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  • Well, I just bought my first BMW this morning and I am still in a trance! 330i steel blue metallic on black, power seats, and now I can't wait to take delivery - not until June. I tested the IS300, the Jag, the Volvo S60 (both 1.8T and the T5), and the Audi A4 1.8. When I sat in the 330i I was hooked even before I drove her off the lot. My husband drives a '99 Mustang Cobra SVT, and while he has more "muscle" than me, I think my new car will be a rocket out of the gate. I am not a decisive person, so picking a car, then picking the options, and finally the colour was a killer, but I am very happy with my choices. I have really enjoyed reading all the postings and am honoured to join the Bimmer family!
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    The picture however, doesn't do it justice.

  • jimm718jimm718 Posts: 6
    Yes, it will be a good friday! I pick up my CPO 1999 323i sedan. It's silver with black leather, moonroof, premium package, automatic, heated seats, and a CD changer in back.

    I've wanted a Bimmer for years and was finally able to pull the trigger!
  • haiya650haiya650 Posts: 3
    Hello, guys, I am a newbie here.

    I just got a brand new 330i, but i felt so sad that my car does not even have a security alarm.

    Any after-market components I can use to install myself? Or I have to go to dealer, they charge me $695 for it!
  • haiya650haiya650 Posts: 3
    Dealer option is $995.

    Could anyone tell me if I can go to a retailer store, like *best buy*, buy one and install myself? Do I need to take off the BMW original
    radio control panel? Or there are some adaptors

    Many thanks,
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    If you go to you will be taken to a page that has a “Technology” selection. If you position you mouse over the word “Technology” a “Pop-Up” menu will be displayed which will include “Cell Phone & Security” and “Sound Accessories”.

    Under Cell Phone & Security, you will find an alarm package designed for your 330i for $232.05, and you will find various CD changers under the Sound Accessories ranging in price from $405.06 to $485.80 depending on the specific equipment you ordered you car with. Installation of both the alarm system and the CD changer are fairly easy, and can be accomplished in a few hours.

    On the subject of the Alarm, why do you feel that you need it? All E46s come with many security features to prevent the car from being stolen, albeit short of having an actual alarm. In fact, the standard equipment is so good that most insurance companies lower premium on the E46 accordingly, so much so, that the Alarm does not provide a lot of additional insurance savings.

    Best Regards,
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    shipo - here in NJ you should know a 15%+ discount applies for alarm systems. My dealer charge $400, so I'll break even in three years.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    My insurance company offers us a 12% discount because of the "Built In" security system on the 328i. I asked how much more I would get if I added the actual alarm, and I was told "Just a couple of dollars a year", I never took it any further.

    Best Regards,
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    I got an additional 15%. When we got rid of the other car and got the Bimmer I was waiting for the shoe to drop on the insurance. It turned out to be a whopping $200/year. I couldn't believe it. Here in NJ where most peoples insurance is more than their mortagage. :)
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    I hear you my friend, when we lived in Jersey City, I was paying about $2,300 per year on my 1995 Passat GLX 5-Speed, then we moved to northern Bergen County, and my insurance dropped to almost exactly $1,000 per year. When I got the 328i, it went up to $1,150, and when I asked why so little, I was told that the Anti-Theft features and the Safety features were so good on the BMW that their theft rate was very low, and the injury rate for cars in accidents was very low as well, hence the relatively low rate. ;-)

    Best Regards,
  • ajb723ajb723 Posts: 48
    Just picked up my 330i sedan- PP, HK audio, metallic gray. Replaced a MB 320E. I do not consider myselt a car maven, but the differences are incredible. MB was smoother, more luxurious and incredibly boring. BMW much more fun to drive. Tight. Equally comfortable
    . Dealer talked me out of a glove-box mounted CD changer, citing many problems in reliability. I felt that trunk mount took up too much space. Looking for a small unit I can install myself. Also looking for a radar detector to direct wire (don't like to have to think about turning it on and off each time I drive anywhere.- will probably go with the Valentine.
  • sriverosrivero Posts: 1
    I've got the Harmen Karden speakers in my '00 2.3, but experience incessant buzzing from tunes that have deep bass. I'm fairly certain the speaker's not blown. The problem seems to lie in the sealed compartment that houses the sub-woofer. Has anyone found a way to mitigate this problem (aside from putting the top down and cruising at 80 mph)?
  • haiya650haiya650 Posts: 3
    I just installed the alarm system for my 330i. Thanks for's directions.

