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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
#22248 of 30250 Shipo re: faster 530i than others?
Mar 09, 2003 (2:02 am)
I'm glad your PT is progressing so you can once again drive your car.
It is funny that you say that the mechanic said your 530i felt exceptionally fast for a 530i. My friend had a (bought in late 94) 1995 E36 325is (5 speed, PP, SP...) that he got rid of in 1997. He sold the car back to the BMW dealership. When he went for a ride with the service techs and the used car manager, they both told him that his car seemed exceptionally fast and was faster than the then 328is. They swore his car had been modified, but it wasn't. Stranger things have happened.
#22249 of 30250 BMW CPO Locator
Mar 09, 2003 (6:14 am)
bmwdoug... Have you checked out BMW NA's CPO locator on their web site? Nice place to start looking.
Mar 09, 2003 (11:01 am)
<<< What might be far more interesting would be what kind of lap times you could generate in both cars on the same day on the same course. In fact, that might be worth trying to arrange. >>> That would be great. There's another driving school at NHIS in September and autoX events through October. As far as 530 vs. 328, the 530 has a slight power-to-weight ratio advantage (16.7 vs. 16.3) although the torque advantage is not significant. The torque advantage in the 328 gives it a good advantage over the 325 although the HP difference there is not that big...
#22252 of 30250 330i Perfomance Package
Mar 09, 2003 (4:02 pm)
Anyone tested 330i w/performance package? Is it only availabe in Imola Red?
Personally, I like the 6-spd 540i but the new performance package got my attention and made me curious.
Mar 09, 2003 (8:53 pm)
I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find a catalogue online for the 2004 330ci? Autospy has one, but it was in a foreign language and I don't feel like typing the whole thing in to a translator.
#22254 of 30250 Opinions on 1990 325i, please
Mar 10, 2003 (5:15 am)
Hi everyone. I'm needing a car, for which I can pay cash, for basic commuting purposes. I've got a friend whose step-mom has a 1990 325i for sale. It's been in the same family since her mom (that is, the step mom's mother) purchased it in 1990. It's got 215k on it, but only 80k on the rebuilt motor. Looks to be in very good shape, and of course I'll have a mechanic check it out. They are asking $2500.00 for the car. What do you think? How does one allow for the rebuild--does it get credit for having 80k on it or do you plug in the whole 215 when calculating for mileage? Are BMWs fairly reliable? All opinions, comments, etc. are welcome. Thanks!
#22255 of 30250 420blackbirds
Mar 10, 2003 (8:45 am)
I think that a 13 year old 3er with 215K on the clock will prove to be a bit fussy for everyday use as a work hack. Make no mistake, an E30 3er is a great car- assuming that you can do some of the maintenance/repair work yourself and that you know where to get OEM parts at a good price. I'm a gearhead, so I'd give it a good hard look-my philosophy is that you can never have too many BMWs in the garage. However, if you are going to have to take it to the shop for every little hiccup the $$$ will add up very fast.
Mar 10, 2003 (10:11 am)
seivwrig: I look forward to the car control school this weekend. I made the cut. Now to find out just how bad a driver I am.
brave1: sorry about the ticket. I worry when i drive the wife's car too. with the v1 i just drive according to conditions and find myself looking at the tach mostly -- worry free. when i drive her car i have to monitor the speedometer instead..
Mar 10, 2003 (12:06 pm)
So my M3 has 8500 miles on it now.
The yellow oil light has been coming on the last 3-4 days intermitently. I checked the oil level and it was on the lower side of the scale but still above the minimum.
So I went to Autozone for some Catrol TWS 10W60. They do not carry it.
I drove over to Advantage BMW downtown and my service advisor (Joe Calebrese) opened his desk and tossed me a quart. He said, "This is all you need and I had some laying around." (They would have added it, but I told him I was happy to add it myself).
So I was walking out with a smile on my face thinking--that is great service. They went the extra mile. I was totally happy.
Then some cheesey (sp?) service advisor in front of Joe raises his eyebrow and says "You sure are lucky that stuff costs $9 a quart." What a poser.
He tarnishes an otherwise perfect exchange between a happy customer and his company.
1) Does he think the monetary value of the free quart affected how much I appreciated it?
2) Does he think that I do not know how much performance synthetic motor oil costs?
3) I drive a BMW...does he think that I really care whether it is worth $3 or $9 matters when it comes to such a necessary component for the car?
4) He knew my car was 4 months old -- does he not think that on principle alone had he been my service advisor I would not have checked the car in for service and had the oil topped off for free?
The bottom line: I was still totally happy that Advantage provided the top notch service. (I had planned on paying for the oil anyway).
I am sure we all have similar stories. Sorry it was not more interesting.