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      04-12-2012, 12:56 PM   #1
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Top Gear's Hammond Dubs 3 Series F30 and BMW "Best Car Ever Made"

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Here's the link to the Yahoo! video, for some reason the sound doesn't work for me.

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To say nice things about pricey German cars is as common as cliches, but for the co-host of Top Gear to throw out ''best car ever made," that's cause to pull over and listen.

"To a degree you really could make a case for them being exactly that," Hammond says in the attached video, pointing to BMW's engineering pedigree and a reputation for quality that assures you their cars will "be here in ten years."

Hammond's revelation first came to light in a column he wrote for London's The Daily Mirror, in which he called the new 3-Series "three-mendous." In hilarious fashion, this critic turned fan actually berates himself for not being able to find faults, and even admits how much easier it is to be critical then complimentary.
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      04-12-2012, 01:08 PM   #2
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sounds works now
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Nice find. But no sound either. It's just that article because @ the next article the sound is back.
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Nice find. But no sound either. It's just that article because @ the next article the sound is back.
if you go to the next one and click back on the icon of this one, the sound should work
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BMW seems to have hit the nail on the head with this car, they just need to iron out a few bugs with it.
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This makes me so happy, I can't even tell you.
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      04-12-2012, 07:49 PM   #7
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Not once did he mention how they drive. He likes them for the wrong reasons. Well for the right reasons, but not the reasons that you buy a BMW over a Mercedes or Audi for.
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      04-12-2012, 07:58 PM   #9
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Hope you guys read his article link on that Yahoo page, I had a good laugh when all he could fault was the red line from the sport trim :-p
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Aahh, Hamster has always been a biased BMW fan.

I think the new 3 series is very nice just like the 5 series but the steering is a deal breaker for true drivers (unless you may extra for M5 which still has hydraulic steering and probably the new M3 too).

I saw the 3 series in person and I was not impressed by uneven gaps on the dash board (see attached picture) and around door trim. Also, the reliability of turbo remains to be seen (already had HPFP issue on my F10/535/N55 and then weird electrical failure within the past 8 months of ownership).
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does anyone even take the word of the Top Gear presenters seriously?
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I love Top Gear and the praise they give BMW but find it odd as much as they love this manufacturer, none of them actually own one.
in Jeremy's defense, I would assume a BMW isn't "mental" enough for him
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Go top gear and go BMW for your badass cars
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Not once did he mention how they drive. He likes them for the wrong reasons. Well for the right reasons, but not the reasons that you buy a BMW over a Mercedes or Audi for.
You have to read the article linked on the Yahoo page. It's what you want in a BMW plus more.

For everyone that hates the steering (even with Sport mode enabled) I think they'll feel better once the new generation A4, C-Class and heck even the ATS comes out. Then we can determine whether or not BMW did/did not do the right thing or if they could've done it better.
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They paid for saying this.
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Not once did he mention how they drive. He likes them for the wrong reasons. Well for the right reasons, but not the reasons that you buy a BMW over a Mercedes or Audi for.
I noticed that as well.

He kept saying the cars last, they will be there 20-30 years down the road.

Sure they will, if you want to spend an arm and a leg outside of the warranty keeping them going.
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That segment was completely pointless.
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You have to read the article linked on the Yahoo page. It's what you want in a BMW plus more.

For everyone that hates the steering (even with Sport mode enabled) I think they'll feel better once the new generation A4, C-Class and heck even the ATS comes out. Then we can determine whether or not BMW did/did not do the right thing or if they could've done it better.
yeah, that is a good point. We have to wait untill everyone is electric before we can really judge the steering.

Audi is already electric though right?
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I can safely say, I will NEVER buy the first year in a chassis's line EVER again.

I may have to look into one of these when the LCI versions come out. TBH, I would be more impressed if Jeremy was the one making that bold of a statement about the F30. He's the toughest critic in most cases.

And lastly, for how much they want for the bloody things, I would hope to hell they last long and are all they're made out to be. These are leaps and bounds more expensive than when the E9X's came out originally.
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I love Top Gear and the praise they give BMW but find it odd as much as they love this manufacturer, none of them actually own one.
I'm pretty sure James May owns a Z4.
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Of course. .these are no Hyundai or Toyota and you DO need to have deep pockets to keep nice cars running for a long time.
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And lastly, for how much they want for the bloody things, I would hope to hell they last long and are all they're made out to be. These are leaps and bounds more expensive than when the E9X's came out originally.
The F30 isn't that much more expensive than the E90 when it was first released in 2005 (2006 model year). IIRC, the E90 325i (base) was around $31,000 (US figures). The F30 328i MSRP starts at $34,900 but you consider how much more standard equipment you get, it's not that much more.
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