As our regular stalkers know, the time came to finally replace our BMW with a new one over the summer. We would have preferred to wait a few months as our model became a 4-Series for 2014 (now shipping), but that was not really an option for us. So we ordered a 2013 exactly like we wanted it from the factory in Germany and semi-patiently waited three and a half months for it to be built and delivered to Hawaii.
Unfortunately, the car had a pesky little problem with the passenger-side airbag “curtain” that was proving to be a bit of a bitch to correct. To make a long story kinda sorta short, we finally ended up leaving our car with the dealership for two weeks while they worked with BMW regional in California to identify what was wrong. Turned out to be something not unknown to this model and after following some very specific instructions from BMW engineers they corrected the problem… YAY!!
I have to also say, as I have many times before, that this BMW Center here in Kona is absolutely awesome. They even picked up a car payment citing our patience, our kind demeanor through the ordeal, and the fact that they had our car for more of the month than we did. The gesture was not really necessary but very appreciated and something that proves that this is a great dealership.
While we would have preferred to have our car for this two weeks, it was not an entirely painful experience as BMW kept us in sweet loaner cars — a total of 5 different ones, while we waited for ours to be repaired. It was kind of fun experiencing various models, engines, and options. And I now know I won’t ever have a BMW again that doesn’t have an M package. Damn that car was fun.
And now a Little Critique and Review
Joystick and iDrive
I am a tad disappointed about a few changes that are arriving on the new BMW models. I guess I am kind of old fashioned about this stuff. For one, gone are the days of gear shifters that are actually mechanically attached to the transmission. All new models (some 2013, all 2014) have what I call the “joy stick” which electronically controls things. I really dislike it. But it seems that all manufacturers of luxury vehicles and high-end sports cars are going this way (we watch Top Gear you know… UK… not the crappy US one).
Another thing I am not crazy about is every car in 2014 and beyond gets iDrive and the computer screen. I know, everyone is doing it but I already use a mouse and computer for everything and I have avoided it in cars so far… well until now… Dammit!
And finally, the shutty off thingy… GRRRR! I know we have to meet new fuel efficiency standards but first they put a 4-cylinder in a Bimmer (twin turbo — turns out to totally have balls) and now some cars engines turn off when you stop at an intersection. It’s amazing that it instantly starts and you can still zip off the line when you press the accelerator but it’s still weird. And I gotta say the AC also goes off. Fortunately, for now, this annoying little fuel saver can be turned off!
I had the opportunity to play with the new 4-Series Coupe when we went to pick ours up. First one they got. It is very similar to ours except it does have a cool looking and functional vent on the front fender behind the tire. The front end is styled a little differently and it has the grill/headlight connection that premiered on the 2013 3-Series sedan. The one we saw was a 428i which has the twin-turbo 4 cylinder engine. Looks like the smooth powerful inline 3.0 6 cylinder we have always had is slowly being phased out. Of course the 4-Series has the joystick and iDrive.
It will be interesting to see how these evolve over the next several years when the time comes for us to move into a brand new one again. Aloha and happy driving!