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  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    ...out in the desert on the way to LV. Brief flings to triple digits will probably be fine, but do that for very long, and the Bear in the Air is going to tell the one on the ground that you are breakfast...
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    The 325xi SP does NOT have power seats. :)

    Leather is a separate option for the 2002 and is NOT part of the PP.

    If you want invoicing info, check out (Kelly Blue Book) and look under new cars. It gives you invoice for the packages and the possible options for the car.

  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Heck going 110 on the 15 is nothing anymore. If you go any slower, you'll get another car up your tailpipe.

    Seriously, the speed on that highway is ridiculous especially before a long weekend (like this Labor Day).

    But that drive is a fun drive if you want to be able to wind it up. Though going through Baker and seeing that thermometer over 110 isn't pleasant. :)

    SoVeryPoor... I take the 58 from Edwards AFB and hop on the 15 at Barstow. You didn't miss us by much, though we were at Six Flags this weekend.

  • stokdgsstokdgs Posts: 65

    Sorry for taking so long to reply, been working way too many days/nights!! In any event, the M Coupe Rocket is doing very well, it continues to launch me to work every morning with great ease, and the accompanying adrenalin rush is way better than any caffeine product known today ! : ) Really appreciate the info you provided on what to look for on a '95 M3, found a couple of really nice ones in San Diego... I dont get over here much anymore since I dont have my '01 325i anymore, but glad to see that you are still out and about, helping us all, and imparting your great experience and wisdom. Thanks again ! DanF
  • dave330idave330i Posts: 893
    Thanks. I've just been extremely busy (still am). So busy in fact, I haven't had a chance to autox this season yet. :O BTW, how are your tires working out?
  • esq1esq1 Posts: 20
    My orient blue 325xiT spends the night in the garage. I'm considering getting a 325i to keep it company, but the new car will have to stay outside (I live in an old neighborhood with great trees but small garages). I love the steel gray, but I'm thinking it won't be as practical as the silver. Any thoughts? While I love polishing the orient blue, even something as small as tree pollen can make the blue look filthy and I try to avoid car washes to avoid swirls. I don't want to deal with that on two cars, especially when the second will be sitting outside 24/7. What do you think?
  • brave1heartbrave1heart Posts: 2,698
    I've had the Sumitomos for about 5K miles now.
    - they grip well in dry and wet
    - are very communicative. They let you know that they are approaching their adhesion limit ahead of the Contis but would allow you to corner 2-5 miles faster through most corners.
    - they are very transitional. If they lose grip, they do it progressively. With the Contis, you either have control or you don't... But to be fair, the Contis did have a high limit of adhesion when they were newer.
    - steering response is great
    - they are exceptionally quiet
    - the ride is very comfortable - it feels downright luxurious compared to the Contis
    - NO tramlinining whatsoever!

    They felt a little floaty at first but got significantly better after the first 2-3K miles. Great tire for $106!!! The only drawback is that the sidewalls seems to be a bit too soft and handling would likely benefit from stiffer sidewalls but at the expense of ride and comfort.

    I am doing another driving school at NHIS on Sept 6 and there also two more autoX events left this season.
  • brave1heartbrave1heart Posts: 2,698
    Once my Orient Blue pick up enough dirt, everything blends in nicely and you don't notice it any more ;o) I took off 5 weeks worth of brake dust yesterday - the car looked really mean and evil with the brake dust on!! I think that if your top priority in colors is finding one that hides dirt well, silver can't be beat!
  • Does anyone have a recommendation for tire chains, cables, or "Spider Spikes" for a 2002 325i sedan with 17" sport package wheels? BMW doesn't make them due to liability and wheel well clearance problems. "Spider Spikes" look like a great idea, but at more than $300, pretty costly. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, so buying a set of snow tires and wheels to go to the Sierra a couple of times this winter is way too expensive!
  • abcnycabcnyc Posts: 101
    Any recommendations or feedback on the maintenance/service department from the following dealers in MD/VA ? VOB, Russel, Northwest BMW, Tischer, Sterling ?
  • mvt1mvt1 Posts: 1
    Could you tell me which dealer gave you the deal with $1650 off MSRP? Salesperson's name would help as well. Thanks.
  • jbreez1jbreez1 Posts: 46
    Sorry, hit "enter" after typing the title. Thanx to everyone for the well wishes. Jpierce aptly picked up on the "politician" verbage. I'll defer revealing my occupation. Congrats to Jpierce for the purchase. PGH huh? Originally from Youngstown. Many a night at the Syrian Mosque, dinner on the hill. I can't imagine the feeling of picking up that brand new bimmer you've been waiting for! Picking out the pre owned model was so much fun, I can imagine the angst in waiting for a new one.

    Well, the first weekend went as predicted. Cleaned out the two car garage to provide the "Black Beauty" with a new home. Banished the cats to the patio (Leah would definitely sleep on the car). Washed and cleaned her at 7:00 am (the car not the cat)Sunday morning. Drove my wife 100 miles on I-95 to meet the daughter in Fort Pierce. 80 the whole way,listening to Bruce Sprignsteen and Smashmouth on the CD.

