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Old 07-10-2009, 08:28 AM
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Following a new E92 335i through shipping, and delivery - a how to:

I ordered a new Silver 2009, (E92) BMW, Twin Turbo 335i X-drive, M Sport Coupe, in late April.
The car was scheduled to be delivered, and awaiting my pick up at the dealer by June 15th, 2009.
I figured out, I wouldn't be driving my 335i home from the dealer on that date.
The car had been sitting at the "port of exit" in Germany, awaiting shipping for close to 2 weeks.
I decided, after I discovered the delay, to find out where my car was, and when I would eventually get it.
Here's what I've learned about how to do that.

How to track your new BMW through the production and shipping cycles in the modern age of information:
(NOTE: This write-up is primarily focused on East Coast delivery options.)

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Here's the car I ordered:






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As outfitted on the "Build Your Own" section of the BMW website, and as stipulated with the features to my dealer for my order:




Tracking my BMW 335i:

1. First: you'll need the vehicle "VIN" number from your dealer, or a vehicle production number.
As soon as the dealer officially orders the car through the BMW allocation system, they'll get the VIN number, and then you
can get the VIN number from the dealer -just ask them.
Here's my Vin: WBAWC73569E06XXXX


1.2 - What my Vin number means:

WBA WC73 5 6 9 E06XXXX
WBA= BMW AG
WC73= Model code of my 335i
5= Safety restraint identifier, indication of seat belts, duel advanced airbags, rear/side airbags, curtain airbags, ect.
6= check digit determined by vin
9= model year, "9" code indicates a 2009 manufacture date (see the code in the chart below)
E= Plant code, "Regensburg" Germany (A=Munich)
06XXXX= Sequential production number of my car.

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1.3 - BMW Vin Example:



2.
You can then get "rough" update on your cars progress from BMW NA. The production status is listed in the secure
member's area of the BMW website. You'll need the VIN number to sign up for the members area. This information can
be 48 hours (or more) behind the actual status of the car.

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This is the status of my 335i as shown in the BMW NA Member's Area Website : "Awaiting Transport..."





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And, another view of the status: "Awaiting Transport.. in the timeline view..."



Tracking the car status via phone, BMW North America:

(This information can, as well, be more than 48 hours behind the actual status)
• Call: (1-800) 831-1117
• Say "Vehicle Production Status" when prompted... or at any time after the recording starts
• then,you will be asked for your production number, or last seven digits of your vin number...
• then say - the last seven digits of your VIN. In my case: E06XXXX, (Read as, for example: E, Zero,6,ex,ex,ex,ex.)
Carefully annunciate the Es, Ts and Bs - the system is voice recognition based, and sometimes gets confused with Es
and Ts and Bs.
• then say "yes" when the voice reads it back - if correct... if not correct say "no," and repeat... (you can get it wrong 3 times,
and then the system kicks you to a live human, if you're calling during business hours... if not, BMW will give you their
operating hours for the office. Hang up, and try again if they're closed.)
• then say "partial VIN number," if not a production number... when asked...
• then, the system will give you the status of you vehicle production within the last 24 hours.

These are the BMW Status Code Description:
0 Order deleted by NA
17 Order not Specified
37 Order is at BMW NA
87 Production Week Assigned
97 Order sent to AG
100 Order deleted by AG
101 Error in data transmitted
102 Special Order (no Prod Week)
105 Order out of Prod. Period
111 Order Accepted at AG
112 Order scheduled for Production
150 Production Started
151 Body Shop Started
152 Paint Shop Started
153 Assembly Started
155 Production Completed
160 Released to Distribution
168 AG Stock
170 Waiting Workshop
172 Planned for Workshop
174 Workshop Entry
176 Workshop Complete
180 Waiting for Export Dispatch
181 Waiting for Domestic Dispatch
182 AG Load No. -- Released to Carrier
190 Dispatched ex(port?) BMW AG
191 Returned to BMW AG
193 Arrived at Port of Exit (where my car was stalled)
194 Selected for Shipment
195 Shipped from Port of Exit
196 Shipment Arrival -- ATA

3. Once the vehicle is listed as "En Route," you can begin following the progress in detail by other means. Once on a ship,
BMW status on their website will no longer provide a detailed update, but you can still continue to track the vehicle.

