BMW Removes Manual Transmission From the 5 Series

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Roughly a month ago, I was on BMWUSA and noticed the manual gearbox was removed from the F10 5 series. The standard gearbox is now the 8 speed auto (sigh) or there is the sport automatic transmission for an extra $500. When a manual gearbox is removed from a fine tuned driving instrument, a part of its soul has been removed. Continue reading

BMW finally answers Tesla with a “green” supercar

c19b11e1d14610ea10e69d8b8a4da306Up till now, Tesla has had the market for high-end electric cars pretty much to itself. But that first-mover advantage is ending.

BMW has just rolled out the i8, a plug-in supercar that will test just how much big spenders are willing to pay for a racer with a green badge. This real-life Batmobile starts at about $140,000, but availability is limited for now, and some sellers are asking well over $200,000 for the car. Continue reading

2014 BMW M5 and M6 to Receive Upgraded Competition Package

BMW-F10-M5-High-Quality-Wallpapers-1920x1200-wallpaper-01BMW is testing a new version of the F10 M5, which is expected to be launched this summer as a 2014 model.  It will continue to be offered with its 560-hp, twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8, but there will also be an optional performance pack- called the Competition Package, which will consist of several upgrades to the current M5. Continue reading

BMW Initiates Recall For Over 780,000 Vehicles

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BMW has initiated a recall for several models, more than 780,000 vehicles worldwide, in countries such as Canada, Japan, South Africa, and the United States.  There is a problem with the positive battery cable; the tin on the connector may degrade over time, causing electrical problems, stalling, or even a complete loss of power while the vehicle is in motion.

The affected vehicles include:  1 Series coupes and convertibles (both 128i and 135i) from the 2008 to 2011 model years; 3 Series sedans, coupes, convertibles and sport wagons (both 328i and 335i) from the 2007 to 2012 model years; and Z4 roadsters from the 2009 model year to present date.

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BMW at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

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I’ve attended nearly ten consecutive showings of the Cleveland Auto Show, held at the International Exposition Center near Cleveland Hopkins Airport.  Only last year did we decide to hit the Detroit show too, known as NAIAS, or North American International Auto Show.  We took my Dad’s 2008 X530is, it ended up being a really nice show.  BMW showcased the F30 3-series in each of the three trims, the F10 M5, and i3 and i8 concept vehicles. Continue reading