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Old 05-20-2005, 09:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What are the potential problems I could see in the future? Does anyone have horror stories? Is it more cost effective to have a 2wd instead?
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Old 05-20-2005, 11:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What are the potential problems I could see in the future?* Does anyone have horror stories?* Is it more cost effective to have a 2wd instead?
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I notice you're from Dallas, it hardly snows down there. You have no need of 4WD, unless you're planning to go off-roading with it, which I doubt.
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Old 05-21-2005, 04:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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In that sense, 2wd it is. I did not like the thought of an AWD anyhow.
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Old 05-22-2005, 08:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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run away from the x, and spend the money on 330. imho, the x handles worse, is slower, and in texas you really do not need it. if your life takes you north, buy snow tires.

no horrors either way (but i am laymen, not a mechanic), similar lousy reliability as any high-end german car. that is, little elctrical stuff going awry, rubber parts wearing out year 3, nothing major. and ALL under warranty for 4 years. BUY AWAY!!!
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Old 05-23-2005, 11:03 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a 01 325xi......bought it cause I was livign in minnesota then Iowa (both heavy snow places).......worked like a dream in heavy snow.....now I moved south so dont need the xi but its still fun to drive....Yeah its acceleration is slow...but the handling around corners and during heavy rain (it happens quite a lot here in turnaduh alley) quite often.........awesome!!!! I have never felt more confident in bad weather than in this car. Not even in an SUV (read rollover). But Curves is right to an extent. Youre in Dallas........Xi has less milage/gallon.......its slow (if you care about speed).....you could get a 330i for the same price (mush faster).....!

Regarding problems with bimmers.....its all luck of the draw. If your buying new....dont worry be happy cause the new Bimmer warranty covers even wiping your ass once in a while . Doesnt mean you will not have problems.......bimmer is like any other car and will go bad once in a while....worse it costs more to repair it. But since the warranty covers it.....no sweat. My 01 xi is now a year old.......and 4 totally.....no major problems at all (oil change done every 8000 miles 50$ every time).....then there are people who have bought brand new cars and have had to return them to the shop in a few weeks.....like I said....luck luck luck. Hope this rant helps.

Anywho....get a bimmer.....who cares what you get.....lol......
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