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  1. vizag777
    12-26-2008 05:14 AM
    vizag777
    From vizag777, 26 dec 2008; 2009 335xdrive sedan:
    Despite all the positions, statements, - both from official BMW and users, I completed an engine oil change at 3100 miles at authorized Dave Walter BMW service in Akron, Ohio on 23 Dec 2008. Here are the details: (didn't purchase vehicle at Dave Walter, purchased at P&W in Pittsburgh; I work in Akron)
    Dave Walter's service was exceptional, professional, and friendly - service manager Josh took care of everything. BTW, the previous day, I had a low tire pressure warning, the weather was cold (about +4F), and I requested Dave Walter if I could fill some air in their service station. Josh took care of everything - free of charge; service tech Dan raised my car, inspected tires for puncture leaks - found none, and the tire pressures were set to pressures indicated on the door post. For the oil change: total cost was 106.16 (includes sales tax); breakup is: labor 18.00, 8 quarts 5w30 synthetic oil 65.44, oil filter set 13.54, misc (oil disposal?) 2.70. The counter (ie, computer) was NOT reset, and should indicate the scheduled oil change per BMW specs.
    The service manager Josh told me that I need not do an engine oil change before the scheduled time, but I still went ahead. I did an oil change every 3k miles with on my 1987 900s Saab, and cannot get over it - perhaps, a deficiency on my part/character/personality, but there it is.
    After the oil change on the 2009, the engine was smoother, and I noticed that the engine was 10degrees cooler at sustained highway speeds - I drove about 150 miles on the highway (70mph), and the oil temp indicator was at 210F, prior to the oil change was 220F. (After purchase and taking delivery, I followed all the break-in rules, and after 1500 miles, the temp would be at 220F).
    I think I will keep to my "old religion" of changing engine oil at about 3k intervals; I would do it myself on my 900s Saab; I need to evaluate this: the labor is usd18.00. Assuming oil + filter set from BMW, this labor cost is small, but I'll miss the fun of doing it myself.
    So, this is it: I have no reservations about Dave Walter and their staff. I changed engine oil at 3100 miles. I also think that a new engine would experience more stress in the first few thousand miles (factory set tolerances/clearances on moving parts will settle to new settings, and new engine oil is a good alternative. BTW, the service manager assured me that changing engine oil at 3k intervals does NOT do ANY harm/damage, except that I am wasting my money - it is entirely upto the customer.
    Per my request, the factory installed filter set and any drain plug gaskets were returned to me: it contains the oil filter, a rubber o-ring, and there were two aluminum gaskets, one was slightly bigger than the other. I want to keep this set as a reference for comparison purposes if I do my own oil changes.
    Best regards to all of you, Happy New Year 2009, and above all - drive safely to all of you.
    VIZAG777, 26 dec 2009
  2. vizag777
    11-08-2008 07:44 AM
    vizag777
    from VIZAG777, written on 08 nov 2008
    Note: I hope this gets posted as I am having difficulty in posting - possible I need to read about how to post.
    This is an update, and has my one week experience with my new 335xdrive sedan, standard (stick) shift manual transmission, with only one option: cold weather package.
    Last Saturday, 01 nov 2008, my vehicle arrived at P&W, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and I paid for it. The vehicle had to be prepared (remove packing material, check emissions, put on Pennsylvania stickers, and I was allowed to watch this process at P&W; Danny Bovers, the senior BMW technical person performed this in-processing. The vehicle was then handed over to the P&W detailing section who said that they will fill the tank, clean it up, and then my salesperson, Tom Morgan of P&W said that there is NO way I can take delivery on that day. Instead, he arranged with their security to deliver the vehicle on the following day, Sunday, 02Nov08. Tom spent about 2-3 hours going thru all the controls with me, then he made me drive about 3-4 blocks - Tom was in the front passenger seat. Then handed me the vehicle with the spare electronic key.
    The following are my first impressions, and are RELATIVE to my driving experience on my 1987 Saab 900S stick shift (5speed).
    1. The 335xdrive is a quantum jump over my 1987 Saab. I have to get used to the power (Tom mentioned it to me), my 1987 was designed for the 1980-1990s, and back then, 55mph was the speed limit. As time went on, more powerful vehicles came, and these drivers would show their frustration when they were behind me - my Saab simply didn't have the acceleration, and the other drivers would honk, pass, or sometimes shout at me in a rude way. Now, it is different, and I see a distance behind me and vehicles behind me. The 335xdrive acceleration is awesome.
