Hi guys! I've been browsing the forums for about a week now and they continue to make me more excited about my car. I had an accident several weeks ago near the 101 and Indian Bend -- I totalled my car, a silver 1997 Lexus ES300. After much searching, I found a "Sahara Beige" (what a funny color) 2001 330i in Vegas that I really liked, so I went up there and got it. It's a fantastic vehicle... I feel like I'm steering on rails. The acceleration from 60mph to 100mph is INSANE. I love the xenons, I love the climate control, I love the low-end power and throaty exhaust growl. I do miss heated seats -- that'll be annoying when I go back to Indiana for winter break.
I don't know if I have the 'sport' package or not - I don't think so. I've got xenons, leather, stock CD (with the HK system, I believe), dual chrome exhaust (may be rice, but looks nice ).
I'm home with family for Thanksgiving, but when I get back to Tempe, I'll post pics of the car!
I'm a little concerned about theft/vandalism. Tempe isn't the greatest place in the world and while I've never felt uncomfortable, I do feel a little more exposed with the 330i. I'm renting a house a few blocks away from the ASU campus with five other friends. The neighborhood I'm in isn't horrible, most of the residents are families with few renters. There are a few new Accords and Altimas. I never had a problem with my ES, aside from dumbass roomates hitting it with their bicycles.
Unfortunately, we don't have a garage, only a carport. I plan on using a sunshade, obviously, when the hot weather returns, but also plan on using a car cover to protect it from the elements and minimize attention to it. Other than that, I don't really know of anything else I could do to preserve/protect my car. A Phoenix police officer suggested getting a Club, but everything I've read has said that thieves will either cut the steering wheel and slide it right off, or feel 'challenged' by it and be MORE inclined to try to break into the car. Any thoughts on that? I never leave CDs or anything else valuable in my car, so hopefully it wouldn't be too attractive to passing thieves. And the head unit is just the stock Business CD radio unit.
How difficult are the xenon headlights to remove? I've been feeling kind of nervous about those, too... are they just a smash-and-grab job, or does it require more time? The advantage of having so many roommates is that we all come and go at various times of the day. There's really no time during the day that no one will not be home, and we continue that pace up to 11pm or 12am... and then start over around 6am and 7am.
Also, this is kind of weird, but... does my car have an alarm? It doesn't beep or chirp when I lock the doors. I guess I should get one! (and a tilt sensor?)The cop I spoke to also recommended getting a 'kill switch,' but I have to wonder - there aren't too many undetectable places, within reach of the driver, that one could hide a kill switch, are there?
Would LoJack be a wise investment? Tempe/Phoenix is only like 2-3 hours away from the border - the main reason why so many cars are stolen. But I've heard that if your car IS stolen, you might as well hope they never recover it, because it'll be in crappy condition - either gutted or trashed.
Sorry for the huge post! I look forward to hanging out here!