When Nancy and I decided to sign on the dotted line for our first BMW a couple of years ago, little did we know that I would lose my job a couple of weeks later! It has been a very tough time since then but, recently, I've fallen into a well-paying job and after catching up on all the bills, decided to join THE club. Do not doubt me when I state emphatically that our 328xi is the best car we have ever owned and it was tough there for a while but a couple of lucky breaks and we still own our '08 with pride. It was pristine when we took possession and when it comes out of the shop later today, it will be as close to showroom as we could hope but for a couple of road chips that I agonize over as you can all understand. My biggest concern is nomenclature. It's a "Three Series" but, much to my dismay, this knowledge is not enough and the more I attempt to research the proper terminology the more frustrated I become. Is there a way on this sight that I can get to know my black beauty better? I appreciate your toleration of my ignorance in advance. I look forward to learning how to make our B'mer all the more enjoyable as we rack up the miles over the coming years...that is if we don't trade up, but don't tell our black beauty that! We want to make 'improvements' but with a lack of proper model nomenclature it is tough to take her where we want to go. A great, big and joyful "Hello" to all who have bothered to read!