3.1 - BMW ships with several cargo lines and carriers, depending on the destination.

• Wallenius&Wilhelmsen (parent company for several ship lines listed below)
• EUKOR - a division of Wallenius Lines
• UECC - another division of Wallenius Lines
• A.P. Mφller - yet another division and ship line owned or operated by Wallenius Lines
• Mark 1 Shipping - owned or operated by Wallenius Lines
• K-LINE (Usually BMW West Coast deliveries only, but sometimes ships to NY/NJ as NYK-Line) K-Line is not a W&W company
• ARC - Often operated by, or under the direction of Wallenius Lines

4. Most BMWs are shipped out of the port of Bremerhaven Germany (Known by the faithful as: "Bimmer Heaven")
Port Location:
Latitude: 53.5715° (decimal)
Longitude: 8.546° (decimal)

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Port: Bremerhaven Germany



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5. Typical BMW Shipping Ports of Call:

Here's the typical EU to NA ports of call for the weekly car transport vessels run by Wallenius & Wilhelmsen. The destination listed
on your ships itinerary will likely be the next port, and not your cars final destination.

East Coast Delivery:
Bremerhaven (port of exit)
Zeebrugge
Southampton
Halifax
New York (actually New Jersey)
Baltimore
Charleston
Brunswick
Galveston




7. Figuring out which ship your car may be on:

• The easiest way is to ask your dealer. He'll have a detailed day by day track of his allocation shipments. Just call, and they'll give you the ships name.
• In advance of that, you can get a good idea of your ship's name by backing up the schedule you were given when you ordered the car, and finding the ships who's
schedule aligns with the approximate final port of entry arrival date.

7.1 - The typical BMW transport schedule:
• Car to be picked up by you at the dealer on "X" date, for example: June 25th
• Subtract 1- 2 days at the dealer to detail the car, and install any remaining dealer options : June 24
• Subtract 2-3 days in transit from the port to the dealer, so: June 22, 23, in transit via truck to the dealer from the VPC (Vehicle Preparation Center.)
Your transport time will vary based on your distance from ports of arrival.
Ground shipping on the East Coast is commonly carried out by: "Bavarian Motor Transport," in Enclosed Freight Liners
• Subtract another 3 days, the car will typically spend June 19, 20, 21 at the VPC, at the port of entry
• Now look for ships who's itineraries list your port of arrival on, or close to that date, in this example, the Port of NY/NJ arriving sometime around June 18th.

7.2 - Ship Schedules:
The Shipping schedules are posted as a PDF at the Wallenius Wilhelmsen website, and changes, but look for the Westbound schedule chart.
(Wallenius Wilhelmsen: http://schedule.2wglobal.com/AppSche...countryList.do)
K line also posts their schedules on their website as a PDF, and those are usually West Coast bound ships - but not always

8. Track your car, if shipped by Wallenius Wilhelmsen, using the VIN #:
WBAWC73569E06XXXX
http://www.2wglobal.com/www/wep/index.jsp
• Go to "track and trace" cargo section on the homepage, at the bottom right.
(as displayed June 2009, this function has changed location over the months)
• Enter the VIN in the "Cargo ID" field of the form
• Hit "Track"
• Status will be displayed once Wallenius has taken taken possession of the car and selected it for shipment.
• You will then know the ships name.
• If "no records are available" is displayed, Wallenius Wilhelmsen does not yet have your car in their possession, your car is not being
transported by their fleet, or the tracking system is lagging behind actual status - which is quite common.

NOTE: My car never was displayed on this tracking site although Wallenius Wilhelmsen is listed as the logistics carrier, and agent for my ship, operated by ARC.

