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#22058 of 30250 Buying Canadian BMW to import into US
Feb 25, 2003 (9:14 pm)
I haven't owned a Bimmer since my uncle gave me his old '84 318i when I started college. I now am interested in buying one, since my Acura Integra was stolen recently. I'm looking at 2001/02 325i's because they fit in my price range. Looks like I can get a decently equipped model for between $22-$27k. I have seen dealers in Canada w/ the appropriate color and equipment that I like. They also seem to be slightly better priced because of the exchange rate. It also helps that I have a cousin in Canada who can check out these dealerships and do the test drive for me. I know he'll be good because he's a car buff and he also owns a BMW. My question is do the Canadian cars have different specs or equipment? Besides an odometer change from metric system, what other mods are necessary? Anybody familiar w/ any customs or any other taxes? Any paperwork hassles? Any knowledge or guidance would be much appreciated.
#22059 of 30250 nav? by dusterbuster
Feb 26, 2003 (12:50 am)
I think you'll be happy with your choice to buy the nav. If you aren't, though, please don't come stalking me!
Feb 26, 2003 (7:09 am)
You can always place the golf bag in the passenger seat.
#22061 of 30250 coupe vs sedan
Feb 26, 2003 (7:42 am)
I chose the sedan. One, its cheaper (why is the coupe MORE expensive?? strange) and two, the coupe has a back seat and if you intend to haul around 4 people just having two doors and moving the seats become SUCH a pain in the rear. Id rather have 4doors or JUST a two-seater instead of a 4/5 seater coupe. Used to have a coupe and it was more a pain than styling.
Also, the coupe styling is not THAT much different to justify getting one. Now, if the bimmer coupe were radically different than the sedan like the Infiniti G35 coue and sedan, I would have considered it.
#22062 of 30250 Coupe vs. Sedan
Feb 26, 2003 (8:29 am)
The coupe has more standard features than the sedan. For example, it has the sport suspension standard, that's why the sport package option is much less on the coupe than the sedan.
BMW's pricing structure is very rationale. If you option up a sedan to the coupe's level, the cost is pretty close.
Feb 26, 2003 (8:51 am)
For the 330, sedan & coupe have the sport suspension as standard.
#22064 of 30250 3 or 5?That is the question.
Feb 26, 2003 (9:31 am)
I would appreciate your attention and advice. I am finally getting rid of my MB C320 and purchasing a BMW. I am looking at 330Xi or 530i. My interest in the 330Xi is only for the all wheel drive aspect. Although I live in Arkansas and not much winter weather, we have periods of rain at times and think the sure footedness of Xi would be good. Options, convieniences, luxury, I think the 530 would be the thing. I would appreciate your opinions. Thanks!!
Feb 26, 2003 (9:34 am)
Never had any trouble with rain in my 330i with SP.
Feb 26, 2003 (9:58 am)
If you are worried about the rain then any BMW will do pretty well. No need for the xi for rain.
Go with the 530
Feb 26, 2003 (10:03 am)
For Arkansas, I absolutely cannot see the need to spend the extra money on AWD. Consider the following:
1) With the standard traction control, you will have to hammer the throttle pretty hard to cause an unsafe situation with the RWD cars when the roads are wet
2) Even though accelerating from a stop will certainly be a little better in the wet with the AWD car, the handling and braking will be slightly worse (extra weight)
3) The 330xi cannot be had with the better wheels and tires of either the 330i SP or the 530i SP
All in all, I would buy the 530i, then again, I am biased; I have had both a 328i and a 530i, and I prefer the 530i.
Good luck, let us know what you decide.