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Old 01-09-2005, 06:28 PM
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Not the last E46 325xiT, but close enough!

Just took delivery of my new 325xiT last Wednesday. Production date was 23 November 2004. My first BMW since a 2002 in the early seventies. Been in a VW or Audi product since a 1975 Scirocco. Last was a 1995 Passat GLX wagon(for sale if you want it!). The 325xiT is fantastic. The color combination is great too! Picked it up in the middle of a major snow storm. The dealer even closed about an hour after I left, the snow was so bad! Hate to get a new vehicle so dirty and messy like that on the virgin run, but that is what all wheel drive is for. The car handled great, I had to resist not passing people in a heavy snow! Even the OEM Michelin's seemed adequate. No problems I can find, but reverse seems a bit stiff to enter. I assume that will loosen up a bit. The roads are still a mess, so no photos yet as it is filthy, although maybe I'll snap a few anyways. Put a few lousy delivery photos on another thread here. After much research, I got a Cingular Motorola V551 bluetooth phone. Pairing was pretty simple. Address book exchanged (took a while), but seems to work great. I really wanted a CDMA phone for greater roaming coverage (got a place in rural Wisconsin with analog coverage only), but there is none yet that is fully bluetoothed with OBEX. I'll deal with this GSM for a while. This board has already been a great help, so thanks to all.
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Congratulations and welcome to the ultra-exclusive Touring Club!

Bad timing, though -- Bob just found an Orient Blue one. Otherwise you could've resold it immediately to him for $5,000 over what you paid!
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Old 01-09-2005, 08:58 PM
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Bad timing, though -- Bob just found an Orient Blue one. Otherwise you could've resold it immediately to him for $5,000 over what you paid!
Hey! I wasn't THAT desperate --- or maybe I was.

We'll have to compare photos! I pick mine up in the morning -- flying up to No Cal at "Oh-Dark-Thirty" to get it. Then it's driving 400+ miles home (what a shakedown run,eh?) trying to remember to vary the revs. Thence to get the nav retrofitted. Lotsa fun!
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Old 01-10-2005, 11:33 AM
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Hey! I wasn't THAT desperate --- or maybe I was.

We'll have to compare photos! I pick mine up in the morning -- flying up to No Cal at "Oh-Dark-Thirty" to get it. Then it's driving 400+ miles home (what a shakedown run,eh?) trying to remember to vary the revs. Thence to get the nav retrofitted. Lotsa fun!
Bob, congrats on your new 325xiT. Glad you got close to what you wanted. Maybe after you picked up the car in Northern CA. you detoured over Donner Pass to use the AWD. I heard they have a bit of snow there!
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Old 01-10-2005, 11:41 PM
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Bob, congrats on your new 325xiT. Glad you got close to what you wanted. Maybe after you picked up the car in Northern CA. you detoured over Donner Pass to use the AWD. I heard they have a bit of snow there!
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Oh NO! Although I have driven over Donner Pass in light snow.
I just wanted to get home withoug falling asleep -- Mission Accomplished.

Wow. that Orient Blue looks BLACK at night in the rain!
It's dark and raining -- photos will have to wait 'til tomorrow.
OB and Nat Brown Leather look great together!

I discovered that in 2004 the premiun pack apparently didn't include the lumbar support -- major problem, but probably fixable. The good news is that my back doesn't hurt more than usual after driving 425 miles.
Had the dealer install the Garage door opener and the auxiliary audio input. Coulda saved significant labour costs by installing them myself, but wanted the aux-in for the drive down, It helps keep me sane!

Let's see, must talk to the tech at Crevier BMW about the nav system retrofit, lumbar retrofit, and I need to check out the Bluetooth threads to see what I have to do to make it work.

Can you tell I'm just a little excited? And a whole lot tired!
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Had the dealer install the Garage door opener and the auxiliary audio input. Coulda saved significant labour costs by installing them myself, but wanted the aux-in for the drive down, It helps keep me sane!
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You're not kidding about the insane labor fee for the Aux input. $300+ to install a $39 part at my "Nor. Cal" dealer
. Made me reconsider just on principal I guess. I'm after the Pioneer Mp3 CD changer instead. BTW, big CONGRATS to both of you !
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You're not kidding about the insane labor fee for the Aux input. $300+ to install a $39 part at my "Nor. Cal" dealer
. Made me reconsider just on principal I guess. I'm after the Pioneer Mp3 CD changer instead. BTW, big CONGRATS to both of you !
Well, I made up for it a little by getting the 6-year/100k mile extended service for the "Bimmerfest Good Guys" price of $995 instead of the $1395 they were quoting me.

