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I have previously written about a surprise (see post here) that my husband pulled off seamlessly the weekend before our 15th wedding anniversary last June. On that previous post, I intentionally pixelated a revealing element because I didn’t want to write about it just yet. That picture was this one. See the BMW water bottle?
It took me this long to document it on this blog because it’s been really hectic around here this past few weeks. So forgive me because one more time I was unable to keep my promise for timely updates.
Yes, the surprise (which according from him was also his anniversary gift) came in the form of an appointment to the BMW dealership. Unknown to most, our previous vehicle, a BMW SAV, was primarily my husband’s pick. It was all about the body color – his forever favorite color : orange. Although my inputs were considered at the time of purchase, I mostly obliged so he can get his fave color. We had ‘Sexie’ for 29 months. If we considered letting go of her back in October 2014 because we had a buy back offer (which I’ve written about here), she would have been gone sooner but the offer was not that good. Then another offer came along which I didn’t think much of, but unknown to me, my husband secretly got in touch with the dealership to hear the preliminary details. It was enticing enough so he made the appointment.
He was determined to end my agony. Truth be told, I really didn’t like Sexie that much. I’m not the type of gal who loves the thrill of a Sport Activity Vehicle (a.k.a. SUV but I’m using BMW lingo thus the difference in terms). To my surprise, which I only found out a few weeks ago, he was also not that enamored with Sexie but because of the color he was able to look the other way.
Three weeks later, ‘Trixie’ was available for pick up. This time, everything about ‘Trixie’ was my choice. I’m solely responsible for all the options. From the model, color and added options. It took us three hours to finalize everything on the first appointment because while I loved the idea of having all the optional packages that’s important to me, I didn’t want us to wait for 8 weeks for custom order. So we took into consideration whatever available inventory sailing from Germany to the US. At the day of pick up, we needed almost two hours for orientation which the Advisor did really well. But for two low tech, innocent people like us, there was just too much info to absorb so we just made sure that we were able to drive away without compromising safety and comfort. The iDrive feature was the one that kept us so ‘out of it’. To date, we’re slowly but surely adapting to everything that Trixie has to offer. But for good measure, we have already made an appointment with a BMW Genius for the BMW Encore Program to attend a personalized one on one tutorial. Trixie is loaded with features that we’re unable to utilize just yet, albeit unnecessary, but since we chose to have it, we might as well learn how to use it.
Meet ‘Trixie’ my new nimble driving machine. To say that I love her to bits is an understatement.
How will I keep the interior pristine and clean? I don’t know. Your question is as good as mine. I keep telling my husband to take his shoes off if he is not confident that they’re not that clean haha.
The iDrive – the ‘headache’ (lol).
The Lane and Parking Assist feature surely makes life a lot easier while behind the wheel.
The Sport Mode once activated makes ‘Trixie’ my ultimate driving machine.
‘Trixie’ has all the features that ‘Sexie’ had (see previous post here) with a lot of enhancements and additions. The Comfort Access option as well as the Cold Weather Package option makes riding and driving a lot more comfortable. I like the fact that even the rear seats are heated and air vents are also available. Although, I must admit it’s really once in a blue moon when there’s a passenger seated in the rear.
Since, I requested to have an all weather rubber mats which BMW gave for free, they gave us the option to bring home the carpet mats. It was a drizzly day when we drove away from the dealership so they outfitted ‘Trixie’ with the rubber mats.
A week later, along with numerous survey mailers from different companies, this was delivered by UPS. My husband and I agree that this pen and something else would have made a better impact for a token gift. Demanding? Yes we are! Why not? After all, even if a car is referred to by someone we know as just plain ‘piece of metal’ it certainly is worth much more than just a shiny piece of metal.