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Old 04-27-2012, 08:10 PM
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PCD Delivery - 4/26 Report

Ok, I know you have seen other reviews and thought can it really be that great....well let me tell you the real truth, it's better than you can imagine, much better in fact. Think about the fact that you don't have the opportunity in normal life to take a vehicle and push it as hard as you like and are encouraged to do it, oh and yep, it's NOT YOUR CAR!!!!

All I can say, is THANKS to the entire Performance Center crew, what a fantastic experience, something that was unlike anything I have ever experienced before. Talk about first class treatment the entire way through, that's exactly what you get.

Arrived at the airport, quick call to the hotel and they immediately dispatched someone to pick us up at the airport in a X5. Taken to the hotel, everything was perfectly executed, got a welcome pack with the releases that you need to sign and take with you the next day. A great dinner at the hotel's restaurant, you get a special menu with some very compelling options, not at all a let down. All very good and just sets you up for what you find out is one of the best experiences you will ever have. Wake up early the next morning for a nice buffet breakfast at the hotel once again and be ready to leave (with your bags) by 7:45 on the hotel's bus (no BMW this time around) to take you to the front doors of the Performance Center.

We walked into the building, met by the staff, all very friendly and welcoming and what do I see, but my new X3 sitting right there in the lobby, what a GREAT way to start the day off!! No time to really do much, they whisk you away into a classroom for a quick talk about what you will be doing that day, some basic information before they take you to the track and into the center's BMW fleet, of course they do all they can to get you into a vehicle VERY similar to what you will be taking delivery of. The biggest key of the briefing.....NYC, yep you guessed it, NOT YOUR CAR. Well my wife and I took this bit of advice to heart and glad we did.

After the quick talk, we were taken outside to get into one of the Centers X3's, a nice 35i. We hop in, do a radio check and we're broken into two separate groups. Our group was led to the braking exercise, an easy way to start the day. We tested the ABS at three different speeds, 40, 45 and 50. Wow, what a difference 5 mph makes in stopping. The first time you really understand the value of the ABS, but as you speed up, you also learn quickly that steering away from trouble is important and something you can accomplish with these cars. After the first stop at 40 miles an hour, our instructor told us over the radio, that the 35i can reach 60 in 5.5 seconds, so told us to floor it and give it a try!! Never one to back down from an invitation like that, I can honestly say I didn't time it, but do I ever believe it!! We switched drivers and my wife had just as much fun as I did and had respect for the X3, but that was just the start of the real fun.

We then moved to the slalom course, with my wife in the drivers seat after braking exercise she took the first turn weaving around the cones. We were told, don't worry, you can't flip the X3, so don't hold back. I can tell you my wife surprised me, she didn't hold back at all and gunned the engine through the course and we had a ball. I tried to do a video holding the camera in my hands, but I got banged around in the car, so the video came out, but a little bouncy!! Next it's my turn, and of course there was no way I was going to let my wife out-drive me, so running the course as fast as I could was at the top of mind, there would be no getting used to the cones on the first pass, it was time to push it from the start, so I obliged and pushed that poor X3 as hard as I could and of course the voice on the radio was egging me on to keep up the pace, something I eagerly did. What a FUN time, running side to side in the slalom portion then flooring the gas pedal as you exit the last set of cones in preparation to make some very sharp turns on your way back to the beginning. There is a bit of a straight away there as well, so you can really get up some speed as you round the final turn to get back to the cones. Had the truck sliding around the corners and then positioned for the next run, what a blast!!! We both had to slow down more than once for some of the other cars in front of us, but they had us stop to get the spacing right, and off we went once again. Trust me, this is something NOT to be missed,

Ok, so ABS braking exercise, check. Slalom course, check. Next up, the skid pad. We were first in on the skid pad, had to trade our X3 in to get in the instructors 3 series sedan, we start around the circle (yep, the turned on the sprinklers to get the polished concrete wet and slick). They have you going fairly slow around the circle, that is until they say PUNCH it!! That acceleration (of course they had to turn off DSC) starts you in to the uncontrollable spin. First spin out, took us right off the track into the grass/weeds, very fun to take the 3 series off road!! The second time to try it, creates a full 360 and then some. Ok time to turn traction control back on and it's clear that you take the circle with the traction control on, the car is not going to let you get that far out of control like before. What a difference, really lets you appreciate the technology and engineering that is built into these vehicles.

