I've really gotten discouraged with what seems to be happening to almost
all the new cars. They're getting so many electronic gizmos on them
that I've just got to believe reliability is going to suffer. I'm
thinking specifically about problems I've read with the "soft stop" on
the new E90. MB seems to have their electronic brake controls panned in
every C&D mag review - things like that.
Also, what's with the new styling - seems as everyone has taken off the
side strips to prevent parking lot dings - it's as if all the stylists
for every manufacturer went to a meeting last year and decided that
they'd all remove them. I thought they were not only practical, but
actually made the car look better - breaks up the "slab side" look,
especially when blended with rub strips on the bumper. Most of those
are gone too - touch anything with the bumper now, and you rub off
Anyone else feel the same way?
I'm with you, Frank-bender. I really wish BMW would import a *quality*
car into the USA that could be ordered with minimal doo-dads like the
early '90's 3-series cars could.
Gimme, 5-speed, leather-ette seats, skip the sun/moonroof, no nav, basic
stereo... you get the idea. But I do want that silky smooth I6 engine.
Exactly the configuration of my 97 328, and I'm keeping it forever. Now at
120k it is running better than when it was new, because I've really learned
how perfectly all the gears are spaced for 4-5K shifts etc. What a pleasure.
No drive-by-wire throttle control to mess up my rpm matching 'cause of a
computer, or sensor burp.
-and added the high waist sheetmetal crease, the intricate fender stamping
where the crease intersects the wheel well, the trunk on top of quarter
panels (Bangle Butt) and some manner of Kabuki eyes.
I find it all hilarious. BMW came out with these designs that almost
everyone and anyone panned....and now 2 years later almost every luxury
maker is following their design lead. It's just beautiful :^)
Along with 'massive' bumpers - man many cars (not just BMW) look like they
have bumpers for a truck. If they just added a rubber rub strip through the
middle, it would break up the visual effect and make them look so much
better. And I agree, the high waist crease - it's too high, makes the sides
look like slabs of armor plating.
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