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post #46 of 71
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post
Exactly the same way it is here, and like the guy above, everybody has one here as well. Hardly any of them are M cars, or even 3.5L's - they're 320i's, 528i's, and 740i's, all steptronic, all arctic silver or black, sometimes white. Seeing an M car here happens as often as seeing a real sports car.

BMW, MB, Audi, they're dumping their cars on the US market for next to nothing. Our price in the rest of the world: German price in Euros minus VAT, plus shipping and brokerage via local dealership network + local tax on imported cars (ours is 8%, which is not so bad) = total cost... but the Euro, even today, is so expensive that a 320i is literally $50K here, an M3 is $120K, Carrera 2's are like $130-140K - there's a real entry cost to owning a decent car and it is not cheap. Factor in $5/hour parkng everywhere, gas that costs double what it costs in the US, repairs that cost more with parts that cost more, it gets expensive.

Wages are like 60% of what they are in the US; entry-level company workers make about $2K/month take home pay, doctors don't make much unless they're doing surgery or specializing in something. Rent hovers around $1000/month. Pretty easy to drop $2K/month on food and drinks if you have a social life/are heterosexual.

Shit be expensive.

wow, that is expensive too.
i still can't get over the fact that german cars are much cheaper to buy in the us than in the eu itself. man do we love the taxes =(
post #47 of 71
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well it looks like we will agree to disagree on alot of the stuff but the bottom line is that it will be a daily driver for me, meaning it will have to make its way through Northeast snow storms and 10 degree weather, so the heated seats and AWD are important to me. If it was solely a summer/fall car the M3 coupe would def. be my choice, but it is just not practical for winter. I have read some posts with people claiming they just put really good winter tires on the M3 and were fine but I think thats a load of BS.

More to the mix - it's true, a RWD car with proper snow tires really does do better than AWD in the snow, you do need to know how to drive properly though. Also, if you did get a 335Xi on the M sport wheels and tires, or an S4, you need to buy snow tires for that car as well. You get summer tires on those cars.
post #48 of 71
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Originally Posted by pg600rr View Post
well it looks like we will agree to disagree on alot of the stuff but the bottom line is that it will be a daily driver for me, meaning it will have to make its way through Northeast snow storms and 10 degree weather, so the heated seats and AWD are important to me. If it was solely a summer/fall car the M3 coupe would def. be my choice, but it is just not practical for winter. I have read some posts with people claiming they just put really good winter tires on the M3 and were fine but I think thats a load of BS.
ok I guess heated seats and awd would be useful for you. I see people all the time though with $55k 3ers and it just blows my mind that theyd rather have auto-tilt mirrors, a ski bag, and nav when they could have had an m3 for about the same price. I guess "fully loaded 3 series" just sounds better to them than "stripped m3" even if the latter offers far more car.
post #49 of 71
do the high taxes and fees apply to used cars as well?? if so, I guess that rules out moving to europe and buying an M3 CSL.
post #50 of 71
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i don't think it will apply if you are going to take the car out of the country. i don't know how you would handle that if you are buying from a private individual vs a dealership/company.

what i do know is that there is a bustling import business in europe, importing german cars from the us and reselling in europe
post #51 of 71
Am i the only one whod appreciate cooling seats instead of heated ones.

The AC cant cool my back in summer and i end up with small sweat stains
post #52 of 71
The way it works here is that theres a customs and registration fee that goes up to 100% on new cars. So if you bring a car from abroad you can drive it unregistered for 6 monthes but then youll have to pay that tax which effectively doubles the car's price.

The tax also applies (but not 100%) on used cars being imported, which effectively doubles their prices as well.
post #53 of 71
^ late pass guy, they've been making A/C'd seats for awhile now.
post #54 of 71
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post
^ late pass guy, they've been making A/C'd seats for awhile now.

Oh, my bad, ive never seen it offered as an option.
post #55 of 71
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Originally Posted by BBSLM View Post
I just sold my 335 on Wednesday, but it was black sapphire metallic with saddle brown leather and aluminum trim. I ordered these colors specifically and its still my favorite combo, although I dont know what options are available today as I ordered mine in '06.




A nice look imho.
post #56 of 71
I thought black and brown was a no-no...
post #57 of 71
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Originally Posted by Artisan Fan View Post
A nice look imho.

thanks. i found it to be an uncommon but popular combo.

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I thought black and brown was a no-no...

thats belts and shoes.
post #58 of 71
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Originally Posted by alan View Post
Am i the only one whod appreciate cooling seats instead of heated ones.

The AC cant cool my back in summer and i end up with small sweat stains
I like having both heating and cooling seats. The cooling seats can dry up a sweat soaked shirt quickly.
post #59 of 71
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I dont think I have seen cooling seats as an option as any of the cars I have looked at... would be nice in the summer, where have those been showing up?
post #60 of 71
Saab came out with it first, and then I think MB jumped on it right afterwards. I doubt a 3 would come with them but I bet the new 5 and 7 have them. Also, on the topic of seats; I'm not too picky about the chairs I sit on, but seating in the BMW's I've owned was far more comfortable to me than my Audi's. Also, functionality-wise, the cockpit design and ergonomics of a BMW trump Audi, as well. I usually come to love any BMW I have, within a short period of time, but I never warmed up to the Audi. The S4 may have Recaros so results may differ, but still, I am a fan of the BMW wraparound dash and the controls all being placed logically, with intuitive operation. There's buttons and display functions on that Audi I had that I still don't know how to operate, long after I've had the car.
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