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      08-01-2006, 03:28 AM   #1
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US cost of a 325

Works out at 16,572.8 GBP



And thats for Manufacturer retail price.

Why do we pay so much more?
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Works out at 16,572.8 GBP



And thats for Manufacturer retail price.

Why do we pay so much more?




Its c*** aint it.

But generally speaking you name any product and it will be the same value but $

eg ipods $99 .. we pay £99

Watches $999 .. we pay £999

& same with cars !
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probably falls down to taxes on some level.

unless BMW sells us our cars cheaper because we buy so many more then the UK
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I saw a post re NJ tax and that came to around $2K or $3K. That would only add on £1.5k to the price. The UK would roughly pay around £25k for a 325.

Not sure on price if anyone (uk) wants to chip in.
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Local taxes are at fault but also the fact that BMW want to sell at a higher price here and hey can get away with it. MB are even more expensive ! Audi are cheaper.

What I notice more and more is that you almost have to have the top model BMW to have the prestige of 'having a BMW' since they are so popular with the company car drivers (becuase they tax less and hold their value better) and also with some very chavvy types too - kinda cheapens it a bit really even though we are paying more !!

Fair to say though that I imported my first 325 in 2000 and saved £7000 and then got a £5000 discount on my first 330d and £3000 off my second one in March so I guess its not as bad as it seems .... Still the cheapest cars I hav ever run by miles
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Hi sim, where did you import from and how?
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Should have switched to Euros like the rest of Europe. j/k
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The import was from the Netherlands through a broker to UK spec plus some extras. A lovely car actually. I really missed it for a while. I go so fed up with the harshness of the MSport ride after a while and I missed the quietness in traffic of the petrol. But the Diesel engine got quieter and I enjoyed the better handling if never the ride which was pretty awful. The new one is leagues better....
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What is interesting to me is that premium cars are extremely cheap in the US but it doesn't extend too much beyond that. For example a Subaru Leagacy 2.5 turbo is only a few thousand dollars less than a 325 but in Australia there is a wide gulf between the pricing of Subaru and BMW that just isn't present here
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These are supposed to be on the road prices for an M5 around the world:

United States 81,200 USD / 81,000 USD 3000 Gas Guzzler
Canada 120,000 CAD / 98,000 USD
Switzerland 121,468 CHF / 101,000 USD 7.6%VAT
Germany 86,200 EUR / 104,000 USD 16% Sales Tax
Hungary 26,153,500 HUF / 105, 000 USD
United Kingdom 61,000 GBP / 105,548 USD
Sweden 827,000 SEK / 107,000 USD
Belgium 89,400 EUR / 108,000 USD
Guatamala 835,835 GTQ / 110,000 USD
Lithuania 332,145 LTL / 117,000 USD
Saudi Arabia 450,030 SAR / 120,000 USD
Serbia & Montenegro 103,663 EUR / 124,810 USD WITH 44% TAX
South Africa 832,142 Rand / 142,000 USD
Greece 119,000 EUR / 143,000 USD
Argentina 439,318 Peso / 150,000 USD
Netherlands 129,350 EUR / 159,000 USD
Finland 133,184 EUR / 160,000 USD
Portugal 140,000 EUR / 170,000 USD
Phillipines 10,038,600 PHP / 180,000 USD
Austrialia 245,358 AUD / 185,000 USD
Iceland 11,300,000 ISKR / 185,000 USD
Hong Kong 1,602,000 HKD / 206,000 USD
China 1,738,065 Yuan / 210,000 USD
Turkey ???? / 216,000 USD
Norway 1,531,000 NOK / 232,000 USD
Brazil 582,000 Real / 240,000 USD
Denmark 1,715,000 DKK / 300,000 USD 179% Taxs

This is from October 05 so the exchange rates may well have changed, but the figures include local taxes and offer a good idea of the variation in price of cars around the world.

So the USA has a pretty good deal - but the UK isn't as bad as some places.

The differences mainly seem to be about tax (Denmark has horrific new car taxes0 - but I also think the MRRP changes to some extent as you move around.
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