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2013 and earlier BMW 3-Series Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • New to BMW's - looking for 328xi or 335xi - CPO. What pkgs should I be looking at? - I live in New England. Looking for < 30K miles - what's a reasonable price? Not stuck on 335 - not sure if I would notice the additional performance?
    Thanks in advance
  • poorlawyerpoorlawyer Posts: 1
    edited September 2011
    I'm looking to purchase a new, 2011 335i sedan. I'm interested in the Sport and Premium packages. I'm aware that the 2012 model will be a significant redesign. Consequently, I think that the 2011s remaining on dealer lots should command a substantial discount. What pre-tax price would you consider a good deal, assuming the MSRP is $52,000? Thank you in advance for your help. [EDIT: I'm located in Texas, in case that is helpful.]
  • I can only briefly comment on the performance difference between the 328i & 335i, since I had the pleasure of owning both. If you are a first timer with BMW, then yes go ahead and get the 328i, it's a fun car to drive. Later you may want to get into a 335i where you will notice a big difference in performance! Once you get into a 335i you ask yourself why you didn't do that sooner.
  • I just got a lease price for the following:
    2012 328 convertible
    mineral white
    red leather
    harmon kardon

    The msrp: 55,225 purchase price: 51,248

    $2765 up front
    $$645 a month

    Please let me know if this is a good deal..
  • olivioboliviob Posts: 23
    edited September 2011
    Hey there, considering this 328i 4 dr sedan LEASE from a Southern California dealer. Seems like a good deal. Thoughts?

    Black ext/Oyster int
    Prem & Value packages
    BMW Apps/Assist

    Vehicle Price: $41,375.00
    Preferred Customer Discount: - $4,490.00
    Total Selling Price: $36,885.00

    Sales Tax (estimate): + $3,260.25
    Tag/Registration Fees (estimate): + $310.00
    Other: + $29.00
    Flat Add/County Fee: + $10.00
    Smog Abatement Fee: + $20.00
    Documentation Fee: + $55.00
    Balance Due (estimate): $40,569.25
    No Trade-In

    LEASE OPTIONS (tax included)
    Cash Due 36 months
    10,000 Miles
    $1,500 $457
    $3,000 $411
    $4,500 $366
  • rrt1rrt1 Posts: 9
    edited September 2011
    I am looking at a used 13000 mile 2011 328i MSRP 44,675.00. The dealer has discounted it to 38,990.00. Is this a good deal? Car has the following, Convenience Package, Cold weather Package, Premium Package, Value Package, Steptronic, Nav, etc.

    Is this a good deal or should it be discounted more? They are offering me a lease @36 months/15000/year no money down for 598.00.

    Thanks for all inputs. This is the first time looking at BMW's

    Need to know ASAP
  • mortiennemortienne Posts: 30
    edited September 2011
    According to, you could buy that car for around $41,000 so you'll have to decide if it's worth 13,000 miles to save $2,000. Something to bear in mind is that you're leasing the car for 45,000 miles, so the car could have up to 58,000 miles on it when you return it. The warranty will run out at 50,000 (and possibly the included maintenance too).

    As for the numbers, the new lease figures should be 0.00190 money factor and 61% residual if I remember correctly. Assuming you're paying all the fees up front, then I make the payment to be $451 plus tax. Because it's used, they'll be using different figures.

    If you were to buy the same car new, and get it for $41,000, then your monthly should be around $512+tax.

    Bear in mind, I'm no professional at this. Just pulling in info from different sources. I did sell Infinitis for a couple of years though :)
  • rrt1rrt1 Posts: 9
    Thanks mortienne! I really dont know what to do. Can you give me your opinion on what you would do? Should I just look at another brand new one or take this one. Their lease price was including all fees and taxes no money down for 598.00. 36 months/1500/yr.
  • What are the current money factor, residual %, and other incentives for the 2011 335i (Sedan) and 2011 335d. Term is 36 months and 10k miles per year. I am a current BMW owner.

    I am seeing $1,000 bonus cash (loyalty) and $750 dealer cash. Is there also a reduction in the money factor for a returning customer?

    How does the $3,500 ECO credit work on the BMW 335d - is this a discount? I typically can get a deal $750 to $1,000 above invoice - so can I subtract the $3,500 from that price?

  • 4tune4tune Posts: 20
    edited September 2011
    I was given a quote for a mineral white saddle brown 2011 3 series coupe and wanted to know if it's the right price
    2100 due at signing. Includes first months payment tax title etc
    $550 a month for 10 k miles/year
    The car has premium pkg and value pkg with nav Sirius satellite radio, iPod adapter

    Please help. Don't know how to negotiate dealer says it's a 46k car
  • The money factor is .00190 and for a 36 month lease with 10,000 miles per year the residual is 61%. You should be looking for $1,500 behind invoice then the $3,500 ECO credit, then the $750 bonus cash and the loyalty can be used as $1,000 or to reduce the money factor by .00030. The mark up from M.S.R.P. to invoice is 7% on any BMW. So if the M.S.R.P. is $54,350 your selling price should be $43,795.00 if you use the loyalty off the selling price.
  • What model 3-series? What is the M.S.R.P.? Sounds very high....
  • The 335i sedan currently has a credit for auto transmission of $1,305.00 and APR cash of $750. You should be looking for a selling price of $1,500 to $2,000 behind invoice minus incentives... So on a $52,000 car the selling price should be between $44,305 and $44,805 if your financing. Don't forget about the 1.9% for 36 months and 2.9% for 60 months special APR rate.
  • kball2kball2 Posts: 44
    edited September 2011

    Thanks for the information. Where did you get the $1,500 behind invoice? It is typically difficult to get behind invoice on a BMW unless there is some program supporting it.

