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how many $k would I lose trading in? (archive)

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Posted by JL on September 26, 1999 at 19:43:23:

In Reply to: Re: Paint bubbling on Y2k 323i posted by Clifton on September 26, 1999 at 17:30:28:

: My Jet Black 323Ci did the exact same thing!!! It took me washing the car to notice the imperfections. I spent a month going round and round with dealers and factory reps.. Refuse to take delivery of the car and order another. If that is not an option, do not let them paint or wet-sand your 323!!! They should replace your car with a new one (e.g. "substitution of collateral") at no cost to you. Good luck and let me know if you need more details of my experience.

I'd like to hear what happened in your case. I took delivery not noticing some scratches (not as obviously a "defect" as scratches which they can claim happened after it left the lot). In my case, I noticed the first one after driving just a few miles from the dealership. Should have gone back at that point. After washing, I noticed that was just "the little one" in a group of much larger ones on the roof. Most go side to side or circular...so they're not road hazard. Dealership is 300 miles away so there's not much they can do. BMWNA basically said "screw you. You can't prove we're at fault." Local dealership said it didn't look like road hazard but since they didn't deliver the car and BMWNA says it's not their problem, there's nothing they can do.

Other than that, I love the car...but it pisses me off each time I see them (like when I wash it). It's been to a paint shop and detail shop. The detail shop thought they could take them out, but failed. The paint shop didn't think it was worth their messing with...not bad enough to be worth repainting.

I've even toyed with the idea of trading it in and starting over. Anyone know what the trade-in value would be on a y2k 323i, Sport, gray leather, orient blue, xenon, in-dash CD, fold down seats, rear air bags, power front seats, just over 2000 miles, 1 owner :) ?

I kind of regret not having gone Sport Premium anyway.


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