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Old 11-07-2012, 06:53 PM
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What to do while your BMW is being built?

I just received the production # for new bmw. it is currently in "production begins" phase. I wish I could get it tomorrow.

any suggestion on what I can do in the meantime to make sure I can start enjoying the car when it finally arrives in 6+ weeks.

any useful accessories, care kits, etc?
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:06 PM
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Download the manual from the BMW website. It's a complicated car, and will seem more so if you haven't had a BMW before. If you study the manual now you will enjoy the car much more when you get it.
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:10 PM
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ok. i never read manuals when i get a new device so maybe now is a good time to do that.

good idea, thanks.
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:29 AM
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1. your car will come shining, but winter is coming. plan for its upkeep. you may consider opticoating it
2. do you have the rubber floor mats that will be useful during winter.
3. tint
4. read about coding if that interests you
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:49 AM
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1) Read the manual
2) Call the BMWNA 1-800 number for vehicle status
3) Learn how to track the vehicle/vessel location after the car left the port
4) Look for mods
5) Hang out here and 5post often
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:58 AM
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I just received the production # for new bmw. it is currently in "production begins" phase. I wish I could get it tomorrow.

any suggestion on what I can do in the meantime to make sure I can start enjoying the car when it finally arrives in 6+ weeks.

any useful accessories, care kits, etc?
I'm in the exact same boat. I am "in production". Here's what I've done:

* Ordered a new Valentine One. My current one has lived thru two 550's, so I figure it's time for the latest version. I always hard-wire them, so I want to have it ready to go.

* Ordered a new EZTag for our toll roads. I realize this is geocentric to me, but you may have something similar in your area. Houston EZTags stick to your windshield and can't be reused, so I want to have that ready also.

I'm waiting on mats, to see what comes in the car. I'll have it lightly tinted at the dealer.

Great idea about the manual. Thanks! I'm on my way to dl it now.

Great thread! Waiting is a b*tch...
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:50 AM
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Looks like several of us are in production together. My 528 started production on 11/5/12 and the estimated completion date is 11/13/12. I'm trying not to get too excited - I went through this over the summer when I ordered my 2013 328 that they are taking back. I'm really excited to have the "comfort seats" - I didn't have those in my previous 550 or 535.

Ralph1201 - thanks for having the picture of your car online, it gives me a great idea as to what mine will look like on the outside. I'm not as excited about the 17" wheels and the look of them but I think they are growing on me. I really like the 18" wheels that came on my 328 Luxury Line. So I've been shopping online for possible wheel replacements. How do you like your 17" wheels - good ride?

I'm looking forward to my early Xmas present. HAHAHAHAHA
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:11 AM
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RDZumbaugh - i like them. i think they look good.

but with the 17", ride is always good; it better be!
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:15 AM
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I just received the production # for new bmw. it is currently in "production begins" phase. I wish I could get it tomorrow.

any suggestion on what I can do in the meantime to make sure I can start enjoying the car when it finally arrives in 6+ weeks.

any useful accessories, care kits, etc?
Your still lucky, I placed an order over a month ago and my production week is 48. I still have 3 weeks to wait until it starts production.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:36 AM
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Go to the strip club. Don't leave until the car arrives.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:42 AM
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Your still lucky, I placed an order over a month ago and my production week is 48. I still have 3 weeks to wait until it starts production.
I placed the order in the first week of Oct and the car has been sitting at the port for several days waiting for vessel. Since yours is a sold order, the production week should get bump a week ahead.

The wait is not easy
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:21 AM
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I placed the order in the first week of Oct and the car has been sitting at the port for several days waiting for vessel. Since yours is a sold order, the production week should get bump a week ahead.

The wait is not easy
The wait isn't easy. Mine completed production earlier this week. Maybe our cars will be on the same boat
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:29 PM
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My 535 M sport completed Nov 1, Now waiting for vessel. The wait is not easy
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:15 PM
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My 535 M sport completed Nov 1, Now waiting for vessel. The wait is not easy
Deep breaths, OOOOMMMMMM, sitting in a dimly lit space with Yanni playing

BTW, on the EZ pass type transponders for toll roads - I have applied them to the sunroof glass just over the driver's head position so if the glass is open it is still available to the transponder equipment at the toll plaza. In Atlanta the stick on transponder is about as thick as a credit card with no battery. I used scotch tap to adhere it on a test run before a peel and stick session as they are a one time application. So far the heat between the glass and sunroof cover has not caused them to come undone.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:34 PM
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Someone already mentioned it but look into the coding and the little tweaks that can be done to custom your BMW to your taste. (Turn signals, folding mirrors, HUD additions, adjustments of chimes and dings, etc.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:31 PM
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My 535 M sport completed Nov 1, Now waiting for vessel. The wait is not easy
Mine completed a day ahead of you and also waiting for vessel

Too bad ours won't get on the same boat
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:05 AM
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I called the BMWNA number and learned my vehicle is in the paint shop today - due to be completed tomorrow 11/13. I'm getting excited but trying to keep a lid on it because it will take a month to get to Florida - UGH!!!!
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:40 PM
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In Transit now. Anybody else on the vessel Rigel Leader?
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:09 AM
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In Transit now. Anybody else on the vessel Rigel Leader?
Mine is on Asia King heading to Baltimore now
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:24 AM
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Mine says "production ends". I assume that means it is waiting for a boat. How often does a boat get filled and depart? Weekly, monthly?
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:22 AM
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Mine says "production ends". I assume that means it is waiting for a boat. How often does a boat get filled and depart? Weekly, monthly?
It varies, but usually about every week to 10 days.

If you want to keep track of your ship - go over to he ED group - no doubt someone will be on the ship your car is on.
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After the production ends, some time is taken for getting the cars from Dingolfing plant to Bremerhaven port which is about 500 miles away.

Once the status changed to "Enroute to US" in Track your BMW , i used this.

1. https://att.2wglobal.com/gstattweb/o...uickSearchPage
Cargo ID was the VIN number. Get the Vessel name from here.

2. http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/
Use the Vessel name from above.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:21 PM
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After the production ends, some time is taken for getting the cars from Dingolfing plant to Bremerhaven port which is about 500 miles away.

Once the status changed to "Enroute to US" in Track your BMW , i used this.

1. https://att.2wglobal.com/gstattweb/o...uickSearchPage
Cargo ID was the VIN number. Get the Vessel name from here.

2. http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/
Use the Vessel name from above.
Yep, that's what I did too (different ship tracker) but if you start a thread saying "who' on ship name" everyone will start posting and you can keep great track of how long things are really taking. Just my $.02
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:49 PM
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Thanks! Great info.
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:21 AM
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Waiting too

Ordered my 535 x drive last Monday. The waiting is going to kill me but it looks like I am in good company here. When I check the status with my production number it says that my order is still being processed---not even in production yet:0 Downloading the owners manual now. Thanks for the tip, it should keep me busy!
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