Posts from ‘BMW’

Apr
21
1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruise

1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser

Sometimes hindsight plays tricks on us. I have always been uncomfortable that the Talking Heads’ seminal album More Songs about Buildings and Food was available on 8-Track tape.

I associate the 1978 album with a progressive musical movement that endured through the Eighties. That fact that that same music could be purchased in a lousy, short-lived format known for premature failure is difficult for me to square.

Apr
19
2017 BMW 530i

2017 BMW 530i xDrive in Jatoba Brown Metallic

2017 BMW 530i xDrive   2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles driven: 434

Fuel used: 16.8 gallons

Mar
27

1997 BMW 318ti

Cheap Wheelsby Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

BMW’s 3-Series has been around long enough that its basic premise is well defined. Think sporty, rear-drive, premium-priced sedans, coupes, and convertibles. Handsome, if maybe a bit conservative, styling is part of the mix, as is a highly desirable overall package.

Feb
24
2017 BMW X4 M40i

2017 BMW X4 M40i in Long Beach Blue Metallic (a $700 option)

2017 BMW X4 M40i 2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Compact Crossover

Miles Driven: 384

Fuel Used: 19.4 gallons

Jan
17
2017 BMW 740e xDrive

2017 BMW 740e xDrive in Magellan Gray Metallic

2017 BMW 740e xDrive    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Premium Large Car

Miles Driven: 543

Fuel Used: 18.3 gallons

Jan
12
2017 BMW 540e

2018 BMW 530e

2017 Detroit Auto ShowDETROIT: BMW unveiled the seventh generation of its midsize sedan at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The all-new 2017 BMW 5-Series is lighter than its predecessor by up to 137 pounds, and is set to offer an extensive roster of new models, powertrains, and technology features. 

Oct
28
Automotive Halloween Costume
Question: What would an Eighties BMW 3-Series driver wear?

Some 200 million Americans fall between the ages of 20 and 70. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that 25 percent of those folks are headed off to a costume party this Halloween. What fraction of that group would you say will be wearing a Donald Trump costume? If it’s ten percent—and that seems really low to me—that means that more than 6 million folks will be bobbing for apples or tossing back hard cider while wearing a dark suit, red tie, and a Donald mask. Don’t be one of those people. (And yes, that number includes women. It’s even funnier if women dress up as Donald Trump.)

Sep
15

BMW versus Cadiillac

Last year, BMW sold almost 350,000 vehicles in the U.S.–almost twice as many cars and SUVs as Cadillac sold here. The reasons for BMW’s relative success are numerous, yet it can be tempting to oversimplify the situation and conclude that Americans prefer the German maker’s hardware to that of Cadillac. While that may be true, there’s more to the picture–or in Cadillac’s case, less.

Aug
04
1967 BMW 2000C Hardtop Coupe

1967 BMW 2000C Hardtop Coupe

Note: This article is reprinted from the August 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile

By Jack Stewart

Photos by Vince Manocchi

BMW as we know it today began with the “New Class” 1500 introduced in 1962. The 1500 was a compact four-door sedan with good handling and performance, and with it BMW found its niche. The 1500 was powered by a 1.5-liter ohc four-cylinder engine—the M10—that liked to rev and also proved durable. Meanwhile, four-wheel independent suspension and front disc brakes made the New Class cars entertaining to drive.

Jul
06
2016 BMW M2 in long beach blue

2016 BMW M2

2015 Audi Q52016 BMW M2 Coupe

Class: Premium Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 338

Fuel Used: 16.7

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