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(Expatica)   Berlin cops wreck 22 BMW squad cars, as punishment now have to drive VW vans   (expatica.com ) divider line
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2005-09-22 09:34:07 PM  
At least 22 of the leased BMW 5 series estate cars have been totally demolished in accidents

they were twisted into little nazis
 
2005-09-22 11:08:53 PM  
Well it's nice to see that cops are morans around the world.
 
2005-09-23 03:23:15 AM  
DRTFA... BMWs in Germany are like Hyundai's in the States.
 
2005-09-23 04:11:17 AM  
HA!

Suck it cops!

Enjoy your soccer mum van!
 
2005-09-23 05:39:02 AM  
at least they can fit more drive thru and doughnuts in
 
2005-09-23 05:43:34 AM  
The headline makes my eyes hurt this early in the morning :(
 
2005-09-23 05:46:53 AM  
MCBustaNutz: BMWs in Germany are like Hyundai's in the States.

You mean they're cars?
 
2005-09-23 05:50:17 AM  
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Unfortunately they wrecked them all at the same time
 
2005-09-23 05:51:06 AM  
Cormee: You mean they're cars?


No, he means they are as common as a lack of humor over there. ;)
 
2005-09-23 05:55:29 AM  
"Berlin Bobbies"?

Glasgow Gendarmes
Plymouth Polizei

/got Nottingham
 
2005-09-23 05:57:37 AM  

VW Touran:

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HA! (quaker guy) HA!
YOU'RE GETTING PULLED OVER
BY A RICE BURNER WANNABE!!1!

 
2005-09-23 05:58:28 AM  
MCBustaNutz: BMWs in Germany are like Hyundai's in the States.


Yeah they are more prevalent. Many with cloth seats and kack of luxury items.

But they still have the same great BMW drivelines and suspension. They have some different motors that we do not get here. They are still Bimmers though.

We only get loaded top of the line BMWs here.


dcigary: Unfortunately they wrecked them all at the same time

Great reference!
 
2005-09-23 06:36:34 AM  
dcigary: Unfortunately they wrecked them all at the same time

What's that from?
 
2005-09-23 06:51:28 AM  
JoshCBFL: What's that from?

I think thats from a Police Academy Movie, that or my memory is incredibly screwed up.
 
2005-09-23 06:56:14 AM  
Dude. Blues Brothers
 
2005-09-23 06:58:38 AM  
Phil Herup: We only get loaded top of the line BMWs here.

with absurdly oversized/overpowered engines considering most of the time "driving" in the US is spent if not stop and go traffic- then practicly stalling the engine at anemic US highway speeds.
(under 80 MPH)

And yes I do pray there is a special, hot, horrible place in Hell for the bastards who limit our freedom, and our highway speeds.
/They are the same "people"
 
2005-09-23 07:15:56 AM  
0 to 60 in 15 minutes? Criminals will hear them coming, too.
 
2005-09-23 07:20:10 AM  
MCBustaNutz: BMWs in Germany are like Hyundai's in the States.

Nah. They're still better than entry-level cars. Opels, on the other hand, are more like Hyundais in the USA.
 
2005-09-23 07:32:53 AM  
CanSomeonePleaseKilltheChristmasShoes:

And yes I do pray there is a special, hot, horrible place in Hell for the bastards who limit our freedom, and our highway speeds.
/They are the same "people"


Oh, what about the children? Will someone please think of the children? That's argument you always get.

Heard it yesterday on the radio, some pusssy dude was mouthin off about obeying the law, leaving earlier, not speeding through neighborhoods.

It would be easierand safer to drive if we dd not have to watch for speed traps and could go at a normal speed.

Yes, a normal speed is about 85 MPH these days with todays cars.
 
2005-09-23 07:43:13 AM  
85 might be a normal speed for a KIA or a Yugo.

For any German car "normal speed" should be upwards of 120MPH on the highway. Naturally I am not demanding these speeds through residential neighborhoods.

But up and down 95? Yes, when the traffic will allow it, and if traffic weren't hauled down to idioticly slow speeds by Uncle Allah, traffic would allow it far more often than now.

Good thing the US government doesn't allow you to import a 4-cylinder Beemer, or a diesel beemer.

You might actually save some gas. FARK THAT.
STRENG VERBOTTEN!!!
 
