August 8, 1994 |
Maybe if they'd parked the car a little better, they wouldn't have found themselves in such a tight spot. But Charles Ross, 24, and Jermaine Witherspoon, 21, both of West Philadelphia, parked the auto - in front of a police officer, yet - with its tail end sticking out and wound up being arrested Saturday night sitting in the car stolen the day before from City Councilman Daniel McElhatton. The silver, 1990 BMW 525 was stolen Friday afternoon from outside McElhatton's Northeast Philadelphia house by a man who said he was answering the councilman's "car for sale" newspaper ad. The asking price was $18,000.
May 14, 1996 |
He drives a BMW, describes himself as a middle-class mortgage broker from Center City, and in court yesterday the nattily dressed 32-year-old defendant said he had never used paint for anything other than house painting. But the city's graffiti fighters say David Bender is known on storefronts, windows, walls, underpasses and other flat surfaces of the city as SMEK or SMK - wall writer extraordinaire. He is, they say, a public menace whose scrawlings have been around for four or five years, during which time they have been trying to bring him to justice.
April 12, 1987 |
There were lessons to be learned here late last week when BMW unveiled six of the 10 - yes, 10 - new models it is bringing to the U.S. market this year. The new machines on hand for discussion and test driving included a pair of limited production, high-performance "M" cars, some hot 3-Series models and the first convertible the Bavarian carmaker has offered in the United States in 30 years. But the obvious star of the press introduction - and the clearest lesson in current BMW sales strategy - was the all-new 735i, a $48,500 sedan intended to challenge Mercedes Benz at the high end of the luxury market.
September 28, 2015 |
2015 BMW i3 with Range Extender: Plugging into a little less worry. Price: $52,750 as tested, including $1,500 for the Giga World package (19-inch wheels, universal garage-door opener), $2,500 for the Tech and Driving Assist Package (navigation and BMW Online apps), and $1,000 for the Parking Assist Package. Marketer's pitch: "Every great revolution begins with a charge. " Conventional wisdom: I'm going to get stuck somewhere, I just know it. Reality: Fairly convenient family car, but some iBugs remain.
December 22, 1994 |
City Councilman Daniel P. McElhatton liked yesterday's deal with Kenneth Wimberly a lot better than the one he tried to make with the 24-year-old Southwest Philadelphia man last August. That's because Wimberly decided to plead guilty to two counts of robbery for carjacking McElhatton's 1990 BMW, in exchange for a sentence of two to five years in prison from Common Pleas Judge Anne M. Lazarus. On Aug. 5, Wimberly pretended he was interested in buying the BMW, but stole it instead.
September 8, 1995 |
The newly arrived 318ti is BMW's automotive answer to the training bra. With a starting price of $19,900, the comely little hatchback is intended as a first BMW for young buyers who can't yet afford one of the German automaker's more costly offerings. Think of it as a baby bimmer for baby yuppies, as an affordable status symbol for folks with boardroom aspirations and mailroom paychecks. Think of it, also, as a reworked 3-Series car that pruned its price tag by backing into a mulching machine.
November 17, 1992 |
Two sets of fingerprints matching those of accused carjacker Craig Watson were found inside the 1992 BMW stolen at gunpoint from a King of Prussia couple on Oct. 27, according to an FBI statement made public yesterday. The information, along with other details of the investigation, were part of an affidavit released in connection with Watson's appearance before a federal magistrate judge. Watson, 23, of South Philadelphia, had a brief hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard A. Powers 3d, at which he was assigned a lawyer and then ordered held pending a detention hearing Wednesday, the same day as the detention hearing for his alleged accomplice, William Shaw.
April 12, 2015 |
For those preparing to take a test called the SAT (Strange Automotive Trivia), a knowledge of recent BMW nomenclature is essential. Bayerische Motoren Werke has traditionally employed even numbers when identifying coupe models - except when it doesn't. Until recently, the coupe version of the 3 Series sedan had a 3 in its name. But when BMW redesigned the 3 Series for the 2014 model year, it created a 4 Series designation for the coupe and its convertible stablemate. Then, for 2015, it re-muddied the waters by introducing the 4 Series Gran Coupe model that I just tested.
March 30, 2015 |
2015 BMW 228i xDrive Coupe: All-around fun. Price: $38,600 as tested ($33,900 base price) Marketer's pitch: "Meet the road rebel. " Conventional wisdom: Didn't you used to be the Ultimate Driving Machine? Reality: Think of the 2 Series as a high-maintenance partner. She or he may be difficult to get to know and have expensive tastes, but sometimes it's all worth it in the end. First impressions: I make a point of not learning too much about specific models before I drive them.
June 11, 1994 |
Two brothers were sentenced yesterday to state prison on charges related to 241 grams of cocaine that was found in the back seat of their BMW in Woolwich Township. Gary Lynch, 22, was sentenced to seven years in prison for possession with intent to distribute, while Robert Lynch, 21, was sentenced to three years for possession. The Lynch brothers, both of Rocky Mount, N.C., were passengers in a white BMW that was stopped at 2:15 a.m. March 8 for traveling 75 m.p.h. in a 55- m.p.h.