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jsunma2010-08-17 18:18:26 +0000 #1
I've searched around on a bunch of different forums and have not found the data I'm looking for, so I figured I'd toss the question out here...

Where can I find info on how many cars of a particular model were imported into the U.S., and/or sold by BMW each year? I have a manual transmission 2008 E91 wagon (non Xdrive, no iDrive). I'm under the impression that this particular configuration is rather rare, but I'd love to know specifically how rare (or, if it's not rare and I'm totally delusional, that's good to know too).

Just curious...does anyone know where to find the actual numbers?

Thanks!
TrackRat2010-08-17 18:26:33 +0000 #2
I doubt the info. you desire is published. You may want to contact BMW NA.
Eights-n-Aces2010-08-17 18:26:53 +0000 #3
I heard (I believe on a BMW video about the assembly plant) that there are only a handful of cars produced each year with identical configurations. Taking into account paint color, enterior color and various options the potential number of configurations is quite large.
jsunma2010-08-17 19:05:31 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by Eights-n-Aces

I heard (I believe on a BMW video about the assembly plant) that there are only a handful of cars produced each year with identical configurations. Taking into account paint color, enterior color and various options the potential number of configurations is quite large.

Yeah, I know that once one takes into account the different paint colors and interior options (e.g., leather colors) the number of variations is huge; but I was actually just looking for info on basic models (e.g., 2008 MT E91). Somewhere I read that BMW was only anticipating importing a relatively small number of wagons (under 2000) and a very small percentage (in the low hundreds) of those would be MT models...but that was anticipated, not actual numbers. I was hoping that once a year was complete they'd publish the actual numbers somewhere.
JoeyBananaz182010-08-17 19:21:47 +0000 #5
Op, i would also assume that your car is extremely rare. A manual trans., and a wagon body are 2 things right off the bat that would make your car not too common. but i think the real kicker is the fact that its an E91, w/o Xdrive. i had no idea that was even possible. any pics?
cb11112010-08-17 19:31:20 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by JoeyBananaz18

Op, i would also assume that your car is extremely rare. A manual trans., and a wagon body are 2 things right off the bat that would make your car not too common. but i think the real kicker is the fact that its an E91, w/o Xdrive. i had no idea that was even possible. any pics?

Depends on your definition of rare.

As a general rule of thumb, only 5% of cars sold in the US are manuals (perhaps the number is slightly [7-10%] higher for cars like BMW and lower [1-2%] for cars like Chevy) and only 5% are wagons. So, your car is 5% of 5%.

I'm not sure what the AWD to RWD ratio is for BMW, but I suspect that the RWD far outsells the AWD - the wagon is available in both versions.
jsunma2010-08-17 18:47:24 +0000 #7
Oh, it's possible

I've been meaning to take decent pics, but it's been a really busy month since I purchased the car. I'll do that soon.

What it is though is a Monaco Blue 328i with the Terra Dakota leather interior. Sport and Premium packages. I've not seen that combination before (but as was said, the interior/exterior combinations are many), and then there's the fact that I have the sport package on a non-awd wagon. Most every E91 wagon I've ever seen is Xdrive and auto.
JoeyBananaz182010-08-17 20:10:14 +0000 #8
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Originally Posted by jsunma

Oh, it's possible

I've been meaning to take decent pics, but it's been a really busy month since I purchased the car. I'll do that soon.

What it is though is a Monaco Blue 328i with the Terra Dakota leather interior. Sport and Premium packages. I've not seen that combination before (but as was said, the interior/exterior combinations are many), and then there's the fact that I have the sport package on a non-awd wagon. Most every E91 wagon I've ever seen is Xdrive and auto.

I figured it was a 328. i think the 335 wasn't available as a wagon until 2009. it sounds like you have a car that was made specifically for europe more that NA lol.
jsunma2010-08-17 21:55:26 +0000 #9
yeah, I'd imagine that this configuration is a dime-a-dozen in Europe, just not over here in the land of the automatic transmission "crossover" vehicle.

fwiw, I put a call into BMW NA and was told that they don't publish this data, although it might be obtainable "in Germany". Hummmmmmm.
HoustonScott2010-08-17 20:46:37 +0000 #10
Your most likely in the hundreds of cars similar to yours. You will find something like maybe 200 or there about. You own, don't even account for manual transmission one of the lowest production number cars in USA today. They imported tens time more Ferrari's than BMW did your model into the USA that year.

The final answer is very rare!

HS
jsunma2010-08-17 21:56:56 +0000 #11
remmib2010-08-17 20:38:47 +0000 #12
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Originally Posted by JoeyBananaz18

I figured it was a 328. i think the 335 wasn't available as a wagon until 2009. it sounds like you have a car that was made specifically for europe more that NA lol.

I'm pretty sure there's no 335i wagon in the US.

Here in Europe the e91 335i has be around as long as the the other (e90/92) 335i.

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