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#1 (permalink) Old 04-30-2004, 01:26 PM
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(oops... wrong section... sorry, i'll repost) Hey... new to the forum... So let me begin by saying HI to everyone. I'm currently thinking about purchasing the new 545i (actually for my sister - I own an A4 I know I know... LoL) ... but just wondering what everybody paid for theirs... What should I expect to pay?? Are there anything that I should avoid or look out for? I'd really appreciate some input. Thanks...
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Fewer 545i's are built annually compared with its two siblings which account for the bread and butter of revenue and unit sales from the 5 series. Dealers are generally less willing to negotiate on price, but of course they will do so. Some suggestions:

1. Start by asking for $3000 off MSRP, not invoice. If the dealer has inventory on the lot, they will be willing to meet you somewhere in the middle.

2. Make it clear that you don't want to pay MSRP and you're willing to shop around, but also make it clear you are serious and if a good offer is made, you are willing to close the deal.

3. Take the best price and go over to another one or two dealerships.

I think it's quite reasonable to get $1500-$2000 off MSRP. You might be able to negotiate an even better deal.

I would recommend purchasing a 5-year tire warranty that covers flats and damage to the rims. These plans run anywhere from $300 to $500 and are offered by the dealership. Cost of replacing a single tire on the 545i can amount to $400. It's been said (don't know how true it is) that run-flats are *usually* replaced when punctured.

Nothing else I can think of to look out for. In my 3 weeks of ownership I have been very satisfied.
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Hey, thanks for your advice! I'd certainly followup on it. I guess I hate the thought of paying anything retail ( ). But wow - I gotta start from the MSRP and work my way down, huh? LoL... Man, I guess 3% over invoice is outta the question, huh? ghead
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From my recent experience, some run flats are repairable based on the manufacturer recommendations. My Bridgestone Potenza 235/40 was not repairable according to Bridgestone.

When I inquired further, Bridgestone could not provide me with a technical document that stated it was not repairable. I checked their web site and nothing was listed about repairable/not repairable. So, what to do now? mmm....

With installation it cost $460 (and they ruined my rim, but that is a different story).

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