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      07-17-2007, 02:55 PM   #1
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March '08 Deposits...

Hi all, new "potential" 1-series owner here - long story short: test drove the A4 and the VW GTI 2.0T yesterday (WOW), loved feel/tossability/accel of the GTI, thought I could get a similar experience with better looks and more refinement with 128i/135i coupe.

So... it's going to be hard enough to wait until March 08, I want it AS SOON AS its avail. here - any dealerships in your area taking deposits/pre-orders?

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      07-17-2007, 03:10 PM   #2
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i've sent emails to my local dealers asking ... one refuses to talk via email so i'll probably stop by later in the week. haven't heard back from the other.

i'm really surprised there hasn't been more enthusiasm for this car. i mean compared to the M3 forums it's kinda dead. for me, this car is just perfect. very excited!
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Dealers are taking deposits to get on the waiting list. The amount varies from one BMW Center to another. Usually with a min of $500 to a max of $1500. Some Centers are refundable deposits, while others are not. Obviously do not conduct business with the ones that are not refundable. I have heard of one Center that is refundable until the car hit status 150 (Production Started).
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      07-17-2007, 04:18 PM   #4
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Dealers are taking deposits to get on the waiting list. The amount varies from one BMW Center to another. Usually with a min of $500 to a max of $1500. Some Centers are refundable deposits, while others are not. Obviously do not conduct business with the ones that are not refundable. I have heard of one Center that is refundable until the car hit status 150 (Production Started).
Thanks for the info UltimateDriver - I just got off the phone with 3 local BMW dealers here in the NW and none of them have a waiting list. They all offered to send me information when it is available

One specifically said they are expecting 3-series-like allocation #'s for the 1's so there should be no shortage (waiting list not necessary).

Interesting note: Two dealerships told me they expect the 128i to start at $26k while the third just said "in the 20's"

Leads me to conclude that demand varies wildly based on which region you're in...
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      07-17-2007, 04:57 PM   #5
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dealers around my area are wanting $1000 .... so far refundable
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      07-17-2007, 06:21 PM   #6
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dealers around my area are wanting $1000 .... so far refundable
$500 would be fair
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Thanks for the info UltimateDriver.
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$500 would be fair
I agree so long as it is refundable. :wink: For BMW Centers not willing to take a deposit and simply take you name and number, I would request to leave a refundable deposit of $500, especially if this is the Center you are wanting to purchase from. Otherwise you will probably be SOL by April 2008.
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      07-17-2007, 09:24 PM   #8
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North American Launch date is March 22, 2008

Yup...
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      07-21-2007, 05:48 PM   #10
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I got my deposit down and I am just waiting to hear back from the dealer. Ready to order when they are ready to build me a car.
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yeah i ended up putting down $1000 for the 2nd spot @ my dealer here in atlanta.

really hoping to test drive the demo car before i have to place my order ... if possible.
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      07-21-2007, 07:49 PM   #12
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March 22, so prices are going to ready when, march 21st....BMW is really bad at price timing......so I just wait till it comes out...love bimmers but aint putting my money till I know....I can wait and it really looks like i'm leaning towards a 135...gonna buy mine thru Military sales..for my son who's going to colloge...
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      07-21-2007, 09:40 PM   #13
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yeah i ended up putting down $1000 for the 2nd spot @ my dealer here in atlanta.

really hoping to test drive the demo car before i have to place my order ... if possible.
Same here, I will like to see one in person and read a couple reviews before sealing the deal.
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Same here, I will like to see one in person and read a couple reviews before sealing the deal.
exactly, if it sucks i'll just get the 335i instead; however, i've got this feeling the 135i will be a hit.
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      07-22-2007, 02:36 AM   #15
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One specifically said they are expecting 3-series-like allocation #'s for the 1's so there should be no shortage (waiting list not necessary).

Interesting note: Two dealerships told me they expect the 128i to start at $26k while the third just said "in the 20's"

That's great news on supply..obviously we all hope BMW keeps their launch date. I wonder what the 135i will start at? ($$)
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Same here, I will like to see one in person and read a couple reviews before sealing the deal.
The L.A show it's not that far away
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      07-30-2007, 09:08 AM   #17
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yeah i ended up putting down $1000 for the 2nd spot @ my dealer here in atlanta.

really hoping to test drive the demo car before i have to place my order ... if possible.
$1,000 deposit, yeh i got the number one spot in el paso, :eyebulge: March 22, 2008:eyebulge:..really...thats is perfect. To hell with a test drive i know im gonna like it.:smile: when will they start pre-order.
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I would also make sure its refundable. I use to work at a dealer and every time a new car was launched, the first few buyers lost the most money. I guess thats the price to say "I got it first!!". I plan to wait a year or so after launch to see how the vehicle pans out. Still a fairly certain buyer though!
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I would also make sure its refundable. I use to work at a dealer and every time a new car was launched, the first few buyers lost the most money. I guess thats the price to say "I got it first!!". I plan to wait a year or so after launch to see how the vehicle pans out. Still a fairly certain buyer though!
Good point.

i am definetly a "i got it first" buyer. But, Ive been tracking this car for the past year. and so far i like it alot. And in the case i dont like it, ill just buy a 3 series:wink:
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      07-31-2007, 12:21 PM   #20
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I went to the BMW dealership my mom got her 528i at years ago. They aren't taking deposits on the car yet. They said they will be taking them some time in October.
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Woot! Apparently Fields BMW in Orlando IS taking deposits. My mom and dad went there to test a car for my mom. They mentioned the 1 series and how I was told they weren't taking pre-orders.

Now I'm 3rd on the list Not bad considering how late I got in the game. It was $1000 refundable deposit for anyone who may think of going to Fields. Also, the reason they told me they weren't taking deposits is because they were only putting peoples' names on a list, not taking money.

I've heard some bad things about them but I've never had a problem with them (other than this mishap.)
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