Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Automobile Advice

Has anyone ever gone from a BMW to another automobile and not regretted it?

Here is my delimma:

I promised my youngest daughter my BMW X3 (small SUV) when I was through with it. She now says I will be through it before school starts up for her in late August. My first choice for a replacement vehicle for myself is the BMW 330xi, their award winning state-of-the-art all-wheel drive luxury sport sedan. I've driven it and it is exquisite. It would be my third BMW in a row and my second 330i. Is there any reason to put myself through the ordeal of entering other automobile dealerships, Infinity, Lexus, Mercedes, Accura, you name it, and drive their sport-luxury offerings?

We all know the enemna-like experience of buying a new car. Since I seem to know what I like and want, I can short-circuit the whole enchilada, well most of it, in about an hours time. On the other hand, if there is a vehicle out there that is the equivilent, or better, then the 330xi sedan, maybe I should check it out. I read all the reviews, nothing appears to have overtaken this car in its class, though apparently Lexus and Infinity have worthy but not better competitors in their lines.

So, from your own personal experience, any thoughts on this quandary would be most appreciated.



Anonymous said...

I had the same problem as yours two years ago. I also looked at Audi as well but end up with my 330xi.

You may want to test drive the Audi A4 with quarttro or S4 to compare.

Thx for all you have done....



Terry G said...

Leased a X5, 4.4i in 2000, like it so much bought one in 2003 thru PSC and expensed it out in 1 year - more than 6000 pounds - 6005. Been in the market again and can't find anything that I like better so keeping it. Daughter has 3 series - great car, but I like the style and hauling capacity of the SAV.
Thank you for your contributions to your blog. Terry

vivek said...


Anonymous said...

how about buying American?

Anonymous said...

I've always been partial to jap cars, because they are so damn reliable. and they've become great performance machines and quite nice looking. check out the infiniti g35 coupe... gorgeous. my only experience with german has been vw, and it was a disaster.

how do you find the reliability of your beemers? I love driving them but haven't been able to fork out the premium for them. I might next time I trade up.

A said...

how about buying American?

I test drove a Corvette. The sales-jerk said, "If you buy it right now, I can give it to you for $7,000 over MSRP."


Blake said...

To the gentleman suggesting to "buy American", I would like to share a snippet from Popular Mechanics, in hopes of enlightening someone to the world, circa 2006.

[Who's the better American, the person behind the wheel of a Nissan Altima or the driver of a Chevrolet Camaro? And, which car is made in the good ol' U.S. of A., the nifty Chrysler PT Cruiser or the BMW Z3?

The answer to the second question is easy: Every BMW Z3 sold in the world comes out of a factory in Spartanburg, S.C. That Cruiser, on the other hand, is made south of the border in Mexico.

The answer to the first question is a bit tougher. While the Altima is made in Tennessee, the Camaro comes from our neighbor to the north. The Camaro is built in Ste. Therese, Quebec. But the Altima is a Nissan, which is controlled by Renault. Regardless of where the Camaro may come from, it's still an American Chevy product. So, is one less of an American car than the other? What is an American car? More to the point, what is an American car company?]

A said...

In 1971 I bought my first very own car, a Chevrolet Vega, for about $2,200, brand spanking new. I sold it three years later for $100 on a trade for a Fiat. What happened? The revoluntinary aluminum engine burnt one quart of oil every 200 miles. That Vega was my last American car. Still, in the spirit of my original post, I am open to suggestions.


joe said...

Hi Allan, and thank you for this blog.

I just bought a 50th Anniversary 2005 Ford Thunderbird. Only 16,000 were made in 2005 and that is the last year of production. I paid low $30's all cash (using a portion of my "All Allan" trading profits). The T-bird is a blast to drive and should double in value as soon as the Ford dealers sell off the last of the 05's. Hope this post is helpful and good luck to all. Warmest regards from NYC, Joe
PS: "Your daughter will have Fun Fun Fun till her Daddy takes the T bird away"

Anonymous said...

I went from a long string of Mercedes automobiles to a Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit III.

Then I bought the turbocharger/ intercooler system from the RR Flying Spur and had Euro Motorcars of Bethesda, MD bolt that on to the 6.75 Litre V8 of the Silver Spirit.

The Result? Take a guess. Beyond Excess.

Do I regret it- no way.

Will I EVER regret it? YES- when the angels fall from heaven on the day the earth stands still.

Professor John Kercheval
Washington, DC

Dr. Blanco said...

I went from a 2001 Corvette Z06 to a 2003 BMW M3 convertible and regretted it because I miss the raw power, low end torque and superior handling of the Corvette. However, I am stuck and making the most of it.