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EMAXX
Hi guys,
I'm a new member to this borad. I've been looking at some cars for when I turn 16, and I was recently looking at these models
*2000 BMW 323 w/ PP and SP
*2001 GMC Denali

I know their like almost two totally different cars, but I was just wondering if any here had a 2001 GMC Denali, and what you thought of them. Just what the ride is like, how the throtle response is, and how reliable is it. I know it's a GM, and probably not the most reliable since it was the first of the new body designs for the Denali. Also, probably is a real gas guzzler, but about what do you people average with the Denali in just normal everday driving? Thanks for the help. Really appeciate any help you can give me, and thanks for taking the time out of your day to read my post.

FabUlous
is there really a choice between a gas guzzling domestic with a spotty reliability record and an autobahn burner manufactured by one of the best automakers in the world


come on now......

get the denali :fro: :sarah:

EMAXX
Lol.
I don't know. I love going up to the mountains and hiking, mountain biking, camping etc. But I also like autocross etc. Its a really tough decision. I love both cars, and have ridden in them both. Maybe when I'm old enough, I'll just have to test drive them, and see what I like.

eric rxb
What do you mean by PP? I'm guessing that SP means sport package. Personally I'd go with the BMW. Even tho I'm not a huge fan of the base models of BMW's I think it's gonna be alot more fun than a Denali. Not that Denali's aren't nice, i've driven a few, and they are pretty nice as far as Domestic SUV's go, but if it were up to me I'd go with the BMW

mustangdriver
Yeah, I'm biased as a car guy towards the BMW. I would pick that as my daily driver over the Denali, even though I could use the space. Like Eric said the base BMW's aren't super fast but they are competent handlers and would be a lot of fun to autocross!

eric rxb
Yeah, I'm biased as a car guy towards the BMW. I would pick that as my daily driver over the Denali, even though I could use the space. Like Eric said the base BMW's aren't super fast but they are competent handlers and would be a lot of fun to autocross!

Speaking of AutoX. I've decided I'm gonna save for a new car that I can use to AutoX. You got me addicted Will, and I didn't even drive during it.

mustangdriver
I was just about to get into what car you could get but I don't want to hijack EMAXX's thread :D

Maybe you should start an "Eric's Autocross car" thread :D

Sia Bani
is there really a choice between a gas guzzling domestic with a spotty reliability record and an autobahn burner manufactured by one of the best automakers in the world


come on now......

get the denali :fro: :sarah:

When it comes down to it...you'd be surprised how difficult it is to choose a car. There are SOOO many aspects that play into how you decide on your vehicle, that it almost drives you nuts.

Emaxx, you need to decide what your priorities are. Then we can help you. You're only 13 anyway, so I doubt there's any point in discussing this right now. Things will definitely change by the time your 16

EMAXX
What do you mean by PP? I'm guessing that SP means sport package. Personally I'd go with the BMW. Even tho I'm not a huge fan of the base models of BMW's I think it's gonna be alot more fun than a Denali. Not that Denali's aren't nice, i've driven a few, and they are pretty nice as far as Domestic SUV's go, but if it were up to me I'd go with the BMW


PP is performance package, and yes, sp is sport package. Sorry I wasn't clear about that.

Yeah, the BMW would be nice and all, but it also snows here a lot! Really icy. One reason the AWD of the Denali would be very nice here. I also go to the mountains about every weekend, and you have to have a AWD or 4WD, or they won't let you up. I could take my parent's trucks up, but it would be nice to have my own.

I know I only 13, (almost 14 here soon) but I just kind of wanted to see what the Denali was like. It's almost driving me crazy, but its nice at the same time.
Thanks for all the help from everyone so far. And thanks for taking the time to read this.

eric rxb
If you're looking for decent all weather traction, and decent sporting ability, why not try a WRX or an EVO? I know they don't have the luxury amenties that the BMW or the Denali would have, but they would be a hell of alot of fun in the snow and on an AutoX

EMAXX
I would love to get a WRX, but my parents won't let me becuase it is turbo-charged. I told them that the Denali has more power, and their like thats just for how big it is. I did consider the WRX STi for a along time, then my parents told me I can't have a turbo-chraged car. Which I think is kind of dumb. They say that the insurance would be outrageous. The Denali or the BMW would probably have higher insurance. I think that they are just being stupid. The EVO, I personally don't like. Just something about it. I don't really know what. Thanks for the suggestions though. If anymore people have any suggestions, I'm open.

ksaile
Get a 325ix or a 330ix. You have a quick, good handling car, that will work well in all seasons and with a roof rack system, it can be really practical. It will get you to any trail head you need, that isn't on a 4wd only road, and still be able to take it to an autocross. You'll also avoid that pesky turbo issue with a silky inline 6 just like :garrett: 's.

