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| Originally posted by rsn48@Oct 27 2004, 10:05 AM |
What I bought and why: Rather than tell you what to buy, its safer to say what I bought and why. First, I like power but I don't need to be the fastest guy in the neighbourhood; I just want to know that their is ample ponies under the hood to be there when I need them, and a few more to raise the blood pressure a bit. So I bought the 330.
I was also thinking about traction. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense to me that all wheel drive is the wave of the future. I'm sure if you talked to the Subaru guys, they'd say that's old news. But if you meditate on it (while your boss is talking and boring the pants off of you), you'll probably come to the same agreement. I mean most animals on this planet are 4 wheel drive, not two wheel drive - seems to work for them. And if you are an animal and lose the use of one appendage temporarily or permanently, you have three more to brace you - same with 4 wheel drive - especially BMW's X drive. So I bought the "X" drive. Drove it in the snow with only all season tires on the car two nights ago at the top of Mount Seymour while it was snowing out, what a hoot - I'm not even sure you need snows on the X.
I also bought about two months ago a used 528i. Now if you haven't experienced all the whistles and bells and toys that BMW has to offer on its cars - well, trust me, you want to. I want and enjoy the heated seats, the auto heat, the rain sensor, auto lights, the passenger mirror tilt to let me know where the curb is, the better stereo system, etc. So I bought a 2002 Bimmer so that I could afford all the toys I wanted.
For me, it is more important to purchase the ride you want first, equipped with all the goodies you want, rather than buying a car that is the latest model year. So in the end, I purchased a 2002 330xi with 16,200 Kilometres (10,044 miles) on it from Brian Jessel BMW in Vancouver BC. Since it was a demo car and low K's on it, the car came with an extended "certified" warranty program which I appreciated.
I think you will be happy with the 330 power, but if power is important to you, get the 330 as your starting point of modifications.
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