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You are in the BMW 5-Series
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BMW, Coupe, Convertible, Sedan, Wagon
#158 of 379 KDShapiro
Mar 29, 2002 (7:52 pm)
I hear you my friend, when we lived in Jersey City, I was paying about $2,300 per year on my 1995 Passat GLX 5-Speed, then we moved to northern Bergen County, and my insurance dropped to almost exactly $1,000 per year. When I got the 328i, it went up to $1,150, and when I asked why so little, I was told that the Anti-Theft features and the Safety features were so good on the BMW that their theft rate was very low, and the injury rate for cars in accidents was very low as well, hence the relatively low rate.
#159 of 379 1st time BMW owner
Mar 30, 2002 (1:07 pm)
Just picked up my 330i sedan- PP, HK audio, metallic gray. Replaced a MB 320E. I do not consider myselt a car maven, but the differences are incredible. MB was smoother, more luxurious and incredibly boring. BMW much more fun to drive. Tight. Equally comfortable
. Dealer talked me out of a glove-box mounted CD changer, citing many problems in reliability. I felt that trunk mount took up too much space. Looking for a small unit I can install myself. Also looking for a radar detector to direct wire (don't like to have to think about turning it on and off each time I drive anywhere.- will probably go with the Valentine.
#160 of 379 Alarm system DIY
Apr 09, 2002 (9:55 am)
I just installed the alarm system for my 330i. Thanks for my330i.com's directions.
Now I have one concern.
After I took down the cowlings and
the air filter, I found that I have to by
a self-tapping screw, so I drove the car
for 10 miles without replacing them.
Now I feel the car has louder sound under
the hood. Could anyone tell me any possible
reason? because I didn't reinstall them correctly, or because I drove it without those parts on?
Someone said the filter is only for passenger cabin, not connected to engine?
Thank you so much!!
#161 of 379 Learning from BMW owners
Apr 13, 2002 (5:21 am)
BMW is a legendary brand of cars. I am coming here to meet indirectly to you in order to know about your owner experience and I may to buy a 3 series, too.
BMW has upscale prices for its cars. I would appreciate to know how dependable, reliable and quality car is 3 series BMW. Is quality matching with the price? What is better in this kind of car: leasing or buying? Can I expect to get at least 100,000 miles with a 3 series BMW car with no major problems?
Thank you so much for your kind insights.
#162 of 379 returning owner
May 03, 2002 (6:54 am)
name-Larry, 52, lives in SF. Nice site here -Thanks! I had a '00 328Coupe stickshift and loved it. 15,000 miles of fun (and an edge-worn set of tires) and not one single problem. Great driving car! Needing a wagon, I sold the C and got a Saab 9-5 (my mistake). Now, 6 months later, the Saab is almost outtahere. A used 323iT stick wagon is on the way; can't wait to take it on an early morning Northern CA ride to the twisties. Yippeee!
#163 of 379 returning owner (continued)
May 03, 2002 (7:08 am)
I meant to say that the 328 Coupe (mine was loaded) was a bargain in my mind. Are there any cars at twice the price that drive half as good as that one? I had hoped to find that same engine (or a 330) in the wagon, but the 323iT with Sport pack came close to the feeling of the 328.(I bought used because of the recent "hits" I've taken in depreciation. Ouch! Around here, a used '01 325iT with Sport package sells for $33-35K. Wouldn't a new one make more sense? I'm happy with the '00 323iT I found for a great deal less). Again: Yippeee!
#164 of 379 Hope to buy through Euro Del soon!
May 08, 2002 (12:02 pm)
Hello! I was the proud owner of a 1988 325 convertible for several years, sold it back to its orginial owner (my sister) in 1998. Have been a disappointed SAAB owner since.
Now planning to purchase a 325 through the Euro Delivery program. I'm planning at least... still working on the husband...
I'd love to hear anyone's advice on the Euro Del program. I'm done tons of internet research and I'm encouraged to find that there are ways to get an additional 3-5% off over the BMW quoted 7% savings. What I'm unsure of is how trustworthy those sources really are... I've spoken with 2 local dealers, one sounded willing to negotiate, the other was adamant that negotiation on Euro Del was not conceivable.
I'd love to hear your input!!
#165 of 379 disaabpointed
May 08, 2002 (12:32 pm)
You should check out the 3-Series board over in the Sedans topic. There are many folks who have just completed an ED vacation (me for instance), and many other folks who are about to fly over in the next few weeks. There are literally thousands of posts regarding the ED experience over the last 12 months.
FWIW, my dealer here in New Jersey (Park Avenue BMW, 201-843-7900, Salesman: Mike Weber) has a standing offer give anybody the same deal he gave me, which was $1,500 over ED invoice (plus $200 advertising fee), which worked out to just over 11% below MSRP. So far, I know of at least two other folks here at Edmunds who have taken him up on that offer.
May 08, 2002 (12:47 pm)
Thanks for the advice and the reference...I may take your dealer up on the standing offer!
I'll check out the sedans topic for more info.
#167 of 379 Sorry, one other question...
May 08, 2002 (12:58 pm)
Is this deal with your dealer inclusive of the destination fee? I've just run the numbers on the car I'm looking at and my savings would be 9% off MSRP.