Last post on Mar 11, 2013 at 3:50 PM
You are in the BMW 1-Series
What is this discussion about?
BMW 1 Series, Coupe, Convertible, Sedan
#1715 of 1826 Re: Since... [bodble2]
Oct 12, 2008 (11:01 pm)
I doubt that there would be any problem in ordering whatever you want, and the car should be delivered in 6-8 weeks on the East Coast. This is a standard procedure, and there should be a number of dealers willing to order it for you. For example, I have ordered my 3 with BMW assist and metallic paint, which is a pretty plain car, on 3/15/2008, and it was delivered to the dealership on 3/22/2008, which proves that this is possible to do. I have picked it up on 5/3/2008, as I was out of town.
#1716 of 1826 Re: Since... [hpowders]
Oct 13, 2008 (6:35 am)
The sport seats are a must if you like perfect seating comfort.
#1717 of 1826 Re: Since... [bodble2]
Oct 13, 2008 (8:12 am)
It's too late to special order the 2008 models. You have to take what's left on the dealers' lots. However, the dealer you work with could find a vehicle close to what you want from another dealer and have it shipped to his lot.
#1718 of 1826 Re: Since... [circlew]
Oct 13, 2008 (8:15 am)
Yes. One should at minimum order the 1 or 3 Series with the sport package and forget all other options.
#1719 of 1826 I would not....
Oct 13, 2008 (8:20 am)
be ashamed to offer $500-$1000 over invoice for any 1 Series vehicle at this time. The fact that the entire 1 Series line is being offered at 0.9% financing shows these vehicles are not flying off dealers' lots.
#1720 of 1826 Re: Since... [hpowders]
Oct 13, 2008 (8:38 am)
"some testers complained about the lack of wood."
BMW isn't the only manufacturer of sports cars with this problem. I've encountered this with every new car I've test driven lately
#1721 of 1826 Re: Since... [fedlawman]
Oct 13, 2008 (10:20 am)
I've never been bothered by BMW's sparse, uninspiring interiors found in my two former 325i's and 545i. Drivers' cars are what they are. Might as well order one with sport package and nothing else extra.
#1722 of 1826 Re: Since... [hpowders]
Oct 13, 2008 (11:23 am)
"As a result, fewer "pretenders" will be driving BMW's, restoring some well-needed status to the brand. ... This has nothing to do with brand status. Its an economic decision. The car market in general will be depressed and resale values have (and will continue to) plummet across the board. They are ensuring that the depreciation risk stays with the consumer rather than their financial services group. This risk is great enough for BMW to absorb a serious decline in sales rather than take the pain later of being underwater on residuals.
So if you find "status" by absorbing huge depreciation cost, then you are indeed part of the select group that are willing to own a new BMW.
#1723 of 1826 Re: Since... [mrrat]
Oct 13, 2008 (1:42 pm)
There are plenty of folks driving around in their cheap-leased BMWs who could not afford to buy them. Driving a typically-leased 2008 328i, pretty well-loaded with premium package and AT for only $450-$500 a month? Too many "pretenders" out there.
Now, for the first time in many years the BMW buyers will outnumber the leasees, giving much needed status back to the brand. Those who can afford one, will be driving one. The "pretenders" can go back to leasing a Honda Accord. Their bubble has finally burst.
Natural selection has finally come to BMW and I for one am glad of it.
#1724 of 1826 Re: Since... [hpowders]
Oct 13, 2008 (5:16 pm)
But how about the folks who squeak into ownership by buying bare-bones, leatherette-clad BMWs ---- are those considered pretenders too?