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F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016)
The sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan (F10) was produced from 2011 - 2016 with LCI updates arriving in 2014. In the US BMW offered a hatchback 5 Series Gran Truismo (F07) and the rest of the world also go a Station Wagon/Touring version F11.

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Old 10-06-2016, 11:41 AM
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Deconstruction of BMW Cars

Warning - this is painful to watch. Ever wondered what happens to BMW's test mules after the testing is done? BMW has an advanced facility to recycle them, watch how these BMWs meet the end of their life.

Interesting video . . . Bimmers and Minis on the chopping block . . .


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Old 10-06-2016, 03:55 PM
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Old 10-06-2016, 04:48 PM
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That explains why BMW are so expensive, we all have to buy 2 cars, one to drive and the other to recycle
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Old 10-06-2016, 04:59 PM
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Why in the world would those cars not be sold for something? Anything. Seems like a complete waste for any brand car. Were these cars defective in a dangerous, non-fixable, way?
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Old 10-06-2016, 05:30 PM
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If you're in the business to make and sell cars-- premium, luxury cars -- you are NOT going to have them "sold for something" or "give them away". That would devalue the brand -- anger those of us who spent a lot of money . . .

It appears to be a large, well designed facility built to crush a LOT of cars.

I think IanS100 has a very good point. It may be a joke-- but I suspect there's truth in there . . .

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Old 10-06-2016, 06:11 PM
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It appears to be a large, well designed facility built to crush a LOT of cars. . .
It does seem a large well designed facility, but with a handful of people working very slowly and meticulously. At that speed, most of them will be drawing their pension well before they finish the line of cars they've already got, never mind any more that arrive. I also don't understand why BMW would allow such a complete waste of money to be filmed, there's a lot about that film that simply does not add up or make sense!?!

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That would devalue the brand -- anger those of us who spent a lot of money . . .
I don't think seeing cars given away to good causes would anger people half as much as seeing perfectly good cars scrapped, if that is what is happening, after all that cost had to be built in and it's us who would be paying for it.

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Old 10-06-2016, 09:43 PM
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I dont tend to watch a lot of videos on the net... but can you guys that watched it confirm whether these are all "old" cars as the screenshot looks like (with old defined as older than 5 years or so)?
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Old 10-07-2016, 12:08 AM
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I dont tend to watch a lot of videos on the net... but can you guys that watched it confirm whether these are all "old" cars as the screenshot looks like (with old defined as older than 5 years or so)?
I thought exactly the same when I saw that long line of cars, I'm sure there were models of various ages, but I still don't understand why they'd yank out a mini engine the way they did and throw it in a skip. None of it makes any sense
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Old 10-07-2016, 07:24 AM
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As one can see from watching this video, it was NOT filmed in real time. Obviously, multiple HD cameras were employed as several activities are shown from more than one angle--and much of the activity was staged/directed specifically for the filming. I also noticed that it very quiet in the shop-- the only sound is from what is being filmed-- again it seems that other work stations are "shut down" for the filming of each of the other stations. This is not some cell phone video of a real time working environment-- it's high cost, scripted/directed, documentary production. I'd guess in actual operation things move a heck of lot faster-- and ALL the filmed activities are occurring simultaneously. I wish it had been narrated to explain WHY it was happening-- not to just show how . . .

The entire film seems to have been made to show BMW's "environmental responsibility"-- how everything is captured for recycling-- not a drop of any fluid hits the floor . . . frankly, I'm a little skeptical.

It's clear from viewing the interiors of these cars, they are old and well used-- NOT !! Even the cars stored and set in the racks are old and faded-- just washed and polished for the film-- NOT!!
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Old 10-07-2016, 03:06 PM
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BMW scraps cars that are used in their mechanics schools. They also eventually scrap a lot of their electric demonstration fleet cars. M School cars, though, are sold and are in high demand.

The EU has some very strict vehicle recycling laws, requiring the manufacturer to recycle their cars that are turned back in for disposal. They are also required to recycle at least 85% of the car, by weight. In the U.S. about 80% of the a car's weight is recycled because it's economically advantageous to do so. A lot of EU countries include structural degradation due to rust in their periodic vehicle safety inspection. Once a car's body starts rusting, off to the crusher it goes.

Only a small percentage of vehicle components are reused, either as used parts or as core turn-ins for remanufacture. The rest of the components go literally onto the scrap heap to have the metals recovered. With more use of aluminum, replacing steel and iron, there is more economic incentive for recycling the cars.

A lot of the EU's old cars are exported to Africa and the less affluent countries of the Middle East, never to be seen again.
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In my country, we can only drive the car for 10 years regardless of how good the condition is. If you can export it out good, if not either buy another 10 years certificate from government to drive another 10 years or you will need to scrap it. This is where this scrap yard is on crushing all still good looking cars.
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Japan has some severe inspection laws that make exporting or scrapping a perfectly good car an unfortunate alternative. It's more about keeping down the number of cars on the road in a crowded country than it is about safety.
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