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      07-15-2008, 08:51 PM   #1
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Post your vendor/dealer/seller reviews up here!!!

The single thread idea was getting to be a large, unruly, and tangled mish-mash of difficult to search experiences. We got a great suggestion for this new sub-forum...

So.. here y'all go. Same rule apply here as everywhere else. You can gripe about vendors, but please site experiences to back up your opinion. Also, no name calling, which I know you fine, upstanding 1addicts are far above doing anyway.
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      02-09-2009, 09:03 AM   #2
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US BMW Military Sales (Bavarian Motor Cars). Service

Here is an email on the service I received from Mike Calton with Bavarian Motor Cars. I placed my order whilst serving in Iraq. I have referred several customers his way. First time I met him was in Germany when taking delivery of my new car. I am one of the few customers who get to meet him, as mainly his business is over the internet with serving memebers world wide
who take delivery of their car at a US Port.

From: Jimmy Olson [mailto:jimmy.olson@]
Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2008 3:51 PM
To: Jeff D
Subject: Re: Assistance

Mr. D,
I purchased my car through Mike Calton while deployed to Iraq which in itself add to complication, However Mike made this the easiest and
least stressful car buy I have ever experienced. I have bought several new cars face to face in dealerships and I truly believe that buying over
the Internet is the easiest experience as its hard to be intimidated, not that Mike would ever do this, but Im sure you have been to a dealership
and felt the pain of dealing with a new car salesman.

The process is very simple and easy. You pick what you want or even close to what you want initially. Once you have decided you tell Mike and you arrange
the initial fee for whichever car you decide to buy to get the car to start building. I ordered a 2009 and I think I started in Mid July so I had much more room
for changes due to my car didnt start build until Sept 1st. After you nail down everything you want I would suggest arranging the financing or paying the car
outright as soon as possible so you dont have to deal with that later down the road and once the car is built it can be picked up immediately.

I would not trade this experience for anything. Mike is a very smart and motivated guy on Minis and BMWs. I was bouncing back and forth on either the M3 or the
550i. I had never driven either but have a friend that owns an M3. Mike sent me info on both cars and gave me his opinion. The best part is I truly feel he
led me to the proper car for me and believe it or not the M3 I was considering was probably going to cost the same if not more than the 550i I ordered.

Also Mike is like a personal assistant through the whole process not just a Salesman in my opinion. Anytime I had a question I shot him an email and I can tell you
Im not an easy person to please when buying a car. I sent more than 50 emails pertaining to the car and Mike always had an answer whether it was what I wanted to hear
or not which means Mike does not do lip service. He tells you how it is.

I hope this helps you in easing your concerns on buying a car overseas. I would do it again and gain if the opportunities present themselves again.

James Olson

-----Original Message-----
From: Jimmy Olson []
Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2008 5:46 PM
To: Mike Calton, Bavarian Motor Cars GmbH, Military Sales
Subject: 550i

Id just like to thank you for steering me towards the 550i. I still every now and again think I wanted the M3 more but the 550i is by far the
better all around car. Its bigger more luxurious and I dare say much better looking, at least to me. It would have been a chore piling three kids
in the back of an M3 for jaunts down the road. Maybe when the wife inherits the 550 I will go with an M3, who knows. For now I will enjoy
everyone telling me, to include the local dealers, that I own their favorite BMW.

You are an exceptional BMW salesman and if its possible for me to buy through you again even if Im in the states I would do it in a blink of
an eye. Once again thank you for the true BMW buyers experience and making it the least painful car buy in my life.


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      05-16-2010, 06:41 PM   #3
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really bavarian huh? because as of right now they are the worst dealership ive ever had to deal with PM me for details but as of right now i could not recommend them to anyone!!!
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      10-11-2011, 10:39 PM   #4

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i have a bmw 135i oem intercooler in perfect conditon please email me if interested 350 aud $
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      04-15-2023, 12:48 AM   #5
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I responded to an ad on Facebook Marketplace for my dream car for $8,500 but they didn't respond. A few days later an ad went up with the same car for $10,500. When I messaged and asked why they changed the price she responded immediately that that car was worth way more than $8,500, that $10,500 was the correct price. Before I purchased the 2012 BMW 135i Convertible, I specifically asked Tasheena Guidry if there were ANY mechanical or cosmetic issues and she said NO! That the car was perfect. When signing paperwork she pretends to look for title on her desk when she knew she didn't have it. She promised to mail it the next week and it's 4 months later with no attempt on her part to even start the title process. She also told me that they had trailered the BMW to deliver it to the dealership for me to pick up. I thought that was odd but now I know why. They were scared they may not make it. I now have proof they bought the car for 8k less than she sold it to me for. The CONDITION listed as STATIONARY (with engine problems does not move) and alsolisted WITH MECHANICAL PROBLEMS. The first week the car started running hot and I noticed an entire part completely missing. The front air intake duct NOT EVEN THERE. None of the parts toward windshield were even attached. They also cut off all the computer warning lights. It needs an engine, engine mount, radiator and who knows what else. I paid $10,700 cash for a piece of junk. When I contacted to Tasheena Guidry she was rude and denied everything. Everything that woman has told me was a lie. Do not buy anything those people are selling!!!! Now that she knows im going public she decides to send me a photo of a title with my car info on it. It's in a man's name in Mobile, AL. All their reviews that I have found online have been horror stories just like mine!! Not one single good review for Alboet Motor Sports!!!
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