I ended up ordering with John Roberts in Austin. They wanted to play in the "game" and when my husband and I orginally drove up there for some test drives, we liked the salesman. No pressure. Even had us drive a used M3 that he knew we had no interest in purchasing.
So, when I decided to buy, I called him and asked if he wanted to "play" the game. He called back right away and in about 3 minutes we had a deal.
As for black on black in Texas...what can I say. I do not like light interior color cars. I had black leatherette on my 330i and I liked it. The leather is not worth the $$$ for me. My 330i was also silver and I don't want to add another one to the road. So, a dark color it is. I do like the Topaz blue, but I think it might get old after a while.
I think I need to go find another orient blue and black in person to make my final decision. I guess I should call the dealer and see when I have to have my mind made up.
I just found out yesterday that I'll be out of town for 6 weeks while my "baby" is being produced and shipped, etc... That should help alleviate my impatience. I just need to make sure they can hold the car for a week or two until I get back.
I guess I'll play the car game too.
1984/85 Mazda 626 (my mother bought it to get me to high school and back)
1989 Honda Civic. (great car but was totalled in an accident, which was not my fault)
1991 Nissan Sentra SE-R (great pocket rocket...is still in the family)
2001 330i (what can you say)
2003 Acura TL-S (if you've read my postings...sold it after 6 weeks...it was no BMW)
First let me preface this list with 3 comments
1. I'm really not THAT old (41)
2. I drive a ton of miles and beat up cars pretty fast.
3. This list is for my wife (of 17 years) and me.
1961 Chevy Nova II wagon (inline 6)
1976 Plymouth Arrow Coupe
1982 Mazda 626 Coupe
1984 Honda Civic
1988 Ford Escort GT
1990 Honda CRX SI (pocket rocket)
1992 Honda Accord Coupe
1992 Acura Legend Coupe (Rare 5-speed manual)
1994 Isuzu Rodeo
1995 Nissan Maxima
1996 Isuzu Trooper
1998 Volvo V70 Cross country Wagon
1998 Mitsubishi Diamante
2000 BMW Z3 (The fever sets in!)
2001 Volvo V70 T5 wagon
2001 BMW 325i (inline 6 just like my very first car)
2002 Mercury Mountaineer
Where in the Poconos were you? My mother lives on the east side (Bushkill Falls/Dingman's Ferry area) and my in-laws have a "cabin" (it's got a dishwasher?) on the west end (Jack Frost/Big Boulder area). If you were on the east end, did you end up on any of the roads through the Delaware State Forest? They are incredible!
But many of you already know how young (and impressionable;) I am. Here goes:
My first car (also my first new car) was a 1992 Chevrolet Beretta GT. White/Grey w/ white mesh style wheels (think 530i SP wheels, but white). I won't bore you with all of the details about electrical problems (Power windows & Rear defogger wouldn't work silmultaneously), AC problems (O rings, EVapoator Core), faulty dimmer switch, 3 exhaust systems, broken driver's window (for 18 months including a nasty Ithaca, NY winter in which it was stuck down for a week), and finally a camshaft that needed to be replaced at 61,000 miles (The 3rd lobe down wore). I sold it in March 1998.
When I graduated college (or I was about to), I leased a 1998 Ford Explorer Sport (Black/Grey Leather) for 2 years. The only problem I ever had was the dealer installed alarm that kept breaking. 2 years/24,000 miles nothing should have gone wrong!
A few months before the lease was up on my Explorer, I decided I no longer needed a 4WD vehicle. I was living in Manhattan at the time and needed a car for road trips, weekends,... SO my parents told me that if I got a car with FWD or AWD & an auto transmission that they would split the lease payments with me. December 1999 I took deliver of a 2000 Saab 9-3. Wonderful car to lease, hasn't given me any problems.
After contemplating how I could get myself into a 325Ci for many months, the practical side of me stepped in and said "hey, you're 26 and don't need a BMW right now." So I found a leftover 2001 Honda Prelude Type SH which I took deliver of at the end of April. I plan on keeping the Honda for a long time and eventually retiring it to 3rd car duty.