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      04-29-2008, 10:00 PM   #1
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Bimmer mag articles - 12 page scan

This is from the June '08 issue just out. Two articles plus one sidebar. Enjoy!

5/5/08 Edit: Images removed at the magazine's request--buy the mag..

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      04-29-2008, 10:13 PM   #2
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Talking Sweet good looking out

Thanks for the pics out of the mag.
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      04-29-2008, 11:09 PM   #3
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thanks for taking the time and posting that.
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Thanks for the Scan ! Awesome ! Greg
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      04-29-2008, 11:50 PM   #5
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Very nice!! Thank you Greg. Do you concur with the reviewers?
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thanks for taking the time to scan this for everyone! great article.
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Thanks! I found it interesting how it said that the M6 and M5 were inferior "in every discernible fashion."
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      04-30-2008, 08:00 AM   #9
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nice. Thanks for the scan
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Thanks for the scan Greg!

"Meanwhile, the suspension has a suppleness to its damping that is completely lacking in the other 3 Series, particularly in the softest of its three EDC settings. The ride is so superior to that of the 335i that it almost seems incongruous to the M3's high performance persona, though that notion is quickly dispelled once you dial in some steering lock."

This paragraph put a huge smile on my face.
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      04-30-2008, 09:11 AM   #11
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very good reading indeed, thks
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      04-30-2008, 10:02 AM   #12
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Very nice!! Thank you Greg. Do you concur with the reviewers?
Indeed, I agreed with pretty much everything--the good but controlled ride, the flexible power of the engine, the overall composure, the stupidity of the MDrive button. I don't find the iDrive a problem in normal use, but I wish the variable functions were all completely adjustable with the buttons on the console, not just part of them.

I noted a couple spec errors: 1) transmission is ZF (which they note in the text), not Getrag as noted in the specs; 2) gas tank is 16.6 gallons, not 20. And, of course, we know that DCT is already out.

Overall, i think the writers were able to put into words some of the things I have observed/felt. It will be fun to see how the 335 afficianados respond to the comparison.
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      04-30-2008, 10:49 AM   #13
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Great read, thank you very much for taking the time to scan and post it.

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      04-30-2008, 12:17 PM   #14
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Thanks for posting! Amazing how initial negative impressions regarding the steering have eventually turned into praise after more extensive driving by more recent reviewers like this magazine. Almost seems like BMW swapped steering racks overnight once they started building US-spec M3's, though we all know that is not the case
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awesome read and great pictures... you gotta love this car period ! end of discussion
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Thanks for posting! Amazing how initial negative impressions regarding the steering have eventually turned into praise after more extensive driving by more recent reviewers like this magazine. Almost seems like BMW swapped steering racks overnight once they started building US-spec M3's, though we all know that is not the case
True... I drove an E92 M for the first time yesturday and it was not equiped the with Mdrive and thus did not have the sport setting for the steering. I actually found the steering to be great almost identical in feel to my E36.... It was so good that I didnt even remember that the steering was supposed to be bad until later, then I started wondering what the hell the initial reviews were talking about....

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Very nice. thanks for sharing
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GREAT READ!!

Awesome for those who are debating between 335i or M3
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Great article, thanks!

Interesting, they state that the car was driven mostly in Comfort mode and that they relied on the dynamic suspension brain to work it's magic. This is contrary to what BMW(Larry Koch) states. From what I understand Normal is dynamic, where Sport and Comfort are locked at those respective settings....hmm.
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Greg,

Excellent contribution to the forum as always.
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I just bought this mag yesterday, and to say the least, the original review contradicted itself. They say when complaining about how you have to have iDrive to have MDrive, M Dynamic Mode, and the servotronic adjustment they say:

"Then again we are talking about the same company that thinks dipsticks and coolant temperature gauges have become unnecessary, so perhaps another button is a bit too much to ask for" (p.48)

Get over it. If BMW charged more for those optional "buttons" why not just spend a little bit more and get iDrive. Yeah so what iDrive isn't that user friendly, maybe these writers should have tried to figure out the Nav system in my since traded 05 S55. That car was my daily drive for 2 years and I never really figured out how to use it. I hoped into my local dealers M3 demo, and instantly was accustomed to it.



My view, instead of bitching about it, sit down and figure out how to use it properly.

They also said that "... In practice it(MDrive) is almost entirely pointless." I would have to say that most owners and enthusiasts would beg to differ. If I'm humming around town all day in the cushy settings and my route home has some twisties, instead of looking down and pressing however many buttons I need to get the settings I want, I can keep my eyes on the road and press a button on the steering wheel, and instantly be in driving nirvana. This is especially convenient for DCT owners. The point is even if you are driving in a foreign area, and you find some nice roads to open it up, just press one button instead of three or four buttons multiple times and you're "there". They say that "road conditions are constantly in flux" or something to that effect. Why would you be driving your car hard on shitty roads to begin with? That's dangerous. And if you get to a crappy stretch of a road, you press one button and your back to the normal settings, then when that stretch is over, you again only press ONE button to have fun again.

They need to figure out how they feel about the car, they make such a big deal (an entire page) about how they are disgusted with an option, which IMO most M3 owners find nice and convenient, then in the beginning of the next paragraph say "This is an absolute marvel of an automobile".

As for not having a dipstick, thats actually quite an awesome feature IMO, and the majority of M3 owners won't be punishing their car on a track, so why clutter up the dash with another gauge?

It is an absolute marvel of an automobile, and thats why we come together and share our knowledge, opinions, enthusiasm, and love for this automobile, in these forums.
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