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Prelude
Harsh New England winters and occasional failure to get up on unplowed hills starts a slow search for a new all-wheel-drive six-speed four-door with plenty of oomph to replace my beloved 2007 GTI. Enter the perfect vehicle: Golf R. But the wait for the 2016 manual is long, very long, and the WRX just doesn't do it for me. Then I find out about Audi's European Delivery program and the R's cousin, the S3. For not much more than the R I could have it all, and christen it on my old stomping ground to boot!
I'm willing to convert to a dual-clutch, but the lack of front head room is too much to overcome. The next Audi up fixes that issue, but once all cost is taken into account, the price of an S4 is well north of 50K, and Audi's European Delivery program actually doesn't provide any financial incentive. From there it was a short step to find out BMW has a European Delivery program with a substantial discount (note: the discount will be 2% less for BMW's with production dates post January 1st 2016).

Hunt
Unable to decide I let market availability have it's say: either a Lapiz Blue manual R with DCC now or an Estoril Blue manual 340i Xdrive optioned out to my liking (but under 50K) for European Delivery. First-come, first-served.
After sending out emails to several BMW Client Advisors I start searching VW inventories in a wide radius. It's a close call, but all Blue manual DCC's are spoken for.

Resolution
The first three CA's I approach are at local dealerships where I test drove a 335i Xdrive. Quoting ED invoice price (ED MRSP*.92+US/ED Option MSRP*.93+Destination&Handling) I ask for a price over invoice including all fees except tax, title and license.
The first CA to respond claims my calculations are off by a measly 3K and then proceeds to ask $2,019 over my calculated invoice; I end the negotiation. The second CA to reply, who works at a bimmerfest site sponsor, thanks me for the inquiry, but will not sell for less than ED MSRP. The third is eager to make a deal, but fails to follow up and his enthusiasm wanes. I then contact a highly recommended out-of-state board-sponsor/ED-specialist. After introducing myself by phone, he replies within minutes to my email by asking $1,299 over invoice. It is a measly $180 from my maximum, but he does not budge.
The CA search resumes and I find a 'specialist' in even higher regard. I can't find nary a bad word and nothing but high praise both on bimmerfest and bimmerpost. He too responds promptly seeking $1,499 over invoice. Within three quick email exchanges we agree to $1,119 over invoice including all fees while allowing for BMW promotions and incentives at the time of sale to be applied.

Build
2016 BMW 340i Xdrive for European Delivery in Munich, Germany, to be re-delivered at the BMW Performance Center in Greer, SC.
Options:
- Estoril Blue Metallic
- Saddle Brown Leather
- Anthracite Wood Trim
- M Sport Package
- 400M all-seasons
- Adaptive M Suspension
- Manual Transmission
- Cold Weather Package
- Driver Assistance Package
- Rear shades

Ideally, the order would have included the Track Handling Package with 442M wheels, but since I will be driving it in Europe for almost two months and shipping it from Amsterdam, renting winter tires would have meant a steep premium for those wheels. Instead I humored my wife with the saddle brown leather.

In the upcoming months I will edit this post with details about the European Delivery process, from ordering to delivery, driving and dropping off in Europe and finally re-delivery stateside.I will publicly reveal the name of the Client Advisor and dealership I am working with once the sale is completed, just prior to delivery. If you want to know ahead of time, send me a private message.

Thanks to fellow festers and posters as these forums have been, and will continue to be an amazing source of information!
 

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Finalized the sale on November 28th.

MSRP $56,420
Selling price $48,501 (including $498 Doc Fee and $1,500 November incentives).
0.9%APR/36 months through BMWFS.

Went out of state and based on forum recommendations approached Mike Wendroff at BMW of Morristown. Hands down best car sales experience to date. Email negotiation took no time and he delivered exactly as promised, promptly replying to any questions along the way and making the whole process smooth as butter. Zero pressure, never spoke to or met the manager or finance person. A blessing to the client and management both.

Picked it up at the Welt in Munich on December 18th. More pictures here: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=887286
After a week and 1200 grinning miles a comparison between the new beast and the one I can truly compare it to, my old daily driver.

2007 VW GTI vs 2016 BMW 340ix

https://flic.kr/p/A49gG6
https://flic.kr/p/CkdAbk
https://flic.kr/p/A3cpaM
https://flic.kr/p/BQ8Bsv
https://flic.kr/p/zKFU3g
https://flic.kr/p/C1nWtj
Engine: refined 3.0 turbo straight-six that doesn't feel as quick as it actually is versus 2.0 turbo
straight-four that feels quicker than it actually is.

Transmission: Both 6-speeds. GTI's pretty decent, but no match for 340's: very smooth with rev matching downshifts which makes it very easy, but gratifying all the same.

Steering: GTI's better on center with more weight. 340's adjustable with the modes, but sticking out like a sore thumb looking at the whole package.

Breaking: GTI good breaking feel, still breaking in and getting a better feel for the 340's.

Suspension: GTI fairly stiff but decent feel of the road. 340's nicely adjustable, and much less floaty in Comfort than the 335xi (with adaptive suspension). The GTI is easy to take to its limits with confidence, I have been far from the 340's limits. More miles and the PCD should cure that.

Consumption: GTI about 26/32, 340 thus far about 22/28. No wonder you don't see too many of either in Europe. Gas for week one: $330.

Seats: GTI firm with better bolstering, but 340 much more comfortable for long distances. Heated seats work adequately in both, though the 340's additional heated steering wheel and rear seats will be much appreciated when temps drop below zero.

Interior space: roughly the same (except the GTI also carries a spare).

Lighting: Really like the brightness of the xenon's, but LED's are no worse. Both look great from the front, but 340 much better from the back.

