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#31472 of 35336 Re: I was thinking... [breld]
Mar 26, 2013 (10:50 am)
Please educate me here on all these numbers and letters for BMW's...I am so confused! Really love the last generation 3 Series so much, almost as much as the C Class and I would buy one if the wife would get on board. Personally, now that i drive for a living, I really want a "fun" vehicle and though my Civic is a great ride, I want to go to the next level. No one knows how much time we have on this earth, and cancer has decimated my immediate family so I know how precious life is, and I've made sure my wife & kids are taken care of. But now I want something for me, something I don't really need but want...pure and simple! Soon I'll have the funds to be able to make this a reality but the logical side of me is holding me back as it really makes no sense. But I could rationalize that in a heartbeat if the wife would get on board and she ain't having it...no way, no how! And her feelings mean that much to me so I can't make her upset but I am not happy doing this. This is the problem I have...I want either a C Class, 3 Series or the Lexus RX 330 and any of these choices will be unacceptable to her. So I do nothing and just wait, I have time and am patient but I'd hate for something bad to happen before I can enjoy a vehicle that I really want and that's where I'm at.
And life goes on and whenever I see a vehicle I like, my head does the 180 and I imagine it in my garage and how happy I'd be to own it. Just wish the wife could honestly see this and agree. But if the urge gets too strong and I do find the "perfect" vehicle, I might just do it and live with the consequences if any. She might be thrilled but I do not know yet. Probably best to just stay the course for a few months and get her vehicle stuff done. Once we get her into a new one, then I can move forward with mine.
#31473 of 35336 Re: I was thinking... [sandman_6472]
Mar 26, 2013 (11:13 am)
I'll give it a shot for the last gen 3-series:
The sedan was offered from the 2006 model year through 2011. For 2006 only, they offered the 325 and 330, but both with a 3.0l I-6 engine (obviously the 330 was tuned for more power).
Starting in 2007, they offered the 328 and 335 - same 3.0l I-6 engine, but the 335 had a turbo with substantially more power (or more specifically, twin turbos in the earlier years (2007-2008 or 2009?).
They did a facelift for the 2009 model year, modifying the taillights and headlights, and added some "character creases" on the hood and elsewhere.
There was a time when the numerical designations had more meaning, reflecting the displacement of the engine (325 used to be a 2.5l engine, 330 had a 3.0l, etc.). But they went away from that several years ago. I suppose the new 320i accurately reflects the engine displacement, huh?
If you find yourself looking at a previous gen 3-series (designated as the "E90" model by BMW and BMW geeks everywhere), I think you'd be very pleased with a 2009 or newer 328 model. They are abundant on the used car market and thus relatively affordable. CPO would be nice, but the original warranty will cover you through 4 years and 50k miles.
Hope that helps!
Can't wait for Sandman to get into his dream car.
#31474 of 35336 Re: I was thinking... [kyfdx]
Mar 26, 2013 (11:25 am)
Wow.... last model year and low miles... and, the Sport Package...
All 1999 318tis had the Sport Package.
#31475 of 35336 Re: I was thinking... [breld]
Mar 26, 2013 (11:24 am)
I think you'd be very pleased with a 2009 or newer 328 model. They are abundant on the used car market and thus relatively affordable. CPO would be nice, but the original warranty will cover you through 4 years and 50k miles.
My wife bought a CPO 2009 328i in July and she is very happy with it. It has more grunt than I expected and it's a pleasant car to drive. We could not have bought a loaded Fusion or Camcord for what we paid for the 3er. A screaming bargain if you ask me...
#31476 of 35336 Re: I was thinking... [roadburner]
Mar 26, 2013 (11:48 am)
I think it is evident in my posts that I completely dig my 2011 328xi! I'd buy it again in a heartbeat (and I just might). As long as you can $wing it, you'll never say to yourself, damn I wish I didn't have this $xxx car payment.
#31477 of 35336 Re: I was thinking... [nyccarguy]
Mar 26, 2013 (11:54 am)
What he said.
Driving a 2011 BMW 335iS
[ TQ = yum ]
#31478 of 35336 Re: Oh yeah... [stickguy]
Mar 26, 2013 (2:52 pm)
I was out with my wife before and told her the whole story. She thinks the lot of us are nuts.
LOL. Jayrider isn't the only perceptive one, it seems!
