30 January 2007

BMW 530i

This is my ride in San Francisco / San Jose during my layover before heading down to Las Vegas. I must say the new BMW 3 and 5-series are quite chio although I can't say the same for the clunky looking 7-series.

Good thing I came to San Francisco at a time when my aunt just changed new car. Once I got in, she threw me the car key for she really hates to drive unless she has to.

The ride comfort for the driver is really good with the sporty bucket seats hugging you tightly as you adjust it to fit you body shape. As usual, the drive was very smooth and perhaps it had a bigger engine capacity than the 320i I had when I was in Singapore, the transmission and manueverability was much better.

The funny thing with all these modern fancy smancy high tech stuff was that I didn't know how to start the engine as this was one of those keyless car thingie. I press the "Start" button but nothing happen leh.... My aunt damn evil. Just sit there laughing as I kar lang kar bok inside the car. Purposely don't want to tell me how to start saying that since I "so good with gadget stuff", I should be able to figure it out.

Eventually, I gave up and the answer (only after my aunt realised that the wasted minutes inside the carpark is causing her parking fee to skyrocket) to the puzzle was that I needed to step on the brake when I press the "Start" button.

Orrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Han cher......

Then hor, when we reached home and got out of the car hor, eh.... HOW TO LOCK THE CAR ONE???!!
Again, after having my ego trampled to bits, I learned that I just needed to touch the door handle of the car to lock/unlock it.

Orrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Han cher......

My only saving grace was that I was able to easily navigate through the on-board iDrive system which I personally was not impressed at all. The navigation was not intuitive which makes the user-friendly level down several notches. If I remember correctly, it runs on Windows CE platform. Yuck.

Overall, I think Mercedes Benz is a much better car (within that category). The Mercedes Benz used to be a very "Uncle Car" but with new  and recent designs (especially the S-Class), the Mercedes Benz-es are now pretty stylish, thus challenging the Beemer as the car for the young and trendy.

- Voxeros

1. aloe left...
Tuesday, 30 January 2007 8:57 am
Er?? U say how to open car door nia but never mention how to lock the car leh?

2. ihawk98 left...
Tuesday, 30 January 2007 9:38 am
I test drove this same BMW on a "yet to open" highway last year. The drive was SWEET!!!....even though I had the same "difficulty" trying to start the car.....heh heh.

3. spinnee left...
Tuesday, 30 January 2007 1:38 pm
*lmao* hilarious! but can't blame u for not knowing how to start it.
and yes, mercs look better, and costs cheaper to repair (mercs spare parts are known to be one of the cheapest).... :)

4. hiaoaunty left...
Tuesday, 30 January 2007 6:26 pm
i love the 5 series beemers and for me, it must be in creamy white... and i love mercs too... guess i always wanted to be a tai tai

5. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 31 January 2007 2:41 am :: 
Aloe: Locking and unlocking is the same. Just touch the door handle can liao.

ihawk98: Makes me wonder if we are overdoing things with all these high tech stuff. Do we really need assistance to lock/unlock a door? What's wrong with using a car key or a remote?

Spinnee: Mercs spare parts of not the cheapest. Just that there are quite a lot of "cheong" parts in the market.

HiaoAunty: Creamy white? eeeeee........ looks like a white paint job go awry.

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