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#9218 of 11958 2006 3 series...any differences?
Sep 23, 2008 (12:53 pm)
I'm looking to purchase a 2006 CPO 3 series in New Jersey.
I would appreciate outlining the differences between riding characteristics of the
325 and 330, rear wheel and all wheel.
Is there an appreciative power sag with the 325?
Is the 'x" a bit flat off the line and around corners?
Is the all wheel a MUST in snow or is the rear wheel fine with good tires?
I've owned a 1994 325i and 1997 540i - loved them both but was a life time ago - in the past 11-14 years I've LEASED MB SL 500, CLK 320, porsche carrera, Jag VDP and most recently a Infiniti M35x - The Infiniti is an awesome car! However, I miss the driving fun only a BMW offers.
Alas, I will have to get use to a lack of creature comforts that this 57 year old got very used to!
Offered prices in several dealers: all are CPO with under 25 K mileage
2006 325i - 25K
330i - 28K
hELP ME MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE
#9219 of 11958 Re: 2006 3 series...any differences? [docgary]
Sep 23, 2008 (7:39 pm)
What you need to do is drive the cars that you are interested in, and then just pick the one that makes you smile. For me, that car would be the 330i. I'd simply call go to tirerack.com and pick out a winter tire/wheel set. With winter tires on all four wheels you'll have no trouble getting around, and your summer tires will last longer as well.
#9220 of 11958 Re: 2006 3 series...any differences? [docgary]
Sep 24, 2008 (6:10 am)
The right choice is a personal decision and there is room for disagreement (which is why they make this car in all these different flavors).
If it may help YOUR decision, I was faced with these choices a few years ago and ended up getting the 330i. To me, acceleration of the 325i was adequate while acceleration of the 330i put a smile on my face. It made the difference between pleasant to drive and fun to drive, from an acceleration point of view. You lose some acceleration and fuel efficiency with the heavier xi - ALL YEAR ROUND. I went with the i and did the winter wheels/tires changeover thing. The car was fine in NY winter.
#9221 of 11958 335i Lease deal
Sep 28, 2008 (3:08 pm)
The forum provided detail info on others who posted their deals and it was most helpful in my negotiation for my own deal. So, here is my lease deal made yesterday.
2008 335i Sedan $48.5 MSRP 36mo/12K - Premium, sport, paddle shifters, steptronic auto, iPod/usb and navigation. Cash out the door $1640 and based monthly payment before tax was $544. I believe I did OK. What do you think?
#9222 of 11958 Re: 335i Lease deal [ltsang1]
Sep 29, 2008 (12:15 pm)
Doesn't sound bad.
I'm looking at a 2008 335i. $42k MSRP. 36mo/12k. Premium, Sat, Auto. $800 down (inc first month payment). $571/month after tax.
#9223 of 11958 Anything to pay attention if I am going to buy a 328xi CPO?
Sep 29, 2008 (12:53 pm)
It's a 2007 328xi CPO, with 20K miles. Standard warranty cover until 2011.
I believe BMW CPO should be something that I don't need to worry right? other than brake and wheel, BMW should cover everything, that's my impression at least.
This CPO is below kelly blue book price, that make me concern as I don't know if the dealer are going to play any trick with me.
other than a exterior inspection and test drive, what should I check?
Sep 30, 2008 (5:58 pm)
I have a quote from a dealer for 2009 328xi- $38900
Non metallic paint
Is it good?
#9225 of 11958 Re: 2009 328xi [vavvaru]
Sep 30, 2008 (6:59 pm)
it's auto transmission right?
the price is around 1k above invoice, that's the best deal i got for 2009 3 series when i shopped bmw in the last few weeks.
#9226 of 11958 Re: 2009 328xi [duke167]
Oct 01, 2008 (5:23 am)
Yes, it is automatic transmission.
#9227 of 11958 Re: 2009 328xi [duke167]
Oct 01, 2008 (5:37 am)
I am also getting the exact same thing in 2008 model for $37000.
Which is better?