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TubeHiFiNut

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It's an E46. A little 323i from 2000. I love that car. My wife uses it in Chicago, it's a great city car. Super comfortable, parks well, fits anywhere. It's crazy how much bigger than current 3-series is (and all cars in general).
People sneer at my SMART Car until it's time to find a parking spot. ;)
 

JohnVF

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People sneer at my SMART Car until it's time to find a parking spot. ;)
There used to be a Smart that would park in front of the highrise I lived in downtown. Which is not in itself surprising..except that it parked sideways, not parallel to the curb, and still didn't stick out into the road. The E46 can't do that, but its about the size of a VW Golf with a very tight turning radius. I love that car. I've thought about buying another for me. My wife is partial to BMWs as she was in a bad accident when she was 18, in Bogota Colombia, which has a lot of shoddy vehicles rolling around. She was in the back of an E21 3 series and the policeman said that had she been in pretty much any other car that was common there, she wouldn't be alive.
 

Thermionics

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It's an E46. A little 323i from 2000. I love that car. My wife uses it in Chicago, it's a great city car. Super comfortable, parks well, fits anywhere. It's crazy how much bigger than current 3-series is (and all cars in general).
I like the E46.

I've had E30s and E36s in the past, but now I'm perfectly happy with my 2010 E82 128i. Last of the driver-focused BMWs (IMHO).
 
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fiddlefye

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There used to be a Smart that would park in front of the highrise I lived in downtown. Which is not in itself surprising..except that it parked sideways, not parallel to the curb, and still didn't stick out into the road. The E46 can't do that, but its about the size of a VW Golf with a very tight turning radius. I love that car. I've thought about buying another for me. My wife is partial to BMWs as she was in a bad accident when she was 18, in Bogota Colombia, which has a lot of shoddy vehicles rolling around. She was in the back of an E21 3 series and the policeman said that had she been in pretty much any other car that was common there, she wouldn't be alive.
In Europe I've seen Smart Cars parked perpendicular to the street tons of times. Years back I had a Subaru Justy that wasn't much bigger and one could park it almost anywhere, even in the spaces people with expensive cars left after parking in the middle of two. Pissed them off a wee bit I imagine. I once drove Windsor to Toronto and back on $15 of gas in that thing....

My one BMW was a 1980 320is, identical to this one. Same wheels and I loved the Recaro seats.
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fiddlefye

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The Subaru Justy, at least the model(s) I recall, had a 3-cyl engine, yes? :)
Yes, three cylinders and it worked quite nicely. Had it also been equipped with fuel injection rather than an automatic choke carb it would have been even better. It had 4 wheel drive, but the rear wheels were engaged with a switch and had no differential. Useless in any less than truly slippery situation, but in the snow it really went!
 

JohnVF

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Only related because it was a Subaru, but my old WRX wagon was a hoot in the snow. I used to parallel park it in Chicago, and then a huge snowstorm would come and bury it. I'd never dig it out, I'd just scrape the windows off and drive right off. More than once there was a 2wd wanna be SUV spinning its wheels with family members pushing, stuck as stuck can be. I'd wave as I just powered out of the snowbank in my little blue tank.
 

fiddlefye

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Only related because it was a Subaru, but my old WRX wagon was a hoot in the snow. I used to parallel park it in Chicago, and then a huge snowstorm would come and bury it. I'd never dig it out, I'd just scrape the windows off and drive right off. More than once there was a 2wd wanna be SUV spinning its wheels with family members pushing, stuck as stuck can be. I'd wave as I just powered out of the snowbank in my little blue tank.
Same with my 2005 Legacy GT wagon. Having said that - even with 2WD one can still get going if you have the technique. In recent years I've got fed up with some peoples' incompetence on that level and if I'm walking down the street and find someone stuck I'm likely to open the driver's side door, order them out and get the thing unstuck for them. I did same at an intersection last week. The driver was in shock, but grateful. One early morning a few years back I woke to the sound of some nitwit endlessly spinning tires on a pickup out in front of the house. I looked out and there was actually smoke (or something) coming off them. I got dressed, went out, opened the driver's door, booted him out and thirty seconds later had the truck out in the road. It isn't that hard, just takes a good sense of timing.
 
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