-Silbergrau Metalic exterior / Black interior -Has every option except the competition package -SMG. -Always adult owned by non-smoker, and other than the tinted windows and BMC airfilter (k&n style), this is a stock, unmodified, never tracked, practical sports car -Clean Carfax and title -Still love the car and the only reason I'm selling it is because I'm looking to switch to a two wheeled BMW. -Spent all but the last year of its life in southern California , so no rust or other salt damage. Very rarely saw rain and never saw snow. Always garaged and/or covered, so paint and plastic trim/rubber seals are in excellent shape -Mostly highway miles between LA and Vegas by previous owner (not typical SoCal stop-n-go traffic) -Paint in excellent shape other than a few minor stone chips on front bumper and hood (bigger ones on front bumper in pictures are bug splatters that I didn’t notice until I uploaded the pics) -Interior is almost flawless. Was meticulously cleaned and treated regularly, so the leather is still supple and smooth. Drivers left seatback bolster has the tiniest show of wear (worse in pictures than in real life). Very small nick in the drivers door leather above the side mirror adjustor (see pic). -Extremely well maintained. Always used OEM filters and Castrol 10W-60 TWS Synthetic Oil -Front brakes, water pump, drive belts and ignition coils were replaced (by a dealer) before I bought it. -Rear brake pads were changed recently, as well as the air pump hose (crack in hose caused incorrect airflow code on cold morning starts). -Some minor curb scuffing on rims -Outside mirrors have slight staining from auto darkening fluid -Will need rear tires (fronts are about 50%). -I had a highly reputable SoCal BMW specialist do a PPI before I bought it some years back and passed with flying colors. No SMG, VANOS or rear suspension issues -Power seats w/lumbar adjustments, drivers seat has adjustable bolsters. -Factory GPS Navigation, Bluetooth phone connectivity (not just pre-wired) and single disc CD player. -Includes both keys, all original manuals and paperwork, trunk tools (including the electric tire inflator). -These are the factory installed options: Cold weather package (rear seat center armrest with ski bag, high pressure headlight cleaners, heated front seats), Premium Package (power front seats w/driver memory, BMW assist, Nappa leather upholstery), Front and side airbags, Rear Spoiler, Power glass moonroof, Adj seat back width and lumbar support, Park distance control, Xenon self leveling headlights, On-board navigation system, Harmon Kardon sound system w/10 speakers, 19” M double spoke polished wheels, Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG), Metallic pant (Silbergrau), Variable intermittent rain sensing wipers -Also included is an OEM car cover, front license plate bracket, and a spare oil filter. -Lots more pics here: http://s913.photobucket.com/user/CHracer_photos/library/05%20E46%20M3
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Auto blogSat, 22 Mar 2014 09:02:00 EST
Three weeks ago an analyst increased projections for European car sales this year, expecting them to climb three percent compared to last year instead of 2.7 percent. That number is a postive sign after years of hard times but it turns out February was especially good, overall European sales climbing eight percent on a wave of southern European recovery and discounts - and this comes after five months of gains including January's 7.2-percent jump over the year before.
The only country of Europe's five largest markets to post a decline was France, just as it did in January, Germany, the UK and Italy posting solid double-digit numbers, Spain rocking the charts with an 18-percent increase because of a government program to encourage trade-ins.
The only brand to miss the wave was Volkswagen, dropping 0.8 percent as it watched the double-digit growth at sister brands Audi, Seat and Skoda lift the Volkswagen Group sales up by seven-percent. Peugeot overcame flat sales at Citroën to improve the group by 3.5 percent, BMW and the Mercedes-Benz/Smart combo rose by four percent, the Fiat group jumped 5.8 percent, Ford was up 11 percent, the Renault Group 11.5 percent, General Motors 12 percent and the Toyota clan by 14 percent.
Like any automaker worth its lug-nuts, BMW is constantly striving to improve its products. And so it has announced a series of upgrades for the summer - none of them revolutionary, but a couple of them notable.
For one, the Bavarian automaker has announced that is is offering xDrive traction on the M235i coupe, a model that has been available until now only in rear-drive configuration. The all-wheel drive version comes with the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six with 326 horsepower (320 in the US market) and eight-speed automatic transmission as the rear-drive version, but now channels that power to all four wheels for a 0-62 time quoted at 4.6 seconds - two little ticks quicker than the existing version. It's the first time that all-wheel drive is being offered on the 2 Series, and will also be fitted on the convertible - at least, that is, in Europe. We're waiting on confirmation of North American availability.
Among the other announcements is a special edition of BMW's flagship luxury sedan. The 7 Series Exclusive Edition upgrades with metallic paint, 19-inch V-spoke alloys, Nappa leather upholstery and a leather-trimmed instrument panel. Buyers will also be able to opt for the Merino fine grain leather and Alcantara roof lining from the BMW Individual catalog, and choose between any available engine or either wheelbase lengths.
In the last few years, BMW has definitively proven that it wasn't a slave to its legacy. In the US, the 3 Series was generally associated with smooth, flat-six engines, but the Bavarian brand dropped a four-cylinder turbo into it. The company was also known for its sports sedans, and it went green with the i3 and i8. Now, rear-wheel drive is off the table as defining its vehicles, as well. With the imminent launch of the 2 Series Active Tourer, the Bavarian's models are going front drive and opening up themselves to a whole new group of customers, so the thinking goes.
"We are expecting the Active Tourer will have a conquest rate of around 75 percent," said Frank Niederlaender, a BMW product manger, to Automotive News Europe. If you're not hip to the lingo, that means three quarters of the hatchback's buyers would come from other brands - an impressive figure, if accurate.
When it hits the road, the 2 Series Active Tourer will be the first BMW-branded vehicle to use the company's UKL front-wheel drive platform, already on the current Mini Cooper. The roomy hatchback is aimed at young families looking for a car that is luxurious but can still tote around the tots. It launches in Europe in September to compete against similar models like the Mercedes-Benz B-Class, but the Bimmer isn't crossing the Atlantic to the US until early 2015, according to ANE.