I've been a long-time reader. To me, European cars always... let me cut to the chase: Ferraris are classy, elegant, beautiful. Why would Pammie appear with a Ferrari, her diseased ass butted up (pun intended) against the prancing horse? Ugh. Anderson is the antithesis of Ferrari. Also, your staff vetted the words 'fart' and 'farting' in the same issue. What gives? Have some couth.
The graphic you saw (Across the Pond, December '07) is a collage our art director put together to help illustrate certain points found throughout Mr. Weaver's column. We can assure you, Ms. Anderson's derriere never actually touched the 599 Fiorano. And what the hell is couth, anyway? -KF
Happiness is a warm 330i
I recently purchased a CPO 2006 BMW 330i, so I spent some time on the internet looking for information on that model. I found your articles and, upon seeing the pictures of your car, thought that I may be the happy CPO buyer Karl Funke refers to in the wrap-up article.
With the exception of the wheels, my car looks exactly like your tester: same colors, same options. But what really caught my eye is the pair of carbon fiber front bumper extensions. I think they're a little tacky, but they're unique and certainly make the car stand out. Is there any way to confirm if I have your long-termer? I've attached the car's VIN, its in-service date was 11/29/05, the BMW paperwork makes note of Oxnard and Anaheim as the origin. What are the odds?
After comparing your VIN information with that on the initial loan paperwork, it does indeed look like you have acquired our former long-termer. If you find a pair of RayBans inside, they're mine. -LB
I just read Resonator (December '07) and couldn't help laughing. Being in a similar field, I often wonder if other segments suffer the same curse as mine and your editorial proved it. I've often had 'discussions' with internet heroes and tough guys who can't debate their point without being an idiot. I call it e-tough or e-muscles. While I get passionate about things, rarely will I fall apart and threaten to beat somebody up. I have, however, invited such people to come down and beat me up after they start going on an internet 'roid rage, but that usually ends the discussion. Thanks for the laugh, being new to the Euro car market (aside from my girlfriend's string of VWs) with my new 335i coupe, I'm enjoying seeing your mag in our office bathroom.
Executive Editor, Beer Magazine
Executive editor of Beer Magazine? Are you kidding? And I thought I had the coolest job. -KF
Sadness is a wet R32
Mr. Bidrawn, the way you mix straight-to-the-point with a touch of humor is simply marvelous. The reason I am writing is that I have found little problems after purchasing my used Magic Black R32 with 30k on the clock. Issues:
1. Brand-new engine replaced at the VW dealership because the previous owner complained that engine sucked in water during a storm through the cold-air intake. The new engine, I'm told by the dealership, subtracts 4k miles off its odometer.
2. GIAC chip has been installed.
3. Car was run into by another car. Passenger's rear quarter panel over the wheel arch was damaged. I was told it was minor damage by the previous owner, who traded the car into a Mercedes dealership for a Mercedes. Note: I purchased the car from a VW dealer.
Problems I have with these issues:
1. I do not like chipped cars, though I will accept putting in a new ECU.
2. Minor fender bender really does not seem to be a problem, but I am concerned about the vehicle's future value.
3. Will the engine replacement reduce the value even more?
1. I really would like to keep the car, but I can't stand the newfound issues with it.
2. I can afford to get another one (trade this one in) and really inspect it before I purchase it.
3. I've purchased a lot of Neuspeed parts for this car, but I have only installed the short shifter and P-Flo.
What would you suggest?
Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!
Right off, you mention 'storm damage.' That's a red flag for insurance companies (just like mold infestation). Typically, if a car has ingested enough water to totally kill an engine, it's been underwater (a catastrophic flood). Unscrupulous dealers have been known to buy flooded vehicles and hide their 'salvage' title. I hope yours is clean.
Regarding the ECU: the new generation of VW computers are coded to live with the specific car. You don't want a new one, you want to reinstall the factory code on the original. GIAC can do that. Regarding the Neuspeed parts, they are the best in the business, on a par with the factory bits. Leave them there.
Regarding value: the R32 has remained strong in the resale market. A car like yours would sell for 18 to 26k, depending on how it looks.
Personally, I'd try and get another R32. Chances are, if water damaged the engine, it screwed up other electronic bits down the line. Replacing that stuff every other month can ruin what should be an awesome experience. -LB