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Old 07-30-2000, 05:07 PM   #1
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Post OT: Lucky sibling...


So my sister (at the tender age of 15) finally got a car to learn on. I'm happy. It means my Impreza won't be going involuntarily offroad for two second excursions. It means my car will no longer smell of perfume and it also means it will never have to deal with a vapid, ignorant driver again (well, until I get in).

But the car she got was a-get this-

1998 BMW 3-series! What the hell?

It's silver and it has 50,000 miles.

So should I be worried? I'm not sure if my parents got ripped off, or how the car looks, but I want to make sure that they didn't overpay, because I know she isn't a bad driver but the car will take the standard teenage abuse. They paid at least 20ish.

Can anyone tell me anything about Bimmers here, or should I hit up the BMW forums? I can't wait to start tuning it, but on the other hand, I am a mite bit jealous...

But I wouldn't want to say my first car was a BMW. How pretentious. Plus, it could get jacked.

I'll have to test drive it some. At least I can affirm one thing-she's lucky.
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Old 07-30-2000, 06:35 PM   #2
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Which 3 series? If she got a 328 prepare to get smoked regularly by little sis

My father drives a fairly old Beemer (a 1986 535i). The engine still runs excellently, but everything else around it is falling apart. Count on parts and maintenance costing at least double that an American car would.

Anyway, I was recently pointed tp www.bimmer.org , which is a great site for info on the car. Hope this is helpful.

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Old 07-30-2000, 07:02 PM   #3
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Yeah, my dad said it was a 323...I'm not sure whether it's a convertible or what...it really doesn't matter. I'll have to look into it when I get back. I think they overpaid. My mom made it sound like a total (Honda)box.

Considering the only thing my sister can drive is me crazy, I can't believe this. She doesn't even care about cars, all she wanted was the image. All her friends have Lexuses and Bimmers...all my friends ask me for rides. I guess that's just the way we are.

I need to go home for a drive. Ugh. One more week until my baby and I are reunited. I can't wait! I'm going to spend hours polishing and scrubbing everything... and then I'm going to take pictures. It will be a great day, August 5th. A great day.

First thing I do when I get home is job hunting. I hate this stupid college program. I have to attend classes during summer...and it's because I did well in school. Tell me how that makes sense. When I pick a college, it better have great student parking. Brown has a couple of driveways.

Anyone hiring in Raleigh? I can be much more coherent in person, really!
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Old 07-30-2000, 07:59 PM   #4
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Don't feel bad Dude...My Sister for her 16th birthday...got a brand new Prelude (Back in 85) a Gas Credit Card and party...Me when I turned 16, a $40 dollar gift certificate from Robinson's and a new shirt...Wheres the justice in that..?????
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Old 07-30-2000, 08:51 PM   #5
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Man, being spoiled must rule.
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Old 07-30-2000, 09:26 PM   #6
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My first car was sorta neat (not BMW neat but still). I got a brand new 1993 Ford Probe GT for my 16th birthday...and I got my very first speeding ticket that same day! No joke...

My mom almost took the car away when I got home and told her! But she didn't...I just couldn't drive it again for a week.
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Old 07-30-2000, 09:53 PM   #7
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Scooby South-I'm not too down on it. I guess things will take care of themselves. It'll be a story to tell one day.

Hucker-it's all relative. Compared to the kid with an 94 Cavalier POS, she's spoiled. But that kid is spoiled compared to the kid with the 84 Celebrity POSer, and that kid's spoiled to the kid with no car, who is spoiled compared to the kid with no bike, who's spoiled to the kid with no food. And the same thing goes with jobs (a lot of guys here work with computers-that's a pretty cake job compared to manual labor) and homes and family and friends...

I try not to think about this sort of thing, but news like this tends to get the ball rolling. We all should be thankful for what we have and quit whining about what others have, but jealousy is hard to contain.

Wonj-I am proud to report that I am ticket-less so far, which I know is a good thing. All I can keep doing is driving knowledgably and staying out of trouble. Those Probes go pretty good, anyway-my roommate here at Brown had an 89 and that Mazda engine lasted forever. He's thinking about getting another one and trading in his 94 vSlow Mustang.

I'm sure she'll enjoy it, at least, and she'll definitely stay away from my car. The first thing I told her when she got in my car was that if she ever got in trouble, point it in the right direction and hit the gas. My mom about had a stroke when she heard me tell her that. The Bimmer should be easier to drive.
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Old 07-31-2000, 07:19 AM   #8
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True Ovetime. But your parents needn't have to buy a bimmer to start off with.
Maybe it's the Jones' next door. hehehe...
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Old 07-31-2000, 07:25 AM   #9
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You guys might think I'm crazy, but I'd rather have my Suby over any BMW. If I owned a BMW I'd be afraid to drive it, probably would like driving it and would pay a lot of money getting it fixed because I'd be afraid to work on it myself.

What's the point of driving a car that you're afraid to drive? Instead I bought an RS, made a few mods and love driving. Not that I had to mod it for it to be fun to drive or anything.
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Old 07-31-2000, 08:41 AM   #10
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I'm not trying to start any flame war, I'm simply stating it "must be nice"
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