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: realistic wait on a M3

12-22-2001, 09:38 AM
My dealer tells me to put myself on a wait list. Should be a 12 months or so. Is this realistic?

Alex Baumann
12-22-2001, 09:40 AM
Yeah, I think it's realistic. Even here in Germany the wait list is 12 months. For X5 it's 12-15months.


12-22-2001, 09:44 AM
It was almost unbearable waiting 6+ weeks for the 330i. I went on a spending spree just to keep to some sanity. Well.. at least I've got some new gadgets.

I'd probably go broke waiting a year! :)

12-22-2001, 10:32 AM
And they can't get rid of it. :)

12-22-2001, 10:53 AM
i waited 8 months

12-22-2001, 12:28 PM
VERY nice car John! :cool:

12-22-2001, 12:33 PM
Originally posted by CCs328Ci
VERY nice car John! :cool:

Hey Thanks man!:D

12-22-2001, 12:35 PM
I meant to type do you have more pics? :D

Mr. The Edge
12-22-2001, 01:04 PM
Please excuse the dirt...

Imola Ed
12-23-2001, 12:10 AM
My guess is this: if you want a car exactly the way you want, you need to wait. But, if you call around, you can probably find something close to what you want. Me, I've been waiting on a list for quite a while, and my order is (finally) about to go in (actually, it did already, but I changed my order to get SMG and had to wait for another allocation). So I'm going to stick it out and get the exact car I want. My friend on the other hand is going to fly down to LA next week I think to pick up a car someone helped him track down on a lot.

As another example, a few years back, when it was the same wait for a Boxster, I was on a list then too, but after the dealer ticked me off I called around and left my name at various places, telling them to call me if they got a cancellation. One day, I got the call and went down there right that moment to buy the car. So you need to be ready to buy if you want to play that game.

I also think that these days you're more likely to find a cancellation on a lot than in the past.

So it's up to you, really. I think you might be able to find something readily available if you're willing to not get all the options you want. But I think the dealer is telling you the truth about a 12 month wait.

The sad part is that I was pretty OK with waiting until I started reading these boards. Now I'm in misery waiting :-(

12-23-2001, 04:02 AM
atyclb: nice pix! how long did you wait for yer car? did you order it?

Imola Ed: I always figured I could call around and do a search. Might not be a bad option. I probably won't be ready for another 12-18 months anyhow. Might be worth the wait to get what I want. Still not convinced it's the car I want.

How does the M3 compare to M5?
M3 to 540?

Mr. E
12-23-2001, 10:18 AM
My dealer has a black/black one in their showroom, with a $5000 markup written in on the window sticker. :rolleyes:

I expect that one'll be sitting there quite awhile.

Mr. The Edge
12-23-2001, 10:26 AM

I got on a list at a small dealer in March, ordered in July, took delivery Oct. 31. Ordered to my specs, paid MSRP.

If you look around and do some research, you should be able to find a build slot less than 3 months out and only pay MSRP at the most.

Imola Ed
12-23-2001, 10:27 AM
Unfortunately, you'd think that because of the dot-com bust people wouldn't pay over sticker. Not so. These cars still go fast. I'm supposed to pay over as well (not a lot - though I'm going to fight it). Of course, my friend just told me of a car that might be opening up someplace. I've already sent off the email to see if I can snag it and save myself 3 months of wait and some cash over MSRP!

The saddest part is I remember when the first batch of M3s came in to the local showroom. They marked it up $15000. It sold almost immediately. I think they had marked it up so much to make sure it stayed on the floor, but when someone comes in and says I'll take it, I don't think they'll complain too hard. It's like printing money :(

Jason 325i Step
12-26-2001, 08:41 PM

Jason 325i Step
12-26-2001, 08:42 PM
Yea that sounds good

Jason 325i Step
12-26-2001, 08:44 PM
What color were you considering

Jason 325i Step
12-26-2001, 08:45 PM
I recommend yellow

12-27-2001, 08:39 AM
I've seen them sitting on the showroom floor ready to go. If you can deal with pot luck colors and options, you can find one and pay MSRP at most. It just takes some legwork.

I say this because I walked into a dealer in NJ and fell in love with a Red/Red M3 that was sitting on the floor, unspoke for, ready to go. I had to keep thinking of what financing and insuring it would cost to keep from impulse buying it (impulse buying something for $50K is bad, right?).

12-27-2001, 09:25 AM
Originally posted by MikeW
(impulse buying something for $50K is bad, right?).

Well... it's not good! :)

12-27-2001, 09:36 AM
Not that I would recommend my dealer (well, just the service department as I love my salesman) but John Holtz BMW in Rochester, NY has two M3's on the lot. Don't quote me but I think one is a stripped out silver convertible and the other is this strange looking hot mustard yellow.