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BMW 3-Series 2005 and earlier

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  • dave330idave330i Posts: 893
    Tires: Brave let us know how the Sumitomo works out for you. I don't know anyone riding on them, so the feedback would be helpful.

    Brakedust: Never had problems with them. They do get dirty quick, but considering how hard I brake, it's not surprising. I usually take my car to the local car wash, and they make the rims shin like new without any problems.

    M3 raffle: Mailed mine yesterday. Now the waiting game starts. Still debating on attending Octoberfest in July.

    The mild vibration I felt last night turned out to be a 5.2 earthquake. Interesting experience.
  • brave1heartbrave1heart Posts: 2,698
    I will let you know about the Sumitomo's but I will try to sqeeze 2-4K more miles out of my Contis so it will be at least 1-2 months before I get them.
  • kominskykominsky Posts: 850
    I ordered the Kumho's yesterday (brave, your post was about 3 hours too late ;-)). I figure they'll be on the car and scrubbed in before the end of next week. I'll let you all know what I think at that time.
  • 1johann1johann Posts: 32
    Would like to hear recommendations for dealers with good service (during and more importantly post purchase)in MD or DC area. Tried VOB in Rockville, MD, but they seemed swamped and not very proactive in trying to show me a car.

    What, no grey hair or Ricky Martin outfit - I don't seem like a buyer? At Lexus, MB and even Acura dealers - I found much more attentive sales reps. Is this an indication of how it is in the service departments as well?

    We had an Acura and found them to have great service - attentive and they even washed the cars after simple things like oil changes etc.

    In general, how would you characterize BMW service departments? Do they stress high quality customer service?

    Thanks in advance?

    Email me if you have anything to say about dealers or particular sales agents to avoid in the MD/DC area.
  • 1pierce1pierce Posts: 284
    Yellow: I like the yellow that the last generation M3 came in. I just couldn't drive that color car now, due to my more conservative job requirements. Its a 20-something color. Also, Audi used to sell a sharp yellow in an S4,...and I can't picture a V-8 Mustang in anything but yellow.

    I think the brake dust removal issue has more to do with the design of your wheels. I have smooth 5-spoke rims now, and brake dust comes right off with a sponge (provided you don't leave it on there for a month). I had the lace-type wheels, like the 330i, on my old Grand Prix GTP. They were beautiful, but finger wrenching to clean. I swore I'd never buy lace-type wheels again. It was so tedious, that one of my major considerations when buying a new car is how difficult the wheels will be to clean.
  • 1johann1johann Posts: 32
    Would like to hear recommendations for dealers with good service (during and more importantly post purchase)in MD or DC area. Tried VOB in Rockville, MD, but they seemed swamped and not very proactive in trying to show me a car.

    What, no grey hair or Ricky Martin outfit - I don't seem like a buyer? At Lexus, MB and even Acura dealers - I found much more attentive sales reps. Is this an indication of how it is in the service departments as well?

    We had an Acura and found them to have great service - attentive and they even washed the cars after simple things like oil changes etc.

    In general, how would you characterize BMW service departments? Do they stress high quality customer service?

    Thanks in advance?

    Email me if you have anything to say about dealers or particular sales agents to avoid in the MD/DC area.
  • 1johann1johann Posts: 32
    Would like to hear recommendations for dealers with good service (during and more importantly post purchase)in MD or DC area. Tried VOB in Rockville, MD, but they seemed swamped and not very proactive in trying to show me a car.

    What, no grey hair or Ricky Martin outfit - I don't seem like a buyer? At Lexus, MB and even Acura dealers - I found much more attentive sales reps. Is this an indication of how it is in the service departments as well?

    We had an Acura and found them to have great service - attentive and they even washed the cars after simple things like oil changes etc.

    In general, how would you characterize BMW service departments? Do they stress high quality customer service?

    Thanks in advance?

    Email me if you have anything to say about dealers or particular sales agents to avoid in the MD/DC area.
  • seivwrigseivwrig Posts: 388
    I'll try to post some this evening. All the ones I know are in the Galleria/Montrose area. Maybe a Houston BMWCCA member could post some. Bemer is one place. I believe they are in the Fondren/Westpark area.
  • derprofiderprofi Posts: 249
    I highly recommend going to see Joern (pronounced like "yearn") Esser at Passport BMW. He's awesome and will take plenty of time with you doing test drives, discussing options, etc. And if you decide to do European Delivery, he'll give you a great deal.
  • agrafagraf Posts: 8
    Thanks Bailey for the useful link.