9. This is the Ship my 335i was actually on:

SHIP NAME: INTEGRITY
PORT OF DEPARTURE: BREMERHAVEN
DEPARTURE DATE: 06/06/2009
PORT OF DESTINATION: NEW JERSEY/NEW YORK, NY
ARRIVAL DATE AT NEW JERSEY/NEW YORK, NY: 13/06/2009
(RESCHEDULED: 18/06/2009 while in the port of Bremerhaven, RESCHEDULED: at 11:25 am EST June 14th by Port of New Jersey to 6/19/2009, arriving at 12:00)
PREVIOUS SHIP NAME: AKA - M/V OTELLO (Re-named Integrity in 2005 as part of the U.S. Maritime Security Program.)
AVERAGE SPEED: 13.8 Knots
DAYS IN TRANSIT: 12
VOYAGE NUMBER: EB914
IMO NUMBER: 8919934 (International Maritime Organization ship identification number)
MMSI NUMBER: 367063310 (Maritime Mobile Service Identities - This number reflects a U.S Flagged ship.)
CALLSIGN: WDC6925
CAPACITY: 5,870 cars
LENGTH: 190 m
BEAM: 32 m
FLAG: USA. The ship is in service for ARC, (American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier) flagged as American in 2005
YEAR BUILT: 1992
SCHEDULED PORTS OF CALL:
BREMERHAVEN - 06-Jun (Germany)
ANTWERP - 08-Jun (Belgium)
ZEEBRUGGE - 09-Jun (Belgium)
SOUTHAMPTON - 10-Jun (UK)
NEW YORK, NY - 19-Jun (USA, Although shown as NY, the BMW VPC is actually in the port of New Jersey)
CONTINUING ON TO: BALTIMORE, MD, CHARLESTON,SC, BRUNSWICK, GA
CA0001
ITINERARIES HISTORY: Baltimore, and Southampton
WALLENIUSLINES FLEET

PORT OF NEW YORK - NEW JERSEY ARRIVAL DATA:
Terminal: Public Berth - NJ
Berth #: 1419 - INTEGRITY
Cargo : Autos
Estimated Arrival: 6/19/2009 12:00
Estimated Departure : 6/19/2009 20:00
Agent Name: Wallenius Wilhelmsen
Agent Telephone: 973-985-8456
Information Updated As Of: 6/9/2009, 11:25


10. Ship tracking live - status of ship locations and speeds, with ship pictures. Refreshed every 90 seconds:

10.1 - Once you know what ship your car is on, you can follow the ships progress.
http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/
Search by Vessel Name, Port, or Ocean Area.

• Click on the port from the list: BREMERHAVEN
http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/dat...ENT&level0=300

• Another site for Information on your ship:
(tracking requires sign in)
http://www.digital-seas.com/vessel_s...l_archive.html

• Another way of tracking the ship: by name and call sign
http://www.sailwx.info/shiptrack/

For sailwx, enter the port latitude, and longitude of Bremerhaven, the port BMW usually ships their cars out of.
Latitude: 53.5715° (decimal)
Longitude: 8.546° (decimal)
Port: Bremerhaven
Location: Bremerhaven, Germany

! NOTE: sailwx data usually appears out of date by several days, if not months. As opposed to marinetraffic, which is updated about
every two minutes. I have attempted to track ships on sailwx, whose last known location was marked as "August, 2008, when tracking
in June of 2009."
The sailwx site however, is the only service that will follow your ship through the open ocean of the Atlantic.

• Ship tracking around the UK seas only, and lots of picture of the ships:
The "Marine Traffic" website often loses the ship when off the coast of England. The ship is shown as "out of range." There is a blind spot
for their tracking in this specific area, but you can follow it in this area of transit via this site when the Marine Traffic site goes blind:
http://www.shipais.com/
(this site can at times fall behind timely tracking - "Integrity" showed a "last signal" that was 48 hours old)

• An excellent and accurate site for ship tracking around the UK:
http://www.ais-live.co.uk/AIS%20Live/aissolent.html

• Port: Bremerhaven Ships Currently in Harbor, live feed of information refreshed every 90 seconds:
http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/def...0&type_color=7

• Ships in port BREMERHAVEN now, and the expected departures and arrivals within the next and last 24 hours:
Select from the list:
BREMERHAVEN, DE for port map, or in port, or departures, or arrivals or ships expected in the next 24 hours:
http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/dat...ENT&level0=300

