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      05-24-2006, 04:08 PM   #89
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Try calling HAMLET at Bob Smith BMW in Calabasas. I am waiting for my new 330 to arrive from Germany.

Hamlet is a gentlemen and will take care of you. Very low pressure and honest. Give him a call and tell him Larry told you about him.

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      05-26-2006, 09:27 AM   #90
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I purchased my 330i from Nick Alexander through the Ed Cronin in internet department. I almost went with Steve Thomas in Camarillo, but Ed offered flatbed pick up and delivery for scheduled maintenance. I started with e-mails to 13 dealerships, 7 didn't respond and Nick Alexander and Steve Thomas fought for the business. I recommend either.
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Try calling HAMLET at Bob Smith BMW in Calabasas. I am waiting for my new 330 to arrive from Germany.

Hamlet is a gentlemen and will take care of you. Very low pressure and honest. Give him a call and tell him Larry told you about him.

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I just sign today my PO and pay for my car. Hamlet was my CA. All my phone calls and e-mails (believe me it was not just one phone call) was returned promptly. I send e-mail with my offer - hi accepted and there was no pressure to increase down payment. Highly recommended this gentlemen!!!!
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      06-07-2006, 09:53 AM   #92
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I picked up my ordered 330 last Friday afternoon. Hamlet was just wonderful. Glad you had the same experience. It's just a pleasure working with him.

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anyone have any expirence bout the dealers in socal close to anaheim?
Besides Shelly Bmw cuse they have bad service and they are not nice. i went in the service dept. to get an idler valve for my e30. called there first they said they had it, then i go there they dont have it. so i rase hell in there and b/c they said we dont have it and iam very busy so leave and call some other day. that pissed me off :mad: :mad: , and the people there dont know jack about BMW's. i left with a nice long burn out on there lot
I've had nothing but great experiences w/ Shelly, and all of my BMW's have been purchased there.
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I also bought mine from Valencia BMW my experience was good not great but I bought the first E-90 330i that they sold so I paid more than I should have, but there service department and defentaly there parts guy is great. My last 330i I bought from Harlof and that was a better price but I didnt care for there service Dept but that was in 2001 so who knows now. In 2003 Valencia BMW's service Dept sucked now they have new people and good service advisers.

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I would suggest Valencia BMW. I did the entire deal though the internet sales group. The internet salesman even lived in my area and drove me to the dealership when the car arrived. So no second car needed. He added carpets and wheel locks at no extra cost.
I had ordered the CD changer and the parts manager gave me a stainless BMW mug for the trip home. (His assistant made a pot of fresh coffee and filled it up.) Three days after I picked up the car a package arrived with four large speciality cookies from a local bakery with a thank you note from the salesmen.
This was the best car buying experience I've had.

BTW, I started with 7 internet sales dealerships. Three did not want to play, four played and two fought for my business. I sent each dealer an excel spreadsheet with the options and retail pricing. All they had to do was fill in my cost for each item. That gave me leverage line item by line item.

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I've got some input for you...We just bought our first BMW on Sunday....325i Sedan. Yes, this is my first posting! I am really excited (but that's for another thread).

Irvine BMW - We started there, but were blitzkrieged (sp?) by the sales vultures. They seemed to have a better than thou attitute and expect to get top dollar for their cars. Even on the Certified pre-owned vehicle, they weren't willing to deal much on them...I guess they preferred a full lot.

Crevier BMW (Santa Ana) - They had a spectacular inventory...but unwilling to budge on the pricing.

Sterling BMW (Newport Beach) - I had my reservation before heading into the heart of OC glam....but ventured forward anyway based on a referral. To our suprise, the sales person immediately read the frustration in our eyes and cut right to the chase. They had the vehicle we wanted and got us into a deal we were comfortable with. The finance specialist was equally receptive and frank with us on realistic finanacing options.

I will rate my experience with Sterling an "A". I'll withhold the "+" for my future experiences with the service department or the next vehicle I purchase through them.

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I've got some input for you...We just bought our first BMW on Sunday....325i Sedan. Yes, this is my first posting! I am really excited (but that's for another thread).

Irvine BMW - We started there, but were blitzkrieged (sp?) by the sales vultures. They seemed to have a better than thou attitute and expect to get top dollar for their cars. Even on the Certified pre-owned vehicle, they weren't willing to deal much on them...I guess they preferred a full lot.

Crevier BMW (Santa Ana) - They had a spectacular inventory...but unwilling to budge on the pricing.

Sterling BMW (Newport Beach) - I had my reservation before heading into the heart of OC glam....but ventured forward anyway based on a referral. To our suprise, the sales person immediately read the frustration in our eyes and cut right to the chase. They had the vehicle we wanted and got us into a deal we were comfortable with. The finance specialist was equally receptive and frank with us on realistic finanacing options.

I will rate my experience with Sterling an "A". I'll withhold the "+" for my future experiences with the service department or the next vehicle I purchase through them.

