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Old 06-19-2013, 05:46 AM
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Modifications required when importing E65 to USA (Florida) from Europe?

Dear co-Bimmers,

As it looks now, there is a very high chance of me moving to the USA for a couple of years (as a resident), and I'd like to bring my beloved European Siebener (730d E65, by 2003) with me. I was wondering whether, and if so, which modifications would be required on the Siebener to be allowed to drive in the USA?

I found this link http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index..._United_States
but I believe the information in that thread applies only when one buys a brand new BMW...not when you already own a second-hand BMW for a while.

Is there anybody who has experience with importing a European E65 to the USA?

Thanks a lot in advance!

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Old 06-19-2013, 08:10 AM
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It really depends on the car. Check this link out: http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/import/

Contact the NHSTA or the Florida DMV.
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:58 PM
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That car will be next to impossible to find parts for as we do not have 730D's over here. I wouldn't recommend it.
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:37 PM
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Modifications required when importing E65 to USA (Florida) from Europe?

At mr. 750: thanks for ur response. I didn't know there were almost no 730d's. I suspect u r referring to difficulties to getting engine parts and tail and front lights? Other parts are the same, no?


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Old 06-19-2013, 01:52 PM
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Re: Modifications required when importing E65 to USA (Florida) from Europe?

And technicians that work on that engine as no technician works on the diesel version here in the us. Call few dealers and indys to see if they are capable.

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Old 06-19-2013, 02:01 PM
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Not going to happen, vehicle needs an EPA emission control label or you need to be able to prove it's identical to a US certified vehicle. The M57 in the 335d and X5d have a urea system which allows them to meet EPA standards and that's what you'd have to prove your vehicle is identical to. Or you can just wait until 2024 when it's 21 years old to bring it over.
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:47 PM
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We dont have inspections here in florida, so I don't see why you couldnt bring it. And most dealers here can get parts for your 730 here
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:58 PM
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We dont have inspections here in florida, so I don't see why you couldnt bring it. And most dealers here can get parts for your 730 here
Florida might not inspect it, but it has to go through customs when it enters the US, where they'll be happy to keep it on a permanent hold if you can't prove it meets EPA/NHTSA requirements.

You can bring in a vehicle for up to one year for personal use provided you're a non-Resident, but it has to be exported at the year mark.

http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/impo...nchor-15-15421
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Old 06-20-2013, 02:57 PM
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Modifications required when importing E65 to USA (Florida) from Europe?

Wow, guys. It looks like almost unanonimously a 'don't try it'-feeling, right?


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Why not just store the car with a relative and purchase another 745 over here to drive?
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:47 PM
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Modifications required when importing E65 to USA (Florida) from Europe?

At Sanhonda; well, that is now one of the options, indeed, given all the above comments. However, at the moment I'm experiencing some really annoying climate control problem (see "sudden heat increase at drivers side"-thread on this forum) that there s a chance ill just sell the car if we go to USA, given the complexity of importation and maintenance issues in the USA.


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Do BMW not do other "30d" engine cars form the same era in the states?
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Old 06-22-2013, 06:27 AM
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Modifications required when importing E65 to USA (Florida) from Europe?

I talked to my BMW-dealer yesterday about this and there are definitely rear and front light issues when importing into USA. Furthermore, the BMW-software of USA-cars is different from Europe-cars, which could also become an issue for maintenance of a Europe-BMW in USA.

Given all above comments and my dealership's I decided not to import my beloved Siebener. This allows me to drive an all-American car, which I probably would never do in USA. If anybody has any ideas/suggestions on what to get in USA second hand for max 5000$ which is USA-made and luxurious, then feel free to post it. I noticed Lincoln may be a brand to consider, no?

Thank you all!!


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