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Long-term BMW 335d: Cup Holders Good in Theory, Bad in Practice

By on March 31, 2009 10:56 AM
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When you first look at a new car, you are often blinded by the beauty of the un-scuffed interior and shiny trim. But when you bring it home, little things might start to annoy you. This is the case with our new long-term BMW 335d. Don't get us wrong, the 335d is a great vehicle, but it lost some of its luster when we tried to use its cup holders for the first time. Unlike most vehicles, the 335d's cup holders aren't placed in the center console between the two front seats. Instead, two cup holders swing out from the dash in front of the passenger. The nearest cup holder from the driver is positioned just to the right of the LCD screen and is actually pretty ergonomic in its placement -- it's easy to reach and sits in the driver's periphery, making it easy to find your cup without taking your eyes off the road. The problem with the cup holder lies in its depth. About an inch-and-a-half deep, the cup holder fails to hold beverages in place when stopping, causing them to topple over. Frankly, we expected more from BMW. Needless to say, we don't plan on taking any hot coffee in this car anytime soon.
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