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2017 LBB M4 Convertible

A year and a half in the making***8230;

Officially picked up my 2017 Long Beach Blue M4 Convertible on 9/26/16. We left it overnight in the Welt parking garage, driving to the Official Photo Spot on the 27th.

Day 1
We arrived in Munich at 0745 on the morning of the 25th, with pick up by a Sixt stretch 7-series. That day, we forced ourselves to stay awake as long as possible to fight jetlag. Made it to about 7pm, after walking through Marienplatz and the English Garden. Our stay was in the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, which was a nice place and centrally located for what we looking to do. We went during Oktoberfest, but had no interest in attending.

Day 2
The next day, the 26th, was pick-up day. We used the U-bahn and went in early to do the factory tour (1145 English tour), which was pretty interesting, and then had our delivery at 250pm. It was originally scheduled for 5pm, but had it moved to an earlier slot a couple of weeks before we left the States by email request to the BMW ED folks. After our delivery and victory lap, we moved the car into the underground lot for the night.

Day 3
We came back the next day to do the museum, which is closed on Mondays. Although we had to pay for the ride (about 90 USD), we used Sixt again for our trip back to the welt. After our museum walkthrough, we picked up the car from the Welt garage and drove to Wieskirche, the photo spot and then on to Hotel Mueller in Hohenschwangau. The hotel was great, a very short walk to the castle bus pick-up point. We checked in and took the bus to the Marienbruke. We did not bother with a tour of the castle, but just walked around it and through the courtyard, then hiked down the hill back to the hotel.

Day 4
Wednesday, 9/28, was another relatively easy day. From Hotel Mueller, we stopped at Linderhof Palace, Oberammergau church and Ettal Abbey, before stopping for the night in Nauders, Austria at the Hotel Erika. We intentionally picked this hotel since it is on the outskirts on the South side of town, knowing that we would be leaving first thing in the morning for Stelvio. Probably could have picked a better hotel, but logistics for getting to the pass was more important, while still spending the night in Austria.

Day 5
The morning of 9/29, we left about 8am to hit Stelvio before traffic picked up. We only saw one other vehicle (motorcycle) headed up with us, and we only passed a handful coming the other way. At the top, there was only a handful of folks walking around but the Hotel Genziana restaurant was open with a very nice staff there to help. One note to save some possible heartburn, get gas BEFORE the climb and do not count on the car***8217;s range computer. I showed over 160km left in the tank before starting the climb, but over the next 20 or so km, it was down to less than 40km. It was pretty unnerving to see the range drop so dramatically. Of course, on the way to down, we made gas and still had plenty left by the time we hit a Tankstelle in Bormio.

Day 6-8
From there, it was on to Menaggio on the far side of Lake Como. We stayed at the Grand Hotel Menaggio for 3 nights, leaving the car in the parking lot the whole time (but checking on it daily). BTW-Whoever put the hotel gym right next to the restaurant should have been fired long ago. We toured Villa del Balbianello, a boat tour of the lake villas, and went through Bellagio and Varenna. Note here is that the Castello di Vezio, overlooking Varenna is closed if the weather looks bad. We did not find that out until hiking up a very slippery cobblestone path only to turn around and walk right back down it. Good exercise though.

Day 9
We left Menaggio for Switzerland, through the Gotthard Pass. We ignored the BMW GPS that tried to put us on the old tremola road, and instead stuck to the new pass road. We did a low temp warning (37 F) from the car and, since we were on summer tires, proceeded very carefully the short time at altitude. We skipped Furka and went Susten instead. No temperature warnings for the rest of the trip.

Day 10-12
We stayed in car-free Murren for 3 nights at Hotel Alpina, leaving the car in the train parking garage. It is a basic hotel, but has a great friendly staff. We did Schilthorn, Trummelbach Falls, Lautrebrunnen, Kleine Sheidegg, Grindelwald, Allmenhubel and an Interlaken boat trip. We used a 4-day Bernese Oberland Travel Pass the whole time. The only part not included was Schilthorn, but we those tickets half price. We opted not to do the Top of Europe.

