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BMW 3 Series, BMW 5 Series, BMW 7 Series
#430 of 729 I have to agree with rich545 and jlbl
Mar 12, 2005 (2:01 am)
I am new in this forum. Here's my 2 cents: I bought a new 2004 530i last May for its look!
The first time I considered buying a BMW 5 series was in 2001, but I hated the look of the old E39. I love my Audis, but when I saw the new E60 last year, I had to have one. 7000 miles later, I still love it like the day I picked it up from the dealer, and the I-drive is fun too. I must admit, I don't fool around with it when I drive; I preset everything before I get on the road.
I wonder the people who criticize the I-dirve are the ones who have it, or the ones who just read about it.
#431 of 729 Re: I have to agree with rich545 and jlbl [kying]
Mar 13, 2005 (10:47 am)
Bingo. Right on. The ones that criticize i-drive are the ones that read about it in C&D.
#432 of 729 Separated at birth?
Mar 15, 2005 (6:23 pm)
Is it just me or does the re-designed trunk of the '06 7 series, just announced with breathless press releases by BMW, look a lot like the back end of a Ford Taurus when they had a squared-off trunk?
It's a definite improvement from the first edition of the Bangle-designed 7, but still a disappointment.
#433 of 729 Re: Separated at birth? [pfolk]
Mar 16, 2005 (1:52 pm)
Nah. Looks great. GIMME! GIMME! ME WANT!
#434 of 729 Re: Separated at birth? [pfolk]
Mar 16, 2005 (3:04 pm)
I thought the BMW boys would stick a good looking rump on the re-designed 7 series. But the new rump is just as ugly as the original Bangle bungle.
Maybe the awkward design of the 7s rear end made it too difficult to execute a good looking posterior without major surgery.
#435 of 729 LOOKs Vs technology
Mar 17, 2005 (1:21 pm)
what is more important looks or substance? to me the new BMW 7 series does not look all that bad in fact I know in time the new look will grow on me, but what's important to me is comfort, reliability and power. I think, the new 7 has it all. I just wonder about the iDrive improvement. I have a 7 and i can't see how will they improve it. From the pics it look the same to me!!!
#436 of 729 Re: I have to agree with rich545 and jlbl [kdshapiro]
Mar 17, 2005 (4:57 pm)
The problem with magazine testers (or people taking a test drive) is that they have no time to get really familiar with a car, so any control or feature that is out of the ordinary they tend to view as "wrong". For years, BMW motorcycles have used switches for the turn signals that are rather unique in the way they operate and nothing like the UJMs. Magazines always criticize them for this, but anyone who has actually owned one of these bikes gets used to them within a few days or weeks, and then operating them is simply automatic.
So any computer-type control or NAV system is likely to get roasted by a tester who has only a couple of days to drive and evaluate it.
#437 of 729 Are people attracted to symetry in design?
Mar 17, 2005 (5:21 pm)
Maybe that is why so many of us are having such a hard time acclimating to Bangles new design language.
It has been proven that we are attracted to people who shared a mathmatical symetry and precision of facial shape.
Bangle has lines that are disjointed, syncopated, convuluted, and sometimes very interesting. I like the new Z4 very much.
The current generation of the 3 series is so right to my eye that the new body style just misses the mark. It is somewhat nondescript and derivative of many designs.
A shame because I really want to buy a BMW but cant get past the design for the new 3 series which would be my car of interest. Z4 is too small.
And the competition is producing some very nice designs. I like the pics of the new Lexus iS and the new Infiniti M35-45. Very nice.
Maybe they can do a better job the upcoming 3 series coupe.
#438 of 729 BMW design/I-drive
Mar 17, 2005 (6:02 pm)
New design philosophy is bold, daring, ingenious and yes beautiful( and this is an opinion ). Critics of Bangle ......who cares...the guy has pinache and dare I say BALLS. If you don't like the looks of our cars and looks are your number one reason for buying a car don't choose BMW. Your loss.
BMW is about progression, innovation, we aren't in the market to do what everyone else is doing.
BMW invented ABS, traction control....I-DRIVE....which is , in case you didn,t notice, showing up in other high end brands.
Maybe less expensive(cheaper) vehicles out rank us on the odd test here and there.....we are not for everyone...at these prices. You get what you pay for.
#439 of 729 Beauty is in the eyes...
Mar 17, 2005 (8:02 pm)
"Bangle has lines that are disjointed, syncopated, convuluted, and sometimes very interesting."
That come together to form a work of art. If one looks at pointillism an individual dot means nothing. But as a whole pointillist painters have produced classics.