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      11-16-2012, 06:21 AM   #1
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Question Why would 2 same year E90 M3's have different "base" MSRP?

Could this happen and why?

I was looking at two E90 M3's (both 2011) and I know options would make them price out differently but shouldn't the BASE MSRP remain the same?

1) Base was $55,900

E90 with DCT tranny and other options totaled $73,425 including the gas guzzler tax of $1300


2) Base was $52,035

E90 with 6-speed manual tranny and other options totaled $62,135 including the gas guzzler tax of $1300


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      11-16-2012, 06:27 AM   #2
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Only thing I can think of is a currency exchange rate change. It would depend on what part of the year each car was built and if the currency exchange rate changed between that time.
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Different build dates.
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      11-16-2012, 07:51 AM   #5
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BMW issues mid-model-year price hikes fairly regularly. Additionally, they change starndard equipment mid-model-year as well.

MY 2011 was a particularly long model year for the M3 and 3 series, and some other BMW models as well. There were actually three distinct model updates for the coupe in that time, and four for the sedan. These are often referred to unofficially as 2011, 2011.5, and 2011.75 here on the forum. I don't think the final (really just October) 2011 sedans got a distinct name due to extremely minor changes from 2011.75 (I think it was just a minor change in standard equipment). In retrospect, perhaps these would have been better named 2011.00, 2011.33, 2011.66, and 2011.99 but I digress.

Anyway, what you are looking at above is probably a 2011 vs. 2011.75 (or even October 2011 "2011.99") sedan.

I don't recall all the equipment changes over that long model year but there are threads about it on the forum.
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      11-16-2012, 08:16 AM   #6
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BMW issues mid-model-year price hikes fairly regularly. Additionally, they change starndard equipment mid-model-year as well.

MY 2011 was a particularly long model year for the M3 and 3 series, and some other BMW models as well. There were actually three distinct model updates for the coupe in that time, and four for the sedan. These are often referred to unofficially as 2011, 2011.5, and 2011.75 here on the forum. I don't think the final (really just October) 2011 sedans got a distinct name due to extremely minor changes from 2011.75 (I think it was just a minor change in standard equipment). In retrospect, perhaps these would have been better named 2011.00, 2011.33, 2011.66, and 2011.99 but I digress.

Anyway, what you are looking at above is probably a 2011 vs. 2011.75 (or even October 2011 "2011.99") sedan.

I don't recall all the equipment changes over that long model year but there are threads about it on the forum.
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Hmmm that makes sense!

So the high cost one would be a 2011.75 based on your reasoning.

Kind of confusing by BMW, I was thinking it might be the euro delivery at first.


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What changes were made throughout the 2011 MY?
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What changes were made throughout the 2011 MY?
2011 (March 2010) - E92 LCI (LED tail lights), competition (ZCP) package
2011.5 (Sept 2010) - combox for CIC iDrive with standard bluetooth (6FL), mineral white, manuals seat option, two tone seats, standard mdrive (incl. MDM)
2011.75 (March 2011) - BMW apps (6NR), auto start/stop

Build date for the more expensive base priced E90 above is May 2011 so it's a 2011.75.
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Here's the one from my 2008 M3 from when I bought it in 2008...

With all of the warranties and taxes I paid almost 85K
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2011 (March 2010) - E92 LCI (LED tail lights), competition (ZCP) package
2011.5 (Sept 2010) - combox for CIC iDrive with standard bluetooth (6FL), mineral white, manuals seat option, two tone seats, standard mdrive (incl. MDM)
2011.75 (March 2011) - BMW apps (6NR), auto start/stop

Build date for the more expensive base priced E90 above is May 2011 so it's a 2011.75.
This is a pretty good reference. Combox on 2011.5 fyi added Bluetooth audio streaming and Office (texts and emails displayed on iDrive if you have a BlackBerry or iPhone). However, Bluetooth did NOT become standard for 2011.5; COMBOX became standard IF you got Bluetooth.

