Test Drive

by john on September 12, 2004

Test drove a “BMW 330xi”:http://www.bmwusa.com/vehicles/3/330xiSedan yesterday. Wow, what a car. I actually wasn’t planning on doing a test drive, but I’ve been looking at Audis and figured if I was looking at them I might as well look at a BMW too. The Audi A4 is too small inside (the backseat is really cramped when I have my front seat in normal position) and I had assumed the 3 series would be the same. But I happened to find myself over by the dealership so I took a quick look and found that while the 3 series doesn’t have as much room in the back as the A6 it still is perfectly fine.

So I took a test drive. At this dealership they let you drive by yourself, which I like. I asked the salesman where a good test road was. This was his response:

bq(quote). Go out the frontage road here and take a left. You’ll hit a left curve where the posted speed limit is 25 mph, hit it at about 45 and despite what your instinct will tell you, don’t touch the brakes. Then it curves again this time posted at 15 mph, don’t slow down and don’t hit the breaks going through that curve either.

An interesting sales approach but it worked on me – that car hugged the road like none I’ve ever driven. Wow, very impressive.

I’m looking to keep this next car for 8 years and if I can negotiate a good deal on a 2004 this just may be the car.


Tony S. September 12, 2004 at 12:18 pm

Very interesting sales approach, I really would have loved to see the salesman’s face if you would have came back and the car was wrecked because it didn’t hug the curves the way it was supposed to. 😮

RKB September 20, 2004 at 10:12 am

Solid. Five or six years ago, I was looking to upgrade my two-seater Suburu Impreza, a really fun little car that handled quite well with the all-time AWD. I’d planned on upgrading to the Legacy wagon, since we were expecting our second child.

It’s the Subaru/Acura dealership at the corner of 494 and 35W. While I was there, I figured I might was well try out the new TL, which was also within my price range.

GiddyuI was surprised that the sedan had more backseat room than the wagon, and there was no arguing with the get-up-and-go of the Acura. That’s why test drives are so outstanding.

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