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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
Apr 22, 2005 (11:54 am)
My spouse and I are both in our early 50's and have been married 30 years. We have been driving 3's since we were in our mid 20's. At no age did we feel out of place in the 3 regardless of our age at the time. During this time, we have had a 1979 320i, 1985 318i (very underpowered), 1993 325i (sons loved that one) and 2003 330i (first automatic). They are just fun to drive. We feel we have evolved like the 3 series. We are watching and waiting until we can drive and actually see the new 2006 330i. If it turns out to be what we think it will be, we will be ordering a (5th generation) 330i with sport package and will pass on a 2006 Lexus GS300 or 2006 5 series (still can't get hooked on that styling). Obviously the BMW 3 just gets in your blood. Thus, I agree with mep1 that the 3 is for all ages. If it fits and you can afford it buy it. We are proof of that.
Also, if I need more room I drive our Toyota full size Tundra double cab. You'll never see us in a Buick Roadmaster!!!
#2115 of 7013 Re: Actual Pricing Again!!!!!!!!!! [307web]
Apr 22, 2005 (11:56 am)
You may be referring to my post that I got a new '06 330i for approximately $1,200 over invoice ... and you are correct to point out that it was incomplete information ... to be clear, I had no trade in on the car and I am not being charged any additional fees or line items other than sales tax and modest (under $100) registration fees. Because the money factor is high, I am buying rather than leasing. Based on other posts that I have read, people are having trouble getting discounts this steep on their new 3 series, but I'm telling you that it can be done.
#2116 of 7013 Run Flat Tires
Apr 22, 2005 (12:49 pm)
Just came back from driving a 06 325i. Sales gal gave me a small book on the 06's on the 325i and 330i. All standard tires are Run Flats!!!
I did not like the looks of it and have made an offer on an 05 325i.
#2117 of 7013 Another way to look at Run Flats...
Apr 22, 2005 (1:01 pm)
I've heard enough negative press regarding "Run Flat" tires to give me the impression that there is a very high probability that I won't like them too much. Having said that, I have no problem with the fact that they are standard equipment on the new E90, regardless of which model and suspension you order. So, her is my take:
I'll order a 330i SP, drive the willies out of the tires until they are either too worn or too noisy (which should take no more than 20K miles), and then buy a new set of good old fashioned "Gets Flat" tires and a can of "Spare tire in a can", just in case.
#2118 of 7013 Re: Actual Pricing Again!!!!!!!!!! [planb]
Apr 22, 2005 (1:32 pm)
So I am in the same boat as you are. I will be financing a portion of the car which makes the buying process that much easier. Here is the car I want plus these options at Invoice plus the dealer profit. Then add title fees, delivery and taxes.
My question for you is did you work through a Broker, an internet manager, a fleet manager or just a car sales rep? I imagine there had to be some sort of process you went through and would enjoy hearing about it.
Although, If you went through your brother-in law, friend or relative; then end of story.
#2119 of 7013 ED 2006 330i
Apr 22, 2005 (2:28 pm)
This forum has been an incredible source of information. Thanks to the tips and advice of many generous posters, I confidently negotiated a 2006 330i (black sapphire, ZPP) for $1,500 over ED invoice. I'll pick it up in July to coincide with a business trip. For the purists - no trade in, no b.s. fees, and I'll be buying outright. I'm still weighing options as far as how much to pay in cash vs. how much to finance.
Does anyone know if is possible to get European-specific options on a ED vehicle? I stumbled through bmw.de site and found the configurator. I don't speak German, but it appeared that you could get the Sport Seats as a stand alone option. I also noticed that lemon colored leather is an option, albeit one I have no interest in.
One other note, despite giving me this deal, the dealer insists that the car still comes out of their allocation. This is certainly contrary to what I've read on these forums and elsewhere. It does indicate in the confirmation email they received from BMW that if I were to back out of the deal, the dealer is "... able to modify this order, however, it cannot be transferred out of your inventory." Thoughts?
#2120 of 7013 Re: Another way to look at Run Flats... [shipo]
Apr 22, 2005 (3:33 pm)
I'm not sure that I'm thrilled with the run-flats being the only option either. Aside from not being worth a flip on snow and ice, requiring a set of snow tires, the run-flats are expensive. A friend of mine replaced the ones on his new 530i after one year and 14K miles. (maybe he's a "spirited" driver, but no more than I will be with my new 330i -- hehe...) $1000. I'm not thrilled at the prospect of spending a thousand bucks per year on tires.
A question about the run-flats: can they be patched? It seems that once every year or two, I pick up a nail and end up with a slow leak. Any service station can pull the nail and plug the hole for ten bucks or so. If I had to buy a new tire for $250, that would really suck.
I think the idea of replacing run-flats when they wear out with other sport tires is a good one. Now I just have to deal with the idea of trading out sport and snow tires twice a year...
#2121 of 7013 Re: Another way to look at Run Flats... [taurus4sale]
Apr 22, 2005 (4:02 pm)
A lot of good reviews of the E90 have been written by members of e90style.com All of them have been positive which is a good sign! A few lucky guys have even gotten their's delivered already (in Europe).
Follow this link if you would like to read them
Apr 22, 2005 (4:05 pm)
You can get lemon and other euro only options.
I would have to look and see if I can get shadowline trim on the outside (hate chrome around the windows) and black cube interior trim (not fond of wood or the bland aluminum trim) for the inside.
#2123 of 7013 Re: Current residual values [kyfdx]
Apr 22, 2005 (4:16 pm)
Were not money factors around .0008 a short time ago compared to the .00265 now? Interest rates have gone up but not that much.... Must be some other explanation?