The local dealer says that prices are expected to go up $5k.
I've been holding out on a new care as I haven't been forced or in a big need (salespeople hate me).... I've been looking at the CLK320, S60R and the 330ci. I'm coming from a Acura TL and a TBird SuperCoupe, so I think I'll feel to cramped in the 330 or CLK.
One feature I've been looking for is fold down seats - almost STANDARD on every other car, except the 5 series. Since they've halted production of the E39, I have to either buy something local (without folding seats) or wait and purchase the new 2004. The local dealer says that my color choices are available locally (Houston, San Antonio, or Dallas), but the availability depends on the dealer accepting a stock trade.
There are some heavy incentives going on, like reduced APR and at/below invoice pricing to dump the existing 5's in the dealer's inventories.
The local dealer has also told me that the first two months of allocations are spoken for. Amazing - no pricing and people are buying them, or are these for the sales people and owners??? I can't believe that BMW USA has not released pricing yet, possibly as a method to dump existing stock. I'm going to call BMW tomorrow and pound them for MSRP pricing.
Oh well, enough venting. Like I mentioned, I'm not under any pressure, so If BMW and the dealer want to play games, I can play, or I can go purchase elsewhere.
P.S. Oh, another item that really upsets me is the missing 6/5-CD IN DASH capability. Others = standard. BMW = in trunk, optional. I've looked at some of the aftermarket sites which tends to confusing as one needs brackets, adapters, to trunk materiels, etc... GEEESH!! I better stop now before I talk myself out of buying a BMW!