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Good, Bad or Ugly - Current and Future styling trends of BMW



  • bdkinnhbdkinnh Posts: 292
    >"One thing I love in the A8 is the wood door that covers the screen"

    My Dad has an A8L (he's 72), and for that demographic I think hiding the screen works well since he's not likely to mess around with stuff too much. I have a touchscreen in my GS, and I love it (that part of it, anyway). I'm always using it to flip around the XM stations, plus it's great for entering NAV destinations.

    If BMW put a touch screen in their cars, I think you'd see a lot of the iDrive complaining stop.
  • bdkinnhbdkinnh Posts: 292
    >"I would hope BMW engineers address a much more important problem, IMO-an ergonomically functional cup holder."

    Hmmmm... if I had to pick one, a good cup holder or a touch screen.... I'd probably take the touch screen, but it would be close.

    >"Give 'em credit for boldly going where no BMW has gone before."

    Agreed. The E60 is distinctive and original.
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,301
    Yeah. That was tongue in cheek.

    I too would prefer a good touch screen. At the very least, get the radio tuning function out of IDrive! What a dumb idea! You wonder who is making these decisions. Hasn't anybody in Corporate tried to tune in or input into memory a new radio station frequency when going from one area to another?
    it's a major project and a big mistake!

    You have now earned a second "GOOJF" card for being so agreeable! ;)
  • bdkinnhbdkinnh Posts: 292
    >"You have now earned a second "GOOJF" card for being so agreeable!"

    I'll leave it to you to keep track of the balance in my account. ;)
  • I had initially thought when I saw the new style direction that BMW was going on was ugly. Rounded hips, hot wheels front end and do not even bring up the trunk. Then I started to really take a decerning eye to the style and now I have determined that the new 7 series, has become a racy version of the Volvo S80. Don't shoot the messenger, there are a lot of cars on the road now that have the igor hump trunk look, I just thought I would never see Volvo lead the world in a styling direction in my life time. I always thought that the previous generation 5 and 7 series cars where the most elegant on the road. They had a CEO style to go with a heavy metal ability. It does not bode well for auto design in general when cars begin to look like cartoons. I stopped watching those 25 years ago and I really don't think I want to drive one today. :confuse:
  • bmw24bmw24 Posts: 1
    Hey, we have a 1995 BMW 7 Series it has been running great for 11 years and still looks very sharp. The new 7 series is a little more sleek looking. We got ours during the period when they were doing away with the boxy headlights and putting more of a curve on them. IT is a GREAT car, not much has ha to be changed. It is a V-8 and still the smoothest ride I have yet to experience. BMW truly is the ultamite driving machiene. And to comment on the idrive system, though i do not have that operation in my car i think touch screen or not it is very helpful. AND THE REASON THEY PUT THE LITTLE BOTTLE CAP KNOB INSTEAD OF THE TOUCH SCREEN IS BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE TO MOVE YOUR HANDS AS FAR BECAUSE THE KNOB IS RIGHT THERE NEXT TO YOUR SEAT, IF IT WAS TOUCH SCREEN AND YOU WERE DRIVING THEN IT WOULD BE SORT OF DIFFICULT TO REACH OUT THERE AND MAINTAIN QUALITY DRIVING... DUH. Anyway it is an all over great car!!!
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,301
    Yeah but with iDrive, one still has to look at the screen to see what you are inputting and the last I heard, that could definitely have an impact on "quality driving."
  • lexus460llexus460l Posts: 51
    I just bought a BMW 750 Li and I think that it's great execpt for the fact that the navigation is a little complicated to work, i bought an almost fully loaded one so it has all of the gadgets
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,251
    Pardon my delayed response. I am just a transient who infrequently visits various forums.

    Regarding the 09 7 series if looks could kill this one wont even kill an ameoba.

    If your driving desire in life is blandness then the 09 7 series looks perfect.

    It ceases to amaze me how Lexus is looking more Bangle-like and how future BMWs are looking more Camry-like. An ominious trend for BMW in my opionion but certainly not for Lexus.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    I have no idea why you replied to my post from so long ago with shouts. No idea what you're talking about.

  • a10driver7a10driver7 Posts: 6

    Just "upgraded" from an 02' 525 to a CPO 03' 530 with a manual transmission. Finally took your posted advice from years ago. Can't believe I missed out all those years! Incredible car with the manual tranny. Agree wholeheartedly on your thoughts on the e39 vs e60. Like the discussions on the touchscreens as well. Hopefully BMW will see the (my) light. Also think the e60 looks a little fat compared to previous models.

    Happy motoring,

    A-10 Driver
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Finally I'm not the lone voice proclaiming the substantial differences that the 3.0 liter I6 coupled with a manual transmission make in the E39. A year or two back an E39 525iA owner told me that there was virtually no difference between his car and mine (and now yours) as far as acceleration was concerned and that I had wasted thousands of dollars paying for that "30" on the back of my car (and as such, I was a poseur). It was all I could do the keep myself from reaching through my computer and throttling him. ;-)

    Congratulations on your new ride. ;-)

    Best Regards,
  • a10driver7a10driver7 Posts: 6

    Interesting post. I was "shocked" at the acceleration difference between the 525iA and the 530i manual. Not even close. I did drive my brother-in-laws 530iA a few years back and could not tell a big difference between the two (525 vs 530) auto trannys. Your right, the manual really makes the difference and is very fun to drive. Clutch is perfect with regards to stiffness and response. Nice engineering by Munich.

    Later, A-10 Driver
  • carguy58carguy58 Posts: 2,303
    has been taking since 2002 for their styling direction their sales have been up so they must be doing something right. I see plenty of 06 3 Series in NJ.
  • designmandesignman Posts: 2,129
    Here's a current glimpse of the design process at BMW:

    An Interview with BMW's Chief Designer
  • jlbljlbl Posts: 1,333
    I could personally like it at the end but… you may as well have a look at - - TOS01&Lopenr=419001&Ref=PH

  • oscarb1oscarb1 Posts: 9
    is the bmw 7 series going to be redesigned anytime soon?
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