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    Hello all,

    Just thought I'd introduce myself.

    At the weekend, I handed over a fair bit of my hard-earned cash for my very first BMW car. The vehicle in question is a 1999 323 Ci Coupe.

    To be completely honest, until just recently, BMWs had not been high on my shopping list. But our neighbour swears by them and it began to rub off on me.

    Anyhow, last week my current wheels died, leaving me needing a vehicle. It seemed like the ideal opportunity to suggest to the wife that we seek out a Bimmer. To my utter surprise, she agreed!

    I had already been doing my homework in the week leading up to this and had about four cars in my sights - which we went to view on Sunday.

    The first three were not for me - bodged body repairs or blacked out windows and millions of miles.

    Then, with despair setting in, we viewed the last one on the list - a 1999 323 Ci Coupe in Sliver. Full dealer service history and only two former owners, with 116K on the clock. Sitting forlornly at the back of a dealer's lot, it was clearly being overlooked but I had a good feeling about it.

    In fact, it wasn't just me - no sooner were the keys in my hand than the wife was snatching them away and jumping in to fire it up - started on the button and sounded as sweet as a nut (no nastiness from the VANOS).

    One test drive later and we were both completely smitten. It is, in fact, the first time that I can ever recall my wife saying, "buy it - don't think about it; we have to have it".

    Picking it up on Thursday and I can't flippin wait.

    Hope I've done the right thing, though. BMW has a reputation for quality, reliability and being able to take big miles - which is just what I'm looking for.

    As you can tell by the user name - I'm a real hands on owner - so hope to make use of and participate in the technical sections of the forum.

    Roll on Thursday.

    Cheers,

    Ian.
     
     

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    Hello Ian ,

    Welcome to the forums and Congratulations on the purchase
     
     

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    Thanks SlowTech.
     
     

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    Welcome mate!

    Looks like you and the missus have caught the bug wish mine was as enthusiastic as yours!

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    welcome!

    yeah and mine - she just shakes her head when i'm outside cleaning my real love :-)
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    Howdy, just one thing to check before you dot the i's and cross the t's, is the rear subframe for any cracks or tears, other then that enjoy bimmerhood!
     
     

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    Thanks for the replies all - and the warm welcome.

    Yes, I do make you all right about my missus. I'm the envy of my mates.

    But, one thing I will say is that she has to be completely bowled over by a car to respond like that - so the Bimmer is already living up to expectations before we've even taken delivery!

    Thanks for the info on the rear subframe Jon. Was not aware of that problem! Is it common / big fix? I'm quite handy with a MIG welding set (got plenty of practice on my old Porsche 944). So, if it's just welding, I would be inclined to get stuck in myself.

    Thanks again,

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    Welcome to bemerforums and i assure you that you will never buy another make other than BMW from now on. That sweet straight 6 is lovley.
    My BMW history= E36 318IS, 323I,Mini Cooper, E46 320 D SE and now E39 530D. awesome
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiku84 View Post
    Welcome to bemerforums and i assure you that you will never buy another make other than BMW from now on. That sweet straight 6 is lovley.
    Thanks for the welcome. Yes, I've got a feeling that you're right. My neighbour is a good example of that - never known him own any other marque!

    The missus and I are hooked after just a half hour test drive.

    Actually, now I come to think of it, this is technically our second BMW; the wife already has a Mini Cooper - what a hoot that is to drive!
     
     

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    Welcome mate

    Good choice of car.
     
     

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