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Old 03-25-2021, 03:57 PM
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And so an E53 moves to secondary

Here's a destination I did not expect to be in.

I don't remember if I shared the journey beyond my wife's head on collision in her E46 from 2019.
The not so short version is that a buddy sold me his 2020 M2 Competition in October, 2019 to replace the 330. That was fine for awhile, but we were suddenly out one E46- or an otherwise suitable car for my child who would turn 16 in June, 2020. I found another one for a little less than the insurance settlement, and we were on the way to June.

And then, 2020 happened. In February, she was hit AGAIN. This time a fender bender. But when you bend a fender that's worth more than the entire car, well..
I ended up buying the car back from insurance for less than $500. I flipped it to a needy neighbor very quickly and we got a head start on the NEXT replacement for my young daughter.

I LOVE looking for used Bimmers with low miles. This was no exception. A well-optioned 2012 128i in California. It was less than a week until the shutdown, and I was smack dab in the middle of SFO airport, a BART train, and even a bus!
The acquisition and the ensuing cross country trip with Rt66 stops was as fun as it was the last 6x's I've done it. I even visited with friends I hadn't seen in over a decade. I love roadtrips for this reason.
The OTHER reason to love them is the delivery experience. It was a good day.
And so we move back to the 2020 M2 which had been sitting garaged for a number of reasons since February, 2020. More on that and what it means to the blue E53 in a bit.
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Old 03-25-2021, 05:09 PM
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Good to see you Prop. Another nice acquisition and a great college run around car. Time is flying.
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Old 03-25-2021, 11:58 PM
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Originally Posted by crystalworks View Post
Good to see you Prop. Another nice acquisition and a great college run around car. Time is flying.
Thanks! After this winter, I can honestly say, "I'm just glad to be here."

So, there we were. Fighting the ridiculousness of 2020 tooth and nail in a nifty lil 1 series with double hawt red seats and a mere 34k miles. I do love a car that betrays age with really low miles. It's why we own a 2004 X5 with less than 35k miles. And don't get me started on the E39's. Now that I do the math, both of the E39's, the F87, and the E82 don't add up to the blue E53's 153k. I have a bit of what some folks would call a problem.

On the day I rolled into town, anxious to share with the buddy who'd sold me the M2, was my first setback of 2020. My buddy age 75, alone and in recent, terrible back pain took his own life. We parked the M2 and drove the 128i for awhile. It seemed the right thing to do and we didn't NEED the M2. My wife could just hop in the white E53.

And then, quarantine. Our kitchen table became a desk in the room formerly known as the place we gather for family dinner. Everything went sideways except the need for the M2. We kept it garaged. My wife maybe cleared 800 miles in the X5 from March through December.

And then came December. As if it were on a time clock, the wisdom came true that a kid with ANY car is going to fnck it up. And well, she over drove her ability right into a curb. Blew both airbags and the front right knuckle. And yet. In the realm of the most stoopid decision a man can make, I decided
to fix it. After all, the paint was untouched. We were able to arrange extraction of the car from the yard in which it came to rest, we got transport to the body shop, and we got the bill. Nearly what we'd paid for the thing in the 1st place. That was 3 months ago and guess what.. We STILL can't find a new dash panel. Just today, I found one used about 2 hours away. I am going to pick it up tomorrow.

Meanwhile, being down a car wore down its welcome. Here's where my confession comes in. It's the kind of thing we all understand:

Ya see, I bought an E53, like many of us, cause I drove the thing and loved it. By 2004, I could finally afford a 3.0. My daughter was to be born soon. Safety is what safety does. But hen, like so many of us, I started sniffing around for used 'faster ones'. In 2011, I found the 7 year old 2004 4.8is with only 11k. I had to have it.

The E53 has been my platform for as long as my priorities shifted into a family man who can defy physics in an SAV every now and then. I haven't driven another vehicle of this size that balances like the E53 across all powerplants. Even the E70+ X5M's are fast as balls, but they're also HUGE and more numb even than the servotronic E53. I like this thing so much, I bought the white one in case the blue one gets killed. I could be buried forever in one of these and it'd STILL be cheaper than a year's maintenance.

