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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
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May 05, 2010 (9:23 pm)
Yeah - thanks for the deatiled info. great story btw. When you get your '11, make sure you check their website to see what they're asking for the car. My guess is they'll ask $32,500 for it.
Your info helps me because I am a BMW nut. We currently lease a 2007 X3 (Montego Blue/Black Leatherette) which goes back at the end of July. When we return the X3, our stable will consist of a 2010 Acura TSX tech (black/black/sulushbox) which will become my wife's daily driver/family hauler & my 2001 Honda Prelude Type SH (Milano Red/Black/5-speed stick/120K+ miles). We are actually going to be New Englanders soon (Trying to buy a house in Stamford, CT). We're also going to be BMWless. Once the finances clear up, I'm going to start searching for a new ride for myself. Our new home will bring me further away from my job & by the end of next year, my Prelude will have close to 140K miles on it.
I've always wanted a 3 series. I can convince myself 7 ways from Sunday that they are too expensive & too small, but everytime I get in one it is like a magical journey. I love BMWs so much that I'd actually consider a CPO car when the time is right. The fuel pump problems & turbo failures really scare me away from the 335, although the acclereration is simply intoxicating. The 328i is a great car too, but their asking prices aren't that much lower than the 335 (used).
I'm also going to check out the Infiniti G37S Sedan & an FX 35 Sport (only automatic though).
What you got for ur trade will help me gauge what to offer for a CPO 3 series. Thanks again!
#4666 of 5349 Re: Car alarms [nyccarguy]
May 06, 2010 (10:53 am)
"Car alarms ........... Are simply a waste of money"
Maybe in the city....
I know I take a look around if I hear a car alarm just to make sure there's no funny business.
#4667 of 5349 Re: was your 2007 still on the original set of tires? [Firebird_EOU]
May 06, 2010 (12:03 pm)
I will definitely update on the N55 vs N54. I'm very curious about the twin scroll vs twin turbo, and what diffference, if any, Valvetronic makes as well.
The car still has the OEM ContiProContact all-season SSRs. I estimate that they have another 7-10,000 miles of tread left. They are all wearing absolutely evenly, too. I have had no trouble with them at all. I don't know what I'm going to get with the new ride. The dealership GM swears that the Bridgestone issues are a thing of the past. The new G3 SSRs should be available, but I'm wary at this point. I should find out in a day of two. Delivery date is scheduled for tomorrow.
#4668 of 5349 Re: xeye [nyccarguy]
May 06, 2010 (12:12 pm)
My tee time is 80 minutes from now, so I have to slip out of work soon, but I just wanted to wish you good luck with all you have going on. I hope the house purchase goes smoothly! I'll post a picture of the new car when it's been properly detailed. The Shadowline trim should look really good with the window tinting I plan to do.
By the way, the only issue I had with my '07 was a noisy right front wheel bearing that was replaced in the first year. I never had any fuel pump, starter, limp home, turbo or overheating issues at any time and in any weather, sub zero or >100 degrees.
Maybe I was lucky, but I always treated the car well, including a gentle pat on the dashboard after a close call. I believe that if you take care of the car, it appreciates it and will return the favor!
Ever seen the movie "Christine"?
#4669 of 5349 Re: was your 2007 still on the original set of tires? [xeye]
May 08, 2010 (9:36 am)
I cannot find any availability info on G3 SSRs from Bridgestone in 2010. They announced it last year, but then haven't heard anything since.
#4670 of 5349 Re: was your 2007 still on the original set of tires? [Firebird_EOU]
May 08, 2010 (3:22 pm)
I have also searched high & low for definitive information from Bridgestone or anyone else including the dealer and no one has anything to say about the G3's. That really concerns me as I have to make a decision whether I raise a big stink if my new 2011 335i xDrive comes shod with these tires. It appears as if Bridgestone is staying under the radar. I did, actually, read a couple of mag reviews that say the G3's are the best thing since the Model T. Do they come as OEM on the cars? Who knows? Is there a way to identify the tire as a G3? Who knows?
I don't trust any tire company that doesn't represent themselves; certainly not with this kind of investment, speed, handling, etc.
#4671 of 5349 Re: Hey xeye... [xeye]
May 09, 2010 (9:11 pm)
Xeye... are you saying that the 2011s are going for less than invoice?? Edmunds only indicates the special financing offer, but no mention of rebates on the 2011s.
Appreciate any info you can share.
#4672 of 5349 My experience wth a 2011 328xi ordered from Germany
May 09, 2010 (9:50 pm)
The car arrived in six weeks, intended to replace the defective 2008 335xi which had 16680 urban miles on it when it was repurchased last week. Two failed fuel pumps, failed electronics (requiring days in the shop, during which I was given a 2010 328i loaner), battery drain at 8000 miles, etc,- BMW N.A. was so compliant and the settlement so generous that I immediately ordered a non-turbo xi Tasman Green, beige leather, lots of good equipment. The 2010 models could no longer be ordered, so I went for the 2011 despite the absence of incentives, all of which were focused upon the 2010. Lease rates were very high. I attenuated the surrender of the vehicle until May 3rd, when new incentives and lease rates were hopefully going to make the lease attractive. The best offer I received from Pacific in Glendale, CA was invoice, but there were no incentives and the lease money factor actually increased from .0022 to .0033. Bottom line, my payment was going to be only $ 20 less/mo. than my previous "well-equipped" 2008 335xi which I also had factory-built. Not much to justify a straight-six with uninspiring acceleration for the same price, to a lessee. I also think that without incentives, the cost to a purchaser for a 328 is a poor value.
I am now driving a new Audi A4 Quattro which I would say is quicker than the 328, has conventional tires, not those damn run-flats, and considerably better mileage--of course, it's a 4cyl, but the turbo, although not broken in yet, seems promising. The cap cost was $ 7000 less than the BMW and hard to believe, the a.p.r. of the money factor was .624% (that's about 5/8ths of ONE PERCENT) vs. 5.5% for the BMW. There may be BMWs in my future, but at $ 150/mo. less of a lease payment, slightly lower drive-off, and Quattro with a more docile ride, I'm glad I could make this choice.
#4673 of 5349 Correction: lease rate .0023, not .0033
May 09, 2010 (11:06 pm)
On 2011 328xi, 36 months, minimal driveoff, residual .52
#4674 of 5349 Re: Hey xeye... [sunilb]
May 10, 2010 (4:24 am)
I went back to Edmunds, re-configured my car with the options ordered and compared it with the Motor Vehicle Purchase Contract & worksheet I was given by the dealer . It all works out as I figured. There are a number of additional charges like MACO ($250) and a Training/Service fee ($200), plus registration, documentation, inspection, etc that comes to about $423, plus 6.25% tax.
The deal I got was:
2011 335i xDrive $39,190
All Weather Floor Mats $100
Destination & Handling $875
Everything was at invoice price: $47,015
Option Credit (listed as Incentives & Rebates on Edmunds TMV page): $1,840
Dealer Profit: $750
Without adding in all the other stuff above that everyone pays, to me, that comes out $1,090 under invoice. This is NOT Out-the-Door, just the bottom line. I also paid tax on the net AFTER trade-in, so I "saved" about half the tax.
Am I missing something?
You mentioned financing offers? I didn't see that...