So what's left to do now, yep you guessed it, it's HOT LAP time. If you ever had delusions that you could drive, they are quickly dismissed when you ride in the car with these professionals, these guys REALLY know how to handle that car. What a ride in an M5 with over 500HP pushed to the limits, something that you will always aspire to, but never try on public roads!!

From there, we are broken into 2 groups, we head back into the building to take delivery of our X3.....you just can't ask for more. Since our car is in the lobby, to make sure you aren't disturbed during this time, they lock the front doors. A product specialist went over every button and the Idrive system, helped configure everything to our liking and got us set up with BMW assist for our ride home. Again, this is not your CA taking you through your car in a record breaking 10 minutes, they take their time for 2 hours and get you acquainted. A bit of information overload, but you get the basic idea of all the features and functions of the systems and of course you figure this out as you get experience in your car on your trip home. They put on our temporary license plate, opened up the Front doors to the building and pulled it right out front, proudly displayed just outside the front entry.

Time for lunch and meet up with the rest of the group....sit down to eat a nice lunch, you get to pick anything you wish from their on site cafeteria and talk with the rest of PCD group about everything that has happened so far. Just enough time for a quick walk around the gift shop and we are led out the back doors to some X3's and X5's for those of us who took delivery first and off we go to the off road track. I've read all the comments of how capable these X's are and coming from a Hummer as my last vehicle, they really did impress me with agility and ruggedness of these trucks. Not that we'll want to take these on some serious off road trails, but it's really great to know that if you need to get yourself out of a jam, you know you can count on the X3 to get the job done.

We then get into our own cars, are lead over to the factory for our tour, we're led right up onto the sidewalk outside of the front entrance and get to park there, privileges of taking delivery at the performance center. The tour is fantastic, it's amazing to see how the robots are used to put the body together and the automation that ensures a quality product. Watching the assembly line, it's really apparent that quality is job 1 here. As we were walking the assembly line, you all of a sudden here this loud music.....what the heck is that, figure someone turned on a boom box as loud as possible, but nope, this is a signal that someone on the line has an issue that needs to be addressed. Heard this at least 3 times during our walk through, it's nice to see them seek help if they see something that is not right versus just pushing it through the system and not caring what happens to that car, what a welcome relief that there is still hope for the American worker and pride in craftsmanship. While we were touring around, saw a couple other things that really portrayed the quality that BMW demands out of their cars. Saw an X5 that was displayed for tours, it's one that had a problem during assembly, according to the tour guide, there was one bolt that was stripped, so their solution to that problem......scrap the car, it won't go to a customer like that. Are you kidding me, just a stripped bolt and that's it?? Hard to believe, but I assume it's real. We then get to the end, in final review of the vehicles before the roundel is applied and the truck is finished, we see the team there going over the X5's and X6's making sure everything is perfect and fine tuning anything they notice before applying the roundel. The X5 we were watching went through 4 or 5 adjustments to the hood for proper alignment before they were satisfied, great to see they didn't just say good enough and send it through the first time.

After this we are on our own to walk the museum and the gift show at our leisure. We finish there and reflect back on our time over the entire day and just try to let all the excitement sink in....but then you realize the adventure is just beginning. You leave the building to find your car parked outside waiting for you to take the long drive home, and a fun drive it will be...
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:43 PM
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:50 PM
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:17 PM
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THAT was a great review! Thank you for lighting up my Saturday night!
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:47 PM
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You got me even more excite for my PCD coming up in 10 days
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:19 PM
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Ok, I know you have seen other reviews and thought can it really be that great....well let me tell you the real truth, it's better than you can imagine, much better in fact. Think about the fact that you don't have the opportunity in normal life to take a vehicle and push it as hard as you like and are encouraged to do it, oh and yep, it's NOT YOUR CAR!!!!

All I can say, is THANKS to the entire Performance Center crew, what a fantastic experience, something that was unlike anything I have ever experienced before. Talk about first class treatment the entire way through, that's exactly what you get.

