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BMW 3 Series, Sedan, Wagon
#8406 of 11920 Re: 2008 BMW 328i sedan (Help) [nacho2]
Dec 27, 2007 (12:25 pm)
nacho, I've now had the car a little over 2 months and it's fantastic! At first I was concerned about going smaller (I owned a 2003 525i), but the interior of the new 3 is almost the same size. My 5 had the premium and sport package, but I don't miss having the sport package on the new 3. I think the car handles beautifully and the acceleration is more than ample. I decided not to go with the 335, which was like a rocket ship. The 328i especially in sports mode is more than quick and the car handles like a dream. I'm so glad I decided to get another BMW (my third). I almost, almost switched to a G35 or Acura TL, but they just didn't have the refinement of the BMW. Yes, they had more horsepower, but they did not handle as well and their 6 cylinders were just not as buttery smooth as the Bimmer.
if you haven't done so already, I highly suggest you make your own comparison and drive all three cars, and then drive the 328 vs. 335. If you want the quickest and best one in the lot, I would go with the 335. But if you're looking for refinement, great handling and more than ample acceleration, you can't go wrong with the 328.
I hope this helps.
#8407 of 11920 Re: Might be picking up a 328i sedan within the next 4 days [treadstone71]
Dec 27, 2007 (6:04 pm)
I think it's pretty easy to find Monaco or Black color on 328i. Many dealers will stock common color and both color are common. Although many dealers will stock extra items. I recently saw Monaco with steptronic tranny but we chose Monaco with premium package.
$575 over invoice is very doable. Costco, Sams Club or AAA program will get you $500 over invoice. I just purchase 2008 BMW 328i at invoice price.
I suggest you to email few dealerships via Edmunds and they'll call you. I think this is the best time to buy since dealers want to clear their inventory.
#8408 of 11920 Re: '03 330i purchase [buffagm]
Dec 28, 2007 (9:07 am)
How cud you o put 1 k down!!!!!! Nnn
#8409 of 11920 Re: '03 330i purchase [buffagm]
Dec 28, 2007 (9:07 am)
How cud you olny put 1 k down!!!!!!
#8410 of 11920 Ordered a 335xi from Pacific BMW, Glendale, CA, internet dept:
Dec 28, 2007 (5:56 pm)
Arctic metallic, beige leather, cold weather package
Premium pkg., AWD, STEPTRONIC, comfort, PDC
MSRP incl. destination $ 47575; price $ 44880, or +$ 500 over wholesale, $2695 under MSRP.
36 mo. 10000 miles/yr. .02 MF, 64% residual; $ 600 sec. deposit to bring MF to .02.locked for 90 days, with lower MF if available prior to delivery. $ 597.05/mo.;
I calculate a penny less per month.
I am not inclined to spend $ 950 for 6CD changer in the center console; it's not available in the dash--rats! Every one of my recent cars has had a 6-CD changer in dash. kyfdyx, car man or boomer23, what do you think?
#8411 of 11920 just picked up a 328i sedan
Dec 28, 2007 (10:25 pm)
Just got my 328i sedan.
Jet Black paint, automatic.
No other options.
$205 over invoice.
Thanks folks, this is a very useful resource to get an idea of what to expect.
Dec 28, 2007 (10:53 pm)
I also picked up an '08 328i sedan today.
White, automatic with only Sports package, Xenon, BMW assist. Didn't need other things as it will be my commute car.
Dealership- San Francisco BMW.
It was a 6 hr process as I had a trade in. Lessons learn- be careful how they try to juggle the numbers of your trade in with your counter offer of the car. They tried to do a balancing act with your offer.
Overall, $2000 off MSRP or $600 over invoice. It seems that they have more selections, from barebone to moderately to fully loaded BMWs with a variety of colors.
Final note, I ended the deal with them throwing in the all season floor mats and trunk tray. Forgot to add in the wheel locks.
Future buyers- make sure you end the deal with these items!!!!
#8413 of 11920 Re: Ordered a 335xi from Pacific BMW, Glendale, CA, internet dept: [ursamajor]
Dec 29, 2007 (12:57 am)
Looks like a good deal to me. I did check it out on my lease spreadsheet and it looks about right. Remember, I'm not an expert like car man, just another user with about a month's more shopping experience than you and access to a couple of other web sites. That said, you got a great discount and you're doing all of the right things such as security deposit to get the lowest MF.
I assume that you're paying the inception fees, such as MACO, training, etc outside of the lease. What is your total drive-off expense?
As far as expensive options, you'll find that you'll pay about $30 a month more for every $1,000 in options that you add. Do the math and you'll realize the alarming fact that you're paying for the option FULLY in your three year lease. So you'll pay $1,080 for that $1,000 cd changer over the life of the lease, then the dealer gets the car back with the changer that you bought. Kind of disgusting, huh?
#8414 of 11920 Drive off and other details
Dec 29, 2007 (1:58 am)
The printed quote:
Drive-off of $ 2284.07, consisting of:
Security $ 600
Doc fee 45
Bank fee 625
1st month $ 597.05
License fee (CA) $ 361.75
The price (cap cost) detail includes MACO and Training of $ 560, and the destination charge of 775, so those are included in the discounted cap cost of $ 44380, which is $ 500 under the cap. cost full total of $44880. MSRP is 47575.
Therefore, those costs are being financed at 4.8% APR (2400 x .002)
My remaining gripe is that I will not want to lose the use of a center console for any reason, and that the cost of the 6-CD changer is acceptable, but it's dangerous to play one CD at a time on long trips or when you want to switch music, and that is a really stupid marketing/design choice, to deny the customer something that Scion drivers get (and for that matter, any Japanese manufacturer provides); and let's not get started with run-flats. I still might change my mind and not take delivery unless the MF is lowered enough to compensate for the loss of the 6CD changer. I listen to music a great deal, but the inconvenience of not having adequate center console space is too much to tolerate for the life of the lease, or longer if I bought it for the $ 30K+ at the end of 36 months--not likely. BMW is selling a 335 "clean" diesel by mid-2008. If that could be driven with biofuel, under warranty, I would wait for it. I couldn't get any info from BMW North America on this vehicle, which debuts at the Detroit show Jan. 19th next month.
#8415 of 11920 BMW 6 yr / 100,000 miles extended maintenance
Dec 29, 2007 (7:07 am)
To my fellow recent BMW buyers, were you also offered a 6 yr / 100,000 miles maintenance package, which extends the standard 4 year/50,000 miles maintenance for another 2 years / 50,000.
They say that buying an extended contract of some sort is the dealer's last resort to making more money, but since it's a BMW and the higher cost of maintenance, tat it might worth considering.
The cost is $2400 or lump into financing.
Anyone out there that have bought this and assessed its value?