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Drive for the Cure, a (long) synopsis (archive)

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Posted by DH on August 06, 2000 at 14:41:55:

Well, like you all know, the M coupe is a great car.....The seat is right, the steering and shifter are so precise, the brakes are "unbelievable", and the torquey motor is great fun. WOT in 3rd really makes you feel good! This car has personality and performance. What a fun car. Every driver who I saw coming out of that car had a goofy grin.

If this event is coming your way, DO IT.

I drove 8 different new BMW's yesterday, 15 town/freeway miles each time. A couple of twisty stretches, a 270 degree downhill freeway on-ramp :)
and the usual stop lights and suburban traffic. Don't ask how fast those V-8's on that open, traffic-free 4 lane. If any of you care, a few observations:

M coupe: see above

540 sport wagon: roomy, very comfortable seats, capable everywhere, and that great V-8. The auto trans is incredibly smooth-shifting @ WOT.

328 convertible: top-down fun, style and comfort, pretty quiet interior at 80 w/top down.

X-5: This was more fun than I imagined. It's no more roomy than a sedan, but you get to see eye-to-eye with all of those other trucks now on the road. It has that high center of gravity which rules out any serious fun. BUT, that V-8 has more power than any truck has a right to. Merging onto the freeway was just thrilling, considering it'd size. Plus it has more (better) exhaust sound than the 540

328 coupe: More refined and polished than my 325 (naturally) Interior is vastly superior in appearance and quality. More power, also.

540: Same as the wagon, but less space. Is quicker, but too bad it doesn't sound like the X-5. The M-5 probably sounds like two X-5's......

740 sport: Now this is a freeway car. Legroom and a perfect seat for my 6'2" frame. I could drive all day in this. My jazz station sounded best in this roomy car, and again, that V-8 is just addicting. The 18" wheels give it a "look"
Of all the cars, this one opened the left freeway lane more than the others combined. (BTW, I am not a tail-gater or light flasher. Never.) Those xenon lights and unmistakable presence parted the seas before me, every time. It was just weird.

750il: Talk about gadgets, room and luxury. Not to mention $$$$$ price $$$$$
I could move the drivers seat all the way back, reach back while sitting, and just barely touch the lower cushion of the power rear seats. The power rear window shade was entertaining to me as well as the drivers behind me. The massaging seat would alternately roll around under each cheek/thigh :0.... then go up my back and vibrate. It was so quiet and smooth around town, but despite that V-12, it wasn't nearly as fun as the V-8 on the freeway. That extra half-ton must be a reason.
Lucky for me, I drove my own 325 next, and it did not feel too bad, performance wise. And it's paid for.
If I hopped in after driving that M Coupe, it would be well, depressing.
As it is, have any one of you figured out how to put in a baby seat!
Happy Driving.......



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