Arrived at the airport, quick call to the hotel and they immediately dispatched someone to pick us up at the airport in a X5. Taken to the hotel, everything was perfectly executed, got a welcome pack with the releases that you need to sign and take with you the next day. A great dinner at the hotel's restaurant, you get a special menu with some very compelling options, not at all a let down. All very good and just sets you up for what you find out is one of the best experiences you will ever have. Wake up early the next morning for a nice buffet breakfast at the hotel once again and be ready to leave (with your bags) by 7:45 on the hotel's bus (no BMW this time around) to take you to the front doors of the Performance Center.

We walked into the building, met by the staff, all very friendly and welcoming and what do I see, but my new X3 sitting right there in the lobby, what a GREAT way to start the day off!! No time to really do much, they whisk you away into a classroom for a quick talk about what you will be doing that day, some basic information before they take you to the track and into the center's BMW fleet, of course they do all they can to get you into a vehicle VERY similar to what you will be taking delivery of. The biggest key of the briefing.....NYC, yep you guessed it, NOT YOUR CAR. Well my wife and I took this bit of advice to heart and glad we did.

After the quick talk, we were taken outside to get into one of the Centers X3's, a nice 35i. We hop in, do a radio check and we're broken into two separate groups. Our group was led to the braking exercise, an easy way to start the day. We tested the ABS at three different speeds, 40, 45 and 50. Wow, what a difference 5 mph makes in stopping. The first time you really understand the value of the ABS, but as you speed up, you also learn quickly that steering away from trouble is important and something you can accomplish with these cars. After the first stop at 40 miles an hour, our instructor told us over the radio, that the 35i can reach 60 in 5.5 seconds, so told us to floor it and give it a try!! Never one to back down from an invitation like that, I can honestly say I didn't time it, but do I ever believe it!! We switched drivers and my wife had just as much fun as I did and had respect for the X3, but that was just the start of the real fun.

We then moved to the slalom course, with my wife in the drivers seat after braking exercise she took the first turn weaving around the cones. We were told, don't worry, you can't flip the X3, so don't hold back. I can tell you my wife surprised me, she didn't hold back at all and gunned the engine through the course and we had a ball. I tried to do a video holding the camera in my hands, but I got banged around in the car, so the video came out, but a little bouncy!! Next it's my turn, and of course there was no way I was going to let my wife out-drive me, so running the course as fast as I could was at the top of mind, there would be no getting used to the cones on the first pass, it was time to push it from the start, so I obliged and pushed that poor X3 as hard as I could and of course the voice on the radio was egging me on to keep up the pace, something I eagerly did. What a FUN time, running side to side in the slalom portion then flooring the gas pedal as you exit the last set of cones in preparation to make some very sharp turns on your way back to the beginning. There is a bit of a straight away there as well, so you can really get up some speed as you round the final turn to get back to the cones. Had the truck sliding around the corners and then positioned for the next run, what a blast!!! We both had to slow down more than once for some of the other cars in front of us, but they had us stop to get the spacing right, and off we went once again. Trust me, this is something NOT to be missed,

Ok, so ABS braking exercise, check. Slalom course, check. Next up, the skid pad. We were first in on the skid pad, had to trade our X3 in to get in the instructors 3 series sedan, we start around the circle (yep, the turned on the sprinklers to get the polished concrete wet and slick). They have you going fairly slow around the circle, that is until they say PUNCH it!! That acceleration (of course they had to turn off DSC) starts you in to the uncontrollable spin. First spin out, took us right off the track into the grass/weeds, very fun to take the 3 series off road!! The second time to try it, creates a full 360 and then some. Ok time to turn traction control back on and it's clear that you take the circle with the traction control on, the car is not going to let you get that far out of control like before. What a difference, really lets you appreciate the technology and engineering that is built into these vehicles.

So what's left to do now, yep you guessed it, it's HOT LAP time. If you ever had delusions that you could drive, they are quickly dismissed when you ride in the car with these professionals, these guys REALLY know how to handle that car. What a ride in an M5 with over 500HP pushed to the limits, something that you will always aspire to, but never try on public roads!!

