Notable Quotes

Some companies run ideas

up the flag pole . . . others

run them down the racetrack



(de-kem-pres) v.

To release tension through

the use of a gas pedal,

an open road and a curve

hugging set of performance

tires. (c) Dunlop Tires











Well, the current 2005 325i Convertible lease was just about up. Only a few more months and it would be time to trade it in or --buy out the lease. I've enjoyed the car so far. It's fast, quick on the turns and has operated flawlessly. However, there were a few querks that pushed me more towards looking at the 'new and improved' models. So -- off to the BMW dealer to check out the new 2007/2008 models. Initally, the only Series 3 convertibles they had were pre-sold units that were just waiting for the clients to pick them up. I really like the lines and styling of the new hard top. I was hoping it would be much quieter than the current soft top convertible.

BMW of San Diego is less than 1 mile from work just across the freeway. They had a few but as I mentioned above, most of these were already pre-sold. I got plenty of promises that they MIGHT get a few in over the next couple of weeks. I continued to stop in and see what they had to offer as well as searched the internet for other BMW dealers in Southern California.



The new BMW had to have. . .

With the many new features available since my last purchase, I started a list of a few items that I considered "must have's if I was going to buy a new one:

  • Hard top convertible
  • Sport Package with the nice rims
  • Color -- Sparkling Graphite Metallic
  • Full BMW alarm system and loaded with LowJack
  • iPod/MP3 and iPhone connectivity
  • MP3 CD Player




Ah... The Purchase of the Ultimate Driving Machine


After a few months of looking around and debating a 2007 or wait a few more months and pre-order a 2008, I finally settled on the 2007 pictured on the right. Here's the details of what I ended up with;


2007 BMW 328i Convertible


Power :

3.0-liter dual overhead cam (DOHC), 24-valve 230-horsepower inline 6-cylinder engine

Steptronic 6 Speed Automatic transmission


Exterior :

Sparkling Graphite Metallic
Power folding retractable hardtop
BMW Cross Spoke 18" light-alloy wheels

BMW alarm/locking system with interior zone protection

Lo-Jack Anti Theft system
18" High performance run-flat tires
Park Distance Controls

Interior :

10-way power-adjustable front sport seats
3-stage heated front seats
Black Upholstery
Brushed Aluminum Trim
BMW Logic7 Sound System
iPhone / iPod direct Commections
Bluetooth & BMW Assist w/ GPS
Integrated Voice Command/Recogition