    Now I have one concern.
    After I took down the cowlings and
    the air filter, I found that I have to by
    a self-tapping screw, so I drove the car
    for 10 miles without replacing them.

    Now I feel the car has louder sound under
    the hood. Could anyone tell me any possible
    reason? because I didn't reinstall them correctly, or because I drove it without those parts on?
    Someone said the filter is only for passenger cabin, not connected to engine?

    Thank you so much!!
  • grivera1grivera1 Posts: 2
    Dear Friends,

    BMW is a legendary brand of cars. I am coming here to meet indirectly to you in order to know about your owner experience and I may to buy a 3 series, too.

    BMW has upscale prices for its cars. I would appreciate to know how dependable, reliable and quality car is 3 series BMW. Is quality matching with the price? What is better in this kind of car: leasing or buying? Can I expect to get at least 100,000 miles with a 3 series BMW car with no major problems?

    Thank you so much for your kind insights.

    Guillermo Rivera
    Thornton, Colorado.
  • hobbybaashobbybaas Posts: 11
    I live in the country and even when I park my Z3 in the garage, mice like to make their home somewhere in my Z3. I can't see a nest anywhere, but the smell, and it is awful, seems to come from somewhere under the dash or hood. Has anyone out there had this problem and had any luck finding out just where, and there could be many places I assume, these critters like to call home. If they in fact can work their way from under the hood into an area behind the dashboard, is their a way to screen off this area? The smell is soooo bad. I've tried to seal off the garage, but somehow the critters make their way in. Any suggestions would be welcome.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
    This discussion is somewhat related to your problem, but you can try posting this in CATS... any way to keep them off that warm hood? However, you may be inundated with members offering to send you a cat to solve your dilemma. :-)

    As for the odor, there is a product called Nature's Miracle (look for it at your nearest pet store/center) that removes just about every organic odor there is.

    Good luck!

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  • likalarlikalar Posts: 108
    name-Larry, 52, lives in SF. Nice site here -Thanks! I had a '00 328Coupe stickshift and loved it. 15,000 miles of fun (and an edge-worn set of tires) and not one single problem. Great driving car! Needing a wagon, I sold the C and got a Saab 9-5 (my mistake). Now, 6 months later, the Saab is almost outtahere. A used 323iT stick wagon is on the way; can't wait to take it on an early morning Northern CA ride to the twisties. Yippeee!
  • likalarlikalar Posts: 108
    I meant to say that the 328 Coupe (mine was loaded) was a bargain in my mind. Are there any cars at twice the price that drive half as good as that one? I had hoped to find that same engine (or a 330) in the wagon, but the 323iT with Sport pack came close to the feeling of the 328.(I bought used because of the recent "hits" I've taken in depreciation. Ouch! Around here, a used '01 325iT with Sport package sells for $33-35K. Wouldn't a new one make more sense? I'm happy with the '00 323iT I found for a great deal less). Again: Yippeee!
  • Hello! I was the proud owner of a 1988 325 convertible for several years, sold it back to its orginial owner (my sister) in 1998. Have been a disappointed SAAB owner since.

    Now planning to purchase a 325 through the Euro Delivery program. I'm planning at least... still working on the husband...

    I'd love to hear anyone's advice on the Euro Del program. I'm done tons of internet research and I'm encouraged to find that there are ways to get an additional 3-5% off over the BMW quoted 7% savings. What I'm unsure of is how trustworthy those sources really are... I've spoken with 2 local dealers, one sounded willing to negotiate, the other was adamant that negotiation on Euro Del was not conceivable.

    I'd love to hear your input!!
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    You should check out the 3-Series board over in the Sedans topic. There are many folks who have just completed an ED vacation (me for instance), and many other folks who are about to fly over in the next few weeks. There are literally thousands of posts regarding the ED experience over the last 12 months.

    FWIW, my dealer here in New Jersey (Park Avenue BMW, 201-843-7900, Salesman: Mike Weber) has a standing offer give anybody the same deal he gave me, which was $1,500 over ED invoice (plus $200 advertising fee), which worked out to just over 11% below MSRP. So far, I know of at least two other folks here at Edmunds who have taken him up on that offer.

    Best Regards,
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