Mar 26, 2013 (5:53 pm)
Mine does also and can't see why I spend so much time in here...she just doesn't get it. To me, a car is a thing of beauty and to her, it's just an appliance to get from point A to point B. I like the looks inside and out and that instantly draws me in and so many of the new vehicles are really beautiful. Saw a new Tuscon in black that was stunning but it probably is a lot of work to keep it clean. Our silver Mazda is a very forgiving color actually and usually looks clean. But since we had the motor mounts repaired last year, the car is wicked when power is needed and part of me wants to keep it for me actually, crazy as that may seem. Thinking that a private sale would be the best way to get the most bang for the buck here. The interior just needs a good detail and possibly a new set of mats. The hail damage wasn't that bad and the car looks good for the amount of miles it has and think some kid would pay good money to have it. It's been properly maintained as I'm a real stickler when it comes to oil changes and alignments plus we had that maintenance plan we purchased when new which did the additional services...a good investment at the time and the price was very very reasonable for what we got.
I enjoy everything about the automobile and will probably attend the auto show next week here in Lauderdale if my work schedule cooperates. It's a much smaller affair than the one in Miami in the fall in a smaller venue. But there are a few vehicles we don't get to see in the rental fleet that I really want to check out. I still don't think the new Hyundai Accent is the perfect vehicle for the wife's next ride...I think she'll be disappointed in the lack of low end power and it's a bit stark inside...and without the alloys, it's not the most attractive vehicle. I understand that she wants a sub compact sized vehicle this go round but there has to be something out there that has a bit more power with the improved creature comforts she's gonna want. The Accent is just not that vehicle...the price is sure right but I think she'll miss a lot by limiting herself here. Once she tries something a little more "lux", I think she'd be so much happier and since we tend to keep our vehicles much longer now, she needs to get all the goodies for the price that she can. I know if she doesn't, she'll be pissed when I do decide to get myself more "lux" in a few years which is my plan. Have put the radio upgrade on hold for now since I really haven't missed it and if I haven't done it by now, maybe it isn't that important as it was a few weeks back when I was real excited about moving forward. I've had time to think about the whole idea and it really isn't that necessary truth be told. And with my old installer out of business, I'm a bit hesitant here. So it's on the back burner for now and I'll decide in another week or two. Might be better to just bank the allocated funds and hold off as the new idea of getting a more upscale vehicle next time makes me want to limit the amount of dollars I throw into the Civic and the idea of monkeying with the dash itself have left me a bit cold. So I'm just gonna wait and my gut agrees! Ah, the logical me has won this round again as I really do want the next level vehicle next time and it'll be an easier sell if I don't put more $ into the Civic...and cd's are just fine .
The Logical Sandman
The other crew chief called me at 6:55 tonight to do a West Palm to Miami run but since I had dinner in and the laundry in the dryer, I had to decline but made him understand that any other time I'd jump at the request. And if I wasn't in the middle of things, I would've been out the door within minutes! This is the bad part of this job...the lack of a dedicated schedule as most of us do have a life...lol!
#31480 of 35336 driving adventure suggestions
Mar 26, 2013 (7:10 pm)
So my 40th bday is coming up this year in November. The wife keeps asking me about it. I hate wasting money on parties. She figures a driving school is up my alley (of course) but she wants me to pick it out.
Any suggestions? Right now, I think Skip Barber is the frontrunner. Its $1400 for a 2-day, which is quite a bit cheaper than any other I've found. I don't want NASCAR and the wife says no Formula cars. So its road cars for me. The Barber program uses Lexus ISFs, mazdas, and Porsches.
#31481 of 35336 Re: Oh yeah... [sandman_6472]
Mar 27, 2013 (8:29 am)
"Mine does also and can't see why I spend so much time in here...she just doesn't get it. To me, a car is a thing of beauty and to her, it's just an appliance to get from point A to point B."
Ditto, Sandy. I jokingly note that a car, to my wife, is a closet on wheels...
My neck hurts from swiveling every day. My route to work includes a stretch on the "Automile." Just about every marque, with the Ferrari/Maserati dealer the main attraction. Just before that, BMW/Mazda, Infiniti, Jaguar/LR, Cadillac and Nissan. Followed by Porsche/Audi and MB. As well as an Enterprise used car lot, for the more mundane. Then I usually get on 128/I95 and come to a complete stop and wonder why I enjoy driving!