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The sixth generation 3 series, chassis code F30. 2013 model year 328i and 335i sedans now in production. Read the F30 frequently asked question thread for all your basic question and dive into all the details in the ultimate F30 information thread.

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Old 04-25-2012, 07:07 AM
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Would you actually refuse delivery and have BMW reorder the car (which I'm sure they would refuse to do) if you found they had repaired shipping damage? VPC repairs I'm sure are considered the same as at the factory.

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Shipping damage can range from a slight bump or scrape to more severe like having the off load driver crash the car (rare).

It's easy to ask for the repair report so you know if anything is embedded in the cars history that you will have to explain when you sell or trade it.
I did refuse delivery and had my dealer reorder our X5 - moonroof had a pretty good scratch and there was some slight delivery damage to the rear bumper. I probably wouldn't have refused it if it was just the bumper, but there was no real way for them to repair the moonroof scratch. In college I worked at a dealership and believe me, crazy things can and do happen when the car goes from factory to dealer.
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:10 AM
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It would be awesome if someone could just create a bullet point list of the things to check before taking delivery. Maybe the same list that the dealership goes through when they take delivery of the vehicle from the transport.
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Old 04-26-2012, 01:50 PM
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this is a great thread.

so far it's:

1. check exterior lines, gaps, paint, glass, wheels, tires [including pressure]
2. check interior upholstery, trim, systems
3. check engine bay and trunk
4. check underbody if possible
5. go for a test drive
6. get goodies
7. get list of damage/repairs due to shipping, if any

for those of you who have taken delivery on custom orders, how much time does it usually take to complete the process at the dealership on the day of?

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Old 04-26-2012, 01:58 PM
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5. go for a test drive
When I took delivery of my car, I paid for it before I drove off. I actually asked the finance guy that I was signing papers/handing the check to -- what if the car doesn't drive right? He said "we've NEVER had an issue with that before".

Anyway, how many of you insist on a test drive before paying for the car?

I went through the "new owner orientation" only after paying for it. And the car was indoors at that time. So...would the recommended approach be:
- Get new owner orientation.
- Test drive.
- Pay for car.
Would the dealership agree to this?

Otherwise, I think the list of things to inspect is good. I didn't do that and there were several minor things that I had to go back and get fixed...minor rattles, glue sticking out of the roundel on the steering wheel, and the steering wheel slightly off to the left.
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Old 04-26-2012, 02:19 PM
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I did refuse delivery and had my dealer reorder our X5 - moonroof had a pretty good scratch and there was some slight delivery damage to the rear bumper. I probably wouldn't have refused it if it was just the bumper, but there was no real way for them to repair the moonroof scratch. In college I worked at a dealership and believe me, crazy things can and do happen when the car goes from factory to dealer.
Did they tell you these things were damaged when you went to get your car? Or did you see them yourself after doing an inspection?
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:02 PM
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Check the carfax history. My car had the windshield replaced before I took delivery. I never found out till 2 years later by chance...The replacement was causing the plastic cowls to rattle....
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Old 05-15-2012, 03:36 PM
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I recommend taking it for a test ride. I drove my F30 home and it had a steering wheel shutter ( vibration) between 40-60 mph. Parked it called the dealer and took it back on Monday. It is a Sport model, fitted with Continental tires 225/45R18 . Low and behold right front tire had an internal 6 inch band separation. That Monday night a truck came in with more Sport models, the dealer took all four tires off another car and put them on mine. Problem solved. This time I have Goodyear tires.

]So my recommendation is take it for a spin before you sign the papers.[/B][/B]
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Old 05-15-2012, 03:38 PM
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I recommend taking it for a test ride. I drove my F30 home and it had a steering wheel shutter ( vibration) between 40-60 mph. Parked it called the dealer and took it back on Monday. It is a Sport model, fitted with Continental tires 225/45R18 . Low and behold right front tire had an internal 6 inch band separation. That Monday night a truck came in with more Sport models, the dealer took all four tires off another car and put them on mine. Problem solved. This time I have Goodyear tires.

]So my recommendation is take it for a spin before you sign the papers.[/B][/B]
Same exact problem, i will probably just have them replace it with a 2013
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:47 PM
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Here's one for the ages: bring an accurate tire pressure gauge and check the tire pressure.

I'll bet the pressure will be low. It immediately puts the lie to the "quality check list" the salesperson will show you. And, once you do it, they are put on notice that you intend to go over every stinkin' thing on the car.
We took European Delivery on our car and my CA had clear instructions not to touch the car after they rolled it off the truck (don't wash it, don't remove the Euro plates, toll vignettes, etc.), but I did ask them to check the tire pressure. I remembered reading somewhere that the tires were over inflated for the boat ride to help minimize the movement of the car (I don't know whether this is actually true or not). He didn't get this done before we arrived so we pulled it around to the service bay and he brought out a tire gauge and air tank. All of the tires were high, ~45 psi. If the dealer forgets to check the tire pressure the tires may be over inflated.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:33 AM
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this is a great thread.

so far it's:

1. check exterior lines, gaps, paint, glass, wheels, tires [including pressure]
2. check interior upholstery, trim, systems
3. check engine bay and trunk
4. check underbody if possible
5. go for a test drive
6. get goodies
7. get list of damage/repairs due to shipping, if any

for those of you who have taken delivery on custom orders, how much time does it usually take to complete the process at the dealership on the day of?
Get goodies? What do you do just say gimme?
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:52 AM
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basically myself, and several other have found an issue where the steering wheel vibrates between 40-60mph...nothing to crazy, and you wouldn't really know it unless you look at it but its there. supposeldy bmw changes a part in the steering box(might be the whole unit altogether) starting in march production, waiting for those cars to get in owners hands to see if they experience it as well
Justin, I realize I could review the threads for posts about post March production and steering vibration but I'm hoping you'll just tell me and others how this worked out. Which part in the steering box was BMW supposed to have changed?
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:04 AM
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Shipping damage can range from a slight bump or scrape to more severe like having the off load driver crash the car (rare).

It's easy to ask for the repair report so you know if anything is embedded in the cars history that you will have to explain when you sell or trade it.
I don't know if its still the same as in the past but they had to tell you if there was any damage that exceeded $500.00. Not all body damage is repaired at the VDC. Its done through you local dealer.Good luck
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:24 AM
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