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      11-10-2012, 09:18 PM   #1
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3 Series sale down 17% on September

On the November 2012 issue of Roundel the dismal sales figure on the 3 series has confirmed my feeling that BMW is going on the wrong direction on the 3 series

Cheapened material quality:
1) Steering wheel's leather is less smooth than the E92 328 couple sport steering wheel that I have. I believe the E92 coupe's sport steering wheel uses the same smooth leather as the M steering wheel. However, on the F30 non M steering wheel the quality of the leather is rough and hard.

2) The plastic around the window just feels cheap, especially the area where I rest my left elbow on it. There's also less leg room on the driver's side due to the larger water bottle holder by the door. On the F30 I couldn't move my left leg as wide compared to my E92.

3) I hate the position of the nav screen. The GLARE!!! I found it less elegant than the enclosed design on the E90. Why did BMW changed a good thing when it wasn't broken? Clearly they found it nice on the 7 and 5 series right? I guess they just have to cheapen the 3 series to separate it from the higher end models.

4) Lack of ALL button on the climate control unit. It by itself is not a huge deal but it makes me feel BMW is pinching pennies on me. When they replaced REST to ALL button on the E92 I was so furious. I know we talked about how crappy the ASS system is and how little fuel it saves. I bet the REST function would be a lot more useful in saving gas on cold climate areas. BMW, please bring back the REST function. I can care less about ASS.

Don't get me wrong, the F30 is still the best in its class. But when my E92 lease ends I have a really hard time going for a F30 335 considering a MB E350 and A6 3.0T is around the ballpark. With the insane price increase in this economy I think BMW is really going on the wrong direction and that's why sales sank.
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      11-10-2012, 09:24 PM   #2
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Cool story bro.
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      11-10-2012, 09:27 PM   #3
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By the way 5 series is down 22% and the 7 series down 47%!

What's going on with BMW?
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      11-10-2012, 09:59 PM   #4
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How bout we move on. Since the article October's numbers have been posted.

All of these threads are silly at this point.

I have had e92 loaners recently. I dont need to make ten more threads about it and how it compares to the f30.
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This information means nothing because October 3 series sales were up over 20%. Why post Sept numbers when October are already out?
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This information means nothing because October 3 series sales were up over 20%. Why post Sept numbers when October are already out?
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Another whiny e90 owner. Your car is old, get over it.
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Another whiny e90 owner. Your car is old, get over it.
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Old info is... old.

9729 in October and on top in class.
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Even worse, they are removing the snowflake button on future models!!! The travesty!!!

Seriously though, that is a signature BMW trademark that I will miss.
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October numbers:

"Solid gains were also achieved by the BMW 3 Series, with 37,123 vehicles delivered last month (prev. yr. 31,768/ +16.9%). "



https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/press...tem=node__2201
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Even worse, they are removing the snowflake button on future models!!! The travesty!!!

Seriously though, that is a signature BMW trademark that I will miss.
Snowflake is already gone. All new cars post-July 2012 switch to "A/C".
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Snowflake is already gone. All new cars post-July 2012 switch to "A/C".
The humanity! It's off to the Hyundai store for me.
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      11-11-2012, 11:38 AM   #15
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One month's numbers are not telling on the success of a car.

If you want to compare, look at year to date numbers. The 2012 Jan-Sept sales figures basically matches the 2011 Jan-Sept sales figures.

See the data: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=766626
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