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Old 10-25-2005, 06:21 PM
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Hi All,

I have been lurking on this forum for a while. Finally decided to become a Bimmerfest member and post my first message. We plan to do ED in Dec 2005 for 2006 330i manual with cold weather package. We will be taking delivery on Dec 19th. The ED forum has been very helpful and quite insightful. Plus reading other member experiences has helped us navigate the ED process and work fairly painlessly with the dealer thusfar.

We are still quite a ways from completing the process but I am sure future discussions and feedback from members will certainly help.

Anyone on this forum doing ED on Dec 19th, just curious.

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It's 'The official when are you going to Munich thread' And I agree, this is a really great forum!
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Hi All,

I have been lurking on this forum for a while. Finally decided to become a Bimmerfest member and post my first message. We plan to do ED in Dec 2005 for 2006 330i manual with cold weather package. We will be taking delivery on Dec 19th. The ED forum has been very helpful and quite insightful. Plus reading other member experiences has helped us navigate the ED process and work fairly painlessly with the dealer thusfar.
Congrats.

Two things to keep in mind:

1.) When are you returning the car. Make sure it's not on a holiday when Harms is closed.
2.) Your driving options may be somewhat limited, even with all weather tires. Keep this in mind when planning an itinerary. Unless you get snows, mountain passes are out of the question obviously.
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It is great to see Jspira has mellowed and did not give his usual ”you are 120% likely to skid, crash and die most a horrible death during a winter ED; you are utter idiot if you do not pack four snow tires in your suitcase etc”

Seriously, be aware that a heavy snowfall will inconvenience travel plans. My wife and I are taking a set of snow chains for Dec/Jan ED esp. as we are visiting some ski resorts. Snow tires are a ridiculous option for a two week trip but maybe check out a cheap set of chains. The little extra baggage may be prudent if you venture anywhere interesting: http://www.tirechain.com/CarChains.htm

Chains are pretty much just for ensuring you are not stranded anywhere (open air parking lots, inclines after fresh falls etc) - I don't think anyone plans on any serious mileage with them fitted. Not all roads allow chains, but if the sign say 'no chains' and you are stuck in a heavy drift would you rather be stuck in the drift or drive back to safety illegally?

From experience snowy roads are 'ok' with S tires but obviously don't try to match the speed of locals that _will_ be using snows. I lived nearly two years in Zurich with six months of that using an ED E46 so am speaking from a least a little experience.
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It is great to see Jspira has mellowed and did not give his usual ”you are 120% likely to skid, crash and die most a horrible death during a winter ED; you are utter idiot if you do not pack four snow tires in your suitcase etc”

Seriously, be aware that a heavy snowfall will inconvenience travel plans.

I must most strenuously object. I believe that at most I only stated that it was 110%.
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LOL Of course you realize I have jinxed my wife and I; we are bound to slide off a mountain pass during our ED. Don't worry all I have a camera ready.
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It is great to see Jspira has mellowed and did not give his usual ”you are 120% likely to skid, crash and die most a horrible death during a winter ED; you are utter idiot if you do not pack four snow tires in your suitcase etc”

Seriously, be aware that a heavy snowfall will inconvenience travel plans. My wife and I are taking a set of snow chains for Dec/Jan ED esp. as we are visiting some ski resorts. Snow tires are a ridiculous option for a two week trip but maybe check out a cheap set of chains. The little extra baggage may be prudent if you venture anywhere interesting: http://www.tirechain.com/CarChains.htm

Chains are pretty much just for ensuring you are not stranded anywhere (open air parking lots, inclines after fresh falls etc) - I don't think anyone plans on any serious mileage with them fitted. Not all roads allow chains, but if the sign say 'no chains' and you are stuck in a heavy drift would you rather be stuck in the drift or drive back to safety illegally?

From experience snowy roads are 'ok' with S tires but obviously don't try to match the speed of locals that _will_ be using snows. I lived nearly two years in Zurich with six months of that using an ED E46 so am speaking from a least a little experience.
Unfortunately I guess chains aren't available for 35 series tires. I tried to get some for our upcoming ED of a 650 with sport and was told that they won't fit low profile tires
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I'll agree about the mountain passes being a bad idea. However I did my ED last February. I found that the Brennar Pass through the Alps is a fine way to travel to get from Germany, through Austria, into Italy. It's a very low pass, that's almost always open. ED in winter is a lot of fun, as the countryside can be beautiful with snow everywhere. But driving on the Autobahns in and around Munich can be an adventure in the snow.
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Hi Guys!

Thanks for the pointers with winter driving. We are not planning on a trip through the Alps so we should be ok. We plan to stay local and around Munich. Pointers on good place to visit around the Munich area would be helpful.

I will certainly be very careful with the driving especially in the winter season. We did not get the sport package, should we still be very concerned about our drive around the Munich area. Will we need chains even if we are driving in and around Munich. Are the driving conditions similar to those in the Northeast say around Jan timeframe?

We plan to staying at the Golden Tulip in Eching. Anyone has experience with this hotel?

