Driving a BMW


After my application for zipcar was accepted. I made a list of cars that I wanted to drive. Here is the list in no particular order

  • Mazda 3
  • Volvo S40
  • Mini Cooper
  • Ford Escape
  • Honda Civic
  • Mazda 6
  • Toyota Matrix
  • Toyota Prius
  • BMW 325
  • Toyota Tacoma
  • BMW 328i
  • Ford Mustang

I’m glad that I could cross BMW 328i from the list last week. I was very excited when I see there is a new BMW 328i in zipcar garage. I thought it’s an old model that zipcar transferred from the other part of its operation.

When I arrived at the garage, I was surprised that this beamer haven’t hade its own number plat yet. It was just a yellow notice of road permit at its rear windscreen. I checked the odometer and this baby was barely driven for 3000 miles!

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pictures taken with Iphone

So I went inside and tried to start its engine using its keyless system. The ’Start/Stop’ button didn’t do anything when I pressed it. Alright, where is the driving manual. After a couple of pages, I realized that I have to pressed the brake while pushing the start button. The car revved up followed by calm and steady engine sound, cueing me that it’s ready to be driven.

My first destination that day was Journal Square. I have to drive my friends to buy chicken for 3 weeks supply. Combined with Nuvi 200w that I just bought, driving to this place was a pleasure. There wasn’t any long road that I’ve not revved on, but I keep the engine RPM below its redline( 7k RPM) considering this baby haven’t been enough burned in yet. Sorry Jebon to make you sick, I was glad you didn’t throw out in this car.

After I dropped my friends out, I continued my quest to get the most from this car. However, it was Friday evening, so the traffic was worse than usual as people travelling back from work plus those who were going to some place for the weekend.

I crossed the bridge to Newark and there was a detour after Pulasky Skyway. The detour wasn’t bad at all. There wasn’t many vehicles there and some of the road are long and wide. I spend half an hour there revving the car, feeling how to take a turn 50 mi/hour. The car was unbelievably steady and it was fun. Later that evening, Arip called to pick them up at Journal Sq.

That ended my first experience with BMW. 2-hours rent was USD35 and shared with 5 people, it’s USD7 per person. That was a real bargain.

For those who want me to drive them anywhere, let me know. I’ll pick you guys up with a beamer.

  1. #1 by tekasape on April 10, 2008 - 1:37 pm

    amik aku kt curling club.nk pergi klas.mls nk jln.masehhhhhhh

  2. #2 by TiM on April 10, 2008 - 8:52 pm

    I realized that I have to pressed the brake while pushing the start button

    hahahhaa.. it’s not just BMW that need you to brake before you start the engine. hahaha.. but i can imagine ur non-expression face when the engine din’t start. hehehe

    nak jugak naik beamer.. !!!! :`(

  3. #3 by kaklong on April 10, 2008 - 9:31 pm

    u really love cars.. sungguh kelelakian =P

  4. #4 by Irwan on April 10, 2008 - 10:46 pm

    i blame that start button. usually i will press the brake for safety reason. but the presence of the button give me the expression, ‘really? just press this button?’ so that’s what i did. 😀

  5. #5 by Azam Fikri on September 23, 2008 - 9:28 pm

    I’ll buy the BMW car 1 day.. I believe……

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