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Agreement and disagreement.... (archive)

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Posted by ptdaniel on June 11, 2001 at 09:00:34:

In Reply to: Hey anyone who loves these cars please read. posted by Ben on June 09, 2001 at 01:18:58:

I have been observing this board for about a year now and I rarely post, I just sit here and read them. Do any of you guys just wish that Bmw would just go back to basics? I mean every generation of M3 has gotten faster yet sloppier.

Well, not really sloppier, but I certainly agree they have gotten more 'mass market' oriented (just look at the production numbers, for exampe). I prefer, however, to be positive about what BMW is doing: they are keeping the company profitable (in part) by offering 'M' division cars which are both *hot* and yet still great every-day driving cars (i.e., have mass appeal).
My attitude is that I hope these cars, when sometimes bought by the 'unsuspecting' owner, will turn said owners on to driving (i.e., lead them to club driving days, track-time events, etc.).

I do, however, agree with you in the sense that BMW has forgotten to offer the other side: the truly 'lean, mean' sedan. Not since the 95 LTW went away has there been a 'serious' and 'single purpose minded' driver's M car. That is a shame; I wish BMW would offer one. I can only hope that the 'Rover debacle' may have shelved any such 'marginally profitable' ideas, but perhaps they will find their way back as the company recovers/grows.

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