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BMW 3-Series 2005 and earlier

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  • gurumikegurumike Posts: 442
    if it really matters -
    Audi 2.8 Quattro (high spec)
    US - $35,000
    UK - $25,400 (before VAT @ 17.5%)

    At current rate of $1.38 to the pound, that makes the British price $35,044. I picked 35k for the US car before I did that calculation!!! I got the UK price from Autocar magazine which lists list prices by specific model.

    BMW 330i sport (the highest spec 330) 24,500 pounds, $33,800 !! Most US cars list around 40k. And yes, the Audi Quattro is more expensive! (That price is for the new model).
  • langley2langley2 Posts: 24
    Thanks. Appreciate anything you can find out. I asked my dealership about the KleenWheels product, and he was only familiar with the older, non-vented style that caused overheating.
  • langley2langley2 Posts: 24
    In case anyone is interested ... I was talking to my dealer's sales manager in his office yesterday afternoon when he got a message from BMWNA concerning 2001 325xi production. Said that because of the unusually high demand for the AWD option, BMW would not be building any more 325xi's for the remainder of the 2001 model year. (Don't know how this will affect cars that are on order but not yet built.) Production will resume with the 2002's. Sounds like production of the 330xi's will continue through the end of the year though.
  • allanoallano Posts: 175
    Took me about 45 minutes to an hour but I did a lot of trial fitting to work out the details of installation.
    After a quick read of the E46fanatics site, the Universal Transmitter described on that site seems to be an earlier model since you can now choose between a model for the E46 or E39. Only the E39 model requires the purchase of a separate panel. The black panel supplied with the E46 model looks fine and matches the lighting panel of the 325i wagon.
    BTW, The instructions described connector and wire colors in detail but you really don't have to worry about which connector to use because only one fits -- they are keyed.
  • allanoallano Posts: 175
    Dalan makes a class 1 hitch for BMWs that I believe fit both 325i and 330i. It is a 1 1/4inch receiver type so that with the ball-mount removed, nothing extends beyond the rear bumper. Check out http://www.hitch-web.com/ and enter the details of your car.

    Hitch-web is great to work with and will FAX-back installation instructions so you can see what is involved. They also sell an electrical isolation device (can't remember the name now) that goes between your car lights and trailer lights so that they don't trigger "broken bulb" indicator on your BMW's dash.

    Unfortunately, the hitch attaches to the bottom of the spare tire well because, to the best of my knowledge, there are no frame members back there. It mounts with backing plates inside the recessed ribs of the well and sandwitch the well between the backing plates and external hitch. I purchased one for the 325xi wagon but need to find time to install it.
  • veekay1veekay1 Posts: 180
    That is very interesting!!
    About 3000 posts ago (I think it was in mid April) I had mentioned that my dealer told me that mine was among the last 325xi MY 2001 to be built and that I had just made the deadline in terms of ordering!! I guess he was on the ball and should get brownie points for being well informed!!

    P.S. NO MORE 325XI FOR YOU!!
  • brave1heartbrave1heart Posts: 2,698
    I guess it makes sense - if BMWNA's xi orders are exceeding their AWD production capacity, they'd rather be making the 330xi's because those are more profitable. Veekay1, I guess you got lucky.

    I saw a Mustang with clears this morning - I guess the clears are becoming popular across a broader range of cars. It looked like bubble wrap. Oh, he also had Mustang written over the front windshield just in case someone was still confused about the type of car he was driving. He also had a fake 5.0 sign to back up the HP gain from the clears :o)
  • veekay1veekay1 Posts: 180
    any idea why the battery is in the trunk?
  • brave1heartbrave1heart Posts: 2,698
    No idea, other than weight distribution maybe?!? The M-B E320 that I looked at yesterday also had the battery behind the rear seat, although there was plenty of room to put it in the engine compartment. It may be some quirky German engineering technique (kind of like the floor ignition on the Saabs with Swedes). Where's Shipo when you need him?
  • langley2langley2 Posts: 24
    My guy said he'd been expecting the message sooner or later. BMW apparently didn't anticipate the extent of the demand for the AWD option.

    By the way, how's the car ? My dealer expected mine to arrive last Saturday but, when the truck arrived late in the afternoon, it wasn't among the vehicles delivered. His updated paperwork then forecasted delivery for yesterday, but it wasn't there when I stopped by early yesterday afternoon, and I don't think it made it there later in the day. Nevertheless, he said he was confident I would be able to take delivery by tomorrow at the absolute latest. Seems like a loooooooong time for a truck to travel from NJ to Northeastern PA. Actual travel time (without stops, of course) is only about two hours or so.
  • langley2langley2 Posts: 24
    My guy said he'd been expecting the message sooner or later. BMW apparently didn't anticipate the extent of the demand for the AWD option.

    By the way, how's the car ? My dealer expected mine to arrive last Saturday but, when the truck arrived late in the afternoon, it wasn't among the vehicles delivered. His updated paperwork then forecasted delivery for yesterday, but it wasn't there when I stopped by early yesterday afternoon, and I don't think it made it there at later in the day. Nevertheless, he said he was confident I would be able to take delivery by tomorrow at the absolute latest. Seems like a loooooooong time for a truck to travel from NJ to Northeastern PA. Actual travel time (without stops, of course) is only about two hours or so.
  • drcrdrcr Posts: 87
    I saw a brand new Porsche 911 w/ clears this am. The cost is a bit steep. No "Porsche" across the windshield but the car was yellow.

