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Old 10-11-2014, 03:10 PM
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435i M Sport Convertible Delivery

A bit late with compliance, but here goes --

Delivery was scheduled for Thursday, 9 October at 10:20. Arrived in Munich the previous night after spending two nights in Prague. My wife couldn't make this trip, so my sister met me in Prague and is along for most of my trip.

Arrived at the Welt shortly before the 8:50 arrival time. After check-in, I walked over into the lounge and could see my car waiting below. Yes, I double-checked the registration to confirm the license plate meant that it was mine! The pre-delivery briefing was fine (although the slanted seats were a minor annoyance).

Delivery was of course a special experience, and actually took place about 20 minutes ahead of schedule. Seeing the car from the stairs, and then seeing it start to rotate under the spotlight -- all of those who've done this before know how that feels! The one flaw in delivery is that there was a mark on the driver's side headrest. Thankfully, it was on the surface and not a scratch, but it still meant that the person who first drove it off the delivery spot was Bernhard, my delivery rep, because he drove it into the elevator to take it down to be cleaned. Apart from that little hiccup. everything was wonderful!
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Old 10-11-2014, 03:15 PM
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Post-Delivery

After taking the factory tour, I picked up my keychain and spent my 10 Euros at the shop. Walked over to the museum but frankly all I wanted to do was drive my new car!

It was a postcard-perfect warm sunny day for driving a convertible. Several BMW folks thanked me for bringing the weather from Southern California! We were on our way!
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Old 10-11-2014, 03:17 PM
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First Stop -- Modern-Day Castle

First stop was Allianz Arena, which we dubbed "Schloss Bayern". I had to stop and pick up a souvenir for my teenage son.
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Old 10-11-2014, 03:22 PM
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First stop was Allianz Arena, which we dubbed "Schloss Bayern". I had to stop and pick up a souvenir for my teenage son.
Have fun. i can't believe we've been back home for 10 days already. Time flies.
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Old 10-11-2014, 03:26 PM
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Congratulations! Beautiful car and it looks like you had great weather on your delivery day.
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Old 10-11-2014, 04:56 PM
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Congrats on ur delivery. Wish I had the blue skies on my delivery on the 4th!


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Old 10-11-2014, 05:01 PM
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The car is gorgeous... the weather beautiful! What else could you ask for with a new convertible? Great photos too... Enjoy
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Old 10-11-2014, 08:34 PM
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European Delivery #02 Story August 2014:
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European Delivery #01 Story January 2012:
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Old 10-12-2014, 06:14 AM
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Looks good. What slanted seats?
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Old 10-12-2014, 02:48 PM
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Old 10-12-2014, 03:09 PM
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Looks good. What slanted seats?
Slanted seats in the driving simulation room that the delivery rep took me to for part of pre-delivery. I kept sliding toward the floor!

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Old 10-12-2014, 03:35 PM
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Rothenburg then Drive to Baden-Baden

Later on delivery day, after stopping at "Schloss Bayern," we enjoyed the balance of the gorgeous day driving first to Nordlingen for a quick stop and then on to Rothenburg o.d.T. for the night. Stayed at the Burg Hotel, located inside the city wall. That's not just a general location, it is actually built into the city wall to the west of St. Jakob's church. Nice hotel, with a small garage that offered relatively comfortable parking. The manager (owner?) was very nice, too, and refused to allow me to carry my suitcase upstairs -- "No, I've got it, I've been doing this for fifty years."

The weather turned the next day (Friday) with a day that was misty and drizzly. Not really a bad day to walk around Rothenburg. And looking into the foggy countryside surrounding the village, you expected to see tiny magical woodland creatures scurrying among the trees.

In the afternoon, we embarked on what was supposed to be a two-hour drive to Baden-Baden. Thanks to construction and increasing rain, it took well over three hours. Felt like I was driving out of LA the day before Thanksgiving. Then arrived at hotel (Aqua Aurelia) to be told that they didn't have the suite that I had reserved, or any other room for that matter. In the end, after a wait, they said a guest had just left a different suite so we stayed there. They also comped dinner and the next morning's breakfast.

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Old 10-12-2014, 03:41 PM
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Parking in Baden-Baden Hotel Garage

With a later arrival, there were only two remaining spots in the hotel garage -- both of them right up against the end wall. See pic -- I took my time carefully fitting into the spot.
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Old 10-12-2014, 03:55 PM
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Black Forest Drive then on to Fussen

Left Baden-Baden late Saturday morning, another overcast and drizzly day. Drove down the Schwarzwald Hochstrasse, and then from there down to the Bodensee (Lake Constanz) toward Lindau. Made a side trip when I saw a sign with direction to my last name (Salem).

From Lindau, the plan was to drive B-308 to Immenstadt and then up over the Oberjoch Pass (Jochpass) between Bad Hindenlang and Oberjoch, and then continue into Austria on 199 and approach Fussen from the Austria side.

So much for plans -- Got all the way to Bad Hindenlang only to find the road closed right at the base of the climb. Some kind of road rally for classic roadsters. I couldn't fake my way into it. So we had to backtrack back toward Immenstadt. Oh well, it gave more autobahn time, at least. But it was still a bummer!
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Old 10-12-2014, 04:48 PM
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Too bad on the planning... But the car still looks great! Good thing you brought your personal photographer
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Old 10-12-2014, 10:03 PM
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That is my car besides yours in the first picture, I picked up at 1030. Enjoy


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Old 10-13-2014, 10:11 AM
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It was nice to see it down there waiting, wasn't it? And also hard to wait to go get it!
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Old 10-13-2014, 01:27 PM
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Congratulations on your new toy! She looks great! One good thing about living in So Cal is that you can drive the convertible with the top down for most of the year. I don't know how many more days I will be able to drive my 335i convertible here on the East Coast!
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Old 10-13-2014, 04:16 PM
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Adding my congratulations. I'll be looking for you here on the SoCal freeways.
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Old 10-25-2014, 12:33 PM
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More of My Trip

More photos -- after a couple of rainy days, the sun came out for the castle tours in Hohenschwangau (Fussen) and the drive to Kitzbühel via the Fernpass.

The sun was still behind the mountains for the Neuschwanstein photo. I stopped right by the tree. At one point, a local guy driving a truck was approaching from one of the roads that connects at the tree; I started to get in and move the car, and he just smiled, waved, and drove around. My guess is he's seen a few folks take photos of their BMWs in that spot before!

My signature photo is from Kitzbühel. It also shows (or doesn't show) what I love about having this color after many years of black cars -- the car is actually fairly dirty in this photo!
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Old 11-04-2014, 12:42 PM
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