From there, we are broken into 2 groups, we head back into the building to take delivery of our X3.....you just can't ask for more. Since our car is in the lobby, to make sure you aren't disturbed during this time, they lock the front doors. A product specialist went over every button and the Idrive system, helped configure everything to our liking and got us set up with BMW assist for our ride home. Again, this is not your CA taking you through your car in a record breaking 10 minutes, they take their time for 2 hours and get you acquainted. A bit of information overload, but you get the basic idea of all the features and functions of the systems and of course you figure this out as you get experience in your car on your trip home. They put on our temporary license plate, opened up the Front doors to the building and pulled it right out front, proudly displayed just outside the front entry.

Time for lunch and meet up with the rest of the group....sit down to eat a nice lunch, you get to pick anything you wish from their on site cafeteria and talk with the rest of PCD group about everything that has happened so far. Just enough time for a quick walk around the gift shop and we are led out the back doors to some X3's and X5's for those of us who took delivery first and off we go to the off road track. I've read all the comments of how capable these X's are and coming from a Hummer as my last vehicle, they really did impress me with agility and ruggedness of these trucks. Not that we'll want to take these on some serious off road trails, but it's really great to know that if you need to get yourself out of a jam, you know you can count on the X3 to get the job done.

We then get into our own cars, are lead over to the factory for our tour, we're led right up onto the sidewalk outside of the front entrance and get to park there, privileges of taking delivery at the performance center. The tour is fantastic, it's amazing to see how the robots are used to put the body together and the automation that ensures a quality product. Watching the assembly line, it's really apparent that quality is job 1 here. As we were walking the assembly line, you all of a sudden here this loud music.....what the heck is that, figure someone turned on a boom box as loud as possible, but nope, this is a signal that someone on the line has an issue that needs to be addressed. Heard this at least 3 times during our walk through, it's nice to see them seek help if they see something that is not right versus just pushing it through the system and not caring what happens to that car, what a welcome relief that there is still hope for the American worker and pride in craftsmanship. While we were touring around, saw a couple other things that really portrayed the quality that BMW demands out of their cars. Saw an X5 that was displayed for tours, it's one that had a problem during assembly, according to the tour guide, there was one bolt that was stripped, so their solution to that problem......scrap the car, it won't go to a customer like that. Are you kidding me, just a stripped bolt and that's it?? Hard to believe, but I assume it's real. We then get to the end, in final review of the vehicles before the roundel is applied and the truck is finished, we see the team there going over the X5's and X6's making sure everything is perfect and fine tuning anything they notice before applying the roundel. The X5 we were watching went through 4 or 5 adjustments to the hood for proper alignment before they were satisfied, great to see they didn't just say good enough and send it through the first time.

After this we are on our own to walk the museum and the gift show at our leisure. We finish there and reflect back on our time over the entire day and just try to let all the excitement sink in....but then you realize the adventure is just beginning. You leave the building to find your car parked outside waiting for you to take the long drive home, and a fun drive it will be...
NICE !!! One of the best descriptions of a PCD I have read. We originally planned a June PCD., but it didn't work out for our 2 work Schedules. Now we are doing a September 2013 MY 335i Sport. Reading about your whole experience is making my wife and I even more excited and glad we decided to do it. How long are you planning to take to get back to DFW ? We have a few more states back to San Diego. Looking forward to your pictures. Have a safe and fun drive back in your new X3
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So what's left to do now, yep you guessed it, it's HOT LAP time. If you ever had delusions that you could drive, they are quickly dismissed when you ride in the car with these professionals, these guys REALLY know how to handle that car. What a ride in an M5 with over 500HP pushed to the limits, something that you will always aspire to, but never try on public roads!!
I expect that is the old E60 M5, and not the latest F10?
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Nice review! Thanks for taking the time to post your experience Glad you had a great time.

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Great review and synopsis - looking forward to PCD with my son on May 8 - will try not to think about driving off the skidpad into the grass.
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I expect that is the old E60 M5, and not the latest F10?
yep, you are correct, but they did have a preproduction version there for one of the drivers in testing and using for some upcoming event.
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