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Old 7th April 2016, 17:30   #5296
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. For a moment, I just stood there admiring it. Then I realised I wasn't in India and it could get into trouble if I continued to stand like that.



Any insights into certified used, and / or buying second hand from dealers like carmax

Why do you think you could get into trouble. Free country, in a public place you can stand anywhere you like for as long as you like as long as you don't bother anybody. Staring at a car is allowed, staring at say pretty teenage girls, might get you into trouble.

We bought our Ford Focus from Carmax for about $ 10.000.-- which is more or less the bottom of their market. It was a pleasant and hassle free process. Three year later we sold it back to them, got a good price and hassle free.

They check the cars thoroughly. Although Im sure there will be people with poor experience with Car Max, my feeling was that for most it was synonymous of getting a good second hand car, hassle free for a reasonable price. For second hand dealer that is pretty good actually!

Bought my other second hand car, a Jeep Cherokee, of a Jeep Dealer and our third car a Jaquar XJR, unseen, via Ebay. All turned out fine deals but you need to spend a lot more time, especially with Ebay, to make sure you are not getting some sort of lemon
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With German cars I would always recommend that you go the CPO route, especially if you are getting a pre-owned turbo six like a 335i/435i. BMW offers a total of 6 years 100,000 mile certified warranty and it is totally worth the extra couple of thousand you pay over a non certified car. You pay $50 every time you make a warranty claim.

Carmax is no-haggle price, no negotiation. Sometimes they are overpriced sometimes they have a great deal. As far as I have read though, if you are planning to trade-in your car, non-Carmax dealers would pay you more.

Carmax also offers their own warranty by the way, you can use it at any dealership like a normal BMW extended warranty.
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Thanks Sir, for the inputs.

I have been checking CARMAX, RiKart and some other dealers for some deals and their stock of the 3 series. Have not yet found something that fits.

I happened to spot a 428i x-drive at a mall recently, and it looks pretty classy too being a convertible . For a moment, I just stood there admiring it. Then I realised I wasn't in India and it could get into trouble if I continued to stand like that.

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Why don't you give the following dealer a shot??

http://www.enthusiastauto.com/

Have a few guys in my car club buy from them. They are BMW experts and sell only used M cars - but they know BMW's like any other. Might make sense buying from a expert.

They have quite a few E36M and E46M's which are kind of in budget.

Best of all, just 2 hours drive from Columbus, OH

One example car, last of the E30 Convertibles.
http://enthusiastauto.com/qsearch/?i...orm_display=51

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If you really love driving and don't care too much for rear seat comfort look for a well maintained E90 335i - I had one for 6 years and the only reason I traded her in was because I needed something a bit bigger.
Was very reliable for over 90,000miles..........
The F30 is a little bigger but softer with electric steering and the smaller engine is now a 4-cyl turbo, which is just sad.
This is a good point about F30. However, the 335i is dead now and we have 340i which remains is a inline 6 turbo. The 328 changed to a 4 cylinder turbo but that is a very nice engine IMHO. The power/ efficiency(gas mileage) combo is impressive. I completely agree that the driving dynamics are so non BMW. The Lexus IS350 surprisingly beats it, I think, in the "fun factor" department.
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The Lexus IS350 surprisingly beats it, I think, in the "fun factor" department.
If only there was a manual in the IS350.

Looking at older ISF's and they are in the high 30k range.
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If you really love driving and don't care too much for rear seat comfort look for a well maintained E90 335i - I had one for 6 years and the only reason I traded her in was because I needed something a bit bigger.
Was very reliable for over 90,000miles.
I miss driving her every single day!
+1, My brother's 335i is still going strong with 70+ miles everyday, will keep running till Tesla Model 3 sees the light of the day. Another 2 yrs maybe?
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With German cars I would always recommend that you go the CPO route, especially if you are getting a pre-owned turbo six like a 335i/435i. BMW offers a total of 6 years 100,000 mile certified warranty and it is totally worth the extra couple of thousand you pay over a non certified car. You pay $50 every time you make a warranty claim.

Carmax is no-haggle price, no negotiation. Sometimes they are overpriced sometimes they have a great deal. As far as I have read though, if you are planning to trade-in your car, non-Carmax dealers would pay you more.