And so grew the question: On the days we allow our child to drive a car (that she's YET to wrap around a curb), we had only the choice of the blue or white E53. With the M2 parked sans tags or insurance, I found unpalatable the notion of setting free in a sooper nice white E53 my 16 yr old child who'd screwed up a perfect E87. This finally came to a head as my wife's views separated more and more from mine. She gave up convenience to allow our child to just willy nilly drive the low mileage E53 just any ole time. Something had to be done. I sure as HELL wasn't gonna give up my blue E53!

And then, the CEO spoke.

Why don't we just pay the taxes on the M2? Sure, it was supposed to be hers, but she is too nervous to drive it. For some (ridiculous) reason, she thinks the M2 is *nicer* than the E53. Women. AMIRITE? Her proposal was that we title the M2, insure it, and I take it on as my daily. She'd drive the blue X5. We'd park the white one at her mothers garage, and the 128 will come back from repair. Everyone will be happy dappy. And you boys know what that really means.

Wifey will be really happy, so errbody just do that thing.

I never wanted an M2. I still don't even really like it. It feels like a car that's waiting for a chance to kill me. Sure, it defies the laws of physics, but it does it wide out in the open. It wants to taunt the science that keeps it from trilling off the damn road at any moment. It's twitchy as fnck. The E53 does all of that and science just acts surprised at the success. I don't even think the laws of physics really understand the X5. The M2 however has been banging Mrs. Science for 2 years and isn't afraid to Facebook Live the whole thing.

And so, somewhat reluctantly yesterday, I paid the taxes, switched my glasses over to the coupe, paid this year's insurance and affixed the tags advocating for bicycle safety. Last night was the 1st I can recall that the 4.8is spent outside the garage. I still feel a little sick about it. It even rained.

To top it off, my daughter drove to school today the X5, bumpin stereo, pristine 87's, and all the goodies. She knows it's special, but only that it's special to me. Because there's no way in hell I'm letting her drive the M2.

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Old 03-26-2021, 01:41 AM
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First off Prop, I hope all is well with you and your family. Also, I hope anything that has been troubling you and yours, receives an astounding recovery.

Ahhh... the E53.. I totally understand your devotion. As a thankful owner of a 2002, 5 speed, with 97,000 miles, with over 400hp, and 21” OEM X6M wheels, I know how you feel! There hasn’t been a single vehicle to sway me from Ole’Girl yet. An M4 came my way, super low mileage, and a fantastic price to boot. But, I just couldn’t part ways with my X5.

Now recently, my teenage daughter, “The Baby”, whom is the youngest of the batch, has been conspiring ways to separate me from my ride. Fat chance! But, money does talk, and if she is serious, and responsible, then maybe she will become the next owner. For me, only God knows.

Follow your heart brother, I hope all is well. I hope you enjoy the M2, and if it doesn’t work out, you always have a E53 to soothe your soul.

Take care Prop,

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Old 03-26-2021, 09:06 AM
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First and foremost, glad the kiddo is undamaged after her date with destiny. Second, you guys make me feel way young, thank you, my oldest just turned 9 and already has eyes for the e90 335i (yeah fat chance little man).
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Old 03-26-2021, 10:36 AM
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I would just buy the kid something she can mess up like a lexus RX or some other car that no one cares about when she inevitable hits something else. Put the 4.8is back in the garage as well haha.
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Prop you can articulate a story like no other!!! It's like I'm glued to a book I can't put down!
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Old 03-29-2021, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by x5Alpine View Post
I would just buy the kid something she can mess up like a lexus RX or some other car that no one cares about when she inevitable hits something else. Put the 4.8is back in the garage as well haha.
Believe me, we considered it. I even had leads on a number of low mileage 135i 'verts. Ya see? The wife drive THAT *and* we'd have a 'vert in the stable. What could be wrong?

It'd be the 8th BMW is what. Even a beater car would be just too many for 3 drivers. It was a tough moment taking off my rose-colored glasses. I did the same thing I did with my parents a few years ago. I finally saw them for the humans they are. It's the 1st step to a healthy relationship it turns out for both people and their passions.

It really *is* a 17yr old car. It really *does* have 153k miles. Sure, I drop a little less than a car note on it every year, but that doesn't so much as make it more valuable. Mods keep me entertained, and maintenance is paying the piper for the tune.

I love the thing, but seeing it for what it really is, while painful is where we needed to go. It's still my X-country barn stormer. I intend to haul off at any moment because we will keep it in road trip shape. On the upside, perhaps the white one will lie in occasional service that much longer. And that's not a terrible place to land.
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