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We picked up our 330i on 3/18--1/2 hour wait at 10.30AM. Assorted notes:

1. Pretty important: The BMW first-aid kit contains a pair of bandage scissors that you should remove from unchecked luggage.

2. Lufthansa: Although the office handling the BMW program was pleasant and efficient, LH otherwise was not. On flights (e.g., D.C.-Munich, Frankfurt-D.C.) operated by United with LH numbers, LH has a very limited number of seats to assign, and also LH in Germany told me (by phone) that I had seats assigned, and that I had to check in at LH in FRA. LH in FRA had no seats assigned and said I had to check in at United. Lesson: for flights with LH numbers and reservations made through LH, but actually operated by another airline--check in at the other airline.

3. Dulles Airport (if you're going through D.C.) is now a nightmare. Both checkin for international flights, then security, had very long, slow, and badly organized lines and quite surly TSA people. On return, it took 1/2 hour to get checked bags.

I didn't realize how close the BMW Niederlassung store (parts and accessories) was to ED pickup. Down Lilienthaler Strasse to the Frankfurter Ring, turn right, and it's only a couple of blocks. And it's great fun: lots of T shirts, key chains, models, and stuff like that, and real parts too. I got a set of rubber mats to cover my carpet mats (36 Euros).

We had a quick five-day trip: a day in Munich to rest up and see (a small part of) the Deutsches Museum, a day on pickup, driving to Garmisch, and skiing, a day (raining, so no skiing) at Neuschwanstein and WiesKirche, a day driving to and seeing Rothenburg o.d. Tauber, and a day driving to FRA, dropping off, and flying home. Quick but a great way to bond with your new BMW. My son loved our stay at Colmburg Castle, a short distance from Rothenburg. I enjoyed the couple of hundred Autobahn miles we did at an average of 85-90mph. Average!

All in all, an even better experience than I had foreseen.
 

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What can be shipped in Car?

Thanks for the highlihgts?

Anyone know if you were to grab a set of rubber floormats at the BMW store, put them down on top of the cloth ones and then drop the car for final desitnation at Harms, would the new mats make it back to the States and through to my dealer/delivery??
 

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Thanks for the highlihgts?

Anyone know if you were to grab a set of rubber floormats at the BMW store, put them down on top of the cloth ones and then drop the car for final desitnation at Harms, would the new mats make it back to the States and through to my dealer/delivery??
I hate getting mud from the snow(if there is any) on the new car mats. I bought some plastic mats at WalMart for $5 to take with me and then I'll toss them out once I finish my trip and return the car. I believe you cannot leave them in the car for redelivery. I'd like to see what others have done soon as I am off tomorrow.
 

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.......I bought some plastic mats at WalMart for $5 to take with me and then I'll toss them out once I finish my trip and return the car. ....
Why couldn't you buy the same plastic mats at WalMart Deutscheland :dunno: :p
 

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Why couldn't you buy the same plastic mats at WalMart Deutscheland :dunno: :p
I thought about it Bee but I figured I would not have time to look for a Walmart there and they probably cost $50. They are pretty light so I just threw them in the suitcase. 1 more day man. :mad:
 

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Actually.... nuthing in ValMart cost that much :p

As for the location of Valmart: Take leopardStrassa north and past the Frankfurtering look for the roadsign of McDonalds and follow it. :D
 

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I thought about it Bee but I figured I would not have time to look for a Walmart there and they probably cost $50. They are pretty light so I just threw them in the suitcase. 1 more day man. :mad:
I think you did the right thing - everything there cost a ton cause the greenback is weak, weak, weak........have a fun and safe trip!!
 

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Actually.... nuthing in ValMart cost that much :p

As for the location of Valmart: Take leopardStrassa north and past the Frankfurtering look for the roadsign of McDonalds and follow it. :D
Thanks Bee, I hope I don't need to go there. By the way nice wheels. I chose the same color. Less than 12hrs to go.
 

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I posted something about the scissors on the Checklist thing awhile back, hoped everybody would pick up on it. And let me put my 2 cents worth in about Dulles...worst airport and personnell anywhere (Except for Houston) in the world. They managed to schedule 7, count em', SEVEN jumbo jets to land on the international concourse at exactly the same time!!! Thats approximately 3000 people trying to get baggage and clear customs all at once AND get to their next flight. I thought there was going to be a riot.
 

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I didn't have any problems with LH and seating or check-in or anything. I found them to be quite nice and much better than most of the US airlines I've flown. Maybe it's because I had a LH ticket and flight number?? The free beer and booze was sure nice, too! :thumbup:

Dulles sucked but I've known that for years. Woody's comment was spot on. While we waited in the int'l terminal there were 3 747's leaving within like 20 minutes of each other...what a zoo! However, getting through customs took me about 10 minutes, including waiting for my bag to show up in the baggage claim.

