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Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) Yesterday, 01:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,438
Posted By Robert A
I keep wanting to like a Mercedes. But there's...

I keep wanting to like a Mercedes. But there's very little about their current generation that feels German and much more that feels very marketing driven. They seem to be moving into a "faux"...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 08-28-2014, 10:24 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 3,806
Posted By Robert A
Mine was in '08 when BMW was (very reluctantly)...

Mine was in '08 when BMW was (very reluctantly) willing to negotiate directly with me. They said they would do it ONLY because I hadn't entered into discussions with a dealer. I have heard from...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 08-28-2014, 10:11 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 3,806
Posted By Robert A
In my situation, there was no CPO because I...

In my situation, there was no CPO because I purchased the car directly from BMWFS. I was in a very unusual situation because my vehicle was way under allowed miles and I knew I'd have to pay...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 08-27-2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 947
Posted By Robert A
I have no technical knowledge, but if was bad for...

I have no technical knowledge, but if was bad for the transmission, why would BMW provide so many opportunities for the driver to easily engage in manual shifts?
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 08-27-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 947
Posted By Robert A
Okay, fair enough. There are a lot of old wives...

Okay, fair enough. There are a lot of old wives tales out there, probably dating back many decades.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 08-27-2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 947
Posted By Robert A
Transmissions are designed to last longer than...

Transmissions are designed to last longer than brakes. Besides, who do you know that had to replace a transmission due to routine downshifting?
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 08-27-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 947
Posted By Robert A
I don't know why it's bad technique. I drive on...

I don't know why it's bad technique. I drive on city streets, not racetracks.

I manually downshift my automatic ALL the time because I'm used to driving a manual and that's how I have always...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 08-26-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 643
Posted By Robert A
If there was a RWD version of this car with a MT...

If there was a RWD version of this car with a MT option, I'd be all over it.
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - Current) 08-25-2014, 10:05 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 12,303
Posted By Robert A
I recommend you call Jon Shafer and see what he...

I recommend you call Jon Shafer and see what he can do.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 08-25-2014, 03:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 643
Posted By Robert A
Realize that the F31 328i weighs almost the same...

Realize that the F31 328i weighs almost the same as the 535i in RWD trim. I would have liked an F31 myself but I couldn't get past the weight issues nor the cost, given the overall package.
Forum: Ask-A-Dealer 08-25-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 309
Posted By Robert A
Insurance companies should pay you enough to buy...

Insurance companies should pay you enough to buy a replacement vehicle of the same like, kind and condition, less the deductible. In other words, a 1 year old BMW 335i M Sport for a 1 year old BMW...
Forum: Ask-A-Dealer 08-25-2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 152
Posted By Robert A
There's a service bulletin on the bolster, at...

There's a service bulletin on the bolster, at least for the Comfort seats. It makes a horribly embarrassing sound but your dealer should know how to fix it.

You do not have to pay for wheel...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 08-25-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 3,806
Posted By Robert A
A new pink slip is issued reflecting the change...

A new pink slip is issued reflecting the change in ownership. There's some Revenue and Taxation code section regarding the VLF for customers who buy out their leases.

I want to point out that I...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 08-25-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 3,806
Posted By Robert A
No. I was referring to the annual DMV fee (I...

No. I was referring to the annual DMV fee (I think it's 0.65% of vehicle value). Sales tax is always based on the actual cash price (in your example, 55%).
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 08-24-2014, 02:35 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 3,806
Posted By Robert A
One thing worth pointing out is that used cars...

One thing worth pointing out is that used cars are generally taxed at the price they are bought for, used. The exception is with leases. If you buy your car out of a lease, the DMV does not assign...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 08-24-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 3,806
Posted By Robert A
But the portion based on value is very low on a...

But the portion based on value is very low on a car that old.
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 08-24-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 3,806
Posted By Robert A
On the grand scale of things, it doesn't add up...

On the grand scale of things, it doesn't add up to that much money, particularly in comparison to sales tax. It could be $400-$500 on a relatively new BMW and it scales back as the car ages. ...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 08-22-2014, 11:06 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 3,806
Posted By Robert A
Furby, you are correct, my experience is...

Furby, you are correct, my experience is anecdotal. It's one data point (or rather 5, since I've owned five of them). And I freely acknowledge it. But one can also hedge against unexpected repairs...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 08-21-2014, 04:41 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 3,806
Posted By Robert A
I do a lot of short urban driving, many cold...

I do a lot of short urban driving, many cold starts, etc. I don't accumulate a lot of miles but the driving is still hard on the car.

My second E30 had problems with the ignition system. It...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 08-21-2014, 04:11 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 3,806
Posted By Robert A
Perhaps, but I haven't needed very many of them...

Perhaps, but I haven't needed very many of them in 30+ years of BMW ownership. I kept nearly all the cars in sig below for six to nine years and I never had a major repairs. Not to say there isn't...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 08-21-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 3,806
Posted By Robert A
There's no way to strategize for this because you...

There's no way to strategize for this because you cannot predict in advance what kind of negotiating ability you will have at the end of the lease.

Later, when you know the actual buyout...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 08-21-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 3,806
Posted By Robert A
Let's recall that the OP's question pertained to...

Let's recall that the OP's question pertained to negotiating the buyout of his leased car, not the outright purchase of a brand new one. Leasing first and then buying out under favorable terms can...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 08-20-2014, 10:45 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 3,806
Posted By Robert A
I don't know that your statements are quite fair...

I don't know that your statements are quite fair or accurate, at least in my experience.

Post-lease ownership costs for my 530i were less than $300/month. Repair costs were maybe $400 TOTAL for...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 08-20-2014, 05:00 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 3,806
Posted By Robert A
True. But the question is whether you are fairly...

True. But the question is whether you are fairly compensated for the risk and quality associated with an older car. In my case, I was. But not all deals work out quite as well as mine did.
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Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 08-20-2014, 03:57 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 3,806
Posted By Robert A
BJ's argument is basically correct if you wind up...

BJ's argument is basically correct if you wind up buying out the car for the residual, because the residual is an inflated value created by BMW to incentivize new car leases.

OTOH, your argument...
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