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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-16-2008, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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ok, here's the story. 5 weeks ago i had acl surgery and knew i wouldn't be able to work a clutch for some time, so i sold my 02 rsx for $8600 to pay off some debt. my plan was to upgrade to something fast and fun with a naturally aspirated six cylinder. well, as the weeks went on, i kept deciding to spend less and less money on my new car (i went from 26k to 23 to 16 to 12 to 10) so i could focus on vacation budgets and possible future child expenses if my wife tells me she's pregnant in the next year.

so anyway, i end up purchasing a 96 328i with only 122k miles on the clock. keep in mind this is a 300k mile engine and all preventative maintainence has just been completed. all new cooling system and suspension bits have just been replaced. it also has already been chipped along with a sri. it fucking purrs when you start it up and i've always wanted rwd. well, because of my knee, i wasn't able to drive it before i purchased it. i had my best friend go with me to give me his driving impressions. he LOVED it and that was good enough for me. and now that i can actually get behind the wheel, i'm not such a big fan. i know that was stupid to buy a car without driving it first myself, but i had a time constraint that didn't allow me to do the rational things i wanted. flame if you want, but i already know.

bmw's apparently have extremely hard pedal feel. so, even though i've been driving a stick every day for the better part of 3 years now, i stall this son of a bitch at least once a day. pisses me off to no end!!! there's just NO feel in the gas pedal. the clutch is fine, but the gas pedal needs you to stand on it before anything happens. and then when you do, you get LOTS of fuel delivery. so there's no in between. just stop and GO. gas mileadge has averaged 25+ mixed city/highway so i shouldn't complain about that. and it is a lot of fun to get on it when the mood hits me. but the problem is it's just not fun to drive on a daily basis. the complete lack of pedal feel ruins the experiance for me. and now that premium is $4.20 a gallon, a fun, fast rwd sedan just isn't that important to me as it was a couple weeks ago.

so even though i've only been driving the car for a few weeks now, i'm ALREADY dreaming about my next car!!! i probably should have just spend the extra money and gotten a couple year old GTi or speed3 and been done with it. i actually miss my damn rsx!!! what the hell is wrong with me?!?!?!?!?!?!?
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My dad has the same car, the clutch pedal on his is one of the lightest / least effort I've ever used. It's almost freakish. I understand about the gas pedal, it's pretty finicky, but you'll get used to it soon... they're amazingly fun cars, give it another week with an open mind!


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you live and you learn. I'm not getting a new car anytime soon if I can help it. Once the newness of a car wears off it's just a mode of transportation. No need to pay lots of money for that.

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thanks for the encouragement. i keep telling myself i'll get used to it..... then i stall the bastard again. i made a deal with my wife that i won't sell the car for a year (she gets tired of me constantly looking for new cars to buy), so i don't have much of a choice but to get used to it i suppose.
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If gas prices are that much of an issue you should get something with good milage. 25 city/highway isn't that terrible, but when I turn in nearly 45mpg cruising on the highway in my 3i and 38-39mpg in mixed driving, 25mpg looks down right pathetic.

Sure the '96 328i is probably a much faster car then my 3i, but the 3i still has some fun to it when you hammer it and with the kind of milage I can get out of it (which is getting that much more important as gas prices keep going up), I am willing to sacrafice a bit of go power.
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If I were trying to save money, I wouldn't buy a '96 BMW with that many miles.

Some people swear by them, but to me that's a good way of spending as much money on a 12 year old car as you would payments on a new one.
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well.... like i said, my priorities changed somewhere in the last 4 weeks so i was kind of in no man's land. i wanted to try owning a rwd car while still getting decent mpg's and keeping the price of the car below 10grr. if i could go back and do it all over again, i probably wouldn't have sold that damn acura in the first place. anyway, the mpg's are good enough for now, and it is nice to be able to drop the hammer and actually go somewhere fairly quickly. so i guess i'll just deal with it for now and count down the months till my 1 year contract with my wife expires and she'll let me buy something else
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[quote author=weezerfan84 link=topic=114937.msg2395825#msg2395825 date=1213655008]
you live and you learn. I'm not getting a new car anytime soon if I can help it. Once the newness of a car wears off it's just a mode of transportation. No need to pay lots of money for that.
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QFT. I've had my Fusion for a year and... 6 days now and the novelty of having a new car has faded (even though the new car smell hasn't lol). It's just a mode of transportation now. The only place I drive it to is work, so in my mind my car has a negative connotation with work, so that definitely doesn't help with my perception of the car.

Off topic, sorry, anyway, I think you should just give it a few more weeks and try to get used to the feel of the car.
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If I had money to burn for an automobile it would be different. If i could afford an Acura TSX or 3 series BMW I would be happier, but I own a 3 that gets me where I need to go for fairly cheap. It was cool having a new car till about November 2007 when I noticed I had spent $4k on mods, and then the car instantly became a mode of transportation. I spent some money that I didn't have on credit and now I'm paying those cc off. Best thing for me is my highest rate is 4.49%, so thank you economy for your downturn. What makes it even better is I locked in 4.49% till the balance is paid in full. My other cc has something like .99%-1.99 so basically I make a payment and only $5 goes to interest. Having an interest rate of 4.49% is great, because I couldn't even get a loan to consolidate debt that cheap. Now I need to refinance my car at my job to get our 5.50%, so I don't have to pay 8.90% any longer.

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ummm last car payment is next month. That'll be nice freeing up the $275.10 a month.
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