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#1 (permalink) Old 02-04-2004, 05:09 PM
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I don't know anyone in here so I dare to ask why is it that guys around here think BMW's are supposed to be driven my men? I drive somewhere w/ friends and "That's a tight car, is that your brothers'?" I don't know whether guys would rather see women drive them or not. What do you want to us to drive, a Lexus or another cute car?
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I don't know anyone in here so I dare to ask why is it that guys around here think BMW's are supposed to be driven my men? I drive somewhere w/ friends and "That's a tight car, is that your brothers'?" I don't know whether guys would rather see women drive them or not. What do you want to us to drive, a Lexus or another cute car?
I don't usually like to "gender-ize" cars. They are what they are. But since you asked, I think BMW as a whole is moving to include every driver type. They want mindless commuters, while at the same time saving their spunky 320i/2002/3.0 csi image.

I don't appreciate the mix. You can't be all things to all people.
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welcome ! nice car...must be your brothers :P

I dont know, but girls tend to lean more towards cute little cars, and not cars such as bimmers...

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i tend to think bmws in manual transmissions or SMG are generally for men. and auto are for both genders.

i see more women driving VWs and mustangs the most tho.
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i tend to think bmws in manual transmissions or SMG are generally for men. and auto are for both genders.

i see more women driving VWs and mustangs the most tho.
wth are you talking about Andy? plenty of women drive sticks. It's just not as common now, but back in the day what to you think people drove? all the women in my family grew up driving stick, including my mom who's owned 4 bimmers all together ( all of them stick). I think it just depends on the person.
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its rare to see women drive stick (let alone a stick bmw). but the rare exceptions, women who do drive stick are awesome.
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its rare to see women drive stick (let alone a stick bmw). but the rare exceptions, women who do drive stick are awesome.
That's what I thought
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Originally posted by 330igurl+Feb 4 2004, 06:04 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (330igurl @ Feb 4 2004, 06:04 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-woobiee@Feb 4 2004, 06:03 PM
its rare to see women drive stick (let alone a stick bmw). but the rare exceptions, women who do drive stick are awesome.
That's what I thought [/b][/quote]
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I see more women in bmw's than I do men. Personally, I do think that you can have your cake and eat it to. BMWs were and continue to be drivers cars, however they have also continued to add luxuries and ameneties along the way. Seriously, how many people are there are driving pedal to the floor 100% of the time? I rarely get to do any spirited driving, but I like being able to when I can. That's what BMW offers throughout it's entire line(although not much so in the SUV/XUV section) and does a good job. People can be picky about styling - that's fine.

But from a sales point the new BMW's are going to run right over previous models. The new 7 is the best selling 7 series. The new 5 has beat out last years e39 second half sales.

Here's a quote from me using information I found online regarding BMW sales on another site:

While we're on the subject of BMW... ;-) they are setting record high sales for their car lineup. They broke last years record setting sales by 1.6%. That doesn't include MINI sales that grew 24% over last years sales. Doesn't sound like BMW is having any issues, nor does it sound like the new 5er is going to send BMW into a tailspin:

"One of the deciding factors in the setting of the new record was the success of the new BMW 5 Series, which was launched globally in July 2003. By the end of 2003, approximately 70,000 new 5 Series Sedans were sold. All in all, the BMW 5 Series attained an increase in sales of some 37 percent in the second half of the year, compared to the previous year."

Also, end of the year numbers for 2003 divided down to models is a little tough to find but I did find some information on 3rd quarter statments with the 3rd quarter up 1.4% and overall at the end of the 3rd @ 5.1% for the 7-series sedan.
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i tend to think bmws in manual transmissions or SMG are generally for men. and auto are for both genders.

i see more women driving VWs and mustangs the most tho.
wth are you talking about Andy? plenty of women drive sticks. It's just not as common now, but back in the day what to you think people drove? all the women in my family grew up driving stick, including my mom who's owned 4 bimmers all together ( all of them stick). I think it just depends on the person. [/b][/quote]
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I don't think you can discredit the gender role of cars. Pointing at some of hte more notorious examples, when's the last time you saw Stone Cold in a Jetta/Beetle?

Or how about Barbie driving MacGyver's Wrangler? (maybe that's not such a good example)

In more affluent areas I can definetely see BMW-soccer-moms driving around X5s. I live in an area like that and worked at a ritzy pool/country club sort of setting (as a lifeguard) and there were a few days during the summer where the only car in the parking lot that wasn't an SUV was mine. So I think that has a lot to do with it.

As for all other BMWs, I think they're usually seen more as boy cars. Just girls don't like that sence of owning people as much as guys do I guess.
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Personally, I see lots of women driving BMW's and I think it's great. I know many that drive BMW's, I know many that drive Mercedes and some that drive Porsches. I think it says "CLASS" when a woman is driving a BMW (stick or automatic), so thumbs up to you all !!! Show me a woman driving an SMG M3 and I will bow down. I think we need more women in here driving BMW's.

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We recently purchased our first BMW auto (I ride an R1100RS too) a 2002 325i. This car is primarily my wifes to drive, so the purchase descision was largely to her criterea. The first and main feature that she wanted was a manual transmission. We test drove a steptronic model, but after driving a 5 spd, there was no way she was going to settle fro an auto shift. I may have influenced her choice to buy BMW, but she was looking for a sporty car, so it didn't take much persuading. It will be a much harder sell to convince her to let ME drive it. I do love her taste in automobiles.
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