    As far as production after 4/31/01 should have new fan- My door jam says 5/01 and I had the Siemans which was just replaced by the dealer. I'll have to look at the door jam again and make sure I read it correctly
  • brave1heartbrave1heart Posts: 2,698
    Audi must be hurting in the U.S. - I'd be curious to see their sales numbers but they typically report combined sales with VW.
  • macdude44macdude44 Posts: 30
    I see the range in tire pressure for sport package tires on the 330 coupe is fairly broad. I was wondering what pressure you guys have your front and rears set at. Mine is 37 front and 42 rear.....my guess is I should lower both a couple pounds.
  • dl7265dl7265 Posts: 1,381
    1. for perfect 50/50 balance .
    2. safety, no batt acid flying up in passengers face :).

    Regards,
    DL
  • veekay1veekay1 Posts: 180
    325xi......continental all season 205/55R16 H rated

    front 33psi
    rear 38 psi
  • drcrdrcr Posts: 87
    I have also read that the chances of battery damage is lower in the trunk thus continued power operations (auto flashers after crash)

    Interesting note is that the jump start connecting point is in the front of the vehicle
  • jthaijthai Posts: 15
    Someone asked for an explanation of WHY clears were preferred by some.. I think clears look very classy on a BMW. There is a different (IMHO) between BMW clears and the complete whiteouts you see on Civics, Accords (you know, the ones that replace all the amber and red lenses with WHITE, not clear covers).

    When it comes to design (my apartment, websites, etc) I believe a minimal colour scheme can be much more attractive than plastering contrasting colours everywhere. For a a BMW, for example, a dark coloured car (Orient Blue, or black) with just red and clear tail-lights looks wonderful to me. For something like silver or grey though, you need a little bit more colour to spice things up.. which is why I prefer amber signal lenses on those colours.
  • brave1heartbrave1heart Posts: 2,698
    Both the manual and the driver's door have the recommended tire pressure. It is 30/35 F/R for the 325i and I think it was higher by 3 psi for the 330 and X models, probably because they are heavier cars. It also goes up a few psi when the car is fully loaded. I've been using 31/34 F/R for my 325i and I guess the 330 equivalent would be 34/37. I think 37/42 F/R sounds too high but probably not out of the acceptable range. It would be more appropriate for the track and less so for everyday driving, though.
  • brave1heartbrave1heart Posts: 2,698
    Thank you - I see your point. I have to admit the clears on BMW's are by far the best I've seen yet. I also agree that they tend to look better with darker colors. Shouldn't the blinkers be amber by law, though? I vaguely remember reading somewhere that not all clears are legal. Or was it just those Silvertone light bulbs?
  • dhanleydhanley Posts: 1,531
    There's another reason the battery is in the trunk. Heat is the enemy of batteries and dries them out. The trunk will, generally, be cooler than the engine compartment.

    That's in addition to the weight balance and chances for explosion. The battery blew up in our saab, and the acid eventually ate through a $300 battery cable. Uck.

    dave
  • gurumikegurumike Posts: 442
    .. You've already debated two plus topics. May be I should start working on EDT.

    Battery is in the trunk for reasons already pointed out - Safety (it's out of harms way) and weight distribution.

    On the AWD option, I was at work until 5.30 PDT (8.30 eastern) and I heard or saw no newsletter from BMW on this no more AWD situation.
    I just checked the bulletins on Centernet and there's nothing on AWD supply "problems". I will check with Jon at work today to see if there's any info I'm not aware of but my thoughts, people, are that there's no hot-off-the-press fax from BMW cancelling AWD.
  • brave1heartbrave1heart Posts: 2,698
    We mean it that way. We try to get all the topics out of the way before you wake up. See, now that you're awake and on-line no-one's posting any more :o)

    Hey, thanks for the U.K. numbers. We have it very easy in this country indeed - cheaper European cars on top of much cheaper gas. Higher salaries average and lower costs - overall, higher standards of living and better purchasing power.
  • langley2langley2 Posts: 24
    Don't have any more details on the AWD situation than what I already posted. All I can tell you is that I was sitting in the sales manager's office trying to find out why it's apparently taking several days for my own 325xi to get from NJ to Northeastern PA, when he opened up an e-mail and said, "You're lucky. Listen to this." He then read me an excerpt from the e-mail which said something along the lines of, "Due to the overwhelming demand, we regret to announce that Option 230(?), i.e., the AWD option, will not be offered on 325 sedans scheduled for July/August production." I'm paraphrasing, of course, and there was apparently much more to the e-mail than what he read to me, but that was the jist of it.
  • tcn2ktcn2k Posts: 277
    Do you need to drill to put on the mude guards, anyone here done have mud guards? Saw a 3 series with them on, kinda big for the car, don't you all think?
  • veekay1veekay1 Posts: 180
    The car is great!! Its solid, powerful (yes even the 325 ahs more than adequate power) and its smooooooth!! The interior is very classy with attention to detail and what I found most pleasantly surprising is that the stock audio system is very , very good indeed...and i dont even have the CD, just the cassette....i am glad i did not invest in the HK, cos although I am sure that HK is even better, the stock audio more than serves my purpose.
    I try to keep it below 4000 rpm, but on a couple of occasions have crossed it...that is unavoidable...the steptronic is very smooth, and the AWD is great in the rain (tested to the fullest in the rain over the weekend).
    The Xenons.....oh.the Xenons!! u will see for urself!
    I hope u get ur car today.!!!
    good luck!
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,607
    Ray, I grew up in Westport (I still miss DeRosa's and Art's Deli!). I worked for a while in Stamford and, like you, 95 was closer to both home and work than the Merritt. I got so tired of the 15 mile, 45+ minute commute that I started taking MetroNorth from Westport to Stamford. I think that decision has added years to my life!!! It was nice to look out the train window at 95 and see the construction and stalled traffic while reading the Times....
    Kinda hated to leave CT, but the taxes were much too low so I moved to MA!
    Say hello to Stew Leonard ( I imagine he's out of "prison") for me.

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

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