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Old 14.02.2012, 09:40
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DK, how does the autobox compare to some of the double cutch / amg alternatives for swiss roads (i added the last bit to keep relevant to CH as otherwise most car threads get closed or moved)
In my view it is incredible. It is basically the same 6-speed ZF-Automatic from the 335i - but reprogrammed to Alpina specs. In "normal" drive it shifts up very quickly - 5th gear @ 50kmh - and relies on the plentiful torque. Knock the lever over to "sport" and it will hold the revs noticably longer - however I hardly use this mode.

Instead, once in "sport", I use the small buttons behind the wheel - exactly where your fingers sit - to shuffle the gears. The changes are very quick - with downshifts being perfectly "throttle blipped".

The Alpina at ten tenths is not a match for the M3 - but at 9/10ths it matches it - and below that it is a more useable/comfortable car.

It does excel on Swiss roads - as the majority are well surfaced - but even when the surfacing becomes uneven the damping deals with the imperfections. Far better, IMHO, then an M-Sport model with run-flats.

I spent a lot of time at Heidegger with the salesman going over the various cars - at one point he came out with about 10 keys to show me round each of the cars so that I could get a feel for the interior colours (important to me). They were happy to swap wheels from 1 car to another, let me test drive as many as I needed.
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Old 14.02.2012, 11:11
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100ms shifts - you don't need manual

Manual mode will hold the gear all the way to the redline - with 2 small buttons behind the wheel for up and down - with latter including a blipping of the throttle
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Normally ain't got time to join the chat with my busy schedule at work but this time I felt jealous and couldn't resist...

Just would say awesome, dude and great choice!!!

The only thing I would find as a main drawack for passionate driver that is... is automatic gearbox. All the way manual....

Btw, I'm towards the end of the lease on my 325i and want to look into something with more oomph e.g. 1er M (1-series) or 335i M3 budget allowing and of course, after dancing on the snow, soon realized that "allrad"is the way to go... Extra equipment (navi, bluetooth, sport and leather seats, panormaic roof and etc...) will define resale value later.
No worries. It just a painful groan of traditional driver, as I'm who cannot drive automatics and who always instinctively uses left foot searching for clutch pedal on brake pedal. Needless to say I halted to stop few automatics in the middle of the road during my test drives.

Love manual gearboxes because I like listening to the revs and know exactly when to shift. With high HPs the learning curve is tough as the power sometimes knocks your knuckles off the stick when pushing to the limit

Arguably there is "a bracket of oophs" for amateur casual road driver, where say starting from 130/330/530 models, things work better with automatic transmissions.

P.S. I mean it all in the contest of the EF memebrs, otherwise the whole content's gonna get moved to the Bimmerfest forum
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Re: Heidegger BMW/Alpina - Exceptional Service

Dodgydude, on a serious note, can you explain to me what fascinates you about this car? I, for the love of cars, don't understand the value and attraction for this vehicle. To me it looks like any other BMW...as a matter of fact, all you need is some neon light in the back and some gel hair. In addition, it's an automatic.
If I wanted something drivable, I'd take a Cadillac CTS-V any day over some boring bimmer.


Heck, if I just wanted something fast, I'd got for the challenger SRT-8 which cracks the 0-100 mark in less than 5s and you'll feel like you're sitting on your living room lay-z-boy.
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Old 14.02.2012, 13:19
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Dodgydude, on a serious note, can you explain to me what fascinates you about this car?
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I, for the love of cars, don't understand the value and attraction for this vehicle.
That'll be it.
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That'll be it.
Makes sense, Bimmer drivers are all unimaginative, thus the choice of cars.
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Old 14.02.2012, 13:49
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Makes sense, Bimmer drivers are all unimaginative, thus the choice of cars.
And yet, unimaginatively, you pick (in the SRT-8) an overweight American - which is slower, less efficient and less well made.
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And yet, unimaginatively, you pick (in the SRT-8) an overweight American - which is slower, less efficient and less well made.
0-60mph in 4.75s....with runflats and Ipod jack in the middle console..bass in the trunk..keyless entry and start, GPS, comfotable leather seats...sweet stereo and all them goodies. For considerably less than you payed for your M3-Alpina-Brabus-S2000whatever it's called. ..and guess what, people won't mistake it for anything else. With your tinker toy there, it could pass for anything dare I say 316? to a 330?...ya just don't know.

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Re: Heidegger BMW/Alpina - Exceptional Service

Wow, that's a sweet ride!

Just out of curiosity, will you use it as a daily drive or weekend only?
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Wow, that's a sweet ride!

Just out of curiosity, will you use it as a daily drive or weekend only?
He'll park it right in front of McDonalds, turn on his neon light, check to see if his hair is spiked enough....impress them ladies.
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Heck, if I just wanted something fast, I'd got for the challenger SRT-8 which cracks the 0-100 mark in less than 5s and you'll feel like you're sitting on your living room lay-z-boy.

0-100 in less than 5sec, and even better - 100-0 instantly as soon as you deviate from a straight line.
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Where did you spot that one?
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Old 15.02.2012, 11:58
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Dodgydude, on a serious note, can you explain to me what fascinates you about this car? I, for the love of cars, don't understand the value and attraction for this vehicle. To me it looks like any other BMW...as a matter of fact, all you need is some neon light in the back and some gel hair. In addition, it's an automatic.
If I wanted something drivable, I'd take a Cadillac CTS-V any day over some boring bimmer.


Heck, if I just wanted something fast, I'd got for the challenger SRT-8 which cracks the 0-100 mark in less than 5s and you'll feel like you're sitting on your living room lay-z-boy.

just goes to prove, you can take the man out of the ghetto etc etc
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Where did you spot that one?

I babysat it for a mate for about 3-4 months while he was travelling.

It is a beast.


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It is a beast.
I prefer the "iron fist in velvet glove" analogy myself
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I prefer the "iron fist in velvet glove" analogy myself

So true, I confused many people at the traffic lights as most thought i was just another ass in a 3-series.

Only got beaten once........the guy was driving a RUF porsche

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This car is just plain ugly...

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Dodgydude, on a serious note, can you explain to me what fascinates you about this car? I, for the love of cars, don't understand the value and attraction for this vehicle. To me it looks like any other BMW...as a matter of fact, all you need is some neon light in the back and some gel hair. In addition, it's an automatic.
If I wanted something drivable, I'd take a Cadillac CTS-V any day over some boring bimmer.


Heck, if I just wanted something fast, I'd got for the challenger SRT-8 which cracks the 0-100 mark in less than 5s and you'll feel like you're sitting on your living room lay-z-boy.
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just goes to prove, you can take the man out of the ghetto etc etc
Says the man with a blue "Rover"....you must know what you're talking about.
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Says the man with a blue "Rover"....you must know what you're talking about.
I'd put the rover up against that ugly yank tank on a track any day of the week.Or even a nice mountain pass.

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