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Jun 01, 2001 (9:46 am)
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#2 of 389 Ultimate Pricing Summary (325i vs. 330i)
Jun 01, 2001 (10:01 am)
Here are the numbers from BMWNA (all MSRP and 325i with options added to approximate the 330i):
Includes Sport Package - $1,200
and destination charge
Includes Sport Package - $1,400
Power front seats with driver memory - $945
On-board computer - $300
Harman Kardon premium sound system - $675
and destination charge
Let's look at the rest of the differences:
fog lights and automatic climate control system are standard on the 325i, as is cruise control; front center armrest is around $130; Other differences: titanium headlight surrounds, titanium front grille and chrome exhaust tail pipes, aluminum ringed gauges in cockpit, upgraded interior lighting, aluminum interior trim - how much is this gimicky shiny stuff worth, maybe $300? That's 300+130=$430. Subtract that from 4,880 and you get $4,450 for the engine. Oh, OK, I have not counted the fake M badging - $50 you say?
Objective Answer: $4,400 for the engine ALONE
End of objective discussion
For me personally, I do NOT want the power front seats with driver memory - $945. I like to be able to move the seat around fast. Comes very handy when cleaning the car and you need to move the seat and even when you are switching drivers. I'll get power seats when I'm 70 years old. I don't want the armrest either beacuse it gets in my way when switching gears, especially switching fast. I always keep both hands on the wheel and I have no use for the armrest anyhow. Gimicky shiny stuff: some of it's fine but I would not pay to get it.
Fake M badging? Puuulease. And I do like the Star 44 wheels that are on the 325i SP better than any other 3-series. Actually better than any other wheels except for the Avus style wheels from the Audi S8 and S4.
So here's my personal difference:
4,880 was the standard difference I calculated above
+945 power seats
+300 gimicky shiny stuff
+50 fake M badging
$6,305 - the money I would have to pay to get the engine, which is the only thing I'd really like to have from the 330i that I do not have in the 325i. Oh, and 5% or more sales tax on $6,305, that would be about $315 for a total difference of $6,620.
Please, people, the 330i is a better car than the 325i but I would not pay that premium over the 325i to get it. Or be jealous of the people that do. Enjoy it, whatever Bimmer you are driving :o)