[A4] Re: Quattro, Torsen, Haldex and others...

Rocky Mullin 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.

  Rocky Mullin 

  "Evil kills those who perpetrate it, and the pastures of inequity are harmful"


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