why would they plan now to replace the 3 coupe even tho the new 3 coupe redesign just came out? i think bmw should stick with their roots and design the car...and leave the design be for years. Like they've been doing with the E39, E36, E38..may I go on?
Ok, i think its really stupid that theyd change the name to a 4 series...but i pretty much like the styling of the car. A lot of people are saying that the new 4 series looks like a mini 5, a lot of people said the 5 was a mini 7...i just think theyre whole line looks fuckin hot, and thats why theyre carrying the feautures to their new cars
i don't think the car looks bad, but i think they are trying too hard to change the design...but if you have noticed the 3 series line that is out right now has been around since 1999, thats almost 6 years, thats quite along time to just change small things like the front bumper. also changing the names of the coupes to even numbers and stuff seems kind of pointless, but it doesn't hurt anything....
...and for those of you that hate the fact they want to change the look of the cars, what is wrong with that? (i know they look great now, but that doesn't mean there is no need to try new things out) if you look back at cars of the 50's and 60's they were changing the styles of cars every year and some times even quicker, there is nothing wrong with that either, that made alot of cars collectors items very quickly, look at the corvettes of that era.
The nicest thing I can say is "this is the LEAST UGLY of the new designs", but it still looks terrible to me - inside and out. The sagging line from the trunk down along the door sills makes it look fat and sloppy. The the "J curve" at the back window now looks like something from a Lexus. I plan to buy a 2005 3-series (M3 I hope) to get the last good looking car BMW makes. I just wish I could get BMW mechanicals under Mercedes sheet metal. Unfortunately, it will probably be 5-10 years before these cars get de-Bangled. By then, Audi or M-B will have stolen A LOT of customers like me. Audi is an interesting example of a company that is changing the look of their cars to be more distinct without trashing the whole essence of the design. And the the SLK350 is one of the nicest-looking small coupes I have ever seen. Let's face it, the driving experience cannot totally make up for a ugly design.
i read somewhere that they are not getting rid of the 3 series. rather, coupes will be the 4 series, and sedans will be 3 series (yeah, i know, seems counter-intuitive). i think the design won't be strictly "3-series-coupe-except-it-now-has-a-4-series-model-number" but it'll be close. so yeah, no worrying, there will be plenty of 3 series in the future, just not how we know them. besides, who knows if someday they'll have an m4...
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