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Old 08-06-2007, 07:46 PM   #1
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Greetings and salutations! I'm Thumper from St. Louis, but my friends call me Gavin. I'm carrying over my nick (somewhat) from the last "enthusiast car" I owned, namely a Subaru SVX. I have owned three of those beasties; a 1994, a 1995 and a 1996.... though not in that order and never from new As a result, you can find plenty of references to me as "thumper_svx" all over the place if you google enough... I've been around a while.

My history with cars has been... plentiful. I've owned everything from a 1972 Dodge Charger, through a 1992 Subaru Loyale... even a 1993 Ford Escort for a while that I got to 186,000 miles before I finally sold it to a farmer. As far as cars with a following, I've been an SVX owner thrice, I've been a Grand Prix GTP owner until I couldn't afford the speeding tickets any more (hey, I was in my mid 20's!) and now I have migrated to the E46.

This weekend I traded my last 1996 SVX (140,000 miles) for a 2001 330i. OK, probably not that special to some around here, but it's gorgeous and very special to me. It's a five-speed, which raises it in my opinion so far... has enough power to keep me happy and handles like it's on rails. The only thing I don't look forward to right now is how much I'm going to spend maintaining it... tires look like they're gonna be the death of me Still, I had three SVXi... I'm used to high maintenance cars!

Anyway, I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty; in fact I get a kick out of it. Although I've never owned a bimmer before, I can already tell that a particularly German marque and I are going to be friends. The car just seems made for me... just the right size, just the right amount of power and gets ~40% better gas mileage than my SVX did Ironic really; I expected this car to have pretty crappy gas mileage and was nicely surprised... still, I haven't quite started to run the hell out of it yet

Still, as I was saying I enjoy working with cars, and so far really enjoy my 330i. Gorgeous, handles lovely, can drive almost stupidly fast (OK, yeah... I tried...) but still be a fantastic grocery-getter and kid-carrier when the need arises. Then again, for the latter two we have my wife's Volvo...

So anyway, hope to see you all around. This is my third full day of 330 ownership, my first at work (and boy, did I get a lot of people wanting to check out my ride at work ) and already the love affair deepens.

Now, the only thing I miss is the iPod cable I had wired into my SVX stereo... looks like Dice make a solution for that...
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Old 08-06-2007, 07:50 PM   #2
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Old 08-06-2007, 09:43 PM   #3
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Old 08-08-2007, 07:26 AM   #5
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:20 PM   #6
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On the way, mate... having too much fun driving to stop long enough to take 'em
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