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Old 12-14-2019, 12:04 PM
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Ordering my M340

Just about to order my M340. Any advice about ordering from Mexico, or Germany. Dealer is saying about a month faster in Mexico.
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Old 12-14-2019, 12:58 PM
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My 330i is made in Mexico and it is solid. No rattles. No squeaks. No faults yet. Everything works perfectly. I'm about to touch 1000 miles so yes. I've read about issues in Germany manufactured cars too. A lot of them actually. So yes. Looks like it'll be same irrespective of where it's manufactured?
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Old 12-14-2019, 01:27 PM
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Old 12-14-2019, 01:52 PM
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Not 100% certain, but I'm thinking all M340i's are built in Germany right now. If I had the choice I'd choose Germany. Just because Mexico is in its first year. Just like I'd rather not buy a new model in its first year. Due to all of the computers and technology it seems to me the G20 is more prone to first year bugs.
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Old 12-14-2019, 01:54 PM
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Saw an M340i the other day. Really good looking car.
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Old 12-14-2019, 02:42 PM
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Due to all of the computers and technology it seems to me the G20 is more prone to first year bugs.
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Indeed, Consumer Reports indicated that MY 2019 G20 cars have a much worse than average reliability rating (1 out of 5). That's a dramatic drop from MY 2016-2018 F30, which rated better than average (4 out of 5).
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Old 12-14-2019, 02:56 PM
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Just about to order my M340. Any advice about ordering from Mexico, or Germany. Dealer is saying about a month faster in Mexico.
Don't forget the optional spare tire ($150). You'll lose some height in the trunk, though. The dirty little secret is that you really need a spare with run-flats if you're ever planning to take a road trip in your car.

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Old 12-16-2019, 10:57 AM
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Indeed, Consumer Reports indicated that MY 2019 G20 cars have a much worse than average reliability rating (1 out of 5). That's a dramatic drop from MY 2016-2018 F30, which rated better than average (4 out of 5).
I think that is "Predicted" reliability. CR doesn't trust any new car, and most of us know that BMW does beta testing on those willing to buy early.
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Old 12-16-2019, 12:08 PM
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I think that is "Predicted" reliability. CR doesn't trust any new car, and most of us know that BMW does beta testing on those willing to buy early.
CU often downrates reliability in first year (or two) of a model. CU also says that the last year of a model is usually the most reliable and best purchase UNLESS you need/want the newer tech.

First year reliability is an estimate based on history. After that reliability is a score based on user reviews, not CU opinions.

German cars often don't do well in this scenario as they tend to be early adopters of new tech.
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Old 12-18-2019, 09:59 AM
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Don't forget the optional spare tire ($150). You'll lose some height in the trunk, though. The dirty little secret is that you really need a spare with run-flats if you're ever planning to take a road trip in your car.

https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=917185
Lose some height? It makes the trunk practically unusable. Also, I don't know about you, but I am not going to do a 300 mile road trip on the little donut wheel they give you. The only thing I am going to do with that thing is limp to the nearest BMW dealer/tire shop to have the tire fixed/replaced. If the guy in that post had a spare the only difference in his story would have been he changed the flat for the donut before driving back to the hotel. The rest of the timeline and costs would have been the same. He would have been just as well off having roadside assistance tow the car and then try to get some money back under BMW's "Trip Interruption" coverage.
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Old 12-31-2019, 05:10 PM
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Not 100% certain, but I'm thinking all M340i's are built in Germany right now. If I had the choice I'd choose Germany. Just because Mexico is in its first year. Just like I'd rather not buy a new model in its first year. Due to all of the computers and technology it seems to me the G20 is more prone to first year bugs.
I prefer Germany then Mexico.
That is the shortest route since the trip starts in Europe.
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In my part of the world, they all come from Germany. I've just received my M340i and they are Xdrive versions here
If you are buying a BMW, go for Germany. They are all made in the new and upgraded Munich factory.
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Old 01-02-2020, 03:21 AM
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BMW Mexico Plant

The Mexico plant is even newer, if that's what matter to you.

From the article, it sounds as if it's only a matter of time, as the plant ramps up capacity, that all US 3 series will be built in Mexico. This period of having a choice will be short lived.

Hopefully, BMW being so late in the game with a plant in Mexico will spare them from the woes the early adopters had. It took FCA more than a decade to sort out their plant. I don't think it's just a Mexico thing, either, it's plopping a sophisticated manufacturing facility in an area where the labor force has to be trained from ground zero. MB struggled with the Alabama plant for a decade. BMW may be better at it, as Spartanburg got up to speed much quicker and its quality is now stellar.
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Old 01-28-2020, 11:34 AM
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Any updates on this? Just put in an order on a G20 and wondering if custom builds are still being done in Germany only.
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Old 01-28-2020, 12:43 PM
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Duplicate post. Sorry.

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Just about to order my M340. Any advice about ordering from Mexico, or Germany. Dealer is saying about a month faster in Mexico.
Honestly, we first heard similar concerns in the late 1990s when Spartanburg first opened now they send US-built SAVs all around the world. Later, there were concerns about the Rossalyn South African-built 3ers. Studies have demonstrated no statistically-significant argument can be made that non_German Bimmers are inferior in any way..
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Old 01-28-2020, 01:29 PM
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Without looking at the exact dates, mine came from Germany in about six weeks. Much sooner than I expected.
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