In Reply to: BMW loosing its edge posted by tong on October 04, 1999 at 10:50:11:
I think that you're missing a point about this message board- the average owner doesn't post here- the BMW owner who likes to take car of his/her car and wants the car to be in perfect operating and physical condition and will do anything to keep it that way post here. Many of the problems you read about here would not be of any concern to the average car owner. I mean, drive around, and see how many cars have little scratches or dings. Most people say, "Okay, whatever, it's just a scratch." Here, you see posts about how people are obsessing about how to remove a microscopic scratches- scratches you'd have to look VERY closely at to remove (there was someone here asking about how to remove them a week or two ago).
A while ago, a guy posted a little story about how he drove his sister's Civic, and found a mess of problems- the alignment was off, the front seat wiggled, the brakes vibrated, etc. His sister believed there was nothing wrong with the car. She one of those 'average' drivers, while he's a discriminating driver- someone who won't stand something going wrong with his car- even the smallest thing. These are the type of people who post here.
And if you're thinking Mercedes have less problems than BMW's, you're mistaken. BMW has had less recalls than Mercedes since 1996, adn the CLK coupe has had many problems since its introduction.
: It looks like with all the problems occuring in the new E46 BMW is loosing its edge. BMW is focusing more on bumping up its sales and the quality is going down the drain.
: With the e46 coupes running around $40K I would just go for a Benz CLK coupe and be assured of the quality one expects after paying $40k.
: A BMW enthusiast (not for long).