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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
#22836 of 30250 mjvchicago
Apr 24, 2003 (8:35 pm)
Ignore the advice of the Geo-driving "expert". The E30(1984-1991 Three Series) is still held in high regard by thousands of BMW enthusiasts. The best bang for the buck would be a 325is; the only real down side is that the M20 "small six" engine has a timing belt which must be changed every 60K miles. I'd avoid the '84-'85 318i as well as the 325e. The 1991 318is is a sweet car, but make sure the 1.8 engine had the profile gasket replaced with a post-1994 gasket. In any event, the real key to the wise purchase of an older Bimmer is to insist on complete service records as well as having the car checked out by a good BMW mechanic. BMWs of that vintage require bi-annual coolant changes and a brake fluid change every year. If these and other service requirements have not been followed, walk away. An abused/neglected BMW is no bargain. Check out www.bmwcca.org- particularly the links and the classified ads. And remember that a majority of "experts" on BMW repair costs base their moronic opinions on second or third hand information-they usually can't spell"BMW", much less own one...
Apr 25, 2003 (4:56 am)
I sold my Geo recently after 5 reliable years. Currently driving a new Pontiac. I must admit the Geo Prizm was a much better car than my 318 that I owned and hated for 9 months.
I'm not an expert, I'm just a guy who has a bad opinion of BMW. I will continue to post my bad opinions here. I'm not trolling when I stick to the facts.
I hate BMW.
Apr 25, 2003 (6:05 am)
On Apr 16, 2003, 9:08am, you said on the Acura TSX board the following...
"I'm going to go over the BMW 3 series discussion and claim the Hyundai Elantra is better than the BMW 325; of course I don't believe such a claim, I just like to what kind of rebuttal I get."
Trolling or not, you lost all your credibility right there.
btw, don't even reply, this is my last post to you.
Apr 25, 2003 (8:27 am)
Continue to read and learn much from this group. Thanks for the information and insight. Often don't have anything to post that hasn't been said before, so I just read along. 1 month and 1,400 miles on my CPO 330Ci and truly enjoying every minute of it.
I installed the UGO last weekend and it took about 30 minutes. Anyone thinking of doing it shouldn't be concerned. There are great instructions at e46fanatics.com. I was concerned about cutting the cover, but the installation went flawless. Now my question, I'm thinking of getting the BMW 6-disc changer for the trunk. Has anyone installed one themselves and how difficult was it?
'02 CPO 330Ci
Apr 25, 2003 (9:10 am)
"I'm just a guy who has a bad opinion of BMW. I will continue to post my bad opinions here."
You bought a 6 year old used car with 80,000 miles, and you didn't have it checked out by a mechanic first...
I wouldn't buy a 6 year old BMW, Lexus, or ANY car without a mechanics approval. You should accept responsibility for your actions and stop blaming BMW for your failure.
#22842 of 30250 fedlawman and hippo168
Apr 25, 2003 (9:31 am)
I believe this quote from Dilbert is appropriate:
"Argue with an idiot and he will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience."
Apr 25, 2003 (10:17 am)
Another piece of cake job. If your car already has the bracket then it will take you about 30 minutes, and that includes getting a cup of coffee. Much less complcated than doing the UGDO (nothing to cut). Bought mine from CDChangersonline.com for $315 total (unit, adapter and shipping).
#22845 of 30250 kind of on the late show
Apr 25, 2003 (11:57 am)
"FWIW: In Great Britain, the traffic on the Ms is great. The right hand lane is exclusively for passing and it is great to see people pass and move over repeatedly -- like playing leap frog. The flow is great and everyone keeps their cool. Unfortunately we are not as civilized."
I have to disagree here. I have driven around the M25 and a couple sprints up and down the M1. The right land lane is not exclusive for passing. The UK also has obnoxious drivers. Driving on the motorways in the UK sucks. The French toll roads are better.
To make matters worse, after driving in Europe, there seems to be a stereotype of BMW drivers. Sometimes, if you don't watch it, you will find yourself as part of that stereotype.
Headlight flashing-I find this to be more the case in the US, then my limited 6 days in Germany. I have never had headlight flashed at me in Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Wales or England except in Germany from a car coming the opposite direction. The Xenons must have blinded him. In Germany, you will see people use their left indicator.