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The BMW i3

The BMW i3 was just announced officially and will be appearing in your local BMW dealer next year. However, the question is should you buy one?

Well, the first question to ask is Do you want an electric vehicle? It can mean very little range, high savings, silent noise, and unknown reliability. If you decide you want one, then the question is which one.

The BMW i3 is competitively priced with the Nissan Leaf, and it is a BMW. While it is unknown how well it will drive (like a BMW or like an electric car), one thing is for certain: it does not look like a BMW.

But for the time being that is good, because most people who want an electric car want to look different, just as when hybrids came out most people wanted to stand out in them. This has changed today, and will change with the electric vehicle as well.

So to those looking to buy it I wish you good luck on negotiating a deal, but remember, Big Brother is always there to help you out for saving the trees.

 

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BMW Car Club of America…is it Worth it?

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The BMW Car Club of America is a place for BMW owners to get together, talk about their cars, and socialize with others of the same interest: BMWs. But is it worth $48 a year just to socialize? Well, it wouldn’t be if it was just about socialization, but it is so much more than that!

Firstly, you are automatically subscribed to two magazines: Roundel, and your local chapter’s BMW magazine. This provides a plethora of information, as well as allows you to see what local offerings there are.

Secondly, you are able to take advantage of discounts from BMW Performance Driving School to various hotels.

But the biggest reason to join is the savings. After being a member for at least 1 year, you are eligible for anywhere from $500 to $1500 off your new purchase, which is also valid on European Delivery. This is an unbelievable discount.

So in conclusion: If you have a BMW, like BMWs, or plan on getting a BMW after 1 year, the BMW CCA is for you.

 

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The M4…What is That?

ImageThe new 4 series coupe will be taking over the spot for the old 3 series coupe, and therefore the famous heritage of the M3 will come to an end (unless you get a sedan). But will this pose a potential problem for BMW?

Today, most people by BMWs because they are BWMs, Mercedes because they are Mercedes, and Hondas because they are Hondas. So the question is: it is the same for the M3? Have a good chunk of sales been because of the name versus the performance. While I would argue that most enthusiasts who can actually appreciate the vehicle buy it because of what it can do, I would also argue that most people who buy the M3 buy it for the name.

It is then all up to BMW to attempt to market this car in a positive way, ore else lose their heritage

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Things are looking up?

This past weekend, Bimmerfest was able to actually test out the new 4 Series coupe on the roads of Europe. They traveled various different routes and were therefore able to get a full look at what the 4 series has to offer, and they seem impressed. I’m not so sure…

They use lines such as “The variable sport steering had good feel at highway speeds, and a light feel at slower speeds, making for easy city driving”. This does not inspire much confidence in me. Sure, it will handle better than the current 3-series, but I believe that it will not hold a candle to the e9x and e46 models. But why has BMW gone this route?

Well, they are trying to appeal to a broader audience. Most people want a BMW for the name, sadly. However, things are looking up because I believe that the new 2 series will be sporty, and will handle just as previous 3 series have.

This news then, is a sad end, but a beautiful finish!Image

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