drove 320 and got a good deal on 328
So a friend of mine was finally ready to get rid of his 2001 slk roadster that was falling apart on daily basis. He needed a commuter and was thinking of 320. We drove 320xdrive AT and came off somewhat disappointed. I might have had higher expectations for the car, but i found it underpowered. There were 3 adults in the car during the drive. I had my foot all the way down to the floor for most of the 15 min test drive and the response just was not there. Sport mode made very little difference. Maybe 328 spoiled me. Maybe it needed to be 6mt. He is not much into cars but did not like it either. So since he really likes driving my 328, but was looking to keep the payments low, i suggested 328rwd instead of xdrive.
What surprised me is that the dealer offered a rwd 328 from the lot for 1 k below the invoice. Adding 750 incentives and a promotion by dealership to pay 1st payment, he got the car at about 2100 below invoice! This was a 328 base , black metallic, premium, enhanced bluetooth, heated front seats. I think MSRP was about 42+. He paid down acq and doc fees, put 7 msds down and signed a lease for 370 a month for 10k a year. I believe its a very decent deal?
Few thoughts about test drive, steering on the new 320 xdrive seemed just a bit tighter and more precise than my 328 xdrive, july 2012 built. The 328 rwd also seemed like it steered a bit better, but that might be due to rwd. We took it home today, but I only drove it for a short while. I'll try to get more time in it over the next few weeks.
EDIT: As far as SLK trade in, we got what i expected on it, 4k. it had 125K miles on it and numerous mechanical issues, probably 1 to 2 k in repairs needed. So i don't think that was much of a factor on the lease? Any opinions?
Last edited by PK2348; 06-15-2013 at 10:59 PM.