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My 2020 M240i convertible

The Difference Between Wants and Needs
By James Chew

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ike most car enthusiasts, I go
California. My list was developed with
"fantasy shopping". With the
a hearty fantasy about how I would
BMW website, I've configured
handle the price, payment, and longcountless numbers of vehicles that
term maintenance, and because my
"for sure" I'd buy when the opportuni2012 135i M-sport was fully paid for
ty arises. Whether it's the certified
and had extremely low mileage,
pre-owned section of that website, or
I could indulge myself with these
browsing Craigslist, BMW dealer
unrealistic fantasies.
websites, or eBay, I've "saved" a
Then the unthinkable happened
number of vehicles that would be
- I HAD to replace my 135i (see the
"the one" when it was time to replace
article, "Why My Family and I Will
my 2012 135i M-sport convertible.
Always Drive BMWs", also in this
Reviewing the "for sure" list,
issue). That fantasy list was updated
similarities among my choices are
and then reviewed realistically through
immediately apparent. A majority of
the lens of price, payment, and longthe vehicles on that list are fully
term maintenance.
loaded M vehicles, though there were
The 6 Series and 7 Series were
(Top) Just delivered at BMW of Alexandria. (Above) Wouldn't it be nice
also a fair number of low-mileage
quickly eliminated. My experience
if BMW STOPPED using engine covers?
manual-transmission cars. Some
with the long-term maintenance costs
made the list as "second vehicles", others as "daily drivers", some as "if I only for both models served as a reminder as to why the prices were so low after
had one car", and some, of course, if I were to again live in Southern the manufacturer's warranty and free maintenance period expired.

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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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