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Old Fri, May-21-2010, 07:31:11 PM   #6
BigHat
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When I first read it I failed to understand that it was your work. Sorry about that. I've reread it a couple of times now and think you really did an VERY creditable job here. I see no errors of commission or omission.
Those of us that own them are hard to surprise and it's difficult to think what newbies would like that's missing. You compare the E92 and E93 as well as other cars. You also hit a spectrum of performance and luxury aspects.

Here are a couple of things to consider:

1. Many readers of car articles without an evolving experience with BMW may wonder if the iDrive system is still problematic. You do a nice job discussing the NAV and NAV display, but I'd think most would agree the hard drive based system is much faster too. Additionally, the customizable buttons to a direct phone number, radio station etc might be interesting. Direct access buttons to iDrive functions and the fact that simple climate control switch are back where they belong is a huge plus too. iDrive is a 500% better in this car than my '07 650.

2. Have you thought about a point contrasting DCT to SMG-II? That's always interesting. The D mode on DCT is actually a livable "auto" mode for heavy traffic, non-stick drivers, etc where as the SMG-II never was. Don't want to spark a 6-speed vs DCT argument and I accept your "druthers" toward the manual, but there are a couple of issues that may sway others.

I think this is great though and well-written
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