haha.. I don't know about that. I've driven a lot of cars, my buddies are all car freaks.. and I doubt I will ever go back from german. Not knocking any other cars, of course.. but the only way I'd sway from german is italian, and .. *checks wallet* .. I don't see that happening any time soon.. :POriginally Posted by GIRex
The salesguy at suburu was commenting on my bmw when I first started talking to him, so I had him come over and check out the bimmer. All you have to do is go shut the doors or the trunk and then go to any other non-german car and shut the doors or the trunk. The chassis is so much more solid, its built like a tank. It doesn't rattle or flex at all, and yet it is still nimble and balanced. A lot of people wouldn't care about that or notice it at all, but once you've been there, its hard to go back. Even the hood is solid and doesn't flex, everything down to the airbox in the engine is made well. Its not just some cheap airbox, it actually is a form of cold air intake and draws air from the front grill. Its a small example of the level of quality throughout the entire car that's worth paying for. The clutch after 50,000 miles is still smooth and predictable, and easy to use. I can remember my last honda's clutch showing its age by now.. The same goes for the interior, its solid and the dash is not hollow at all. I commonly will rap on the dash of cars when I look at them (I look at cars all the time, even though I'm not buying.. I love cars), and they're often plastic and hollow in areas. Like I said before, I was expecting the WRX to be more like a tin can compared to the bimmer, but I was impressed, its a nice little car. And cheap.
And, bmw still has the right idea. Anyone serious about road-driving will drive rear wheel drive, and that's all they make. The rear accomodates huge wheels, easily 10" wide rims if you want.. blah blah blah, I could go on forever. My bmw isn't perfect, there's still things I would change if I could, but its definitely the kind of car I want to drive. It just costs a fortune to maintain..
Sorry about the psuedo-rant. I see bmw's get dogged a lot.. make no mistake, I don't drive my bmw because its some kind of luxury car.. I drive my bmw because its a RWD inline six cylinder with a manual transmission. It may not be any competition in the 1/4 mile, but it *is* an amazing driving experience. I see a lot of "My integra was faster than this piece of crap!" and "bmw's nav system sucks!" and "I can buy a fully loaded TL for less money than a 325!" .. and those are definitely the wrong reasons to be buying a bmw. Trust me, I would own an acura if they made a RWD car (besides the nsx). People seem to completely ignore the drivetrain .. oh well. I guess the point to this whole thing is, if you're reading this, don't discount bmw's.. there's a lot more to them than what most people think (not directed at anyone in particular).
Thanks for all the replies! I'm sure I'll end up getting a WRX.. I'll just have to line up some immediate aftermarket upgrades after buying it. Then I can rally it up on the way to work and the m3 can be a garage queen.