2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Parking Grade: F-
October 16, 2014
I make an attempt to keep our test cars from getting door dings. That means doing things like parking far away from other cars in parking lots (much to the annoyance of whoever is riding with me) and/or grabbing that coveted end spot. At least with the last you can keep one side of the car safe.
That's what I was trying to do with our long-term 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo when I parked at the Redondo Beach pier to watch some football at a sports bar with friends.
When I got back to the car, I found this Ford Mustang "parked" next to the BMW. And there's your proof for why we go to lengths to protect the test cars. Because, apparently, some people are parking bozos.
The person who drove this Mustang gets a parking grade of F- in my book. There was no reason for the Mustang to crowd over the parking lines onto the BMW's side, other than, I'm guessing, sheer laziness or complete indifference. The car to their right was parked normally.
Another sure sign of poor parking form: The Mustang's front tires are cocked to the left.
For the record, I give myself a B- because, in looking at this photo, there was still room to park a bit closer to the driver's side curb to leave even more space for fun folks like this Mustang driver. Although there would have been little room to open the door thanks to that small wall.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor