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New generation 3 series...?

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I was just wondering if anyone knew when bmw is going to put out a new generation 3 series? I saw a pic of the new 7 series, looks nice but is the 3 series due for a new body style too? Also, is there a set amount of years that bmw introduces new body styles?

thanks for any info

Jin
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The next-gen 3 will be a 2006 MY available in Late 2005.
I've also herd a release of 2004-as a 2005 model. Where did you get that info?
JPinTO is correct. 2005 Sedan, 2006 Coupe.
Can anyone have pics of the new generation 3 series that will be released in 2005 then?
There are no pics available yet that I'm aware of. It is still too soon.

In the meantime, enjoy the current design. Such a beauty! :D

--SONET
It is truly a beauty, but I was just curious if i should spend extra $ on upgrades on my current one or just save the $ for a trade when the new generation comes out or not. Can anyone confirm that the new generation will be released in 2004 for the 2005 model?

thanks
You can trust Alex when it comes to these matters. If anyone knows, it's him. :thumb:

I'm growing suspicious that he has little cameras mounted in the conference rooms at BMW headquarters. :lmao:

--SONET
Just wanted to add.. you could always start saving now so you can get the M3/4 in what... 2008? ;)

Has the waiting list started for that one yet?

--SONET
Trust me... it's 2005 release for MY 2006. So you are looking at a 3 1/2 year wait!

#1. That's a long time to be waiting.

#2. If you add another year for debugging with a new model (like I do) rather than be the guinea pig, then you are looking at a 4 1/2 year wait.
Jinky206 said:
It is truly a beauty, but I was just curious if i should spend extra $ on upgrades on my current one or just save the $ for a trade when the new generation comes out or not. Can anyone confirm that the new generation will be released in 2004 for the 2005 model?

thanks
Don't mean to be rude, but NOBODY would have that type of advanced info. If someone has that type of information, someone in BMW AG should really be fired. There's so much industrial espionage going on, from one car manu. to another to get a leg up on their competition that prototype information isn't usually released, even within the company, until the cars go on the production line.

What I can say, is one of the concepts submitted by DesignWorks U.S.A. that MAY have been on display looks extremely promising, and that if that model does get designed and produced, I may be trading in my coupe in another 5 years.
Jinky206 said:
It is truly a beauty, but I was just curious if i should spend extra $ on upgrades on my current one or just save the $ for a trade when the new generation comes out or not. Can anyone confirm that the new generation will be released in 2004 for the 2005 model?

thanks
Hehe, I thought nobody has noticed them :D

BTW, all joking aside, Hack is absolutely right. There is no single bit information on the next 3-Series available yet

On the other hand, the new 5 Series is cruising around Munich rite now but that's all. We haven't even seen sketches or drawing of the 'new' 3 Series. And we even don't know if they are going to be called '3' ;)
SONET said:
I'm growing suspicious that he has little cameras mounted in the conference rooms at BMW headquarters.
Alex.... give him the real goods! You've got spy photo's of the 2006 E56 buried in your PC don't you??? Fess up! :lmao:
Alex Baumann said:


Hehe, I thought nobody has noticed them :D

BTW, all joking aside, Hack is absolutely right. There is no single bit information on the next 3-Series available yet

On the other hand, the new 5 Series is cruising around Munich rite now but that's all. We haven't even seen sketches or drawing of the 'new' 3 Series. And we even don't know if they are going to be called '3' ;)
I wouldn't wait for the new 3 Series

4.5 years is an ETERNITY in automotive time. The program could be pushed back a year, or two. It can be pulled ahead a year. The industry is so dynamic because of profit concerns or competition or quality issues or some tire explodes or some kid eats an airbag, whatever. Bottom line is, waiting for car changes is like timeing the stock market. You just never know...
Seven year life cycles are pretty much etched in stone at BMW.
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