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View Poll Results: Who knows best about bimmers?
Americans know better that's right 17 34.69%
No Europeans know better 15 30.61%
Neither, Hulk Hogan knows best! 17 34.69%
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Old 04-16-2009, 08:33 AM   #1
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** American knows best

Why is it that americans, in my humble opinion, manage to develop a great wealth of knowledge around BMW, which goes far beyond the average Euro BMW enthusiats one?
Of course there is extremelly knowledgable BMW enthusiasts in Europe too, but the trend seems to be in favour of the americans.

On a second note the level of sophistication when it comes to modifications is far higher in the US. I very rarely seen a very well tuned bimmer in Europe. Most of the time it is down to some stupid badges, or body kit. You got your fair share of stupid tuning in the US too, but far ore in Europe I believe.

Most of the time US modded bimmers are extremelly well done like this one for example, you can argue with the color of the following cars, but this are still a sick and clean mods. Plenty of other very tasteful US cars and mods all over US forums...




So guys, what are the reasons for this ?

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Old 04-16-2009, 08:41 AM   #2
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Old 04-16-2009, 08:48 AM   #3
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I concur. I've been using US forums for technical insight on my bikes & cars for years.

On Dutch BMW forums, the only good advise you'll get is to go look for a different forum if the question is about anything other than bumpers & spoilers.
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Because American cars suck so we devote our time/attention to Euro models. You don't see the European guys/gals lining up at the docks waiting for their arrival of their Chevy Cobalt or their Pontiac G6, do ya? And then...starting a forum about those cars? Ha!
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Just to confirm, the pics you posted are an example of what looks good?
I guess if you're into Nascars then you'll love it.
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Just to confirm, the pics you posted are an example of what looks good?
I guess if you're into Nascars then you'll love it.
what you talking bout willis?
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Just to confirm, the pics you posted are an example of what looks good?
I guess if you're into Nascars then you'll love it.
These were extreme examples color wise. As we know, there is plenty of very tastefully modded BMW in the US. Got plenty of links.
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what you talking bout willis?
....who said that ??
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i just did
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This is because in Europe, England especially you find that people who buy Bm's have bought exactly what they want and dont see a reason to mod. Modding is left to the guys with crap cars who want to make them look like something they are not and these guys cant read or write so you wont find them on here.
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I have a thing for Aston Martins at the moment....
My poor BM looks very embarrased

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I have a thing for Aston Martins at the moment....
My poor BM looks very embarrased
Yep ok nice car but take it to another thread please this is OT.
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I want to see a picture of the camera car for the first shot Matte Black ftw e92 perhaps? can' really tell
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I wouldn't say more knowledgeable at all, but I approve of having a very good modding taste when it comes to our cars, which is also explainable to an extent.

Most of the good car mods are either only available in the US, extremely expensive to import, or are not street legal in, say, Germany. If you don't believe me, try getting and full CF Vorsteiner part through our TÜV without laying down some serious cash. There ya go. The same applies for wheels and performance mods.

Then we have the problem of having a whole different crowd of enthusiasts over here. In general, we have the standard driver, the ///M lover (which is also in the same league as the track junkie), and... *sigh*, the "Euro r!cer".
Since "classy" mods are either unpayable or illegal over here, the last category mainly consists of tasteless modders similar to your wannabe JDM teenies in the States, but over here they drive 3 series and Golf's two to three generations back. The most popular rice cars over here are still the Golf III and the E36, but since the price drop they are slowly moving to the E46 model. We call them the "ebay-tuners" and "gas station gangsters", as they mainly hang around gas stations and fast food restaurants blazing their cheapo subwoofers until the windows pop out. You get the picture.


So. It's not that we have less knowledge about our cars our have a worse taste in them (except given r!cers, which exist everywhere), but our car cultures are just different and have their own qualities.
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I want to see a picture of the camera car for the first shot Matte Black ftw e92 perhaps? can' really tell
Sure just need to ask mate

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So. It's not that we have less knowledge about our cars our have a worse taste in them (except given r!cers, which exist everywhere), but our car cultures are just different and have their own qualities.
Yeah well I exactly said the countrary. Never meant to say americains have less knowledge and taste since I think this is the opposite. this is the point of this thread.

The thing that amazes me is the fact you take your bimmer upside down. Engine, trans, diff, everything. That helps to understand how the car works.
Culture is different that's correct. EU peps don't take their car upside down.
Well I do, but that's a rare exeption I believe :-)
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Sure just need to ask mate

Now that's more like it, less is always more.
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