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      03-24-2008, 06:09 PM   #1
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BMW of Tulsa not to receive any manual transmission 1-series

I've been playing phone/email tag with my salesperson at BMW of Tulsa. Today I told him I'd like to come testdrive a 1-series when they receive a manual-transmission demo.

I'm pretty particular about my vehicles, and before I dump down 40k on a new car, I want to make sure I like the transmission. I think it's an intregal part to the driving experience, and I won't order another car again without first test driving a model similar to what I am to receive. (We ordered an Altima coupe 3.5 w/ the six speed, and while it isn't horrible, I think in retrospect we would have ordered the CVT.)

THEY AREN'T GOING TO RECEIVE ANY!!!! AUGH!!! :eyebulge::eyebulge:
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      03-26-2008, 01:20 AM   #2
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ya know what? The dealer I went to here in AZ said the same thing! They said manual cars "dont sell".
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      03-26-2008, 12:40 PM   #3
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Same here. My CA didn't know if they will ever get any 135i's in with a stick for me to test drive.

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      03-26-2008, 10:55 PM   #4
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I am lucky that I make it to Dallas/Houston/OKC often enough that I can just test drive one when I'm down there.

I think I'd much rather buy from Autobahn in Dallas anyway.
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      04-21-2008, 02:39 PM   #5
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I read this thread because I'm originally from Ponca City, and drive through Tulsa to go too and from home...

So far, they have not received any manual 1ers here in Memphis either. I don't understand it. Reminds me of the small-town Honda dealer in Ponca, they would never order si's or manual ex's because "they don't sell." So all of my friends that wanted those cars had to buy them in Tulsa/OKC/Wichita...

I, personally don't have any concerns with the tranny, I'm already driving a 6-speed ZHP, and have driven other 6-speed BMW's. If I were ordering a 135i, I would order it and be done. However, in thinking I might drop down and just buy the 128i, it makes having a 6-speed to test drive more important. It should be similar in performance to my ZHP, but with an auto, I'm sure it will feel slow and not be nearly as lively...

Good luck, check OKC, Wichita and whatever is close to you in AR...
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      04-24-2008, 02:54 PM   #6
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Cars are ordered for the greatest common denominator. While "in stock" 1 cars will sell in a manual and should be ordered that way it's generally not the case with larger autos.

Remember the person that's likely to order a manual is likely to be picky on color/options too.
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