11. Live webcam of "Automobilexport"in Brevenhaven,South of "AmNordhafen" Access road: "Osthafen/Whendebecken" harbor loading area,
http://www.blg.de/en/blg-logistics/s...am-automobile/
and
http://www.bremerhaven.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=13609

11.1 - Live from Breverhaven Germany, April 6th, 2009
If you look to the North of the The "Osthafen/Whendebecken" harbor loading area on the aerial map, you'll see a bridge
that runs over the railroad automotive arrival tracks. When you look at the webcam view (below 2 photos), you'll see the bridge, looking back
towards the loading area to the South. This is updated about every 2 minutes. If you have two windows open on your
browser, both the webcam, and the Marine Traffic site will align - telling you what ship you're seeing in the webcam by
virtue of the aerial view of the port on the MarineTraffic.com site.

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Examples from 11, and 11.1 above - Faust and Maersk Wave

(From: http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/)



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This was a live webcam shot of the two car transporters in port at Bremerhavern that aligned with the above tracking, the Maersk Wave at left below, and the Faust, marked on the side of the ship as Wallenius Wilhelmsen, below right.
(From: http://www.blg.de/en/blg-logistics/s...am-automobile/)



Tracking my ship, the Integrity:
Many BMWs are loaded onto car carrier ships in the "Automobilexport" port sections in Breverhaven. Look for the
"Osthafen/Whendebecken" harbor loading area, it is a common staging area for BMW's awaiting export, South of
"AmNordhafen" perimeter road.

Integrity's movements, June 1st through June 6th:
• MarineTraffic, shows Integrity as in port at Bremerhaven Germany, West of auto export "Whendebecken" harbor loading area as of June 1, 2009.
• In port, moored in the "Osthafen/Whendebecken" harbor loading area of Bremerhaven, June 4th, 10:00am EST
• Shown as moved in port at 7:20 pm EST June 4th to a new loading area to the South, now in "Kaiserhafen ll" harbor, Bremerhaven. • Moved out of port as of June 5th.
• Shown docked again back in "Kaiserhafen ll" area at Bremerhaven Germany, June 6th, 7:32am

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June 4th, The Integrity docked to the South of the MV Faust at Bremerhaven




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June 6th, 7:32am
EST Below is the "Kaiserhafen ll" port area at Breverhaven, South of the more common "Osthafen/Whendebecken car loading area shown above. This picture shows the movement (shown as a green line) of car transporter "Integrity" from the Whendebecken location in port to Kaiserhafen ll .
(From: http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/)



• Other live webcams, 6 views of the port at Bremerhaven:
http://www.bean-bremerhaven.de/bean0...ams/start.html
• More webcams:
http://www.seestadt.net/texte_webcam.html
• Collection of webcam port views at Bremerhaven:
http://www.bremerhaven.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=13609

• Webcam views of Southampton Port GB:
http://www.cowesharbourweather.com/webcam.aspx
http://www.bbc.co.uk/hampshire/conte...s_webcam.shtml
• Panning views of Southampton: http://www.cowesharbourweather.com/webcam.aspx

VIDEO: Here's a video tour of the inside of a typical W&W car transporter, shot with an in car camera:



11.2 - The day by day shipping journey of the Integrity, and my 2009, BMW 335i M Coupe:

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The Integrity, (AKA: M/V OTELLO) in service for ARC (American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier) Bremerhaven Germany
June 6th, 2009, departs Bremerhaven Germany for Antwerp Belgium, the first port of stop of four on it's way to the port of New York/New Jersey.



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June 9th, 2009, 10:09pm
UTC, the Integrity is photographed by "RW68" who lists his location as the port of Bremerhaven, 6/9/09.



