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BMW 3 Series, Sedan, Wagon
#228 of 429 Re: Two More O'fest Photos... [xeye]
Nov 12, 2007 (5:03 am)
To avoid being long-winded, the conversation from my patient perspective, centers around 2 issues: How does the car handle at the track, and how happy will I be, like the majority of us, driving the car every day. Forget what your stock adviser made for you last week (the stock market has dropped 800 points in 4 days).....
Does anyone understand this? .....
What BMW car do you drive, day in & day out, that gives you a thrill AND gets you where you need to be?
For somebody trying to avoid being long winded, you were. And a bit antagonistic in the process.
For me, my 2003 M5 fits the bill perfectly. And a low mileage mint condition used one will run you less than a loaded 335ix. For my nephew, the 335i works very well. We both live in the Pittsburgh area and thus know how to drive in snow. Including the occasional big dump when it's best to to leave any sports sedan, RWD or AWD, parked (and take an SUV).
I hope your question is more rhetorical than real. I may have done pretty well over the years, but I never thought I was rich enough to buy a $50k car first and ask questions or do test drives later.
#229 of 429 Re: Two More O'fest Photos... [fedlawman]
Nov 12, 2007 (7:24 am)
A Lotus Exige S or Honda S2000 would give me the same level of pure, unfiltered, driving pleasure, but I still need my E30's backseat for now.
I'm pretty much in the same situation. I've been noticing that more and more HPDE participants are driving cars like the Exige or the Radical- the reason being that most new cars have had their handling "dumbed down" and/or are fitted with overly intrusive electronic nannies. How can you learn anything about vehicle dynamics in a car like that?
#230 of 429 Re: Two More O'fest Photos... [spiritinthesky]
Nov 12, 2007 (7:26 am)
For me, my 2003 M5 fits the bill perfectly. And a low mileage mint condition used one will run you less than a loaded 335ix.
Great car. I almost picked up a 2002 but it sold the day before I went to look at it...
#231 of 429 BMW - AWD or RWD in Toronto?
Nov 12, 2007 (9:19 am)
Hello there - just wanted to hear experiences of BMW drivers that either have RWD or FWD vehicles.
Was the extra cost for the Xi worth it? or is it worth it to get RWD with a set of winter tires/wheels?
I know other members (i.e. Shipo) have mentioned that its better to go with RWD with winter tires/wheels. I really can't make up my mind - I'm looking at a USED 06 BMW 330i or even an Xi, but just can't seem to make up my mind if AWD is better then RWD.
#232 of 429 Re: BMW - AWD or RWD in Toronto? [bav_fan07]
Nov 12, 2007 (5:58 pm)
in my opinion, i believe that the awd was worth the money, and here are my reasons.
1) snow, because both cars with the same snow tires on them, awd much better.
2) rain, four claws much safer.
3) grip, so when i put in a chip & a couple of other after market goodies,the tires will GRIP and not slip or burn rubber.
all in all for me, the 335xi is fast, sure footed, more poised in slippery conditions and when it's punching it's way out of a tight bend, oh so thrilling!
good luck in making your decision, hope this helped.
safe & fun driving, joe !
#233 of 429 Re: BMW - AWD or RWD in Toronto? [bav_fan07]
Nov 12, 2007 (7:52 pm)
It depends on how you plan on using your car.
Would you drive your $45,000 BMW during a blizzard to commute to work, or are you more likely to light a fire and stay home that day?
You have relatively mild weather up there compared to cities like Montreal, Buffalo, etc. so you don't get crazy snow during the winter. I suspect RWD with all-season tires would be just fine up there, but it really boils down to your personal preference.
#234 of 429 Re: BMW 335i VS BMW 335xi [cbanct]
Nov 12, 2007 (8:46 pm)
Does the same apply to the 328i vs. the 328xi too?
#235 of 429 Re: BMW - AWD or RWD in Toronto? [fedlawman]
Nov 12, 2007 (9:08 pm)
it's not just the snow for me, in the rain it hardly even bothers the xi.
it truely is an expereance to drive in it.
i strongly suggest to test drive both cars in wet & dry conditions, and see if you feel the same way as me.
also, my car is a daily user. never no what the roads or weather will throw at you, rained in n.y. the last 3 of 4 days.
good luck, cause it took me more than a couple of test drives, for me to figure which of the 2 to choose.
#236 of 429 Re: BMW - AWD or RWD in Toronto? [fedlawman]
Nov 13, 2007 (5:46 am)
"Would you drive your $45,000 BMW during a blizzard to commute to work, or are you more likely to light a fire and stay home that day? "
Since you asked, I would drive the $45K BMW to work, and I have, without snow tires.
#237 of 429 Re: BMW - AWD or RWD in Toronto? [kdshapiro]
Nov 13, 2007 (5:58 am)
Ditto. The AS and AWD is fine for me in any snow under 2 feet!