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      01-04-2013, 08:27 PM   #45
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Congrats BMW. And for Infiniti, sorry your annoying holiday tv ads did not work..
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      01-04-2013, 09:17 PM   #46
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If BMW is raking in all this extra cash they better give a good amount to the M division and tell them to put the S65 in the m2
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      01-04-2013, 10:46 PM   #48
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I have a feeling C class and new A4 coming out in a couple of year will beat 3er in looks department and potentially match driving capabilities. F30 does not have a chance to stay on top due to its boring looks (IMHO)....
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In all seriousness I gave zero consideration to any other car on the list except for a couple of days after riding in a buddy's caddy, and that passed quickly.

The C is a sports car? Really?

The design of Audi 4s bore me to tears. Even today's Chevys have more style.

A Buick Regal?!? HaHaHaHaHa

I'll keep my 335er.

There's nothing out there....
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I have a feeling C class and new A4 coming out in a couple of year will beat 3er in looks department and potentially match driving capabilities. F30 does not have a chance to stay on top due to its boring looks (IMHO)....
And boring drive. It's way too soft. It's as soft as non sport 3 series from gen or two ago. And the non sports are old fashioned Cadillac soft. Lame.

I've driven several 335 sports, adaptive suspension etc. None was as fun as a caddy ATS. And while its not perfect as its it's first few months in production, it will mature.

And I agree, the new Audi and c class will be awesome.
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The news doesn't come as a surprise, the local dealer moves a lot of F30's... have no idea who's buying them because I'm not seeing them on the street, parked in a lot or driveway.
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Another explanation of success can be lease deals BMW has been offering and of course free maintenance along with free loaners in US. While I support what BMW does with these programs, these might not be enough to win . As I mention above I believe C, A4, ATS, and others are catching up while BMW plays too safe (F30), too weird (new 1er in Europe) or too cheap (f32 based on spy pix) with new models.
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I agree. But that is truly funny.

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The news doesn't come as a surprise, the local dealer moves a lot of F30's... have no idea who's buying them because I'm not seeing them on the street, parked in a lot or driveway.
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so much for the BMW "has lost it", "gone too soft" etc.

seems to me that most of the reviews (professional and personal) along with these sales results mean the F30 is quite a success. Can BMW make it better, sure, but its hard to argue against all the positive indicators.
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F30 is by far the best car in its segment so I find some comments out of place
Also, some new performance models will be available next year so these very good results for BMW will be transformed in great offers for BMW fans/ enthusiasts
As for those who consider 3 series nothing really special, there is also the alternative of combining M Sport and Individual options
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This applies to all German marques. I don't understand why Audi drivers think they're driving something more exclusive cars like it means it's more special or sought after. Yes they're far less common than BMW's and Mercedes,and in that sense they are exclusive, but in reality, they're just the other German marque.
a funny bunch arent they?

My girlfriends mates boyfriend has an Audi A4, and whenever we finish dinner or something somewhere, he rushes outside to turn his LED (for everyone to see, obviously).

To him, he's driving a Lamborghini, to everyone else, he's just another tosser.
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The news doesn't come as a surprise, the local dealer moves a lot of F30's... have no idea who's buying them because I'm not seeing them on the street, parked in a lot or driveway.
Ditto. My dealer told they are selling very quick but I almost never see any on the road?? I'm sure that will change as the '09, '10s come off lease.
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The news doesn't come as a surprise, the local dealer moves a lot of F30's... have no idea who's buying them because I'm not seeing them on the street, parked in a lot or driveway.
This is true
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a funny bunch arent they?

My girlfriends mates boyfriend has an Audi A4, and whenever we finish dinner or something somewhere, he rushes outside to turn his LED (for everyone to see, obviously).

To him, he's driving a Lamborghini, to everyone else, he's just another tosser.

It's the same reason people were fanatical about Apple, before Apple became ridiculously ubiquitous. It's a weird, almost religious, brand loyalty.

The LED thing were bound to happen, Audi just happens to be first. It's nothing special anymore.
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Which is probably what your dad said when they discontinued the 2002 and started the 3 Series. There will always be enthusiasts, whether you're one of them or not. Sales up year over year...again. I'll bet even a couple of enthusiasts bought one.


My dad never drove BMW's.


I have personally been around BMW's for a while. This is the first time I feel this threat to the brand-culture integrity. Did not feel it with the e90. Did not feel it with the e46.


