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BMW 3-Series 2006



  • dl7265dl7265 Posts: 1,381
    Well get this. I called and she said sorry all 3 days booked up. Do you not have a invitation ? Good question since i attended the last 3 events been a BMWCCA member for 6 years and took the 1st delivery of a 2006 in Dallas im not a very happy camper right now. Not including i took the 31st off allready. She said well i call you if we have a cancelation, yeah right.

  • cindy17cindy17 Posts: 3
    Dear folks,
    I need your help here. I just bought a BMW last month and negotiated to have compass installed for free( I don't have the premium package which includes the compass). Now I was informed that they can not install the compass as my car doesn't have alarm system or another system I forget the name to support the compass. Is that true? I am so depressed to hear this as I am a dummy lady with no sense to the direction at all !!! What shall I do then?
    Please help me!
  • planomlplanoml Posts: 244
    Sorry to hear that. The compass only comes with the Premium Package. Don't know why the dealer said they could, and later changed their story. If you have problems with directions, an OEM GPS system may be the way to go. You will get voice-guided direction and maps of where you are; all for about $500-700.

    If you're really miffed, get the dealer to give you something else; but be fair. Best of luck.
  • planomlplanoml Posts: 244
    That's pathetic!! I received an e-invite. Call your SA. Given your CCA tenure, and recent purchase, they should accomodate. Not to rub-it-in, but why would you take a Sunday off (7/31)?
  • amt7565amt7565 Posts: 165
    The Premier package has a compass? Which models?
  • This is only accurate for the 2006 3 series:

    You can order the compass as a line item from their parts catalog, but like you said, you need the alarm system for it to work (it also needs the rain sensor, but that is stock on the 2006. The good news is that you can line item the alarm system too. It is an additional 300 bucks.

    Both items are listed in their accessories catalog on page 24.

    It is a irritation for the dealer to make a statement without talking to the service/parts dept. to see if it can be accomplished.

    Good luck-
  • dl7265dl7265 Posts: 1,381
    As a Gov employee , I usually get Mon/Tues days off. :(

    Im going to call BMW CS tomorrow. I know they have all my info cause they contacted me all ready to give opinions on future models after my purchase.

  • khucsbkhucsb Posts: 1
    Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone could answer a few of my questions

    If i were to order a 330i with the sports package, how long do you think the 18 inch run flats will last? How much will it be to replace these tires and what brands are worth getting? Pirelli? Can we order NON-run flats in the future?

    Also, I remember reading some posts about the difference between jet black and metallic black. I'm leaning towards jet black because I want a deeper black. However, im worried that the jet black will leave those swirl marks after a little while. Does metallic paint hold its look longer?

    Thanks for all your help. I read this forum everyday and its amazing.
  • wstevecwstevec Posts: 126
    Can any MP3 player such as the Dell Jukebox be plugged into the center console of the new 3 Series or do you have to use an I-Pod? If so, does anyone new were I can get the necessary accessory/wire to connect it with? Thanks
  • planomlplanoml Posts: 244
    Should be able to use most players, unless it's a wind-up grammaphone. I have a dell axim x50v that I use. Works fine. You can get the connecting (3mm) wire from any radio shack, for about $5.
  • sunilbsunilb Posts: 407
    the problem with NON-runflats is that there is no room for a spare in the car. so, you'd be really stuck if you got a flat.
  • Traditionally manufacturers put tires with low tread wear ratings on their cars, it. BMW is no different. The 18's have a treadwear of 140 wich is extremely low. I would expect 1 summer's life 5-10k. Don't know on the other questions...

    You could always get retreads :surprise:
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,334
    Has anybody seen or sat in an E90 3series with Leatherette? How's the quality?

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

  • bmwboy29bmwboy29 Posts: 12
    HEY GUYS HERE IS A SUPRISE!! The owners manual! I found it on another site!
  • dl7265dl7265 Posts: 1,381
    Ive driven on it for 2800 miles now. Its the same as the Sensa on the 5er now. Not worth $1450 extra in my book, unless you want the other goodies.. Are you ready to trade your prelude ?

  • dl7265dl7265 Posts: 1,381
    Thank you for contacting BMW of North America, LLC. I apologize that you were not able to register for the upcoming Ultimate Driving Experience. Regrettably, spaces are limited and fill up very quickly. I have requested that your contact information be added to our invitation list for future events.

