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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
#13115 of 30250 genie & your car alternatives
Jan 19, 2002 (9:50 am)
I had to smile when you said you were looking at a CRV and Rav4. I started in that direction after owning a 1990 "tall" Civic wagon and wanted a vehicle with more cargo area than a sedan. I actually got as far as driving the CRV but disliked its lean on sharp turns, high driver position and truck-like steering wheel position. I might have acutally purchased the car if the salesman had ever called back.
So, all those small but unpleasant impressions delayed the process until my daughter finally got me to a BMW dealer (I was not mentally prepared to pay $30K). After driving the wagon, I knew I had found what I was looking for.
#13116 of 30250 ED invoice butmywife
Jan 19, 2002 (11:12 am)
Check back a few hundred posts. Someone put me on to www.cuttermotors.com/bmw/bimmerfest but there is a directory further down that you need to get to the ED invoice prices. They seem accurate as other BMW dealers had no argument with them. They also contain the 2002 increase. It's probably 300-400 back. Good luck!
#13117 of 30250 butmywife 2
Jan 19, 2002 (2:16 pm)
Another place to look is www.eurobuyers.com. I think they keep ED invoice prices there as well.
Jan 19, 2002 (4:05 pm)
BTW, several posters who've done the ED said that you automatically get the floor mats included. I wonder if that is true?
Yes, ED cars not only get a full set of floor mats, they also get a great first aid kid mounted under the passenger seat and a nice folding emergency triangle in the trunk.
#13119 of 30250 Business CD and CD-RW compatibility
Jan 19, 2002 (4:16 pm)
Not sure everyone knows this so I thought I'd mention it. The day we picked up our car in Munich, I pulled out a couple of audio CDs I'd burned before we left the States. One of them had accidentally been burned to a blank CD-RW (rewritable) rather than a CD-R (write-once). I put it in and it played fine.
Many aftermarket head units, even those that play CD-Rs, won't play CD-RWs due to the much lower reflectivity of the discs so I was quite surprised that this factory CD player would. Anyway, good news for those who like to roll their own music. Maybe someone else (perhaps with a MY2001 car) could give it a try and let me know if it works for you?
#13120 of 30250 I got my wife involved in the buying process
Jan 19, 2002 (5:47 pm)
for the first time today. We just walked a lot looking at colors. It was a bright, cloudless afternoon and I was surprised how different the colors looked (and changed their appeal) compared to lower light levels and showroom lighting.
My preference now in most-to-least favored order is: Steel Blue, Silver, Gray Green, Steel Gray, Oxford Green, Alpine White, Black, Red, Topaz Blue.
I still haven't seen a Sapphire Black and I'm not sure if I've seen an Orient Blue -- there was a cic on the lot that was almost a metallic black, but looked blue from certain angles. I'm guessing that was Orient Blue. Everything looked so much darker in bright light.
derprofi - thanks for the tip on the mats.
#13121 of 30250 canada ED
Jan 19, 2002 (7:49 pm)
I'll like to know your ED buying experience (pricing, dealershiop etc)here in canada.
All 3 dealerships I contacted via email in Toronto and Vancouver will not give me any deals off the ED MSRP. They all mentioned I'll have to pay for car insurance in Europe, shipping cost to canada e.t.c on top of the advertised ED MSRP.
Does any body know the ED invoice prices in canada?
Jan 19, 2002 (11:38 pm)
I emailed Enterprise twice requesting a quote, and never heard back from them. I also called to inquire about the 530 that I was looking for, and the guy told me they were discounting them like $700 off MSRP. Screw that. Even Knauz in Lake Bluff(classy but pretty snobby) offered $800 off after the test drive. Maybe they're good, but my experience was quite a turn-off.
#13123 of 30250 Cleaning Question
Jan 20, 2002 (9:45 am)
Yesterday it was in the low 40's so I decided to clean my wheels (with a small bucket of soapy water) and dress the tires. The car body wasn't very dirty, but it was dusty. I decided to wipe it down with Griot's Speed Shine (car spray detailer). My car is Jet Black. I know that this is the way you are supposed to use this stuff, but I can't get past cleaning a car without water. It didn't seem to scratch anything, but I am seeing a bunch of swirl marks again (last summer I used 3M Hand Glaze and it took most of the swirls out).
Do others use this spray detailing? Do you use it instead of washing sometimes? Otherwise, what is it good for? What is your experience with scratching or swirl marks, especially if a dark color? I have two vehicles, so the Bimmer ususally only goes out on nice days with no rain or snow, therefore it only gets dusty with some road grime on the lower panels. I wash the wheels about twice as often as I have to wash the body and I use a car duster a couple of times a week on the roof, hood and trunk lid.