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ISBN-13: 978-0837602202 ISBN-10: 0837602203 Edition: First Edition

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The most comprehensive look yet at the cars that are an automotive dynasty and that best epitomize BMW's philosophy -- Roundel Magazine, October 2001

Written by BMW expert Jeremy Walton, the BMW 3-Series Enthusiast's Companion leaves no stone unturned -- Total BMW, July 2001
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Product Details

  • Series: BMW (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Bentley Publishers; First Edition edition (June 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0837602203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0837602202
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeremy David Walton, July 4 1946-

It has taken over 30 years since Jeremy wrote his first [factual] book, but January 2013 sees publication of THE TEST, his first novel.Most of the interval was accounted for by apparently doomed attempts to write about anything but motoring and motor sport-related subjects, but he bowed to the inevitable cliche eventually and this novel demonstrates the worth of the old motto: 'Write What you Know."

Following garage employment and a mercifully short spell washing cows' bottoms, former NUJ-Trained sub editor Walton created a freelance automotive consultancy and writing business in 1978. Contributed to national newspapers, consumer magazines and has had 35 non-fiction books commercially published [see www.jwarthog.com or enter Jeremy Walton on Amazon].

Loyal audience built in USA with 1996-2013 motoring columns and features for Roundel magazine. Happily earned a Writer's Digest "Honorable Mention' in 2007 USA competition contested by 15,000 entries. Previous winner of non-fiction writing awards in the USA, 1998-1999-2000.

Jeremy also competed in motorsports UK and overseas with some success and continues to own classic cars [a 1985 BMW and a 1958 Austin Healey 'Frogeye' Sprite] and attend both motor s[port and equine events regularly.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Arne Berglund on August 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
A new 3er book by Jeremy Walton and published by Bentley, I figured it was a "must have." But after reading it, I was surprisingly disappointed.
I got the impression that the author did a whole lot of research which took longer than expected, and so had to rush the final manuscript out to meet the deadline. I found a number of obvious typos, errors and other discrepancies. The book has a huge amount of data and information in it, but it is disorganized, repetitive, and sometimes contradictory. The illustrations often have little or nothing to do with the neighboring text, there is nowhere nearly as many pictures as I had hoped for, and none in color. The author jumps back and forth between topics numerous times, which I found distracting, to say the least. Many statistics, measurements and performance figures are included, but they are not easily compared as there seems to be no rhyme nor reason to how or where in the book they are presented. Worse, he quotes most figures in their original standard of measure, without providing any conversions. This leads to things like a paragraph comparing the fuel economy of two different models with one being given in MPG (Imperial) and the other in MPG (US). Similar comparisons with prices are evident, using German, US and UK currencies at random.
The production figures are interesting, but use the traditional British method of counting in that the actual year of production is given rather than the model year, which makes the figures difficult to follow, showing things like E36s being built in 1990. There are numerous chapters on racing 3ers, but again the coverage seemed to be poorly organized to me.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. Owens on February 1, 2003
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This book has tons of great info which merits 5 easy stars. BUT, if the editor had done a little better job with lining up the material and not constantly repeating some of the facts it could have been even better
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 2003
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Much like other reviewers, I though this book contains a huge amount of well researched and detailed information, but is barely readable due to the poor standard of english. Sure, you can't expect Shakespeare in a "car-book", but sentences that you have to read three times to understand are too much. Short and simple sentences would much improve this book - Sounds like advice for a 3rd grade student!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Terrence Dorsey on January 13, 2003
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This is one of those books that tempts you with interesting subject matter, a nicely organized table of contents, wonderful photos (though none in color), and a fascinating array of tables in the appendix. But I was let down by the truly terrible writing. As mentioned in another review, the text is poorly organized and skips from topic to topic with little rhyme or reason. Non sequitors are the order of the day. Basically unreadable. Which is too bad, because the 3ers -- possibly the finest line of sport sedans ever created -- really deserve to have their story told properly.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Valentine on February 19, 2002
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There are few things that really stand out about this book, for one it seems to be exhaustively researched. The Author seems to know every minute detail about every 3 series produced. As 3-series owner, this was a great to book to get a sense of the history of the car and a partial history of the company itself. My only problem with this book is that the chapters don't seem to blend together, but it's worth the purchase price for the research alone.
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