2018 BWM 530e Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Like it or not, the electrification of the automobile is proceeding at the pace of an avalanche. As one of the leaders in the movement, BMW, going full speed ahead, but with no compromise to their trademark performance. BMW’s latest electric addition falls in the 5 Series column, with their…

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2018 BMW X3 M40i SAV Test Drive

“2018 BMW X3 M40i SAV” All-new Flagship X3 Joins the M Club The all-new 2018 BMW X3 M40i becomes the first M Performance model in the X3 stable, delivering the best in segment acceleration figure of 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds and with a top track speed of 130 mph. It is being built alongside…

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BMW X4 M40i Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Can’t decide whether to buy a sporty coupe or SUV? You might want to consider the BMW X4i M40 – it’s about as close to a perfect blend of the two as a car can get. Before spending any time in the X4 we wondered why BMW would create such…

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2017 NWAPA Run to the Sun – Part 1

Part 1 – Acura NSX to Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk By Bill Schaffer Mount Hood — Driving 24 different cars and SUVs over a two-day period on some of the most challenging and scenic roads in the northwest, is certainly an eye-opening experience. Oh, did I mention that the 24 cars had an average price…

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2017 BMW 540i Sedan Test Drive

“2017 BMW 540i Sedan” New Bimmer sport sedan Code-named G30, steps up across the board The new BMW 5-Series lineup will consist of four basic models: the 530i, 540i, 530e; and 550i xDrive. The 2017 530i and 540i are available now and both are available in either RWD or xDrive All-Wheel Drive configurations. The 530e…

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2017 BMW 330e Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer It seemed a bit strange to be plugging in our BMW 3 Series test car, but there it was, the 2017 BMW 330e plugged into the 120v outlet in our garage. We normally think of BMWs as the “Ultimate Driving Machines” but this one looked more like something called the…

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2016 BMW 640i Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer The BMW 640i is a giant in the petite world of upscale luxury coupes. It’s a mixture of fine art, elegance, comfort and as always with BMWs, it’s “The Ultimate Driving Machine.” Now in a third generation the 2016 BMW 640i Coupe is going into the fifth model year since…

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NWAPA Mudfest 2016 – Part 2

  By Bill & Barbara Schaffer Shelton, Wash. – In NWAPA Mudfest 2016 — Part 1 we reviewed the Outdoor Activity Vehicles from the Compact Utility, Premium Compact Utility and Family categories. In Part 2 we feature the Premium, Extreme Capability and Pickup categories. This year’s program was held at the Ridge Motorsports Park in…

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2016 BMW X4 M40i Test Drive

“2016 BMW X4 M40i SAV” 4 Series Gains a Top Premium SAV Model When the BMW X6 first came out, the necessity of such a vehicle was questioned by many, and then, when the M version of the X6 bowed, that move was really questioned. The introduction of the BMW X4 M40i raised some eyebrows…

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NWAPA Mudfest 2016 – Part 1

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Shelton, Wash. – One of our favorite events each year is the annual Northwest Automotive Press Association’s (NWAPA) Mudfest. We were involved in the creation of the annual SUV evaluation and have participated in a majority of the programs during the event’s 22-year history. Mudfest has evolved through the years…

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