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BMW Owners Meet the Members

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,012
edited March 18 in BMW
Please take a moment to introduce yourself and share some details about your BMW 3-Series!

My name is KarenS and I am the host of the Edmunds.com Owner's Clubs. Please let me know what discussions you would like to see in your Club folder. I will create them ASAP. You may want to take a look through the other clubs to get ideas for discussions.

Also, if you are interested in a live chat, I can arrange that for you. All Club chats are set up on

Tuesdays:
4:00-5:00 pm PT/7:00-8:00pm ET

-or-

Thursdays:
5:00-6:00pm PT/8:00-9:00pm ET
6:00-7:00pm PT/9:00-10:00 ET
7:00-8:00pm PT/10:00-11:00pm ET
(The latter may be rather late for East Coasters, but is available if you want.)

Let me know if you are interested in a chat and the day/time convenient for you.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!

KarenS
Host
Owner's Clubs

Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email, karen@edmunds.com, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

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Comments

  • bornagainbornagain Posts: 38
    I'm honored! My name is bornagain from America's Finest City, San Diego, CA. I have a '98 328i, cosmos black metallic, light gray leather, HK upgrade w/6 CD changer, premium package, OBC, heated seats (like I'll EVER use those!), fold down rear seats, front/side hairbags, sunroof, blah, blah, blah. I really like the black because all of the TRIM matches!
    I actually have been staying away from the BMW 3-series discussions because 90% seem to be new buyers worrying that they are paying $100 more than someone else. You're buying a $35K car , ferchrissakes! I prefer discussions on mods, like the "gearhead" topic, and topics regarding care/maintenance. I tend to hide out in News & Views. Nice to meet you Karen!
  • veekay1veekay1 Posts: 180
    Hi! I am yet an owner (but will be in June!!). I have ordered a 325xi/Black Sapphire Metallic/Gray leather/PP/CWP/Xenon/Steptronic. Needless to say I am verrrrrrrrrrryyy excited and the wait is just killing me! My life is at a standstill! I am in New Jersey, so hopefully I can just pick it up from the dockyard! (Just kidding)
    Cheers!
    veekay1
  • bornagainbornagain Posts: 38
    I admire your choice of colors :)
    I think the black looks the "classiest" or "richest" of all the Bimmer colors. I guess that's why most limo's and mob cars are black!
    The other colors appear more "sporty", however.
    June is a long ways off but I can assure you it will be worth the wait!
  • My name is Steve (but just call me Obi!), and I own a 1990 BMW M3. It is all stock (I have yet to do upgrades.) and only has 20,700 miles on it. It is BY FAR the coolest car I have ever owned. It is Alpinweiss II with Nuetral Leather interior.

    Good to be here!
  • bavarianbavarian Posts: 63
    Owner of a Fern Green/Sand leather 2001 325i.
    No packages! Love that naked steering wheel!
  • bornagainbornagain Posts: 38
    No packages?? Does that mean you can just hose it out when the interior gets dirty?? Drain plug on the floor, no passenger seats?? :)
  • I'm Maria, a proud owner of a 2001 330 coupe, Black in and out (my favorite color) with aluminum trim, steptronic, sport package, moonroof, and CD/HK audio.

    Dealer installed: front and rear spoiler, aluminum shifter knob, aluminum e-brake handle, luggage mat.

    Aftermarket: Racing Dynamics front strut tower brace

    I'm a car enthusiast and by far this is the most fun car I've owned. Next one on my list is the 2003 M3 with SMG. Can't wait!

    See my links in the Photo Gallery section for some pics. Sorry, haven't gotten around to updating them all.

    Happy driving!
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,012
    Please take a moment to introduce yourself and share some details about your BMW!

    My name is KarenS and I am the host of the Edmunds.com Owner's Clubs. Please let me know what discussions you would like to see in your Club folder. I will create them ASAP. You may want to take a look through the other clubs to get ideas for discussions.