Sia Bani
Get a 325ix or a 330ix. You have a quick, good handling car, that will work well in all seasons and with a roof rack system, it can be really practical. It will get you to any trail head you need, that isn't on a 4wd only road, and still be able to take it to an autocross. You'll also avoid that pesky turbo issue with a silky inline 6 just like :garrett: 's.

Nah...if your'e going to go awd, go quattro with Audi!

ksaile
Nah...if your'e going to go awd, go quattro with Audi!


I suggested the Bimmers since it seems that he likes them. :hit: Besides, after seeing two gay dudes in capes running your car down, he probably wants something a little more manly. :D

Horus
..then my parents told me I can't have a turbo-chraged car.
The new S4 doesn't have a turbo...

:fro:

EMAXX
Doesn't the 325xi and the 330xi only come in 4 door or wagon models?
If I get a car, I would love to get a coupe. There are a few 4 doors like the STi and stuff that I would consider, but not really anything else. But that bad thing is, my parents won't let me get a 2 seater. It has to have a back seat. My mom thinks thats not very safe. She's like parinoided that I'm going to get into a big wreck, but I guess I can't blame her, she's a mom.
I don't really like Audi's. They are nice cars and all, but as you guys can kind of tell, I love BMW's. And here in Wyoming, there are tons of Audi's everywhere you go. You go to Wal-Mart, there'll be about 40 Audi's in the parking lot. You look for BMW's, and there are like 1 or 2. So having a car that not many people here have is nice, and just the look of the BMW coupe IMO is 100% better than an Audi 4 door. (I know I'm going to get flamed, but can we just drop that. We all have opinions, and thats mine. I don't mind if you post in a polite maner, but I don't want to have a huge flame war.) Thanks for the suggestions guys. I'll keep all of them in mind.

FabUlous
sounds like you want too much out of a car for such a narrow idea..........you got some time to think dude. i looked for the car when i was lookin for a while; but ended up with something completely different, and for the most part couldnt be happier with that for a first car (if you dont know its in my sig :naughty: ) Another thing is, for a first car, maybe a fairly new BMW is not the best choice, because with your first car you WILL bang it up, and to have a brand new or next to that right off the bat might not be wise. For example i am a good driver (i have been told) but still managed to put a hole in and break the harnesses holding on my moms bumper, because i didnt see a hydrant :banghead: . Ihonestly didnt see it, it happened to be very small, so i was not the first to hit it, in fact a friend of mine drove over it in his truck (4x4-ing :rock: )

Anywho, shit like that happens, but the chances of it happening in the 1st year of having your license is much greater. I would say save yourself some money and get a 300zx NA, or something like that.........go nuts and look around at your options :cheers: :cheers:

eric rxb
Yea, about dinging it up. I've had my liscence for a few years and I'd still be really worried about buying a new car at this point.

Also if you're so far away from getting you liscence do you really know what you'd want?

EMAXX
It won't be that new though when I can drive. A 2001 car, IMO is not the new in 06. I've had lots of people tell me about dinging it up and stuff, but I've already diven quite a bit, and I know quite a bit too.
Yeah, I do have a pretty narrow idea on what I want, but I'm a total car nut, so I love cars, and I want to own a car that I acutally like, not some piece of crap that I would hate. And since I want to keep my first car forever, I want a good car that will last. I know about changing your idea on what you want quite a bit. First I wanted a 69 Camaro, then a Civic, then a Celica etc. Now that I've found some really nice cars, I want them. I'm pretty set on getting the car that I want. I'm totally open to idea's though.

Sia Bani
I learned how to drive on a 97 suburban. When I moved to the 2door, it felt like a sports car.

