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      10-19-2020, 07:46 PM   #683
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Newbie to the forum....first BMW was a 2004 325xi. It was only 3 weeks old when someone backed up into the driver side and didn't leave a note. Next was a 2006 330i 6speed with sport package. Loved that car. Newest addition is 2021 M2comp, now I know what TRUE love is!!
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      10-19-2020, 08:13 PM   #684
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My very first car was a 1998 528xi in black. I miss the hydraulic steering... I don't miss the leaks and electrical failures, though. That said, it lasted over 15 years and 160k miles without any drivetrain issues. Its time was up when the A/C stopped working and wasn't worth fixing.

Next was a 2019 X5 xDrive40i in black. Big gap here... BMW really stepped up their interiors and tech with the G generation. Got backed into in a parking lot. Shortly after, it was crashed into while at the dealer for a wash... Mom said it was unlucky, swapped it for a 2020 in gray.

And my first car in my name, a 2020 330xi in mineral white. I was almost set on an LCI F30 340xi until I saw the mineral white in person. The G20 looks good in general, but MW is just beautiful. Photos don't do it justice. Better tech and strong lease deals helped, too.
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      10-19-2020, 10:20 PM   #685
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I learned to drive on my dad's 1997 mitsubishi mirage and that was going to be my first car until my mom totaled it.

Then my parents got a 2001 Elantra which was a heaping pile of crap but felt luxurious compared to the Mirage. The transmission would randomly get stuck on third gear and no mechanic could figure it out. Had to replace the O2 sensor a couple times. Got it with 35K on it. At 70K, the engine exploded and I traded it in for scrap metal which was approximately worth $190.

Then I graduated college and bought a 2015 2.0 Mazda 3 which was my favorite car experience. Drove it everywhere and put 80k+ on it. Might still have kept it but I lived in Philly for 4 years and parked it on the street. It got hit multiple times, with the worst hit making the passenger door hard to open and demolishing the entire side pretty much. Drove it like that for a while because it was a city car and wasn't worth the cosmetic repairs. Got 2k on a trade in and that was a fair deal I suppose. Still fun to drive and chuck around, just a step below a hot hatch.

Once I moved just outside of the city, I got the 2020 330i which is fantastic and I'm super duper happy with it. Such a badass car to whip around in.
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      10-20-2020, 07:26 PM   #686
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      10-21-2020, 10:08 AM   #687
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Really neat to see a bunch of E36 M3's on here. They really do make great first BMW's and M's.
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      10-21-2020, 11:20 AM   #688
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We stole this 01' 330ci for our/her fun weekend car almost 2 years ago, and then last October I picked up the 16' 235i.
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      10-21-2020, 12:49 PM   #689
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      10-21-2020, 01:04 PM   #690
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2012 335is Convertible was my first BMW that I ordered and I still have it.
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      10-21-2020, 01:47 PM   #691
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      10-21-2020, 03:31 PM   #692
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My first BMW was 2008 E90. New, black and handsome car. After that I had 2011 F25, 2016 F15 and now I drive 2021 G05. But long time ago, my first love, was 1991 Saab 9000 CD 2,3 turbo. It was the greatest car of all!
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      10-21-2020, 04:56 PM   #693
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In 2005 when I was 15 and looking at my first potential car I wanted a 2003 330ic Coupe soo bad, I just loved the way the kidney grilles looked with the blue and white badge on the front center of the hood. I knew nothing about cars back then or horsepower or anything, I saved some money and begged my parents (spoiled I know) to help me out in buying one my mom said yes but my dad didn't like buying used cars.

So instead I drove around my moms 04 explorer for a while then I bought a brand new 07 Sentra great car but i always wanted a BMW and envied all who had one. Fast forward to 2019 I pulled the trigger and bough a 435i f32 coupe and I couldn't be happier its the perfect entry level BMW sporty yet not over the top. I love the car everytime I sit down in the drivers seat I always think of how much I appreciate the car because I worked hard for it. I love all BMW's!...except the i4 lol
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      10-21-2020, 10:34 PM   #694
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I really loved my 2006 330i 6MT, extremely capable all around swiss army knife type car that could do it all, in style, with decent gas mileage.

