Originally Posted by mstone
I'm selling my BMW too. I'm at the end of my free maintenance and roadside service program anyway. Like you I don't drive mine very much either. I only have around 15,000 km. I'm not sure what I will get next, perhaps another BMW, I really like the Alpina. My needs are really basic in terms of software so iDrive works fine for me. I think I still prefer built-in navigation as the tiles do not have to be downloaded over the cell service, although the inboard info does get out of date sometimes. I almost never bother plugging my phone into the car and I have a reasonable music collection stored on the local hard drive so no need really. I don't believe in reading emails while driving even if they are being read aloud. Too distracting.
When I went to the BMW dealership I almost bought the M5. It drove wonderfully, incredible performance and looked good to boot. My husband was in the in the middle of the paperwork when I noticed two new Alpina's in the back where the maintenance center was. I questioned a sales person and he said they were a special order for Mark Rich, a Bill Clinton pardoned American criminal who lives in our area. He ordered four but only paid for two so the dealer was at a lost as to what they would do with them, these things where pretty tricked out. I asked if I could drive one and then instantly knew that I wanted it more then the M5. It was fitted with a factory installed super charger that replaced the turbo, don't ask which one as I really don't know but I'll go down to the garage later and look it up. Anyway it produced a 100 more PSI then the M5, now these type of things don't thrill me but the other extras like power converters built into the back with traditional plugs for laptops, lowered profile, custom interior and bullet proof glass for the back windows kind of did. I interrupted my husband and we got the Alpina for only 5 grand more then the M5, but later found out that the Alpina cost more then a 100 grand to make. The dealer was all too happy to get rid of at least one of them, don't know why but the other one was on the lot for at least a year before they sold it at a major lost. I hope the dealership went after March Rich for whatever they lost in the deal but it's none of my business, all I know is we got a pretty incredible car for a great price that has been absolutely trouble free for the last 5 years. Kids like it too, I even caught my son hitting the back window with a bat once to show to his friends that they had a K.I.T.T. car, the little f***** didn't break the window but managed to scratch the door handle, a 500 CHF touch up job, what paint cost's that much, custom paint, it's great until you have to pay for small scratches.
I also don't like doing things with the inboard computer while driving but I do like to listen to Podcasts however I always load them before I take the car on the road. I think these in-dash entertainment systems are a really big driving hazard and should be deactivated if only one passenger is detected or until the car is motionless. I know a lot of car manufactures are now disabling controls to things like SatNav until the car is in park but if people can now install apps like Face Book or Twitter in them, I think these restrictions should also apply. I am so adamant about this that I would even vote in a law that permits the installation of cell jammers in cars, only to be disabled when the car is in park. I know this sounds like an overkill but if you've read the statics of how many people are injured or worst killed by people texting or talking on their phones and is progressing each year, something drastic needs to change. Maybe even forcing mobile manufactures to install something on the hardware level that disables the phones connection when it detects movement of over 10KM, would be an easy solution as all phones have GPS now.
If your looking for a new car you should really check out the new Audi 5 series, their just incredible to drive and look at, my husband almost pulled the trigger on one to replace his leased Range Rover but was wooed by a big breasted slutty sales girl at a Maserati dealership, came home with this thing called a Ghibli. What kind of name is Ghibli, anyway I can't complain, it's only a lease and is actually cheaper monthly then his Range Rover was. I haven't driven it yet as I am on some pretty heavy medication but I have gone for a ride, it's really pretty inside but kind of stiff to drive in, turns corners like it was being chased by the cops, mid-life crisis car defiantly, at least it has 4 seats for the family. I will miss the big Range Rover though as it was perfect for going shopping and picking up plants from the nursery. The Tesla X's two back jumper seats fold down so I'll be happy, the only thing that's going to be pain is the kids will have to get out of the car before I park it in the garage, the back doors are gullwinged, cool to look at but will be fantastical pain in the butt when parking with people or kids and the dog in the back, I could have lived without them, such a boy thing to have.
Edited by Relic - 7/3/14 at 12:26pm