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      07-06-2007, 07:40 AM   #23
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Great news I was hoping the DCT was coming out.
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I was worrying the DCT won't be out along with the M3 in the state and I'll need to pass my slot to wait for the DCT!!
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      07-08-2007, 05:30 PM   #25
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This is the news we have all been waiting for here in North America....Simultaneous release of coupe/cabrio and M/DICT transmissions.
Scott26 our reliable source here on the boards has just let loose on some fantastic news......lets get this thread kicked off!!

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As I always said from the beginning the reason why you see so many prototypes of the M3 in the USA is because between now and the deadline before production begins at the end of the year. Is that the cars are being made US ready first .

The target release date for the M Transmission for Europe is Spring 2008 , The same time the M3 goes on sale in the USA. The time is not coincidental as both options of transmission will be available for launch with the car in it's launch date of Spring 2008.

I have been informed that the M3 Cabrio will debut at either Los Angeles or Detroit , it wont be Tokyo as the official media release happens mid-late November. The M3 Cabrio will arrive @ in the US the same time as the Coupe.
This is also expected to be the same as the BMW 1er Cabrio arriving in the US alongside the Coupe.

Whilst the first phase of filming and photography has been completed in South Africa we move to the next phase of film and photography in the exceptional scenery and fantastic driving roads in the West of Scotland.
That will happen this month providing current events in Glasgow do not cause us to reconsider. Then we do the third phase (August) and then begin to piece everything together.

The sedan will be filmed in November with scheduled release for late January 2008, The M3 sedan will be shown alongside LCI of the BMW 3er and BMW 3er Touring which will Be officially launched in @ Geneva 2008.
The M3 sedan will arrive in Europe early Summer with US sales arriving in the
4th quarter of 2008.

The only models left to show off this year apart from updates include :
The BMW M3 Cabrio , BMW 1er Cabrio and the BMW X6.
2008 however is all about the 7er.
I am sorry, but in Spain a different story was told, so accept this as rational
Pessimism,

However all this information sounds good, and I hope it is true, the
The Transmission may not be ready, but they are trying hard for March

No Jan-March Production slots are currently slotted for M-3 verts, January starts the test Us production and continues through the end of Feb,
early March for first customer spec build US coupes.

I have to doubt highly the availability of verts at launch, in fact based on current sales, the convertables are sold out based on many dealers allocations until well into the 08 Year.

I know everyone's excited but lets wait for the official info

Or at least from the Germans !
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      07-09-2007, 02:38 PM   #26
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I am sorry, but in Spain a different story was told, so accept this as rational
Pessimism,

However all this information sounds good, and I hope it is true, the
The Transmission may not be ready, but they are trying hard for March

No Jan-March Production slots are currently slotted for M-3 verts, January starts the test Us production and continues through the end of Feb,
early March for first customer spec build US coupes
.

I have to doubt highly the availability of verts at launch, in fact based on current sales, the convertables are sold out based on many dealers allocations until well into the 08 Year.

I know everyone's excited but lets wait for the official info

Or at least from the Germans !

point taken..... however, who is your REPUTABLE source ?
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      07-13-2007, 10:10 AM   #27
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Sources

Through a racing friend and writer

I was in Spain for the Press launch, I like Woodward do not give up my sources. The US Production Schedule is already in BMWs planning for product delivery, test coupes in late January, then Dealer launch vehicles a few customer spec cars, in March/ April

Now the 135 is scheduled in the same time frame, no build dates for the
M-3 Sedan are on the Schedule, however BMW is moving some production around. The 335 Convertable is sold out for quite a while.

I not trying to show you how big my wheelbase is, but the other
post doesnt match, I'll throw a lunch in at the BMW casino or
dinner at Octoberfest if I am wrong !

THe 135 coupe brochure is out at the German dealers, delivery in September
time frame in conjunction with the Frankfurt autoshow,

I am pointing out that advertising vehicle photos are shot way before the
real release happens. The Production Schedule, which is pretty much set in stone so the suppliers can deliver parts has been ery reliable for the last
12 Months

I was told I would be picking up my M-3 coupe in March and at about the same time a 135. I will driving an M-3 at the ring in September and likely a 135i as well

Enjoy driving
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      07-13-2007, 10:50 AM   #28
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Through a racing friend and writer

I was in Spain for the Press launch, I like Woodward do not give up my sources. The US Production Schedule is already in BMWs planning for product delivery, test coupes in late January, then Dealer launch vehicles a few customer spec cars, in March/ April

Now the 135 is scheduled in the same time frame, no build dates for the
M-3 Sedan are on the Schedule, however BMW is moving some production around. The 335 Convertable is sold out for quite a while.

I not trying to show you how big my wheelbase is, but the other
post doesnt match, I'll throw a lunch in at the BMW casino or
dinner at Octoberfest if I am wrong !

THe 135 coupe brochure is out at the German dealers, delivery in September
time frame in conjunction with the Frankfurt autoshow,

I am pointing out that advertising vehicle photos are shot way before the
real release happens. The Production Schedule, which is pretty much set in stone so the suppliers can deliver parts has been ery reliable for the last
12 Months

I was told I would be picking up my M-3 coupe in March and at about the same time a 135. I will driving an M-3 at the ring in September and likely a 135i as well

Enjoy driving

Very nice. Thanks.
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Any idea as to when 1) US pricing/options will be announced and 2) when waiting list US customers will be asked to spec their orders? Thanks...
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Any idea as to when 1) US pricing/options will be announced and 2) when waiting list US customers will be asked to spec their orders? Thanks...
no one knows yet...only speculations