Before I finally found my E90 M3, I began to look at 2006 Z4's equipped with the same engine/6MT as my 330i because it was so much fun to drive, I realized a convertible would increase fun exponentially.

Congrats on the M2 Comp; I drove one down at a BMW event in Spartanburg, and it was completely bonkers and insanely fun.

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Newbie to the forum....first BMW was a 2004 325xi. It was only 3 weeks old when someone backed up into the driver side and didn't leave a note. Next was a 2006 330i 6speed with sport package. Loved that car. Newest addition is 2021 M2comp, now I know what TRUE love is!!
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      10-21-2020, 10:41 PM   #695
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What a beautiful 01 330ci! What are some of the details on how you found it, how much, how often is it driven? Right now Fall in DC is the perfect time to drive it!

I considered an Z4 before I got my E90 M3, but hadn't thought about an E46 convertible. Smart move, because you avoid the issues and expense of the hardtop E90 convertibles.

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We stole this 01' 330ci for our/her fun weekend car almost 2 years ago, and then last October I picked up the 16' 235i.
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      10-22-2020, 10:02 AM   #696
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What a beautiful 01 330ci! What are some of the details on how you found it, how much, how often is it driven? Right now Fall in DC is the perfect time to drive it!

I considered an Z4 before I got my E90 M3, but hadn't thought about an E46 convertible. Smart move, because you avoid the issues and expense of the hardtop E90 convertibles.
By accident, local Ford dealer had it listed as manual, of course we showed and it was auto. One owner, 47k miles, never wrecked, older guy garaged, some rock chips but not another mark on it, leather seats/interior a 9. Even front lamps were new/clear. Brand new tires.

They had just dropped to $9,999. New manager and didn't want an old car on lot/no warranty etc. So we discussed him wholesaling out. Short story, paid $6,700.

$250 for power electric cord and probably needs lower arm bushings (20 years old) but after 5K of miles, runs great. We use to run out to Blue Ridge parkway and hiking etc.
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      10-22-2020, 11:19 AM   #697
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By accident, local Ford dealer had it listed as manual, of course we showed and it was auto. One owner, 47k miles, never wrecked, older guy garaged, some rock chips but not another mark on it, leather seats/interior a 9. Even front lamps were new/clear. Brand new tires.

They had just dropped to $9,999. New manager and didn't want an old car on lot/no warranty etc. So we discussed him wholesaling out. Short story, paid $6,700.

$250 for power electric cord and probably needs lower arm bushings (20 years old) but after 5K of miles, runs great. We use to run out to Blue Ridge parkway and hiking etc.
Sorry no pics, 1988 325i bought for $800.

What a great daily driver it was. felt fast, low and great handling. Even now, i would have driven it.

too bad it had a bad gasket and blew smoke in the exhaust. i would have kept it but after so many plug-a-gasket (metal powder that you pour inside of the coolant and it will freely float until it plugs the holes in the gasket.)

