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Old 07-30-2004, 02:55 AM   #1
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I finally woke up! bye bye RSX hello 2004 330CI M

hey guys. I'm tired of the acura rsx and I decided to get a new car... I almost bought an slk230 with the amg package, but it sold the same morning I was going to buy it... was it fate? I do believe so.... same day I went to BMW to go test drive the 330ci, and I fell in love.

okay so I'm ready to buy a 330ci... I love the m wheels and skirts, and the short shifter, so I guess I should get the m package.

I could use all the advice I could get! thanks! I'm such a newbie when it comes to bmw...

should I spend the extra $10,000 and get the a 2001 m3?

I enjoy more looks then speed, and I'm not one to need a lot of horsepower to satisfy, I think 225 is more than enough for me...


but anyways what should I be looking for?

I'll be leasing,

exectutive cars? to save some cash? demo's?

is it true not to buy a BMW made on a friday? or is that some myth?

I'd appreciate all the input I could get... which dealership should I be buying at? AutoHaus gave me the best service so far!

what should I be paying? what is dealership cost on a 2004 330ci


non m package, and m package? I love the M package though....

is Navi Worth the money? or should I stick with the Pioneer Avic-N1 navi/dvd pull out?

Thanks for all the input in advance!
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Old 07-30-2004, 02:57 AM   #2
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is there really a need for navi, unless you drive all over the place, i doubt you will get lost driving from work back to your house, save the 2G's
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Old 07-30-2004, 03:08 AM   #3
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good point, but I'm always getting lost, I do a lot of driving on the weekends... look at it this way, the two years that I've owned the rsx, I put over 100,000km on it.

and I'm always getting stuck in traffic and would love to know an alternate route....

the bmw navi isn't worth it then...

with the Pioneer, I can search for restaurants, gas stations of my choice (closest sunoco) places of interest, hotels, entertainment....

okay so that rules out the BMW navi.

thank you bmwf1
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Old 07-30-2004, 09:03 AM   #4
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if you can swing the m3, do it..

i mean, the 330ci with mtech package is only trying to emulate the m3

m3 looks wwaaay better in my opinion
if your leasing, try and get a demo or a year old car

u'll save tonnes
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Old 07-30-2004, 09:07 AM   #5
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I would go with the M3....

After driving it for a week your gonna be glad you did.

Im also looking at either a 2001 M3 or a G35 Coupe or corvette c5 maybe a Zo6.... Looking also for a lease...

How much are you looking to spend per month ?
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Old 07-30-2004, 09:19 AM   #6
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I had both the 330i & E46 M3.

Which car is good for you?

All depends on what you need the car for.

If you need the car for daily use and you do 20K+ a year, I'd say go with the 330i. Car's more comfortable, and more civil, and likely much cheaper to insure, especially if your young.

Now if you are intending on tracking the car once in a while, don't drive daily for an hour or two, don't mind a harsh ride, and can afford the insurance, definitely go with the M3. The M3's performance is in a different league than the 330i.

As I read once, most BMW cars are road cars aspiring to be racing cars. M cars are racing cars aspiring to be road cars.

Good luck with your decision, and post pics once you get her
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Old 07-30-2004, 09:58 AM   #7
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kinda off-topic....

why would anyone want to lease? instead of financing? you won't get a nut back after say 2 - 3 years of the leasing term... when big bucks has gone to the dealer and you own NOTHING. Just like renting... it sucks, considering the monthly installment of financing is generally lower than leasing... and you can't do nothing with a lease car or you have to put it back to original... if you decided not to keep the car after the term, if you do, you have to give them another nut... by then you already lost huge buck on interest payment...

I dunno, just kinda confusing
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Old 07-30-2004, 09:59 AM   #8
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leasing is good if you own a business.
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Old 07-30-2004, 10:01 AM   #9
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leasing is good if you own a business.
can you explain it???

edit: the only advantage I can see is that he'll probably put on some serious mileage on the car during the period...


btw, have fun with the car
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Old 07-30-2004, 10:05 AM   #10
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you can write off some of the expense as a car you use for your business purposes
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Old 07-30-2004, 10:06 AM   #11
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good choice on buying the bimmer, thank god you didn't get the SLK I would be harassing you if you did, te SLK is one shitty car, nothing but squeeks & rattles, I work at MB so I see all these problems
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Old 07-30-2004, 10:10 AM   #12
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The ZHP package (M Sport package) comes with, 235hp and some other goodies, and you should be able to rip off a 0-60 time of 6.0 or under, which is pretty fast.

You're going to love it. However, between the M3 and the 330ci, there is a world of difference. The M3 is a completely different animal and does everything better (except comfort) than the 330ci. If you are more into looks than speed, then I don't think its worth the extra 10g, esp for a used M3 because you never know what the other owner did to the car.

Whichever choice you make, you're going to love it!

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Old 07-30-2004, 10:15 AM   #13
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you can write off some of the expense as a car you use for your business purposes
exactly and you can have a great car for a fraction of the price ( i would go with a lease takeover just incase you dont like it) dont wanna be stuck into a 4 year lease and get sick of the car after a year..
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Old 07-30-2004, 10:24 AM   #14
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Beware of the early <2002 E46 M3's. Although BMW did admit to excessive engine failures in the early models, the did extend the warrenty on the motor itself....

Even though the M3 is in a different class, it is also much more $$$ to maintain, insure and mod !!!
If you can afford it go for the M3
If you are planning to mod prepare to spend.
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Old 07-30-2004, 10:34 AM   #15
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Save the 10g's and put that towards a set of Iforged wheels and an aftermarket navagation system.

And you might have a couple of bucks left for combo at McDonalds!









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