    If I were to offer $43,795 (per the example) the dealer would be making zero on the car - correct?

    Do you have current rates for a 335i sedan (3 years, 10k miles per year)?

  • Dealer around Washington, DC area quoted the following last night:

    328i Sapphire Black/Black, Value Pkg, Premium Pkg, Cold Weather Package, Sat Radio. MSRP $42,275. Price quoted $38,290, less $750 if I finance with BMW.

    Good deal?


  • I just got a lease price for the following:
    2012 328 convertible
    mineral white
    red leather
    harmon kardon

    The msrp: 55,225 purchase price: 51,248
    Residual 65%
    Money factor.0020

    $2765 up front
    $$637 a month

    Please let me know if this is a good deal..
  • 4tune4tune Posts: 20
    It's a 328xi coupe
    Dealer is ready to give it for invoice. He says residual is 67% and he is saying money factor is .00225. The payment comes to 543/ month. As a reminder its a

    Mineral white
    Saddle brown
    Value pkg
    Premium pkg
    Sat radio

    0 down
    925 BMW bank fee
    349 doc fee
  • Is there any way to get one of these certificates if you did not actually attend the event? I know that sounds terrible, but I was recovering from surgery during that time and now I am about $1,000 away from the deal I want.
  • Looking at a 2011 335d. Jet black, oyster interior. Pretty well loaded (sports, premium, convenience, cold weather, idrive, etc)

    MSRP is 56750 and the offer on the table is $49400. (56750 - 3500 eco - 1000 loyalty - 750 finance/lease cash).

    Edmunds gives a TMV of 50,354. I am assuming that includes the 3500 eco credit, but not the 1750 for loyalty / finance.

    For a 2011, I think I should be getting closer to invoice, however I saw an earlier post talking about prices up to 1500 _under_ invoice. Is there a factory to dealer incentive that I'm missing somewhere?

  • Hi All,
    I found this BMW for sale and wrote the sales manager to see what type of lease deal I could get:
    2011 3281X with 14k miles on it. It was the dealer Demo car and BMW special Fin still applies:
    Vehicle Price: $43,890.00, Preferred Customer Discount: - $6,905.00
    Total Selling Price: $36,985.00, Sales Tax (estimate): + $3,058.19
    Tag/Registration Fees (estimate): + $310.00, Flat Add/County Fee: + $20.00
    Electronic Filing: + $29.00 Smog Abatement Fee: + $20.00
    Documentation Fee: + $55.00
    Balance Due (estimate): $40,477.19

    Down / Payment
    $910 $472
    $4,060 $375
    $6,160 $309

    Any feedback for price / payments :)
  • tennbergtennberg Posts: 45
    edited October 2011
    What current incentives are available for October 2011 for a 2011 335xi sedan? The sales guy at my dealership mentioned 2 incentives for me - an $1840 "navigation" credit as well as a loyalty incentive (either $1000 or 0.00030 off the MF). Is that all that is available? Others have mentioned $750 dealer cash as well. Would that also be available in my case?
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    edited October 2011
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  • Hi,

    can someone tell me what the current MF and Residual is for a 2012 328 X Drive wagon. I'm looking at 3 yr/15k miles. Can I get this car for below invoice and if so, how much below?

  • anh3anh3 Posts: 58
    edited October 2011
    The offer I got currently is $46,950 otd. Good price as packaged? payment will be at $843x60 months with financing at 2.9% = $50,580. Haven't negotiate the trade in price yet, we'll see.

    335i Sedan
    Rear-wheel drive
    Base MSRP $42,050
    Space Gray Metallic $550
    Chestnut Brown Dakota Leather $0
    Glacier Silver Aluminum trim $0
    Performance Edition Package $550
    M Sport Package $3,750
    Premium Package 2 $2,650
    Heated front seats $500
    Harman Kardon surround sound system $875
    iPod and USB adapter $0
    Destination & Handling: $875
    Total MSRP as Built $51,900
  • I would never pay that much for a Bimmer without comfort access.
  • anh3anh3 Posts: 58
    since it's a M/T, I won't be able to use my key to start the engine... so that feature is 1/2 useless in my case. May be I'll add Nav. to it, which there might be a credit?
  • $46,950 before tax or after?
  • getadeal1getadeal1 Posts: 3
    edited October 2011
    What? Look at the number if it is OTD including taxes. It would be a crazy deal unheard of. For 6% taxes, the sale price of the car is like 44,000 for a car with MSRP 52,000. $3000 below invoice? Is BMW going to file bankruptcy or something crazy like that?
    Hey anh3, Would you share which dealer you are working with?
  • anh3anh3 Posts: 58
    edited October 2011
    that's before taxes, but it'll still a little less than or at invoice. I think that's still a good deal. I live in the Midwest.
  • laxcarslaxcars Posts: 20
    Starting to hunt for a 328i in the LA area. Any thoughts on how much I should look to be spending on a car with the specs below:

    Metallic paint
    Dakota leather
    Xenon lights
    Heated front seats
    Smartphone integration
    Comfort access (would be nice but not necessary)
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