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Old 12-30-2011, 06:15 AM
retiredgi retiredgi is offline
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Advice for future purchase

Longtime lurker, 1st post.

Just retired from the Army, and after years of driving "hooptie's", I've decided to treat myself.

Since I'm not a previous BMW owner, advice from this forum of experts is greatly appreciated.

Something about me before my question: By nature, I am very cost conscious before making any purchase. That being said, when making a big ticket item purchase, I have no problem shelling out the extra dough to go from "basic" to "loaded".

Here goes:

328i with my desired configuration: $35,500


335i with my desired configuration: $40,900

Extras w/ 335i:
- Auto dimming rear view mirror
- Power seats
- Lumbar Seats
- Auto high beams
- Moonroof
- Xenons
- Inline 6

I'm leaning towards towards the 335i as a better value. In particular, I prefer xenons and inline 6. Really don't care about the other stuff.

I refuse to pay BMW $3600 for ZPP just to get the xenons for an additional $900 on the 328i. Doing that would almost make the price identical to the 335i.

Fuel mileage: Yes, I care. But a miniscule difference won't scare me off the inline 6.

So, save myself $5400 and go with the 328i (live without 335 extras listed above), or...pan out the extra bones for the 335i?

I could go either way, just want the best bang for my buck.

Thanks in advance for your comments.
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