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"get forgiveness rather than permission" as a prime directive

Posted on 2005.12.10 at 22:50
Mood: goodgood
Music: converter - gateway rite
sold 2 cars in a day for the first time tonight. had to follow the 2nd customer to his house in mountain view to pick up a check for the down payment. by the time my manager noticed i'd grabbed the keys for the used 2002 325i to follow him with, it was too late.

review on that car, compared to mine:
-the stereo is incredible, went without distortion to louder volume than i can tolerate (which is a statement of some distinction.) on the way back "soul meets body" came on the radio and i cruised leisurely back on 85/280 at a steady 95mph (not my gas money :) while thinking of someone whose company i'd have enjoyed. reading track names off of radio signals is a nice feature that i now wish i had.
-DSC is sucking teh donkey balls; other than that, even the 2.5-liter inline six is a great mill. nothing like scosol's m3, of course, but more than i was expecting from a base-model, even given that it had the sport-package 17" wheels on it. very slightly lower power:weight ratio than my car, but the 24-valve sixes feel much smoother and more refined.
-not sure i agree with nrubenstein about new bimmers being more twitchy at the limit. after i went "oh, that's right" and slapped the DSC computer into submission, i got a few nice wide arcs out of the thing, with much less input correction than i would have used in my e30. but seeing as he's a "hardcore track" guy and i'm a "drift enthusiast" type, that might be an apples:oranges comparison.


yeah, i know, i'm gonna start losing you guys if i don't post about something other than cars soon. well, i will.


innocentchild at 2005-12-11 07:12 (UTC) (Link)
congrats and if it ain't cars it's computers. Perhaps you should take up figure skating again. *ducks* =D
ice_9 at 2005-12-12 14:49 (UTC) (Link)
dude, 75% of the people who read your LJ are into cars anyway.

haven't tried an E46 325, but my friend Paolo's (admittedly well-worn) E36 was wishy-washy. okay power, nice crisp clutch, but needed new shocks and rubber. the onramp from emeryville onto the 580 (you know the one) got it plenty drifty, but without the snap at the end when you feather the throttle and the rears hook up. it eventually caught, but it wasn't much fun.
Always Lagging
alwayslagging at 2005-12-13 01:22 (UTC) (Link)
You know, I don't get why people go to car lots to shop for cars and they don't bring their freaking check books.
When my dad worked at a dealership he always had to take customers to their homes or where ever else their check books were. It seems kinda stupid to me...

Congrats on selling two cars, that's pretty cool. :)
Nick Rubenstein
nrubenstein at 2005-12-19 17:12 (UTC) (Link)
Remember that the E46es ar 2.7 turns lock to lock, while the E30s are 4 turns. Makes quite a difference.

Things to have to get really hairy for the E46 to start displaying its evil handling characteristics. Unfortunately, it's such a confidence inspiring chassis that you aren't ready for it when it tries to kill you.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2005-12-21 03:14 (UTC) (Link)
Remember that the E46es ar 2.7 turns lock to lock, while the E30s are 4 turns. Makes quite a difference.

yeah- but other than that it was almost eerie how it felt a whole lot like an evolution of the e30- there is definitely shared character & dna between the two chassis.

& re: the rest- granted, hence my disclaimer in the original post- i am insured by work on anything i drive, but such a claim would probably cost me my job, so yeah... i tested the car's envelope rather than the limit of my skill :)
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