Seat Belts, iDrive & More
I'm a free-market, less-regulation kind of guy, but I know that wearing seat belts makes a lot of sense, regardless of whether or not the government tells me to do so. I'm a good driver (I think) -- my concern, however, is for the idiot dring the 10-year old minivan while talking on the cellphone who insists on changing lanes without regard for the flow of traffic, and other sorts of atrocities.
As for iDrive, the consensus is that it could be better (some might view that as an understatement). It's far, far better today than the First Generation version, and I'm OK with it (actually very good at it now) -- but it still needs improvement to take it to the next level. Yeah, the slowness bothers me, too, especially on start-up. The fact that iDrive is better today than it was in 2002 is of little solace for you, however. Give it a bit more time.
HD Radio is good but disappointing for exactly the reasons you noted -- signal strength varies, which makes HD and "regular" signals fade in and out. Nobody tells you this, however, before you sign up for it. I'm still glad I have it in my car because I believe that HD radio technology will improve over time, but I am disappointed in it so far.
'06 650i Convertible. Mineral Silver, black interior, dark ash wood. Step, Prem Sound/Sat/HD, Sport Pkg, Cold Weather Pkg.
Recipe for excitment in a 930
Enter corner. Get on the throttle before the apex. Turbo lag causes a little delay. Oops, now that the boost is up realize that you gave it too much throttle; better back off. Hold on tight, here comes the trailing-throtle oversteer. Remember, in a spin, both feet in.
2002 745i (retired)
2001 540i 6sp Sport
Glad to read your post. I have been thinking of
I also think the idrive is a joke. It is the main reason why I may not sell the 2002M3 for the 650. I also do not like the fact you can not place the back seats down for more trunk space. I drove one for the first time yesterday. It felt nice. Had enough power. Like you said, it does drive you. I am OK with that for now. I live in LA and I am sick of driving a stick and wan't to "just cruse" for a while. If you have any more insite I am all ears. Take care.
whats that mambo jumbo under the signature ?
iDrive is an answer for a question that was never asked. We have been able to control everything with buttons, so iDrive and the display does nothing but makes it more fancy. I personly do not want an another computer in my car and don't want the car to wipe my fanny. I just want to drive it and enjoy it. Hard to enjoy something that controls you and not controlling it. You are a passenger with limited control in the newer cars and people love it so this is the future. now all said, can I go back to the past ? <a href="http://mydrive.roadfly.com/photos/pic.php?u=56726KDZYN&i=5166"><img src="http://mydrive.roadfly.com/photos/pic.php?u=56726KDZYN&i=5166" border="0"></a>
Re: whats that mambo jumbo under the signature ?
What's one more computer amoungst 20 or so? I do more things without taking my eyes of road with iDrive than without it. However, for those that don't like iDrive you can get an e60, e90 or e92 without it. Nice 8. Just saw a 850CSi friend purchased a couple weeks ago with 120k miles. Really excellent condition, interior condition was the best I've seen, although my experience with the 8 is very limited.
US '05 645 Coupe, Silver Grey, Chateau, Sport, Premuim Audio (Logic 7), HUD, Cold Wx Pkg, SIRIUS Sat Radio, Delivered w/CIP 15.2, Aux Input, using Cingular Motorola v551 (v557 as of 1/7/06) Bluetooth implementation w/ snap in adapter, V1 - not hardwired. Status Born on 1/25/05, baby delivered 2/25/05, broken in 3/25/05 Upgrade to CIP 16.2 on 3/15/05, upgrade to CIP 20.02 on 3/17/06 w/MP3 enabled - Great, great BMW!!