[A4] Re: Quattro, Torsen, Haldex and others...
caliban at sharon.net
Tue Dec 28 16:22:46 EST 2004
At 2:04 PM -0700 12/28/04, Quincy Chiang wrote:
>I believe BMW introduced their new X-drive earlier this year, with
>the introduction of the X3. I know they've since replaced the old
>system on the X5 with the new one, but I'm not sure if they ever
>adapted the x-drive to the e46 3-series, since the new 3 (e90) was
>just released very recently. They may simply use the new system on
>the new 3. I haven't read a lot on the X-drive, does anyone has any
>good info on that?
"fifth gear" on TV *raved* about x-drive and called the X3 the
best handling in its class. they loved it.
>And speaking of the X3, I've read nothing but so-so to bad reviews
>on it. It has a harsh ride due to high ride height combined with a
>stiff suspension for on-road handling.
it's not so bad, but yes, C&D panned the ride. it's no A4. i will
need a longer drive in it for sure. it didn't feel too bad though, for it's
clearance and height.
>Unless you absolutely need the ground clearance, you'll enjoy
>yourself much better in a 3-seriew wagon with AWD.
in my case, i need the rated towing capacity. i wish someone could
tell me what they are rated to tow in europe, because i bet they are. i don't
mind going out of US-spec as long as the car is capable. i need the clearance
for snow and tearing around dirt roads for camping or raves.
>It's lighter, faster with better handling, braking and uses less
>fuel. Also the interior looks kinda cheap to me.
i agree 100% - the X3 interior bites. some of the tech turns me on,
like the adaptive steering, headlights, heated wheel. and the dealer gives
free carwashes whenever you stop by.
>I personally think BMW is diluting their image as an exclusive
>premium sport sedan/coupe maker by introducing SUVs in their lineup.
>What's next, a BMW pickup and minivan? Sorry for going off-topic!
well, it's on a car frame, not a truck. big distinction in my book.
in the end i don't think it screws up their image anyway.
"Evil kills those who perpetrate it, and the pastures of inequity are harmful"
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