    Alex
  • mg330cimg330ci Posts: 162
    And

    What do you think of them?
  • jonnyjjonnyj Posts: 15
    Does anyone know what will be different on the 2003 330i? When will the 2003 be available?

    I bought my 2000 328 in August 1999, but my dealer says I won't get a 2003 until late Sept / Oct.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    By all accounts that I have read so far, the 2003 3-Series will have few if any changes when compared to the 2002 model. As for the when part, listen to your dealer.

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • bing330ibing330i Posts: 89
    Anyhow, can anyone recommend a tinting shop in Orange County, CA? It is getting hot now. Thanks.
  • leenelsonmdleenelsonmd Posts: 208
    I am waiting too. I love the 2002, but I wanted to try to wait til 2003. Anxious for news. Shipo is probably right, but who knows? Maybe an in-dash cd changer will show up and be standard, maybe the 330 will become a 332, maybe the SMG will be an option on the 330, maybe bixenons will be standard and they will offer xenon turn signals or something...who knows.

    Maybe a neon light will be standard on the underbody and will pulsate with the beat of the music on the HK... ooooh. ;-)
  • leenelsonmdleenelsonmd Posts: 208
    xenon turn signals and the neon light for those of you who are wondering.
  • pfaustpfaust Posts: 8
    I will be ready to start looking for a new 330i in about 4 weeks and would like to find a dealer in Tennessee that I can get this car from for $1200-1500 over invoice with no hassles. I was told during my initial visit to a Nashville dealer that since I want only leather and a manual, it will need to be special ordered and I will have to pay full MSRP.

    While it is true most of the cars on the lot have the premium package and more, I know I can do better. Can anyone help me out? I will go to a neighboring state (Georgia, Kentucky, etc.), if necessary.

    Thanks.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,987
    I would highly suggest that you add the Sport Package to your short list of options. A 330i with a stick, leather, and nothing else? You'd probably be better off doing European Delivery. You're talking about a car with no sunroof (which is fine if that's what you want)! I've only seen that once on a 325i sitting on a dealer's lot. You'd definitely have to special order it. As for paying MSRP, I'm not sure what the demand is like in Tennessee, but you can always do better than MSRP (Unless you're in Dallas or Houston and want a CiC). Just be patient. I would think they'd ask for something like a non-refundabe deposit ($1000) in case you backed out after you ordered the car. They wouldn't have an easy time getting rid of a 330i with no sunroof & a 5 speed.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • I noticed that you're now leaning heavily toward an A4. I've read your posts on the A4 board and just wanted to chime in.

    Although most are, not everyone on this board is a true "gear head." I'm not. I know these guys have you believing that if you don't get the SP and stick, you won't experience what BMW is all about. That's just not true. You have to compare apples to apples. Compare a 325i and an A4 (1.8T or 3.0) without the SP and with the step/tip. I hazard to guess that the BMW will win hands down. But you be the judge.

    The 325i I've owned now for 3 weeks (1,300 miles) has the step and does not have the SP. I couldn't be happier! I wouldn't have done anything differenty, it is still "the Ultimate Driving Machine!" (BTW, it doesn't have the PP, leather, or HK either and I still wouldn't have done anything differently!) I know you too are a Maxima owner and as such, I have to tell you that my new 325i, as is (i.e., step and no SP), will run rings around my '97 Maxima SE (also an auto).

    I can tell from your posts on the A4 board that if you get anything other than the BMW, you will indeed suffer from BMW envy! There just isn't anything to compare it to, not Audi, not MB nothing!
  • pfaustpfaust Posts: 8
    Since this is my first venture into this price range, I'm trying to keep things reasonable. But, fortunately, the sport package is standard on the 330i, otherwise that would be included in my list of options. A sunroof is a "nice to have", but I can live without it. I'm mostly looking for performance.

    I considered the Ed option until I priced out the flights recently. The cheapest I found was about $1100 which cuts into the overall savings. Unless I'm missing something, the average ED savings for this car would be about $3000. The cost of getting to Munich, etc. would leave me with about a net savings of $1500 which is barely worth the hassle unless this is a planned vacation. If I took the wife and child, there would be no savings at all other than a cool vacation. Please let me know if there is more to the ED option than what I know.