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June 9th, approximately 2:45 pm
UTC, a photographer named Stan Muller takes three pictures of the Integrity while underway leaving
the port of Antwerp on June 9th, 2009.
My 335i is on this very ship, in the port of Antwerp on June 9th.
(From: http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/...php?lid=921750)




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June 9th, 5:33am
EST, shortly after Stans picture above, the Integrity is tracked leaving the port of Antwerpen and the "Vrasenedok"
transport dock near Brussels - destination; Zeebrugge Belgium.
The ship photos in the pop-up window on MarineTraffic show the Integrity as green, not blue - the ship was repainted blue in 2008.
(From: http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/)



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June 9th, 1:05pm
EST, ( about 5 hours after leaving the port of Antwerp,) the Integrity is now moored in the port of Zeebrugge Belgium,
"Verbindingsdok" port loading area. Zeebrugge port records indicate that the Integrity arrived in port 4:00pm UTC
(From: http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/)




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June 10th, 2009
, Integrity underway at 12.3 kn, now entering the port of Southampton, "GB SAU," arriving from the port of Zeebrugge Belgium.
(from: http://www.ais-live.co.uk/AIS%20Live/aissolent.html)



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Live Webcam Sequence Capture: June10th - 11:47 UTC
(45 minutes after the above mapped position)
Integrity, as it passes in transit between Fawley and Cowes in the UK, entering the port mouth of Southampton:
(from: http://www.cowesharbourweather.com/webcam.aspx)









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June10th
- Integrity Moored in the port of Southampton



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June 11th, 6:56am
EST, Having left the port of Southampton, the Integrity is underway off the coast of England, South of Porthleven/Penzance, near the "isles of Scilly" traveling at 17.3kn, - ETA New York is listed as; 9:00 UTC, June 19th.
(From: http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/)



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June 12th, 9:00am
EST, Integrity is tracked via its call-sign, WDC6925, in the Atlantic. Last known position mapped below is 13 hours
and 4 minutes out of date as of this track, located at position N 47°54', W 010°48'.
(From: http://www.sailwx.info/shiptrack/)




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June 13th, 7:53am
EST, Last known position reported June 12th 6:00 pm UTC, at N 45°30', W 016°54'.
Bearing towards the Azores.
(From: http://www.sailwx.info/shiptrack/)



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June 15, 5:30am
EST, Position N 41°42', W 037°54'. The integrity has been averaging about 350 miles per day. Estimated speed
at between 14 and 17.5 kn, - or about 15 to 19 miles per hour.
(From: http://www.sailwx.info/shiptrack/)




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June 16, 6:30am
EST, Last position tracked at 1:30am EST June 16, N 41°18', W 046°30'.
There were two position updates in the last 23 hours



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June 18th, 6:50am
EST



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June 19th, 7:00am
EST, Integrity enters the Port of New York New Jersey, shown moored at NEAT, (North East Auto Terminal) port records list arrival time as 6:11am. The Integrity is moored in Berth #: 1419.




NY/NJ AIS Port Traffic:
http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/def...entery=40.6759

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Final Destination, VPC New Jersey Port
, shown below is the Northern NEAT (North East Auto Terminal) dock.




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BMW VPC, SouthWest Docks,

(From: http://www.panynj.gov/DoingBusinessW...to_marine.html)




VPC New York/New Jersey:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...02612&t=h&z=19

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BMW VPC/VDC
(Vehicle Distribution Center):
The car will spend up to three days being prepped for the American market, and being repaired to factory specifications should damage have occurred in transit, in my case, none did.




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Ground shipping:

East Coast Deliveries are made by Bavarian Motor Transport, in Enclosed Freightliners. This is a BMT truck.



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Home at last:

The BMW 335i (back left hand bay) moments after arriving home from the dealer.




That's the entire journey.
Good luck should you wish to follow yours.

Cheers,
E46M3, E92335i, and E46323i
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Wow, very nice thorough writeup

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Great stuff!

All of a sudden I don't feel so crazy anymore. I need to show this to my wife to show her that I COULD have been worse during the wait...

EDIT: By the way, is that your garage at home?
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Great write-up! And here I thought I was crazy about all the dirty details when I got my 330Ci. You win... you're clearly WAY more obsessive than me!
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Can we make this a sticky for all new members who have just placed an order?

