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Old 07-16-2010, 12:27 PM   #1
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BMWs rock and save lives!

Hi there,
I'm new to this forum, but not to Bimmers. My current ride is an 04 M3 Convertible which my wife has affectionately named Maggie. This is a replacement (upgrade) for the 99 Z3 Roadster, that I attribute my still walking on this planet to. BMW builds one hell of a car. My Z3 was totalled out this last May 15th by a semi on the Interstate in WI. Serves me right for obeying the speed limit in a construction zone. The semi, which was passing me on my left decided to change lanes and clipped my back bumper. This sent me into a spin which put me riding sideways on the front bumper of the semi for about 100 yards at 55mph. I kept my foot on the gas the whole time to keep wheels spinning and the little girl drove off the front of the truck and we smashed into the cement retaining wall. My son and I walked away. All this with top and windows down of course. Only torn back muscles and a big bruise from the driver door airbag. Not a ride I care to ever take again. The Z3 really didn't look that bad and none of the glass even cracked.

I just recently picked up the 04 M3 replacement out of Houston TX. What an absolutely fabulous vehicle the M3 is. Quieter, quicker, and a much nicer ride. Hopefully I'll get some time off work to make it to Octoberfest at Road America, after all, it's only a little over an hour from home.

My other toys are British. These include a 74 Mini racecar, 67 Cooper S, and a 55 Healey 100/4. My wife has a 35 Ford 5 window coupe street rod. The BMW of course is reliable!

I'm looking forward to getting to know people on this forum and learning more about my M3. There are a few tweaks we'll make down the road, but for now she'll remain as the factory made her.

Take it easy and keep the shiny side up!!
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:33 PM   #2
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Wow, what a story. I'm glad it had a happy ending. I have an 11 year old son & I can not imagine the pain if were ever to get injured.

Thanks for sharing & welcome to the forum.

I have had my e46 (no, not an m3) for almost two years now & I still feel like I'm in highschool & getting to drive the car for the day.

btw - you are only the second person I have heard "keep the shiny side up" from. He was a mini-F1 racer. lol.
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Old 07-17-2010, 03:23 AM   #3
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OMG! i wish i was you (except for the crash bit...) but all of those english cars are the awsumness! =P this is mainly coz i have a morris 1500, but i dont think u got those over there. but anywho... welcome to e46fanatics mate!
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Old 07-17-2010, 03:38 AM   #4
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Amazing story. Glad to hear you're ok and back in a BMW.

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