I want to get the garage door opener wired to a place that stays "hot" all the time. It's annoying to pull in the garage, shut the engine off, restart the engine, shut the garage door, then shut the engine off yet again. I know the dealer won't do that, but I have a little skill in that area. I've already located the wire to use! I'll put this in a DIY when I get to doing it.

I'm hoping that all I have to have done for the BT is reprogramming. I have the password with my car's papers. I suppose I ought to figure out all the key customizations that I want to have done and get that done at the same time. Hell, I don't even know what half of them are yet!

BTW, she got 25.3 mpg on her maiden voyage according to the trip computer. That was the run from Santa Nella to Ontario on the I-5.
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Old 01-11-2005, 05:01 AM
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Bob, sounds like a great initial drive! I believe our prodution numbers are 101 apart! Do you know the actual date of production?
Congratulations again!
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Old 01-11-2005, 08:25 AM
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Congrats. Welcome to the manual 325xit club!

Lets see some pics!

Here are some recent ones of mine with the birch trim and NB.
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Old 01-11-2005, 09:03 AM
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Nice cars both of you! Good to see you finally found one Bob!

uter, that nat brown and birch is the way it should have come from the factory -- looks great!
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Oxford and NB...we definately need to see pics! Who cares that it is dirty....
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Old 01-11-2005, 09:46 AM
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uter, that nat brown and birch is the way it should have come from the factory -- looks great!
Imagine trying to get Tulley BMW to order that for you
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I discovered that in 2004 the premiun pack apparently didn't include the lumbar support -- major problem, but probably fixable.
I special ordered lumbar on my '04 325iT -- the sticker said 450 list (and invoice was 410.) If you decide to do it after the fact, you may choose to do it for driver seat only to save labor cost (if not DIY.)

I took a quick look at the ETK and there is a page for "retrofit kit for lumbar", but it does not have a valid part number. More research required...

Congrats on the new touring and pics, please!
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Old 01-11-2005, 10:50 AM
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Imagine trying to get Tulley BMW to order that for you
Very true.
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Changed my 2002 (Oxford Green II) touring to a new one (Le Mans Blue) in September, I had them both for a week or so.

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Changed my 2002 (Oxford Green II) touring to a new one (Le Mans Blue) in September, I had them both for a week or so.

those are some nice looking wagons
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My Touring is just like everyone's, except I removed the roof rails, and installed a blackout grill surround with OEM chrome fins.

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Changed my 2002 (Oxford Green II) touring to a new one (Le Mans Blue) in September, I had them both for a week or so.

Oh my! LeMans Blue 330dT with M sport.... could I come look at it?

Or -- if that's too inconvenient, could I come admire the shadow it casts on the ground?

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I want to get the garage door opener wired to a place that stays "hot" all the time. It's annoying to pull in the garage, shut the engine off, restart the engine, shut the garage door, then shut the engine off yet again. I know the dealer won't do that, but I have a little skill in that area. I've already located the wire to use! I'll put this in a DIY when I get to doing it.
Congrats on the car -- oh, BTW, you don't have to actually restart the engine, just move key to position 1. (or pos 2?)
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I special ordered lumbar on my '04 325iT -- the sticker said 450 list (and invoice was 410.) If you decide to do it after the fact, you may choose to do it for driver seat only to save labor cost (if not DIY.)

I took a quick look at the ETK and there is a page for "retrofit kit for lumbar", but it does not have a valid part number. More research required...

Congrats on the new touring and pics, please!
Terry Kennedy did a retrofit of the lumbar kit:

http://www.tmk.com/lumbar/index.shtml
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Oh my! LeMans Blue 330dT with M sport.... could I come look at it?

Or -- if that's too inconvenient, could I come admire the shadow it casts on the ground?
You're welcome to come, but the price is that you have to clean in between the twin spokes of those 135M styling wheels! It's a real p.i.t.a. the gap is about 1/4 inch at the narrowest point.
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