    Also, if you are interested in a live chat, I can arrange that for you. All Club chats are set up on

    Tuesdays:
    4:00-5:00 pm PT/7:00-8:00pm ET

    -or-

    Thursdays:
    5:00-6:00pm PT/8:00-9:00pm ET
    6:00-7:00pm PT/9:00-10:00 ET
    7:00-8:00pm PT/10:00-11:00pm ET
    (The latter may be rather late for East Coasters, but is available if you want.)

    Let me know if you are interested in a chat and the day/time convenient for you.

    Looking forward to meeting everyone!

    KarenS
    Host
    Owner's Clubs

    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email, karen@edmunds.com, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,012
    Please let me know if there is anything you need or would like to have included in your club folder.

    KarenS
    Host
    Owner's Clubs

    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email, karen@edmunds.com, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

  • I'd like to know if there are any events where Bimmer owners get together and do driving trips, they usually take place in scenic areas. Heard of any functions like this?

    Thanks.
  • klwsklws Posts: 7
    Hi club -

    I'm the proud new owner of a 2001 525i. Purchased on 3/30/01. The car is Titanium Silver, Gray Interior, Premium, Convenience, CD, Cold Weather, and Steptronic.

    I absolutely love the way this car drives. After ordering it (actually dealer locate/swap - one month wait), I was very nervous that I would be disappointed with the 2.5 and should have spent the extra 3800 for a 530. Glad to say that after one month and 1100 miles, not a bit of regret. The car is very responsive at all speeds.

    Look forward to being part of the discussion.

    Kevin
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    Yes, it's really my wife's car- otherwise it would have the sport package and manual transmission :)
    1997 528iA- Aspen Silver/Black, Premium Package, DSP, CD Changer, and Heated Seats/Wheel
    This E39 is our sixth BMW since 1983, and probably the best all-round sedan of them all. It's a real contrast to my canyon carving Club Sport. Guess I'm getting old; I'm actually growing quite fond of the big sled. I'll probably limit the mods to HD Bilsteins and a Shark Injector.
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    I'm the original owner of a 1995 318ti Club Sport. BMW Individual built @200 of these "specials" in September and October of 1995. I ordered mine with Premium Sound and Limited Slip. Munich tried to make me take the "optional" sunroof but my salesperson went to bat for me and I was spared having to pay $1200 for a hole in the roof. It's my fourth -and most trouble free- Bimmer; at 60000 miles I've only replaced one set of tires and the front brake pads. Warranty work consisted of replacing the fuel senders, the alarm module, and an O2 sensor recall. I track the car whenever I get the chance and right now I'm debating whether to install a Downing Atlanta supercharger. My next 3er will likely be an E46 M3, probably fitted with the SMG II.
  • obiwankenobi1obiwankenobi1 Posts: 290
    What does SMG stand for again? I think I know, but I don't want to embarris <---spelling? myself!

    Obi
  • ec_creativeec_creative Posts: 15
    "Sequential M Gearbox"
    clutchless; paddle-style shifting located at the steering wheel > this should be fun.
  • tisrandeetisrandee Posts: 18
    Hi Karen!

    I'm the happy semi-sane owner of a 2001 silver 325 convertible, just hitting 6 months, 6,429 miles, (zero commute to work :-), computer reads 24.5 mpg (today), 21.5 usually. Jack Head, otherwise known as "Patron Protective Saint of Expensive Cars" proudly rides the antenna since day one and smiles giving an invisible thumbs up as we pass those friendly California Hwy Patrols. No tickets yet! It's very difficult to keep this car under 90 on the freeway. ;-). This great piece of silver machinery is not only fun to drive on the great back windy canyon roads, it makes a wonderful lawn ornament, spruces up the house, and is great for dealing with mid life crisis. Who needs prozac when you can put the top down, turn that key and hear that lovely bimmer engine crank up, plop that CD in and head for them there hills!!! Don't forget the sun screen! Like Frank in the Kia commercial....I do look at it starry eyed a few times a day and ask, "whose car is that in the driveway kids?"... It is mine.....isn't it! :-). Anyone who owns this car is no doubt saying the same! :-) It's also a great bargaining tool to get teenage boys to work around the fort. Forget dollars per hour, it's miles per hour around here! :-)

    I did not get to participate in the BMW CCA drive school at Sears Point because convertibles are not allowed (without special roll cages etc etc) but I did go and hang out there and get to drive on the course in an M3 with a race driver/instructor and it was one of those things I hope not to do again!! Especially as a passenger!!! Luckily I didn't barf in the borrowed helmut! I have signed up to take the BMW Car Clinic in Monterey in a couple weeks offered through the BMW CCA Golden Gate Chapter. Signed my 2 teenage sons on also as I figure this should be beneficial to anyone who drives. Guess I'll be needing new tires after the event with 3 of us skidding and whipping around cones all day.

