In Reply to: 2001 M3 posted by tbbmwm3 on June 14, 2000 at 10:40:50:
Supposedly the Base MSRP will be $45,600 (not sure if that includes destination charge). There are a number of options for the new M3 that could make the MSRP around $52 to $53K or higher.
The car should be available in the U.S. very late this coming fall or early winter. The initial shipments to dealers will most likely be from one to three units depending on the volume (in sales) of the dealer. Undetermined at this time is if the dealers will receive a demo (that is optioned by BMW) or if all M3s that a dealer orders will be optioned the way they (the dealer) or their customer/s want it optioned.
The number of new M3s will be quite limited for the first six months or more. Some of the larger dealerships only expect to receive two or maybe three per month.
Some dealers are taking deposits of $500 to $1,000 for a "wait list" and could be twenty or more deep in customers. Some dealers are not requiring any deposit for their wait list.
Most dealers are willing to sell the new M3 at MSRP while some of the larger city dealers will be commanding a dealer mark-up of up to a "rumored" $5K to $10K! There have been rumors that a few dealers may even go with a high bid style event for the very first ones that arrive.
It is still far too early to tell exactly what will happen with any of these issues.
I expect things will settle down and fall into place after the first six to nine months after the car's release. And some of the bugs may be worked out also.
Also, there are some that feel strongly that BMW will change to a different engine than what will be in the new M3. It will have a revised (BMW calls it new) cast-iron I6 instead of an aluminum block I6. The power is pretty much at its limit according to some so the BMW race teams will not have a lot to work with for improvement and they aren't fairing too well against their competition. Some people feel an aluminum block V8 is the only logical choice for the M3 and they expect a later version of the car will have it. Of course, this is all total speculation. BMW has not said this won't happen.
: I was at King Cars BMW in Freehold NJ to make a service appointment. Talked to a sales rep. He claims the new M3 will be out this fall but they will not be able to get any for another year and a half!!! Of course he wanted me to put some $$$$ down and get on the waiting list but could not give me a sticker price. No thanks, I'll wait till the initial rush and over-sticker gouging is over. Anyone heard of this extended wait??
: Also they charge around $450 for Inspection 2. Comments??