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I had a similar experience... (archive)

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Posted by another worried owner on April 15, 1999 at 21:45:16:

In Reply to: Re: How many miles are on your car when you get it posted by Mine had 190miles. Need advise on April 15, 1999 at 17:56:53:

I bought mine back in October when there was a serious shortage of cars. I was in desperate need of a car, and the only dealer I could find with any e46's was over 200 miles away. He didn't have the color combo I wanted, but since he had cars on the lot, he told me that he could pull a locate on the computer to trade for anything I wanted. He located a dealer that was willing to trade for a car that I liked, and he said that he would have it shipped to his dealership (on a flatbed). Upon receiving it, he told me that he would prep the car and would have it delivered to me (again on a flatbed). He explicitly told me that he would do this so that the car would have no miles on it when it reached me.

Of course, I blindly trusted the dealer and assumed that he would deliver a brand new car. The car was delivered as promised (on a flatbed), and I was absolutely ecstatic upon seeing it--after all, it was the color combo that i wanted. I hopped into the driver's seat, started her up and lo and behold 438 miles!!!!!

I thought it was absolutely unethical for the dealer not to disclose the milage on the car before delivering it and playing on my emotions, but for reasons I don't really want to get into, I ended up taking it (and paying WAY too much).

I called the dealer and gave him hell, but he was not really sympathetic. I even called the *original* dealership to find out the history of the car. He told me that it was one of the first new 3's that they had received and that they had babied it on the showroom floor. He also told me that it had been on maybe 10 test drives! Now that I think about it (and reading Jon Shafer's message concerning the fax about the new coupes), this car was probably one of the ones that they were required to keep as a demonstrator model until additional shipments came in. I bet it was driven hard for over 1/3 of the break in period, but there is precious little I can do about it at this point.

I now have a few thousand miles on it, and I haven't had any real problems yet (apart from some steering floatiness at highway speeds). If I had to do it again, I would definitely build the car to order to eliminate some of the heartache.

The questionable ethics of the dealer still bother me though. I wish there was something I could do at this point but there really isn't. All I can do (and what I suggest you do) is to enjoy the car. I dont think the break in matters as much as it used to (since they build engines to higher tolerances these days).

Hope this makes you feel better.


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