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Thought you'd like to see the letter that I've mailed to BMW:
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Customer Relations
BMW of North America, LLC
300 Chestnut Ridge Road
Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677

Yo, BMW! You captured me with the red 1968 2002 that I bought new -- one of the first in the US. Then you treated me to a tour of the Munich factory when I picked up my 6-series. You held me with a 540i M-sport and with "Blitzen", my yellow E36 M3 that I ordered in December of 1991, years before we enthusiasts knew this thrill ride was headed to the US. For awesome traction during Colorado winters, you sold me two 325iX AWD models (one now owned by Satch Carlson, Roundel Editor.) These provided the impetus for my iX Registry with over 1600 registered members.

Ownership of BMWs allowed me to serve as a chapter president in the BMW Car Club of America, to co-chair two Oktoberfests and to design the original web site for the club. IÕve really enjoyed instructing at the clubÕs driving schools and racing the ITA 2002tii and the Escort World Challenge E30 M3. And I've been at Indianapolis twice, waving the Williams-BMW flag.

But you began to disappoint me with the numerous nagging problems on my '97 740i. And then you really blew it (literally) when I had to spend $10,000 on a new engine when this CPO-warrantied car suffered from an all-too-common E38 plastic radiator failure. Now you spook me with iDrive-You-Crazy and moon me with Bangle's Mangles. Even so, I had considered an E46 M3, but now you tell me that you need to replace rod bearings on 20,000 M3 S54 engines! And I'm still not convinced that you have this problem under control.

Well, it's a shame. But after 36 years of BMW ownership, our relationship has come to an end. My blue Mercedes SLK55 AMG (retractable hardtop, V8 with 355, 7-speed auto, 4.7 sec 0-60) is in my garage. And when it comes time to replace the 740i, it will not be with a BMW.

Thanks for some great rides, BMW, but I'm movin' on.

Sincerely,
Gordon Haines
St. George, UT
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Story about my $10,000 radiator at
http://home.earthlink.net/~hainesinutah/radiator/

Photos of my Orion Blue SLK55 at
http://home.earthlink.net/~rebrockman/slkpics/
 

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G'day slk55er,

Good posting. Welcome to the M.B. world of motoring.

Funny thing I never thought I would own a BMW, but last October I gave in and bought my wife a small 318ti. I must say, I resented having to buy it, but last weekend drove it on a trip to the country and actually enjoyed the drive.

Good luck with your Benz.

Agent 1.[8D]
 

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Enjoy that new SLK!!! I'm sure an E or an S class will slide nicely into the space that the 740 occupies!!![:)][:)][:)]

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Why choose?

I have one of each now. Like you, I come from a long series of BMWs.

I still like the beemer, and already like the merc.

Much as I love the design of the slk, I still have some nigling doubts about quality - of fittings in particular.

One can be a bigamist with cars.

cheers
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roadsta - 2/10/2005 5:29 AM

One can be a bigamist with cars.
True... true...

Although I like BMW's, I don't know if I'll ever own one. I'm a pretty big MB fanboy [;)]

Saying that, I like how the M3 drives, and I do like the look of the Z4 and would love one in my garage [;)] But being able to choose between an MB roadster and a BMW one, I'll always take the MB if the SLK/SL line continues like it has.
 
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