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Old 04-26-2005, 09:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Going in Thursday. Talked to the wife. Gonna keep the '02. Selling the Buick.

325i, 6 spd manual, sport and winter, power window shades, jet blk, blk leatherette (3 kids...I need more durability), sat rdio prp, pwr seat memory and florr mats.

They have agreed to $33,300.00.

How did I do and is there anything I am missing?

I would like your thoughts folks.

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Old 04-27-2005, 12:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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c'mon, 4 doors is two too many! be a he-man and get the coupe. or the 330. take your pick.
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I love Xenons....and the Cold Weather package...Nav is nice, but expensive.

Other than that....looks good!
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Nice job...tell us how it is.
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OK...Done.

I drove the tester. 325i, auto, premium. Very tight. Steering is different than my 2002 325i. Don't know exactly how to describe it. It was very, very tight. Maybe my car has loosened up alot. Obviously quicker in every way. The dash is up to date to compare with the TL's etc., the stereo (the was basic) rocked! Many more will be able to live with this than the last. Trunk did not seem bigger. I go it the back seat and it did seem bigger. Quality of the cloth liner material is much better. I liked the window switches in the middle but are now on door.

It is really throaty and more stiff. The center arm rest area is much better.

I could go on. Lets say that the 4-6 weeks I am gonna wait just got seemingly much longer!

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^ Sounds good...I've got to figure out an angle on getting a test drive.
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is that an e90 u test drove
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is that an e90 u test drove
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Looks like I will be buying the 330i (e90) Manual, Prem, Sport, Cold.

I have now test driven the 325Auto, 330Auto, and the 330Manual.

The 325 is very nice but You have to push it passed 4000 Rpms to really get going. In the 330 you can really feel the power come on right from 2500 rpms.

Has anyone gotten theirs yet? Or found any problems?

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My dealer told me today that the official on-sale date is May 6, 2005... they are not allowed to deliver until that date.

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Looks like I will be buying the 330i (e90) Manual, Prem, Sport, Cold.

I have now test driven the 325Auto, 330Auto, and the 330Manual.

The 325 is very nice but You have to push it passed 4000 Rpms to really get going. In the 330 you can really feel the power come on right from 2500 rpms.

Has anyone gotten theirs yet? Or found any problems?

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They arrived last week in San Jose. I told the lease/remarketing guy to go ahead and order mine today. The lease on my current 2002 325i ends in June, we'll extend it for a month, and I should be in the e90 (330) by July.

Jet black on Grey Dakota Leather with Alum. trim, sport and premium, steptronic. active steering, rear sunshades (it looks so cool going up!), satellite. Didn't haggle on price...now, in Silicon Valley, is not the time

Test drove the 325 6er with sport suspension and the 330 with standard suspension on Monday, and was pretty happy with both.

I'm excited for July! The only thing gnawing at me is the decision to go auto, but I have to be honest with myself that in the last three years, the number of times I've really been able to enjoy the stick is much, much lower than the number of times I've been stuck in stop and go traffic (on a hill!). I've never had an auto before, though, so am purposefully going with a two year lease, just in case I can't stand it.

Both cars felt great. The transmission on the 325 was gorgeous (can you tell I still have doubts??). The dash is more linear than in the e46...cuts straight across rather than carving out two distinct spaces for the passenger and driver. I noticed enough roll in the corners on the 330 to convince me to stick with the Sport susp. The dealer did mention that Dinan should be coming out with a front anti-roll bar for it fairly soon, which would be another option.

Even at 220 hp, the 325 still felt like it was straining a bit, which is why I moved to the 330 (although at 255, the auto may subtract enough "feel" that I'll be back where I would have been!) Still, looking forward to the boost over my current 187, which just doesn't cut it sometimes.

Two things that haven't been much publicized or that I just didn't notice if they have been:

- Turn indicator is fully electronic. Bump up, bump back, but no actual mechanical movement into or out of position. A bit disconcerting during the test drive and honestly, seems to me to be taking drive-by-wire further than needed
- Center console includes a 3.5mm input jack for those who don't want to mess with an iPod adapter, plus a second lighter socket
- For the smokers out there, you still won't be able to use the ashtray

Out of conscience, I test drove the 2005 A4 last night. Honestly, these two development groups must make a living out of watching each other. I had a lot of fun with the Audi guy saying "yep, BMW's got that...yep, BMW's got that." (Shocker...Audi wins in the "shopping back hook in the trunk" department! It's also got an mp3 smart card slot, but see above about the input jack, which seems more practical to me)

In any case, as happened three years ago, looks and that certain driving feel kept me loyal to the 3. If only I could have afforded the A4 when it had the square butt...I could have gotten it out of my system!

Anyway, I'll let you all know.

BTW, I'm not coming completely out of the blue. Posted a few times a few years back under a name I've since forgotten, and lurk fairly often.
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Keep in mind that the new 6 speeds, use the break to assist on hills.

When you let off the break, it will hold for a second, so you can get the clutch disengaged. It's a neat trick.

No messy rollings or playing hot potato with the petals.

Please don't buy an automatic. You will be sorry.
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Did you get the refrigerator unit that is in the arm rest to keep your pop cold while driving?
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