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      02-21-2008, 03:43 AM   #1
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I thought being #7 on the list at a large dealership...

would allow me to order the car in Feb/March, but apparently the allocation of M3s, even to big dealerships, is pretty low. Apparently I won't be able to order my car until May/June, which is one/two months after my S5 gets here, if I decide to keep it and forgo my deposit on the M3. Anyone else surprised at the low allocation numbers for the M3? Oh, and if anyone wants to donate their #3 place on the list of a dealer, ready for ordering now, send me a PM, lol.
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      02-21-2008, 08:14 AM   #2
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I was #4 at a small dealership, and was able to order on 1/28/08. I think one person in front of me dropped out though.
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      02-21-2008, 08:30 AM   #3
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Something doesn't seem right. I'm #8 at a large dealership and my order is going in sometime in the next week or so. This dealership has already submitted 6 orders that were accepted by BMW.
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      02-21-2008, 09:14 AM   #4
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would allow me to order the car in Feb/March, but apparently the allocation of M3s, even to big dealerships, is pretty low. Apparently I won't be able to order my car until May/June, which is one/two months after my S5 gets here, if I decide to keep it and forgo my deposit on the M3. Anyone else surprised at the low allocation numbers for the M3? Oh, and if anyone wants to donate their #3 place on the list of a dealer, ready for ordering now, send me a PM, lol.
Size isn't the only factor in the number of M allocations a dealer gets. Their feed back scores and probably other things enter into it, as well. There's always the possibility of some funny business going on with the list, as well.
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      02-21-2008, 12:55 PM   #5
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I was #7 at a dealer in NJ too, however i got bumped up and ordered on 1/31 because people in front of me dropped out...i hope you get lucky~
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Size isn't the only factor in the number of M allocations a dealer gets. Their feed back scores and probably other things enter into it, as well. There's always the possibility of some funny business going on with the list, as well.
I am convinced funny biz goes on behind the scenes, I was actually the beneficiary of it when I purchased my M5. Long story...

As far as other factors go I think the number of M certified techs and whether the dealer is also a Dinan dealer are also factors although I can't prove it.
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would allow me to order the car in Feb/March, but apparently the allocation of M3s, even to big dealerships, is pretty low. Apparently I won't be able to order my car until May/June, which is one/two months after my S5 gets here, if I decide to keep it and forgo my deposit on the M3. Anyone else surprised at the low allocation numbers for the M3? Oh, and if anyone wants to donate their #3 place on the list of a dealer, ready for ordering now, send me a PM, lol.
If you're looking for a sedan I know where you can go order right now at MSRP and be first in line. Not far from NY/NJ either.
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      02-21-2008, 04:53 PM   #8
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If you're looking for a sedan I know where you can go order right now at MSRP and be first in line. Not far from NY/NJ either.
Since Feb 1st I've had 3 calls from various dealers in the southeast that had sedan slots open up for Feb/March production. Probably every day the market tanks, they lose another waitlister.
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If you're looking for a sedan I know where you can go order right now at MSRP and be first in line. Not far from NY/NJ either.
I was able to order an e90 at both my local dealerships, Greenwich and Westchester and be #2 on both their lists.

I came to my senses and switched from the e90 to the e92.

I went from #2 to #34.
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      02-21-2008, 05:10 PM   #10
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I don't necessarily believe the stock market has anything to do with the sedan not being as popular; I think it's just the nature of the customer who buys an M. For example, if a sedan was the only M3 available I wouldn't even consider it. Seems to me like the sedan is good for volume, but the true essence of an M3 lies in the coupe.

Not trying to rag on the sedan, it's an awesome car. It's just my 2 cents on what I feel an M3 is.
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