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Old 10-20-2012, 03:40 PM
dasspock dasspock is offline
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Location: Iowa
 
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Mein Auto: 2013 X3 28i
Rookie with X3 purchase questions

Hello. I was hoping to get a little guidance regarding my next car purchase. I suspect this will be the first of many BMWs (wife wants a 3-series).

I've looked at all of the SUVs: acura, audi q5, bmw x3, cadillac, infiniti, lexus, and volvo. Narrowed it down to audi q5 and bmw x3....and after driving these two multiple times, it wasn't much of a contest, the x3 wins.

I had a couple of questions before I purchase:

1. MSRP of my config is approximately $46,000. Invoice around $42,300. I've read/heard paying $500-1000 above invoice is about right, but does this hold true with BMW's vehicles?

2. Is the replacement run flat tire package worth considering? I've read about some horrific experiences with these tires in terms of life and replacement cost.

3. Any experience with the following dealers: Cedar Rapids, IA, Des Moines, IA, Davenport, IA, Peoria, IL

4. If I hit the park button on the gearshift while in transit, will it completely destroy my transmission?

Thanks in advance for any information provided.
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