follow link for one of many, if you were at well read as you lead us to
i don't have the time to do all your research for you but if you looked for
other than the negatives you may end up with a better informed opinion.
When I was doing research for my new 325 I read all the articles I could
find about these new cars. I have no dog in this fight, but just about
every reviewer did not like I-Drive and after monitoring several BMW forums
it doesn't look like many people chose this option. Having said that, the
one's who actually have it in their cars all seem to be very happy with it.
One reviewer mentioned he didn't get it because of all the negative reviews
and that when he took his car in for service he was given a loaner with
I-Drive. Said he was disappointed he had followed all the negative reviews
and that after using it he regretted not getting it for his car. He thought
it was great and well worth the money. I didn't want to spend the money,
but if the additional cost were not an issue, who knows?
Give it up man. You bought a car with iDrive and now you are trying to
convince the rest of us it is a great thing. I'm not the OP, but I'm
*defintely* not buying it. I really never had any problems with a
manually operated heater control. I'm mean, gawd, I'm already just
sitting there behind the wheel ... how hard is it to tweak the heat up
or down if I'm cold or hot? Soemtimes I do it (on autopilot) and don't
even realize I've moved my hand... ;-)
Navigation? Fahgettabouddit. I don't ask for directions and I don't
need no steenk'in navigation. I drive all over hell and creation in my
job, and yes sometimes I don't knopw exactly where I am at a particular
moment... but the cool thing is if you keep driving you eventually
figure it out, and the the next time you will know.
iDrive is getting railed against because it is a solution searching for
a problem (one that does not exist).
As and aside... programming a VCR would infer that here was actually
something worthwhile available to record. I have rarely had the "need"
to record something and when I did it wasn't particularly difficult.
Now do I need the same sort of electronica in my car? I think not...
If you do, so be it. But don't expect that others that feel otherwise
For anyone who has used iDrive: does it allow you to dial in the speed
that your cruise control will maintain?
In other words, rather than trying to get my car to, say, 119 kph and then
hitting the 'set' button at just the right moment, I could be putzing along
at some other speed and using iDrive select 119 kph, press 'go' and the car
accelerates/decelerates to it?
Having just returned home after an 18 hour road trip, I can tell you it
would be a very useful feature. The new Active Cruise Control BMW is
talking about would have been really, really nice to have too.
And the nav system: Buffalo NY has some less then adequate road signing.
I don't know but I cannot see it being that different. I actually don't mind
the E90 shape and I think it will grow on people. Give it time. My old E36
was such a good car I don't think I could ever dislike any 3. ;)
When I first took note of an early E46, it was love at first sight. As it
passed me on the highway it was just the most gorgeous thing I'd ever seen.
I followed it for miles. Not too long after I owned a 325Ci, and last year
traded up to a 330Ci.
When pictures of the E90 first begin surfacing, I didn't really warm to it
much. My 330 was still the most gorgeous thing. I felt no different at
the E90 launch event at my local dealer, where we got up close and personal
to a number of 325i and 330i's.
Then a couple of weeks ago I was attending a big conference for a company
who has a loose affiliation with BMW, and there was an E90 on display in
the conference centre. Damn, but did it look fine--caught my eye every
time I walked by it.
Now I just passed an '06 330i on my way home from work, same colour as my
car. Suddenly some aspects of the E46 look, I dunno, just a bit dated.
So I guess the switch has finally occured. Does that mean I'm now a pod
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