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BMW 3-Series 2005 and earlier



  • rqcrqc Posts: 95
    Maybe the site doesn't show the options for the sedan because the 04 sedan specs aren't up there yet. Maybe when the 04 sedan is there, we'll see those configurations. It would be quite interesting to see if the really offer SMG.
  • Wife and I were looking at an A4 for the replacement of her 99 Accord. After some time, she decided to also look at the 325i. We have decided on Silver Gray Metallic but not sure on Gray Leather or Black Leather/Leatherette. Which color interior is better suited to that exterior color? She likes the gray interior but she says she is tired of the gray interior because I have it on my 02 530i. I have heard that the wood trim in the Premium Package sort of "disappears" in the black interior. Is this true?
  • scipio1scipio1 Posts: 142
    I have the Titanium Silver with a black interior on my convertible. For general appearance I like the black much better than the grey leather. The black tends to overshadow the wood trim a bit (mine is the dark grey brushed "titan shadow" titanium trim, and it is almost invisible against the black dashboard and doors.

    I used to swear by the wood finish (I had it on both a Sand Leather and Cinnamon Leather interior), but lately the titanium/alunimum silver trims have been growing quite a bit on me. I think they look quite spiffy with a black interior if you're willing to order the different trim from BMW (on a side note, I've seen a both a 330ci cab and M3 cab in black with red seats and the silver trim, and I absolutely LOVED it).

    I've heard that the grey leather is harder to keep clean than the black leather. I don't know if it's true, but I do seem to need to clean my sand more often than the black to keep it looking immaculate.

    I strongly considered a grey interior for my car, but mostly becuse I worried the black would be too hot in the convertible. So far, the color has been fine, although it's mostly garaged and I don't leave it baking out in the sun in, say, Thousand Oaks or Camarillo.

    For the coupe or the sadan I would have leaned stringly towards black for aesthetics. In my opinion the black interior on a silver car lends the car a slightly more elegant, immaculate look.
  • sunilbsunilb Posts: 407
    I've seen these in a M3 in my neighborhood, but on the BMW site... it doesn't offer these in either the 330i or 330ci.

    Does anyone know if these are available (ie, via special order or ED)? They look incredibly sweet!
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    I've heard that the grey leather is harder to keep clean than the black leather. I don't know if it's true, but I do seem to need to clean my sand more often than the black to keep it looking immaculate.

    I'd suggest against gray leather (I have it). Go for black. We have AC so the heat isn't really an issue. ;)
  • sunilb: i know for MY2001, the red leather seats were an option. i've seen it on a 330Ci (Titanium Silver with Red interior)

    scipio1: well its not blazin hot here in NYC but hey, it does have its hotter than normal moments.

    blueguydotcom: how many miles do you have on yours? how is the silver gray workin out?
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    I have put 2200 miles on it in 5 weeks. Oops. Too damn much fun. But so much fun I have a feeling I will own the car for a long time. God I hope it stays together. I sincerely love every second in it.

    Though I'm killing my pocketbook with my 21 mpg driving style!
  • scipio1scipio1 Posts: 142
    You have a good place to park it. :)

    I spent the first half of my career in New York. Living on the West Side, it never ceased to amaze me: all those nice cars street-parked, all of them with nasty dings up an down the sides. Ouch.

    I tell my wife that every one in a while, I kind of miss the steamroom days in Manhattan where it's so hot and humid it just soaks you from head to toe (she thinks I'm crazy)... one of my best memories was taking an afternoon walk with my date and her sister through SoHo to Washington Sq Park in just that sort of heat. . Of course, I also remember climbing down into the subway at Canal and feeling like the humidity in the tunnel just sits on you like a big fat panting dog.

    Is the car going to live in the city, or in CT/NJ? I still say go with black int.
  • bavarianbavarian Posts: 63
    A big HOWDY and long time no-see!
    I have just returned from my dealership, having placed an order for a new car to replace my leased
    325i which I have been driving with a big grin since Oct 2000.

    Here is his replacement;

    2004 325Ci
    5 speed
    Sports Package
    Gray Green
    Xenon Adaptive Headlights
    Sand leather
    Wood trim
    Cold Weather package (Chicago in winter)
    Harman Kardon

    MSRP as configured 39,245
    My price 35,425 as I am picking it up in Munich September 15 before driving to Berlin which will be my base for daily excoursions. I will still have my current car to take the sting off the wait for the car to be shipped back to Indiana.

