Posted by Gilbert on February 18, 1999 at 11:18:54:
In Reply to: Some people shouldn't own a BMW posted by Michael Shumacher on February 18, 1999 at 10:39:15:
...you would be able to get the 328 with cloth interior, 5 point factory belts, fully adjustable pedals, no AC, no pwr lock, no pwr windows, no radio, no electric trunk release...
I bought the 328i equipped like you said. (sport package only.) I purchased this car because it is the best stock performer in class. (by class, I mean small sport sedan--at any price.)
While I do think that it is absurd that a M car can be ordered with an automatic transmission, I don't know if it's all that absurd with non M's. (Maybe the 328, 540, and 750 shouldn't offer autos being the more performance oriented of each series.) At least, unlike Mercedes, BMW's come standard with Manual transmissions in the US(aside from 7er). If BMW made cars only for the true enthusiast--not too many Americans would buy them--and BMW would be in finacial trouble. (BMWNA predicts 80% of 1999 E46 line will be automatic transmission.)
yes, it is somewhat embarrasing being associated with BMW as a luxo-car. (Although I told one friend, who wouldn't buy a Mercedes because of 'snobby' image, and she knew right away that I bought the BMW for performance.)