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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 02-06-2005, 06:21 AM
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The 'Executive Edition' is a deal... is it?

Special 325 version in Canada only.

Includes Sunroof, 17", electrical seat w/memory, metallic paint

43100$CAD (10% less than a built 325i with packages)
3.5% lease 39 mo
62% residual

For a monthly payment less than a TSX (but misses some equiments).

On the other hand, will the E90 be that more expensive, with an higher residual value?
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Old 02-07-2005, 05:22 PM
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What bothers me most is that 3 years ago, you could purchase most cars in Canada for cheaper than in the USA. Now a 30% increase in the exchange rate swapped this situation. For cheaper than this in the USA, I could get a 330.

I doubt that in 39Mo, a E90 325i will worth more than 62%, right? So its residual sounds very fair to me. Anyway, I computed the values with a 6% interest rate at MRSP (E90), and it would be 686$ instead of 525$.

Anybody from Canada in the same process?
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Old 02-12-2005, 01:12 PM
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I don't actually think this is a brilliant deal. Don't get me wrong it's OK, but you have to want all the equipment they're throwing in. Otherwise you're better off getting a car with either the Premium or Sport. Remember, the equipment is a bit hit and miss, since it chucks in a couple of things from Prem, and the Sport steering wheel together with 7x17 rims (Sport has 8x17 44s and 225/45 summer tires, which this package doesn't). Plus you're limited as to colour and options. This assumes they're even allowing people to order E46s still in Canada. My wagon has both fortunately, but I also bought mine used (6 mos. old, only $40k, with Leather (2400) too!). The lease deal is pretty good though, but I would also point out they're offering the same deal on X3s, 5s and X5s. My mother signed herself up for an X5 lease deal this way just recently.

Bottom line: I love my E46 but the Executive deal isn't really a bargain, just a way to get a bit of extra equipment for a slightly lower price. Want a bargain? Buy a nearly-new E46, if you look hard enough there are some excellent deals (but no lease deal obviously).
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Old 02-12-2005, 04:47 PM
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Don't get me wrong it's OK, but you have to want all the equipment they're throwing in. Otherwise you're better off getting a car with either the Premium or Sport
Again, with Sport and Superior packages, the price would be 47100$ instead of 43100$. With 3.5% interest rate, I don't see any point of buying used.
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Old 02-14-2005, 04:18 PM
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I don't believe you can legally purchase a new car in Canada and bring it to the states. I would also think that it is similar from the states to Canada. I know there was a law inacted in 1970. It may no longer be true.
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I am new to leases. with this special on executive editions is it still a good deal to get it but have 24 months?

Thanks in advance.

I think the residual is 30,700 and price is 44500

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Old 05-02-2005, 03:09 PM
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No, it isn't according to my spreadsheet; the monthly cost will increase by 100$CAD. But you'll possibly save a set of tires, but it is not sure.
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