Subject: Nature trying to change the Color
Subject: Took the M3 cross country from Atlanta to San Diego. Best road trip of my life.
Subject: Just been robbed in Barcelona with my M140i
Subject: Just got my first bmw, long wait for it since the chip issues started. Feeling super!
Subject: 14,000 km in 4 months; it eats highway mileage (and fuel).
Subject: My 2021 330i. My first BMW was a 2004 525i and now I’m finally back in a BMW. I couldn’t be happier with her!
Subject: Nice little get together
Subject: Captured this Austin Yellow F82 M4 on the 405 Freeway last week!
Subject: Have your cars been the same after minor accidents?
I rolled over a curb at about 20-25, bent the subframe, ruined control arms, popped my front bumper, and destroyed my passenger fender. Mechanic said oil pan and steering rack is all good; going in on repairs now. Have your cars turned into nightmares after your first scrape up? It’s a minor accident but did a number on my front control arms, rims, etc. Any experience with stuff like this appreciated! My mechanic I would say is top 25% for my area, but his prices can’t be beat (he has an open tab at our restaurant, so most of its gonna be comped, lol), so I trust the work he’s about to do with my life (as I have multiple times before). Not trying to sound snotty, just informing that my mechanic is a trusted laborer.
Subject: F32 440i brake upgrade:
Subject: My first drive of the new 4 Series Gran Coupe
When BMW outgrew its beloved letter “E” designation for its chassis codes, with the name death went critics’ reception of the storied marque’s athleticism. Reviews quickly scorned late-model BMWs for ditching their secret-handshake, feedback-rich steering for move-it-with-your-pinky electric helms situated foreword of larger rear seats and atop cushier suspensions. Was everyone’s favorite raw driving experience at risk of falling victim to the standard of laziness and convenience lay down by its emerging Millennial consumer base?
As the F-chassis models dawned, the glimmer in the eye of every E90 and E39 owner waned. First drives of the F10 5-Series and F30 3-Series praised little more than ride comfort, and the tomb was sealed.
Feeling the sting of criticism on its tongue, BMW had been hit where it hurt. What was a company with such a colorful past to do in the face of ego death?
In 2018, a familiar face washed up on U.S. shores. The new X3– another inoffensive, evolutionary design. No automotive critic was quick to get in line for a press car. Everyone knew it would be another handling dud from the once pure auto legend. And then they drove it.
Just as all the best traits tend to skip a generation, this X3 drove with the grace and vigor of its grandfather and none of the aloofness of its father. Consumers could opt for two propulsion systems, neither of which were unworthy of a spot in the running for an eighth wonder of the world. This was a coming of age moment for the modern BMW. Having lost its way, BMW looked to the past to survive the future. So, where are we now?
Pewter colored guard rails shimmer through evergreen-laden apexes and glistening reflective lane markings. I sit behind the controversial buck-toothed grin of BMW’s latest creation, the 2022 430i Gran Coupe. My hands know this feeling; I’ve hustled my beloved F30 3-Series through these veins of my city before. I’ve felt Porsches groan beneath me through the undulations of this twisty expenditure of public dollars. A twinge of fear makes its way through my body as I feel my seatbelt tighten its grip.
Forward I go.
The 430i Gran Coupe is motivated by the venerable 255-horse four pot that gets bolted to any other BMW adoring the “30i” badge. What an engine this is. What a car this is. With unmistakable authority, the four-door 4 begins ahead. No spot in the rev range is more sprightly than another— this is an absolute textbook execution of perfect power delivery. With the immediacy of a naturally aspirated engine and the burst of a turbocharged one, my pokes of the throttle net perfectly calculated and easily modulated returns of power. The amount of thrust I desire is exactly what I’m given. There is no correcting for an ill-returned throttle input. As the first corner approaches, I put my faith in old man Michelin while I work the wheel. That ugly front end is utterly eager to consume this corner. My outer wheel loads up and smartly shifts the weight laterally. The front and back communicate telepathically all the while, curtsying perfectly in step through each bend. BMW’s trick twin-tube gas shock design reigns in every body motion, never allowing any single aspect of the car to be overwhelmed by even my most childish inputs. Letting off the gas yields a satisfying front-end bite, the impetus of which I can ride through the apex defined by razor-sharp. Poise and balance come through the well-weighted steering wheel as if the 4 Series’ hyperbolic snout has morphed into a grin.
As the corners roll on, I lose my fear. This car and I are on the same page. Turning the wheel imbibes a sense of immediate confidence in the car’s next move. The 4 walks me proudly to the edge of its handling envelope with cheerful oversteer. On its way back into control, every limit is clearly defined by BMW’s at-long-last steering rack. Corner exit comes and the engine is on boil, as urgent at 6,250 RPM as it is at 2,000. ZF’s latest masterpiece swaps cogs in time for the engine to spin towards another and another. Speeds increase while the little two liter’s pull remains.
Amber porch lights and windswept suburban lawns crest my field of view. It’s time for my back road blast to end. For the first time in a long time, behind the wheel of a modern BMW, I don’t want it to.
Subject: Still waiting on Dinan to ship my exhaust already :)
Subject: I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!
Subject: accidentally changed my mpg cluster to temp. how do i change it back?
Subject: Finally, waited 2 months… 2022 M850i
Subject: It's getting harder and harder to defend these designs. The X7 and 7 Series LCI? Statement cars that need presence. The new M3/4? Draws from BMW's racing heritage. This abomination? Nothing. So difficult to watch the brand I know and love losing itself. E39 M5 picture at the end to finish on a high.
Subject: Old 7 still chugging
Subject: How’s know the model ?!?
Subject: BMW ... What have you done to the kidney grill ?? 👀