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BMW 3-Series 2005 and earlier



  • luftig1luftig1 Posts: 23
    330i SP PP in Titanium Silver.

    The 3 series does seem a bit more youthful than the 5 or 7 series, but the 3 series is nore fun to drive. Maybe the Z3 even more so, but a two door roadster was not in the cards.

    Will I ever want a larger sedan, yes - but not as my primary daily commuter vehicle, probably a M5 for my wife. We could use this when picking up in-laws at the airport and driving fast to scare them from returning soon or on long drives where I think the 5 series is better.
  • mjones6mjones6 Posts: 9
    My age is 37-45, just ordered a 330cic a few weeks ago.

    I thought the extra power of the 330 was worth the extra money.
    I am already taking a step down in power and the 325 just felt
    too sluggish.
  • dej0dej0 Posts: 36
    I'm in the 29-36 bracket, we have a steel blue '02 325i w/ SP, moon roof, power seats and xenons.
  • lyoutslyouts Posts: 6
    I'm in the 29-36 bracket, and have about 900 miles on my '02 330i w/PP, SP, bi-xenons, and steptronic transmission. The car is fantastic, and I can't stay out of it. I'm traveling alot for work right now, but will post a pic soon.

    Please hold the flaming posts for my choice of transmission. I get my manual fix via my motorcycles. Unfortunately, I do crash from time to time. Latest injuries included (a) ruptured tendon in the right hand requiring plaster cast, and (b) cracked rib on the right side. So I'm probably due for a foot injury soon. Anyway, I need to be able to drive the car when I'm hurt.

    I'll be happy to report my experiences with the step if anyone is interested.

  • jimbresjimbres Posts: 2,025
    As a rule, European ATM systems won't recognize a PIN that's longer than 4 positions. If necessary, change your PIN now to satisfy this requirement.

    Also, the keypads on most European ATMs are numeric only, in contrast to the alphanumeric keys that we're used to seeing in North America. If you've memorized your PIN as an alpha character string - "BLUE", for example - then you'd better memorize the numeric equivalent - "2583", in this case.
  • vishnu11vishnu11 Posts: 59
    Besides the warnings about security of your car in Italy, you also might want to think about the drop-off in Italy. If the car is dropped off in Italy, it is *driven* (not trucked/shipped) back to Munich. I guess you have to trust the drop-off driver you've never met before! Also add the extra mileage put on the car without you driving it.

    If you are thinking about trips, Gary Ray's site describes his EuroDelivery in great detail. This gent has done two EuroDel trips and documents it very well.

    Also, to document the pickup process, Jim's site


  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,260
    I'm not sure how many of you read "CAR," the british auto publication, but there is a great article in the magazine on the BMW 330d (d standing for diesel). The 330d has a 3.0L Diesel motor that pumps out 175hp and 305 lb-ft torque! They said that except for the heating coil (required waiting before starting up a diesel), the 3.0 Diesel is as smooth as its gas (petrol) powered sister. Too bad diesels have such a bad image here in the US (and they pump some nasty stuff into the air as well).

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • hpmanhpman Posts: 33
    Thanks for the info! I will definitely need to look into the whole ATM/PIN thing. Regarding drop-off, my plans were to complete a loop and drop the car off back in Munich (round trip tickets to and from Munich).

    Thankfully, I won't have to deal with the agony of a stranger placing hundreds of miles on my new car that is in the midst of being broke-in!

    Thanks again!
  • dave330idave330i Posts: 893
    Modern diesels are extremely clean. The problem in the US is quality & quantity of fuel.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,260
    I read that too! Maybe not in the 3 series, but if they offered an X5 3.0d that had similar performance and got somewhere in the mid to high 20's mpg would be a great sell here.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Well, I'm 32 and my wife is 36.

    Next topic. We went to San Simeon and Hearst Castle this weekend. Stayed in Paso Robles. Took Highway 46 to the PCH in Central California. 46 SUCKS when you are behind trucks But the 325xi took it well and I had NO problems passing up hill. YAY!

    But we REALLY had some fun up on the PCH north of San Simeon. There are some really tight twisties on that road. NO room to mess up or cross the line. Blind turns, up and down hill. Man was I having fun. The BMW handled like it was on rails! Had a big ol' grin plastered on my face. This is living! I don't think the kids liked it in the back seat though. So I slowed down a bit so they wouldn't get sick.

    After driving on that road, I realize the sheer pleasure a well tuned and balanced car can bring. The SP kept the car tight and level in the turns. At NO time was it harsh for us.

    Right about the time I turned around to head back to Paso Robles, I saw a brand new 325xi - alpine white. Guess I'm not the only xi in California now. :) hehehe

    I took a few pictures of the car along the coast with the ocean in the background. Hopefully I'll get them developed soon and post them for you all.

    Hope you don't mind seeing a bunch of bug guts on the front. :)

    Now I'm back at work... (sigh) dreaming about the coast and a twistie...
  • mr323mr323 Posts: 30

    I'm 50 and should pick up my '02 325i (titanium, 5 sp, PP, leather, Xenons, HK, rear bags--still have kids, 16 & 10).

