Tuesday, July 17, 2007


I am the biggest hypocrite in the world, this may come as a surprise to you but its true. Many of you know how I feel about BMW's. If you don't I will explain. I don't like them. I don't like them despite their wonderful quality, exceptional engineering, sporting history, reliability and (until this new look) their modest yet good looks. My problem with them is the same one I have with Porsches, its their image. I don't like the fact that people buy them as status symbols to show off and they are also the obvious choice. There's no surprise if you have a BMW unlike buying an Alfa or a Saab. The problem is an Alfa or Saab probably aren't as good as a BMW and won't be rear wheel drive so i can see there are some quite good incentives to buy one. So how do you keep the wonderful quality, exceptional engineering, sporting history and good looks without it looking like you trying to be "flash"... well you buy an old one (this also works with porsches). BMW's that are pre '95 are excellent, the ones that still have the horizontal black grills and at least a hint of a shark nose.

So as you have probably guessed by now I am a hypocrite because I have bought a BMW, but an old one. You also might be thinking that that web of pathetic excuses is just a way of making myself feel better. You could be right. Anyway, yes I bought a BMW despite my objections to the newer ones. I have done it properly though, I have bought a proper classic. A 1975 1602 and I couldn't be happier! It's the best. I would have liked a 2002 but couldn't afford the extra cost of one or the higher insurance but i cant get enough i absolutely love it. Yes its old and there isn't any of this modern technology to make things easier but you're forgetting that I love cars so much that any inconvenience to you is just a moment more joy for me. This car will take up most of my spare time and money so don't expect me to do any socializing for the rest of my life (not that anything will change in that respect then).

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