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      08-26-2007, 03:57 PM   #23
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... i've waited years for this car. if i were part of the normal consumer contingent, waiting a year or two for all the kinks to be worked out might be an option. but i'm not. i'm an enthusiast. i don't need the car. i want it. and while i consider myself a very logical person, it's passion that is driving my decision here. kinks or not, i'll be buying this car as soon it's made available to me. i'll let the warranty cover the kinks, and let the logical consumer look on at me wide-eyed, as i roar by with a big grin on my face.


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      08-26-2007, 05:25 PM   #24
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I wouldn't buy the first models either, but the car is under warranty, so whatever problems there are, hopefully BMW will fix them.

Then you have to deal with the dealership and their mechanics. That can be a problem in and of itself.

No one wants to see their baby in the shop.
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      08-26-2007, 09:21 PM   #26
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... i've waited years for this car. if i were part of the normal consumer contingent, waiting a year or two for all the kinks to be worked out might be an option. but i'm not. i'm an enthusiast. i don't need the car. i want it. and while i consider myself a very logical person, it's passion that is driving my decision here. kinks or not, i'll be buying this car as soon it's made available to me. i'll let the warranty cover the kinks, and let the logical consumer look on at me wide-eyed, as i roar by with a big grin on my face.
I agree. Also, my early (5/01) production E46 M3 has been extremely reliable with few problems. Actually, the second year 2002 cars had most the rod bearing issues, not 2001s (but that was a QC issue). I trust BMW's extensive testing to deliver a first year car that is well-engineered and constructed.
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      08-26-2007, 09:43 PM   #27
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I agree. Also, my early (5/01) production E46 M3 has been extremely reliable with few problems. Actually, the second year 2002 cars had most the rod bearing issues, not 2001s (but that was a QC issue). I trust BMW's extensive testing to deliver a first year car that is well-engineered and constructed.
Didn't know that about the '02's. I haven't had a single engine problem with mine. 50k miles. A few issues with the rear speed sensors, but that's probably self-inflicted.
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      08-26-2007, 10:15 PM   #28
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Who cares when maintaince is free?
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That's why they have warranties. Hehe.
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      08-26-2007, 10:27 PM   #30
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Douche* And who cares when maintaince is free?
Maintenance is not free. They obviously add it to the price of the vehicle. For those such as me who plan on keeping the car past warranty, it is an important issue. Must remember, lot's of repairs during the warranty period doesn't bode well for residuals and resale for short termers.
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Douche?

Is that necessary?
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After more than a year, my first-year 2006 330i is doing just fine. Not even a rattle.

Knock on wood (burled walnut, that is).
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