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I smile every time I drive it !
Is this what we pay fifty large for?
Pros: The seamless connectivity of all parts of the driving experience.
Cons: The high cost of admission$50,000 seems like an awful lot of money for a car that doesn't do most of the things one traditionally associates with a daily driver particularly well. It doesn't hold kids and their things in comfort with DVD players and storage bins and cupholders. It doesn't carry a 4' X 8' sheet of plywood. It doesn't even haul groceries very well...BUT, the trip to school, the big box store or the grocery is one incredibly sweet ride for the person lucky enough to be the daily driver. On the rare occasion when you can find a road that will let you go and stop with enthusiasm, you will never find a car that is more subtley rewarding to make go and stop than the BMW 335 coupe with a manual transmission. The reward is immediate. The car is the automobile equivalent of some of the great harmonious, synchronized teams in history; the grace of Astaire and Rogers, the perfect pitch of k.d. Lang, the speed, power and athleticism of the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls...it all works together. The daily driver gets the reward. But you always need to ask yourself whether the occasional satisfaction of an open road and a very satisfying car is worth the 50 large cost of admission. I can't help but believe that 2 VW GTI's would offer almost the equivalent driving satisfaction and make me feel a lot better about having spent my $50,000 more wisely.