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BMW 3 Series, Sedan, Wagon
#6305 of 12231 Re: Leather vs Leatherette ? Please comment ! [mattr82]
Mar 29, 2006 (1:14 pm)
thanks for answering.
I think i am not clear of what i really want at this moment. Just because i was in need of a car ,(after my totalled car), I guess i am in a rush to get one and was considering the dealer stock. which i realize is a bad thing and i guess i need to learn a bit more and do some more research.
You seem to have more experience with BMW. please clarify my concerns if you can.
Well This is a huge investment/spending i guess first time. It is not that i cannot afford, i make good income but still little scared/chills cause i owned new Honda civic 1997 (loaned $13k and paid rest d/w).
I see Matt mentioning about recouping value ?
How is the resale value if i ever have to ? 1 yr/2yr/3yr's time. In general i am a type of person who keeps car for a long term (just as example of my previous car Honda
for 8 yrs).
So i also want to make a right choice, so that i am happy for the coming years.
Give me some boost folks. pros and cons of owning a BMW.
I am 30 yrs old.
How long it takes if one orders by choice of exterior/interior and personalize etc.,
#6306 of 12231 Re: Leather vs Leatherette ? Please comment ! [lahermano]
Mar 29, 2006 (3:21 pm)
It is really important not to make a hasty decision with such a large purchase. You will be living in this car for hopefully many years to come. BMWS have one of the highest residual values of any car, so they generally will hold their value favorably over comparable vehicles. I also intend to own the car for a long term. I am planning to extend the warranty on the car to 100k once the 50k factory warranty is up. I really would not keep a BMW out of warranty, from previous experience it turned into quite the money pit, even though I absolutely loved the car. Pros: Handling, Looks, Quality, Solidity that I have never experienced in a Japanese Car, Badge appeal. The driving experience in a BMW is just something you have to do to experience. It is hard to explain, but it is just everything working in harmony to create one superb ride. Cons: Badge/Snob/Pretentious Appeal-Everyone wants to make a comment that "You own a BMW." Reliability-German cars lag behind the Japanese in electronics, which generally leads to more expensive and generally more repairs over time.
An order from the factory takes between 6-8 weeks from order to pick up. You put down a 1k non-refundable deposit, and pay the rest on delivery.
#6307 of 12231 what should i pay for this ? 325XIA
Mar 29, 2006 (7:15 pm)
Have seen this car available at one dealer.
2006 325XiA Titanium Silver Metallic, Gray Leather +
Automatic Transmission, Heated steering wheel, Satellite Radio Preparation
Price listed is $37,270
Don't know how this fig is broken into
What can i pay for this combo ?
What i like about is the silver with gray interior
#6308 of 12231 Re: what should i pay for this ? 325XIA [lahermano]
Mar 29, 2006 (8:06 pm)
Ok, did it in edmunds. It is heated seats, not heated steering wheel. There is no heated steering wheel offered on the 3 series. MSRP $37,270 INVOICE $34,210
As this is also an in stock car, tally it up the same as you did the other car.
#6309 of 12231 Geez...is it REALLY this easy?
Mar 31, 2006 (12:31 am)
I live in southern california, so I dont' know if it's my area, but so far, 3 out of the 4 dealerships I've spoken to via email or over the phone have IMMEDIATELY given me an offer close to what I would consider optimum. Basically, on a 330i with sport and auto, they are quoting me 1100-1200 over invoice right off the bat with a MF of .00195, with no down and drive off of 1500...and so far, no surprises. I know I can probably negotiate another hundred bucks here and there, but for someone who's had to deal with a LOT of bs when it came to buying a car, I have to say this is somewhat surprising.
I'm going to a dealer tomorrow to hopefully close. Is there anything I should watch out for before I sign? I'm getting the alarm and acq fee rolled into the cap and I'm hoping to snag free floor mats in the process.
For now, it seems like everything is cut and dry. But, like I said...it's almost TOO easy to the point where I'm wary.
Should I be?
#6310 of 12231 Re: Geez...is it REALLY this easy? [edward23]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Mar 31, 2006 (9:10 am)
The only thing I would recommend..
Check their prices against the invoice prices here on Edmunds... And, get all of those prices in actual dollars.. "$1100 over invoice" is a nebulous number that could turn out to be almost anything...
And.. they can say the MF is .00195, but that number won't appear on your lease paperwork.. Make sure that the final monthly payment reflects those numbers..
I'm not surprised you found good deals right away... SoCal is a very competitive market... Just make sure it all adds up..
On another note... I wouldn't pay extra for the alarm.. Unless you plan on running outdoors to confront a car thief.. The car is leased.. if they steal it, let the insurance take care of it..
#6312 of 12231 Help with pricing 2004 325ci
Mar 31, 2006 (6:05 pm)
Looking for help dealing on a 325ci. Car is 2004 325ci with 13,800 miles on it, white with black top in MD. Was an executive lease now being sold CPO by the dealer. Car has:
Cold weather Pkg
Park dist control
Read air bags
Brushed aluminum interior
Mfg warranty ends in 2 yrs
Car offered at $39,000.
Price lower than Edmunds lists.
How much lower might the dlr go with this?
#6313 of 12231 A few lease questions
Mar 31, 2006 (10:48 pm)
I have a few lease questions:
1. How to you determine/negotiate the selling price on a lease? Pretty much the same as you buy a car?
2. If there is incentive from BMW (like we have seen in the last couple years of E46 model), does it apply to lease as well or just for purchasing?
3. Is MSD an uncommon practice for most dealers?
4. Is there any limitation on MSD, such as how low you can knock down the MF?
#6314 of 12231 Re: A few lease questions [330blast]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Apr 01, 2006 (6:52 am)
1) No different from a purchase
2) It can vary... sometimes the lease has a different set of incentives, but in the past.. since the incentive is to the dealer, not the consumer, it applies equally.. Ergo, you have to negotiate it into your selling price.
3) The program wasn't very good for the last couple of years.. it has recently been enhanced. Depending on the dealer, they may not have much experience with it.
4) 7 extra deposits, with a reduction of .00007 for each one, resulting in a total reduction of .00049 for each one..