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Post by I_MNL » Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:36 am

Congratulations for your choice Paulb! Excellent! :clap:
Is it with the 4-wheel drive system, or is this only still for the LHD cars?
And the name is Marie-Noëlle or nick name MNL, NOT Marie or Noëlle ALONE; unless if you are looking for someone else and not me!!!
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Post by Paulb » Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:31 pm

Sadly MNL that's a treat reserved for our continental cousins only!
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Post by Paulb » Thu Jul 23, 2015 4:13 pm

I find that Nothing goes smoothly now a days.

After many many discussions over the colour, visiting several dealerships, seeing cars in the flesh, colour pallets and emailing Matt, we opted for the Havana exterior colour.

Now after signing on the dotted line, paying the deposit, 8 days later i'm told that Havana is now going to cost an additional £5.5k extra as BMW have decided to discontinue the colour! Grrrrrrrrr

So back to the drawing board :( :evil:
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Post by sward » Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:58 pm

Hmm, I'm not a contract lawyer, but I would have thought that you have a contract for a car in Havana at the price you and the dealer agreed. Might be worth pressing that point.
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Post by GuyW » Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:16 am

When you posted your spec for your car, I saw that it wasn't on the BMW/ALPINA configurator so was surprised that you could order it without it being special order.

You might also want to check that you can get Oyster Dakota leather with black lower dash (the footwell is black but the lower dash is oyster)? On the configurator, you can get Saddle Brown with black lower dash, or Merino leather allows black lower dash, but not Oyster.

Jatoba is a similar shade, or Citrine Black?
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Post by mac » Fri Jul 24, 2015 4:12 pm

sward wrote:Hmm, I'm not a contract lawyer, but I would have thought that you have a contract for a car in Havana at the price you and the dealer agreed. Might be worth pressing that point.
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I think you will find somewhere in the contract that BMW/Sytner have the right to alter if discontinued......or words to that effect.....
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Post by Paulb » Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:06 am

GuyW wrote:When you posted your spec for your car, I saw that it wasn't on the BMW/ALPINA configurator so was surprised that you could order it without it being special order.

You might also want to check that you can get Oyster Dakota leather with black lower dash (the footwell is black but the lower dash is oyster)? On the configurator, you can get Saddle Brown with black lower dash, or Merino leather allows black lower dash, but not Oyster.

Jatoba is a similar shade, or Citrine Black?
There was already a charge for the Havana as it wasn't a standard Alpina colour but was on the BMW metallic list at the time but has now been withdrawn (despite the LCI press cars all being in Havana paint! - go figure!). It's the extra on top that I object to!

On the Sytner configurator (different to the customer facing one) the Oyster with black lower dash, carpets etc is a different code - the said in a nutshell that if it's a standard Alpina colour seat fabric, the rest can be pretty much as you want it as they have codes for all different configurations.

I'll see what the Mrs says when she gets back from Munich although she was less impressed than I was.

Jatoba is a cr@p colour both in look and similarities! Someone likened it to the ability to actually being able polish a turd now! :roll: :lol:
Citrine Black is quite nice although if I HAVE to pay for a colour that isn't onspec, then it's going to be something like Ruby Red, I might as well go rare as rather than join the never ending line of Black, White & Grey cars on our roads now a days! (no offence if you have a Black / White or Grey car - i've got two black ones at the min!)
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Post by big blue » Sun Jul 26, 2015 7:45 pm

I saw a Mediterranean Blue F30 today brand new and I though it looked really good - As a metallic non costed option this would be a great colour blue if anyone was thinking about an alternative to Tanzanite Blue or Alpina Blue which are an extra £1590 etc.
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Post by Paulb » Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:04 am

Isn't Mediterranean Blue BMW's replacement for the very ill fated Dark Blue known affectionately as "Doom Blue"?
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Post by Jervint » Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:36 am

http://www.germancarforum.com/threads/r ... mws.23769/

Some inspiration here.

Do like the Ruby Red, also the Indianapolis Red is nice.

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Post by pete » Tue Jul 28, 2015 3:23 pm

Jervint wrote:http://www.germancarforum.com/threads/r ... mws.23769/

Some inspiration here.

Do like the Ruby Red, also the Indianapolis Red is nice.
Thats great ,shame in that "swatch" of blues Alpina Blue isnt there ,would have been good to see where it fits

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Post by B10BRW » Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:31 pm

Paulb wrote:

I might as well go rare as rather than join the never ending line of Black, White & Grey cars on our roads now a days! (no offence if you have a Black / White or Grey car - i've got two black ones at the min!)
Apart from the premium, what's wrong with Alpina Green, superb colour,very rare in the UK and looks stunning with gold stripes :D

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Post by kith » Tue Jul 28, 2015 8:18 pm

B10BRW wrote:
Paulb wrote:

I might as well go rare as rather than join the never ending line of Black, White & Grey cars on our roads now a days! (no offence if you have a Black / White or Grey car - i've got two black ones at the min!)
Apart from the premium, what's wrong with Alpina Green, superb colour,very rare in the UK and looks stunning with gold stripes :D
I agree, it looks great, although I can't help thinking that it would make a car very difficult to resell
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Post by simon13 » Tue Jul 28, 2015 8:30 pm

why?
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Post by Paulb » Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:22 pm

I'm not a lover of green cars tbh. As for resale, i'm considering keeping the car for best part of a decade so resale value down that road isn't going to be an issue between colours.
Nothing to see here.... move along in an orderly fashion please!
E91 D3 Bi-turbo Touring #004 - (sold)
E46 B3 3.3 Saloon #032
F31 D3 Bi-turbo Touring #172
Mk1 Focus RS #516
Mk3 Focus RS Heritage #8 of only 50
and a 1987 Sierra RS Cosworth (currently being restored)

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