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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 08-04-2005, 07:01 PM
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I use to live in Evanston, IL couple years back and really felt that my bimmer was to some point quite a standout. Ever since I moved here to the bay area, (I live where all the damn dotcoms are) I have totally felt blended in with my E46. It just so seems that E46's are the norm car around here cuz they are freaking everywhere. Still love my car though.
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Old 08-04-2005, 07:08 PM
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i see atleast 3 bmws a day both my neighbors have BMW 5 series, and a guy across the street from me has an M3, surrounded by bimmers
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Old 08-04-2005, 09:29 PM
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In Munich, I see them quite a bit. In New York, not as prevalent as Munich but probably a few dozen per day.
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Old 08-05-2005, 02:59 AM
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I live in Bellevue as well - I work indirectly for a large local computer company and I sometimes have to identify my car via the License Plate, when I come out to the parking lot. Or I see that the guy/gal at the stoplight next to me is in the same exact car.

It's kinda funny.

It was pretty much the same thing when I had an Audi, but not to this extent.

When I lived in the NYC - Philly corridor, I would see a lot of BMWs too, but where I lived I think people favored Audis more than they do out here due to the snow.
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Old 08-05-2005, 05:24 AM
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Loads and loads of 'em.

[Trouble is, it's starting to include a few more E60 Tourings...not a pretty sight !]
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Old 08-05-2005, 11:04 AM
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I couldn't possibly count them, but then again this is NY metro area and I have a 30 mile commute. As somebody else said, my garage has more bimmers than a dealer lot (I think something like 30-40% of the cars). I don't see a 6 that often, but I see 7s every day for sure, and tons and tons of 3s and 5s. Actually, no offence to SoCal but when I was in San Diego/LA in Feb for a week the bimmers on the streets were way less than what I see here.
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Old 08-05-2005, 02:06 PM
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i live in orange county, so nothing more needs to be said.

that said, 90% of the bmw's i see are 325i. either that or the 525i
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Old 08-11-2005, 04:45 PM
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Here in Ca I see a lot of em, probably 9 at least, and they are mostly M3s
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Old 08-11-2005, 06:38 PM
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40, 50 maybe more. Lots of 3 and 5 series mainly sedans. Also tons of Mercedes, Audis. I drive about 30 miles one way into DC. They seem almost as common as Toyotas around here.
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Old 08-11-2005, 07:43 PM
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flashing bmw drivers in 1972

My father had a 1972 BMW bavaria ($2,700) we so rairly saw other BMWs that when we did, we flashed our bright lights.

In 1978 it was trashed and we got a great 320i that we flashed at other BMWs utnil it became a full time job.
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