Subject: E46 M3 that I LS swapped and threw a turbo on. I also repainted it and added some carbon fiber pieces. Custom front end is being fabbed out of Chromoly atm. Any questions, please direct below.
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Subject: 2022 BMW X1 - A Detailed Review
Coming from a 2017 340i Gran Turismo, I wanted to get myself something more practical for my hobbies and lifestyle. Especially with Canada winters getting nasty, I wanted something that can get through the rough roads without that feeling of "I'm destroying my sports car." So I settled on the brand new 2022 X1. I had mine custom ordered with the M Sport Package and Premium Essential Package paired with the Harman Kardon Upgraded Sound System for $999.99 CAD.
Here are my honest thoughts :
Exterior Design - 9/10 - With the M-Sport Package, 19" wheels, and sapphire metallic black, this SUV really stands out after a fresh wash. What's really nice is that micro scratches are usually hardly noticeable, and for the most part can get buffed out for a measly $50 once it accumulates enough. But I am in love with the exterior design. The only reason why it doesn't get a 10/10 is because that will go to the new X2. I will say the X2 looks a lot nicer and reminds me more of my 340i from the looks, but that being said, the X2 is WAY too small for my liking and feels more like a wagon than a small luxury SUV. It's too bad they couldn't put the sleek design of the X2 on the X1, but like I said, with the right package and color, the X1 looks absolutely gorgeous in my opinion.
Interior Design - 8/10 - The BMW X1 has a very sleek, ergonomic and well designed interior. It's got plenty of space (I will get more into that) but what I really like is how simple yet sleek the layout is. I will definitely say that BMW is due for an update, no need to redesign the entire car, but with how new modern luxury SUV's are being designed, I think BMW can definitely push themselves into the more "futuristic look" and it will certainly do them well I think. The black synthetic leather seats also look great in my opinion, sure they won't be as comfy as real leather, but to be honest I didn't really notice nor care until someone showed me and I looked it up that the leather is synthetic.
Cargo Space - 9/10 - For a small compact SUV, this car offers arguably just as much cargo space as average mid-sized SUV's. The trunk space is plenty-full, and I can fit a 157cm snowboard on an angle in the trunk without having to put down the back seats. The back seats are also very spacy in my opinion (I'm close to 6') and have a very decent amount of leg room. What really distinguishes the X1 from the X2 in my opinion (and what was pretty much the deal-breaker) was the extra 2" of head height in the back-seat and the significant amount of leg and head room in the front seats. You don't feel crammed in the back seat at all. Now.. if you're packing 3 people with 1 person in the middle, I'm sure the middle rider isn't going to have the most comfortable time like in a pickup truck or a large luxury SUV, but it 100% does the job. You can also store a vast amount of gear in your backseat as well if you lower the back seats. I have more than enough room for camping. I can fit 2 Coolers, my 20 person pop up tent, my 6 person inflatable boat (deflated obviously lol) , sleeping bags, portable bbq, and my one piece 7' fishing rods!!! Now.. it's definitely not going to be as easy and stress free as when I used to load my dodge RAM 1500, but it 100% works, and it works GOOD!
Fuel Economy - 9/10 - With only a 61 liter gas tank (55 liter on my 340i) this SUV is really hard to beat for fuel economy. I'm sure that you can find better fuel economy in a toyota or honda, but for a BMW with exceptional performance, they really hit the bullseye with this one. #1, the 61 liter tank makes it much less painful when filling up on that 91 octane premium haha ... #2, I find that I can get 650km+ if not more of range on a full tank. The morning cold starts don't burn my fuel nearly as much as the B-58 engine on my 340i, and for those long trips, I think the X1 really utilizes the fuel economy. Put it this way, in my 340i, a 250km round trip would burn roughly half of my gas tank, now in the X1, it does just about a quarter tank and a little bit. Phenomenal difference, and for an SUV, it's just so hard to beat.
