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Want a 335d, what compromises to make on choices?

bavarianboar2010-08-18 20:00:47 +0000 #1
I am planning on, and almost ready to pick up a 335d off some dealers lot in Socal or somewhere on the west coast.

I hate the fact that I cannot order a custom build car

Thanks to my constraints for getting a lease approval, and the requirement of taking a delivery before 3rd week of September coupled with the factory closure in August which makes it a very close call.

This was my initial plan

2011 335d

Deep Sea Blue with Saddle Brown and Aluminium Trim

ZSP, ZPP, Heated Seats, Fold Down Rear seats, iPod/USB, Anti-theft Alarm.

I test drove a 335d but without ZSP, had only 10 miles on it, loved the torque.

I know, no way I will get that color combo with those options, dealers get conservative combos which are easier to sell.

Now, the deciding part comes, what are the things I can compromise on?

Or what other things I can consider adding to my list, in order to find a car that 'works'
NiVeDh2010-08-18 20:16:24 +0000 #2
Must get ZSP for the seats alone. Everything else is icing on the cake.
bavarianboar2010-08-18 20:19:05 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by NiVeDh

Must get ZSP for the seats alone. Everything else is icing on the cake.

True. Will never buy a 3er without Sports Seats. I also like those Style 195 18" wheels on the 335d w/ ZSP a lot!

Ron1n2010-08-18 20:49:47 +0000 #4
I prefer the 193M's :P



Your option list is good, but I agree with everyone else...ZSP is an absolute must (ZPP is, too, if I'm being honest).
bavarianboar2010-08-18 21:07:45 +0000 #5
hahah, I'd get ZMP, if it was not my first bimmer! Kinda ALSO making it a tad easy on the monthly payments
John 0702010-08-18 20:39:47 +0000 #6
Isn't a diesel something which takes a long time to payback, and one of the benefits is that the motor will last forever? That seems to be contrary to what a lease is all about. The extreme would be leasing a Prius, it would never payback in 3 years...
bavarianboar2010-08-18 22:28:11 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by John 070

Isn't a diesel something which takes a long time to payback, and one of the benefits is that the motor will last forever? That seems to be contrary to what a lease is all about. The extreme would be leasing a Prius, it would never payback in 3 years...

I ran my numbers in an excel sheet and compared to an equally spec'ed 328i E90 (talk of bad comparisons, I just made one). My calculations were based on Eco-credit and residual on MSRP (without Eco-credit deducted).

I am paying only $5 more per month taking fuel mpg into account. It is peanuts to what I will get in terms of torque and enjoyment!

Surprisingly, the 335d insurance quote came to be slightly cheaper than the one for 328i Sedan with same coverage limits.
Moxie2010-08-18 22:12:05 +0000 #8
Might wanna consider PDC & comfort access, or just get the convenience package that includes the alarm. Once you have comfort access & PDC, you miss it.
VTECaddict2010-08-18 23:49:32 +0000 #9
Only you can decide what you can compromise on since you will look at and drive the car for the next 3 years (or more if you decide to buy it). But I don't think most dealers keep a lot of 335d stock on hand, if at all, so your pickings might be really slim.
John 0702010-08-18 21:45:03 +0000 #10
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Originally Posted by VTECaddict

Only you can decide what you can compromise on since you will look at and drive the car for the next 3 years (or more if you decide to buy it). But I don't think most dealers keep a lot of 335d stock on hand, if at all, so your pickings might be really slim.

They're not popular here, the 15-20 cent more per gallon pushes the payback out even further. But when I was in Toronto, I actually saw 3 of them, which is 2 more than I've ever seen in the USA, since they were introduced.
MrBonus2010-08-18 22:47:21 +0000 #11
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Originally Posted by John 070

Isn't a diesel something which takes a long time to payback, and one of the benefits is that the motor will last forever? That seems to be contrary to what a lease is all about. The extreme would be leasing a Prius, it would never payback in 3 years...

I bought my d because I think it's the best motor for every day driving in BMW's lineup. The economy of it was just an added bonus.
Karlb2010-08-19 01:46:56 +0000 #12
why not pick who is the best dealership in your area and give them the prioritized list of what you want and ask them to come as close as possible finding it.

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