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Can we make this a sticky for all new members who have just placed an order?

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This is great. But I still can't find my car on the W&W tracking page. I have the correct VIN, but it doesn't show up... similar to the OP's experience. Signing my papers tomorrow in preparation for PCD on the 23rd. I hope to get the ship's name then.

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Cwinter wrote:
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...By the way, is that your garage at home?
Yes, that's my garage at home in the last shot.
Here's a few other pictures of my garage... affectionately named; "The M House."





















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Old 07-10-2009, 04:12 PM
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It even has its own bathroom!! Nice garage, its about the size of a little house. Is it climate controlled as well? Its a car house
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Old 07-10-2009, 04:35 PM
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Great and thorough, but the list of manufacturing plant codes under the VIN is incomplete. My new car has a plant code of "P," which is not on your list.
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Old 07-10-2009, 05:11 PM
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My new car has a plant code of "P," which is not on your list.
No, it's not on the list because "P" appears to be "non specified," - the default "plant code."

P - Plant Code
A - Munich, Germany
B - Dingolfing, Germany
C - Dingolfing, Germany
D - Dingolfing, Germany
E - Regensburg, Germany
F - Munich, Germany
G - Munich, Germany
J - Regensburg, Germany
K - Munich, Germany
L - Spartanburg, South Carolina

What car do you have?
Try this source to fully decode your VIN:
http://www.autohausaz.com/bmw-auto-p...n-numbers.html

Let us know what you find out... wasn't sure what that default meant, so I didn't post it.
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Old 07-10-2009, 05:23 PM
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The car that I have is in my signature -- a 335i coupe. I did European Delivery a few weeks ago. I think the 3 series coupes are manufactured in Regensburg.
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Old 07-10-2009, 05:33 PM
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BMW Gal Wrote;
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Is it climate controlled as well?
Yes, it is, but this thread got sticky, so I'll post a full garage related post elsewhere on this forum to stay on topic.
Look for "The M House" garage build thread I'll post later for the divergent garage relted content about the M3's, 335i's, and 323i's home life.

Back on topic of delivery tracking.

Thanks for comments BMW Gal... full post about building my garage posted soon...

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Old 07-11-2009, 12:18 PM
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Thanks for all the work writing this up. Nicely done.
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Old 07-11-2009, 08:28 PM
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1) That's an amazing write up. and i thought i was crazy for wanting to know every inch of my baby's journey

2) FML that garage is sweet!!! I think i saw it in a write up on msn.com, where they talked about amazing garages. Totally rad bro, congrats.
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Old 07-13-2009, 03:36 PM
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Great write-up, but I've been trying in vain to locate the VOLANS LEADER, whcih is the ship that is holding my 335i "hostage." I've tried vesseltracker.com, sailwx.com, and others and cannot locate it's current position. I know that it was scheduled to be in Jacksonville on July 6 and it's due on Oxnard, CA on July 19, but I'd sure like to be able to track it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! Eric
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:10 AM
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Amazing!!!! My car has been sitting at the dock in Bimmerhaven since July 1. I thought I was being a little obsessive about calling the BMWUSA number everyday. I agree with CWinter. I need to show my wife what true obsession looks like.

I really appreciate the thorough write up. I was able to figure out which vessle my vehicle will be on, based on the arrival date in Brunswick, GA. I'm pretty certain that my car will be on the Don Pasquale, which is scheduled to be in Bimmerhaven tomorrow. I'm tracking that sucker right now. I'll verify with my CA tomorrow, when the vehicle should be loaded onto the ship.

Again, thanks for the great write up and congrats on the 335i. I almost went with a silver model myself.

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Old 07-17-2009, 07:23 AM
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I've been trying in vain to locate the VOLANS LEADER .... cannot locate it's current position. I know that it was scheduled to be in Jacksonville on July 6 and it's due on Oxnard, CA on July 19, but I'd sure like to be able to track it.
Here's your ship: (see picture below as attachment)
Volans Leader is an NYK Line ship
KLINE - Usually West Coast Deliveries: http://www.kline.com/
Call Sign: 3EKZ6
IMO: 9381237
MMSI: 372884000

The sights used to track vessels rely on the "Automatic Identification System," or the AIS network. These usually function only within 50+ mile range of the port that is monitopring the traffic, thus, you need to search for "AIS Ship Tracking" sites from port to port. Try searching ports along the route to Oxnard for available AIS signals and thus your ship, or even as it passes through the Panama Canal along the way.

