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Old 28th September 2016, 20:21   #346
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Hi Androdev, what's the other options that you can recommend? I test drove Q3, superb, and thinking may be c250d too.
There is no doubt 3 series is a great car to drive, but why would you want to chase idiots to give your hard earned cash? Are you keen on diesel? Most euro petrols like Octavia TSI, C200 petrol, CLA petrol are fairly desirable cars for enthusiastic driving and compensate in other areas (octavia cheaper, C200 great interiors, CLA great looker) compared to 3-series.
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On a related note, I found out today that 320i prestige is offered at 31 lacs exshowroom at Hyderabad, this too after I followed up twice !
Hi PGopkrsna , there is a handsome discount available(atleast here in Delhi) over and above this reduced price of Rs. 31 Lac . Please do go through my thread below and in case you would want to purchase the car here from Delhi , do lemme know , I would share the name and number of my SA who would give you the best possible deal .

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/luxury...restige-5.html (BMW: New X1 or 3-Series? EDIT: Now bought 320i Prestige)

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Hi PGopkrsna , there is a handsome discount available(atleast here in Delhi) over and above this reduced price of Rs. 31 Lac . Please do go through my thread below and in case you would want to purchase the car here from Delhi , do lemme know , I would share the name and number of my SA who would give you the best possible deal .

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/luxury...restige-5.html (BMW: New X1 or 3-Series? EDIT: Now bought 320i Prestige)
Hi ddndrive. I have been following the thread that you mentioned very closely, in fact it is one of major reasons for looking at 3 series and not X1 Reg taking the car at Delhi, am not confident that the dealer would actually give an invoice on Hyderabad address, also that this will be purchased in the name of the company. Is this possible per you? Does talking to the dealer directly at Delhi help clear this questions? Tha you.
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Hi PGopkrsna , there is a handsome discount available(atleast here in Delhi) over and above this reduced price of Rs. 31 Lac . Please do go through my thread below and in case you would want to purchase the car here from Delhi , do lemme know , I would share the name and number of my SA who would give you the best possible deal .

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/luxury...restige-5.html (BMW: New X1 or 3-Series? EDIT: Now bought 320i Prestige)
Hi ddndrive, can you help me with the SA name and contact, I would like to talk to him over the phone and understand if I can buy the car in Delhi and get a TR to transport it to Hyderabad. If he is positive, then I will go down to the dealer and meet up, to take care of rest of formalities. Thank you in advance.
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So the car has covered 26k kms and the computer was showing a service warning. Booked the car for servicing and to my utter surprise the dealership stays closed on Sunday. Why on earth would you want to close on the day everyone else is free and relatively free to bring their cars. May be they are used to people only sending their cars with drivers or opting for pick and drop services.

Anyways one small and one major issue was also to be sorted out.
1. The right ORVM was making a whirring noise while opening and closing. I think this is an inherent problem with the 3 series and some lubrication has sorted it out for the moment.

2. The second problem was the leather over steering and horn pad wearing out with white patches being formed. I had posted pictures of the same earlier and was completely aghast at the quality since the car is only 25k km old and has not even completed 3 years. To my shock they said that my BSI ultimate plan ( which covered both services and warranty for 5 years) does not cover interior of the car. I do not know if this is true or not but I was definitely not conveyed the same at the time of buying it. But then it is my fault for having believed in them without my research due to the bling associated with the brand. Anyways on my request to atleast assess it and then contact BMW for a response, they saw it and first labelled it as dust and later said it is due to some chemical damage. I really loved the way a "self proclaimed smart A**" complimented me that "Sir your car is very clean from inside despite the beige interiors. You must be getting it cleaned outside".

I promptly showed him pics of me cleaning the car with BMW leather cleaner that I got as free with my car purchase. The line of argument then changed and they became a bit receptive although still put the blame on me for using some chemical.

Anyways finally they applied some polish to the involved areas and for now it is no longer visible. Their explanation was that it was indeed dust accumulation. I will see if it comes back again and will take necessary action then.

Lastly I do appreciate the technology that these modern cars have complex computers and prompt the user with service reminders. But it needs a bit more human involvement too. For instance I was told that my car only needed a brake fluid change. The engine oil now needs replacement in another 2800 kms according to the car's computer. Now for my running that means two more months. And the prospect of wasting a whole day again for a simple oil change in 2 months time is not very re-assuring. I wish if they could club these two services by either changing the engine oil too at the same sitting and resetting the computer or postponing the brake fluid change.

Well so that was about service and the not so good part about the car.

Coming to the car itself, I love the thought of taking it out everyday to work and then start back home in the evening. The sheer acceleration and power that I have at my disposal, even if it is only for the smallest of distance or only from 0-60 kmph is just mind boggling and always pastes a huge grin on my face even today.
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The engine oil now needs replacement in another 2800 kms according to the car's computer. Now for my running that means two more months. And the prospect of wasting a whole day again for a simple oil change in 2 months time is not very re-assuring. I wish if they could club these two services by either changing the engine oil too at the same sitting and resetting the computer or postponing the brake fluid change.
So the car quickly covered the remaining 2800 kms as predicted with the odometer currently at 28k kms. Hence got the engine oil and filters changed today. It feels so much more smoother to drive after the oil change. Or may be it is just a psychological thing with me. Overall Bird Auto ( BMW dealer) did a great job and for the first time to my surprise I got a clean car. I usually tell them not to wash ( it is charged extra) and they literally give the car back dirty. Today atleast it was all wiped up clean which certainly leaves a very good impression. Anyways that reminds me that I have to take her for a spa treatment at 3M soon.

My car's brake pads are still going strong and according to the iDrive they are still good to go for 12k kms. I guess I need to just start pushing the car more.

Lastly during my everyday usage, I sometimes wonder if I should have opted for a white coloured car ( less visibility of scratches and small dents) with black interiors ( easier to maintain). But each time I visit the BMW showroom and see all the brand new cars standing out there in various shades and then take a look at my ride, I get convinced that I made the right choice and would do the same even today. It just looks so menacing yet elegant in blue.
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This is a great thread and is particularly useful to me as I have just booked a 320 d Sports line (Melbourne Red)

I am evaluating whether to take the BSI service package and would like to get your comments on your experience on this
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This is a great thread and is particularly useful to me as I have just booked a 320 d Sports line (Melbourne Red)

I am evaluating whether to take the BSI service package and would like to get your comments on your experience on this
Thanks for your kind words. At the time of my purchase i was convinced that it is a must to buy this. But 3 years into the ownership I would suggest you buy only the extended warranty, unless your running is high. Even then I feel the service cost will not be different by much compared to BSI pack. Also it depends upon your style of driving, like as I mentioned above that my car is going to only require it's first brake pad change around the 35k km mark. Otherwise a regular oil change service will cost you only around 20-30k. So I going to say that buy the extended warranty for sure and skip the BSI.
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