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Thanks for the feed back Jason and welcome to E90Post. I think you'll like it here.

I got mine at Crevier and got a pretty good deal last September. I wasn't unhappy, but I know I could have done a little better. But as you stated, they weren't budging any further. I just may check out Sterling when I get my next one. Hoping to get an M3 Sedan in about '09. Woohoo!
 
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      08-09-2006, 12:56 AM   #97
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I've got some input for you...We just bought our first BMW on Sunday....325i Sedan. Yes, this is my first posting! I am really excited (but that's for another thread).

Irvine BMW - We started there, but were blitzkrieged (sp?) by the sales vultures. They seemed to have a better than thou attitute and expect to get top dollar for their cars. Even on the Certified pre-owned vehicle, they weren't willing to deal much on them...I guess they preferred a full lot.

Crevier BMW (Santa Ana) - They had a spectacular inventory...but unwilling to budge on the pricing.

Sterling BMW (Newport Beach) - I had my reservation before heading into the heart of OC glam....but ventured forward anyway based on a referral. To our suprise, the sales person immediately read the frustration in our eyes and cut right to the chase. They had the vehicle we wanted and got us into a deal we were comfortable with. The finance specialist was equally receptive and frank with us on realistic finanacing options.

I will rate my experience with Sterling an "A". I'll withhold the "+" for my future experiences with the service department or the next vehicle I purchase through them.

Jason
awesome. i got mine from sterling as well. havent had any problems with their service department either.
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      08-09-2006, 04:06 PM   #98
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Okay, so I know this isn't really in the OC/LA area, but it's seriously worth the drive if it's only an extra 10-15 minutes each way. Both my brothers bought their 3 series cars from Crevier in Santa Ana, which is an awesome dealership if you don't want much of a deal but want great customer service. However, unless you have a really good relationship with a service specialist who actually knows you personally and will work with you, the service department is awful. They consistently forget to get you the loaner you want or any loaner whatsoever and often forget you even had an appointment. By contrast, Savage BMW in Ontario Auto Center is really a great place to both buy & service your car. The service department is knowledgeable and they try really hard to get you your car on time, and as quickly as possible.
Now I know what you're thinking, and no, I do not work for/have any financial interest in Savage BMW. They're just great people who will help you out.
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      08-10-2006, 02:00 AM   #100
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My e90 was my second BMW that I bought at Crevier and I got a good deal. I will buy my third from them as well.
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      08-16-2006, 08:38 PM   #101
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Try Long Beach BMW. I bought a MCS in 2005 and traded it for a 2006 330i.
They have exceptional service and if you buy from them you get free wash once a week for the life of the car. And it only takes 30 to 45 minutes. They are at Cherry Street and 405 frwy.
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Hey guys, I'm a first time poster looking for some answers. I noticed on this thread that everyone is posting about how much they paid over invoice. Is this for cars already on the dealer's lot or for internet orders? If it's for internet orders, how do you find the invoice price with options? I'm looking to order a 325i (i have very specific options in mind) and I'm looking for the best way to do it. Any help would be appreciated. I'm in the OC and San Diego area. Thanks.
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Hey guys, I'm a first time poster looking for some answers. I noticed on this thread that everyone is posting about how much they paid over invoice. Is this for cars already on the dealer's lot or for internet orders? If it's for internet orders, how do you find the invoice price with options? I'm looking to order a 325i (i have very specific options in mind) and I'm looking for the best way to do it. Any help would be appreciated. I'm in the OC and San Diego area. Thanks.
Welcome. This thread actually is intended for the complaints/situations that we hope you will not encounter while in the process of acquiring your car.

Anyhow, I used Edmunds.com. Invoice price and MSRP are shown. I'm pretty sure e90post members have other sources too.

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i had the exact opposite experience with Crevier ... they didn't have the options I wanted, but were more than willing to negotiate the price.

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I've got some input for you...We just bought our first BMW on Sunday....325i Sedan. Yes, this is my first posting! I am really excited (but that's for another thread).

Irvine BMW - We started there, but were blitzkrieged (sp?) by the sales vultures. They seemed to have a better than thou attitute and expect to get top dollar for their cars. Even on the Certified pre-owned vehicle, they weren't willing to deal much on them...I guess they preferred a full lot.

Crevier BMW (Santa Ana) - They had a spectacular inventory...but unwilling to budge on the pricing.

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I will rate my experience with Sterling an "A". I'll withhold the "+" for my future experiences with the service department or the next vehicle I purchase through them.

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      08-23-2006, 09:44 AM   #107
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I got my 330 from Hamlet at Bob Smith. He's great too.

And, not getting the license plate frames must have been an oversight, because both our new BMW's came with them. I'm sure they'll put them on if you just ask.

Try Bob Smith in Calabasas (West San Fernando Valley)... Just Great.

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I meant the nicer BMW license plate frames, and not the ones that say Bob Smith on them...either way, get a $40 frame free, or xxx over invoice? I'm not going to push something that petty...after all, the service was superb.
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