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You are in the BMW 3-Series
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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
#16714 of 30250 LeeNelsonMD
May 01, 2002 (12:40 pm)
Yes, you can rent BMWs in Europe; however, it is more than just a little expensive to rent one with a sizeable engine. When I was working for MBUSA over in Stuttgard (in 1996), due to the fact that I am a Consultant, I was not allowed to drive one of the Company MBs (for insurance reasons). As a result, they rented me several BMWs, which if I remember the pricing, went something like this:
316i -- $350/week
318i -- $375/week
320i -- $425/week
323i -- $550/week
328i -- $675/week
I suspect that these prices have gone up since then, and as you can see, a couple of weeks with a decent rental car can add up, especially when you consider that by using ED, you save quite a bit of money (in my case, I save $5,300 off the MSRP).
#16715 of 30250 Bzzzzzzt! Wrong again...
May 01, 2002 (12:56 pm)
Thanks John01, I just checked the www.esixt.com web site, and they offer the following BMWs:
316i -- $244 per week -- Germany
316i -- $315 per week -- Austria
316i -- $388 per week -- Denmark
316i -- $597 per week -- Poland
318i -- $482 per week -- Hungary
520i -- $557 per week -- Finland
728i -- $679 per week -- Switzerland
These folks must be absolutely the least expensive European Car Rental agency, because these prices are significantly less expensive than I remember.
#16716 of 30250 leenelsonmd---no expert, but my tips anyway....
May 01, 2002 (1:00 pm)
I've used Xymol since I got my 3, and it works great. I believe it is specially made for German cars. Not sure if this is true. Meguiars makes great products, but I have been very satisfied with Xymol's protective and aesthetic capabilities. I typically wash with Son of a Gun soap, dry the car with diapers (new, of course), use Meguiars Cleaner Wax, then apply Xymol and buff with diapers (have yet to get a ROM Buffer).
I, too, use the Meguiar's Gold Class Endurance Tire Gel. Unfortunately, unless I let it completely dry, it splatters on the rocker panels, door and rear bumper behind the wheels. Easy to wipe off, though. For the interior, I swear by Son of a Gun Protectant (do NOT use Armor All--dries out surfaces and causes cracks over the long haul). I use Lexol leather cleaner and conditioner for the seats. Nothing works better.
Hopefully, this helps. I'll be doing this all on Saturday as the weather is now prime.
May 01, 2002 (1:22 pm)
2 months ago I was deciding between a 325xi and a lexus es300. I decided to go with the lexus and took delivery of my new vehicle on March 30. The wife did not like the ride of the 325xi and basically convinced me to get the lexus. She said it was bumpy, the engine noisy, and more wind noise compared to the lexus.
A month after owning the es300, I regret buying it. The transmission kills the enjoyment of this car. If it were as smooth as last year's model and if it were as quiet as most people claim, it would be perfect for me. But it turns out that all the things that made me choose the lexus isn't exactly true. I now even think it's a damn ugly car. It looks like a bigger corolla for 35K!
One of my biggest complaints: it makes me feel old! I'm 29 but when I drive this thing, I feel like I'm 50!
If I knew then what I knew now, I would have picked the bmw over the lexus and be taking delivery of an Orient Blue 325xi next week. Aaaaarggh!!
Reading the posts of owners on this board, I think most are very satisfied with the 3 - a stark contrast to the es300 board forum. Most people in the es300 forum are complaining (including myself) of the transmission and other little things.
My mother will be buying an es300 this october and I will see if she can get a 325xi instead. We can trade. She continues payments of the es and I start anew with the bmw. If that doesn't work out, I'll have to wait until 2007 before my next car. Hopefully my wife doesn't convince me to get a minivan instead.
May 01, 2002 (1:30 pm)
You use Xymol after the cleaner wax? I must be a novice. I thought it was a wax type product. Does it add something after the shine and slick feeling you get with meguires cleaner wax? Does it make it last longer. My strategy has been to wash weekly and wax every 8-12 weeks since it is so easy with the paste wax anyway. If I use the Xymol will this be uneccessary?
With the tire gel, what brand of tires do you have? I try to put it on lightly and have not had this problem. I will say the the Michellins on my car have shallower sidewall grooves than my wife's car which still has the original Goodyear's which tend to collect excess gel moreso than the Michellins. I have found a way to put it on to help prevent this problem, even on her goodyears.
May 01, 2002 (1:50 pm)
Why were you looking at the xi vs the Lexus? The xi is AWD, but the ES300 isn't. Just curious.
#16720 of 30250 erickpl-website
May 01, 2002 (1:58 pm)
What about also having a place where the owner could do a little write-up/review of their car or give a short bio in addition to pictures?
May 01, 2002 (1:58 pm)
I feel your pain. Thanks for the post.
I am 30 and have feelings very similar to yours. Here is some of my story. I am nearing the end of my medical training which began 8 years ago with medical school and I still have 2 years left to go (working 100-120 hours a week for about $7 an hour). I have been married for 8 years and I am still crazy about my wife. Three years ago we bought her a 2000 maxima which was a great car purchase for the 2 of us. It was roomy enough to start a family and was very sporty and kept me from feeling too old. 2 years ago we purchased my E36 325i from my in-laws and life has never been the same. I love the car. It drive like a sports car and we use it to go on weekend dates and I can still put my 11mo old little girl in the back seat if I find myself baby sitting. The car is awesome and I have never been happier. It has 92k miles on it and this fall I am going to get a loaded 330i to replace it.
This is my take on things--I see lots of people who have their lives cut short in a totally unexpected way and I find it tragic to see these terrible situations made worse by secret feelings of remorse or regret that somehow they were cheated out of the experiences that they could have had. I think that you have to get the most out of every day. Live without guilt, love your family, and others and enjoy life. I happen to have fallen in love with cars and for me the BMW is a terrific machine for the money. Everyday when I drive into work it is like therapy. I love the drive and I get excited about getting out of bed and going to work because it is another opportunity to drive my car. It is like having a full time psychiatrist working on you for 2 thirty minute sessions a day--making the car an even better value.
Don't get me wrong. A car is not as important to some people and they should focus their finances on things that make them happy. I probably have some kind of illness, but I just happen to love and appreciate a wonderful automobile. It fits into my overall plan of overcoming the mid-life crisis - it is better not to have one. Of course an automobile can land you smack in the middle of debt and to me there is no better way of creating a crisis than this, so I hope I am not misunderstood.
The great news for you is this opportunity to do the switch with your mom - I hope this works out and I think you will never regret the switch.
By the way, why are you thinking of the xi?
May 01, 2002 (2:04 pm)
I would love to have something like that. I doubt I could do the justice to the car or the owner if some writeup was desired.
I have two ways I could do this:
1. Allow people to post the information, which means I really couldn't use webshots. I don't want to give people my ftp password for uploading shots and html, so I couldn't really put it on my web server.
2. Find a place where pics can be posted and comments aded by the uploader. Any ideas?
May 01, 2002 (2:38 pm)
Kodak has some sort of online album facility. Maybe check them out, don't have any more info. Also Photoworks, used to be Seattle Film Works. Again, no details to share, sorry. And there used to be a great film processing mail-order only firm in Texas (Austin?)--maybe they've gone online too. Can't recall the name. What a font of information!! LOL