Here's a list of ship names and their respective operating companies:
WALLENIUSLINES FLEET LIST:Usually BMW East Coast Delivery
From: http://www.walleniuslines.com/en/Our...ss/Fleet-List1

Includes EUKOR division of Wallenius Lines and Wallenius Lines Ships, and the UECC owned fleet listed below:

OTELLO
MIGNON
MANON
ELEKTRA
BOHEME
UNDINE
DON QUIJOTE
DON PASQUALE
DON CARLOS
DON JUAN
TURANDOT
ASIAN EMPEROR EUKOR
ASIAN KING EUKOR
ASIAN CHORUS EUKOR
MAERSK WAVE A.P. Mφller
MAERSK WIND A.P. Mφller
ATLANTIC BREEZE
PACIFIC BREEZE
FALSTAFF
TRISTAN
ISOLDE
AEGEAN BREEZE
ARABIAN BREEZE
ASIAN BREEZEBALTIC BREEZE
MEDEA
CARMEN
FIGARO
MADAME BUTTERFLY
TOSCA
MORNING GLORY
TRAVIATA
TAMPERE - Mark 1 Shipping Pte Ltd
TOBA - Mark 1 Shipping Pte Ltd
TAPIOLA - Mark 1 Shipping Pte Ltd
TOURCOING - Mark 1 Shipping Pte Ltd
TELLUS - Tellus AB
RIGOLETTO

UECC FLEET: Owned by WALLENIUSLINES
(From http://www.uecc.com/)
MV Autostar
MV Autosky
MV Autosun
MV Autopremier
MV Autoprestige
MV Autopride MV Autoprogress
MV Autoracer
MV Autorunner
MV Autotransporter
MV Autoline
MV Autocarrier
MV Autoroute
MV Auto Baltic
MV Auto Bay
MV Auto Bank
MV Setubal
MV Aegean Breeze
MV Arabian Breeze
MV Asian Breeze
MV Baltic Breeze
MV Yohjin
MV Brussel
MV Salzgitter
MV Velasquez

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Old 07-24-2009, 03:06 PM
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Fantastic writeup. My mother-in-law just ordered an 09 E91, since it's almost impossible to find wagons on lots right now. I was wondering about tracking it, since I don't think she will, and this thread gives everything we need to know.
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:49 AM
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I ordered a new Silver 2009, (E92) BMW, Twin Turbo 335i X-drive, M Sport Coupe, in late April.
The car was scheduled to be delivered, and awaiting my pick up at the dealer by June 15th, 2009.
This is a classic. I wish I had this post when I was tracking my car. Thanks, E46M3E92335i.
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Old 08-04-2009, 01:23 PM
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Tracking from NJ to Dealer or PCD

Is there anyway to track the status between the ship's arrival in NY/NJ and the delivery date? I've got a PCD scheduled for roughly four weeks after the ship's arrival.
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:54 AM
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How long does it take to paint a car? I have been tracking my car since 07/30 and since then it was in the paint shop. It says completion date (don't know if painting completion or car completion) is 08/25. I am dying to play with the car! I (believe) placed the order on 07/13. Someone please help me!!
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Old 08-14-2009, 07:07 PM
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Very impressive write-up! Can't wait to order mine!
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:14 AM
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How long does it take to paint a car? I have been tracking my car since 07/30 and since then it was in the paint shop. It says completion date (don't know if painting completion or car completion) is 08/25. I am dying to play with the car! I (believe) placed the order on 07/13. Someone please help me!!
I'm sure you probably figured this out, but the factory was shut down from around 7/31 - 8/21. The same thing happened to my mother-in-law. Apparently, once the factory reopens, they finish some 2009s before starting 2010s. It should be done now.
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