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>>Unfortunately I guess chains aren't available for 35 series tires
Apparently so. Are they summer tires; I am not in the league of 650i ownership so don't know anything about the car. Regarding snow driving I am no expert but have read many times that summer times will be more than entertaining in even a sprinkling of snow. Bad luck may mean you end up stuck in Munich for a while. Depending on the cash you wish to drop you could maybe buy snows over there and ship the stock one to the US? - I would not spend that sort of money but if you are there for a couple of weeks with snow on the forecast it may be worth thinking about? Alternatively if it looks like heavy snow maybe drop the car off early, and rent a FWD supermini or use the trains to travel father afield? Public transport is pretty good over there, but lugging suitcases around is never fun.
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Old 10-27-2005, 06:36 PM
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Congratulations and welcome! You should check out this thread:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...73#post1376973

It's 'The official when are you going to Munich thread' And I agree, this is a really great forum!
bdraper

Thanks on the thread, does not look any other bimmerfest members are taking delivery on Dec 19th. The link is very helpful though. Thanks!

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Old 10-27-2005, 06:39 PM
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We are looking forward to Christmas season in the Munich area. We have heard its quite pretty.
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>>Will we need chains even if we are driving in and around Munich.
In my Swiss experience, no. At the worst you'll get stuck in a car park or have to stay in the hotel until the ploughs have done their work. Multiseason tires should be fine. When living in England I always carried two '$1' car mats in the car which were put under the driving wheels to escape from parking lots on the odd occasion of snow in the UK.
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Hi Guys!

Thanks for the pointers with winter driving. We are not planning on a trip through the Alps so we should be ok. We plan to stay local and around Munich. Pointers on good place to visit around the Munich area would be helpful.

I will certainly be very careful with the driving especially in the winter season. We did not get the sport package, should we still be very concerned about our drive around the Munich area. Will we need chains even if we are driving in and around Munich. Are the driving conditions similar to those in the Northeast say around Jan timeframe?

We plan to staying at the Golden Tulip in Eching. Anyone has experience with this hotel?

Cheers-
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Munich is a walking city (with the U-Bahn and tram and bus lines helping). Depending on your personal interests and tastes, there is a lot to see.

Start here: http://www.muenchen.de/Tourismus/Sig...597/index.html

You can probably drive to Salzburg easily and Augsburg, just to name 2 cities.
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>> Dec 19th.
We are!

It will be a SG 325i for my wife - there is a pic of me in my blog below, but I am wearing a mask. I speak at a conference this weekend so will try to post a decent pic by Monday:
http://dotnetworkaholic.com/MUNDANE+...k+In+Pics.aspx

Maybe see you there? We arrive that morning via Lufthansa from Frankfurt.
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We are!

It will be a SG 325i for my wife - there is a pic of me in my blog below, but I am wearing a mask. I speak at a conference this weekend so will try to post a decent pic by Monday:
http://dotnetworkaholic.com/MUNDANE+...k+In+Pics.aspx

Maybe see you there? We arrive that morning via Lufthansa from Frankfurt.
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We are getting into Munich the nite before by BA from Heathrow. We plan to get to the Ed center around 8.00am. Look forward to seeing you there. We are picking up a 330i MB. Both me and my wife will be there.
How's that floor in the family room looking? I guess I should take pointer on how to install flooring. I am planning on installing new flooring in our foyer and kitchen area.
Looking forward to your pics. Hope you had a great conference.

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Munich is a walking city (with the U-Bahn and tram and bus lines helping). Depending on your personal interests and tastes, there is a lot to see.

Start here: http://www.muenchen.de/Tourismus/Sig...597/index.html

You can probably drive to Salzburg easily and Augsburg, just to name 2 cities.
Jspira,

Thanks for your pointers and notes. I think Salzburg may be a good idea. Will certainly do Munich center on foot. My wife is looking forward to exploring the city, its going to be cold though.
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We are picking up a 330i MB. Cheers-
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Sorry!! Good catch. What I meant was Monaco Blue 330i. Not sure I want a Mercedes Benz variant. Too many quality issues with Mercedes Benz these days.
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Thanks for your pointers and notes. I think Salzburg may be a good idea. Will certainly do Munich center on foot. My wife is looking forward to exploring the city, its going to be cold though.
Anytime. Lots of Museums and the Christkindlmarkt of course. I love walking around the city that time of year.
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It sounds like we'll miss each other by a couple of hours. My wife and I land in Munich at 9:45am so it is doubtful we will be at the delivery center much before 11am. You will be there only about an hour while they prep your car.

Still please email or PM your real name so I can ask at reception if you are still around. You would only be upstairs but I don't fancy asking everyone one by one if they are ad2005 from Bimmerfest as some BMW owners are.. well you know not the nicest people on the planet. I encountered a really rude guy there last time who stole my table while I was in the restroom, he said quote 'that it did not matter' - I gathered my bag, food, coffee and papers from 'his’ table before shuffling off to a table in the corner. I was so close to going off on my 'no wonder America has a bad name' rant, but restrained as he was obviously a loser try to impress his wife/gf with his purchase. I’ll bet he had fun with the Europeans during his trip who are not always so polite with ‘dumb yanks’ as I was


The floor looks awesome! Only 570 sq/ft to go! Allow plenty of time and if you do glue/nail down then expect more problems (from what hear). Floating was pretty easy to install but took me a long time.

Have a great trip and maybe I'll see you driving away as our taxi pulls up. I’ll be blogging our holiday – if you don’t have a blog try to email me the odd photo and I’ll post them on mine. I am sure this forum will appreciate it.
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MB looks awesome (why is SG a common term here when MB is not anyway?). I parked next to a MB E90 during my last contract for a few weeks and loved the color. Aha, I figured out why MB is not common: Mystic Blue + Monaco Blue are available.
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Thanks for your note. I have sent you a PM.

I am planning on the floating floor. Agree with your comments.

Makes sense with MB it could be either.

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