May 16, 2013, 1:22 am
Originally Posted by Rocket_man
I signed up at the web site and got a confirmation for 14 May. I did not get a card in the mail, but have been on their mailing list in the past. The 328 is on my short list as is the Q50 and new IS. I loved my E46 coupe, test drove but passed on the E90, now I look forward to driving the new car. I understand it will not drive like the E46, but I'm older now and may not mind. After 14 May I guess I'll know. The e-mail invite did talk about the $1,000 credit, but also said it was a limited time offer, it didn't say how limited it is. I'm not looking to buy now so it may not help me at all.
Just a follow up after I attended this event....
- Signed up for 1100 on the 14th at Advantage BMW in Clear Lake, just down the street from me. Got there at 1103 and there were about 10 people ahead of me. Somehow I thought this was a little more 'by appointment' event vice a larger group event. I guess I either mis understood or just had my expectations too high.
- Registered (again) even though I had already registered on line. Like a lot of these drive events they have iPads and enter all this info, check your drivers license and put a wrist band on you.
- The event was being run by some temp BMW staff. They were not part of the dealer. They probably travel with the show. They brought a few cars with them. But the 3-series was not one of them... huh?
- I was there to drive the F30, but like I said the event folks didn't even bring one. The dealer had to use one of their cars and they only had ONE to drive. We sat in the dealership eating free munchies waiting for the one guy ahead of us who was driving the 3-series. We sat there for 45 minutes. I was getting pretty annoyed. My wife and I both took a day off from work to go and I was feeling like I wasted a vacation day. Free food aside I didn't expect to come to this event to sit for 45 minutes waiting to drive a car. I was set to walk away at 1 hr. Finally they came to get us since the car was available. Since it was a dealer car I had to go get my insurance before I could drive the car. Close to the 1 hr mark we finally got to drive a 328 with Premium and Nav.
- My expectation before the event was that I had a set time to drive the car for an extended period, but they gave me 15 minutes. No one came with us, but 15 minutes is really not a lot of time with the car. By this time I was so annoyed I was not very up to drive the car. Just my impressions if anyone on here is interested... I liked the N20 engine. It had plenty of power for me in Comfort and Sport (Eco was awful except maybe for highway cruising) and I didn't find it in anyway inferior to my old E46 in-line 6. The seats were terrible, could not get comfortable. I'm not large at all, but I hung over the left side of the seat, almost like the seat was not aligned with the steering wheel. No real side bolsters for a sport sedan. I was all over the seat.
- Brought the car back and asked if they had a 5 series. Finally got into a brand new 535 with 7 miles on it. This was another dealer car. We were the first drivers. The seats were wonderful, put those seats in the 3 series and my impression would be completely different. That car hauled a$$ but at $63K was not in my price range.
- Unfortunately the F30 did not stand up well to the memories of my E46 coupe. The E46 was a car that you wore, I always felt so connected to that car. I loved driving it. The F30 didn't affect me at all. I felt like I sat on this car, I didn't feel like I wore it. Sure the engine pulled but it just didn't seem to have that same excitement of the E46. These RF were a big improvement over the E90 I test drove several years ago. The car was fairly quiet.
- Lessons Learned for those going to this event...
- Arrive early. You will not be alone in your assigned time slot. Since they won't have many cars to drive, be there first to get in a car first.
- You can just walk in off the street and still register. They had three wrist bands... one for passengers, one for pre-registered drivers, and one for walk-ons. It seemed to be first-come first-served.
- Plenty of food to eat, that was nice. As I sat there eating it reminded me of the hours I spent there waiting on my E46 in the service bay...
- Don't count on there being many cars to drive. They had a 6 series, an X3, X5, one or two competitor cars but a fairly small selection of cars overall. We were there about 1.5 hrs and only drove 2 cars.
- You have to drive a car and fill out a post drive survey to get your $1,000 cert. You don't walk away with the cert, it is either mailed to you, or sent on-line. I don't actually have it. They told me it was good until Oct. Can't recall if he meant 1 Oct or THRU Oct. I'm assuming thru Oct. For me I won't be buying the F30, just couldn't get comfortable in it. There was nothing compelling about this car when I compare it to the E46. The 5-series I would get if I was in that market.
- Got a nice tote bag (for the wife) with a travel mug.
- I don't get the feeling they were very well organized. This may have been one of the first events this crew did. They seemed to be learning along the way.
- If it weren't for the $1K certificate a regular trip to the dealer for a test drive would have been better.
- This was definitely a marketing thing but never any sales pressure which was nice.
If you are going, adjust your expectations and just have some fun.