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  • cramarcramar Posts: 7
    It was 49845.00
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,060
    From the PR department:

    "A reporter is trying to find consumers who've traded up from mass-market brands (e.g. Toyota, Chevy, Ford, etc.) to luxury nameplates. He says, "I'm not looking for lottery winners, just regular folks who wanted more car." If you have a story to share, please send it to me at It is helpful for you to include your e-mail, phone number and city/state of residence when you respond. Deadline for submission to this one is March 6. Thanks as always for your input!"

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  • I am thinking of buying the M5. I live in the
    North Atlanta Ga. area. I would like to know if
    there are any Non-Dealer affiliated BMW Owners
    groups in this area. I would like to talk to
    owners about their real world experiences with the
    after sale service on these cars. So far the
    experiences of the BMW owners I have talked to
    have been far from satisfactory on service schedule,fixing the car right the first time, and
    courtesy car availability.Naturally I do not want to spend $70000+ on a car and be stuck with bad
    service. Which is the best dealer in Atlanta & why?
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,060
    Last week, Edmunds rolled out new pricing pages. Along with this is a new "consumer ratings & reviews". This functionality lives in the "consumer opinions" area of the new vehicle detail page, and allows users to rate a vehicle on a number of different criteria (1 to 10 scale), as well as add his/her own free-form comments.

    If you have some time, we would really appreciate Town Hall members writing a review of their current auto, or a favorite make/model. It takes approximately a week for your review to appear on that make/model.

    If you have any questions, please let me know!


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  • Hello Members, I have a 2002 330XI Steel Gray Metallic, Grey Leather on order, Preimium package, heated seats, Bi-xenon headlights, automatic. Should have car in about two weeks. First BMW and first AWD car. I got a 15k miles/year 36 month lease. I am replacing a leased 1999 Lexus ES-300. I opted to go for performance/handling over the Lexus more luxury. After one test drive in a 330i (no XI's in stock) after attacking an off ramp hard and having the skid control kick in "I was hooked." I just hope I don't increase my insurance with tickets and burn through tires too quickly.
  • noelcnoelc Posts: 2
    Are there any advantages to joining BMWCCA? I'm thinking of getting the new 5 series next year
    Anybody got info?
  • riezriez Posts: 2,361
    You should check out BMW CCA's web site and read some back issues of their magazine. Here are some reasons to join:

    1. Great monthly magazine, Roundel.
    2. Parts discounts from a ton of dealers, service shops, other places, and parts suppliers/manufacturers.
    3. Affiliation with the various local chapters.
    4. Rebate program. Current one gives discounts on new (amount varies by model) or CPO BMWs ($500) for current BMW CCA members of more than 1 year.

    If you are positive you'll be buying a BMW and you can meet the requirements of the rebate program, then you might want to join now.
  • jerry333jerry333 Posts: 2
    I am getting ready (next couple of months) to wax my 2001 525i for the first time. I have seen ads about Zymol cleaners and waxes and wonder if anyone has tried them. I note they are pricey, but if they do an above average job I would not mind paying the price.
    Any thoughts?
  • Does anyone know what the velcro strip is for on the upper side of the rear window? Also, other drivers have told me to purchase the covers for the fog lights because they are easily broken by road debris and expensive to replace.
  • mishmanmishman Posts: 5
    Looking for some advice about a decision I have been several used, low mile cars and buying a new one. It's not totally about the money for me but I don't mind buying a used BMW that has been well cared for. Here are my choices. Any thoughts you have would be great appreciated.
    Choice #1 99 323i very low miles (11k) (sport pack moon, H-K and extra set of wheels) coming off lease in two months. Owner would like $25k (basically his $1k deposit back and buy-out of lease). I don't know much about leases but the guy seems honest.
    Choice #2 00 330i, 5k miles, sunroof, htd seats, cd. asking $35k and very interested in selling.
    Choice # 01 330i, sport, 7k miles, m whls $30k
    And then there's new 325i w. premium and cold weather packages, leather and H-k for $33k (roughly $1k off sticker) Can I do better than that in New England?

    I know this is not an apples to apples comparison but does anything stand out to you veterans? Would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks.
  • 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: 55
    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: 5,060
    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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