    Best wishes,

  • gwunjgwunj Posts: 26
    For the pollsters: 29 and a Topaz/Grey 330ci, SP, PP, Xenons, and Heated seats on order.

    So, my baby's produced and should be on its way over shortly. What sort of information do I need from BMW NA to track it through Wallenius? I vaguely remember something about that a billion posts back, with no way to find it. Is it a ship name or tracking number? Thanks!

  • kenduxkendux Posts: 7
    I am considering whether to buy a 330 or an M3 convertible. Is there a huge performance difference? Is the M3 difficult to keep in tune or a lot more expensive to service? I am also wondering about waiting for the new convertible that will be introduced next year. Is a 4 series or a 6 series. Would appreciate any input. Kendux
  • brave1heartbrave1heart Posts: 2,698
    I am 32.

    erickpl - my wife is 34 (she's about 18 months older than me). It is very common these days, probably because women reach their sexual peak later in life (j/k).
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    My wife is only 5.5 months younger than me, and she is the second youngest woman I ever dated! ;-) AND she drives a stick, just like Mrs. Brave1heart. ;-)

    Best Regards,
  • dave330idave330i Posts: 893
    Depends on E36 (older) or E46 M3 (current). E36 M3 & 330 are very close in hp, but M3 is lighter. E46 M3 has about 100 more ponies than 330.

    As to expenses, you've got to pay to play. The 18" tires on M3 will cost you at least $200 a piece. If you opt for 19", it'll be even more expensive. Higher the cost of the car, more expensive it'll be to maintain it.
  • genie1genie1 Posts: 398
    Under 28 (but not for much longer) :)

    I'm getting my winter tires off tomorrow...finally! Should have had them off a couple of weeks ago, but I've been expecting a freak snowstorm so I hedged my bets. ;) (ok, so I procrastinated a wee bit)

    I did almost get run off the road this morning by a truck that decided to change lanes as I began to pass him on the left at 140 kmph. This was on a steep curved overpass, in somewhat patchy fog. Not a v. pleasant experience, but a safe one thanks to the superior brakes and handling of my baby.
  • kominskykominsky Posts: 850
    38 - '01 330Ci (my wife is 1.5 years younger than me, is absolutely untrainable with a manual tranny, and by the way, I'm still patiently waiting for that peak thing brave mentioned... LOL!)
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,260
    So I've decided to order Klasse Auto Polish for use on my Prelude when I get it. Question for all of you BMW 3 Series (see, staying on topic) owners (Shipo, AHEM) who use this product: What's the best kind of towel (or cloth or T-Shirt) to use to apply this stuff (technical term) with?

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD

  • vkwheelsvkwheels Posts: 218
    I'm the 37-45 bracket. Whoosh!

    Phone # to track the cars once it at home, will post it tomorrow if I see noone else has. It was posted last week sometime. It's too early for me to use.

    Not much new with me. Erick's post re: Calif Hwy 1 reminded me of a sweet little road named G16 that goes through Carmel Valley (S. of Monterey/Carmel). Anyone know it? It twisted through very pretty hills & pastures between the coast & Hwy 101. :-) Hmmm, future road trip in new car!
  • luftig1luftig1 Posts: 23
    as long as you can afford it. You certainly will have a lot of fun with a M3 convertible or the 330. But do not drive the M3 unless you are ready to spend the money , the M3 performance will spoil you. Also, IMHO everyone should own a convertible at least once, I have already had mine ('95 Mustang GT), sold it and got the 330i.
  • cnorthrupcnorthrup Posts: 74
    47 - '02 330i, step, steel blue, 4500 miles...
  • dave330idave330i Posts: 893
    Had my passenger side fog lamp replaced last week. People at the shop told me I lucked out. The driver side is more labor intensive (i.e. cost more). I guess it's time to research on protective film.

    Never heard of G16, but I do head down to Monterey regularly. Only problem with a lot of these roads is that there's always be a slow moving car in front of you.

    poll: I've got a 2001 330i (silver, SP, PP, 5-sp, xenon), and 28 for another month or so. BTW, anyone keeping track of the data?
  • bbell4bbell4 Posts: 34
    For those with the 330i PP, SP, xenon - what did you pay if I can ask?
  • dave330idave330i Posts: 893
    What ever MSRP was in March, 2001. You can get better deals these days.
  • hpmanhpman Posts: 33
    25, just ordered a 2002 330i SP Heated seats
  • luftig1luftig1 Posts: 23
    univeral remote - paid full retail & install on those. Felt I go a good deal, but better have been had. They did throw in the floormats.
    I also had metallic paint. The 330i SP/PP Xenon with premium paint, Universal Remote & Alarm has been a blast. The way I see it, get every feature you want, 6 months ago the little extra you spent will have been forgotten and you will be glad you did.
  • 42 - 2002 330ci (alpine white, SP, PP, xenon) delivered Jan 2nd (happy new year!).
  • 30, wife 29 - 1999 323i (jet black, tan leather, 5 speed, SP, moon, wood, folding rear seats).
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