.
Dec 14, 2002 (2:18 pm)
The 330i HP seems to be the E46 equivalent of the E36 M3. Note that it was put together by the M division of BMW AG ;o) It looks great but I suspect the package will be ~ 5 grand and its limited availability will command MSRP.
Dec 14, 2002 (2:57 pm)
obviously they're trying to bridge the substantial gulf between the existing 330i sport and the M3.
I doubt it'll perform overall as well as an E36 M3 though.
#21175 of 30250 mg330ci
Dec 14, 2002 (3:23 pm)
Well, I own an SUV because I live at the end of a half mile of undulatind gravel road-that neve sees a snowplow(Satch calls it a "Private Pro Rally Stage"). Otherwise I wouldn't own one. What worries me is that a lot of the same criticisms such as "need" and fuel economy can be leveled at car enthusiasts as well- Do you really "NEED" a three liter engine? Of course not; all you "NEED" is a one liter engine. Don't you care about our children's FUTURE??? Don't laugh- the safety geeks and their enviromental nazis at Consumer Reports are already calling for horsepower limits as even base engines provide "adequate" power...
Dec 14, 2002 (4:24 pm)
div2-- wait, that's logic talking. shush.
it's a lot more popular to bash on SUVs than it is to drive an Insight. or even a Metro.
Dec 14, 2002 (4:25 pm)
Certainly, the huge escalate in HP we are seen lately,particularly in <25k cars reminds me of the 70s just before the oil crisis. It took 10 years for the 3 series to jump from 180 to 220 HP. Now, with the HP war we are witnessing, I wonder what will come next? To compete (by numbers only) and advertise 260HP like the G35, means the same 40H increase but in 1 instead that gradually in 10 years! The bigger heavier cars, on the other hand, need large amounts of HP to barely move, and the fact that the companies sale so many of those, is probably raising some eyebrows. 10 years ago, a 7 sec 0-60 was exotic car territory, nowadays, the econoboxes easily match this, so the monster trucks. Live is good, but also cyclical. Venezuela is in strike, Sadam is playing cat and mouse with the world.= no oil... interesting Perhaps I'll be buying my car at the end of my lease if the HP curve turns around (scary)