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  • brave1heartbrave1heart Posts: 2,698
    Friends,

    I just wanted to say that I'm back from vacation. I haven' had a chance to read through the 1,000 or so messages that I missed in 13 days but it seems that you kept a great pace of posting.
    Well, I did miss the Shtroumpf in St. Martin. After 12 days in a Kia Avella, I felt reborn today - I took my 325 out for a loooong spin and I had a blast. I felt as free as jet skiing, except you really have to watch out for the cops. The car has nearly 3K miles and by now it seems to leap forward when I punch it. I put an Acura CL (3.0 ltr, 200 HP) under my belt today - not sure why every Acura owner feels like they have sth to prove to me; it's entertaining.
    I feel I need to mention a couple of things about the Kia Avella that I drove on my vacation. It's smaller than the cheapest car sold in the U.S. (the Kia Rio) and it seems to be the Korean counterpart of the Ford Aspire. I wouldn't be surprised if it's the exact same car. It was the cheapest car that I could get in St. Martin (Corollas are like luxury there) and since my only requirement was a manual, it was an easy choice. So the real fun part is that they put all the torque at like 1,000 RPM's and the car feels really fast the first 10 feet off the start and then - plouf - nothing past second gear. It's very light, though, and dare I say - fun to drive. I guess I'm a sucker for manual, that's all.

    OK, the real big news is that we're expecting (3 months) and I'm very excited I'll be a father. See, and you thought 2-3 months was a long wait. How about 9? I wish they had on-line tracking systems for babies. How do I sign up for the Babies Owner's Circle?
  • jnscheongjnscheong Posts: 66
    And welcome back. You will have lots of fun with your baby I can assure you.

    jnscheong
  • jnscheongjnscheong Posts: 66
    I sent an email to BMWNA after seeing some posts about a week or so ago regarding the missing titanium headlight trim on recent 330i. I received a voice mail from BMWNA today stating that they cannot confirm that recently manufactured 330i's do not have titanium headlight trim. Like add123 said in an earlier post, if you want the trim, you should demand it.

    jnscheong
  • Could you please check my status?

    On May 29th, I ordered a 325xi, saphire black, 5 speed, CWP, xenon, black l'ette interior, Alu trim. Going to VOB BMW of Rockville, MD. I got a July production number, but so far the Owner's Circle status has been 'On Order'...

    Thanks for your help in advance!
  • unboringuyunboringuy Posts: 90
    Ok, here's one for you. What about 330xi's (or 330i's, for that matter) with the PP? In that case you have the wood trim inside? Should that car have titanium headlight trim???
  • Didn't notice you were gone (LOL). Why didn't you drive to St. Martin's? Guess you would have needed the xi AWD for the water, though. Congratulations on the pending arrival! Great thought on a Baby's Owners Circle. Basically, they ARE alot like your car. Just change the diaper (instead of oil)regularly, feed them "premium" mother's milk, and don't
    over-rev them! And does this mean you'll be trading for my wagon? Or (whisper because I wouldn't want anyone else on the Board to hear us)a V-A-N, maybe? I hear that Toyota Sienna rocks...
    Glad you're back buddy. All you really missed was Aculex trolling, but Pat spanked him like a bad kid. (:->
  • dtleedtlee Posts: 15
    Thanks everyone.

    Add123: How long did it take for your dealer to get the right trim and install them?
  • hippo168hippo168 Posts: 115
    congratulations! just make sure you're going to spend equal time on your two babies... :)

    btw, I got a decent deal from BMW of Peabody, and they just told me it will arrive at around mid-Aug, about 2+ weeks ahead of the schedule they gave me when I ordered the car!
  • nj330xinj330xi Posts: 1
    I'm new to forum..... Thanks for great posts. I'm glad to see others are as excited as I am! (But the wait is torture!)

    I just saw the status on my Silver 330xi turn to "Produced not shipped" on the BMW web site. Yeah!!! My dealer gave me an estimate of about another 3-4 weeks until delivery. Is this about right?
  • Hey, the board wasn't the same w/out ya. Congratulations on the good news of the baby! I hope you have time to catch up on the posts you've missed. Good stuff.
  • gurumikegurumike Posts: 442
    Your's is scheduled for production in the next 7 - 14 days. It's in 112 status.
    What is the "alum trim" you mention?
  • adam68adam68 Posts: 59
    What is the best way to clean/remove swirl marks on wood trim? I've been told everything from
    pledge to car wax.....any suggestions?

    Thanks
  • add123add123 Posts: 28
    dtlee,

    The trim took about a week to come in. I was asked if I wanted to wait 2 hours for the install but I had things I needed to do. So I was given a loaner (Z3) and was told I would get a call later in the day. I never received the call that day (yesterday) which I guessed would happen. My sales person called me this morning for pick-up. As of this writing I havent picked it up but will in about an hour.

    add123
  • aaron330iaaron330i Posts: 136
    I finally drove my new Titanium Silver 330i (PP, SP, 5-spd) from the dealer in Temple, TX. It's gorgeous. I kept getting yelled at by my weife every time I go out and look at it cause we were expecing guests and had house cleaning and cooking to do.

    The machine begs to be driven. I've found it's fairly easy to keep under the 4.5K RPM mark since it seems to have so much power under 4.5K.

    I can't wait till the break in is over!

    Oh...and I do have titanium trim around the headlights! :)
  • jimbresjimbres Posts: 2,025
    Thanks for the info about the 330i headlight trim. I'm beginning to suspect that BMW ran out of the trim pieces but decided not to delay shipment of otherwise finished cars.

