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Old 06-18-2002, 02:48 PM
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Regarding responsibility at BMW AG for who styled what, there is an article in Roundel this month which should clear all that up.

Also this month, one of the Roundel editors described I-Drive as something that, for technophobes, could be mastered by simply sending the teenager in the house out to the grocery store in the car for a can of soup. By the time the teenager returned, he would've mastered the I-Drive and, in addition, discovered other features of the car that not even the BMW designers knew about.

Regarding the 1-Series, one Roundel writer wondered how BMW would market the car, seeing as how it had already entered the young market with the Mini Cooper.

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Old 06-18-2002, 03:55 PM
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Maybe i-drive is simple. Maybe the car rides like a dream. We can't choose our parents, and we sure as hell get old and ugly, not by choice. But I refuse to buy a car that Victor Hugo would have loved, because it looks like his beloved Quasimodo.
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Old 06-18-2002, 06:36 PM
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Am I the only one who got lost on the iDrive site?

Seems like it somehow automatically controls the climate, but that's about it...but the way the site was laid out, I didn't understand much; looked like they were mostly trying to talk about how it helps the driver, without saying how it did so...

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Old 06-18-2002, 07:19 PM
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The idrive knob works like a computer mouse. Move it north, south, east, or west to engage certain functions: radio, climate control, etc. Move it NE, SE, SW, and NW to engage other functions less commonly needed. Then you spin the dial to get specific settings. Kids will love it, but they might have trouble making payments on a $75K rig.

I just can't help being nasty about this car. It is too ugly to even consider.
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Old 06-18-2002, 07:30 PM
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Old 06-21-2002, 03:22 PM
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Saw/read the Automobile cover/article on the impending BMW 1 Series and I gotta say that it looks pretty slick. Nothing near the direction the 7 series took. They might have something with that thing.

BMW has been having some real quality issues Nikasil engines in the 840's, Blown engines on the E46 and now this. Sounds like someone needs to concentrate on Quality more than anything else, even though the 7's styling could use some help too.

I agree that the 7 looks a hell of a lot better in person than in the pictures. The backend is almost forgivable because the rest of the car looks pretty damn good.

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