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A BMW Performance Center Delivery Story
By David Costanza

I

do not remember whether it was Car & Driver or Automobile magazine, but buying a new 1987 white Acura Integra Special Edition (my predilection for
I know that it was last spring when I read that the new G2X-based 4 Series colors came after owning a black 1978 Pontiac Grand Le Mans and the aforewould, like its four-door sibling, no longer be available in the U.S. with a mentioned white Acura). The "Build Your Own" feature found on BMW's
manual transmission. While I understand the relentless push toward efficient website is a wonderful tool for new car buyers, one on which you can while
automatics, as an avowed devotee of three-pedal cars, I found this to be a away far too many hours playing with colors, wheels, interiors, and options.
revolting development. I took this news as a warning shot across the bow: buy I narrowed my choices down to a RWD (for its mechanical simplicity) M240
now or forever hold my peace. My quest for a new BMW was under way.
or an M Sport 430/440, with an M340 thrown in for comparison purposes.
Not that there was anything wrong with my 2007 E90 335. Rather, after
Fourth of July week was pretty quiet and there were some good
10 years and 100,000+ miles, I was getting ready for something new anyway. manufacturer incentives available, so I took the opportunity to test-drive the
I had pretty much avoided any major repair bills but a BMW of that vintage three contenders. Full reviews of these cars are numerous but my twitterand mileage is a hole-in-the-pocket waiting to happen. That, combined with length impressions were as follows: M240 - terrific car but a half-size too
the impending demise of most manual-transmission BMWs, led me to start small for me; M340 - not a fan of the new chassis and the digitization of
searching.
BMW; 430 - almost, but not with a four cylinder; 440 - ah, just right!
Generally, my car-buying approach has been to purchase two-orUnfortunately, once you specify the M Sport line, the color choices are
three-year-old CPO BMWs, usually
limited to white, black, gray, and two
off-lease or program cars. However,
blues that, while very nice, did not
finding manual transmission cars
appeal to my eye: Estoril and Snapper
amongst this bunch was tough.
Rocks. I figured I was going to have
At one point, my search yielded a
to special-order the car anyway
grand total of six (!) CPO manual(number of new RWD 440 manuals
transmission 3 and 4 Series cars in
nationwide that are not black? zero),
the entire country that were not black,
so I asked my Client Advisor about
white, silver, or gray (I like my cars to
special ordering colors. He checked
have a color). There were lots of M3s
with BMW USA and they told him
and M4s, but used ones worried me
I could get any non-M specific color I
for a multitude of reasons (have you
wanted as long as I willing to pay
seen how people drive those things?)
(don't ask).
and the price point was a bit too high
I think BMW does blues better
for my wallet.
than any other manufacturer, and I
So, I turned my sights to a new (Top) Another angle of our new ride in front of the BMW museum and had seen a number of them that I
car, something I have only done once, (Above) our new car in its glass garage before delivery.
really liked, my Monte Carlo 540 and

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Intro page
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
THE STEERING COLUMN
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
COMING EVENTS
January 2020 DIY at Bimmer Works
NCC's 2020 Annual Meeting and Banquet
Matt Curry's Craftsman Auto Care Sponsor Spotlight
Why My Family and I Will Always Drive BMWs
Life with the 2020 G29 Z4 M40i
A BMW Performance Center Delivery Story
Window Tint Can Protect Your Health
The Difference Between Wants and Needs
The Habits of Highly Effective Autocrossers: Interview-Jeff Noyes
NEW MEMBERS LIST
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der Bayerische May/June 2020 - PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
der Bayerische May/June 2020 - THE STEERING COLUMN
der Bayerische May/June 2020 - CALENDAR OF EVENTS
der Bayerische May/June 2020 - COMING EVENTS
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der Bayerische May/June 2020 - NCC's 2020 Annual Meeting and Banquet
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der Bayerische May/June 2020 - Matt Curry's Craftsman Auto Care Sponsor Spotlight
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der Bayerische May/June 2020 - Life with the 2020 G29 Z4 M40i
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der Bayerische May/June 2020 - A BMW Performance Center Delivery Story
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der Bayerische May/June 2020 - Window Tint Can Protect Your Health
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der Bayerische May/June 2020 - The Difference Between Wants and Needs
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der Bayerische May/June 2020 - The Habits of Highly Effective Autocrossers: Interview-Jeff Noyes
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