Day 13
We left Murren for our drop off in Zurich. Since the dropoff point is closed over lunch, we checked into the Zurich Marriott beforehand. NOTE - The Zurich dropoff location changed about a year ago, but BMW is still giving out the old address. The correct address is Gondrand International Ltd., Riedmattstrasse 9, CH-8153 Rümlang. There is also a car wash right across the street but it only takes cash. We used a ZVV ZürichCARD (good for 24 hours) to get back from the dropoff to the hotel and to the airport the next morning. We stayed the night in Zurich, walking the ***8220;most expensive street in Europe***8221;, before flying out early the next morning.

We used electronic versions of our ticketing in Munich, Murren and Zurich. Phone apps - SBB in Switzerland and DB Navigator in Germany - provide transit maps and searches for finding the best routing to your destinations, as well as being your tickets. Helpful is the ability to search using a specific arrival time, when you have to be somewhere by a certain time.

I found much useful info on the boards here, and I hope that this can be of use to those that are looking to do a similar trip.
 

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ED Road Trip Preview using Google Earth

I'm planning to do a ED for my next BMW, probably early next year. The information on Bimmerfest has been invaluable in understanding the ED process and will help in planning my trip. As I began to think about this adventure, I decided to start doing some very early itinerary planning, since planning the trip will provide some fun while I'm waiting for the actual trip to occur.

Recently I came across a way to use Google My Trips and Google Earth Pro to take a virtual road trip following a possible route I might take on my ED vacation. I was able to map out the exact routes I want to take in Google My Trips, save that as a Maps file, import it into Google Earth (GE) Pro, and then take a tour of the entire trip. Using the Play Tour feature in GE gives a birds eye view of flying over the route. I can even set the speed at which I want to travel. As part of my trip will include Neuschwanstein, I copied a couple of still images from my tour of the Fest photo location to give you an idea of the type of virtual imagery one gets with this tool (saved in low res due to posting file size limitations).

If you're interested, give it a try. If you have questions, send them along and I'll try to walk you through the process.
 

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Second European Delivery!

Just got home from a fab trip picking up my 2018 430 convertible in SNAPPER ROCKS BLUE! With the obligatory Neuschwenstein Castle photo, we headed down to Oberstdorf for a wedding, then Mainz for a few days on the Rhine, dropped off effortlessly in Frankfurt, then on to a Windstar cruise from Edinburgh to Reykjavik and through the Norwegian fjords!

This is my second European Delivery and I love the program...can't imagine doing anything else!

My first was 3 years ago...same car, different color! There is NOTHING like driving the autobahn with the top down at 210 kph! Woo-hoo!
 

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Just got home from a fab trip picking up my 2018 430 convertible in SNAPPER ROCKS BLUE! With the obligatory Neuschwenstein Castle photo, we headed down to Oberstdorf for a wedding, then Mainz for a few days on the Rhine, dropped off effortlessly in Frankfurt, then on to a Windstar cruise from Edinburgh to Reykjavik and through the Norwegian fjords!

This is my second European Delivery and I love the program...can't imagine doing anything else!

My first was 3 years ago...same car, different color! There is NOTHING like driving the autobahn with the top down at 210 kph! Woo-hoo!
Love the Neuschwanstein pic! :bustingup

Now THAT'S how you take a 'vert pic ... my apologies as I've gotta steal that move ...
 

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440i ED. WOW. Thanks for your posts and experiences. I spent a fair amount of time on this site determining how I wanted to order my car, but almost as importantly to decide to do ED. Below you will see our 440i x-drive convertible, M sport, Estoril Blue with Golden Brown Merino interior and (of course) Neuschwanstein in the background. We spent seven days and focused on Alpine passes. Grossglockner, Stelvio, Jauffen, St. Gotthard, Furka, Grimmsel, Oberalp, etc. As advertised, the BMW folks in Munich were great. We love the car, the Alps, ED and appreciate the help from Bimmerfest.
 

