I'm here! Just found out the my second 330xi is aboard the Jingu Maru and is scheduled to arrive in port in NJ on June 26. My dealer called yesterday and said they wanted the loaner back, so today I'm back to driving my 1991 Miata (a great car, but....)
I'm still more than a little miffed that BMW has known about this fan problem for quite some time and has done little if anything about it, until very recently.
I only got one reply to my earlier post, but I sure think that BMWNA should have been willing to do SOMETHING about my problem. But they didn't even so much as offer me a free t-shirt for my trouble.
What do you think, guru?
Oh, and by the way....isn't there some website that can be accessed to track the ship? Anybody know what it is? Thanks.
Okay, I've read countless posts on this site. I've driven products from Acura (Honda), Lexus (Toyota), Mercedes and BMW. After 200 miles on my sport premium 330 (silver on gray leather), I can testify that there is simply no comparison. By the way, my wife owns a 2001 Volvo V70 T-5, so yes - I am very familiar with the S60 as well. My BMW sales person was the top guy at the dealership and a friend from a common employer of several years. I offer my insight (for what it's worth) to anybody that is seriously considering a purchase and wants to benefit from my selection and purchase experience. It took three years to belly up and buy this car. It is an astonishing machine. If you have the cash, spoil yourself. My commute is now a pleasure instead of a chore. Even when caught in traffic I have one hell of a fashion accessory. Thanks to those who were possessed enough to post to this site.
#5795 of 30250 Gurumike : VPC - aux. fan question
Jun 14, 2001 (7:23 pm)
Congratulations on the arrival of your new car!
Last week you posted a message about auxillary fan replacement at the VPC. However, yesterday BMWNA denied a fan replacement program at the VPC. Does this imply that the fans installed after week 18 are non - defective?
I noticed historical posts from you dating to November of last year. At the time you indicated you were trying to decide between a 325 and a 330. While you apparently have a car ordered, you might want to know that BWM FS has .0021 money factors underlying 330 leases. This equates to approximately 5.04% interest. I used the lease as a quasi ballon way to finance my purchase - I will buy the car at the end of the 3-year lease. This deal runs out in a few weeks and is only on 330s, at least in my area. The best new car rate I was quoted was about prime (7.5%) and I have better than good credit. What did you pick 325 or 330?
Back in 1998 when I was shopping for my E46 328i, I read a brochure from BMW that said that the Xenon lamps will last for "Well over 100,000 miles of normal driving". Given that there is no actual filament in the bulbs, I suspect that this is probably true. FWIW, TRUE Xenon lamps (as opposed to the cheap after market ones) are filled with a number of gases (primarily Xenon) that when excited by an electrical charge, emit light.
In 1999 when I took delivery of my car, I asked my dealer what a bulb would cost and if I remember correctly it was around $400.00. That may seem like a lot, however, two things must be considered, 1) they last a LONG time and 2) by the time we need new ones, the price will have come WAY down due to the fact that they will be just about standard equipment on all cars by then.
My dealer says defective Siemens fans are largely being replaced in the field with Bosch units. Many of the defective fans made it to the customer since test drives wouldn't reveal this problem. I think VPC intervention is uncalled for as new shipments aren't the problem. willyg123
In any case, the salesman was less than honest with me (to put it nicely) when he said they used the bank fee for the 7-series by "mistake". I had never heard of such a high acquisition fee and it turns out my "BS-o-meter" was on the mark. Thanks. By the way, he was also using a money factor of .0023 which I think was increased over the .0021 used by many other dealers at the time