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I drove to a BMW dealership to pick up a friend yesterday. I parked and sat in the car for a while as sales people walked towards then back a few times. I just pretended like I didn't see them.

One man came closer and just stood there for a few seconds. Here we go, I thought. I put the window down and said, can I help you? But before I finished speaking, he was in full compliment mode. Surprise.

I half expected him to ask how much I owe on it, or if I wanted to look at a new BMW.
Nothing like that. He really likes the C7. He seemed to know all about the issues and service bulletins, too. We talked shop for a few minutes, the usual car fan chat.

I said, well you have some really nice cars here. He said, yea we just got a nice M4 in. He mentioned some details about it, good and bad.
Then he leaned in closer and said, "but this is a better buy. Trust me".

There you go. A BMW sales person thinks the C7 is a better buy than the M4. Just one man's opinion, of course.

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I suppose I shouldn't be that surprised, glen. But the only other dealership I've been to with the C7 is my girlfriend's Toyota store (that is a really funny story) and I assumed higher end dealerships would be snobs. I was wrong again ;)
 

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I suppose I shouldn't be that surprised, glen. But the only other dealership I've been to with the C7 is my girlfriend's Toyota store (that is a really funny story) and I assumed higher end dealerships would be snobs. I was wrong again ;)
you get some of that, but like anything else, when people make more money, a greater level of professionalism is there in any industry...and yes there are exceptions, but the median w-2 for a chevy guy is 30-50% less than a hi - line guy....
 

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I suppose I shouldn't be that surprised, glen. But the only other dealership I've been to with the C7 is my girlfriend's Toyota store (that is a really funny story) and I assumed higher end dealerships would be snobs. I was wrong again ;)
JCobalt, I would love to read about the Toyota store story...
 
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My story is lame in that I don't even have a C7 yet, but thought you'd enjoy since its about my C7 license plate. I commute 150 miles one way to work several times a month. My 2006 Malibu hit 100,000 miles (great car) so needed a replacement with great gas mileage. I replaced it with a Nissan Sentra that gets 40mpg. I wanted to put a bumper sticker on it that said "My other car is a C7" but I hate bumper stickers so I got a personalized plate that reads "LUVMYC7". (I have a deposit on a 2015). I know, I'm early but didn't want to lose the plate.

I brought my Sentra in to the dealer for an oil change. In the long covered area leading into service I parked in line and a rep came up and took my information. When he glanced at the tags to record on his paperwork he turned to me and said "YOU HAVE A C7!!?" I said no, not yet, just am ordering one. The rep looks over to another rep standing 30 feet away and says, "Hey Joe, he has a C7." Before I could say "Well Not y....." there were no less than 5 service reps gathered around talking vettes, and how much they loved the new look, and the power and the technology etc etc. I was floored. I had just been through their showroom and had eyed their Nissan GT-R for $107,000. A beautiful car. I did not hear one rep even mention it. For 5 minutes we talked Corvette and they all congratulated me on the new order. I haven't even done THAT yet!!

I went to lunch while my car got serviced, and on my return, while passing through the showroom (where the GT-R sits) a lady 30 feet away says "How do you like your new Corvette? I was turning in my car when I heard all the commotion about your Corvette." Oh brother, I thought. Hear we go. Had to explain I had just put a deposit on one.

In Summary. I can't believe the attention I get because I put a deposit down on one. Can't imagine what all you owners must go through. Quite frankly, I was a little embarrassed by all the attention for nothing. I felt guilty having the plate so early. Hope you guys don't shoot me. Here's my pic.

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interesting statement. you have to wonder 1) what is his criteria for "better", 2) what are his qualifications to evaluate the many features of each car? he may be correct, but personally, im leery of people who make sweeping statements of this magnitude--love to discuss with him the basis for his conclusion. [btw, hope hes right]
 

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He may or may not know all about C7s, but presumably he does know about the M4!
 

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LUVMYC7 and I love your story, good stuff.
 

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I can tell you that every sales guy of any mfr who's any good at all, knows at least two things about the C7:
1. That it's damn good looking as he's seen it
2. That it's an unbelievable buy in the $50-60’s as he's heard it from his clients.....

seriously.......
 

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interesting statement. you have to wonder 1) what is his criteria for "better", 2) what are his qualifications to evaluate the many features of each car? he may be correct, but personally, im leery of people who make sweeping statements of this magnitude--love to discuss with him the basis for his conclusion. [btw, hope hes right]
I would have loved to talk with him more about it, but I had to leave. Like I said at the end, he's just one guy and that's his opinion. I'm not even sure if he's ever driven a C7, but he said it's a better buy with such conviction, that it surprised me.
I think BMW's are wonderful cars, FTR.
 

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JCobalt, I would love to read about the Toyota store story...
Oh you know, it's one of those "you had to have been there" kind of situations.
It's probably funnier in my head, but I'll give you gist: several sales guys giddy over the car, getting inside, asking for pictures with it "for Facebook"...sales managers watching through the large windows with concerned looks. One guy gets in and says prince...prince man, you know? He's my favorite. It got quiet for a moment until I said little red corvette? And said yaaaaa!!
It's not out of the ordinary for people to act like this I suppose, but they were working. At a Toyota dealership. I just thought is was funny that they turned into children. Managers, not amused.
But you know there's something about that guy having an 80's flash back, and presumably the good times he had when he sat in the car. How many cars could make him react that way? And I'm sure he's seen a thousand little red corvettes.
 

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Thanks for the story. I am still smiling now even minutes after finishing reading it. :)
 
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I drove to a BMW dealership to pick up a friend yesterday. I parked and sat in the car for a while as sales people walked towards then back a few times. I just pretended like I didn't see them.

One man came closer and just stood there for a few seconds. Here we go, I thought. I put the window down and said, can I help you? But before I finished speaking, he was in full compliment mode. Surprise.

I half expected him to ask how much I owe on it, or if I wanted to look at a new BMW.
Nothing like that. He really likes the C7. He seemed to know all about the issues and service bulletins, too. We talked shop for a few minutes, the usual car fan chat.

I said, well you have some really nice cars here. He said, yea we just got a nice M4 in. He mentioned some details about it, good and bad.
Then he leaned in closer and said, "but this is a better buy. Trust me".

There you go. A BMW sales person thinks the C7 is a better buy than the M4. Just one man's opinion, of course.

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The C7 is a very different car than the M4 but it probably is a better value. I have owned about 10 BMWs, currently have two, and I do like them a lot. But I always will also have a Corvette. On the plus side (reading some of the posts here about C7 issues) the nav systems and voice commands work well and BMW Assist (BMW's version of On Star) is included for the full four years or 50,000 miles of the warranty.--Bob
 
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I swung by Audi Central in my Stingray to pick up something I ordered for my R8 V10. As usual, I handed my keys to the valet and walked inside. When I returned, I saw the valet had not moved my Stingray. It was still sitting where I left it, with 10 or 12 people gathered around, gawking and cooing. It's an Audi dealership and even my R8 doesn't get that much attention there. Because I bought the Stingray as a lower-key alternative to my supercars, I realized I had made a big mistake — a mistake that makes me smile like a cop inside a giant red light camera made of donuts and porn.


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