Our PCD Experience !!
My wife and rcecently completed our PCD Experience in early October. It was Fantastic to say the least! We had been planning on doing the PCD for over a year. We originally wanted a June Delivery in Spartanburg but we had to cancel our 2012 335i order, and switch to an October Delivery of a 2013 335i. We had turned our leased 2009 335i into the Dealer BMW of San Diego in late March . We ended up having only one car in our family for about 7 months. This required some logistics, but in the end it worked out well. 6 Months of no car payments, gas or car insurance Our CA was awesome. Pat Springer from BMW of San Diego handled all the details from his end, and kept us informed every step of the way. Our PCD time finally arrived for us on October 7th when we boarded Southwest from San Diego to Spartanburg/Greenville Airport. One change over in Houston. We arrived Sunday night after 7 PM in South Carolina , and we were taken to the Greenvill Marriott in a 2013 650 Silver Grand Coupe with Coral Red Interior. Beautiful Car !.
The Greenville Marriott
Very nice Rooms and the service was excellent. We had two breakfast there as well as two dinners. We came in a day early as our PCD was for Tuesday October 9th. Our meals were all top notch. Jonathan suggested we check out downtown Greenville , and we did that on Monday. Very quaint and picturesque downtown Main Street. Lots of cool Shops and places to Dine and obtain a CAB ( Cold Adult Beverage ) We had dinner that night compliments of BMW at the Greenville Marriott. Very good , and excellent Service. There were at least 5-6 other couples also having a wonderful dinner compliments of BMW too that night.
The PCD Experience
We were picked up the next morning along with many other felloiw PCDers , and taken to Spartanburg. What a thrill ! Everyone on the mini-bus could not wait to arrive at our destination.
We first met in a room with all the Driving Instructors ,Donny did the main presentation. We then went out to the First Section with our Instructor Adam. He is from Greenville , and is a tremendous driver , very skilled in the Driving Sport of Drifting.
We were all put in BMW's as close to our Model as possible. My wife and I were in new 335i which we loved . The Slalom was so much fun. We had many laps as fast as we could safely drive the track. Adam would encourage us on the walkie talkies in each BMW. ZOOM ZOOM.
The Skid Pad was a kick in the pants. We have never spun out in cars, so that was a unique experience. When Adam says Floor it, and you start spinning, that was like an E ticket Ride at Disneyland ,for you people of a certain age will know what I am talking about. My wife did great too. Amazing how the BMW handles in a Skid.
The BMW performs flawlessly in the ABS Testing. That was a lot fun, Just Slamming on the Brakes as hard as you can , and then steering at the same time. We both performed that task well.
We took a Hot Lap with Donny. Oh My !!!!!! Wish we could have had a few more of those . Thanks Donny !!!!!! That was a Thrill !!!!
This was one of the major Highlights of the PCD Experience. We spent over an hour watching the making of a BMW X3. Simply amazing watching from start to finish. The assmblers on the various stations, as well as the Robotics was soooo Coooooooool .
X5 OFF ROAD.
We had never driven an X5 , and we came away quite impressed. My wife grew up driving Jeeps, so she gave me some pointers. It was a blast, to put it Mildly.
We finished up with a wonderful lunch in the Cafeteria. Food was excellent, you could get anything you wanted . We had fun just discussing the AM activities, and knowing that soon we would be getting our new 2013 335i.
We were able to meet Jonathan, however, he was not able to do our Delivery. Jonathan, it was great to meet you. Thank you for all your help leading up to , and during our PCD Day ! You give so much of your time , and it reflects a tremendous service you give to BMW owners all over the Country. Our Delivery person was Sam. He did an Awesome Job ! This is our Third 3 Series in 6 years, and after his presentation , we really felt we know our new 3 Series. Our new 335i was in a special Showroom just for Us. It was so shiny it glowed. The Melbourne Red Paint glistened , and the contrasing Black Leather Interior suited our Bimmer well. Sam Explained everything we needed to know. We were not rushed, and took as much time as needed. It went by like a Blurr. Thanks Sam, great Job.
We toured the Museum and Gift Shop , and bought some shirts and other BWM goodies. Great time.
We live on the West Coast, so we left around 3:30 PM for our First City which was Atlanta that Night. Atlanta is around 2 and half hours from Greenville. We spent the next 10 days on the Road. My wife and I had never Driven Cross Country, so check another item off the Bucket List. Originally, we were going to switch drivers each day. Guess what ? I ended up driving the whole 3,200 miles back to San Diego. We drove through 11 states. South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and of course ending up back in San Diego, California. We extended our stay in a few cities. New Orleans, Santa Fe and Albuquerque New Mexico and Scotsdale Arizona. It was an experience of a Lifetime. Thank you everyone at the PCD , especially the staff at the Marriott, Jonathan, Sam, Adam and Donny at the PCD. You all made our trip so memorable. It was a fantastic time. If possible, and you can schdule the time. As Nike Says. "Just Do It" !
June 9,2012 New Order. 2013 335i Sedan, Melbourne Red Metallic Sport Line, Brushed Aluminum, Leather Dakota Black/Red Highlight, 19" Wheels, Premium Package, Dynamic Handling Package, Technology Package, Sport Transmission with Paddles, Htd Front Seats & Harmon Kardon
Performance Center Delivery October 9, 2012. BMWCCA Member since April 2006.