BMW's current promotion allows for a $1500 credit on certain vehicles, including the 3 series. The promotion ends January 3, 2011. I have been trying to find a manual transmission Xdrive 3 series, and according to the information I received they are very scarce; only 22 are located within the U.S. As a result, I will need to place an order. To get the holiday credit, a purchase, lease or order must be placed by January 3. No problem there. But if an order is placed, the purchase has to close within 60 days, or by March 4. I am willing to purchase the car as soon as BMW delivers it. Unfortunately, they have elected to close the plant for the month of January, making it extremely doubtful that the car will be delivered by March 4 (average time from order to delivery is 6-8 weeks), particularly in the winter when weather is a factor. I don't know if BMW execs read this, but surely BMW should see the unfairness of not permitting someone to get the credit solely because of BMW's actions. What do you think?