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Old 11-14-2005, 11:56 AM
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Talking 330xi Delivery today pictures

Hi All from the Renaissance Salzburg, got it for $59 on Priceline. It's a block from the train station and it's very nice. It's newly refurbished with a nice King bed and the largest bathroom that I've ever seen in a European hotel room. I got lost on the way to the hotel and had to go back to the Autobahn and start over. It turned out when I thought I had already gone too far past the location at that point I was like around the corner from the hotel. More ammunition for those that support getting the Nav. LMAO

Ok well the delivery went ok until I went to the car and looked at the badge. They had incorrectly badged it as a 325XI. At that point we're checking the chassis and everything to make sure that it really was my car. At this point, Herr Ernest is telling me that they can just re-badge it and there's no 325xi in the US. I'm looking all over for a sign that it really it was a 330 and not a 325. Checked the tires 17" Bridgestones, chrome tailpipe and finally found the metal manufacture plate and it clearly said 330xi. There happened to be another 330xi Arctic in the garage and I was comparing it to make sure that the car was correct.

So he drives it over to the workshop and tries to get it re-badged; however, they didn't have the 330xi badges in stock, so now I am driving a de-badged car courtesy of the factory. So I finally get into the car and there's no floor mats either. Apparently they're out of those too, so he marked both on my delivery sheet and told me to tell the dealer when I take re-delivery. Now I need to find some floor mats before I completely dirty the inside. I bought the emergency vest and that looks like it'll work well as a tempory floor mat.

Top-speed so far 105 mph for about a 30 secs. I was doing most about 140-150 km/hr on the A8 to Salzburg and was being blown away by little old Fiats and Fiestas.

The best feature so far is the new turn signals. I thought they were going to take awhile to get use to, but it turns out they're tailor-made for the Autobahn.

Ok well here's the pictures, sorry nothing of the interior yet as I totally forgot because I was still about the wrong badge and floor mats. However the car is fantastic.
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Old 11-14-2005, 12:53 PM
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As I learnt from Me530, you can download a handy widget to do this in 2 clicks. Here is a cut and paste of Me53´s post:

Download the XP image resizer- its very handy.

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OK thanks for the link, I'll give it a try.
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OK thanks for the link, I'll give it a try.
Once installed, when you view the picture in the windows viewer, a right mouse click will give new options, incl. resize
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Calif: very nice color. Actually looks nice w/o the badge. It's got a cleaner look to the back.

You're de-badged 330xi will fit in with other 3 series in Europe now as everyone debadges there.

When the car gets to VDC, they can badge it like every BMW in America.

It would have freaked me out if I paid for a 330xi and they badged it a 325xi.

I wonder if you can keep the 325xi badge as a souvenir. It's an experience you won't forget.

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Ok well the delivery went ok until I went to the car and looked at the badge. They had incorrectly badged it as a 325XI. At that point we're checking the chassis and everything to make sure that it really was my car. At this point, Herr Ernest is telling me that they can just re-badge it and there's no 325xi in the US. I'm looking all over for a sign that it really it was a 330 and not a 325. Checked the tires 17" Bridgestones, chrome tailpipe and finally found the metal manufacture plate and it clearly said 330xi. There happened to be another 330xi Arctic in the garage and I was comparing it to make sure that the car was correct.

So he drives it over to the workshop and tries to get it re-badged; however, they didn't have the 330xi badges in stock, so now I am driving a de-badged car courtesy of the factory. So I finally get into the car and there's no floor mats either. Apparently they're out of those too, so he marked both on my delivery sheet and told me to tell the dealer when I take re-delivery. Now I need to find some floor mats before I completely dirty the inside. I bought the emergency vest and that looks like it'll work well as a tempory floor mat.

Top-speed so far 105 mph for about a 30 secs. I was doing most about 140-150 km/hr on the A8 to Salzburg and was being blown away by little old Fiats and Fiestas.

The best feature so far is the new turn signals. I thought they were going to take awhile to get use to, but it turns out they're tailor-made for the Autobahn.

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I guess the resizer worked. Good.

I was told not to go over 4000 rpm, which meant going no more than 180 km/h which was fine by me. Today I got up to 240 km/h.