2005-09-23 07:47:32 AM  
Stop Dogging the Hyundai's - Any car with a 10y 100k warranty is ok with me. I'll be still driving while your in the beamer repair shop bending over.
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2005-09-23 07:53:08 AM  
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/enough said
 
2005-09-23 07:53:45 AM  
Korean car companies can make long warranties because the car will probably last a lot longer than the company.
 
2005-09-23 08:09:18 AM  
Maybe so, but I was in a Kia Amanti (work reasons) a few weeks ago and the car was rather nice. In comparing features and the like, it seems like you're getting more car for your money by going to them.
 
2005-09-23 08:15:58 AM  
I think I'm on the wrong track, I have got nothing against KIA or Hyundai, and I support the free market concept that you (and me) should get to choose the car you/I want and can afford. So if you choose a KIA, you're happy and I'm happy.

But I want to buy a 4-cylinder beemer, and maybe a 4 cylinder 3-series beemer diesel. Woops, Uncle Allah won't let me. And the Nanny tyrants who spend all day controlling our lives won't let me enjoy the cars I do have.

(they won't let me go up and down 95 doing upwards of 120mph like I should)
 
2005-09-23 08:17:22 AM  
And if they wreck the VWs, they'll be forced to drive American cars (assuming all the American car manufacturers haven't fled for Mexico.)
 
2005-09-23 08:22:34 AM  
CanSomeonePleaseRevokeYourFarkingLicense?
 
2005-09-23 08:44:20 AM  
Avicenna-
No. Driving can be fun and safe at high speeds if you know what you're doing and you have a car that can handle it.
To everyone comparing Hyundais to BMWs-
Hyundais aren't rear wheel drive and (partially consequently) they don't handle like a bimmer at high speeds. Even though there are smaller engines and diesels in Germany, you still get the BMW touch. Driving is different there.
 
2005-09-23 08:49:57 AM  
The old E39 5-series (pre-'04) was a nice car. I'd give up, or at lease loan out, one of my nuts for a M5 from that generation. I bet even the cop-spec estate models with an automatic are nice drives.

I've driven the newer E60 5-series, in 530i (~258hp I6, ho-hum semi-automatic) and 545i (~333hp V8, 6-speed) flavors. Ugly on the outside, but drive like the Ultimate Driving Machine. The 545i is flat out fantastic. American cops chasing down meth'd up rednecks deserve better than old Crown Vics.

Funny how some of the most fun, enjoyable cars are stuck with the worst stereotypes: BMW "penis cars," Miata "chick cars," and pony car "mullet cars." Front wheel drive is poo, as is anything but a real manual. Mangina jokes are worth not being stuck with a soulless CamryAccordExplorerSuburban.
 
2005-09-23 09:10:17 AM  
PSlack:

Stop Dogging the Hyundai's - Any car with a 10y 100k warranty is ok with me. I'll be still driving while your in the beamer repair shop bending over.

I have a friend that failed to kill an extra 2002 (not an '02) engine by removing all the oil and letting it run.
 
2005-09-23 09:11:42 AM  
My '02 X-type Sport has a roomier, more comfortable cabin, had better AWD, and was a better deal than an equiv. 330xi. It was also better-mannered in non-optimal (low-speed) driving conditions, yet would obediently turn into a sleek, ravenous beast on the the twisties. I found a quiet stretch of road (not many around here) to get her to 110, and it wasn't breaking a sweat. Plenty of Californians bring theirs up to the speed limiter at 145 w/o any problems at all. Wintertime driving has been as secure and responsive as anything I've ever driven.

Cons are that there's a bit of a lag if you don't keep your RPMs up (so it won't quite jump off the line), and after 3 years there are a few more creaks and groans than I'd like in a $40k car. The dealership tends to say "they all do that" more than they should for various problems.

Of course, those are outweighed by the fact that you see bimmers everywhere, so a Jag is far more "uncommon" and turns heads.

And the gals always want to pet the leapur on the hood. :)
 
2005-09-23 09:14:09 AM  
PSlack: Stop Dogging the Hyundai's - Any car with a 10y 100k warranty is ok with me. I'll be still driving while your in the beamer repair shop bending over.

Clearly you look for different things in a car to me. I've never driven a Pacific rim car that had even the slightest hint of a soul. It takes more than 4 wheels and some cheap leater to make a good car.

Besides all the warranty means is you don't pay for the repairs. Still have to haul it down to the dealer every week.

