• Aug 21, 2008
High commodities prices and the unflattering value gap between the Euro and U.S. Dollar are forcing a lot of European automakers to bump their prices here in the States. We told you a few weeks ago that BMW was planning on raising the sticker price on many of its products, and now we're starting to see the extent of the damage. The price changes range from an increase of $600 on a 128i to $1,400 on an M6. The 335i received several MSRP increases, with the sedan going up by $800, the coupe by $1,200, and a raise of $1,300 for the convertible. The 328i sedan, meanwhile, rose $700 to an MSRP of $33,400.

Options also went up in price, as the dual clutch on the M3 has gone up by $200 making it a $2,900 option. The sport package for the 335i sedan and coupe has risen by $450, and some standard equipment like the Logic 7 Sound System has been nixed for 2009. Beginning in October, iPhone integration can also be had for $150. Since $150 is almost the price of the phone, that one smarts just a bit. To see more 2009 BMW pricing (except for the new 7-Series), hit the read link below.

[Source: BMW Blog, photo by rahims | CC 2.0]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess there is infiniti for those of us just not able to make that BMW price fit our budget.

      a 328i for $34k of the coming G37 for $33k (with manu standard features that are options in the BMW, and power and performance rivaling that of the 335i)??
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm sure there are many of folks that have obtained current Infinitis other than them being cheaper than a comparible 3 series. The company has a very solid lineup of cars these days, none of which should be looked at as a 'poor mans' anything.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, a lot of Bimmer bashing going on.

      I've had two 3-series BMW's (as if there's anything else) and didn't notice any significant increase in maintenance costs compared to other vehicles owned.

      If you want point A to point B transportation, buy whatever it is that rocks your world. For those that really like to drive, there really is no substitute. As for the price increase? Get used to it. Every manufacture will be raising their prices.

      BTW, I drive an '06 GTI due to mortgage, Harley, etc., etc.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You must be kidding me. I'll admit VWs aren't cheap to maintain either, but BMWs cost a lot more. The prices of parts and labor are much higher on BMWs than VWs and way more than a domestic car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      and I thought it was expensive before...
      • 6 Years Ago
      BMW's are nice, (although many people just buy them to look cool), but they make way too many features optional and so for what you get, I don't think they're worth it. Then you have to deal with service and repair costs when the vehicle is out of warranty...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I understand market demands, but you really have to wonder if the 335 is worth the steep price penalty over the upcoming 7 speed 328hp G37 Sedan.

      No wonder so many people lease BMWs. Audi and MB are just as bad with their pricing too. The Japanese and Koreans may not have the prestige, but they sure do offer a lot of car for the money. Cars that don't require a second job to maintain once the warranty runs out either.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Mind of badge whore: "Why would I spend $35k on a car no one notices when I can get a BMW for just $10k more? Must... stretch.. budget..."

        Mind of hardcore enthusiast: "Holy crap, why are these cars so expensive? damn, I'll just have to bite the bullet because it's worth it. I'll just cut out all the useless options."

        Mind of sensible enthusiast: "Woah, I'll let the posers have their Bimmers. I'll wait until depreciation takes care of those chumps and get a 335i coupe in a few years. Or maybe if I really must have new, I'll get a G37 that's 95% as good for 80% of the price."
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bmw's drive really good.. But how many acutally take thier car on the track to experience the way they handle??? For the everyday person most other cars are going to be almost just as good.. Why don't other manufactures try to duplicate the driving of a BMW... Could be cost... Having just come from working at BMW dealer.. Most 3 series out of warranty have an average repair bill of around $1,500 and up. And most of it is suspension work. There is a reason BMW is not on the recommended list to buy from most publications for long term.. They are great cars when warranty covers the bill... BMW's run for a long time most say.. That is true we had BMW's come through that had over 300,000 miles on the motor... BUT you have to be rich to maintain it.. For example we had a couple of customers come through with the X5's that through the year Had well over $10,000 just to keep the damn thing on the road!! Most older 3 series out of warranty from what I remember average bill would be around $2,000 and that was just for suspension work. (control arms, bushings, rear trailing arm bushings). Don't get me wrong.. If you ever get the chance to experience a BMW.. Especially on a track setting. You will come away amazed at what that car can do from the factory. But for most they are just too expensive to maintain.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Going a little O/T, but I just love to read some Americans thinking bmw's are now too expensive after a mere ~1000$ price hike...

      M3 in the US: $57,500
      M3 in Finland: $169,635 (or 114,600EUR)

      You still think it's expensive huh..? ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Did you not read the first sentence of the article? Commodity prices and the growing gap between the Euro and Dollar is causing the growth in price.

      It costs BMW more to build a car and sell it in the United States than a year ago.

      As far as BMW vs. other cars with more options for less money, that's up in the air. There is something about the way BMWs drive that is not easily foudn in other cars. Take Lexus with their IS350 for example. Sure it is more comfortably equipped, but it lacks the driving characteristics of a 335. I'm sure we'll see soon, but I'm sure the same will apply to the Genesis.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I am not arguing on that point. Mine is this: commodity price increased and devalued dollar affects all auto makers, thus most are raising their price. However, not all can do it at this level. BMW can because, well, they can. But just like gas, there will be a point when the consumer would just say nope.

        At least I am as I am not made of gold
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's a very valid point, and I'm not debating that. Having said that, it's not like BMWs were reasonable before.

        Besides Infiniti will happily sell you a G37. It is just as capable.
      • 6 Years Ago
      in egypt it is much worse
      you can buy the german 320i by around 100 us$
      or you can buy the egyptian one with 60 us$
      because those moran and that bulk of taxes
      the corolla 1.6 you can get it here with 25 us $
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why is BMW raising prices now because of the currency situation? The dollar has made a major move up in the last month and will continue to get stronger vs the Euro. The dollar has bottomed and is up over 5% in the last month, so a $50K BMW should cost U.S. customers now $47.5K.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not surprised the 335i got a big bump. They're everywhere here, selling like hotcakes. Like gold-plated hotcakes.

      There's no way another $1K on the price (average) is going to crimp sales of the 335i right now.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Most likely "leasing like hotcakes"

        60% of them are leases.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "You must be kidding me. I'll admit VWs aren't cheap to maintain either, but BMWs cost a lot more. The prices of parts and labor are much higher on BMWs than VWs and way more than a domestic car."

      the better the car, the more expensive it is. a bimmer is simply the best driving machine there is in the premium catagory therefore it will have expensive maintainance etc.

      a refined luxury car like a lexus is cheaper to maintain than a sporty one like bmw or infiniti. and infinitis are not cheap either, sure they are less expensive to maintain than a bimmer but they are inferior products as well.
      i have owned a 2004 model 5 series as well as G35 and both have been pretty robust. but when they breakdown...
      lets not get into that
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