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BMW X5, SUV
#443 of 1507 Ordering an X5
Dec 10, 2001 (1:21 pm)
I have a delimma that I'm hoping somebody could assist me. I am interested in purchasing a 2002 X5 3.0, but I don't want to take delivery for a few months because I'm trying to sell one of my other cars. Also, I would like to 'lock in' on the great lease rates that BMW is offering this month (63% residual/3 years, .00190 money factor), even though I don't want to take delivery until February or March. Therefore:
1) If I 'order from the factory' a X5 to be built based on my selected options and colors, about how long before it will be ready? Also, what kind of security deposit is required up front?
2) If I select to have my X5 built based on my preferences, can I still lease instead of buy? Also, can I 'lock in' the current lease rates in December even though the car may not be ready until Feb. or March?
3) I live in North Carolina, therefore can I drive to the X5 plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina to pick up my X5 rather than pay the $645 destination fee? $645 seems like an awful lot of profit for the dealer to drive a car from South Carolina to North Carolina.
4) Has anyone else on this board tried this 'order from the factory' option rather than purchased a vehicle that has already been built? IF so, did you get a better price closer to the invoice amount since the dealer didn't have to carry the inventory on his lot?
Dec 10, 2001 (2:21 pm)
It was black with black interior. Not the best choice for our hot summers here in Las Vegas.
This months Car and Driver mag has a 2 page ad with a red 4.6is X5 in it. Great looking. The 4.4i has great power as it is, 50 more hp and 1" bigger tires are not worth the extra $16,000 to me. The 20" wheels don't look as sharp as the 19".
Be curious to see how it sells with that extra $6900 of pure profit. Vegas was built on on upping the other guy so I'll bet that 4.6is has already been sold. I saw it last Wednesday; went out of town for a 4 day weekend.
Oh, the M5 looks awesome!!!
#446 of 1507 mmarino2/Dealers in New Jersey
Dec 11, 2001 (10:50 am)
I have delt with Princeton BMW in Princeton New Jersey, for years, even before I lived near by. They have wonderful service, and just did some extensive renocations. Hope you find what you are looking for there.
#447 of 1507 re: ordering an X5
Dec 11, 2001 (3:40 pm)
lazura: I was in a somewhat similar situation as you were. I needed to be able to get the X5 in March 1 and I ordered around the end of Nov./first of Dec. I odered the X5 to my preferences for leasing with the understanding that I can't pick it up untill March 1st. I didn't get much of a discount. At the time the X5 was in high demand because of the recent release that it was one of the safest SUV's out there. The dealer basically held the papers and timed it so when the order was sent in it would arrive by the specified date. The lease deal that was going on at the time was to expire on Dec. 31 but so long as I put the deposit down that would be the deal that I got. Did it work out? Not really. The car ended up coming 2 weeks early. They said I had to take it or they would have to sell it to someone else(I would get my $1000 deposit back though). I took it anyway. Happy with the car. I would talk to the dealer though as to what would happen if itcame early the way mine did and have it writing. Don't know about picking it up in the factory but it sounds like fun. Destination charges is a flat fee and is the same whether the factory is next door or 3000 miles away. Good luck!
#448 of 1507 Just came back from NJ dealer...
Dec 12, 2001 (10:31 pm)
I was going on various local NJ dealer sites and requesting quotes over the past week. Like some posters above, i too am leasing for first time and have issues. Bottom line, bmw offering money rate .0019=great deal!
For MMARINO, try Open Road BMW, thats who i went to. This is what they gave me without haggling or issues...(cheapest out of NJ dealers thus far)
premium pkg, auto trans, xenon, cold weather pkg...42 months $550/month 0 down. $2,200 below MSRP. I can take delivery up til end of Feb. as long as paperwork processed before Dec. 31. As of today, normal delivery for custom order is within 4 weeks they say.
Dealer asked for $1,000 fully-refundable deposit.
Don't know about avoiding that delivery charge, i'm sure if u went to th plant, they'd still charge that $645 for driving it up to front parking lot from the assembly line.
In any case, if you've been seriously contemplating picking up one of these beasts...
I suggest everyone on the fence should jump on the bandwagon ASAP, rates will go up after 31st!!
IF anyone got a better deal, let me know!!! I haven't put down deposit yet so not too late to switch dealers!!!
THANKS, hope it helped!
#449 of 1507 X5 with 400 miles in for service already
Dec 16, 2001 (9:22 am)
Unfotunatley I had to have my X5 towed to the dealer due to a faulty thermostat that was causing the engine to run very rough, spitting and stumbling all over itself. Anyone else have these problems ?
#450 of 1507 I was in for service at 1,200 miles, three weeks old
Dec 16, 2001 (4:00 pm)
although for a minor problem - the A/C manual vent controls didn't work and I could not control air direction to windshield, center or floor properly. fixed now. car does drive like a dream (for an SUV).
#451 of 1507 X5 3.0 Silver w/ Black
Dec 17, 2001 (11:06 am)
Just picked mine up and love it. Now, to figure out how to use all the cool toys.
#452 of 1507 Ordering an X5
Dec 17, 2001 (11:25 am)
I found out from a dealer that the $645 destination charged cannot be waived because it is an 'average' of all shipping charges for BMW, regardless of the location of delivery.
With living so close to the Spartanburg, SC BMW factory(where the X5 is built), and looking to order an X5 rather than by a currently built one, I am in an advantagous position. I am about to send out a purchase request to every BMW dealer in the country for an 2002 X5 3.0i. Since I am doing all the work (researching, listing all options, picking up vehicle myself), I really don't even need a dealer, except to spend 5 minutes keying in my order on a computer screen. Therefore, I am only offering $500 over invoice for the vehicle, which seems like plenty of profit for 5 minutes of work. I wish that BMW had a web site to directly order the vehicle from the factory and skip the dealer 'middleman' entirely. Also, all correspondance can be handled via email, faxes or priorty mail. Also, the first dealer to respond will get my leasing business also (with $0 cap cost reduction).