    2. I find it EASY to be over the speed limit, and risk a speeding ticket. The speedometer is not divided at mid-speeds, e.g., 55, 65, 75. I promised myself that I will not speed, and I find that I am PISSING off other drivers because I drive at the speed limit. I drive on the Penna Turnpike, and the speed drops to 40mph in some places with one lane only due to constuction, and I am in a lower gear keeping this speed, and pissing off drivers behind me. In any case, the speed fines are hefty.
    3. The driving difference is quite an experience, and find that the acceleration persists even in final (6th) overdrive - quite an experience. I find that I need to improve my shifting revs in 1st and 2nd gears.
    4. The manual transmission in the 335xdrive is like silk, and shifting is smoother than silk. The clutch pedal has a slightly longer travel, and needs getting some experience.
    5. The seat belt width can be wider by about 10% - gives a better "feel", but this could be a BMW design feature requirement, and therefore, it is fine.
    6. The windshield wipers are slim, and are held by somewhat broad links - I thought the links can be slimmer to not obstruct view when used.
    7. The headlights are awesome compared to the regular lights - my eyes dont strain when I drive.
    Well, these are the first impressions, and I need also to read the owner's manual - there are quite a lot of features.
    I will appreciate some feedback on the Extended Warranty feature (beyond the 4yr/50k). At the time of purchase, P&W offered this for an extra 2yr/100k (total: 6yr/100k), and said it is from BMW (I can go anywhere to any authorized BMW dealer), and said that costs usd2300 (P&W price), and the BMW price is usd2800. Also, P&W said that I have till end of Dec08 to buy this extended warranty.
    Has somebody looked into this Extended Warranty feature? Pros and Cons?
    Note: When I was watching the in-processing of my vehicle, one Senior Tech said something that I'd like to pass to others: This person said that some customers get every option/every feature in the BMW, and end up paying for all the extra features. Then, these customers drive the vehicle hard, and the first thing that show are the tires - they wear out faster. But these customers dont want or dont have the funds to get new tires because they are paying for all the extra features. Something to keep in mind.
    So, this are my first impressions. Also, I have always used 93octane gasoline in my 1987 saab, and I would get about 32mpg; the 335xdrive is lower, and I need to determine this (need to average some trip data). Also, the senior tech at P&W told me to NOT use cruise control for the first 1200 miles, not exceed 4500rpm for 1200 miles, and I am driving at posted speed limits.
    If I have any more info, I will write again. I will appreciate some feedback on the Extended Warranty.
    Many thanks, and this is a great site to read and post.
    Best regards to all, vizag777, 08nov2008
  3. vizag777
    10-05-2008 07:26 AM
    vizag777
    This is from VIZAG777; joined recently, and promised to share my experiences: 05 Oct 2009
    I placed my order (also paid a deposit of USD500.00) for a 2009 335xdrive: sedan (4dr), Options selected: metallic black sapphire, and the cold weather package. No other options selected, and everything else is standard; e.g., 6spd manual shift.
    Background: I did my homework, and thanks to Bimmerfest, I had the information on the wholesale prices (also called invoice prices). I made my choices, and secured my loan approval from my FI (financial institution). I dont want, dont need (cant afford, either) all the other options; I was keen on the xdrive because I drive in snow conditions. With homework done & my limitations determined, I gave my contact info to DEALIX and another similar outfit to contact me in my area; there is a local BMW dealer in my town. The next day, Sales Manager, P&W Foreign Cars, Pittsburgh, PA contacted me; we clarified that it is MY2009 (not 2008), and I was then contacted by Tom Morgan of P&W. cell phone: 412-841-9159). After a half hour discussion on the phone where we confirmed my options/choices, Tom emailed me a pdf attachment with a COMPLETE breakdown/itemization of each and every cost, and included USD1K over invoice. The breakdown included price for PA state tax (Allegheny County residents need to pay 1.0% additional), down to PA tire tax (=USD5.00), etc. I checked Tom's invoice numbers against Bimmerfest invoice prices, and every invoice itemized cost from Tom matched exactly. NOTE: the MACO and Training fees are included as additional invoice cost items; I held a brief discussion with Tom over this, and Tom said that there is NO alternative to avoiding the MACO and Training Fee: I have to pay them. BTW: the Training Fee is seen on the Bimmerfest invoice listing. I confirmed the transaction with a deposit of USD500.00; the vehicle is expected at P&W in 3-4 weeks.
