In Reply to: But, I do recall... posted by MV on February 11, 2000 at 17:29:30:
: ...reading something posted on this board about the X5 and Z3 lines sharing a common painting facility. If that is true, painting may be a bottleneck and more X5s would mean fewer Ms/Z3s.
: Dunno if this is true. Never been to the factory, so it's all hearsay.
: : At the 1999 Homecoming, we were shown the one and only production line where all Z3s are made.
: : Off in a seperate section, they were putting the finishing touches on a New production line for the X5, and several samples of the X5 were rolling off the line. It was an expansion of the Spartanburg plant, and it was made for the X5.
: : These two assembly lines are seperate and distinct. The only way for the X5 to take over the Spartanburg plant would be for BMW to stop producing Z3s completely. That just isn't gonna happen until BMW says so.
: : If they were going to stop production on the Z3, there would be other news sources than just your dealer. I'm guessing your dealer just wanted to justify a higher asking price.
Does that mean that the X5's have the same quality paint as the Z line? If so I'll tell my wife to change her plans.