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First ED - 430i on September 20th 2017

What a great experience!
First of all, sincere thanks to all the Fester's who have previously posted. Your experiences, knowledge and advice was invaluable.
Delivery Day
Arrived at the Welt about 8:30 for a 10:00 am appointment. (No we were no too excited..)
BMW had over 100 deliveries scheduled. They moved us up to 9:00. Completed the required paperwork and had a breakfast overlooking the delivery floor. Very cool indeed. As advertised on the Bimmerfest forums, the delivery specialist spent about an hour with us reviewing the car. First a customized audio visual tutorial. Our specific car, color, interior, etc. Then to the big moment. My wife hits the button to start the turntable spinning and the spotlight to illuminate the car. Spent most of our time reviewing the i-drive and nav system. Both new to us. After way too many pictures and 4 victory laps we drove out of the Welt to the parking area. Back to the Premium Lounge for a celebratory drink and snacks. English language tour at 1145 was very interesting. Toured the Museum in the afternoon. As is obvious, made a day of it at the Welt. Tried to soak it all up. The BMW staff could not be more helpful. Met a number of others picking up their new cars and compared notes on our upcoming adventures in Europe. AND most importantly, signed Das Buch.
European Driving
Spent the next three weeks in Germany, Czech Republic and France. Couple of specifics, the factory supplies you with the green environmental sticker required to drive in most downtown areas. A vignette is required for the Czech Republic if you plan to drive on the motorways. We purchased ours at a booth just prior to leaving Germany.
We had never driven in Europe. Found driving in Germany to be very predictable and orderly. Speed limits and all other signage is obeyed. Unlike where I reside, turn signals are actually used! Our driving in France was either on autoroutes or rural roads and again had no problems.
Re-Delivery
Returned the car in Munich. Washed it at the Agip gas station at the airport. Used one of the bays. Bring coins for the carwash. Had a bit a difficulty finding Loginout. Follow the nav system to the Hilton. Loginout on the right side of the street. Drop off was about 30 minutes max. They take care of your paperwork and inspect the car. Could not be easier.
As I write the car is onboard the Don Quijote (nope, not a typo) just departing Bristol England for Baltimore. Using the Fleetmon website to track.
Only regret is forgetting to take the obligatory photo at Neuschwanstein. Will take two next time.
DO IT, you will love it.
 

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Thanks JUhl for your synopsis.
How much did it cost to wash your car at the Agip? And what kind of coins did you use?
I ask because I use plastic as much as I can, so I will need to reserve coins for the carwash.
Doug.
That post is from last year so they may not see it, but i just got back from my ED. In the past I've just saved some 1 euro coins for a booth/wand type of car wash place. The ones I've been to didn't accept cards, but that's not the say there may not be some like that.
 

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Thanks Frank.
How many euro coins should I save back?
(Given that will be my last night before returning, I'd like to keep cash on hand to a minimum)
Doug.
Really depends on how thorough you want to wash it. I'd keep five or so just in case,but i usually go pretty quick -- just spray it down with soapy water quickly and rinse.
 

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Car Wash

Sorry for the tardy response. Echo what Frank posted. The AGIP station carwash at Munich does ** NOT ** take cards. Coins ONLY. It is a wand type car wash. May have missed it but never saw a posted price. Probably spent about 5 Euro just to be on the safe side. We took the advice of a previous poster who brought a couple of throw away towels from home to wipe the car down and leave there. Hope that helps
 

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Thanks to both of you.
Self service bays are just starting to install card readers here in Dallas. I hoped a place like Munich (yes I know Freising is outside) would be following that trend. So it's good to hear from y'all who've been there.
Doug.
 
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