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2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Infiniti G37x Q40 AWD
If you have your heart on the xi, go with it. I have mine w/o the PP. I don't miss the sunroof (work in the Mojave desert) and live in the mountains (intense sun). The wood trim I got thrown in, as did I the center armrest (std for 2003). I do miss the power seats as I'm 5'11" and my wife is 5'1". But it is workable. How are you for the SP? That is another area, though I wouldn't get a BMW without it... a subjective choice.
You are saving costs by not getting a metallic paint and the manual, so that is a plus. Have you considered a 2002 or a 2003? You might save a bit there, but who knows. If you are concerned about being able to finance, don't be afraid to shop around for a deal that works for you. There are several places on the web to get car financing (some here have used them and gotten good rates/payments). You might also consider ED, which again, many on here have done. You can save quite a bit, which would cover the cost of the trip. You can save there by doing a short one (picking up, driving a bit, then returning). Others on here know MUCH more than me about that, though I plan to do it for the next BMW I buy (unless it's a Z4 or one of the new 6 Series coming out in 2004).
Regardless of what you choose, good luck with getting it and enjoy it! You can see my xi at http://community.webshots.com/user/skimblz_ if you want.
-Paul2002 325xiSP, CWP, 1/2 PPxenonsOxford Green/Natural Brown leathertint, XM radio, universal transceiver
check this out...
if you are at 66k with it, it should have had an inspection 1 done at 60k...
if you don't have any service history on it, i'd at least get the brake fluid and coolant flushed, as well as an oil and filter change...
and of course, as always, have it checked by a bimmer tech before you buy...
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