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BMW 5 Series, Sedan
May 17, 2003 (2:48 pm)
I am 100% sure there was no E34 535is. It had to have been a gray market car. The first day I worked in a BMW dealership(summer of 1990), we had a Z1 in the shop. The owner was a shipping magnate, who could get an exemption for a year at a time. Very striking car, Hunter green with an almost lemon yellow interior. The Z1 wasn't imported because it couldn't pass DOT crashworthy standards. Mainly because of the doors that slid down into the chassis. And it is very small. The reason why we don't get so many great cars is they are too small or don't meet EPA emission standards. We don't get a lot of diesels because of a lack of low sulfer fuel.
#6495 of 12737 bmwguru: Z1
May 17, 2003 (3:16 pm)
In 1989, my brother and I visited the BMW museum in Munich. At the time I was the proud owner of my first car, a '76 2002. At one point we had a vantage into one of the BMW factory lots. Someone pulled out in a car that we later found out was a Z1, and we remembered being floored at seeing the doors retract downward. I always hoped that we'd see one in the US--I had almost forgotten about that car until I read your note.
May 17, 2003 (3:37 pm)
I actually saw a BMW Z1 back in 1996. I saw it parked on the street in South Beach, Miami. Very cool car from what I remember.
#6497 of 12737 Z1 Sighting
May 18, 2003 (8:31 pm)
I was at the Press Intro of the 8er at the Frankfurt show(IAA) back in 1989. A BMW AG PR guy offered me a 2 hour evaluation drive in a Z1. Unfortunately the Z1 wasn't available until the next day and I was already booked on a train to Munich. Drat!!!
#6498 of 12737 Salvage question
May 19, 2003 (5:24 am)
Hey guys, I was looking on ebay and saw a 2001 325Ci that looks good and they have tons of pictures, but it is a salvage. Do you guys think it is even worth looking into or should I move on. It is read with red leather interior and black carpet. It has 17500 miles on it and seeems to have all the options I am looking for. The only difference it that is it a salvage, I could get use to the red leather interior I think.
May 19, 2003 (6:05 am)
Move on, too many good ones out there.
May 19, 2003 (6:39 am)
Thanks, that is the conclusion that I came up with after thinking about the minimal savings that I would gain. I would rather have the piece of mind anyway.
May 19, 2003 (8:28 am)
Just picked up a MY 01 530i last friday. It has a cassette player in the dash but it is wired for a CD changer. Is it better to install a CD changer in the trunk (about $500) or replace the cassette player with a single CD player in the dash? Any leads on good deals on the CD changer will be appreciatred.
Thanks in advance for your tips.
#6502 of 12737 CD changer
May 19, 2003 (11:10 am)
wabends, from what I have heard, the in dash cd player cost about $600 since it includes the tuner as well. The MID display for the radio is just that, a display. I have heard of people buying after market cd changes and buying adapters like blitzsafe to make them work with the steering wheel controls as well as the head unit. I have decided to go the MP3 route and am in the process of finding a mp3 player that I like and will adapte the system to. Advantage is more songs, and I can change them inside the car instead of getting out and opening the trunk. That being said, I would rather have a single cd in dash than a changer in the trunk. It is just personal preference.
#6503 of 12737 nyccarguy/Shipo/Jb_shin
May 19, 2003 (11:26 am)
In the 10 years that I lived in Miami, I saw a lot of interesting car. I guess those folks had the means to bring some special cars over. I still have a picture of a mid 80's Alpina. I'll have to find the picture to determine what model it was. There are also alot of custom/kit cars running rampant. My personal favorite at the time was a '85 M-B 560 SEL converted to a gullwing. I don't know who did the conversion. It was cool but looked to bulky to drive fast.
What is the deal with why we cannot get cars like the Alfa Romeo sedans, Audi A3, Vauxhall VX220,etc... The EPA, DOT and other bootlegged thugs prevent car lovers from seeing the whole spectrum of automobile. Here is, we Americans have the income to buy cars that most can't afford but we are not allowed to get our hands on any automobile that we want. If I had the money, I would like to own a Euro-spec Rac Dyn Tornado. I love what the European aftermarket does to a BMW. Most european aftermarket companies don't sell their engine mods in this country. I think the crash test should be the only qualification on what can come into the States. Trucks, Semis, airplanes, chemical plants pour allot more pollutants than cars. BMW also is not taking much in the way of risks. I don't think the 1-series will sell in this country. I think this will be due to pricing and badge prestige. M-B is already taking a risk with selling the overpriced C-coupe. I'm surprised that M-B does not try to sell the A-class. With the products that VW plan to sell in the US in the next year and half, maybe we might see more desirable BMW just not the E46 M3 CSL.