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BMW 3 Series, Wagon
#317 of 346 Re: Wagon Radio [armand]
Nov 09, 2005 (9:22 pm)
I know your comment is an old post but I had this identical problem on my 2003 325iT. Dealership fixed it by swapping the third brake light in the spoiler. A defective ground/shield was interfering with the radio on AM band only. Perfect reception.
#318 of 346 Re: Wagon Radio [gilgorm]
Nov 14, 2005 (1:40 pm)
My radio is still under "repair" by BMW. I will make your suggestion to them.
Thanks a lot!
#319 of 346 Re: Wagon Radio [gilgorm]
Nov 15, 2005 (11:45 am)
I got my wagon back with some mods that they made to the antenna and the AM reception is much improved. I'm not sure exactly what they did but the radio seems to be operating at a reasonable level. Westchester BMW worked hard at resolving the problem and I am appreciative.
#320 of 346 BMW 3 Wagon V SAAB Arc Wagon
Nov 22, 2005 (12:06 pm)
I am thinking of trading my 2004 SAAB Arc wagon for the new BMW 3 wagon. Is the AWD drive any better in rain? I have no trouble w/SAAB. My dealer agrues that the $16M trade difference is made up by better resale at the end of 3 years. Any experience on that? Any problems w/2006 BMW Wagon? I know it drives much better that my SAAB, but is the resale that good?
#321 of 346 Re: BMW 3 Wagon V SAAB Arc Wagon [bsloane]
Nov 23, 2005 (9:49 pm)
The best way to figure out potential resale value is to ask the salesman (or internet sites) what the residual (as a percentage) will be on a three or four year lease. As you are no doubt aware the residual is what the dealership thinks the car will be worth in the future. I have found it to be a very good indicator of the true value. Even within BMW the residuals are different within the model lines. e.g. 2006 Wagon has a residual of 60% with less than 20000 km/yr after 36 months. The 325Xi sedan is worth 62% and a higher mileage lease has a residual of 58%. Saab should be able to give you a quote.
#322 of 346 Re: BMW 3 Wagon V SAAB Arc Wagon [gilgorm]
Nov 24, 2005 (7:00 am)
Thank you; SAAB is 50% v BMW 60%. So I think I will go ahead and get the BMW in January.
#323 of 346 Audi a3 vs BMW 325xi wagon
Dec 14, 2005 (4:37 pm)
Has anyone test driven both? Any insight?
#324 of 346 where are all the wagons?
Feb 17, 2006 (3:27 pm)
where are all the 3 series wagons??? no dealers currently have them in CA. What's the problem with availability and when will they be available? My v70 2.5t volvo wagon is in the last few months of its lease and the 3 wagon looks very attractive to me.. but smaller. Am I going to notice a big difference in terms of engine???
#325 of 346 Re: Audi a3 vs BMW 325xi wagon [guitarmaker]
Feb 18, 2006 (10:46 pm)
The A3 really is quite small. I used to have the previous version as a company car and it's a fun car to drive around in the city. I would more compare it to the Mini vs. shopping it against the 325 wagon... and I would definitely buy it over the Mini.
That said, the new A3 is a great car and I test drove one right when they came out. My issue with it is the front wheel drive and the price... it's terribly expensive for what it is.
The A3 feels faster than the wagon, but I personally find the wagon more satisfying to drive. We really are happy with our new wagon, although I would have preferred to get a 330 rwd model with sports package instead of the 325xi model. My only complaint is that the cargo area is a little small, but it's a great car. We did euro delivery, so I got it for a few thousand more than the A3 would have been.
#326 of 346 Re: where are all the wagons? [womble]
Feb 18, 2006 (10:54 pm)
I don't think BMW sells that many wagons, so most dealers won't stock them. Also, if they did have one, my guess is that it wouldn't be configured how you want it. Why don't you place a special order? I really liked how the new 325 sedan drove so I took a chance on getting one of the first wagons without driving it first. We ordered ours via euro delivery and had a pretty good experience.
We cross-shopped the xc70 and I personally like the size of the xc70 better, the engine and transmition are garbage (especially for the price). The cargo area is definitely smaller in the BMW, so you need to factor that in your buying choice. The 325 feels much faster and more responsive than the xc70 did, but you might find something like the v70R more satisfying.
We have been really happy with the 325 wagon so far... but there was a review on jalopnik.com that basically ripped the car so to each their own.