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Old 05-30-2020, 08:03 PM
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Exclamation The Final Bimmerfest European Delivery Sign-In Book - Please Sign In One Last Time

The Bimmerfest Sign-In book has a long tradition here, dating back to the days of the Freimann Delivery Center on the Lilienthalalle. We started a brand new sign-in book on 23.10.2007, the day deliveries began at the BMW Welt, and I was proud to be the first to sign the book as the first customer to take delivery.

Since very few members of the forum will have the opportunity to sign in at a future date, I created this virtual sign-in book so that everyone could sign one last time.

Please treat this thread just like the sign-in book, hence no replies to others' posts. Let everyone have one final chance to have the sign-in experience

I owe this forum a great debt. I met some wonderful people here both online and IRL, and I'm not sure if I would have ended up starting a travel magazine had I not first began posting trip reports here - and spending many hours answering member questions about two of the cities I consider and have called home, Munich and Vienna.

Thank you for such great memories and for allowing me to share my journeys with you.
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Old 05-30-2020, 09:44 PM
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To all the virtual friendships I made on Bimmerfest. all the acquaintances I met, all the adversaries I insulted. But most importantly to the community I cherish, a collective of people that exemplify the rule that "The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Part". Thanks for the inspirations, dreams, plans, thanks for all the time I spent here, thanks for all the delivery reports I bookmarked. Most of them are on my bucket list.
I am grateful to all that made this forum what it is, from the beginning to what it is now.
But most importantly, thanks to the Bayerische Motoren Werke AG for making amazing cars and creating European Delivery - the best, most exciting and just plain legendary program there is. I am sure we all got something out of it. I know I did.

I am sure I am not going to unsubscribe - I sill see all new topics here. I will miss the program and I will miss you.

Red e92 328i xDrive, delivered 4/25/2009

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Old 05-31-2020, 11:05 AM
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This forum was an invaluable resource on tips and procedures for what will now be my only Euro delivery in May of 2014. I'm sad that I'll never be able to have that experience again, but SOOO glad I did it. As you all know, it's breathtaking to see a car you'd dreamed about for months first presented to you on a turntable under spotlights. A week later I took the opportunity to drive my own car on the Nurburgring, an experience rivaling delivery. Thanks for all your input, and enjoy your rides.
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Old 05-31-2020, 12:25 PM
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Greeting to fellow Bimmerfest readers as well as the men and women of the Welt, BMW AG, BMW of North America, and Jim at BMW of Salem (Oregon). Hello again to my European Delivery colleagues who are those who did European Delivery.

I originally considered European Delivery because of the savings. I saved a little in the cost of the car and saved some money instead of having to rent a car. What resulted is that I became a long term brand ambassador for BMW and Jim of BMW of Salem.

I was able to see the customer only areas of the Welt (lounge, staircase, and delivery area), get a few things that no US delivery cars has (German compliant first aid kit and warning triangle), and well as buy some aftermarket rubber mats made by German company in Slovakia that fits my model exactly for about half the US price. Having my own car meant that I was not stuck with seeing only downtown areas.

My delivery specialist at the Welt no longer works there but works for in customer communication and marketing for a software company in Munich.

Perhaps we in the Bimmerfest community will someday be able to do it again.

Dave
European delivery of June 1, 2013
Arrival date in Germany of May 31, 2013
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Old 06-02-2020, 10:10 AM
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To all the virtual friendships I made on Bimmerfest. all the acquaintances I met, all the adversaries I insulted. But most importantly to the community I cherish, a collective of people that exemplify the rule that "The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Part". Thanks for the inspirations, dreams, plans, thanks for all the time I spent here, thanks for all the delivery reports I bookmarked. Most of them are on my bucket list.
I am grateful to all that made this forum what it is, from the beginning to what it is now.
But most importantly, thanks to the Bayerische Motoren Werke AG for making amazing cars and creating European Delivery - the best, most exciting and just plain legendary program there is. I am sure we all got something out of it. I know I did.

I am sure I am not going to unsubscribe - I sill see all new topics here. I will miss the program and I will miss you.