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"I didn't have any problems with LH and seating or check-in or anything. I found them to be quite nice and much better than most of the US airlines I've flown. Maybe it's because I had a LH ticket and flight number?? The free beer and booze was sure nice, too! "

I had a LH ticket and flight number too--but the flight was a United flight with its own number too. And no free beer. I suspect the difference is between LH flights flown by LH and those flown by others.
 

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"I didn't have any problems with LH and seating or check-in or anything. I found them to be quite nice and much better than most of the US airlines I've flown. Maybe it's because I had a LH ticket and flight number?? The free beer and booze was sure nice, too! "

I had a LH ticket and flight number too--but the flight was a United flight with its own number too. And no free beer. I suspect the difference is between LH flights flown by LH and those flown by others.
My experience with LH (flying direct to FF from Portland) was wonderful! Great service, actually good food....... and yes.... the free vino. :beerchug:

I dealt with "Duncan" at LH in NYC...... he took care of all my flight arrangements, last second changes etc....... no problems here. Wouldn't hesitate to fly them again... would actually look forward to it.
 

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I'm still here and doing well in Italy. I had the LH flight and all was well. On the outbound tickets the only seats left were United just as you are saying. However, we checked in and did everything via LH. Our UA numbers never played a part except one time when I called just after paying for the tickets and they insisted I call United. I persisted and after 10 mins or so, they found my tickets confirmed and paid for. We got free drinks, and all the regular coach ammenities. No difference and no dealing with United from LAX whatsoever. Both our flight numbers are from LH on the return trip.

We picked up same day as you, but Bernhard gave us expidited service as one of the 3/17 drinks at the Marriott service, (plus we arrived bright and early)

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We picked up our 330i on 3/18--1/2 hour wait at 10.30AM. Assorted notes:
2. Lufthansa: Although the office handling the BMW program was pleasant and efficient, LH otherwise was not. On flights (e.g., D.C.-Munich, Frankfurt-D.C.) operated by United with LH numbers, LH has a very limited number of seats to assign, and also LH in Germany told me (by phone) that I had seats assigned, and that I had to check in at LH in FRA. LH in FRA had no seats assigned and said I had to check in at United. Lesson: for flights with LH numbers and reservations made through LH, but actually operated by another airline--check in at the other airline.
 

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I'm still here and doing well in Italy. I had the LH flight and all was well. On the outbound tickets the only seats left were United just as you are saying. However, we checked in and did everything via LH. Our UA numbers never played a part except one time when I called just after paying for the tickets and they insisted I call United. I persisted and after 10 mins or so, they found my tickets confirmed and paid for. We got free drinks, and all the regular coach ammenities. No difference and no dealing with United from LAX whatsoever. Both our flight numbers are from LH on the return trip.

We picked up same day as you, but Bernhard gave us expidited service as one of the 3/17 drinks at the Marriott service, (plus we arrived bright and early)
Dude,

Nice to see you online.

Surprised you got so bright an early for your pickup....after the late evening on the previous day with the group.......and ofcourse your late posts.
 

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We picked up our 330i on 3/18--1/2 hour wait at 10.30AM. Assorted notes:

1. Pretty important: The BMW first-aid kit contains a pair of bandage scissors that you should remove from unchecked luggage.
I got the scissiors out but forgot the screwdriver after getting the front plate out. I had to lose it after check in. Remember the screwdriver too.

Does anyone know if you get a free replacement from VPC?
 

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2. Lufthansa: Although the office handling the BMW program was pleasant and efficient, LH otherwise was not. On flights (e.g., D.C.-Munich, Frankfurt-D.C.) operated by United with LH numbers, LH has a very limited number of seats to assign, and also LH in Germany told me (by phone) that I had seats assigned, and that I had to check in at LH in FRA. LH in FRA had no seats assigned and said I had to check in at United. Lesson: for flights with LH numbers and reservations made through LH, but actually operated by another airline--check in at the other airline.

3. Dulles Airport (if you're going through D.C.) is now a nightmare. Both checkin for international flights, then security, had very long, slow, and badly organized lines and quite surly TSA people. On return, it took 1/2 hour to get checked bags.
After you get your confirmation number from LH, check your reservation at www.checkmytrip.com. If the flight it operated by United(specifically stated if so), call United for questions or check in at the airport at the United counter.

If your flight is operated by LH expect free wine/beer/liquor. Otherwise.....it is just another domestic flight. $5 for drinks. Food ofcourse is not charged. :D

Dulles sucks. Our bags came in pretty quickly but it was very painful to move from one terminal to the other to connect to a domestic flight.

I dealt with Duncan and he was great and very helpful.
 
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