Bayerische Motoren Werke

Since the Audi had the unwelcome rear-end attention (I often find rear-end attention is unwelcome), I’ve been driving a BMW 1 Series. While this is much nicer than having to slum it in the usual Ka/Corsa/Micra or [shudder] Fiat heap, it’s just not as good as an A3 (even a six-year-old one), I have to say. It’s not helped by the fact that it’s a 2 litre petrol with a slushbox which means it’s lovely in the traffic, but a bit keen to drop several gears on the motorway, and somewhat thirsty.

It’s a bit flashy-styled for me too, and despite being about the same size as the A3, has appaling rear-seat space. It handles well though: I’m just working up the nerve to turn off the traction control and have a bit of fun- but I’m hoping to not encounter any snow- 150BHP, wide high-speed tyres, and rear-wheel drive not seeming like a good combination…..

4 Responses to “Bayerische Motoren Werke”

  1. MarkyB Says:

    After all the harsh, unjustified, almost racist comments that you have lavished upon the drivers of the Bavarian Mong Wheels,

    YOU’VE BECOME ONE. PMSL and all that forum jazz

  2. stymaster Says:

    Yes, but I’m no longer using indicators, and now feel justified using the outside lane *all the time*.

    PS: do you still have the ‘recall notice’?

  3. stymaster Says:

    Interestingly, the only dipstick on this car is behind the steering wheel- I looked in vain for it today, then gave up and RTFM’d. It has *electronic oil level monitoring* and tells youwhen it needs topping up. Over-complex.

  4. Willenhall Lad Says:

    Germans for you mate. They made the same mistake with the Tiger and Panther tanks in WWII.

    Why over-engineer when you can have a Rover? We won the war with them and no fancy roller-bearings in sight 🙂