    A good weekend...then the wife came home (Just Kidding, 19 years and going strong!)

    Be well,

  • kominskykominsky Posts: 850
    I'm starting to shop for my winter wheel/tire package and was looking for a little input on the wheels. While I would love nothing more than a set of super-light 18" HRE wheels on my car, for my winter setup I am primarily concerned with price and appearance. I've narrowed the choices down to M-Contours (wide 5 spokes ala E36 M3), 7 spoke style 44 (E46 325 sport-pack), or M5 wheels ( ). Any of which would be used or replicas. This is for a Topaz 330Ci coupe. Anyone want to offer opinions? I know some of you guys are full of them! LOL!
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    On winter tires, don't you want a slightly narrower tire? If so, I'm not sure the M wheels would be right. I have the xi SP wheels which are a bit narrower, but should work well for winter use. (I don't remember the wheel number).

    I have a BMW book with all the wheels if you want me to verify the # for ya. (they have about 10 spokes or so) and they look like the one in the BMW Photo Gallery of the blue 330xi (Post #7 - dcomeau).

  • kominskykominsky Posts: 850
    Good point... I forgot to mention that all of the wheels I listed are available in 7.5" width which should work well with 225/45 winter tires (probably would work with 205/50's too, but I'd have to look into that).
  • brave1heartbrave1heart Posts: 2,698
    I am getting the Mille Miglia Spider. I am keeping my 325i for a while plus you save some money because the Rack will balance the tires for free if you ask them to.

  • kominskykominsky Posts: 850
    Does anyone have one that will fit under their car? If yes, brand and model would be helpful. I have two of them, but I can't get either one under the car at the jack points.
  • kominskykominsky Posts: 850
    I will be going through the tirerack if I get the M-contour replicas (AT Italia Type 5s). Right now I believe that's the way I will go, but was just looking at some options. The wheel exchange (the ebay link I posted with M5 wheels) also offers tire/wheel packages similar to TireRack (mount, balance, etc)
  • dave330idave330i Posts: 893
    thanks for the update. Since I haven't done any track events this season, I'm still running on the OEM tires right now (not for long though). I'm debating between Kumhos or S-03.
  • kominskykominsky Posts: 850
    Are Kumhos even comparable to the S-03's? If it wasn't for the fact that all of my vehicles needed new shoes this year and the Bridgestone's didn't fit the budget, they would have been my first choice. I like the Kumho's, but thought the Bridgesones would blow them away.
  • dave330idave330i Posts: 893
    It's the age old story of price vs. performance. If I get the S-03s, I might have to replace all 4, while only the rear with Kumho's.
  • kominskykominsky Posts: 850
    When I ordered the Kumho's from TireRack the guy I talked to told me they don't play well with other tires and recommended that I do fronts and rears at the same time. I was a little skeptical at first, but the tire guy at the place that mounted them for me (European Precision, Emmaus PA) said he had heard the same thing, too.
  • dave330idave330i Posts: 893
    Thanks for the info. I got to drive a friend's Boxster with S-03s on rear only, and the car didn't like it too much.

    BTW, FWIW Boxster's a blast to drive. The clutch & shifter takes a lot more effort than a 3 series, but once you get used to it, it's not too bad. I really loved the short throw on the shifter. Makes the throw on the 3 series feel like it belongs on a truck.
  • kominskykominsky Posts: 850
    I had a coworker toss me the keys to his brand-new Boxter S last year. The car wasn't broken in yet so I refused and told him I'd take him up on the offer after it was broken in and he had a stone chip or two on the hood (I didn't want to be driving for the first one). About two weeks later he quit the company and moved away... another one of life's lost opportunities.
  • brave1heartbrave1heart Posts: 2,698
    I've not driven a Boxster S, just the regular Boxster back when it first came out. I loved the feel of it - it has that BMW magic, only a lot more of it :o)

    kominsky - are you happy with the Kumhos?
  • kominskykominsky Posts: 850
    I am extremely happy with them, compared to the Conti's. Especially when price is taken into account. From everything I've heard and read, I still think I would've gotten the Bridgestones if my budget (okay, I admit it... my wife's budget) would have allowed for it.
  • bmw323isbmw323is Posts: 410
    I am also looking at wheels. What do you know about The Wheel Exchange? Are the wheels used? If so, how do you know what their condition is? They can't be new and sell for $599 a set in 17" size. I got a price from my BMW dealer for the M double spoke type 68's on the 330 sport package models and, even with BMWCCA discount, they were a bit over $400 each!
  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038
    323is, I think the key part of kominsky's post you missed was this:

    "Any of which would be used or replicas."

  • mitchs3mitchs3 Posts: 64
    Made my purchase at Northwest, in Owings Mills. There service dept has been friendly and helpful. In fact I went to purchase a quart of oil for my 02 330i and to confirm the reading on the nutty dipstick and they even gave me the oil for free. Loaner unfortunately has been a rental from enterprise, but I'm told BMW loaners coming in soon.
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