I definitely banged up the suburban though. Had a fat scrape across the rear fender. Scraped it against a damn pillar in a parking garage.

Abuna
Yeah, your first car is definitely going to get dinged up at the very least. I didn't get my first car until 2 years after I got my license, but I wreaked some serious havoc on my dad's car at the time. A few front end alignments, new front wheel (bent the original), front and rear bumper replacement, serious body work on the hood and quarter panels, things like that. And a word of advice that I picked up after this is that 5 speed Nissan Maximas don't like to go off roading. Come to think of it, the week after I got my own car, and was no longer borrowing his on a regular basis, he went out and got a new car.

If I were you, get something somewhat inexpensive to drive for a year or two, then get the car that you plan on keeping.

Get a gently used Pontiac Grand Prix and drive that for a year, then get the Bimmer.

EMAXX
I don't know. I still have to think about it for now.

Lotus
ive had three suburban/tahoes, because my dad is in love with them. I on the other had have mixed feelings. we started with a 98, then a 01, and now a 04, and to be honest each time they get ALOT better, we a tahoe instead of a bimmer in 98 because the base models didnt have leather, and for a 50k car, that bullshit, so buisness moved elsewhere.

i never drove the 98(not old enough), but i can tell you our 01 suburban was fine for driveing, and flooring it made a sweet engine grumbling that i still dont think gets old. out 04 is a Z71tahoe, and its ride is alot better that the 01, ALOT, and the pickup is also better. in general they arent fun to drive, but they are work horses at my cottage, contrary to popular belife they will do work, and do work well. ive never driven a bimmer, but i assum it is fun to drive, the suburban/tahoe is not, if you gun it, it puts a smile on my face, but i dont gun it often otherwise it would grow old VERY fast.

if you want a work horse, that will do stuff for you, and you can take your friends bikeing/skiing ect then go suburban/tahoe, if oyou want a fun vcar to drive that a little less useful, go bimmer.

Lotus
oh sorry for the poor grammar.

EMAXX
Yeah, SUV's are never fun to drive, unless there is snow out and stuff and you just mess around, or when there is a ton of mud and stuff.
Thanks for the response. I'm going to have to concider all of what you said. Thanks for the help.
If you don't mind me asking, what do you use them for around your place? Is there ever a time when it seems like there just isn't enough power?
I know that the Denali and the Tahoe/Suburban have different motors, but they aren't that different. The Denali I think has like 50 more hp.
The Beamer, it would be awesome to drive and stuff in the summer, but in the winter, like just yesterday, we just got about 9" of snow. I don't feel like driving some really nice BMW through all that, then having rust issues in the summer. It would be fun to fishtail around and mess around with a RWD car in the snow.

Lotus
Yeah, SUV's are never fun to drive, unless there is snow out and stuff and you just mess around, or when there is a ton of mud and stuff.
Thanks for the response. I'm going to have to concider all of what you said. Thanks for the help.
If you don't mind me asking, what do you use them for around your place? Is there ever a time when it seems like there just isn't enough power?
I know that the Denali and the Tahoe/Suburban have different motors, but they aren't that different. The Denali I think has like 50 more hp.
The Beamer, it would be awesome to drive and stuff in the summer, but in the winter, like just yesterday, we just got about 9" of snow. I don't feel like driving some really nice BMW through all that, then having rust issues in the summer. It would be fun to fishtail around and mess around with a RWD car in the snow.

pull down an out building once. we tied a chain to fence posts then to the back of the suburban, then pulled, and out came the fence posts. also when we cut down trees we normally tow them behind the suburban(tahoe now). I have found oncce that there wasnt enough power and we had to get out f350 to do it, we where pulling a massive tree truck, and the suburban was haveing trouble so we swiched to the truck.

ksaile
On the contrary, a Bimmer is alot of fun to drive in the snow. I lived in an area of Colorado that got over 400 inches of snow a year and drove a rear wheel drive Porsche all winter with rarely a problem. As far as rust goes, you won't have any problems in Wyoming. They don't use the road salt like they do here in the midwest and east. I guarantee that you would get sick of and sell the car before it would have any rust unless you had some body damage.

Set your priorities according to whether you want fun driving or good towing and hauling then get more specific. Also keep in mind mileage concerns.