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Simby
01-20-2004, 03:26 AM
Hey. Since the new 3 series are coming out in 2005, why would someone buy a new 2004 3 series? They won't discount them early in the year obviously. Yes, the current series looks real nice, but once the new models come out, they'll look old. Same thing with buying a new 5 series last year. Do new car sales usually drop when a new model comes out next year? What is or would be your reasoning to buy a new 2004 3 series now?

crazyvadim
01-20-2004, 03:30 AM
Maybe the person was originally shopping for a 2001 2002 etc. etc. but got a better deal on a 2004?? Wasnt there also a facelift like in 2002 or something??

UncleJ
01-20-2004, 03:30 AM
People who like the older look more than the newer look.

Slowered318
01-20-2004, 03:30 AM
because sometimes new models have flaws and sometimes change isn't for the better

mkgino
01-20-2004, 03:31 AM
Sometimes people just plain dont know that a newer model is coming out

FastM3
01-20-2004, 03:32 AM
They could have seen the newer body style coming out and don't like it so much, so they would buy the E46 style.

crazyvadim, they changed little features on the E46 model almost every year since it came out. From the front and back lights to the kidney shapes and so on.

mkgino
01-20-2004, 03:32 AM
They are financially ready to buy the car now

mkgino
01-20-2004, 03:33 AM
The dealership is offering specials to move the old cars out, to make room for the new cars

FastM3
01-20-2004, 03:33 AM
Originally posted by mkgino
They are financially ready to buy the car now

True, and the price of the new 3 is most likely going to be a bit higher too.

Simby
01-20-2004, 03:36 AM
wow, I can see this is a hot topic. so many replies in 5 minutes!

I'm purely making this post out of curiousity as I just bought a 2000 323 so I'm stuck with the "old" stuff. LOL.

Slowered318
01-20-2004, 03:38 AM
Originally posted by Simby
wow, I can see this is a hot topic. so many replies in 5 minutes!

I'm purely making this post out of curiousity as I just bought a 2000 323 so I'm stuck with the "old" stuff. LOL.

that's ok.. the new stuff could look really bad.. E46 is a very nice car.. with real bmw styling!

Simby
01-20-2004, 03:38 AM
But if I did have enough money to buy a new 3 series, I would definitely wait and buy the new model. It's more distinctive since there's fewer of them around since it's new and it would hold its resale value more.

Slowered318
01-20-2004, 03:43 AM
with bmw it's not that important to have the latest model.. you can still look good and enjoy a 10 year old bimmer..

Miguel
01-20-2004, 03:44 AM
Originally posted by Slowered318
with bmw it's not that important to have the latest model.. you can still look good and enjoy a 10 year old bimmer..

Or a 15 year old one:(

Slowered318
01-20-2004, 03:47 AM
Originally posted by Miguel
Or a 15 year old one:(

even an e12

http://bmw.hlabs.spb.ru/pics/e12/01.jpg

IVAN
01-20-2004, 03:56 AM
hey dude lets sat 2003 540i is same price as 545 or what ever . People like to shop for certain year. Like if u compare 1997 and 2003 540 you will see that there is a big deference and many upgrades done. Also not everyone is like to show off in a latest car .For soe ppl money is nothing. Also take a look how many bimmer of last year production...so arew thos e pppl stupid?


Jus a sample E34 1989 came out.. M20 engine kinda narrow fron grill stocky rims Last productions E34 ...WIde grill M50 engine plus many upgardes .....all those factor mean a lot

nseverin
01-20-2004, 07:02 AM
E46 99-01' forever man!
wonder why they never gave the M3 the 2002 - 04' facelift anyway?

M3ti Compact
01-20-2004, 12:13 PM
Not only do the dealerships give hot deals on the cars that have stopped production, it is also much easier to get financing for them, and on top of that, manufacturers probably throw in a hot financing deals on top of that too.

There will be absolutely NO way to make ANY deal on a new model. You will be paying whatever the dealer says, if not, step aside and let the dude behind you in. Then after that, you will most likely be on a waiting list for your car to arrive.

In all, buying the last year of the model before the redesign is the best, as most likely, the car has been updated, possibly even a better engine, and all bugs finally worked out.

chromius
01-20-2004, 12:52 PM
Everyone has their personal preference as to what body styling they like and as to what engine etc....I love the look of the e46 body, but I like the e30 style more, and that really just comes down to personal preference, so if someone wanted an e46 and they were no longer going to produce them...then they would buy it now.

alexm520
01-21-2004, 06:07 AM
The new 2006 3-series (read = 4-door sedans only) will be coming out LATE 2005 (delivery probably October 2005 at earliest). If you can wait and don't need a car till then, sure it makes sense to wait.

But if someone needs a car now and cannot wait for more than a year and a half, you buy 2004 model. Keep in mind the exterior differences between E46 model and next generation will NOT be that much significant, like it was from E36 to E46. The interior dash will probably change similar to new 5-series.

BMW is making a killing in sales and profit on E46 model, they will not want to mess with a good thing too much.


AlexM520

tlaselva
01-21-2004, 12:50 PM
Why did I buy a 2003 X5, knowing full well the revised 2004 was coming out in 6 months?

1st, wasn't fond of the revised 'Banglized' front end face lift.
2nd, dealership was willing to take 10% off the price of the list price, which is considerable on an X5. That's plenty of mod money.
3rd, they had one exactly the way I wanted one, so I didn't have to wait 6 months for it. Went through that wait for the M3 I had, and let me tell you it's painful....*shiner*

SebSter
01-21-2004, 01:25 PM
if people were smart they would just wait until the new model actually came out because the price would probably drop a lot and they'd be getting the same car but with a huge savings

plus its true, its a lot smarter to get the last year car of a model than the first year car of a newer model...for example im sure 91 e30s are a lot more reliable than 92 e36s..just because by the end of production they have had like what 8 years to work out all the problems and touch it up

HIM
01-21-2004, 01:48 PM
1st year cars are also a gamble to buy... although this may not apply to the 3 series cause they are just adding to the platform.. but the deals on the previous year models are exceptional, my mom almost got a 540i before the new 5 series came out and because we are friends with the dealer he told us before hand that there would be a killer discount to get rid of the old inventory before the new 5 series comes out.
Our 2002 330i was also a lot cheaper cause we got it in 2003 and they were trying to get rid of them, we paid no more than $51,000 for a steptronic with premium package 330i.

FastM3
01-21-2004, 03:12 PM
I don't think the price is going to drop on a newly designed BMW.

For example look at the 5 series, price is higher then the last model.

Jammasterj
01-21-2004, 06:41 PM
People would most likely want the deal although a deal from bmw doesn't happen all too often.
Plus a lot of ppl don't want all the problems and bugs that come with a new car, especially from bmw.
If you need a car now and canít wait the 6 months then you are going to get what is out now!

Im happy that the e46 m3 never got the face lift, they left the coupes alone for a while, they only changed the 4 doors. But now all of them have the new design. I love the M3, i hope they do a good job on the new one

SpudBoy
01-21-2004, 09:29 PM
Originally posted by Simby
Hey. Since the new 3 series are coming out in 2005, why would someone buy a new 2004 3 series? They won't discount them early in the year obviously. Yes, the current series looks real nice, but once the new models come out, they'll look old. Same thing with buying a new 5 series last year. Do new car sales usually drop when a new model comes out next year? What is or would be your reasoning to buy a new 2004 3 series now?

cause you get less drive-by-wire/electronic B.S. in the older model. Also, it will break down less often if history continues as in the past.