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South African 330xi? News to me...

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So I finally hunted down my elusive salesman to get my production code. I ordered a few months ago, but told him I wanted delivery for May 1st. I was pleasantly surprised to track my car via Owner's Circle and find it "en route." Then I began to be suspicious...

En Route already? Hmmmm. I then checked the production venue via E46Fanatics FAQ, only to discover there is no "P" listed. On to an .ORG search... Apparently P is a new production code for South Africa. Since when were 330xi's ever produced in SA? I thought only 325's were produced there. This also explains why my salesman insisted that I couldn't Euro-Deliver my 330xi...

At the risk of sparking an old (but perhaps not tired) debate, I'm curious as to any first hand/ word-of-mouth experiences with SA builds that were either trouble-free or trouble-ridden.... Thoughts, comments? I admit I'm a bit disappointed. After reading a few articles on the X5 and the Z3 most initial quality problems of all BMW models, I decided production location did, indeed matter. Accordingly, I am a bit worried about my newborn... I'd love to hear some feedback.

SG/Black 'ette, SP, CWP, Bi-Xe, Moonroof, 5sp
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Plan Codes...

Not to sound too skeptical of the 'secret decoder ring' for the VIN on, BUT..

I am unsure if the information is up to date or was ever correct. In my case, I have an 'N' in the VIN. That would be South Africa, right? Except my car is shipping out of Bremerhaven, Germany. Intresting, huh. Ok well I did some research and some people have said that all SA cars are shipped to Germany for a final inspection. Others say that vehicles ship directly from SA. So which is it? Also my car will be delivered in about 9 weeks according to the latest BMWUSA guestimate. SA cars are notorious for being very slow to delivery, taking 3-4 typically.

So, if this were a murder trial, IMHO, there would be enough contradictory evidence to place reasonable doubt on the e46fanatics VIN faq. I won't know where my car was produced until it arrives.

If someone does know the VIN decode conclusively, please, let me know.
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This is from the BMW Car Club of Norway
it breaks down the VIN # into all of its parts. It doesn't have anything concerning the SA plant build code.

Also check out this site
it will allow you to enter your VIN and get the specifics. When I entered mine (J) - it showed Regensburg (which corresponds to the Norway site).

Hope this helps :D
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