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Old 07-25-2014, 07:43 PM
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Sep 3 2014 F33 European Delivery

After months of research and test drives. I finally pulled the trigger on the F33 428i Vert.

Deal was very smooth and Greg Poland is awesome to deal with.

Just signed the PO today and mailed it.

Now the toughest part1 waiting..

Got the packet from BMW NA confirming the ED time. Im scheduled for an early delivery @ 9 AM.

Current plan
- Reach MUC on the 2nd
- Stay at the hotel near Welt and pick up the car the following morning
- Drop of the car on the same day evening and take a flight the next day back.

Wife could not join me for the trip and hence not very comfortable driving alone in Europe.
May be next time.

Still debating between Lease and onetime lease.

Texas is not lease friendly wrt sales tax.
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:57 PM
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"Wife could not join me for the trip and hence not very comfortable driving alone in Europe."

Its easy just like driving over here. If you are going to Welt at least allow yourself a couple days to explore the area on your own. One day doesn't do ED justice and you will regret it for not doing it.
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Old 07-25-2014, 09:19 PM
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not taking the time to drive through Europe is crazy......
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Old 07-26-2014, 04:31 AM
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wow I guess one person's comfortable is another's crazy.
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Old 07-26-2014, 07:09 AM
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May be I should keep my return ticket open and give it a shot..
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Old 07-26-2014, 07:23 AM
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Do a gear-head ED. (wife would be bored after the first car museum, at least mine would)
Head over to Stuttgart, for the M-B / Porsche museums. Then isn't there a Bugatti museum in Mulhouse?
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Old 07-26-2014, 07:40 AM
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May be I should keep my return ticket open and give it a shot..
Give yourself 2 days at least! You will regret not doing so with or without wife

Driving in Germany - in particular - is very civilized and really more of a pleasure compared to many areas of the USA. Embrace the moment... It will make it even more special
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Old 07-26-2014, 08:00 AM
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Europe without the wife...imagine the possibilities!
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Old 07-26-2014, 08:00 PM
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Congrats on your purchase. What does the PO entail? I know it has to be mailed at least 30 days prior to pick up date.
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:05 PM
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Mailed the PO to CA. It should reach him on Monday. I think they need to sign it and then send it to BMW NA. It should be fine. My CA is Greg Poland. He will get it done.
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:07 PM
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Driving may be I can manage in Germany...I'm more worried about the safety of the car/parking etc...

But...with more and more people sharing their experiences...it is tempting...
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:17 PM
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Driving may be I can manage in Germany...I'm more worried about the safety of the car/parking etc...

But...with more and more people sharing their experiences...it is tempting...
Germans are unbelievably careful around other people's cars. You do not see parking lot dings, ever.
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:29 PM
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What do you mean safety of the car? Like somebody stealing it?

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Old 07-26-2014, 09:42 PM
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I just came back from my ED going solo. No problems at all. I never got the feeling of the car ever being in danger of being stolen or damaged for that matter. Found Germany to be very safe
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:27 PM
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Ok that's..comforting to hear

Now I need to do some thinking and decide on what to do...

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Old 07-29-2014, 12:47 PM
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Another question...

Is there any benefit in doing a one time lease payment?

Do I still pay the sales tax ( TEXAS)...or will one time lease payment offers any sales tax credit?
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Old 08-04-2014, 09:25 AM
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Got my checkin time moved to 12:40 PM.

Is it possible to do the factory tour before the delivery.

I can be @ Welt about 10:30
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:12 AM
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Got my checkin time moved to 12:40 PM.

Is it possible to do the factory tour before the delivery.

I can be @ Welt about 10:30
Sure, as long as their is one and it doesn't conflict w/ your delivery time. But you need to check-in first, sign the paperwork, etc. Also make sure you have a tour reservation. Don't rush things. The first ED is an especially great moment. Just savor the day. BTW once you take delivery they will give you a free parking pass for Welt parking. You can keep it there overnight too (unofficially) -- but won't be able to retrieve it until the Welt re-opens.
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:17 AM
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Factory tour is at 11:45am I believe. It's over an hour long.
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Old 08-04-2014, 12:28 PM
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Factory tour is at 11:45am I believe. It's over an hour long.
I don't remember what time the tour is, but generally there is only one English tour a day.

If you can get in a little early, the Welt itself is an easy place for a carnut to burn 2-10 hours, not counting the museum.
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Old 08-04-2014, 01:01 PM
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Driving may be I can manage in Germany...I'm more worried about the safety of the car/parking etc...

But...with more and more people sharing their experiences...it is tempting...
It's safe and your car will be fine. Not seeing a bit of Europe is lunacy. Relax and enjoy yourself.
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Old 08-04-2014, 01:15 PM
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Thanks.

Any idea on how long will it take to drive from Welt to MUC Airport

I see that Welt opens @ 8 AM. Im planning to park the car there overnight and to take it to the airport from there.
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Old 08-04-2014, 02:30 PM
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Thanks.

Any idea on how long will it take to drive from Welt to MUC Airport

I see that Welt opens @ 8 AM. Im planning to park the car there overnight and to take it to the airport from there.
30 minutes if traffic isn't bad.
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Old 08-04-2014, 05:30 PM
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Germans are unbelievably careful around other people's cars. You do not see parking lot dings, ever.
I wouldn't go quite that far. I watched this get get out of this space in Munich. It wasn't the prettiest thing, but it made it. There was definitely a fair amount of parking by 'feel' including someone doing it with my car the first night I was there. Thankfully they just bent the plate that was mounted back then. I always parked in a garage after that and haven't had any more problems. I just take the same care that I would parking here.

That said, absolutely don't miss the opportunity to do some driving and seeing stuff while you are there!

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Old 08-04-2014, 05:32 PM
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Where else are you going to get a chance to drive here? (me on my 2nd ED up near Berchtesgaden)

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