    Tom Morgan full contact info: CELL: 412-841-9159; DESK: 412-682-4800, x230; Fax: 412-682-3706; tom.morgan@pandwforeigncars.com; www.pandwbmw.com; Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    I must add that Edmunds is slow in putting out their invoice prices for MY2009 BMW 3 series, and when I finally found them at their (Edmunds) site, the invoice prices from Edmunds matched exactly with Tom's invoice numbers (they also matched Bimmerfest invoice info). The entire transaction with Tom took about half hour in a very professional manner, no pressure, no hidden costs: I have a complete list of the costs, and my deposit is now credited on the P&W Buyer's Order that I have with me now and need to send to my FI.
    I met Tom yesterday (Sat, 04 Oct 2008) at P&W to collect my papers, and if this experience is of any info, please contact Tom and P&W; I have no hesitation in recommending them. Tom mentioned that out-of- PA state transactions will also be done, except that the customer needs to pay for transporation to customer destination; I would presume that any insurance for this transportation will be at customer cost.
    I hope the above info helps. With best regards to everybody at Bimmerfest, VIZAG777, 05 Oct 2008.
  4. vizag777
    10-05-2008 06:06 AM
    vizag777
    This is from VIZAG777; joined recently, and promised to share my experiences: 05 Oct 2009
    I placed my order (also paid a deposit of USD500.00) for a 2009 335xdrive: sedan (4dr), Options selected: metallic black sapphire, and the cold weather package. No other options selected, and everything else is standard; e.g., 6spd manual shift.
    Background: I did my homework, and thanks to Bimmerfest, I had the information on the wholesale prices (also called invoice prices). I made my choices, and secured my loan approval from my FI (financial institution). I dont want, dont need (cant afford, either) all the other options; I was keen on the xdrive because I drive in snow conditions. With homework done & my limitations determined, I gave my contact info to DEALIX and another similar outfit to contact me in my area; there is a local BMW dealer in my town. The next day, Sales Manager, P&W Foreign Cars, Pittsburgh, PA contacted me; we clarified that it is MY2009 (not 2008), and I was then contacted by Tom Morgan of P&W. cell phone: 412-841-9159). After a half hour discussion on the phone where we confirmed my options/choices, Tom emailed me a pdf attachment with a COMPLETE breakdown/itemization of each and every cost, and included USD1K over invoice. The breakdown included price for PA state tax (Allegheny County residents need to pay 1.0% additional), down to PA tire tax (=USD5.00), etc. I checked Tom's invoice numbers against Bimmerfest invoice prices, and every invoice itemized cost from Tom matched exactly. NOTE: the MACO and Training fees are included as additional invoice cost items; I held a brief discussion with Tom over this, and Tom said that there is NO alternative to avoiding the MACO and Training Fee: I have to pay them. BTW: the Training Fee is seen on the Bimmerfest invoice listing. I confirmed the transaction with a deposit of USD500.00; the vehicle is expected at P&W in 3-4 weeks.
    Tom Morgan full contact info: CELL: 412-841-9159; DESK: 412-682-4800, x230; Fax: 412-682-3706; tom.morgan@pandwforeigncars.com; www.pandwbmw.com; Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    I must add that Edmunds is slow in putting out their invoice prices for MY2009 BMW 3 series, and when I finally found them at their (Edmunds) site, the invoice prices from Edmunds matched exactly with Tom's invoice numbers (they also matched Bimmerfest invoice info). The entire transaction with Tom took about half hour in a very professional manner, no pressure, no hidden costs: I have a complete list of the costs, and my deposit is now credited on the P&W Buyer's Order that I have with me now and need to send to my FI.
    I met Tom yesterday (Sat, 04 Oct 2008) at P&W to collect my papers, and if this experience is of any info, please contact Tom and P&W; I have no hesitation in recommending them. Tom mentioned that out-of- PA state transactions will also be done, except that the customer needs to pay for transporation to customer destination; I would presume that any insurance for this transportation will be at customer cost.
    I hope the above info helps. With best regards to everybody at Bimmerfest, VIZAG777, 05 Oct 2008.

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