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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
#750 of 30250 Shiko 4755/330i "lemon"
Feb 12, 2001 (6:47 pm)
Shiko- I believe the gist of your post #728 to mean that because in 40,000 miles you have had three problems with your 98 BMW, you would warn others (and yourself) away from buying another BMW car. Is that right?
Yikes! If you have time stick your head out the window and look at all those BMWs driving around-they are not all in a repair shop. Then look through ALL the BMW posts on Edmunds and see how FEW unhappy BMW owners there are. I read EVERY post in the sedans and coupes/convertibles boards while making up my mind to buy a BMW 325i.
Some BMW owners have problems-but which auto maker is so perfect there is no need for repair EVER? There is nothing made by humans that is guaranteed to perform flawlessy, regardless of how it is used.
I have a friend who has a 1994 530 wagon which has yet to have a problem (60,000) miles.
My own BMW experience is that in 4 months, in a brutal winter, driving on abysmal pot-holes with a little road in between, my car has been faultless and everything I hoped it would be.
Do you notice the enthusiasm the happy BMW owners have for this marque? BMW didn't get to be where it is today by making more than its' share of problematic cars.
I have had many cars before this as I have been driving since 1976. I got used to paying repair bills and sitting in waiting rooms. I took it like a man-the cost of car ownership includes some repair bills. Should my current car develope problems while I have it I will pay to get it fixed and my lower lip will not quiver.
I can guarantee you I won't damn the name of BMW if and when I have a problem or series of problems.
Based on my limited experience to date, my next car is likely to be another 3 series BMW.
As a footnote- I did visit a Honda showroom during my search for a good car. I was well aware of their reliablity ratings. They had a repair shop there and the engineers were working on fixing broken Hondas. The cars in the lot didn't
"speak" to me the way the 325i did so I didn't even bother to test-drive one.
You pay your money and you take your choice.
What do you think you will buy once you get rid of the BMW?
#751 of 30250 Options after delivery
Feb 13, 2001 (4:37 am)
I just got a 325i without sport package, eon Lights and AK Sound System. My question is Can I order a AK system and eon lights after delivery? I got 400 miles on my car right now. If I get 17in rims and tires, what do I do with your 16in rims and tire? Or will I be better getting a after market sound system? Factory sound system on 325i is really weak (My opinion). Thanks.
#752 of 30250 Paint base coat colour???
Feb 13, 2001 (8:50 am)
Does anyone know what the paint base coat color is for the 3-series sedans? I drive 99% highway miles in my current car (which is black). The base coat color is white which causes chips to really stand out. I have been told that some european cars have a black colored base coat. So I would like to know for sure so I can order one of two colors in metallic paint. My first choice in Titanium Silver...however if the base coat is black I might still have the same problem as my current car. If this is the case, I will order the Orient Blue metallic, and if it is white I will order the silver.
Can anyone help or point me to an appropriate resource? Thanks in advance for any help! (I have a call in to the dealer but have not heard back yet)
#753 of 30250 invoice prices
Feb 13, 2001 (9:20 am)
The invoice price on options is about 85% of the msrp. In some cases it is a little more because they round up.
I went to Tate they told me 2000 over invoice. However VOB in Rockville priced at 1500 over and Northwest, if I remember correctly, was 1800 over.
#754 of 30250 March Production Qs
Feb 13, 2001 (9:34 am)
I just ordered a 325i last week and was wondering if anyone knows now that the fog lights are standard equipment on the 325i, will the heated mirrors and heated windshield washer jets are also going to become standard equipment?
Feb 13, 2001 (12:50 pm)
So in March Sport package is going to become standard .. so I have heard ..
Does that mean that the only other optional package is the premium package ???
Where can i find out more info for what is standard after the March production ..
thanks in advance
#756 of 30250 Reply to #739 & #740
Feb 13, 2001 (2:50 pm)
Form March production and on, the Fog lights and heated mirrors are standard. The heated wash jets are part of Cold Weather Package.
Sports Package are NOT standard, but the sport suspension will be standard on 330. The Sports Package price will reduced to $2,900 from $3,850.
#757 of 30250 a couple of questions
Feb 13, 2001 (4:38 pm)
i bought a 01 330i in november with sp,pp, cd, silver with grey. i bought it from a dealer out of my city over the phone because dealers in my city didnt want to work with me. because of this i didnt get to ask my salesperson the following questions. i would appreciate anyone's feedback on this.
1) scheduled oil change isnt until 15k. i would like to have it changed twice and maybe three times in 15k. will the dealer pay for this? if not, what is the benefit/risk of taking it to a non-dealer bmw repairshop to do the work?
2) what cleaner and conditioner is good to use on the leather, where can i buy it, and how often should i apply it.
3) i love the wheels the 330 sp provides but they
are a pain to keep free from brake dust. has anyone come across a good spray on/hose off cleaner that requires minimal effort.
4) i read in the manual that there are sensor that check tire pressure. is this true. i check the tire once a month and i notice one was a little low, but no warning light had come one.
i absolutely love my new 330 and have put 5k+ miles on it in 3 month, which is alot considering i live 6 miles from work. i would encourage anyone looking at the 3 series to spend the money to get the 330 with sp and pp. it was well worth the money for me.
thanks in advance, and sorry for the long post.
#758 of 30250 Exterior Color Question - Which Blue??????
Feb 13, 2001 (6:11 pm)
Can someone tell me the color of the exterior in the 2001 3 Series Sedan Brochure?
The salesman 'thought' it was Steel Blue Metallic but it sure looks like Orient Blue Metallic. Unfortunately the dealer had neither color in stock.
#759 of 30250 To Hzhao, re message 741: Premium package
Feb 13, 2001 (8:24 pm)
Howard, thank you for your information about the price reduction from the March production. If I understand you correctly, you really meant "Premium Package" from $3850 to$2900, right? You typed it as "Sports Package".
So looks like the HK radio, power seat, fog light, and heat mirror will all be standard right? Did I miss anything else?
In addition, does the price reduction apply to all the 3 series or only to 330i?
Thanks a lot.