Carmax also offers their own warranty by the way, you can use it at any dealership like a normal BMW extended warranty.
Hi VPSuchin,

Thanks for the info. I was also thinking about going the CPO route. I did check out the local Carmax in Columbus. They do not have a BMW right now. I will just for the time being and keep my eyes open.

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Why don't you give the following dealer a shot??

http://www.enthusiastauto.com/

Have a few guys in my car club buy from them. They are BMW experts and sell only used M cars - but they know BMW's like any other. Might make sense buying from a expert.

They have quite a few E36M and E46M's which are kind of in budget.

Best of all, just 2 hours drive from Columbus, OH

One example car, last of the E30 Convertibles.
http://enthusiastauto.com/qsearch/?i...orm_display=51
Hi Jomz,

Thanks for the links. I will certainly check it out. Got a friend also all fired up for a BMW. Lets see how things pan out.

Thanks for the link

I was just wondering, if any T-Bhpian is selling or knows someone selling their BMW. That would certainly be a win win for all.

Hope it makes sense

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Was at Porsche service yesterday for first oil change. Reached 2000 miles mark and long wait to break-in period is over. It was recommended to keep it under 4-5K RPM till then. While at service, the salesperson had me look into the new 911.2 base version, 3L Turbo, smaller sporty steering wheel, more aerodynamic, nice low end torque (for comparison 991 sweet spot is beyond 4K RPM) but I'm happy with the NA engine which has been nothing but amazing.
I was offered to look at the new R8 V10 plus getting prepped in the back. It's rear is pretty wide.
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I was offered to look at the new R8 V10 plus getting prepped in the back. It's rear is pretty wide.

Nice! The R8V10 Plus had in my opinion one of the best car ads ever made! Gives me chills every time I hear it.

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Guys, Ordered GLS550 last week for June delivery. Now, I got to wait :( Here's the build.


MSRP 2017 GLS550W4 VIN : 000000
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Vehicle Information
20171 GLS550W4
Region :Northeast
VPC :Vance
Code Description Price
GLS550W4 $93,850
197 Obsidian Black Metallic
211 Black Leather
***** STANDARD ACCESSORIES *****
B03 Automatic start/stop function
B12 Tool Kit
B16 Chrome exhaust tips
B59 DYNAMIC SELECT CONTROLER
K15 Service Interval 15000km
MJ7 Model Year VIN Stamp
PPM Prepaid Maintenance available - see deal
P31 AMG Styling
P44 Parking Assist Package
P49 Mirror Package
P64 Memory Package
R02 All Season Tires
U08 Upper Dash in MBTex
U10 Weight Sensing System - WSS
U12 Floormats
U71 DVD Coding
U80 115V AC Power Outlet
V65 Speed and Load Index
056 MY16.5 Factory code
1U7 Mist sensor
12B Service Manual
14U Smartphone Integration
16U Apple CarPlay®
214 Adaptive Damping System
232 Garage Door Opener
235 PARKTRONIC with Active Parking Assist
242 Power Passenger Seat w/Memory
249 Auto-Dimming Driver and Rearview Mirrors
264 License Plate Holder
267 Badging Deviation
275 Power Front Seats w/Driver Memory
294 Driver Knee Airbag
3U2 Headunit
301 Ashtray Package
348 mbrace - w/ trial period by Verizon Tele
399 Driver/Passenger Multi-Contour Seats w/M
4U7 Voltage Fuse Protection for Star-Stop Sy
401 Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
414 Sunroof
421 9 Speed Automatic Transmission
461 Instrument cluster with MPH
475 Advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System
489 AIRMATIC Air Suspension
494 Supplemental Parts NAFTA
500 Power Folding Mirrors
501 Surround View Camera
502 Navigation Map Updates included for 3-ye
531 COMAND navigation
536 SiriusXM Radio w. 6 mos. service
543 Double Sun Visors
551 Anti-Theft Alarm System
581 Three-Zone Automatic Climate Control
582 Rear A/C
587 Mirror Logo Lamp
608 Adaptive Highbeam Assist
636 Warning Triangle Delete
640 Full LED Headlamps
666 Transportation Protection Foil
690 Minispare
723 Cargo Cover
763 Remote Key w/Panic Button
772 AMG Styling
776 Fender Flares
806 2006 Registration Year
810 harman/kardon® LOGIC7® Surround Sound Sy
815 DVD Drive
840 Privacy Glass
845 Power Folding 3rd Row Seat
846 Illuminated Running Boards
876 Multi-color ambient lighting w/ Illumina
883 Soft-Close doors
889 KEYLESS-GO®
890 Power Liftgate
893 KEYLESS-START
986 VIN
989 VIN Plate under windshield
***** OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES *****
H21 Black Piano Lacquer Trim $160
P21 Air Balance Package $280
068 Wheel Locking Bolts $150
297 Manual 2nd Row Sunshades $380
311 Heated/Cooled Front Cupholders $180
443 Heated Steering Wheel $250
468 ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM $2,900
51U Black Headliner
521 521 Night Package: Black Louvre, Black E $300
89R : 21" AMG Twin 5-spoke bkack two tone
P55 : Night Package
550 Trailer Hitch $575
843 Power EASY-ENTRY $400
872 Heated Rear Seats $620
874 MAGIC VISION CONTROL $350
980 980 Accessory Chrome Package: Chrome Doo $225
133 : Hood Fin Covers
070 : Chrome Door Handle Inserts
997 997 Driver Assistance Package: Distance $1,375
513 : Speed Limit Assist
300 : CMS
271 : PRE-SAFE Plus
269 : BAS
268 : BAS PLUS w/Cross Traffic Assist
266 : DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist
253 : CMS Rear
238 : Active Lane Keeping Assist
237 : Active Blind Spot Assist
233 : DISTRONIC PLUS 3.0 with Steering Assist
23P : Driver Assistance Package
SUBTOTAL $101,995
DESTINATION & DELIVERY $925
TOTAL $102,920

