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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:32 PM
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Old 12-22-2011, 03:35 PM
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Is this for real? How would one go about getting this deal?
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:24 PM
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Is this for real? How would one go about getting this deal?
Yes, 100% for real.

However, it really applies only to 2012 X3 buyers who have not yet taken delivery.

The "Port Install Program" has been expanded recently to include X3 trailer hitches (like I've posted about on the X5)...

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Old 12-22-2011, 07:47 PM
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Yes, 100% for real.

However, it really applies only to 2012 X3 buyers who have not yet taken delivery.

The "Port Install Program" has been expanded recently to include X3 trailer hitches (like I've posted about on the X5)...
How does this work?

A little help for those of us who have already ordered and are waiting on production would be much appreciated. Is this something that most salesmen would understand how to accomplish?

Does the car have to be in 111 or can it be 112 status - or later, before we are out of luck?

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Old 12-22-2011, 09:52 PM
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Yes, 100% for real.

However, it really applies only to 2012 X3 buyers who have not yet taken delivery.

The "Port Install Program" has been expanded recently to include X3 trailer hitches (like I've posted about on the X5)...
Any reason why you would not make this deal available to those of us who already have taken delivery of our X3's? I'm confused why you put up this post?
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:05 AM
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My dealership only charged me $500 (which I thought was NOT cheap) and did not remove the bumper (or so they said) .
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Any reason why you would not make this deal available to those of us who already have taken delivery of our X3's? I'm confused why you put up this post?
Installation being done at "the port" essentially means it's done by the factory, can't exactly take your car back there. But I agree, without a little more detail, this is kind of a tease.

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My dealership only charged me $500 (which I thought was NOT cheap) and did not remove the bumper (or so they said) .
The parts alone cost more than that, not sure how you pulled that off.

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My dealership only charged me $500 (which I thought was NOT cheap) and did not remove the bumper (or so they said) .

"The parts alone cost more than that, not sure how you pulled that off."
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That was only for installation.
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Inquired about this today at my dealer. I watched him go through the computer, and there were no port options listed anywhere for any of the "X" trucks.

Is it possible that this is west coast only? Or is it simply undocumented and requires actual human intervention at the VPC?
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Inquired about this today at my dealer. I watched him go through the computer, and there were no port options listed anywhere for any of the "X" trucks.

Is it possible that this is west coast only? Or is it simply undocumented and requires actual human intervention at the VPC?
possible.

I'm trying to remember how they used to process US-built cars for the east coast dealers. They are basically shipped directly from the factory I believe, so they do not go through a traditional VPC workshop where these items could be installed.
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possible.

I'm trying to remember how they used to process US-built cars for the east coast dealers. They are basically shipped directly from the factory I believe, so they do not go through a traditional VPC workshop where these items could be installed.
It sounds like they have some sort of facility at Spartanburg, as goofy as that seems.

Hopefully the manager will actually make the call down there and I'll know something next week - we'll see.
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It sounds like they have some sort of facility at Spartanburg, as goofy as that seems.

Hopefully the manager will actually make the call down there and I'll know something next week - we'll see.
yes but I don't think it is a full VPC since they are not processing any cars. It is attached to the factory and is more of a shipping "hub" to get the cars onto trucks. It is not the same VPC where cars coming from Europe get offloaded off the boat.
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yes but I don't think it is a full VPC since they are not processing any cars. It is attached to the factory and is more of a shipping "hub" to get the cars onto trucks. It is not the same VPC where cars coming from Europe get offloaded off the boat.
That would make more sense. Maybe they can drop it at the port in Baltimore to get this taken care of there.
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So, um, Jon - any help? Is this configurable via the computer system, or do you have to call to arrange?

I'm just curious if this works differently for the CA VDC vs. east coast.
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How does this work?

A little help for those of us who have already ordered and are waiting on production would be much appreciated. Is this something that most salesmen would understand how to accomplish?

Does the car have to be in 111 or can it be 112 status - or later, before we are out of luck?

In order to make this happen there is a form that must either be faxed or emailed to Vehicle Distribution a couple of week before the X3 arrives at the VDC. I've done a few now, and I send it over as soon as I have a VIN so I don't forget.

The beauty is that if you are leasing, the hitch is as if it was installed on the assembly line, and therefore 100% residualizable (is that even a word?). As opposed to a "dealer-installed" hitch where only a coupla hundred can be depreciated. Saves a bunch on your lease payments to do it this way.



I would be more than surprised (shocked) if this was only a "West Coast Only" program.
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I would be more than surprised (shocked) if this was only a "West Coast Only" program.
Just got the call this a.m. that "our" port knows nothing of this and doesn't offer anything for any SAV.
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Just got the call this a.m. that "our" port knows nothing of this and doesn't offer anything for any SAV.

I don't believe it... This is why I referred to the program as "little known" on my original blog post. There are some cases where new SAVs coming from South Carolina are shipped direct to some dealers. This bypasses the VDC where the work would get done, but I can't say this would apply in your case.

When I first contacted Vehicle Distribution I was told the same thing, "BMW doesn't offer anything for any SAV." That is until I dug a little deeper and pushed a little harder. Doing so save my customer (a Bimmerfest Moderator) a ton of money. Now I am getting lots of requests for this...

Anyway, in addition to the hitch, they also offer a "Roof Rail Retrofit" as well as "X Line Pro".

I have no idea what the latter is...
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Yeah great, rub it in. Thanks

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There are some cases where new SAVs coming from South Carolina are shipped direct to some dealers. This bypasses the VDC where the work would get done, but I can't say this would apply in your case.
This is all I can think. Although, he did say that they didn't know anything about it. I'll bug him some more.

edit: I think "x line pro" is some silver plastic "skid plate" looking stuff on the bottom of the bumpers.

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This is all I can think. Although, he did say that they didn't know anything about it. I'll bug him some more.

edit: I think "x line pro" is some silver plastic "skid plate" looking stuff on the bottom of the bumpers.

You know, the more that I think about it, this may only be offered to Western Region dealers...

Don't beat too hard on your CA.

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I am very pleased with my execuhitch that I installed myself.

I watched their video. Looks like a great solution...

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I was going to get the execuhitch but the BMW hitch came out a few weeks before I got my X3. The execuhitch is decent but the cost was similar to the BMW hitch. Plus the execuhitch doesn't integrate with the backup camera, park distance sensors, or the stability control system like the BMW hitch. My dealer installed my hitch for $1058 plus tax.
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The execuhitch is decent but the cost was similar to the BMW hitch.
Right. I'd much rather have the factory solution.
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Jon, I am in San Diego and just ordered a 35i (BMW of Vista). Can you give a bit more info about the trailer hitch? At what point would it be added? Who performs the work and is it covered by insurance? Do I contact my dealer for this? Or you? Thanks.
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Trailer hitch

I have a 2011 F25 X3 and wasn't going to pay the $600 + 4 hr shop time to install a hitch. I found a Curt hitch 13107 on eBay from discount hitch for $153. (free shipping) and installed myself in about 2.5 hrs. Looks and works great!
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