    If you have any further questions, please respond to this e-mail or contact the Customer Relations and Services Department at 1-800-831-1117, Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M., Eastern Standard Time. Again, thank you for contacting BMW.

  • selmselm Posts: 122
    I ordered my 325i with the leatherette. I cannot tell much difference except leather has a strong odor and is slightly softer. I think the ette is better quality that the real leather in my Infiniti so I wasn't going to pay the premium.

    Then again I will be one of very few owners who does not have power seats (I will be the only one driving the car.) I think the best bang for the buck is base + ZSP. If I wanted a moving sofa, I would get a lexus!
  • div2div2 Posts: 2,580
    I've had both; the primary difference is the Leatherette is more durable and is easier to care for. 99% of the people who say leather is MUCH, MUCH, better couldn't tell the difference were it not for the distinctive smell of the leather.
  • odessitodessit Posts: 140
    I must agree with dl7265 and selm – the quality of ette is perfect. Before buying I tried two cars- side by side –with leather and with vinyl (ette). I could not tell the difference. In my opinion – doesn’t worth extra $$$.
    All of my friend who drove the car say "...and the leather is very nice..." and then I say to them "...well, its not exactly leather :)" It’s not only me – many people simply cant feel the difference
  • planomlplanoml Posts: 244
    The great cars make up for the lack of customer service at BMWNA. I'm sorry for you, man.
  • bmwboy29bmwboy29 Posts: 12
    Darn now I dont know what to do,I already ordered my 325xi with leather and not ette. UGH :(
  • designmandesignman Posts: 2,129
    Love it, all of a sudden leatherette is hot.
  • odessitodessit Posts: 140
    How long ago? Look, try to approach you sales person and see what he can do about it. The car is not actually build with your name on it. It has a set of features/options that you ordered. I ma sure there are others who will be happy to get the same package as you order sooner that usual 6-8 week. I think it’s up to the sales person to do some extra work and try to find who else ordered similar package/color and try to shift the car towards that person and you’ll be able to re-customize your order. Just give it a try.
  • odessitodessit Posts: 140
    Not hot. Just cheaper:)
  • designmandesignman Posts: 2,129
    You don't have to convince me. It's just that people think they will lose their life savings and all of the equity in their homes if they don't get leather.
  • I didn't see any mention of an acquisition fee in these numbers. I received a lease quote on a 2006 330i and it included this "fee" to acquire the car in addition to a disposal fee to get rid of the car. Does BMW FA always charge both up front and back end?
  • wstevecwstevec Posts: 126
    You still should be able to change it. I also ordered a 325xi and production is not scheduled to begin until September with final orders due in by the first week of August. This is what my salesman told me last week when I asked him for a status report. By the way, I was originally weary of Leatherette myself until I sat in it and found it more comfortable and a lot cheaper than leather.
  • dhanleydhanley Posts: 1,531
    My guest for the friday 3:30 slot in chicago can't make it.

  • davidd3davidd3 Posts: 582
    Yeah, there's a $900 acquisition fee in NY. It is less elsewhere - $625 I think. There is also a disposition fee.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,334
    The reason I was inquiring about the leatherette is because it is cheaper and I remember a few people saying the 'ette in their E46 is pretty darn good. $1450 is $1450 no matter how you slice it, so I'd rather have the money in my pocket (check that, in my wife's pocketbook).

    dl7265: Am I ready to trade my Prelude in? It is funny you should ask. The rational side (read: cheap) side of me says that the Prelude is paid for, it is only a few hundred shy of 50K miles, still drives great, and looks wonderful (I run it through a great car wash once every 2 weeks or so). I still get people asking me if my car is an '04 or even an '05. I tell them Prelude production stopped in November 2001 and they look at me in disbelief.

    I was planning on keeping the Prelude for another year to do ED next July. But I've been thinking lately how much I love cars in general and especially BMWs. I do a decent amount of driving (20K miles per year), work 6 days a week starting at 7:30AM, and realize that you only do go around once and you never know when your time will be up. The payments will be a slight stretch for me, but I know I won't regret it. So I'm going to see if I can get a $1000 over invoice deal on an '06 325i with a stick, SP, Hot Seats, Sirius, and metallic paint. I'll kepp you guys in the loop.

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

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