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Hi All,

I would be travelling to US and would be staying Dallas Area. My question to all folks is regarding the Insurance. I have driven in US (back in 2003-4) and would need to renew my License / apply for new one. Assume I can drive on my Indian License and since I have a valid SSN should be able to register the car.
For insurance what documents do I need to lower my premium. My current Indian insurance has NCB of 65% . Can I use that to lower my insurance premium in US? If so, do they need a document from my current insurance certifying the NCB value?
You need to apply for a new license as an existing license needs to be renewed within 2 years after its expires. I would suggest that you take a learner’s permit and on that you can buy and register a vehicle. Indian insurance NCB % will not be acknowledged here.
Finally, to lower insurance premium you may take state recognized online defensive driving courses (generally reasonably priced) this will help you to lower your premium.

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Guys, Ordered GLS550 last week for June delivery. Now, I got to wait :( Here's the build.


MSRP 2017 GLS550W4 VIN : 000000
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20171 GLS550W4
Congrats on this purchase! Good choice!

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Was at Porsche service yesterday for first oil change.
Hows the ownership experience going? Is there a traditional warranty period offered by Porsche?

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Congrats on this purchase! Good choice!
Hows the ownership experience going? Is there a traditional warranty period offered by Porsche?
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Thanks maddy! Configuring a 450 was coming to 95K which was into 550 territory. It made sense to jump to a V8.

911 is a daily driver now, very comfortable but aggressive when needed. My only regret is not opting for the GTS model. I couldn't be more happier getting the last NA engine on this model, it sounds amazing with nice linear power delivery.
One of the major issues is ground clearance, mine is lower than regular 911 due to Sport PASM and not accessible to many entrances, got to enter slowly at an angle to gas stations, restaurants and doing so, cars in the back get pissed. Some understand and others honk! I'm shopping for a house now and one of the reqs is not a steep driveway entrance, Realtor: . Not sure if a suspension lift can be installed now.

Warranty is 4/50 similar to others in this segment. Oil change and basic inspection was $275.

Looking forward for some track time in Poconos this summer.
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Guys, Ordered GLS550 last week for June delivery. Now, I got to wait :( Here's the build.

Code Description Price
GLS550W4 $93,850

***** OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES *****
SUBTOTAL $101,995
DESTINATION & DELIVERY $925
TOTAL $102,920
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Thanks maddy! Configuring a 450 was coming to 95K which was into 550 territory. It made sense to jump to a V8.

Leasing or buying? In any case, very strong choice! No designo leather? That's is a gem of an engine. I really like your option choices.

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