My dealer performed what he called a dealer allocation trade for a 323i equipped pretty much the way I wanted. He said the vehicle was in production a week ago and is at the vehicle processing center now. He also says the car will be here before the end of October. Reading all of the other posts I am suspicious that I may not be getting the whole story. Also. I am getting an automatic, but the dealer claims the steptronic isn't available in the sedans. Is he misinformed or feeding me a line? BMW's web site shows it as an option.