Also worth noting is that for 2011.5, the Technology Package was replaced with the Convenience Package, which had slightly different contents because the Tech Package was split off between standard features and the Comp Pkg. The Convenience Package was then deprecated for 2012 since its features either became standard or integrated into the new Premium Package, which also got additional contents not part of either the earlier Premium Package or the Convenience Package (e.g. rear sunshade).
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Maybe the top one is a Euro Delivery car ...
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Base on my 2011.75 (manual seats and auto start/stop here ) was $55,900. I dig my manual seats, but the auto start stop is really stupid. Thankfully it defaults to "off" in the M3, so it isn't a big issue. Kind of a cool feature but I have yet to find a type of traffic that it's been a benefit. Maybe somewhere with rrreeeeaaaaallllyyy long lights or extended dead stops on the freeway.
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Base on my 2011.75 (manual seats and auto start/stop here ) was $55,900. I dig my manual seats, but the auto start stop is really stupid. Thankfully it defaults to "off" in the M3, so it isn't a big issue. Kind of a cool feature but I have yet to find a type of traffic that it's been a benefit. Maybe somewhere with rrreeeeaaaaallllyyy long lights or extended dead stops on the freeway.
Yup - I retrofitted that to my 2008 M3 just for fun and agree that it's an awful feature. We're lucky here in the US as it defaults to off, in many other countries it defaults to on. That would drive me bonkers!
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This is a pretty good reference. Combox on 2011.5 fyi added Bluetooth audio streaming and Office (texts and emails displayed on iDrive if you have a BlackBerry or iPhone). However, Bluetooth did NOT become standard for 2011.5; COMBOX became standard IF you got Bluetooth.

Also worth noting is that for 2011.5, the Technology Package was replaced with the Convenience Package, which had slightly different contents because the Tech Package was split off between standard features and the Comp Pkg. The Convenience Package was then deprecated for 2012 since its features either became standard or integrated into the new Premium Package, which also got additional contents not part of either the earlier Premium Package or the Convenience Package (e.g. rear sunshade).
Wow did you type all of that from memory? Thanks for the awesome info, so looks like ideally a 2011.5 is all I need.

You guys are awesome, this will help me with my choices
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Here's the one from my 2008 M3 from when I bought it in 2008...

With all of the warranties and taxes I paid almost 85K
Screw that tax bullshit. I would never pay that and never will for a car again. $45 for registration and tags for 3 years.
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2011 (March 2010) - E92 LCI (LED tail lights), competition (ZCP) package
2011.5 (Sept 2010) - combox for CIC iDrive with standard bluetooth (6FL), mineral white, manuals seat option, two tone seats, standard mdrive (incl. MDM)
2011.75 (March 2011) - BMW apps (6NR), auto start/stop

Build date for the more expensive base priced E90 above is May 2011 so it's a 2011.75.
I'll have to dig out my July 2011 sticker and see what the base price was. I never pay attention to anything except invoice when I'm haggling.
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Who knows how those wacky Germans price their cars..>>

I just pay and say thank you.
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Base on my 2011.75 (manual seats and auto start/stop here ) was $55,900. I dig my manual seats, but the auto start stop is really stupid. Thankfully it defaults to "off" in the M3, so it isn't a big issue. Kind of a cool feature but I have yet to find a type of traffic that it's been a benefit. Maybe somewhere with rrreeeeaaaaallllyyy long lights or extended dead stops on the freeway.
that's because you live in Milwaukee , It's useful in lots of other major metropolitan areas
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Here's the one from my 2008 M3 from when I bought it in 2008...

With all of the warranties and taxes I paid almost 85K

WOW that's a lot of taxes and extras!
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Wow did you type all of that from memory? Thanks for the awesome info, so looks like ideally a 2011.5 is all I need.

You guys are awesome, this will help me with my choices
Yep, all from memory (I even remember what's in all those packages but figured that'd be unnecessarily long. I was doing my M3 buying research in the September 2010 to March 2011 timeframe, so I became very acquainted with all these distinctions.
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