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You are in the BMW 3-Series
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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
#2510 of 30250 Brave1heart
May 07, 2001 (4:23 pm)
No, unfortunately. When I was with Mercedes-Benz, I wrote some fairly large computer systems for them here in the States. The Germans, who are notorious for wanting things done their way, actually liked what I did here. As a result, I spent almost a year working with a captive company of theirs over in Germany converting my system to their standards. All of this was happening in 1996, while at the same time, my wife was pregnant with our second child. In late 1996, I was asked to spend every other month until 2001, working in various MB locations around Europe customizing the system for the local requirements. "WHY, I ask you, WHY didn't you folks ask me to do that when I was single??????"
Needless to say, I had to leave MB. I was interviewing at BMW and Volvo (both of whom were within about 2 miles of MB USA at the time), when Fuji (the film folks) made me an offer I could not refuse. I am still there. The irony of all of this; in 1997 my wife and I built a house one half of a mile from BMW, and here I am driving across the Tappan Zee Bridge every day to go to work. I would still like to work for BMW, but it may not be in the cards any longer.
May 07, 2001 (4:37 pm)
Quite a story... Hey, you got a pretty good ride out of that system you wrote. It sounds like you could've retired on that system in Germany. I know a little bit about systems myself. I've been an ERP implementation consultant (technical lead for PeopleSoft Human Resources and Financial systems) since '96 and some of the monsters we've put in will probably be around for 20 years or so. Were you working with SAP products?
#2513 of 30250 Wailea: Overheating
May 07, 2001 (4:47 pm)
Wailea: I also was hit by the overheating gobblin. My fan gave out on 4/23 and I got the car back on 5/4. Dealer had to backorder fan, fan motor and cage from Germany. They kept me advised as the process moved along and they sprung for a rental car. Dealer was unaware that this might be an emerging problem, though he did say that in the course of scouring the local dealers for the parts there was a 325i at another dealer awaiting the same backordered parts. On the plus side, the car has run like a champ since Friday and it was sort of like getting a new car again since I had owned it for only three weeks and had 1100 miles on it. Good luck...hope you're on the road again soon!
#2515 of 30250 330i needs more "off-line"?
May 07, 2001 (5:56 pm)
Really? A big air pipe and some software (such as Dinan now has available) will substantially improve off the line performance and do it aggresively. This will yield much funage also. I think it's more fun to have something like the 330i than many quicker acceleration cars but there's a point where, due to such high power, you'd look like the local waa-hoo if you really exploited their full.
It's more fun to be able to drive your car at 8 tenths to 10 tenths all the time than 4 tenths. Ask anyone with a stick shift 318ti.
BTW I intentionally made up the word funage.
#2516 of 30250 Sport Seats
May 07, 2001 (6:49 pm)
The best way, IMO, to determine whether or not you should opt for the SP to get the sport seats is to actually test a bimmer with those seats. Then do several aggresive turns or corners and see if you like the added pads on both sides of your hip. Personally for me, I like to make aggresive turns and corners and I really appreciate the fact that those pads really keep me in place during those maneuvers. I never had this with any of my previous cars.
Maybe I'm biased as I've already had 4 long trips with my 2 and a half weeks old car, but I've also found the extended thigh-support to be really comforting during those long trips. Again, I also never had this with my previous cars.
The added pads on the sides and the extended thigh-support are the only two improvements on a sport seat over a regular seat that you will see. But for me, they are exactly what I need.
Does the seat make me a better driver? Absolutely not.
Does the seat make me feel more comfortable during corners and long trips so much so that I think it's the best option on my car? Without a doubt, yes.
#2517 of 30250 Does this raise any eye-brows ?!
May 07, 2001 (7:06 pm)
Okay, I thought I'd share how I've ordered my car which is in 151 status today so should be finished end this week, I should see it mid June.
330i sedan in Alpine White. Anthracite CLOTH sport seats (special order). Sport Pkg, xenons, in dash CD and electric rear window sun-shade (special order). I picture Mr. Spock as he says "Curious Captain..."
#2518 of 30250 PS - No moon roof
May 07, 2001 (7:08 pm)
#2519 of 30250 Brave1heart
May 07, 2001 (7:44 pm)
Off topic vector...
The MB USA system that I wrote was essentially a system that dealt with all direct customer contacts between MB USA and any driver of any MB car currently in the country. Due to their unique requirements, I wrote the system from scratch using their existing database (Informix) and PowerBuilder as the client side platform.
The European version needed some different front-end stuff as well as objects that were able to morph themselves into different languages based upon the operators' profile. The database in Germany was Oracle, so much of the work was re-writing stored procedures and dealing with the differences in the two databases.
I probably could have done very well on that project, however, in hind site, it is a good thing I did not take it. In 1997 the US Dollar got real strong against the Deutsche Mark, the result would have been an almost one third cut in my effective hourly rate. Ouch!
Back on topic.