Had to junk it eventually, but I miss it sometimes.
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      10-23-2020, 02:49 AM   #698
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at 17 years old and half a year of working at my dads place I finally got my own car. My fam use to have a e46 zhp that shuttled me to school and places. After driving my dads GL450 and C300 for a year it was time I wanted my very own vehicle. I wanted a RWD car with a motor that would sing. it had to be my daily and be super fun to go anywhere to. Also have a solid feel like the mercedes cars i was use to but needed to be a more direct feeling car for the driver. I test drove infiniti g37s and other "sports cars" but when i drove the e90 for the first time, it was a dream to drive and other cars lacked its soul. It already had an exhaust on it and M3 upper and lower control arms. I was my car to go to the beach with all 4 freinds sitting. I remember letting people drive it cuz i was to drunk and them saying how amazing the car feels and how the steering is so tough LOLOL Hydraulic steering is the BEST! I took many trips to the mountains and bike paths to bring out my road bikes as well as other bikes my friend's had. Its been 4-5 years now and the vehicle has been slightly different than when I first got it. My favorite new edition are the Apex arc 8s. Never lifted a wheel so light LOLOL.
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      10-23-2020, 03:36 AM   #699
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at 17 years old and half a year of working at my dads place I finally got my own car. My fam use to have a e46 zhp that shuttled me to school and places. After driving my dads GL450 and C300 for a year it was time I wanted my very own vehicle. I wanted a RWD car with a motor that would sing. it had to be my daily and be super fun to go anywhere to. Also have a solid feel like the mercedes cars i was use to but needed to be a more direct feeling car for the driver. I test drove infiniti g37s and other "sports cars" but when i drove the e90 for the first time, it was a dream to drive and other cars lacked its soul. It already had an exhaust on it and M3 upper and lower control arms. I was my car to go to the beach with all 4 freinds sitting. I remember letting people drive it cuz i was to drunk and them saying how amazing the car feels and how the steering is so tough LOLOL Hydraulic steering is the BEST! I took many trips to the mountains and bike paths to bring out my road bikes as well as other bikes my friend's had. Its been 4-5 years now and the vehicle has been slightly different than when I first got it. My favorite new edition are the Apex arc 8s. Never lifted a wheel so light LOLOL.

the car looks more aggressive now with those rims. I see you removed the bike mount. It looks clean without it. Nice car.
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Great story, and what a fantastic find! Congrats and please enjoy the current DC weather and I hope you can get out to Blue Ridge.

BTW the Washington Post has an article on Fall Drives, and mentions a good alternate route into Blue Ridge to avoid (potentially) the two hour backups:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/going...6ed_story.html



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By accident, local Ford dealer had it listed as manual, of course we showed and it was auto. One owner, 47k miles, never wrecked, older guy garaged, some rock chips but not another mark on it, leather seats/interior a 9. Even front lamps were new/clear. Brand new tires.

They had just dropped to $9,999. New manager and didn't want an old car on lot/no warranty etc. So we discussed him wholesaling out. Short story, paid $6,700.

$250 for power electric cord and probably needs lower arm bushings (20 years old) but after 5K of miles, runs great. We use to run out to Blue Ridge parkway and hiking etc.
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2004 E46 Touring was my first. I drove all over Texas in this thing and got a surprising number of compliments on it. Even in my home town of redneck Beaumont Texas, after a few obligatory soccer mom comments the good old boys conceded it was a pretty sweet.
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at 17 years old and half a year of working at my dads place I finally got my own car. My fam use to have a e46 zhp that shuttled me to school and places. After driving my dads GL450 and C300 for a year it was time I wanted my very own vehicle. I wanted a RWD car with a motor that would sing. it had to be my daily and be super fun to go anywhere to. Also have a solid feel like the mercedes cars i was use to but needed to be a more direct feeling car for the driver. I test drove infiniti g37s and other "sports cars" but when i drove the e90 for the first time, it was a dream to drive and other cars lacked its soul. It already had an exhaust on it and M3 upper and lower control arms. I was my car to go to the beach with all 4 freinds sitting. I remember letting people drive it cuz i was to drunk and them saying how amazing the car feels and how the steering is so tough LOLOL Hydraulic steering is the BEST! I took many trips to the mountains and bike paths to bring out my road bikes as well as other bikes my friend's had. Its been 4-5 years now and the vehicle has been slightly different than when I first got it. My favorite new edition are the Apex arc 8s. Never lifted a wheel so light LOLOL.

the car looks more aggressive now with those rims. I see you removed the bike mount. It looks clean without it. Nice car.
LOL the car first came with 19in rims. I swapped it out for BBS style 197s 18 inches. Finally a 17 inch rim. As i got older I got smaller rims LOL
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