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The sideways acquisition
Almost exactly 24 years ago, my parents had just taken delivery of a new 4×4 when my best friend from school coaxed his Dad into taking us for a spin in his latest acquisition – a Dakar Yellow E36 BMW M3 Coupé. That spirited June drive through Windhoek left quite an impression and a secret yearning to own an M3.
The superficial attributes
Good news. People are actually reading my reviews and, more importantly, some of these people appear to be listening to my suggestions. When I dismissed some sporty BMW convertible a few weeks ago and stated that I’d rather drive a weaker version, I honestly didn’t expect it to pitch up so quickly.
Ons kamp met die nuwe BMW X3
Om te gaan kamp is vir vele ‘n heerlike naweek aktiwiteit. Kombineer dit met een van die Wes-Kaapse areas wat die meeste reënval per jaar kry en ‘n uitstekende Sportsnuts voertuig en die naweek word skielik ‘n fees. Ons het immers toevallig besluit om juis die naweek te gaan kamp, wat die Wes-Kaapse damme vir die eerste keer in ‘n drie jaar periode, ‘n positiewe rekordsyfer behaal.
The Vegan cake
“I baked a Vegan cake!” chirps the hippy girl just ahead of us in the queue to a nature reserve. My companions and I exchange more glances, not just because her baggy trousers are continuing a marvelous disappearing act. “That’s my angle for the BMW 520d M Sport review” I whisper with confidence.
The ruinous mother
Five days. That’s how long it took me to finally get used to my latest test car or rather, to actually appreciate what its maker had in mind. Forgive my initial resistance to its charms, but the BMW M240i Convertible annoyed me for 120 hours straight with its many, many flaws during my regular commutes.
The newfangled pleasure
I love starting my reviews with apologies because it immediately gives my reader the upper hand and affords me a decent angle or introduction for reporting on a week with some car. So, dear reader, I’m really sorry that the BMW 740e you see on this page isn’t very clean… at least on the outside.
BMW noem hul nuwe 5-reeks die “Besigheids atleet”, iets waaroor ons effens gewonder toe ons enkele weke gelede die 520d getoets het. BMW kan vergelyk word met die ikoniese Apple iPhone.
A new German sports sedan, lots of information in short paragraphs.
What you need to know: The BMW 5-Series is a mid-size luxury sedan which was recently updated to give its arch rivals and fellow Germans, the A6 and E-Class, something to think about. The latest safety and luxury tech is on board while power comes from four or six cylinder turbo-diesels and turbo-petrols.
A sexy topless car, lots of details in short paragraphs
What you need to know: The hugely successful BMW 3-Series sedan used to have coupé and convertible versions but a few years ago the Bavarian manufacturer changed the designation of all two-door variants to 4-Series. They also did away with naturally aspirated engines, so every 4 (or 3)-Series is currently turbo-charged.