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Old 5th November 2010, 17:52   #256
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A friend of mine recently booked the 320D CE from Navnit and the waiting period is 6 months!! Why is it so long?
Have they run out of stocks, or what? Six months for a CE is ridiculous, I'd strongly suggest a slightly used Highline or maybe a Merc Exec Edition if available instead of waiting six months. By then I'd expect the new 3 to surface internationally.

Has your friend checked with Infinity? Ask him to check with the Pune guys too, maybe they have stock. Can always get it registered here.
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Has your friend checked with Infinity? Ask him to check with the Pune guys too, maybe they have stock. Can always get it registered here.
My friend stays in Vashi and he'll get the car registered there. he inquired at all showrooms in Bombay but none of them are ready to give Navi Mumbai registration. So Navnit at Thane was the only option. Apparently, there are some production problems hence the delay.
He's now considering the C or A4.
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We happen to pick one up in the family 2 weeks back and at the time of booking 4 weeks back they had quite a few nos ready stock especially white and black colors. Though not sure about the numbers. Maybe most of the stock got booked for the diwali period. Or probably once the stock are over they have restricted themselves from keeping the stock or placing the order only as per the booking since it's going to be the year closing.

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I suppose the delay is probably due to a particulat colour combination he needs? I don't know but in Ahmedabad you have few in Stock and most special out of stock cars can be had in about 4 weeks.

Don't know if this has been mentioned here but all new productions of BMW 3 in India now will include the electronic power steering as people had a problem with the previous units. Now I do not have a clue what problem is being spoken of but I have driven the 3 quite a bit in India and I think it had a beautiful steering setup, and now they are going the electric way.

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Don't know if this has been mentioned here but all new productions of BMW 3 in India now will include the electronic power steering as people had a problem with the previous units.
You mean the 3's hydraulic steering has been replaced with electric power units? I highly doubt it. For one, the current 3 series is on its way out & I doubt BMW would bother with such a massive change for a soon-to-be-discontinued model. Second, merely replacing the hydraulic with an electric steering won't make the car greener....it has to be designed "into" the car (like the new 5 for instance).

Making the hydraulic steering lighter for city use should be a simple adjustment for BMW. It's not that big a deal to change the steering's calibration & power assistance.
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GTO,

I thought the 3 always had an option for Servotronic or something similar which made the steering wheel a lot lighter? I think it was called Speed sensitive steering wheel or something? I am not sure of it but I when the sales manager spoke of this I only assumed they are making that option standard for the Indian package.

Perhaps it could just be the calibration which you speak of, Sorry if the information I gave was misleading but was communicated by the staff at the dealership. Will try confirm this once they re-open after diwali.

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I doubt BMW would bother with such a massive change for a soon-to-be-discontinued model. Second, merely replacing the hydraulic with an electric steering won't make the car greener....it has to be designed "into" the car (like the new 5 for instance)
It came out couple years ago?? on the 320d efficient dynamics (green) version. Also seen in the Z4 which rides on the same platform.

But still, this is a unique thing for Indian market in its final year of production and an unwelcome change for enthusiasts.

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I suppose now every other car will be launched with what the general public desires and being an enthusiast will always play a second fiddle in terms of choices, I still wonder once volumes are high enough will we be offered a certain options like other markets across the world?

GTO, Confirmed with he dealership, EPS will be added and like I said it was always an option in EU and rest of the world.

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