BMW wagons make parking the big SUV a smart idea

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Upscale sport utility vehicles are still on the most wanted end of the automotive spectrum. At least for those with excess disposable income.

But buying a Porsche Cayenne, a Mercedes ML350 or a Cadillac Escalade certainly is not as politically correct as it once was. Getting politically correct may mean making another choice, particularly one that uses less fossil fuel.

BMW 750Li – love the drive but save us from iDrive

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

If you had to name one production car that is loaded with more technology, performance and luxury than anything else on the road you could make an excellent argument for the BMW 7-Series.

After a week behind the wheel of the flagship Bimmer, a stretched 750Li outfitted with a potent V-8 engine, we had barely scratched through the surface layer of gizmos and gadgets available to the owner of one of these amazing German sedans.

BMW 335i coupe – could it be the real ultimate

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

We revised our list of favorite cars the other day. Yes a new model enthusiastically caught our attention and you probably won’t be surprised to find it’s a member of the Ultimate Driving Machine (oh how we hate that ubiquitous ad tag) family, the all-new 2007 BMW 335i coupe.

BMW X5 – bigger, better and sometimes befuddling

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Don't expect your neighbor to do a double take when you park your new 2007 BMW X5 in the driveway for the first time. It looks much like all the previous models dating back to its inception in 2000, except if you put them side by side, then you get the “wow, that’s changed hasn’t it,” factor.

BMW X6 – a tempting choice in a limited market

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Most people liked it. A few had reservations. Conversations ensued. It was probably the most interesting vehicle from the standpoint of sidewalk curiosity we’ve driven in the past year.

All wanted an explanation. The big question, what is it?

BMW M5 – great performance also takes some schooling

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The wife complained that each time she tried to sit in the passenger seat of the 2008 BMW M5 it was littered with owner’s manuals.

“What’s the deal,” she inquired as she tossed the books into the back seat. “I thought you detested opening an owner’s manual?”

BMW 335d – mileage and performance for the UDM

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

What’s going to become of high-performance, gas-guzzling sports sedans and sports cars as the government’s increasing gas mileage requirements climb into the stratosphere over the next decade?

BMW Z4 — A mood elevator that only goes up

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Cooped up in a waiting room for what seemed like hours with dozens of people milling in and out, and listening to the constant buzz of mindless conversation mixed with an occasional baby’s wail was claustrophobic.

We arrived for this mismanaged appointment under cool, drizzly skies in our 2010 BMW Z4 roadster, comfortably cocooned with steel top overhead — no claustrophobia present.

BMW 750Li — Learning to love iDrive

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

We wrote in the spring of 2002 that the all-new iDrive system in the 2002 BMW 7-Series was a “Sherlock Holmes mystery” decipherable by only the most computer-savvy people.

And we opined that the typical over-50 customer was probably too technology-challenged and would be forced into hours of reading the manual to access the many available features on the new car.