    Thanks.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,987
    If this is your first venture into this price range, might I suggest a 325i instead. Many of our members here have a 325i (or Ci) equipped with a manual transmission and are extremely pleased with its performance. Ask Brave1Heart! You might want to consider that an option especially if you've got to meet budgetary requirements.

    You can save a little more than $3000 on the car via European Delivery. Instead of making it a vacation, make it a long weekend (Arrive Friday morning, Drop the car off Monday Morning, Fly out Monday afternoon). I belive shipo's recent European Journey cost him somewhere in the $400s for airfare on SAS airlines (Newark to Copenhagen, Copenhagen to Munich) round trip. My guess is it may be more expensive to fly internationally out of Tennessee. Many have posted they've found good lodging for about $60 a night. If you go for a 325i with some options and ED, then you could save yourself a bundle. Especially if you want a 5 speed (this is a good thing), you owe it to yourself to test drive a 325i with a stick and Sport Package; you'll be pleasently suprised.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • chewie5chewie5 Posts: 61
    I just wanted to make sure that you knew that while the Sport Suspension is standard on the 330i, the Sport Package (body kit, sport seats, etc.) is not standard. I agree with nyccarguy--try driving the 325i 5sp and see its power is adequate for you. If $$$ is an issue, you could also look into leatherette--I've heard many people say that they are happy with it.
  • ddblueddblue Posts: 117
    I ran myself through the ringer on this very issue. I wanted power, but I also realized that I wanted to spend my $$$ on a car that had nearly everything. Even a base 330Ci w/ just the SP was a few thousand more than a loaded 325Ci. Sure, you are short 41 HP, but with a manual the 325Ci is mighty quick. Plus, I can't imagine not having a moonroof, HK, Leather and Xenon. I am ecstatic with my car, and am plenty happy with the acceleration and performance.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,987
    Just feeding you a line either. I had my heart dead set on a 325Ci with a Manual transmission, leatherette, Sport Package, Moonroof, & Heated seats which I wanted to purchase via ED. The car even with the trip would have been a stretch for me, so I decided against it and that I can wait another couple of years to own a BMW (I'm only 26).

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • brave1heartbrave1heart Posts: 2,698
    My 325i 5-spd with SP is perfect for me!! Even 1 track event and 2 autoxing events have not left me wanting more power. Quite the opposite - I am realizing that I have not reached the full potential of my 325, let alone a 330. I could not be happier with my car and I AM picky about performance.
  • 1johann1johann Posts: 32
    der profi, I received a bounce back from your email account. Can you send me your most up-to-date email? I wanted to ask you a questions about Passport BMW and the sales agent you recommended.

    Thanks,

    J
  • phatratpakphatratpak Posts: 12
    Hey guys, thanks so much for your answers regarding my questions about he 325xi, now I have some new ones. Ok, I've basically narrowed my new car purchase to be either the 325i/ci or the altima3.5SE. They are quite different cars with vastly different advantages and disadvantages. could you guys offer some candid objective advice (if possible) thanks. Also, I've priced quite similar 325i and 325ci coupe and have found the coupe to actually come out less. The 325i, had steptronic, split/foldown rear seats, PP & SP. However, with the 325ci coupe, I get steptronic, moonroof and SP. Can you guys think of any particular advantage the coupe has over the sedan or vice versa? Thanks a lot for your time.
  • katkisonkatkison Posts: 40
    You live in Pearland? Where? (Not your actual address, which subdivision) We just moved into The Lakes at Countryplace last month and are loving it. I am so happy to be out of our apartment, even though it was in the middle of Houston, and give my 330i the garage it deserves!

    Kelly
  • vkwheelsvkwheels Posts: 218
    In My Opinion For What It's Worth
    I drove the Altima...uh-uh. Very nice, but wouldn't get it, too soft for me. It might be less $ & I know Nissan makes a good product, but that wasn't enuff to make me want one. Looks-wise, it's nice but lacks the qualities that makes the 3-series so desirable. I like both the coupe & the sedan, the former is of course racier, the latter is more conservative, easier on passengers, and still a looker all the way around.
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