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BMW 3 Series, BMW 5 Series, BMW 7 Series
#702 of 729 Re: I have said quite a few times on BMW threads.. [hpowders]
Feb 09, 2006 (9:38 am)
" I have said quite a few times on BMW threads that the E39 just looked like a bigger 3. Once I saw one and thought it was a 3, but was surprised to see "525" on the back."
Hmmm, I never once mistook an E39 for either an E36 or E46 (or an E90 for that matter). Not once.
"The 5 was well overdue for a fresh new look."
That is a point I won't argue, the E39 was produced during nine different calendar years (1995 through 2003), and as good as it looks and as timeless as its design is proving to be, it was a little long in the tooth by the time it was retired. That having been said, BMW totally lost me with both the Dame Edna schnozzle and the Bangle Butt. Yeesh!
I saw a spy photo of what is purporting to be the new 2009 7-Series a day or two back and I cannot tell you how glad I am to see that car has been returned to a clean look from forced garishness of the current design. I can only hope the next generation 5-Series follows suit.
Best Regards (from the loyal opposition),
#703 of 729 Re: I have said quite a few times on BMW threads.. [hpowders]
Feb 09, 2006 (9:52 am)
>"At least now, there is no possibility of mistaking a 2006 5 for a 3."
True, but now if I see one from a distance from the front and can't see the logo, I confuse it for a Pontiac.
#704 of 729 Re: I have said quite a few times on BMW threads.. [shipo]
Feb 09, 2006 (9:53 am)
>"I saw a spy photo of what is purporting to be the new 2009 7-Series a day or two back"
Do you still have the link? I'd love to see it.
#706 of 729 Re: I have said quite a few times on BMW threads.. [rich545]
Feb 09, 2006 (10:08 am)
Beat me to the punch, I was just gonna post it as well.
#707 of 729 Re: I have said quite a few times on BMW threads.. [rich545]
Feb 09, 2006 (10:31 am)
Hmmm.... not bad looking. The best thing I like about it is BMW's willingness to tone things down a bit. Still don't like the headlights, though.
One thing I'd love to see is a touchscreen instead of the bottlecap. We'll see.
#708 of 729 Re: I have said quite a few times on BMW threads.. [bdkinnh]
Feb 09, 2006 (10:41 am)
I'll tell ya, if BMW could, as you said, tone down the 7 and 5 a bit so it was more pleasing to both camps the competition would be in real trouble. The 7 as it is now is the best-selling 7 in the history of the line and the E60 has really come on strong as well. So if BMW could get back at least some of the people that were turned of by the new designs the other car manufacturers would have their hands full. Particularly cars like the Infiniti M, the A6 and the E would be affected IMHO. I wouldn't mind a touchscreen either. My father-in-law has the Honda Ridgeline, and it's touchscreen is great. Now if Honda can do that in a much cheaper car, I would think that BMW could in their cars. But neither MB or Audi's systems are touchscreen either so maybe Germans don't like that??? ONe thing I love in the A8 is the wood door that covers the screen BTW. It would be nice if the iDrive screen was a little less obvious.
#709 of 729 Re: I have said quite a few times on BMW threads.. [bdkinnh]
Feb 09, 2006 (10:53 am)
No need to duck.
I will allow you one "get out of jail free" card.
#710 of 729 Before they try....
Feb 09, 2006 (10:56 am)
a functioning touch screen, I would hope BMW engineers address a much more important problem, IMO-an ergonomically functional cup holder.
#711 of 729 I certainly have no objection
Feb 09, 2006 (11:02 am)
to BMW toning down the 5 series design if it will appease the folks who want one and are turned off by the styling.
Give 'em credit for boldly going where no BMW has gone before.