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Old 04-20-2013, 06:48 PM
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Moving my car to Germany

I am moving to Germany so i decided i take my car along with me for the long haul. Now i just have to take care of a few car related issues ( shipping and nav reprograming) and i will be all set. Here is my question: i have the US maps loaded onto the nav system but now require European maps. What is the best way for me to get this done? Go to the dealer here or in Germany and get it reinstalled? I should probably mention that i have the hard drive based iDrive. Any help is greatly appreciated!


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Old 04-20-2013, 07:55 PM
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When I got my 2012 E91 in Germany there was a partial European version that worked fine on my Nav. I'm not sure if they will load one like that for you or require you do a completely new download which would cost a few bucks.
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:56 AM
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Are you aware that you will pay a duty of 25% of the value of your car for the privilege of taking it to Germany? I live near Munich half the year and opted to leave my BMW here and buy a second car there. I will simply sell it there when I'm done.
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Why are you moving to Germany, curious? Sounds like fun though. Would love an opportunity to live abroad.
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:35 PM
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Buy a second car in Germany. Considering all the hassle of duties and inspections, it will actually be cheaper. I almost got a job in Germany a few months ago and here is the site I was looking at for used cars.
http://www.ooyyo.net/used-cars-for-sale/germany

All prices are in Euro's, so go to XE Currency to get an idea of the exchange rate

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Buying a car in Germany is different than the US, in Germany the TUV inspection is tough so other than a bad engine the rest of the vehicle will be in good working order. So you can buy a vehicle from lots of different sources! Remember the more PS you have the more you will pay for tags.
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Old 07-27-2013, 03:46 AM
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I'm curious about this as well. I just picked my US spec 2011 335i up from the port this week and was hoping that all I would need were the European maps DVD. I asked at a BMW dealer in Köln yesterday and could not get a straight answer as to what I need to do to use my navigation system. At one point he mention having to convert the navigation system to Euro spec and threw out a quote of €8,000! Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 07-27-2013, 04:54 AM
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i have retorfitted the euro cic hard drive based system out of a euro car and just loaded the us maps and it works fine, so you should just be able to just have the dealer load the eu maps. With the hard drive system, you can actually do it yourself, BMW sells the maps on DVD's along with an FSC install code. You might want to post over on e90post in the navigation section, a lot of people over there that know this stuff cold.
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:36 AM
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Re: Moving my car to Germany

When I took delivery in Germany it had USmaps, we waited for them to install the European maps and we were all set. When you got the car they should have given you a 'nav-code' used to unlock navi after your battery dies or is disconnected, and 2 to restart after new maps have been loaded. Look in you manual, mines in a envelope. They told me ANY BMW dealer can load what maps you need.

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