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Dismal 3er Sales

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The sales numbers for the 3er in August were among the lowest I have seen in years. Is it really a supply issue, or has the market been lukewarm to the redesign? Now, all other series' sales (other than the X's) were also pretty low which could be attributed to model year changeover/lack of inventory. However, the 3er (sedan at least) is a new model and should be firing on all cylinders.
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Probably because most of the dealer inventory are short 2 cylinders. :angel:
The sales numbers for the 3er in August were among the lowest I have seen in years. Is it really a supply issue, or has the market been lukewarm to the redesign? Now, all other series' sales (other than the X's) were also pretty low which could be attributed to model year changeover/lack of inventory. However, the 3er (sedan at least) is a new model and should be firing on all cylinders.
I shopped the new 3, didn't really care for it. The front end is very polarizing, didn't care for price (primarily options restrictions). Ended up buying a CPO 2011 model instead.

Was really hoping I'd like it, but was just too much money for a four cylinder with the options I wanted.
I don't think it's a bad car, but it gets expensive very, very quickly. i think it looks pretty good.

i have to say it, i remember my parents looking at fairly loaded new 300E in 1990 and it's sticker was 38,xxx. that car was a tank. but alas, that when a benz was a benz.

3's are getting really expensive. i'd consider an A4, but they certainly won't lease as well as a 3. i know the lack of xdrive, especially with people coming off of lease close to xdrive release has had to have an impact.

in snow country, RWD sucks. i don't care how many traction control gizmos and snows you put on, it's not awd.
Can you explain further? So people are ordering 335i's and there isn't enough supply? Or they are buying Infinitis and Lexuses instead?

Entry level Audi and Benz's both are 4 cylinder cars, so I don't think the issue is due to a 4 vs 6 issue.
Probably because most of the dealer inventory are short 2 cylinders. :angel:
It's a joke. ;)
Can you explain further? So people are ordering 335i's and there isn't enough supply? Or they are buying Infinitis and Lexuses instead?

Entry level Audi and Benz's both are 4 cylinder cars, so I don't think the issue is due to a 4 vs 6 issue.
Believe it or not, there are folks out there who unjokingly believe that BMW is losing significant sales, significant being percentage points and not individaul units, because of the 4 vs 6 issue.

I'm not one of them - but I'll keep an open mind to hard evidence to the contrary.
It's a joke. ;)
I'll be honest...it will be a cold day in hell when I buy a 4 cyl...unless its strapped to a Lotus.
Believe it or not, there are folks out there who unjokingly believe that BMW is losing significant sales, significant being percentage points and not individaul units, because of the 4 vs 6 issue.

I'm not one of them - but I'll keep an open mind to hard evidence to the contrary.
I have to agree with hugh 1850, I am just not interested in a 4 cyl. car. It is too much money to spend for that. I have driven an F30 328 and I like it better than the E9x 328. To me it felt like it was keeping up with what I wanted in terms of power, but it was pushing it self to the limit to do so. Like a runner who is sprinting and hyperventolating (at the same time) to try to keep up. The 335 power delivery feels like there is more where that came from and all you need in reserve. I'm sure it will work for many people, I just don't like it enough to spend my money on it. N4S
That just means you buy a 335i. It doesn't mean you don't buy a 3 series. I think the official line is supply constraints, and lack of AWD for the F30.
Anyone know the production numbers of 328 vs 335? I would suspect that the 328 makes up a larger percentage of 3 series made. Also, no new coupe - that has to be affecting sales with a pending redesign.

As for 4 cylinders... If i wanted a 4 cylinder - I would buy a Honda - they have more experience with 4 bangers anyway.

Hopefully they will continue to improve the sixes.
That just means you buy a 335i. It doesn't mean you don't buy a 3 series. I think the official line is supply constraints, and lack of AWD for the F30.
Obviously they will - why wouldn't they? They have so many vehicles and suvs using 6 cylinders, petrol and diesel, I doubt they would say they are done with development.
Hopefully they will continue to improve the sixes.
A 335i means a 3 series that costs $4k to $5k more. If 328i is too expensive already...
That just means you buy a 335i. It doesn't mean you don't buy a 3 series. I think the official line is supply constraints, and lack of AWD for the F30.
yea same thing here for the price you might as well go for the other models and the look was meh
I shopped the new 3, didn't really care for it. The front end is very polarizing, didn't care for price (primarily options restrictions). Ended up buying a CPO 2011 model instead.

Was really hoping I'd like it, but was just too much money for a four cylinder with the options I wanted.
As I understand it it is 80% 328 and 20% 335. N4S
Anyone know the production numbers of 328 vs 335? I would suspect that the 328 makes up a larger percentage of 3 series made. Also, no new coupe - that has to be affecting sales with a pending redesign.

As for 4 cylinders... If i wanted a 4 cylinder - I would buy a Honda - they have more experience with 4 bangers anyway.

Hopefully they will continue to improve the sixes.
Agreed, but will they eventually go to only 4 bangers in the smaller cars (1s and 3s)...???

We are already seeing signs of other makes doing away with 8's and offering only sixes and 4s... is it so hard to imagine the day will come when only 4s are available in the smaller cars?

i certainly hope i am long gone when that happens :cry: but with the feds cracking down on fuel economy its only a matter of time.
Obviously they will - why wouldn't they? They have so many vehicles and suvs using 6 cylinders, petrol and diesel, I doubt they would say they are done with development.
And will gas/oil eventually run out? There won't be any car that can run. I honestly think you're worrying too much about if's and when's.

As long as BMW is making a 6 cyl motor, I don't see any reason why they wouldn't put it in a 3 series. After all, they put all the development into the motor - how much extra is it to install it into another car? Now whether the public will pay that price is another matter, if gas gets expensive due to scarcity, say $20+/gallon.
Agreed, but will they eventually go to only 4 bangers in the smaller cars (1s and 3s)...???
There is an enormous amount of pressure for makers to have lineups that average the government required MPG on future models. In order to average out the V8s, they will have to bring up the MPG on the lower end models. I am not saying over night - I am just saying its not only a possibility but a probability - only time will tell.
And will gas/oil eventually run out? There won't be any car that can run. I honestly think you're worrying too much about if's and when's.

As long as BMW is making a 6 cyl motor, I don't see any reason why they wouldn't put it in a 3 series. After all, they put all the development into the motor - how much extra is it to install it into another car? Now whether the public will pay that price is another matter, if gas gets expensive due to scarcity, say $20+/gallon.
You're neglecting the Mini cars and also the "i" cars that are coming along. I'm sure BMW is a forward thinking as any other manufacturer.
Agreed, and the future is electric and 4 cylinders and hybrids. I am with you though... I hope you are right and I am wrong. In this case nothing would make me happier :)
You're neglecting the Mini cars and also the "i" cars that are coming along. I'm sure BMW is a forward thinking as any other manufacturer.
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