Im thinking price might be announced in Sept-Oct? If not then by the end of this year...
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What I have learned is that M DCT is on schedule to be available from March 2008 , So far there has been no serious issues or delays to compromise the introduction . As of the M3 press launch there were only official answers that were misleading to the actual facts that we could give out to people in Spain.
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      07-14-2007, 08:30 PM   #32
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Thanks Scott. I appreciate you keeping the info as factual as possible. Let us know of any updates as soon as you can.
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      07-14-2007, 08:38 PM   #33
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That's great news, THANKS
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      07-14-2007, 09:50 PM   #34
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      07-15-2007, 03:00 AM   #35
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Are you not the same guy

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What I have learned is that M DCT is on schedule to be available from March 2008 , So far there has been no serious issues or delays to compromise the introduction . As of the M3 press launch there were only official answers that were misleading to the actual facts that we could give out to people in Spain.
WHo posted the M-3 cab launch the same time as the US Production intro
and DSG/DCT in March but you may get your "US" Spec car in August ?
Also that the Sunroof defeats the M's purpose ?

Come on, the US "Vin" Build dates start in January on the production schedule

Maybe you do contract work for their Ad agency, "I was in Austin
2 weeks ago" and if you do they may hang you for these posts

BMW has and always will be driven by the Germans, they are
production sensitive and very much driven by JIT production.

I love some of your imagination, I still have the bet where I buy
lunch at the BMW casino or Octoberfest if you are right.

If It happens I will buy, if it doesnt you must drive a Daihatsu
around Texas on a road trip

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WHo posted the M-3 cab launch the same time as the US Production intro
and DSG/DCT in March but you may get your "US" Spec car in August ?
Also that the Sunroof defeats the M's purpose ?

Come on, the US "Vin" Build dates start in January on the production schedule

Maybe you do contract work for their Ad agency, "I was in Austin
2 weeks ago" and if you do they may hang you for these posts

BMW has and always will be driven by the Germans, they are
production sensitive and very much driven by JIT production.

I love some of your imagination, I still have the bet where I buy
lunch at the BMW casino or Octoberfest if you are right.





If It happens I will buy, if it doesnt you must drive a Daihatsu
around Texas on a road trip
Sorry friend I am not American , I am German, neither do I work for a USA Ad agency ,
I reside and work in Munich and work within BMW AG in Munich.
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Ok, I realize I run the risk of adding fuel to a fire but... I went to pick up the mail today (sunday) and got a letter (hand written) from my dealer stating he received word from BMW that the new M3 will be a 2009 model and scheduled for launch in fall of 2008. The letter was dated 7/10. I have not spoken to him for details, maybe he is confused about the e90 vs e92. All we heard so far is that the e90 will be launched fall 2008 not the e92. I am still betting Scott is right but this is a little odd...
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Ok, I realize I run the risk of adding fuel to a fire but... I went to pick up the mail today (sunday) and got a letter (hand written) from my dealer stating he received word from BMW that the new M3 will be a 2009 model and scheduled for launch in fall of 2008. The letter was dated 7/10. I have not spoken to him for details, maybe he is confused about the e90 vs e92. All we heard so far is that the e90 will be launched fall 2008 not the e92. I am still betting Scott is right but this is a little odd...
so basically you are saying the letter you got stated we (the U.S.) wont be getting our cars until 2009? It could very well be the e90 M3 sedan that the letter was talking about, but if it was for the e92 i smell something fishy here...
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      07-15-2007, 01:13 PM   #39
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Yes USA. I have a deposit on an e92 M3 at this dealership. I will drop him a line and get clarification. However, if you think about that would truly be a simultaneous launch (e92/cab/e90) for fall 2008. But your right something seems a miss here....
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SO I take it

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Sorry friend I am not American , I am German, neither do I work for a USA Ad agency ,
I reside and work in Munich and work within BMW AG in Munich.
You are not willing to take my wager on your prediction that the M3
Convertable will be launched along with the coupe for the US Market
in March 08 ?

Or how about the availability of the DCT or the Sunroof availability on the coupe. I sent your posts to a senior planner at BMW Munich, who asked where this nonsense came from

Bets out there, try taking it

You have contradicted yourself as you posted
"BMW want a simultanious introduction for both The M3 Cabrio and ZSG and Manual Transmission for the North American/Canadian market.
That is why The M3 goes on sale in Spring 2008 so both variants and gearbox choices are available."

"This will be followed by a similar pattern of the BMW 1er Coupe and Cabrio making it's introduction to the North American/Canadian market "


I hope you enjoy yourself, I'll even get us lunch at Porsches Casino
in Zuffenhausen..........................

So you posted that both variants of Both the M3 and the new 1
will be introduced in Spring 08 as well as both trannies ?

Maybe we met in Spain
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Bets out there, try taking it
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So you posted that both variants of Both the M3 and the new 1 will be introduced in Spring 08 as well as both trannies ?

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Uhhh, bump,
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release schedule?

"Autozeitung" and "Auto Motor und Sport" quotet in their last issues the following release schedule for the M3 variants:

1. M3 E92 Coupé
2. M3 E90 Sedan
3. M3 E93 Convertible

Sedan release differs between End of 2007 (Autozeitung) and March 2008 ( Auto Motor und Sport)
Convertible between Geneva 2008 (Autozeitung) and June 2008 (auto Motor und Sport)

I think both meen German/Europian release dates.....

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Uhhh, bump,
Breaking my little self imposed "stay away from M3 speculations until euro release" rule. Dont know who's info is more accurate etc.. But concerned about the DCT Transmission info. If its going to be later, IE: a year or more (stateside) I may have to look elsewhere.

So I'll kick it up as well. ...



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so basically you are saying the letter you got stated we (the U.S.) wont be getting our cars until 2009? It could very well be the e90 M3 sedan that the letter was talking about, but if it was for the e92 i smell something fishy here...
LOL It better not be... If that ever was the case, Im walking..
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