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Old 12-11-2009, 03:21 PM
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My BMW earned its keep yesterday.

I make a monthly drive to Maryland from NYC and this Wednesday it was pouring rain the whole way. I was passing every car on NJ Turnpike it seemed that others had traction problems and yet I had no problem going along at 74. The quality of the traction and the wipers was amazing! In addtion the trip computer showed an average MPG of 25.
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Why would you be doing 74 in the pouring rain? Ever hear of hydroplaning?
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I was on the Turnpike which has very good drainage. The only point the car felt lose was at the PA Turnpike exit and I just took my foot off the gas for a moment. It was day time so I could see standing water and I was keeping a large distance between me and any cars in front of me.. The BMW and the tires did a fantastic job with no hydroplaning expect for the brief moment at the PA Turnpike exit. That is my point the BMW seemed to handle the rain/water better than any other car on the road.
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I agree and, have exclaimed many times: it is a helluva road car in almost
any conditions. I realize one can't cheat physics, but it really, really runs
down any road/any situ and never shakes its head. The CEO, not a motor
head, says it's the safest feeling, best car she has ever owned.
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Old 12-11-2009, 07:46 PM
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I agree and, have exclaimed many times: it is a helluva road car in almost
any conditions. I realize one can't cheat physics, but it really, really runs
down any road/any situ and never shakes its head. The CEO, not a motor
head, says it's the safest feeling, best car she has ever owned.
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Yes I was driving the Rav 4 with the wife and she was bitching about my driving. In the BMW she does not even notice how fast I am going.
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Old 12-11-2009, 07:49 PM
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BMWs (perhaps all German cars) just have that sure-footed feel regardless of conditions. Of course this is dependent on the tires that you're running (don't me started on the Bridgestone Potenza RFTs....) and on road conditions, but generally BMWs have excellent stability, and if the driver is attentive, one can *feel* the vehicle beginning to lose traction and take appropriate action before it gets too far out of hand.

When it rains and traffic conditions permit, I still do 120-130km/h (81mph) on the highways here . In strong summer thunderstorms, 100km/h is manageable. Fog is the biggest problem here, since it occurs almost anytime it rains given the elevation. With the reduction in visibility I reduce speed to about 60-80km/h if things get really bad (under 200m of visibility) and switch on the rear foglights.

My dad was pulled over once in Québec for doing 128 km/h in a 90 zone......while it was snowing.........with a snow covered highway.
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In the BMW she does not even notice how fast I am going.
That's so true. My wife doesn't really pay attention when we are driving because it's quiet and smooth in the cabin. Even at 80.
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I got cut off at 90 in a 1series rental and the thing was just fine swerving and getting back in my lane. Pretty good for an "economy" car. If I had taken the A class I wouldn't be here.

I do get the occasional e-mail asking how the V1 works from my CFO who is babysitting my 3.
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My dad was pulled over once in Québec for doing 128 km/h in a 90 zone......while it was snowing.........with a snow covered highway.
Similar here...was doing 76 in a 60...snow covered highway before city trucks tried to clear it ...very nice to control the car in those conditions...

it was passed 1 AM coming from work...just warned and somewhat complimented on the way i was holding on the road
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Old 12-12-2009, 10:17 AM
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I was on the Turnpike which has very good drainage. The only point the car felt lose was at the PA Turnpike exit and I just took my foot off the gas for a moment. It was day time so I could see standing water and I was keeping a large distance between me and any cars in front of me.. The BMW and the tires did a fantastic job with no hydroplaning expect for the brief moment at the PA Turnpike exit. That is my point the BMW seemed to handle the rain/water better than any other car on the road.
I know it handles well. I still behave in down pours. I can't control the other guy.
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