    Thanks to all who have written about ED over the past 3 years, including Postoak,Sievwright and Shipo and to Div2, Shipo and my main man Brave1heart (among others) for banging the manual gearbox drum loud enough to wake up the neighbors.

    I optioned the car pretty heavily as I am buying it with long term ownership in mind and once it's paid off- BMW is giving me 2.9% financing for 60 months (Yikes!)-it will leave me free to get a 2nd BMW used for even more fun (Z3M coupe??)

    Also, when I hear talk of the next 3 design being bigger and more new 5 series like, I think I'd like to have a current offering before "flame surfacing" and headlight "eyebrows" creep into the mix.

    Thanks to Dale Dabrowiak (and Chris Egan) at Basney BMW in South Bend Indiana for being real professionals and good guys over my past three years experience. I had no hesitation in giving them more business.

    My total expenses in the past three years on this fabulous car were $550 for a new set of Bridgestones before I hand it back.

    The car itself has cost me ZERO in maintenance.

    Roll on September!!

  • fredmcmurrayfredmcmurray Posts: 215
    BGDC - At that rate, you're going to have to park it in your garage for the last 18 months of your lease. :)
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    Yeah, I'm sorta way over for the lease. A purchase may be the only option. Of course quite a bit can change in a few years. Maybe I should get a BMW CC, pay off any extra miles. LOL

    My total expenses in the past three years on this fabulous car were $550 for a new set of Bridgestones before I hand it back.

    Wow, I topped that in just one month: bumper repair for a hit and run driver and a new tire (impossible to find) to replace one that shredded last week.
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    The car will stay together longer than you. 21 mpg is not bad for someone with an extremely agressive driving style. The hit and run wasn't your fault, but tires do get expensive.
  • imanrdimanrd Posts: 11
    I am considering just getting stock seats, but would like to know if people that have lived with them for a while are happy with them. Are the sports seats (the ones w/o lumbar support) that much better ?
  • scipio1: live in queens, commute to L.I. so thank goodness good ole Manhattan dings will be non- existant :) out in L.I., dings aren't really a problem...unless you go out to Roosevelt Field Mall and your car will be totalled with all those dings! the car won't be parked in a bad place...just in driveway or maybe 2 houses down or somewhere along those lines but not in the driveway.

    P.S. i agree with you about the subway...WOOHOO that is one hot place!
  • jbailey6jbailey6 Posts: 13
    I have a new BMW 330xi. I'm still getting accustomed to it. In trying to park it today, I guess I drove the front passenger-side tire over the curb. I didn't realize I had done this until I heard a clunking sound. When I inspected the front passenger-side tire, I noticed a 1/2 inch abrasion or rough area in the edge of the rim and a superficial tear in the side wall of the tire just where it adjoined the roughened part of the rim. The rubber of the side wall has separated there leaving a loose tag about 1/2 inch long and 1/4 inch wide through which I can see the inner tube of the tire. I have 17 x 7 alloy wheels and 205/50 R 17 93 V Continental tires. I do not have the sports package. My questions are are as follows:
    1. Is a small separation of the outermost layer of the tire likely to lead to problems in the future such as slow loss of pressure? I'll be checking the pressure tomorrow at a filling station, but it appears to be fine now.
    2. Can such a small separation progress and cause a wider separation of the outer rubber layer?
    3. Admittedly, I was very clumsy in what I did. However, with an 330 xi, is it not designed to withstand uneven surfaces? I was driving very slowly and the front wheel must have gone over the curb and then dropped about 6 inches.
    4. Is there any type of repair that can or should be performed for this type of damage?

    I'd greatly appreciate the advice of the experts at this site. I've never had this type of problem with a tire before although I've done this type of dumb thing a few times in the past! Thanks! Jim
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,320
    On my daily commute (home) from The Bronx to Manhattan, I travel down the Westside Highway. Today I noticed a Dark Blue 3er in my rearview (approaching rapidly). As the car came closer I was able to tell it was an M3! The M3 was Mystic Blue Metallic w/ a Black Interior...absolutely gorgeous (you should have seen the girl driving it too...giddyup). But what a color!