    Karen, I would love to see messages and posts on this club forum about events especially scenic drives and caravans.

    Ec Creative--Not sure what part of the country you are from but if they have a BMW CCA chapter near you, you should definitely join as they have organized events advertised by them and other car groups. A couple weeks ago my son and I participated in a timed and distance rallye which took place on the most awesome back roads full of rolling green hills, windfarms, a few bikers, and friendly folks. It was not an official BMW event but I found out about it on the chapter site and it started at the BMW dealership in Pleasanton. It was such a BLAST and I would recommend this to anyone as a great way to spend the day bonding with your car. :-) Just don't go alone...you need a navigator and someone to laugh with when you find yourself lost and miles from the checkpoint! Several people were talking about organizing a caravan down the coast over Big Sur and said the Club has done this type of thing before, so I suggest you check to see what's going on in your local chapter. :-)
  • julia12julia12 Posts: 10
    Good to see you Randy! Glad you had fun at the drive school.
    Maria: I love black as well...but felt I needed some contrast for the interior...am struggling with coming up with a good plan for upkeep of the exterior right now.
    For those who don't know me from the old 3er convertible board...Black/sand 2001 330Cic, SP, clear corners, HK...and am enjoying the good weather we are having in the Northeast, finally, for however long it lasts...
  • dhanleydhanley Posts: 1,531
    '97 328i, premium package, sunroof, fold down back seats, side air bags, yadda yadda yadda. Avus blue exterior, gray interior. Just the car i wanted, bought it CPO about six months ago. Managed to put on over 8,000 miles in that time.

    Been tempted to put mods on the car, but i think i have decided not to. With the crappy roads around here, i don't need a ride that's much stiffer. ;)

    dave
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,012
    I've been doing some investigating and looking around for BMW events. I've created a new discussion here just for Events & Gatherings. Whenever I come across something, I will post it there. Also, this will be the place to share your event experience.

    KarenS
    Host
    Owner's Clubs

    Community Manager If you have any questions or concerns about the Forums, send me an email, karen@edmunds.com, or click on my screen name to send a personal message.

  • ec_creativeec_creative Posts: 15
    Thanks, I'll look out for a CCA chapter near me. I used to live in the Bay area. Love those long stretches of California highway, with something for everyone -- mountains, desert, ocean, woodlands; sure do miss it. Now I'm in Jersey right outside Philadelphia. Having some great weather this week, should be nice cruising around.
  • 5speed55speed5 Posts: 31
    First off... thanks Karen, for setting up the owners club :)

    My referral to the "reference standard" is that whenever an auto mag tests a car, new or old, the standard it goes against, is a BMW. Well, after 18 years of owning all other makes, I decided it was time to see what the mags were always raving about.

    My pride and joy now is a 2000 528i with all the goodies... sport package, 5speed, sport leather seats & moon roof. I had it specially painted Estoril Blue. The car is truly a dream, the sport handling package really delivers. I look forward to driving it every chance I get. Those trips to the store just for a loaf of bread somehow seem to take forever now ;)

    Looking forward to meeting other owners!!!
  • MarkinAtlantaMarkinAtlanta Posts: 194
    Always wanted a reliable, fun, German sports coupe. Did my reading, learning and asking mostly here at Edmunds. Specified the car from a great dealer and ordered it directly from the factory, I wanted it to be mine, mine, mine. I couldn't be more pleased. Enthusiastic proud owner of a 1998 323is. Next car, expect to go the used route, thinking about an E36 M3.
  • ddm3ddm3 Posts: 5
    ... just me, checkin' in! I usually hang out over in the 3 Series Convertibles board (Hi Randy, Julia!) 'cause I'm the proud owner of a 2001 325Cic, 5sp, PP, Lthr & CD which was finally delivered last November (after an agonizing 7 month wait). I'm a die-hard convertible fan though I must admit that I appreciate and admire many types of cars.

