You know, it's sorta sad when you realize that you're on the short-end of the current recession. With all the talk of the current car market being a buyer's market, someone forgot to visit a BMW dealer. I'm coming to the end of my fourth lease on a CPO 3-series. In each of these leases, I had a great experience with the car and BMW FS. A few of the cars had reliability issues (one had a bullet hole in door frame, I swear), but the extended warranty resolved the problems at minimal expense. Unfortunately for me, BMW FS has decided to end the CPO lease offers in favor of aggressive offers on new vehicle leases. The new vehicle leases are very attractive but limited to cars with a defined package that includes an automatic transmission and the premmium package. If you want a manual transmission and a fold down rear seat, which costs less than the automatic transmission, the lease offer, apparently, doesn't apply. Of course, I understand BMW's position, in three years, a 3-series with an automatic and the premium package, will be more marketable than any other configuration of the car. It was nice being affluent, but I'll make do and purchase my current 3-series. Unfortunately, since the $500 loyalty rebate was a big part of my rational for maintaining a BMWCCA membership, that expense will probably be eliminated. I'll miss the maintenance and restoration articles in Roundel, but the new model promotion and electronic gadget stuff (which seems to be the bulk of magazine) isn't of great interest to me. It's been fun.