    Street parking: Yeah I park my Prelude on the street every night. It's always fun:) One morning last week I came out and found it sandwiched between an Escalade and a Dodge Ram.

    bmwdriver02: Go with the black interior:) Yeah it gets hot, but the A/C will cool it down within a few minutes.

    bavarian: Congrats on ordering your new car. You'll have to post your ED experiences. Way to go on the stick:)

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

  • jean7of9jean7of9 Posts: 192
    Sorry to hear about this incident and the damaged tire. I recommend you not to take any chance. For the sake of your safety take it to the dealer and let him evaluate the damage and repair/replace it if necessary. Any such damage can lead your tire to blown up at high speed.
  • riezriez Posts: 2,361
    jbailey6... jean7of9 is absolutely correct. Tires are too important to take any chance on. Get them inspected. Worse that will happen is you pay for a tire repair or have to buy a new tire. Are they ContiTouringContacts? Not sure what the Xi's ride on. But if Continental CTCs, a new one will only cost you about $60-70.
  • white6white6 Posts: 588
    2.9 for 60 months? Wow, that's great. Is this from BMW Financial? Best I've seen from them is 5.15% on 2004 model. My 04 330Ci should be ready to pick up early next week... the boat arrived in S.C. last Friday. I was all set to get 4.49% from local credit union, but if BMW is offering 2.9, I'll definitely look into it.
  • "MSRP as configured 39,245
    My price 35,425 as I am picking it up in Munich September 15 before driving to Berlin which will be my base for daily excoursions. I will still have my current car to take the sting off the wait for the car to be shipped back to Indiana."

    I have never bought a car in Europe and flown there before its shipped to the US. How does that work? Sorry for the lack of experience. Is the price you quoted US price delivered to the mainland or do you have to pay for shipping? Or do you save the approximate 4K and then spend $ for shipping? How much is it to ship a car from that part of Europe to Indiana?

    So many questions. It may be cheaper to buy it in the US and just travel to Europe and rent a niiiiice car! Thats with the current prices being offered here in the USA.
  • Does anyone know the new incentive rates effective today? (July 1) I know that the old rates of 2.9% on 3 and 5 series were until June 30th, I was wondering if anyone knows the new ones?
  • jb_shinjb_shin Posts: 357 -> Virtual Center -> European Delivery

  • nyccarguy:
    by the looks of things in NYC, it looks like the Caddy Escalade is the top selling luxury SUV...that is with about 24 inch rims :P
  • bavarianbavarian Posts: 63
    Shipping and handling is $695 whether I pick the car up on ED or drive it off the lot in Indiana or anywhere else in the USA.

    I was going to Germany anyway on vacation and instead of renting a car will be able to drive my own on some delicious roads. Once I get over the 1200 mile break in I'll be free to steam down the Autobahn at speeds that aren't prudent in the Midwest. Saving money on the price of the car is icing on the cake.

    As a BMWCCA member I will also get a $500 rebate check when the car comes Stateside.

    jb shin has given some great links to help explain ED. There is also an Edmunds topic on BMW ED which includes some great photos and travelogues from guys like Postoak.

    I am looking forward to the experience and will be buying a German Nav DVD to help me on my daily excoursions.
  • jb_shinjb_shin Posts: 357
    You mentioned that you will be making your way up to Berlin. What is your itinerary like, I ask because I live in Berlin.
  • That is kick [non-permissible content removed]! sounds like D' way to do it. Enjoy your trip and keep us posted upon your return.
  • ksomanksoman Posts: 593
    nyccarguy: We just decided to junk our life in AZ and move to nyc. I've been working on that side for a while and weekly commuting 3000 miles back and forth isnt fun.... oh i remember, i was going to mention, my wife bought a 2004 325 convertible purely for the mystic blue color... oh what a heavenly color.

    white6: I am not aware of bmw offering 2.9% on 2004's but shop around, my wife got a 3.79% from her credit union in NJ.

    320i: I mentioned seeing one in toronto and I saw it again at the airport while leaving saturday morning. Next stop, Hamburg and a weekend of driving for fun....

  • mxpro738mxpro738 Posts: 59
    Hello, All.

    Do any of you have experience driving both the 330i and the 530i? How are their handling characteristics different? For apples-to-apples, assume for the moment that both have the sport package.

    Thank you, in advance.
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
  • msisengmsiseng Posts: 369
    A lot of familiar names in here from the G35 forums. Interesting reading...
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