    MarkinAtlanta, I do believe you have the best of both worlds with a Bimmer AND a Miata in your garage! Mine served me well for 10 yrs. and was, by far, the most FUN car I've ever owned! (The 3 series is a close second but clearly a cut above in terms of class and refinement!)

    Since my car is often exposed to the hot Florida sun, I chose the lightest, coolest combination I could think of...Alpine White, Gray Lthr, Dk. Blue top. Though not unique, it draws lots of compliments and is relatively easy to maintain.

    Any day can be made better as soon as I hit the road, wind in my hair, stereo crankin'! It's true, who needs Prozac!!!

    KarenS, thanks for bringing us all together! Look forward to the camaraderie.
  • stokdgsstokdgs Posts: 65
    Greetings Karen and thanks for hosting this show !
    Im one of the past members, purchased in Nov last, an '01 325i, Black, black leather, S/Pkg, Prem/Pkg, xenons, HK upgrade, 5 speed, 6 Cd Changer in trunk.
    Other than a leisurely (?) 4k mile trip to Texas and back, Ive not had much seat time, drive my CRX Convertible much more, but nothing is as nice as the Black Beauty!! Glad to see "Sheee's Baaaack," my girlfriend Randy, and Donna and Julia !! Thanks for making this forum more user friendly and hopefully a lot of fun !!
    DanF
  • mikesm6mikesm6 Posts: 32
    Hi Y'all, please join the BMW CCA - all of your questions will be answered. I currently own a min modified red/grey '88 M 6 with 49K mi, and a more highly modified '90 325is (74.4K mi), but I just bought a '02 Subaru WRX 5 sp (AWD 227hp/217lb-ft tor) WAGON! My extended family still owns a '87 325 is, '93 325is spt, '95 M 3, '98 328i, and my son is taking Euro del of a 330i spt/lux in early June. We have sold previously owned '86 325 es, '88 M 5, '88 735i, '91 850i. Wonderful cars, BUT wait until you see the competition in the next couple of years! M
    PS No the M 6 is NOT for sale!
  • obiwankenobi1obiwankenobi1 Posts: 290
    C'mon!

    Ok, ok...you don't have to sell the M6, but can I pleaaaaaaaase take it for a test drive! :)

    Obi
    1990 BMW M3 Alpinweiss
  • kechalkechal Posts: 10
    Well after three weeks and just over 1,200 miles I am still very much in love with this car! It is truly a blast to drive and I can't wait to get behind the wheel again whenever I get to where I'm going. The engine response and handling are amazing and the car just plain looks great.

    For the record:

    2001 540iA Steel Blue with Sand Beige leather interior
    sport pkg, nav, cold weather pkg., 5-spoke M-syle wheels
  • brian525brian525 Posts: 21
    Hi... Brian here, and I've got a 2001 525i with:


    Sports/Premium Package

    Convenience Package

    Premium DSP System

    In-Dash CD player

    6-CD Trunk-mounted Changer

    Fold-down Rear Seats w/ ski-pass


    And I installed the European armrest..


    I have pics at http://photos.yahoo.com/cons_rep if anyone wants to view...

  • julia12julia12 Posts: 10
    Finally, a string of top-down days! It's been a long wait but boy is it ever fun! Some guys yelling enthusiastic approval of the car yesterday on the street as I went by (or maybe it was just that I let them cross the street?) Hi to my buddies DanF and Donna...I may even get to meet Randee in person next week...where is BMWKID?
  • bornagainbornagain Posts: 38
    Nooooo....I think it was probably the 330ci convertible! Or maybe they were enthusiastic about the driver...you never know! Or maybe a little of both.
    Yes...summer is near! Woo-hoo!
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