Driving Experience - 8/10 - I may be a little too hard on this review but it also may be because I'm coming from that mean 340i that used to get to 0-60 in 4.6 seconds. The X1 is not THAT far off, getting to 0-60 in just about 5.9 seconds from my timer. The turning and the handling is very good for an SUV. I actually find it to turn a little bit sharper than the X5, but that may be due to the fact that the X1 is significantly lighter. Transitioning from a car to an SUV, the vibrations underfoot caused from the bumps on the road and rough terrain has definitely been minimalized. It's still obviously slightly there, but I find it to just be a significantly more comfortable ride for those long trips. Nothing will beat a large luxury SUV/Truck, but it's pretty darn smooth for a small SUV. The 7.2 Inch ground clearance is a big help coming from my 3 series, as I can usually drive over those small snow rocks on the road without hearing my poor car take a snowball to it's face lol.. this is what I meant by it being a more comfortable drive for those longer rough road trips with a better peace of mind that the vehicle is going to make it through at ease. All in all, I've loved the driving experience. I expected to feel a loss in horsepower going into this, but then again, it makes up for it's incredible fuel economy.
Practicality - 10/10 - I think this is the section where this SUV really shines the most out of it's competitors. For a luxury German made SUV to be only 50k CAD ... and check off on all the boxes for being practical, it really makes it hard to beat. I've test driven a Cadillac XT4 Sport, Kia Sorrento SX, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Lexus NX , and it was really the Cadillac and the Lexus that got close enough to actually make a choice over. But that being said, the BMW checked off on absolutely everything: Reliability, Fuel Economy, Style, Cargo Space, Performance, and most importantly just the overall enjoyment of being inside one of these SUV's. It makes road tripping so much better, and my drives home from work feel just as enjoyable as when I had my 340i. I'm obviously not racing it home like I did in my 340, but for a nice aggressive cruise home jamming to music, sunroof open, sunglasses on.. you just feel like an absolute king/queen driving in it. I'm sure the X3/X5/X7 offers way more space and performance, but I couldn't justify spending $90,000-$100,000+ on an SUV right now with how intense the house market is right now haha. And for this SUV being just about 55k fully loaded taxes out the door, it's truly hard to beat. I am sure that this vehicle is going to last me over 10 years if not more. It's not something that I'm not going to need to sell and upgrade when I have kids, and that is also such a huge factor too. Such a fantastic all purpose "young person's / Family vehicle"
Harman Kardon Audio - 12/10 - Don't even think about it... just get it. I'd probably still buy it if it was $3000 to be honest. For $1000 CAD, you'll be getting what's arguably one of the most superior sound systems a car can have. The audio is so crisp and detailed I can hear the rasp in the singers voices, and it gets wayyyy wayyy too loud. Which is a very good thing. Halfway volume is more than loud enough... crank that baby to 75% volume and you'll feel like you're in a club. Crank that volume to 90% and you'll have worse hearing damage than a WW2 Nam Veteran. Such a kick-ass audio system.. I can't recommend it enough. I've listened to Fender car audio, and Bose car audio, and I think Bose definitely has more punch in the bass, but the clarity on Harman Kardon is some of the best I've ever heard. And I'm a musician with 15+ years of guitar and drumming experience. My audiophile ears are very satisfied with that purchase.
Overall - 9/10 - If you want an SUV that is fairly affordable, luxurious, fun to drive, practical, and very sporty looking.. then look no further. It's no surprise that BMW has yet again wowed it's audience.. that's simply where that premium dollar for a BMW gets put .. to assure you're going to get luxury, performance, and a whole lot of heads turning. Now that being said, there are obviously tons of other SUV's that are 10-15k cheaper if not more, that will probably offer better cargo space and fuel economy... but I don't think that the X1 was built to be geared towards those kinds of people. If fuel efficiency and low cost is all you're worried about, and you don't care about performance, luxury, or brand, then I would highly suggest looking at something like a Honda CRV, Hyundai Tucson, Santa Fe, Toyota, Kia ... etc. But if you care as much as I do about the car you're getting into, and you want something to suffice your need for a luxurious, and sporty SUV.. then I genuinely think the BMW X1 is a very hard SUV to beat for the price and what it offers. I'm sure if you end up getting into one, you surely won't be disappointed. 55k CAD was a tough price to bite, but it didn't take me very long to see and feel where my money went into, and within the first week, I was more than satisfied with my purchase. No regrets, and I would never go back for something else .. unless it's a better SUV when I can afford it.
Subject: 1988 M6
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Subject: Sun was out so I gave her a wash! M badge and grill stripes are next. Can't wait!!!
Subject: Correction: Turns out this is 1 of 3 street M3 E30s ordered by Warsteiner themselves. The cars received full street legal modifications, tuning, as well as the official DTM paint job. The cars were used for marketing, as they could be driven on public roads.
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