Sure, I'm sure brands like Kia, Hyundai and even Subaru have enthusiasts too. BMW will be the next one. Commercial enthusiasts, ricing up cars and talking about how low they can drop the car, how awesome the sound system is, and how many subwoofers they can fit in the trunk.


I'd rather not be one of them.


Sales will likely be up AGAIN, next year. I never questioned that BMW will continue to sell cars. Actually, they will sell a lot of them! Just not likely to same people/demograph is has been attracting and selling to for the past 20 years.


Again, it's great for BMW ... bad for enthusiasts. The brand has a lot of pressure to appeal to more people. To become more bland. More "safe". Which probably means less people buying sport packages. Less people ordering Manual Transmissions. More 'user friendly' driving experiences (electronic steering). More 'ready-out-of-the-box', and less confusing options to pick from (aka, Sport, Modern and Luxury lines) and less customizations.


Oh SNAP, it's already happening! The future is here! Bring on the sales numbers!
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I agree. But that is truly funny.
Agree it's like they're disappearing.
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Boohoo, they are diluting my brand. Boohoo, I'm the only real enthusiast left. I'll never buy another BMW....

Get over yourself. BMW is and always has been a for profit company. They make a product to sell and the more they sell the more money they make. If that means making a product that appeals to more people then good for them. These internet arguments always smack of people who get upset when their favorite band gets popular. The band still makes the same music but somehow they sold out.
Such a boring rehash. Don't like it? Vote with your wallet. Otherwise just enjoy the car for what it is.
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Boohoo, they are diluting my brand. Boohoo, I'm the only real enthusiast left. I'll never buy another BMW....

Get over yourself. BMW is and always has been a for profit company. They make a product to sell and the more they sell the more money they make. If that means making a product that appeals to more people then good for them. These internet arguments always smack of people who get upset when their favorite band gets popular. The band still makes the same music but somehow they sold out.
Such a boring rehash. Don't like it? Vote with your wallet. Otherwise just enjoy the car for what it is.
I agree, and I will vote with my wallet. ATS here I come!

I kinda see it like this... If we think of a company's mission statement, either BMW changed theirs, or is simply not following it anymore.

I could give a rats ass about sales numbers, that doesn't change my opinion of the car. If the car still drove awesome, I'd be a fan even they doubled the sales.

I'm not a fan cause the car has lost what it once had. It's got plenty of electronic goodies, no doubt... But the soul is gone.
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My dad never drove BMW's.


I have personally been around BMW's for a while. This is the first time I feel this threat to the brand-culture integrity. Did not feel it with the e90. Did not feel it with the e46.


Sure, I'm sure brands like Kia, Hyundai and even Subaru have enthusiasts too. BMW will be the next one. Commercial enthusiasts, ricing up cars and talking about how low they can drop the car, how awesome the sound system is, and how many subwoofers they can fit in the trunk.


I'd rather not be one of them.


Sales will likely be up AGAIN, next year. I never questioned that BMW will continue to sell cars. Actually, they will sell a lot of them! Just not likely to same people/demograph is has been attracting and selling to for the past 20 years.


Again, it's great for BMW ... bad for enthusiasts. The brand has a lot of pressure to appeal to more people. To become more bland. More "safe". Which probably means less people buying sport packages. Less people ordering Manual Transmissions. More 'user friendly' driving experiences (electronic steering). More 'ready-out-of-the-box', and less confusing options to pick from (aka, Sport, Modern and Luxury lines) and less customizations.


Oh SNAP, it's already happening! The future is here! Bring on the sales numbers!
MY GOD! You're right! The sky is falling! Soylent Green is enthusiasts!

Just FYI, I've been around BMW's for awhile too, as I imagine pretty much everyone on this board has been. I lived through Bangle-ization, the intro of I-Drive, the SMG grenades, and the unwashed hordes that buy automatic trans. And my E92 is the best car I've ever had. It's better than the E46, which was better than the E39, which was better than the E36. And when the new M4 comes, I'll pays my money and find something I don't like, come here, and bitch about it.

In the meantime, you can have my turn at agonizing about BMW forsaking it's aging veterans by selling more cars. And remember to look down your nose at all the unworthy new people who are buying them. Because they just can't be enthusiasts.
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And my E92 is the best car I've ever had. It's better than the E46, which was better than the E39, which was better than the E36.

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Guess I found the problem.
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