I'm really, really enjoying these videos.
That said, it's amazing how small the things are that create a "bad car." Things like a bit of steering deadness on center, or slightly nonlinear steering response, or a slight lack of body control are just about all that separate some of the "bad" BMWs from "good" BMWs.
Mind you, I make my consulting money pointing out those minute differences to OEMs. But it still sometimes feels like us enthusiasts are really grasping at the thinnest of straws.
Then again, I ran (not walked) away from a test-drive of a F15 X5 for these exact reasons...
Honestly, thatís the biggest issue I had with the Tacomaís that I owned and hated. They werenít terrible vehicles, I just didnít think they were good enough to justify the $450 car payment every month.
I don't agree with what they're saying at all. BMW M2/3/4 are still very much "drivers cars" in every sense of the word. The interiors are just fine, too. The reason they don't feel as exciting to drive as, say, a E46 M3 is because they are much faster/ better handling. In other words, the limits of the car are so much higher that you really can't reach them on public roads, and driving them at normal speeds feels like you're standing still. The rest of their line up is no better or worse than anyone else. I'll take a 330 over a C300 or an A4 and a 530 over a E300.
I enjoyed this a LOT (big surprise, I pretty much love everything Cammisa does), and it gets down to a core question I have:
When you strip the magazine glamour away from new models, what is worth buying and what isn't?
I touch on this a lot with my Golf R - I threw that car up against a BMW 340i, and I ended up with the R...and I think I am better off for it. I drove an M3, and while the car is dynamically better, I question whether it's better enough to justify the price increase. And generically, are the "new model" cars that come out REALLY better than their predecessors?
I do think BMW has lost its way, but on the flip side, I am actively looking at a new BMW X5, which I believe has become more appealing for general use as a sportier alternative to other SUVs. Read into that what you will.
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I was roaring over Cammisa explaining in his own words the pile of sh*t that Mercedes ended up with when they purchased Chrysler.
As far as BMW, I hope this really is just a bad day. From what I've read, the steering feel is slightly better in brand new 3 versus outgoing, so maybe it's a turn in the right direction.
Eh, people make too much of very, very minute details. I've driven the m2/3/4 as well as the current m340. I thought they were all excellent cars to drive. I don't care much about the 230, 330 or similar as I'd never buy a 4 cyl BMW. The only thing missing from the m340 is a manual, IMO. Then again, I'm not a bmw guy. I like my e92 quite a bit, but once the jeep is paid off, I'll be looking for a c7 corvette.
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He says BMW turned their back on [enthusiast] Americans, which has some merit with the dynamics. Ironically, in the bigger picture they've been embracing the [consumer] American market more, with lighter steering, cup-holders, stronger AC, more interior space, infotainment, etc. We can blame BMW, but when you think about it all they did was listen to the bulk of American feedback, which happens to be from non-enthusiasts.
Oh, and despite all the BMW Chicken Little business, having numb steering doesn't prevent us from loving our M240i one bit. It's a great car.
I think BMW has the clout to throw the white flag in the HP wars. Look at what Porsche is doing with its GT cars. I think BMW could do the same with the ///M line. They should be fun at every speed.
For most U.S. workers, real wages have barely budged in decades
Not that any of that has stopped people from buying more and more expensive cars via extra long loans. Overextending yourself financially is as American as apple pie. The car manufacturers have been more than happy to fill those desires and I can't really blame them.