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booblehead wrote:
Dec 2nd, 2017 4:26 pm
If you are going to spend like mid $40's + taxes, why don't you consider of getting a 330 instead ? (slightly more comfortable and there is a base $1750 factory credit in December, perhaps, a bit more factory bonus credit just prior to X'mas). As for the engine, the current 2L engine seems to be okay and I have not seen any major issues thus far.
I want to buy used this time, for a change, haha.

I checked leasebuster and even with 28 to 30 months remaining and with a $3-4k down payment, total after tax is in the high $30's to low 40's. Isn't BMW's lease rates below 2.49% for 4 years on a 2 Series? It seems interest on these cars have eaten a good chunk of the lease payments. It's understandable because 2.5% on a $60k car is around $1400-1500 the first year.

Edit:

You are right, the 2015 428i xDrive can be had for about the same price on autotrader.
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Hi all, i got back from the dealer recently and leased a 2018 BMW X3 xDrive 30i which will arrive in January from the factory.
Looking for some advice on whether the deal i got was any good?

2018 BMW X3 with Premium Enhanced Package - MSRP: $54,500
4% discount on above MRSP and a $1000 launch event credit which brought it down to $51320.
3.15% lease interest rate for 45 months

Need to pay (not including tax) the following upfront payments:
Wear and Tear Package: $1404
Tricor Registration: $298
Admin Fee: $388
Locking Wheel Bolts: $99.50
Other dealer options: $133.36
Freight: $1135
PDI: $1295
Locking Wheel Bolts: $99.50
Fuel: $90
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I'm tempted to get this but my wife will kill me because she doesn't like driving stick and my daughter is not interested in learning to drive one. From my little research, it seems Manual results in lower resale because buyers no longer want to row the gears?

http://wwwa.autotrader.ca/a/BMW/2+Serie ... up=2_15_95

Edit: Maybe stability control was off?

Laval, Quebec, Canada 10/07/2015 Estimate Repair Rollover $3,991.33 27,000 KM
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How does our TPMS work? Are they the same for all models? I never gave instructions whenever I have my tires changed but apparently they still work so presumably they know what they're doing?
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tranquility922 wrote:
Dec 3rd, 2017 1:20 am
How does our TPMS work? Are they the same for all models? I never gave instructions whenever I have my tires changed but apparently they still work so presumably they know what they're doing?
Flat tire monitor (FTM) (abs sensor detecting abnormal wheel rotational speed) is what bmw uses to determine if you may have issue with your tires.
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booblehead wrote:
Dec 3rd, 2017 7:48 am
Flat tire monitor (FTM) (abs sensor detecting abnormal wheel rotational speed) is what bmw uses to determine if you may have issue with your tires.
Where is it physically? Do we need to tell ppl changing our tires anything or it's not involved in that process? Tx.
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tranquility922 wrote:
Dec 3rd, 2017 12:15 pm
Where is it physically? Do we need to tell ppl changing our tires anything or it's not involved in that process? Tx.
RTM!

All you do is reset the TPM via I drive.
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tranquility922 wrote:
Dec 3rd, 2017 12:15 pm
Where is it physically? Do we need to tell ppl changing our tires anything or it's not involved in that process? Tx.
You don't have to do anything or say anything, that's one of the advantage of FTM. So if a tire shop tries to sell you on TPMS sensors, you can say no. It's funny cause the US cars have TPMS, but in Canada they use FTM. I prefer FTM cause I have aftermarket wheels and switch them every season so I don't have to get two sets of TPMS sensors and they're expensive.
Current Fido customer.
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bomber17 wrote:
Dec 3rd, 2017 12:37 pm
You don't have to do anything or say anything, that's one of the advantage of FTM. So if a tire shop tries to sell you on TPMS sensors, you can say no. It's funny cause the US cars have TPMS, but in Canada they use FTM. I prefer FTM cause I have aftermarket wheels and switch them every season so I don't have to get two sets of TPMS sensors and they're expensive.
On the flipside, I assume FTM is less accurate since they only warn when it drops below a threshold vs accurate/constant readings from TPMS?
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tranquility922 wrote:
Dec 3rd, 2017 12:40 pm
On the flipside, I assume FTM is less accurate since they only warn when it drops below a threshold vs accurate/constant readings from TPMS?
Can't confirm if less accurate but FTM has been accurate enough for me. Had a nail in one of my tires and it detected it while the tire had about 25psi, so it was still drivable.
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bomber17 wrote:
Dec 3rd, 2017 12:45 pm
Can't confirm if less accurate but FTM has been accurate enough for me. Had a nail in one of my tires and it detected it while the tire had about 25psi, so it was still drivable.
Oh, I should've phrased it differently, I meant TPMS seems more useful since it gives constant pressures vs FTM is just a warning sys when things go bad.
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bomber17 wrote:
Dec 3rd, 2017 12:45 pm
Can't confirm if less accurate but FTM has been accurate enough for me. Had a nail in one of my tires and it detected it while the tire had about 25psi, so it was still drivable.
Although it warns you it doesn't tell you which corner is low. I don't have an issue with that as like you said it's better than dealing with tpms.
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tpms are more useful in a sense that you can actually see the tires' psi reading.
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Not really, if you are in GTA. TCBMW was offering 6% + $1000 factory credit to a rfder couple of weeks ago.

MeganL1981 wrote:
Dec 2nd, 2017 9:22 pm
Hi all, i got back from the dealer recently and leased a 2018 BMW X3 xDrive 30i which will arrive in January from the factory.
Looking for some advice on whether the deal i got was any good?

2018 BMW X3 with Premium Enhanced Package - MSRP: $54,500
4% discount on above MRSP and a $1000 launch event credit which brought it down to $51320.
3.15% lease interest rate for 45 months

Need to pay (not including tax) the following upfront payments:
Wear and Tear Package: $1404
Tricor Registration: $298
Admin Fee: $388
Locking Wheel Bolts: $99.50
Other dealer options: $133.36
Freight: $1135
PDI: $1295
Locking Wheel Bolts: $99.50
Fuel: $90
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My FTM came on today while driving.. Stopped over at a gas station to inspect for nails and tire pressure. Nothing out of the norm. Reset the FTM and good to go.

Annoying.

On another note, nice warm day (relatively speaking) for driving around on Michelin PS4S lol

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