I suppose there's a 1st time for everything.
As some folks here know, I'm considering purchasing a pre-owned M3. I've looked at a few and taken some test drives. The other day, I received an email from an Audi dealership in the area from which I have purchased cars in the past and I noticed that they had two '11 S5 convertibles priced in the mid-$40s and with relatively low miles. So, yesterday I went to take a look...My attention gravitated to one that was fully loaded and had about 16K on the odometer. The salesman gave me the key and the moment I stepped inside the car I could tell that it had been a smoker's car. Not only have I never smoked, but my eyes and sinuses react severely whenever I am in the presence of any type of cigarette smoke...including residue. The salesman immediately acknowledged this condition when I remarked regarding the presence of cigarette smoke residue and said they could eliminate it. I happen to know that's virtually impossible. What was puzzling to me was that this car was being sold as a CPO from an Audi dealership and, because of the strong presence of smoke residue, it was hardly in "as" or "like" new condition. Appearance-wise, the car was immaculate. Anyway, curiosity satisfied! The S5 is nice, but the M3 is better...at least in my opinion. What was puzzling, and why I'm sharing my experience, is that this car was being marketed in the condition it was in. Having had some considerable experiences with German made convertibles, I know that such cars virtually seal like vaults and that smoke residue had permeated all the carpeting, leather, and plastic in that car.
Currently: 2015 Porsche 911 GTS and 2016 Cayenne S eHybrid
Past BMWs: `05 645CiC; `07 650i; `08 M6 convertible; '08 135i; `11 750ix MSport; `15 M235i convertible
Others: '11 Panamera 4S; '13 Boxster S; '13 911 C4
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