Sincerely,

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Old 06-02-2020, 12:54 PM
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Sad to see the program discontinued. I had done 2 deliveries, 1 in March 2006 and the last in April 2011.
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Old 06-02-2020, 05:24 PM
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Ditto to the comments above about the "hidden" parts of the Welt & presentation. My brother and I got to have an excellent bonding/vacation together in the fall of 2009. We took my 3er coupe to the castle photo spot, go to the MB museum, visit relatives near Frankfurt, drive the Nurburgring on my birthday, drive to Berlin, and then tour Amsterdam. In 2014 I did it again + a Performance Center delivery, taking along the other brother from near by.

These for sure made me a brand ambassador.

I was able to go from a 3 (4) Series to a 6 Series this way. Dropping the program will make a future purchase more likely a 4 rather than an 8 if I stay with BMW.
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Old 06-02-2020, 05:55 PM
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I've done 2 EDs and would have done more. They were my favorite vacations so far in my lifetime. Sad to see the program go :'-(
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Old 06-04-2020, 09:29 PM
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Two European Deliveries under my belt, one in 2014 and another in 2017. Drove both cars on the Nurburgring, the highlight of both trips. Munich is such a great city, and the Welt is truly a great place. Sad to see it all go away. My lease ends this year, so the timing is terrible. If it was one year earlier, I'd at least have been able to get a third ED in. Here's to hoping it comes back in the future.
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Old 06-05-2020, 07:06 PM
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I was lucky enough to sign das Buch twice. My first experience in 2012 was my first time travelling internationally. I definitely caught the European travel bug on that trip. So much so I returned in 2015 for my second ED. These two trips were the best trips of my life. Every part of the trips were planned using input from the people on this forum and all of their advice was spot on. I never did get to do my third ED, partly because my past ED's were so enjoyable I moved to Europe for 2 years. During that time I did not need a car and was planning to another ED when I moved back to the US. It is sad to see he program go. I think it is a big mistake on BMW's part as it really instilled brand loyalty in me. Now the experience will be no different than buying a Toyota. Anyway, I thank everyone on here who has given me advice about my trip planning over the years and I hope I was able to help out other EDers with my experiences I posted. I hope this programme one day returns and this forum gains life once again. Prost!
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Old 06-10-2020, 03:05 AM
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My first ED was in 2007 when I got the 335i convertible shown in my signature picture. The Welt did not exist those days so the pick-up was at the Freimann Delivery Center. The ED program was a also a bit different those days with no pick-up at Munich Airport, so I got in touch with Rolf to arrange for transportation. My Mom, two sisters and I decided to use the occasion to have a family vacation without spouses or kids, and we had a blast. It was so exciting to go through the process of ordering the car, waiting to travel to Munich, sightseeing in Munich the day before the big pickup, and then the pickup itself. I got to meet another Bimmerfester during the pickup and then we did a factory tour which was terrific. My family and I spent about 10 days touring around Europe, and we visited Prague, Vienna and Salzburg during the trip, as well as lots of small towns and cities along the way (e.g., Melk, Berchtesgaden, etc.) before dropping the car off in Munich and returning home. I rented a navigation DVD from Beewang on this forum and it got us everywhere we needed to go. I will always remember that ED with joy and nostalgia. I am very sorry that the sun is setting on the ED program and hope that some day BMW decides to bring it back. I'm ready for my next convertible now!

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Well, never got to sign the book at the Welt. But 2 EDs - one in 1989 with my father, and one in 2003 with my wife (and daughter in belly). Sad there won't be a third.
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Old 06-18-2020, 07:39 AM
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I did four ED. My first one was in 2009 and went with my then 6 year old son. It was my first BMW and was a manual transmission 328i montego blue sedan. I went again in 2015 for a 428 coupe with my son and wife. Third was in 2016 for my wife's 528i (went with her parents) and last one was 2 years ago went with my wife and her girlfried and my son for my current 540i sedan. I'm glad I had the opportunity to do this 4 times. I also did a Performance Center Delivery in 2012.
My next car may be an X3 M40i and if the PCD is open up again I may do that.
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Old 06-18-2020, 01:15 PM
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Picked up my 335i Coupe at the Welt in May of 2008. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the 1700 miles of driving through Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Spain. I am extremely sad that the program has been discontinued as I was planning a return in 2021 to take delivery of a Z4. Hopefully BMW will reconsider.
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Super disappointed to hear BMW discontinued the European delivery program. I got my E39 using it in 2000, planned to get my E84 before Jon Schafer gave me such a deal that I bought from him instead. I had definitely hoped to use it again.
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