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I want to love the 1 series...

My first car was a 1987 325es and then about four years ago I bought a new Subaru Impreza Sport Wagon. Both were great cars!

I sold my Subaru about nine months ago since I wasn't driving much in San Francisco. I lived an easy fifteen minute walk from work, fifteen minute cab ride from the airport, have multiple Muni lines/trains two blocks from where I live, and about a half-dozen ZipCars along my block. Working in the Valley now means that I'm commuting fifty miles each way every day, generally via CalTrain. I figured that I'd buy a car within weeks, but now three months later I'm still without a car.

For the past few months I've thought that I would buy a BMW 1 Series. It's a small two door sports car, has only been in the USA for about a year, and I'm still a bit sad that I sold my first BMW.

This weekend I drove a few cars. Started with an Audi S4 Cabriolet and then a S5 Coupe. Both felt great and were a bunch of fun. Sadly going from a 4.2L V8 to a 3.0L twin-turbo inline-6 made the BMW feel quite weak. Even in sport mode, it didn't have the sort of "go" as the Audi.

I want to love the BMW but it's just not as much car for the same price (which is extreme to begin with). Or should I just wait for a Chevy Volt? :)



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Nov. 30th, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
Was it the 135 that you drove? Not sure they sell it in the US, but that's a inline 3.5L with twin turbos. The S5 might be quicker, but it should be as good as the S4 (plus it's rear wheel drive).
Nov. 30th, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
Re: 135?
Yeah, I drove a 135 with BMW's automatic transmission. The S5 was a six speed and the S4 an automatic. It's also nice that both of the Audis are quattro.
Nov. 30th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
Re: 135?
And you're right, it was a twin turbo 3.0l inline-6.
Nov. 30th, 2009 06:26 am (UTC)
As a new BMW owner, I can't complain...
After my Mercury Tracer died following 10 years of use, I tricked Robert Scoble into selling me his used 2006 325i and I haven't looked back. Of course, that meant I didn't test drive or shop around much. It just made more sense to pay $16k for a very good car instead of paying $40k to $50k for a great one. I like the Audi Cabriolet a lot too and spent a lot of time window shopping on their Web site. I rented one for a few days as well and found it a solid car. But as much a fan as I am of BMW, I just don't like the 1 series. It doesn't look real to me. :)

Either way you go, limiting yourself to Audi or BMW is a good thing.
Nov. 30th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
Re: As a new BMW owner, I can't complain...
The 3 series is certainly a great car, but I just don't see myself buying one. Looking for something a bit smaller which is what attracted me to the 135.
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Nov. 30th, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
The Mini S is my favorite ZipCar. It's just a bit humorous to see me driving one. :)
Nov. 30th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
First off, I'm glad to see you're going with something with power and class. My favorite foreign makes are BMW, Audi, and Infinity. You actually feel the car when you step on the gas in one of these. Surprising you're not going the hybrid route. Even more surprising and saddening is you are looking at sports cars - nice ones - and you are looking at automatics. You've driven stick since you started driving, right? Why stop when you get to a car which is made to be driven with one hand on the shifter and one on the wheel? I'd rather see you in the Audi.
Nov. 30th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
What hybrid would you look at? I don't want a Prius. :)

Automatics are great these days especially in Audi and BMW. The S5 I drove was a manual so I'm still a bit torn.
Nov. 30th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
i don't even understand not dropping 80K+ on a car. or driving an automatic. it's like handicapping yourself out the gate.
Dec. 1st, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
4.2L V8? Bah!
My new Dodge Challenger SRT-8 has a 6.1L V8 cranking out 425hp. Now *that* is some power. Very hard to switch to lower perf cars after driving that :-)

The amazing thing is that it *actually* gets 23-24 mpg on the highway! I was blown away when I verified that claim. It's fun, fast, and not too big. And the sound from that solid American muscle car... hehe.
Dec. 1st, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Plus you drive in San Francisco, yes? Automatics make life a lot more enjoyable with all those hills.
Dec. 2nd, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
For a little more money you could have a Tesla, small, quick, and no fumes! Aunt Pat
Jan. 16th, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
hey dude, dont think more, and buy this bmw.....
Jan. 16th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
Re: bmw
I did a few weeks ago. Got a good deal on a new 2009 135i. :)
Mar. 25th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
man your a lucky guy turbo !
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