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BMW 3 Series, Sedan
Nov 29, 2005 (9:22 pm)
My apologies if this is in the wrong forum, I think it's sorta on topic. Am thinking about moving out of an old 1993 Infiniti G20 because I am getting a little tired of it and it seems like I am putting a at least a few hundred dollars into it every month all of a sudden. Anyway, I like BMWs, I am single and like coupes.
So, the question- I have seen reviews of the new BMWs, was wondering about how everyone thought the 2006 sedans compared to the new/old coupes? I am not a total speed demon, so either the 325 or 330 would be fine with me. Is there such a big difference in the sedans versus the coupes now that you really should not think about the coupes?
I drove a 2002 325 CI and thought it was very nice. Didn't get a chance to drive the new 4 door at the dealer. I should also say I find the old coupe (and sedan) styling much better than the new one. Anyone have any thoughts? Am I insane for thinking abot moving from my G20 to a BMW because of RELIABILITY issues?
#5205 of 7013 Re: Pot Holes Anyone? [jeffhou]
Nov 30, 2005 (6:24 am)
It's possible to damage a tire in a pothole. Not enough to cause it to go flat or lose air, but enough to rupture some cords and cause a bubble in the sidewall or something. You can also bend a wheel and the car is still driveable.
I suggest taking a very close look at the tire, both the outer and inner sidewalls. And a trip to the dealer might not be out of line if you think there really is a problem.
#5206 of 7013 Re: Thinking about a BMW [sellaturcica]
Nov 30, 2005 (6:52 pm)
I just traded an 01 330 coupe (sport & premium) for an 06 330 sedan with sport and premium. I love the new car. The styling is beautiful and will make the prior model look outdated very soon (just as the prior 5 series now looks old). The 06 drives like a dream (6 spd manual) and with the new safety features and enhancements, it is worth every penny. Go treat yourself -- and be certain to get the sport package -- the wheels are awesome (although you'll need a winter tire/wheel package almost immediately).
#5207 of 7013 BMW Keeps Its Word
Nov 30, 2005 (8:39 pm)
After I took delivery of my '06 330xi in October, I posted on this site my problem with the BMW website description of the Logic 7 sound system when I ordered the car last June. In June, the BMW website listed the six-CD changer as included with the premium sound system. The website has since been changed, showing the changer as an extra-cost option.
In October, I showed the dealer the printout from the June website, and he agreed it appeared that the changer was included. After a few weeks of dealer contact with BMW, the changer was installed today at no charge. Great customer service!
#5208 of 7013 Re: BMW Keeps Its Word [handel]
Nov 30, 2005 (9:32 pm)
Wow honored a $700 misprint , thats amazing
#5209 of 7013 Re: BMW Keeps Its Word [handel]
Dec 01, 2005 (2:43 am)
Wish I had a copy of your print out, could of saved $800.00+.
I ordered my car May 10th & web-site said changer was a option.
#5210 of 7013 Comments on this lease offer?
Dec 01, 2005 (9:16 am)
I just received this quote on an '06 325I demo with 6928 miles on it, auto, sun roof, leather, wood.
"If you lease this car for 12,000 miles per year it will lease out for $399 per month. Coming up with your first payment, Refundable Security deposit ($400), BMW Bank fee ($625) and plus the DMV/Registration fees."
Does this look good, also, what should the DMV/Reg fees be?
Thanks a lot!
#5211 of 7013 Re: tire insurance [amir]
Dec 03, 2005 (11:49 am)
The Tire Insurance is a good idea as the tires don't last long at all. After 6 months, we are on our 7th RFT. Sadly, only one was covered by the insurance. The insurance doesn't cover the fact that they wear out so quickly. If you bought your 330i in November, plan on buying a whole new set by Easter... at the tune of around $400.tire.
#5212 of 7013 Re: Thinking about a BMW [sellaturcica]
Dec 03, 2005 (11:53 am)
You'd be crazy to trade the reliability of an Infiniti for a 2006 3-Series with serious tire problems. The run-flats don't last that long, so you need to budget another $3000-4000/year for tire replacements. At that rate, you can buy a sweet new Infiniti and still have enough left over to buy a boat (vs. the BMW).
My 2006 3-Series is a tire-hog. How fun is it to have to join the tire-of-the-month club?
#5213 of 7013 Re: Thinking about a BMW [jeffersonk]
Dec 03, 2005 (1:42 pm)
Dude, I don't know where you are buying your tires from or what your are doing to them, however, you are the only BMW owner I've ever heard from that spends that much money on tires, including folks who regularly track their cars. The fact is that even the fastest wearing summer performance tires should last 15 to 20 thousand miles. Once a new set is indeed called for, prices from TireRack for a new set for the 2006 330i SP range from $478 (non-Run Flat Kumho ECSTA Supra 712, plus shipping and mounting, bringing the total to more like $620-$640) through $1,106 for a set of OEM Run-Flats (Bridgestone Potenza RE050A RFT, plus shipping and mounting, bringing the total to more like $1,250-$1,270).
Hmmm, let's see, even at $3,000 per year you're talking more than two complete sets of run-flats (30-40 thousand miles per year), and with the Kumhos you're talking over four sets of tires (equating to 60-80 thousand miles per year). Somehow I just don't think that's too likely.
Assuming that most folks drive a more typical 12-15 thousand miles per year, you're talking one set of tires every 12 to 20 months.