Car looks great. I guess the strobe didn´t like the white field on the export license plate.

The reason for the mat problem is that the tunnel is wider on the X. Herr Roller lent me a set of mats for the 330i - all I had to do is sign a few liability waivers (just kidding) because they don´t complete fit. But they were fine. The vest was a good idea too!
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I was told not to go over 4000 rpm, which meant going no more than 180 km/h which was fine by me. Today I got up to 240 km/h.

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I may be tired (new term is drive-lagged) after 747 km drive - not sure which point you are laughing about...
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I may be tired (new term is drive-lagged) after 747 km drive - not sure which point you are laughing about...
Hmm...I was laughing about you blowing off the break in recommendation that many in the board seem to take so seriously. Did I misinterpret it?
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Hmm...I was laughing about you blowing off the break in recommendation that many in the board seem to take so seriously. Did I misinterpret it?
I didn´t. So, I guess you did
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I thought there in fact is a 325xi available here?
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Looking good....


I thought there in fact is a 325xi available here?
That's what I'm thinking too....

Anyway, congrats
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I thought there in fact is a 325xi available here?
Ja, of course there is. That´s what Rich and Jill picked up last week - I think I even posted a photo of them during delivery.
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Ja, of course there is. That´s what Rich and Jill picked up last week - I think I even posted a photo of them during delivery.
Yes it definitely is available, abeit not for much longer. Maybe that's what he was really telling me.

With the debadged look, I can pass for a 335.
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Yes it definitely is available, abeit not for much longer. Maybe that's what he was really telling me.

With the debadged look, I can pass for a 335.
YES!!!
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Ok well the delivery went ok until I went to the car and looked at the badge. They had incorrectly badged it as a 325XI.

OMG! As anal as I am about my cars when they are new, I would have flipped out.

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Nice car! Are those the sport 17" wheels standard w/the Xi sport package? They're nice.
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I think the 330 with SP comes with 18" wheels. JSpira's 330xi has the 162's - these seem to be different.
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I think the 330 with SP comes with 18" wheels. JSpira's 330xi has the 162's - these seem to be different.

Yes Jspira got the upgraded wheel option on the Xi's getting the 162's.

I got the normal Xi SP 17" all-seasons. I think 158's or 159's. I keep getting them mixed up.
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Yes Jspira got the upgraded wheel option on the Xi's getting the 162's.

I got the normal Xi SP 17" all-seasons. I think 158's or 159's. I keep getting them mixed up.
I love the 162s, and I have to confess, the xi with SP with optional 162s handles better than anything I have ever driven, and all of my 3ers (E46, E36, E30, E21) have had the sport package.
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Some more exterior sunlight pics

OK some more pics that I just randomly shot next to the car wash at a Shell station. Some German guy was looking at me like I was nuts, taking pictures of the car.

This was before I was pulled over. Sorry that I keep forgetting to take interior pictures.
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Hello from St. Moritz, Switzerland

Ok did the castle tours today and then made a bee-line for St. Moritz. Took about 3.5 hours with 2 minor stops. No speeding tickets today either, of course I was not on the A-bahn much either.

FYI, the Swiss vignette is 40SFr and the border police sell them right there. They take US$, SFr, EUR and credit cards.

I got to try out my Xenon adaptative headlights and the manual mode of the Step. The headlights are great. They really light-up the road.

No pictures today as the car looks like hell with the drive through the Alps in off and on rains. So, I got to test the handling in wet pavement on the curves, so that was good too.

I've got to find a car wash on the Swiss A-bahn tomorrow before the mud really cakes on.
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Hi all from Luzern.

Hmmm interesting drive today, came from St. Moritz down the Moraja (spelling) Pass without snow and then it was snowing in the valley which is below the pass (see pics). Drove along the lakes into N. Italy and had lunch in Lugano. Had a delicious penne pasta dish and a big slice of tiramisu. Then got some chestnuts for the drive north on A-2 into Luzern.

Went through the mtn curves, 2-lane highways and the a-bahn all in 1-day.

Ok some new pics of my Xi in her natural winter/snow conditions and finally some interior gray/aluminum pics.
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