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Sep 04, 2013 (6:43 pm)
Today saw a phone holding woman in an X5 going slower than every other car on the road, a phone holding taxi driver make a 3 lane change to the left with his right signal on, and a phone holding E60 5er driver sit forever at a red light, them barely make it through.
Sep 05, 2013 (6:12 pm)
BMW stereotypes reinforced today. First one - late model 535i pulls into the left lane of a busy 4 lane 30-35mph arterial, CRV in front of him is going maybe just under the limit as there's a (long) red light a block or two ahead, and lots of traffic. BMW driver gets close, then floors it, flies around on the right (hitting the gas so hard the car lets out black smoke), but then his lane slows down and the CRV goes past on the left, never really having sped up. And 5er never uses a signal. Funny.
Then saw a F30 328i pull out of a parking lot, turning left. Street has a cement barrier in the middle, so what does the driver (dark tinted windows of course, for extra douchiness) do? Drives on the wrong side of the road for a block, then cuts across 2 lanes, once again not using a signal. What is it with that brand?
#22093 of 22403 Re: . [fintail]
Sep 05, 2013 (7:29 pm)
A BMW? See BMW's all the time. 300 series labels, 500 series labels on the cars. Never saw a BMW with a F30 label on it. Is that "union" made?
#22094 of 22403 Re: . [fintail] Shiney BMW for HS kid
Sep 06, 2013 (4:27 am)
>What is it with that brand?
Saw a beautiful red-brown Z3 with top down at the gas pump at local quick market/coffee stop. High school kid with shiny new BMW. Kid's hardly old enough to shave. Even has vanity license plate: TODY 12, for example.
#22095 of 22403 Re: . [xrunner2]
Sep 06, 2013 (6:06 am)
All German built cars are made by that group, as the developed world has better worker-management relations than pseudo-capitalist areas.
F30 is the chassis/platform. A 328i could be a few different styles, going back to the mid 90s. The F30 is the latest 3 series.
#22096 of 22403 Re: . [fintail] Shiney BMW for HS kid [imidazol97]
Sep 06, 2013 (6:09 am)
Z3 went out of production in 2002, however - it might have aged well, but they can cost no more than any other old used car. Rare color for one anyway.
Maybe 12 was his age? A more flamboyant fan of the brand would have parked it at the pump blocking the lane and a few other pumps.
#22097 of 22403 Would it be inconsiderate
Sep 10, 2013 (1:12 pm)
if someone invented a hacking device where you could take over the driving controls of an adjacent (or most often, a vehicle directly in front of you).
How often would I use it to move a vehicle appropriately and correctly right to allow faster traffic to pass?
How often would i use it to floor their accelerator to "push" them forward and onward?
Too many times.
#22098 of 22403 Re: . [fintail] Shiney BMW for HS kid [imidazol97] [fintail]
Sep 10, 2013 (2:23 pm)
I looked at Z4 vs Z3 and I'm not sure what it was. Maybe color charts for certain years would show what it was based on a short time span they offered the reddish brown. Really pretty, but I would guess the car originally was purchased by a lady because of the color.
#22099 of 22403 Re: . [fintail] Shiney BMW for HS kid [imidazol97] [fintail] [imidazol97]
Sep 10, 2013 (3:53 pm)
BMW has had a few red/burgundy shades over the years that have been popular among that set. My cranberry red X5 was definitely a soccer mom car and color.
Speaking of iffy drivers, I am in Florida right now, and the place never disappoints. Haven't seen any wrecks or anything too insane, but the speeds on highways and obliviousness on suburban roads is amazing - it's like at home, but at 2x speed. One can be going 72 in a construction zone 60 and be passed by a steady stream, or set the cruise at 65 in a 55 and be the slowest car. Yesterday I spent some time on a 70 interstate, set the cruise at 75 as the gas guzzler I was driving would be too thirsty at anything more - and was slower than maybe 80% of the vehicles on the road, passing only semis and a few real slowpokes.
#22100 of 22403 Last night's F-150
Sep 16, 2013 (3:37 am)
Sunday evening I was driving a 4-lane arterial in suburban Louisville (where there aren't many of those). This road was 2 lanes in each direction with a shared center left turn lane and a 45 mph SL.
I was in something of a knot of cars that didn't really get separated at a light, doing 50-52mph in the left lane. And no, I don't get too bent out of shape about lane discipline on a road like this.
A current-generation F-150 was practically in our trunk (I was driving the Jetta) and then cut off a car in the right lane as he moved over to get a whole half a car length in front of me. Eventually both lanes started moving faster ahead of me, and I did slip over to the right lane behind the F-150, still going just over 50 mph. I was a little surprised to actually see a signal from the F-150 as he moved to the left lane. The car in front of him was still "only" going 55, so he used the center left turn lane to pass.
Of course, about a mile and a half down the road, he managed to make a light that I didn't, but got stopped at the next one. I think he made his left to enter the Watterson about 2 seconds before I reached that intersection. Now that's some ROI (return on idiocy) right there.