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2009 BMW 750Li

20 Nov

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The 2009 BMW 750Li is all about blending in. This is not a car for other people to enjoy, such a Jaguar XJ or an Aston Martin Rapide. No, this BMW is made for its occupants to enjoy. The technology is oozing out of this car, from the massaging seats to the night vision camera up front. BMW made sure that person who purchased this car would be as comfortable as this could afford to be. The options list on this car is extensive and can drive the price through the roof. Features such as cameras that are on either side of the bumper and allow the driver to not move the car out in the intersection to see. Instead he/she can just glance onto the infonav and see what is coming from both directions. The heads up display is another cool feature that displays the car’s speed and show the turn by turn GPS directions in full color. The driver never has to look down to figure out where they are headed and how fast. The only time the driver will have to look down will be to operate the nightmare that is BMW iDrive. iDrive is what controls the radio, AC, GPS, and any other setting. This sounds nice in theory, but the system is riddled with menus and submenus that require you to scroll through and click each one. The tendency is for settings to become buried in a menu with an unrelated name.

285This 750Li is powered by a 4.4L V8 that pushes this 4,600 pound sled around at decent speeds. This BMW is not racing inspired however and does not give the driver much confidence to push it to the limit. The rear end is easy to break loose, but not in a fun way because the artificial steering is too light and vague in order to control the car once the tail is out. Regardless of the lack of sporting credentials this car receives, BMW decided to put a toggle switch that allows you to ¬†decide how sporty to make the car. From “Comfort” mode which is like riding on a cloud to “Sport Plus” which lowers the car and makes the throttle quicker to respond. The need for such a switch in a car like this is unnecessary and could have been used for more driver aids or other cool tech. Overall, the 750Li is the ultimate cruiser who is looking to blend in, but enjoy all the comforts and technology of an expensive car.

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2003 Jeep Liberty

1 Oct

The 2003 Jeep Liberty is like a horse. Not because of its reliability or that it enjoys apples, but because of how rough the ride is. The car just goes over everything on the road with as little grace as possible. Every bump treats the passengers to being thrown around the cabin, as the body of the car pitches and rolls. The person unlucky enough to sit in the passenger seat will hit their knees multiple times on the dash every time the car comes to a stop. The strange part is that you will not really care how rough the ride is because it feels oddly appropriate for a Jeep.
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This Liberty is the Limited Edition package, which adds pleather seats and a thirsty 3.7 V6. The engine is one of my favorite parts of the car because of how it sounds. It has a throaty rumble and create ample power at low revs. If floor the accelerator you will be treated to a slight hesitation as the transmission scurries to find the right gear. When it does hook up though, the car lurches forward quickly and with a roar that is very impressive for a V6. This car is great about providing the illusion of speed. The car always feels as if you’re going much faster than the speed limit. However when you glance down, you’ll usually notice that you are only going about 5 over. This is due to several factors: the airiness of the cabin, how loose the suspension is, and the lack of sound insulation. This car does not really hide any of its unrefined points and oddly that is what I like most about the LIberty. It knows that it wears a Jeep badge on its hood and it wears it proudly.
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Sadly the Jeep Liberty was discontinued in 2012 and will be replaced with a quirky looking Jeep Cherokee that will debut for the 2014 model year. You can read the first drive review here: http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2014-jeep-cherokee-24l-first-drive-review