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You want it, get it. If not, then don't. Life is too short to not own a bmw at least once.
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Ask someone who has driven in anger at Watkins Glen about how a 328xi would handle "the toe"

My wife and I have been up to Watkins Glen a few times but never for a race. Where is "the toe"?
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The "boot" is the part of WGI that is NOT used for NASCAR.

If you look at a track map you'll pick out the "boot' shape and obviously the "toe"

The "toe" is a somewhat tricky uphill righthander connecting the "laces" to the "sole"
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Reality check, in other countries, BMW's are just taxi's and as common as Ford's or Chevy's. Yes, better than any USA taxi, but still a taxi. Now, an M BMW is another story.
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Re: Any BMW folks on here?

I'd be checking into a WRX for a fun weekend all wheel drive ride

An S2000 or an older Z06 Vette, that's money well spent for the RWD lovers

But it seems like you know what you want and have done your research so go for it.....
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I'd be checking into a WRX for a fun weekend all wheel drive ride

An S2000 or an older Z06 Vette, that's money well spent for the RWD lovers

But it seems like you know what you want and have done your research so go for it.....

Thanks. Always liked the WRX. Fun car for sure. Buddy had one tuned and it was a blast. Not much of a fan of the vettes though. I think you have to be a baby boomer to drive one. LOL. S2000 are nice but need something bigger than a 2 seater and needs to able to be driven in winter months when necessary.
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Re: Any BMW folks on here?

My wife has a 2006 325i, We bought it wish 59k miles, we now have 78k miles..... We have fixed 5-6 different things on it in the 6 months we have owned it. (We drive alot of highway miles.) All Sensor related, with the exception of one ignition issue. I highly recommend a good bmw scan tool and a decent know how, repair wise. Otherwise make sure you get a good warranty. They are fun to drive, but i wont be getting another in the future.

Edit- My window motor also failed, while out of town and we had to drive back 400 miles with a window that wouldn't close- in the Texas summer.
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Maybe its just because I'm getting older but they just don't make em like they used to, my '76 BMW 318 was an amazing car. But in 1999 when my dad was in his 70's and having a late in life "midlife crisis" he bought a BMW 7 series, lord was that car a piece of junk.


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Yeah, the 7s are gorgeous but horribly unreliable. The best 2 days of ownership of a 7 is the day you drive it off of the lot and the day you trade it in!
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Back in the day, BMW could get by on precision engineering and better assembly. There was a lot of room to do that in the early 70s versus the other makers , especially the Big 4 ( AMC still around).

These days with all cars built a lot better and cheap electronics providing a lot of bells and whistles the premium brands have to keep piling on more gizmos to justify charging 2x-3x as much.

test drove a '70 2002Tii in '72 and the difference just in driving and responsiveness was enough.

My '07 328xi had moving mirrors and headlights!

If you've got enough moving parts and systems in a car, you've got things to break that didn't even exist 40 yrs ago.

My '07 always ran flawlessly but what do you do at 100k miles when the headlights stop winking at you and cost $800 to fix?
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