Infotainment: both very easy to use (my mk6's touchscreen is horrendous to use in comparison), but 340 brings much more luxury/capability without the ease of use suffering. Sound system OK in both, but not great. Prefer GTI's steering wheel controls. No navigation in either; don't miss it.

Driver Assistance: GTI easy to park (shorter turning circle) without aids, but the aids are very nice on the 340.

Keys: keyless entry is a very nice bit of luxury on the 340.

Exterior: fan of hatchback design, wagon even more so, but sedan a close third. It would have been an F31 340 had BMW offered those with a 6-speed in the US.

Interior: saddle brown looks and feels great; GTI's striped cloth looks much better than VW's black leather.

Looks: Prefer mk5 design over m6 and mk7 and like the pearl black, but the estoril blue 340 gives me the feeling of driving the best looking car on the road.

Reliability: 340 only 1200 faultless miles. GTI 110,000 with one replaced starter and regular/suggested maintenance only.

Wheelspin: almost impossible in the AWD 340, very possible in the FWD GTI.

Summing up, I realize (again) what a bargain the GTI was and is. However, the overall experience in the 340 is on a whole different level.
 

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Finalized the sale on November 28th.

MSRP $56,420
Selling price $48,501 (including $498 Doc Fee and $1,500 November incentives).
0.9%APR/36 months through BMWFS.

Went out of state and based on forum recommendations approached Mike Wendroff at BMW of Morristown. Hands down best car sales experience to date. Email negotiation took no time and he delivered exactly as promised, promptly replying to any questions along the way and making the whole process smooth as butter. Zero pressure, never spoke to or met the manager or finance person. A blessing to the client and management both.

Picked it up at the Welt in Munich on December 18th. More pictures here: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=887286
After a week and 1200 grinning miles a comparison between the new beast and the one I can truly compare it to, my old daily driver.

2007 VW GTI vs 2016 BMW 340ix

https://flic.kr/p/A49gG6
https://flic.kr/p/CkdAbk
https://flic.kr/p/A3cpaM
https://flic.kr/p/BQ8Bsv
https://flic.kr/p/zKFU3g
https://flic.kr/p/C1nWtj
Engine: refined 3.0 turbo straight-six that doesn't feel as quick as it actually is versus 2.0 turbo
straight-four that feels quicker than it actually is.

Transmission: Both 6-speeds. GTI's pretty decent, but no match for 340's: very smooth with rev matching downshifts which makes it very easy, but gratifying all the same.

Steering: GTI's better on center with more weight. 340's adjustable with the modes, but sticking out like a sore thumb looking at the whole package.

Breaking: GTI good breaking feel, still breaking in and getting a better feel for the 340's.

Suspension: GTI fairly stiff but decent feel of the road. 340's nicely adjustable, and much less floaty in Comfort than the 335xi (with adaptive suspension). The GTI is easy to take to its limits with confidence, I have been far from the 340's limits. More miles and the PCD should cure that.

Consumption: GTI about 26/32, 340 thus far about 22/28. No wonder you don't see too many of either in Europe. Gas for week one: $330.

Seats: GTI firm with better bolstering, but 340 much more comfortable for long distances. Heated seats work adequately in both, though the 340's additional heated steering wheel and rear seats will be much appreciated when temps drop below zero.

Interior space: roughly the same (except the GTI also carries a spare).

Lighting: Really like the brightness of the xenon's, but LED's are no worse. Both look great from the front, but 340 much better from the back.

Infotainment: both very easy to use (my mk6's touchscreen is horrendous to use in comparison), but 340 brings much more luxury/capability without the ease of use suffering. Sound system OK in both, but not great. Prefer GTI's steering wheel controls. No navigation in either; don't miss it.

Driver Assistance: GTI easy to park (shorter turning circle) without aids, but the aids are very nice on the 340.

Keys: keyless entry is a very nice bit of luxury on the 340.

Exterior: fan of hatchback design, wagon even more so, but sedan a close third. It would have been an F31 340 had BMW offered those with a 6-speed in the US.

Interior: saddle brown looks and feels great; GTI's striped cloth looks much better than VW's black leather.

Looks: Prefer mk5 design over m6 and mk7 and like the pearl black, but the estoril blue 340 gives me the feeling of driving the best looking car on the road.

Reliability: 340 only 1200 faultless miles. GTI 110,000 with one replaced starter and regular/suggested maintenance only.

Wheelspin: almost impossible in the AWD 340, very possible in the FWD GTI.

Summing up, I realize (again) what a bargain the GTI was and is. However, the overall experience in the 340 is on a whole different level.
Beautiful car...congrats!
 

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Three weeks and 3,000km into my European Delivery. Growing love of the 340ix. Expanded into Eco Pro and Sport+ modes. Eco Pro is perfect for highway cruising and stop-and-go traffic that isn't going anywhere fast. As for Sport+, it turns out there is fun to be had in the roundabout galore that is the Netherlands. My favorite local stretch has six of these in short succession for optimal use of the 6-speed.

Took it out in a break of dirty weather for some dirty car pictures and an exhaust clip at the end. Also included some interior pictures of the saddle brown/fineline anthracite trim/6MT/No-Nav screen xcombo.

https://flic.kr/p/CL1DQx
https://flic.kr/p/CHGUNs
https://flic.kr/p/CAswdU
https://flic.kr/p/CiTeVJ
https://flic.kr/p/BNuT7b
https://flic.kr/p/CAsrkh
https://flic.kr/p/CL1yR4
https://youtu.be/lXY5xdiL-6M
 

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The Estoril Blue with Saddle interior looks great together! I like the F30 much better than the VW GTI. The steering will grow on you, it is predictable and precise. Congrats!
 

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Congrat love the EB with brown interior.
 
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