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New member - car geek girl w/E36 M3

Discussion in 'Member Introductions' started by shangorman, Mar 21, 2008.

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    Why haven't I joined the CCA sooner, I now ask myself. Better now than never. My family had BMW's throughout my childhood and my dad was/still is a car enthusiast. My first car was a '77 635 csi (it was 1993 and I was 16), which I fairly promptly totaled--sorry, Dad. To be fair, it wasn't much of a crash, but the frame and suspension were damaged. It was a great car, other than the four-speed tranny which lent to annoyingly high rpms on the freeway, plus it was tan, but beggars can't be choosers. I didn't get another Bimmer until 2001, when I bought my '95 M3. It's all stock--I figured why mess with the well-integrated machine that the boys in Bayeriche perfected? My family still is knee-deep in BMW's: Dad drives a 540i (6spd), bro has a snappy new 335i coupe (totally jealous). My husband, who goes through cars like toilet paper, has had various BMW's over time (little E30 coupe, 735iL, 535i). In addition to being a total nerd about BMW's, I just am generally a car geek. Not that I can actually do much work on them (yuck. my husband's a mechanic so that's his domain), but I LOVE cars and am constantly learning about them and filling my head with arcane vehicular knowledge. Thanks for reading :)
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    330indy1

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    nice to have you posting

    and a cool pic of your car as well

    what new models do you like/dislike? it is always cool to get a woman's perspective on the styling.

    shangorman guest

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    Thanks for the welcome :)
    I love the way the new 3 coupe looks (and I yawn when I see the sedan--what a discrepancy). I originally thought the 1 series was intended to be "budget Bimmer" but that was before I knew they were using the same engine setup as the 335i. I'm sure they're a blast to drive! The 7 is a great cruiser but I don't love the extra chrome trim they've added recently--whatever, no biggie. All of the models' styling usually grows on me eventually. I didn't like the new 5 at first but now I like it more. The M5 is still one of the most perfect blends of performance and practicality, to me. Not like I'll ever afford a new one! I have to add a caveat that I rarely like the stock appearance of any of the mid-level cars in a series. For example, the E46 sedan was the most mediocre looking thing, except the Performance Package version, which added ground effects, lowered it a bit, had the tiny deck wing, etc. The M's are almost always fabulous. I'll stop rambling now...
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    330indy1

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    Totally agree with you about the e90/92 styling differences

    Do you like the 6-series? curious

    Have you seen a 1 series in the flesh yet?

    I am not sure yet about it. Perhaps as you say it will grow on me.

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