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      11-28-2012, 12:58 PM   #1
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80% of 1 Series owners think their cars are FWD... Wow.

I found this a bit ridiculous!

Link: http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1...nt-wheel-drive

Meaty Part: Speaking to analysts following the release of BMWs 2009 financial results last week, CEO Norbert Reithofer revealed that 80 percent of 1-series owners believe they are driving a front-wheel drive car.
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      11-28-2012, 01:32 PM   #2
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Uh, that was 2010, this is 2012 - old news.

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      11-28-2012, 02:01 PM   #3
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hmm

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I found this a bit ridiculous!

Link: http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1...nt-wheel-drive

Meaty Part: Speaking to analysts following the release of BMWs 2009 financial results last week, CEO Norbert Reithofer revealed that 80 percent of 1-series owners believe they are driving a front-wheel drive car.
No wonder they made auto transmissions standard, and the dealers don't order any MT's.
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      11-28-2012, 02:16 PM   #4
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I was never surveyed for this...
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      11-28-2012, 02:27 PM   #5
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      11-28-2012, 03:40 PM   #6
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Uh, that was 2010, this is 2012 - old news.

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Thanks for the reading lesson, Tom... Now for everyone else who hasn't seen this, like myself, proceed!
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      11-28-2012, 03:45 PM   #7
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So only 80% of 1 series owners are idiots. That's pretty good considering that 90% of other car owners are idiots.
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      11-28-2012, 06:26 PM   #8
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I have a feeling those aren't many of the 135 owners, maybe more of the 128owners that aren't really car enthusiasts. In my area a lot of young girls have 128i convertibles that know NOTHING about their cars loll.

That being said, whenever I would take a girl out, when my car was aesthetically stock, I would get the "awe your car is soo cute" which my response was 0-80 (ThanksJB4) in a blink of an eye to which their response was and mine was and all was good!
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      11-28-2012, 06:32 PM   #9
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I have a feeling those aren't many of the 135 owners, maybe more of the 128owners that aren't really car enthusiasts. In my area a lot of young girls have 128i convertibles that know NOTHING about their cars loll.
+1. I'm sure there are plenty of people who just want the cheapest BMW just for the sake of status.
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      11-28-2012, 06:36 PM   #10
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+1. I'm sure there are plenty of people who just want the cheapest BMW just for the sake of status.
They don't really see or understand how amazing this car is behind the BMW badge... Its ridiculous
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      11-28-2012, 06:41 PM   #11
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      11-28-2012, 06:45 PM   #12
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I was never surveyed for this...

Exactly, where was I during this?


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Thanks for the reading lesson, Tom... Now for everyone else who hasn't seen this, like myself, proceed!

This made it to the Bimmerpost homepage. It was also on several automotive websites and I believe it even made it to Yahoo's homepage. Quite a number of people have seen it. If they haven't, too late. Shoulda been there 2 years ago.
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      11-28-2012, 10:51 PM   #13
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So only 80% of 1 series owners are idiots. That's pretty good considering that 90% of other car owners are idiots.
LOL, that sounds about right.
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      11-28-2012, 11:55 PM   #14
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pretty sure this survey was done in the EU where they sell the 3 door hatch which competed with the golf and focus. at least thats what the I remember from the thread here 2 years ago.
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      11-29-2012, 12:03 AM   #15
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Clearly they never push down on the gas...
Or the under steer is that bad!
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      11-29-2012, 04:34 AM   #16
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Or the under steer is that bad!
Yeah, the understeer is pretty bad. With the traction control on and driving in the canyons it sometimes feels like a FWD with it pushing into corners.
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      11-29-2012, 07:43 AM   #17
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I saw somewhere that the study was done in Europe. The European 1 series engine options are a lot more broad than ours and the extra options are all less powerful. BMWs in Germany are somewhat like Fords and Chevies here. I think these differences help to explain the results.

The other factor that would be true here too, however, is a lot of people are like my late wife. They just want the vehicle to go when they need to go somewhere. They do not care what engine it has, where the drive wheels are, etc.. They just want a tool to get from point A to point B. I'm not sure how many U. S. BMW buyers fit this but I am sure there are some.

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      11-29-2012, 09:35 AM   #18
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Or the under steer is that bad!
See I hardly ever have any understeer at all...
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      11-29-2012, 10:16 AM   #19
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Or the under steer is that bad!
See I hardly ever have any understeer at all...
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      11-29-2012, 09:05 PM   #20
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One of the reason that i love bmw is the rwd.
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      11-29-2012, 11:06 PM   #21
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False. That's because the only people who didn't respond are too busy enjoying the car!
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      11-30-2012, 01:28 AM   #22
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pretty sure this survey was done in the EU where they sell the 3 door hatch which competed with the golf and focus. at least thats what the I remember from the thread here 2 years ago.
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