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BMW 5 Series, Sedan, Wagon
Jul 21, 2003 (5:08 pm)
I bought the following car on Saturday:
I paid $41,800 for the car ($45,700 out the door). The dealer also agreed to install Sirius satellite radio at cost (a surprisingly high $470).
I bought the car at Allison BMW in Mountain View: good service, no hassle, no problems. Like sawxray, I had an awful experience at two other Bay Area dealerships (not SF BMW as in sawxray's case). I made an offer on a car on Dealer A's lot which he declined. I went to Dealer B, which had nothing on the lot (stick shifts are hard to find) but agreed to sell me the car on Dealer A's lot at the same price which the first dealer declined, assuring me there would be "no problem" in getting the car. Needless to say, Dealer B called five days later to tell me that he couldn't get the car. My problem with Dealer A: apparently he refused to trade the car to the other dealer, figuring that I would go back to him and offer a higher price. Also, I could never get him to give me a price: how do you expect to sell something when you don't quote a price? My problem with Dealer B: he took five days to tell me that I couldn't get the car, and then he tried to switch-pitch me to what he had on the lot.
BTW, I love the car -- my old car is a 1991 525i which I bought new twelve years ago and paid $32,600 for. Twelve years later and only $9000 more will get you a car immeasurably better than my 5251 (which I still love -- can't sell it, it's part of the family now).
#274 of 4028 Lease Bank Fee HIGH???
Jul 22, 2003 (1:30 pm)
I just got quoted a bank acquisition fee of $725 on a lease that we had agreed to on all other terms on a 540i. Is this fee typical?? HELP!!
#275 of 4028 update on my 530i shopping spree
Jul 22, 2003 (7:37 pm)
Three separate transactions...
(1)I metioned in prior posts that I was receiving quotes back from "fax attack" to the dealers. Man does thing work! I have had even more responses and better pricing! I have a couple of quotes now down to $1,000 profit! (i.e. of the $4000 incentive, they will give me $3000).
(2) I have my own financing set up ahead of time (with AAA 3.79% for 60 months). One dealer said they would even give me their "buy rate" of 3.49%!
(3) I even have some of them giving me prices on my "potential" trade if I don't sell it. Since the trade will save me about $1000 in sales tax, I figure I may trade it if I get a reasonalbe offer on it.
I can't recommend enough the fightingchance.com program to anyone buying ANY car. This is really a fun way to buy a car (if there is such a thing!)
#277 of 4028 URGENT - Help Needed!
Jul 23, 2003 (11:08 am)
I am in the middle of a lease negotiation on a 330i. I am being told that as of July 7th, BMW increased it's lease acquisition fee from $500 to $1,000. Ouch! Is this valid? For what it's worth, I am in New York State.
If anyone here knows the answer, I would greatly appreciate your help.
#278 of 4028 04 5 Series
Jul 23, 2003 (5:51 pm)
Does anyone have any thoughts about possible bugs in 1st year of production of the 04 5 series? The 525/530 seem to have carry over motors but the 545 is a revamped 540 engine?
Jul 23, 2003 (7:45 pm)
I am looking at 530i w/ sport/prem/cold/step/rear sunshade/split fold down/xenon for $43450 vs audi a6 2.7t w/ prem/Bose/cold for $42500. Any opinions?
#280 of 4028 Re: 04 5 Series
Jul 24, 2003 (5:05 am)
I wouldn't let the improved 4.4 bother me. It's currently used in the 7 series, so most bugs have been worked out. It's the rest of the car being new that would get my attention.
#281 of 4028 Re: In a quandry
Jul 24, 2003 (5:09 am)
The current 5 is a classic with proven reliability and performance is hard to beat. If a drive of the five gets your juices flowing, it's a no brainer. If not, the 5 still sets the standard in it's class for performance, handling and ride. Only downside to the 5 - will you like driving a non-current model come September? The Audi has a great interior and is nice overall, but it misses the target 5 series.
Jul 24, 2003 (12:53 pm)
I am currently in negotiations for a 530i auto, premium package and xenon lights. I live in the LA area and have spoken to 2 different dealerships (alhambra, Glendale) and both have been frustrating. Recently, I talked to the Internet Sales manager at the Irvine dealership. This guy has been great.. very straightforward and willing to do whatever it takes to earn your business. Any thoughts on what would be a good price? I'll keep everyone posted as soon as I get some numbers from him. Thanks!