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Old 05-05-2005, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by jotarver
If indeed the 2006 model year change over will officially take place on October 1st, when do you suppose an order can be placed for a 2006 M3? Does anyone know when the dealers will be given the 2006 option list?
You can place an order with a dealer who is willing to accept that order at any time. The dealer will not, in turn, order the car from BMWNA until he has an allocation. Allocations are made available a month at a time to dealers just a month+ before the production month.

Of course, the earlier that you order the car, the less certain you (or the dealer) may be about details of the order. In other words, BMW could discontinue a color or option or add a new one.

However, MY2006 is the last year for the E46 M3 and normally there are few changes near the end. I think it's even quite possible that prices will carry over unchanged as well.

You need to structure the deal to give you and the dealer some flexibility. For instance, you figure out what 2005 car you want now and walk into the dealership to order that car. The documentation lists colors, options, etc., but you can change those at any time up until just before the car is actually built.

The price is also slightly tricky. If you both agree to MSRP, then you pay more if the price goes up and less if it goes down (...yeah, right!) Or you might agree to wholesale PLUS $2,000 or MSRP less $1,500 plus options at wholesale. If you want to order early, you're probably going to have to make some kind of accomodation for the uncertainty.

While model year changeover is when these questions come up most, really stuff can happen anytime. BMW makes changes all the time...mostly little ones that few people notice. A different fastener at some place under the hood, etc. And if you've got your heart set on Silver Gray metallic and they drop the color, ouch! You scramble to find a second choice.
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