"Review the car not your economic short-comings."5.0 starson by emillkim13
Pros: It's beautiful. Well-designed. Comfortable. Drives extremely well.
Cons: None (if we're not counting the arbitrary notion of price)
Summary: I've driven this car because a friend of mine works on the corporate level at BMW.@ wcunning.
The car is frankly amazing and beautiful. It handles well and everything in the passenger's vantage is so meticulously designed to be both convenient and helpful to the driver. It is one of the most pleasant driving experiences (to sort-of steal their corporate slogan) I've had in a long time.
What I don't really understand is when people are overly critical of the car because it's expensive.
It's BMW's flagship car. It's a top of the line commercial luxury car.
It's not about value.
If we were to pick cars on value we'd all be driving a honda fit (which is a really good car).
This is about well-designed luxury vehicle targeted to people who can afford it comfortably (and probably not so comfortably). It's not an automotive indictment on exorbitant western materialism.
It's a nice car for people who can afford nice things.
If you don't like the price, too bad. It doesn't diminish the engineering and thought behind the car. Admit it, the car is bad-ass. The criticisms are so misdirected. They seem to reflect the insecurities and self perceived "economic" short-comings of the reviewers. The vitriol against the car can be translated as 'your price make me feel bad about myself, you must suck.'
Trust me, there's lots of stuff that's over-priced that drives me crazy. But a luxury car (ideally) is going to have more value because of engineering, and thought to substantiate the price otherwise it's a meaningless delusion of status (think of early iterations of lexus vs. regular toyota). If said improvements are present than what can be argued next is what is the value of that premium. That's a number for the manufacturers and their "target" market to negotiate.
This isn't. This car is super nice. Whether it's worth 70gs... Meh, who knows. But it is still a very valuable car to own. Trust me if this car was $30,000 everyone would purchase two but premium value costs a lot more.
Updated on Feb 9, 2011
Your point is totally valid. A 1 series that starts at 30g something can rocket toward 50g with additional features. BMW is king of the add-on features. I'm just sick of inarticulate haters who try to compare a stock BMW to a Chrysler 300 or Buick Regal.
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