    We're leaving for a week in Maine tomorrow morning. When we return, I'll hold my sales rep's feet to the fire on this. You're right - we paid for the headlight trim & we should get it.
  • max63max63 Posts: 72
    I believe the best way to keep up your wood trim is just by dusting it. If you get smudge marks you may want to use just a touch of pledge. If you use too much it may leave a residue. As far as swirl marks, not much you can do.

    Hey Guru, should I call my sales guy and ask him to put the trim on my front grill. I have a 330i, mid year, with SP and PP so Im not sure what I should do. Do they just have the trim on 330ix. Also can they program the red dot to blink and the lights to flash when locking. I have had the car for about two months, and I dont want to call back and ask for stuff they wont do. I trust you will have the right answer. Thanks for the help!
  • mschukarmschukar Posts: 351
    I was wondering if anyone had info on changes to the 325i sedan and wagon for 2002. Any current options becoming standard, spy photos of cosmetic changes, etc. I know this has probably been covered, but I can't seem to locate anything with the search and I'm not going to read 7000 messages.

    Also, has anyone mounted a Thule rack to a 325/330 sedan? I know it has threaded holes in the roof for this purpose, but I wanted to know how it worked.

    Thanks
    -Murray
  • tchootchoo Posts: 93
    Picked up my 325Ci yesterday. Its everything I imagined it to be. Build quality is superb, no squeaks or rattles. It had the Bosch fan. I've been making up excuses to go out just to drive this thing. My wife yelled at me last night cos I took a curve too fast and the DSC kicked in and made it shudder a little. The passengers looked a little pale too! The only thing I find strange is the fact that I got Goodyear Eagles (205/55-16) instead of the ContiSports. I thought all Bimmer came with Continentals?
  • e30ragtope30ragtop Posts: 2
    Hi all -- I've been lurking here for a few days, as I've started thinking about downgrading my 1992 e30 to Weekend Car status and buying a new 3er (325 ix Touring, perhaps).

    In reading your posts, it seems like everybody's waiting a few months for their car to be delivered. Has anybody considered European delivery? Does it take much longer? It seems like it should be worth $400 in air fare to save 10% and get exactly the car you want. (Even if you don't combine it with a vacation and just fly over for the weekend, it seems to make good economic sense.) Where are the flaws in my logic? Euro delivery sounds like a great way to go.
  • Gurumike, thank you for your prompt response! I'm just amazed at how fast you could find the answer with this kind of detail and precision. Without your help, I would have still be in nearly complete darkness with the 'On Order' status from the 'Owner's Circle'.

    Maybe you should build a web site, if you already haven't, if it's legally OK to share this kind of information... I'm sure you'll have plenty of traffic. If that's asking too much, how about just an informational FAQ site that lists status codes and their descriptions with other useful info and links.

    BTW, I mentioned 'alum trim' just to contrast against 'wood trim'... But I really meant 'standard trim' which I thought was aluminum. I guess I put that since I saw other people doing that. I apologize if this made your search any more difficult. Thanks again, Gurumike!
  • dantlodantlo Posts: 106
    Welcome back!

    Congrat!Being a father is even better than owning any BMW!I became a father in 1999.My daughter is almost 2 now. Everybody told me it would change my life and it did. It was my happiest day of my life the day she was born.They grow so fast and learn so quick that you could not believe. I am buying her a tricycle tomorrow. I passed on the toy BMW tricylce, it costs $199 at the dealer.

    Anyway, I took my car in for the sticky gas pedal. They will keep it for a couple more days to detect the problem.Someone else on the board had the same problem too.
    Dan
  • tcn2ktcn2k Posts: 277
    I did it! My little baby riched 1200 Miles last night. Now i can gradually take this baby up to 6000 rpm! Yes!

    Also, i have a question, horse powers is for acceleration, torque equals hauling power, is this right? Can someone elaborate on how the two complements each other or how it works?
  • daswolfdaswolf Posts: 43
    Owner's circle has me listed as "produced, not shipped". Could you please check status when you get a chance.

    Orient Blue 325i
    Sand 'ette
    Step
    CWP
    PP
    Xenon

    being shipped to BMW of Peabody, MA

    Thanks.
  • kominskykominsky Posts: 850
    Congratulations!!!!

    As dantlo pointed out above, if there is a downside to having a child, it's that it will show exactly how insignificant your BMW is. That feeling you got when you picked up the car, when you smoke some clown in a "better" car, or when you perfectly guide your car to the apex of a tricky decreasing radius curve... nothing compared to when you hold your newborn for the first time, the first time he or she smiles at you, when he/she falls asleep in your arms, etc.

    A couple of quick suggestions for a first time dad from an "old pro"... 1) buy a camcorder if you don't already have one, and 2) start a savings account now for film developing ;-)
  • yeeehayeeeha Posts: 33
    My 325 (w/ SP) came with Michelin low profile tires. Between your Goodyear's, the Conti's, and my Michelin's, I don't think there is a set tire mfr that is used.
  • yeeehayeeeha Posts: 33
    info to links, etc on differences btwn 2001 vs 2002
  • tenet1tenet1 Posts: 354
    Does anyone know of any pricing info for the 3 series in 2002?

    Are they available yet??
  • I've posted this link before, but here it is again for those who maybe came late:


    http://www.bmwnation.com/home.html


    The feature article describes many details of the 2002 edition and has photos too. Hope this helps.

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