The ship arrived! Here is the Ro-Ro (Roll on - Roll off) ship as it was unloading at the dock today.Tomorrow my European Delivery vehicle will be re-re delivered as it arrives by boat on its final leg after drives in Europe and various states.
Thanks for the kind words.Northcar
A great ED report! Thanks for taking the time to post such a complete and interesting report, including the tracking information for the ship.
If you don't mind, I have a couple of questions since we are considering a ED for a 4 series convertible during our son's spring break in March 2016:
1. I note that your car has the M Sport package. I was wondering what tires you ordered, all season or summer? You clearly were traveling in Germany/Austria during snowy season, so I was wondering how you handled that with regard to the German requirements for tires during the winter season?
2. Others have posted about the capacity of the trunk for ED. We would also have three people in the car, two adults and our 13 year old son. How did you find the trunk space?
Just located these photos I took at the referenced time on the local dealer's lot confirming the M/S imprint on a 4 Series xDrive:Thanks for the kind words.
With regard to the tires I confirmed that the tires that came standard with the M-Sport package on the 435i xDrive Convertble had an M/S (Mud and Snow) imprint on the rubber by comparing with other 4 Series cars on the local dealer's lot. Of course having xDrive provided added confidence. I had done a December/January ED with a 4-Matic Mercedes equipped with standard tires before the current rules were enacted. On that ED I was caught in a New Year's Eve snowstorm as we headed toward Fussen and had no problems on the unplowed roadway.
And yes, that is the same lake and photo op location - but the silver 335i was photographed in 2007 and the Metallic Grey 435i was photographed in 2015!And for comparison, here are the OEM wheels on my new 4 Series 435i M-Sport xDrive Convertible:
And for completeness here are the OEM wheels that came with the 2007 335i:
I guess I should have responded to this before. Thanks for the tip about the taste of Schneeballen so I don't have to feel so bad about missing it. On the other hand though, I have over the course of several European Delivery experiences developed a taste for the small chocolate covered Marzipan candies.Believe me, the Schneeballen look much better than they taste. It's like eating cardboard with powdered sugar on top. It may be the only thing I ever ate in Germany that I didn't like....Ooops. Forgot about marzipan.