In Reply to: Info from Mid-South Dealer (long) posted by 2002 M3 on November 16, 2000 at 20:16:43:
only one point of difference is that my dealer did not write MSRP; he said that they never sell over MSRP and frankly i doubt that he will stiff me. he wrote refundable too. same guy from whom i bought another BMW. anyway i'm not worried since I wont be paying over MSRP anyway since it is not worth that much to me. I will be simply moving over to the Porsche if it is a question of premiums over MSRP as much as I love M3s.
Cool then, dont forget to post when you finally get it. Lets compare notes and see whether we really get it in October or so.
After sending an e-mail to the General Manager of a Mid-South (U.S.) Dealer on Monday (I live in Dallas where the lists at all three major dealers are either too long or they've stopped taking deposits), he finally telephoned me today. He was extremely apologetic for not replying earlier, but said they were having problems retrieving their e-mail.
However, I had already spoken to their Internet Sales Manager, added my name, and paid my $ 1,000 security deposit yesterday as I felt very comfortable dealing with this fairly large dealer. My contract states a buy price at MRSP, that I will get a 2002 M3, and that my security deposit is refundable (it is handwritten and signed by the Internet Sales Manager). I am Number 23 on their list. Not too bad a position for just now coming onboard ! I know some posters have had their names on a list somewhere for two years or more !
My e-mail to the GM had indicated that I wanted a 2002 model year M3 and if my name came up before the 2002's were released, would they allow me to defer to the next buyer(s). Yes indeed he said, no problem, they would work with me. He also stated that at my Number 23 position, I may very well get the very first 2002 they receive.
He noted that they should receive their first demo car in December. Then, he expected one car in January, and maybe one or two in February. From March forward, he anticipated receiving two to four cars per month. So, at Number 23, I can expect to get my car in maybe October (thus the 2002 model year).
And oh, the General Manager did not know that the reason (so we've all read and heard) for the production delay was a software programming problem with the equipment that makes the new engine. This is indicated on page seven in the Newsline section of the November issue of BMWCAR Magazine.
Hope this information is helpful to everyone !
This is my first posting to the Board although I've been scanning here for about one month. Thanks to all the knowledgeable posters for the great information !