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BMW, Coupe, Convertible, Sedan, Wagon
#72 of 379 I guess everyone is out driving??
May 15, 2001 (7:08 pm)
Well, it sure has been purdy quiet in the club this past week or so. I guess everyone is out driving? Well, more power to your elbow if you are. I would be, but I am in Chicago and we have no roads-just endless miles of rim-traps. The roads are being "worked" on. However I am going to gingerly get out of town tomorrow and head for the hilly twisties of rural Michigan.
One of the reasons I came to the Owners Club board, besides the free coffee and freshly baked muffins(thank you Karen) is the lack of posts regarding MSRP and is the HK stereo worth the money? etc.
Here we have made our choices. But why BMW?
I came late unto the family and came here thus:
1977, trip home, friend had a BMW 2002. This was in Britain where they make cars that have a problem starting when it's raining-not just locally-problem happens if it's raining anywhere on Earth when you want to drive somewhere. Car was "peppy" and muscular.
Same trip home-visited uncle-no see in a long time-needed to run errand. Uncle gave me keys to car-BMW 5 series. Drove like a low flying airplane.
I lived in London, had company car (Ford) so no need to buy Bimmer (also no cash!)
Fast forward-1997 met a friend (on the Internet) who invited me to his house in Chicago. Found he had a BMW hatchback (318/316?)a 530iT (1994) a 635csi
(88) and a Z3. When I asked him later, "Why are they all BMWs?" he looked at me quizzically and exclaimed "Because they are PERFORMANCE cars!"
To hammer home his point he slowly poured his glass of bourbon over my head and I felt foolish for asking the question and wet at the same time.
I got to drive all of his cars (bar the hatchback) over the next couple of years and they all had one thing in common-they drove beautifully
and they started in the rain.
Fast forward to July 1999 and I am in Germany for an opera festival and I meet a German lawyer who has a 1998 BMW 750iL and he offers me a drive.
I drove out of Bayreuth and onto the autobahn and sailed along at 125mph, one hand on the wheel, the other hand turning down the stereo to listen to the sweet snarl of the engine. The car had a navigation system and a German lady's voice guided me back to Bayreuth though I was all set to drive to Munich. Heavenly drive!
So when it came time last summer to look for a car, to commute to a lakeside cottage far from Chicago there was really only one name that figured prominently in my search-BMW.
All I read, in Edmunds and the automotive press steered me toward the 3 series but what really clinched it for me was a drive around the back of a dealership in Grand Rapids where they had 5 severly crashed 3s waiting salvage-all 5 were mangled in front but the passenger compartments were perfectly intact and the front doors looked as new.
I want to drive fast-and I want to drive safe: that's why I drive BMW.
Now-where is everybody?
#74 of 379 Everyone is out drivin...:-)
May 15, 2001 (8:58 pm)
Yep, the weather is oh so fine so tops are down and cars are out and about. I've been stuck going to jury duty (not picked or thrown out yet) so haven't enjoyed being out and about the past couple days but I took my car and my kiddies to the BMW drive clinic this past Saturday and that was very cool. I just posted all about it on the convertible board so feel free to go on over and read all about it there. My kids felt so special because everyone there (instructors and drivers) kept commenting on how cool it was that their mom took them to this and let them drive her bimmer. Yeah, I'm so cool. heheheh. They were seriously warned....drive like maniacs and show any abuse on my car and they're outta there! They did great.
#75 of 379 Busy using my Cal Duster!
May 16, 2001 (6:17 am)
That's what I've been doing (actually, I was in S.F. at a meeting). Thanks for the continuation of the gripping commentary, I do enjoy hearing about others' experiences...I was wondering who was going to break the dry spell on these 2 boards! Happy driving!
#76 of 379 dusters and more...
May 16, 2001 (7:54 am)
Julia--When you return to San Fran this summer, make sure you throw in a few extra days for fun in the sun. Maybe we can pull together a Bimmer caravan over Big Sur and along the coast down to Santa Barbara or LA. I've spoken with several bimmer people from the local club who would be very interested. Would be fun! Of course Donna and her hubby will come out from Florida and join us. Hopefully I won't be stuck in jury duty all summer on a case they said could go thru September. I hope they decide today that I'm not one of the 12 chosen ones. .
Have you looked into the BMWCCA in Boston area? It's a lot of fun to hang out with people who really love their cars or should I say...their bimmers. . Donna checked out the club near her in Florida but not much happening there.
Using the Cal Duster mucho too. I have several. Can't resist with the double set at Costco for about 12 bucks. Such a deal! . I figure when they get too grungy, I'll toss em. Too bad they can't be used on the canvas top but the tape roller works pretty well for that for removing lint and dust. I've found that I really need to vacumn the top every couple weeks to keep it really clean. Try tapping yours with your hand and see if you get a little dust cloud. That fine grit stuff isn't good for wear and tear putting the top up and down. Well, off to do my duty.
May 16, 2001 (10:02 am)
Leave for one second here, and everyone posts messages!
Still love my 90 M3! This car always puts a smile on my face when driving. I always worry that I am being too hard on my engine, but it just loves to sing at the high rpm's!
And handling? Do you even need to ask? =)
1990 BMW M3 Alpinweiss II
May 16, 2001 (10:03 am)
If anyone is planning BMW 3 Series get togethers in Southern California, let me know!
Then sign me up!
#79 of 379 Dallas/Fort Worth....
May 16, 2001 (10:57 am)
Hey, has anyone recently bought from any dealers from this area, specifically John Roberts and have any opinions??? I'm considering going back to John Roberts to negotiate a deal on a 325i with PP, HID HL, CD, Heated Seats and Leather. He quoted me MSRP ($33460) on an email. Also, has anyone hear been given a production date that is more than 1 week overdue, and WHY??? Thanks, y'all....
#80 of 379 DON'T GO TO JOHN ROBERTS!
May 16, 2001 (2:20 pm)
They won't really deal, and when they do, they talk $$$ off MSRP, go to Garlyn Shelton Imports in Temple and talk to either Craig Caddell or Ron Coleman (sales manager). I got a fully loaded 330i for $1500 over invoice, and I didn't have to dicker, I just faxed him what I wanted and for how much, and he agreed.
May 16, 2001 (2:59 pm)
Coincidentally, I heard from someone around Town Hall about Temple, TX. It so happens that I'm talking to someone who can intercept a 325i close to my specifications (doesn't have the HID headlamps, but has the premium stereo system). I'll definitely consider it....thanks for the info about John Roberts...I thought someone earlier said they had decent experience there....