/drives Merc.
//Never had a problem.
 
2005-09-23 09:16:55 AM  
Avicenna: CanSomeonePleaseRevokeYourFarkingLicense?

While you're insulting me, would it surprise you to learn that there are Europeans driving along the Autobahn on a road with major portions of it ~~ NO SPEED LIMIT ~~ you just go as fast as your Mercedes and your fancy take you. And I can tell you from personal German experience that going 120 for hours at a time (slowing down while passing through some cities) isn't all that fast at all.

I also would stake my driving record against yours anyday.

Driving better, faster, safer, and with more alcohol in me than, well, you for starters.
/and paying less insurance rates therefore
 
2005-09-23 09:20:26 AM  
freebirdpat:

I think thats from a Police Academy Movie, that or my memory is incredibly screwed up.

Yeah, you better lay off the crank. Police Academy? What the hell?
 
2005-09-23 09:35:55 AM  
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The most intimidating Berlin police vehicle EVAR!
 
2005-09-23 09:40:23 AM  
I donno, I got pulled over by cops in Switzerland, they're an intimidating bunch. Can't imagine the Germans are all that friendly either, even in VW vans.

/like they sucked on lemons I say
 
2005-09-23 09:56:41 AM  
This is car fifty-five. We're in a VW van!
 
2005-09-23 10:08:09 AM  
On a side note, Jake and Elwood's European tour is doing quite well.
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Bf+
2005-09-23 10:33:25 AM  
Hey, they broke my watch!
 
2005-09-23 10:38:47 AM  
herne-
Why the hell would your friend try to destroy a 2002? That's a piece of automotive history; the turbo version is the direct predecessor of the M3! Son of a biatch should've sold it to me.
 
2005-09-23 11:12:52 AM  
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Ant
2005-09-23 11:22:49 AM  
I like this police car
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and this one

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Ant
2005-09-23 11:28:42 AM  
OffCamber: Front wheel drive is poo, as is anything but a real manual.

AWD! AWD! AWD! AWD! AWD! AWD!
 
2005-09-23 12:19:04 PM  
"Beamers" are motorcycles.
 
2005-09-23 12:26:13 PM  
Change that to "beemers" and we have a deal, and lets not forget the "gummi-kuh".
 
2005-09-23 12:30:18 PM  
First time I went to Europe (LBJ was president), I got a real kick out of seeing Volkswagen Beetles and, yes, their crappy vans, with cop markings and lights on them. Obviously they have upgraded since then.
 
2005-09-23 12:41:53 PM  
Like hyundais in the US?- howabout toyotas in japan or fords on the US that would make a little more sense.

produced there, geared down features, yes I would imagine you would see quite a few.
 
2005-09-23 11:39:09 PM  
I got the scare of my life when I lived in Germany. Doing 160km on the Autobahn, got Passed by a Ferrari doing well over 200. Right behind him the White and Green Police Porsche 911 Turbo.

/they do however have very fruity sounding sirens.
//and cute blue lights
 
2005-09-24 12:06:49 AM  
Folks who've only driven American and Japanese cars can't really know what it's like in a German car at-speed. They hunker down and feel BETTER, not worse, than 55mph.

I have to check my speedometer frequently, since creeping up to 80mph feels like nothing. You look down, see you're going 85 and wonder how you got there.

A car built to cruise at 130 (not top speed, CRUISE) handles like a jet fighter at 90. At 70MPH, the engine is at 1700 RPM. Redline is 6200. It's sleepy.

/not a sideways-baseball-cap-wearing BMW douche
//certainly not a boring Mercedes windbag
 
2005-09-24 05:41:30 AM  
cmjs:

I got the scare of my life when I lived in Germany. Doing 160km on the Autobahn, got Passed by a Ferrari doing well over 200. Right behind him the White and Green Police Porsche 911 Turbo.

200 KilometersPH? are we talking Kilometers?
Hell I did 200 KilometersPH on the Autobahn in a Honda
/OK slight exageration

Jkay:

Folks who've only driven American and Japanese cars can't really know what it's like in a German car at-speed. They hunker down and feel BETTER, not worse, than 55mph.

I mean so does an Acura, but we (some people) just like German cars more.

Final thought, if they can't be fired, at least all cops should be driving Honda Civic hybrids, stop wasting money/gas on those stupid unnecessary huge V-8 GrandmaMobiles.
 
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