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      09-17-2020, 07:56 PM   #1
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Special Order Build Advice, Long Beach Blue Convertible

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After checking online, it seems like virtually no dealers are stocking manual m240i convertibles. So it looks like Iím going to go the special order route. Itís pretty exciting to get to spec exactly what I want, so I want to make sure to get it right. Iíd appreciate any thoughts or advice on this build:

Colors: Long beach blue with oyster sensatec (does anyone own and have a picture of this combo? Or a LBB convertible in general?)

Wheels: Leaning towards the bi-color as I think they will complement the light interior

Top: Any advice on black vs moonlight? I donít think Iíve ever seen moonlight in person

Options: Premium package, Harmon Kardon

Potential options: Adaptive full LED Lights (is this worth it?), wireless charging (is this worth it? Any pictures of the implementation? Iíd get it if it works well.)
Any idea on Ďremoval of standard kidney grillí? Does this make it all black?

Other items: Iíve seen several youtube videos that mention LSD, m sport exhaust, and m shifter. Are these available from the factory? If so, are they worthwhile?

Any other advice on the special order process in general would also be greatly appreciated. I plan to use the performance delivery option in South Carolina.

Oh, and if anyone is looking to sell a convertible with a stick and a non-black interior Iíd be highly interested.
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      09-18-2020, 11:17 AM   #2
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I'd skip the wireless charging. I've had three different service loaners with this feature, and on two of the three, it either didn't work at all with my Galaxy S9, or it only worked sporadically. You may also consider skipping the adaptive headlights, I'm not sure they're enough of an improvement to make it worthwhile. I know someone who had the adaptive light assembly break out of warranty, it was somewhere around $2000 to fix at the dealership.
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      09-18-2020, 09:59 PM   #3
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I'd skip the wireless charging. I've had three different service loaners with this feature, and on two of the three, it either didn't work at all with my Galaxy S9, or it only worked sporadically. You may also consider skipping the adaptive headlights, I'm not sure they're enough of an improvement to make it worthwhile. I know someone who had the adaptive light assembly break out of warranty, it was somewhere around $2000 to fix at the dealership.
Jeeze, thanks on both pieces of advice! Nice to save a bit of money too.
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      09-19-2020, 09:10 AM   #4
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I ordered mine with it, but haven't taken delivery yet (or even received a build #) so I can't confirm anything. The dealer told me it added an extra USB port, had some "enhanced Bluetooth" and in the manual it says it allows the phone to use the external antenna for better reception (no idea how that works). It also upgrades the USB ports from 1.5A to 2.1A, so I assume faster charging over usb if your device supports it.

As irrational as this sounds, I mostly chose to add the package so my wife would have easier access to the extra USB port in the center console rather than the armrest. A very expensive extra USB port, but happy wife...
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      09-19-2020, 01:55 PM   #5
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I added wireless charging on my m240i order as well; while my phone does have wireless charging, I mostly added the feature to get the 2nd USB port. Unlike my '18 Audi A4 that has two SD Card slots, I've typically hooked up a USB drive with FLAC music to my BMWs. Having a 2nd USB port adds some flexibility so I can have that plus a phone connected (esp if I switch to iPhone to use Carplay, since the m240i is stuck w/ the older ID6 infotainment).
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      09-21-2020, 04:06 PM   #6
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I picked up my LBB on black at the performance center in June, I got all options but the auto parking. I did black interior with the bi-color wheels, another guy was picking up that same combo but with the black wheels.

On the wireless charging, I will say it works better in the 2 than in my X7. It's in the armrest and it holds it in place.

Grill, I had a 2018 (auto xdrive) before with the chrome grill, this one is much better (you'll see in the pic). I debated getting the black grill but decided against it after seeing this one.

I also installed the LSD since I was paranoid about having rear wheel drive and a stick. I have another thread that goes into detail about how to order with discounts. You can't do it as a port installed option (at least I couldn't), I scheduled it for when I got home.

You'll really enjoy the performance center delivery, it was a great experience.

Oh, I took me two months to get an allocation when I ordered in December. Others have mentioned trying to order recently and a lack of allocations, so I would start the process sooner than later.
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I ordered with the black grill on sunset orange, but since I still don't have an allocation, I might switch back. I thought it was chrome, but this gray is nicer.
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I picked up my LBB on black at the performance center in June, I got all options but the auto parking. I did black interior with the bi-color wheels, another guy was picking up that same combo but with the black wheels.

On the wireless charging, I will say it works better in the 2 than in my X7. It's in the armrest and it holds it in place.

Grill, I had a 2018 (auto xdrive) before with the chrome grill, this one is much better (you'll see in the pic). I debated getting the black grill but decided against it after seeing this one.

I also installed the LSD since I was paranoid about having rear wheel drive and a stick. I have another thread that goes into detail about how to order with discounts. You can't do it as a port installed option (at least I couldn't), I scheduled it for when I got home.

You'll really enjoy the performance center delivery, it was a great experience.

Oh, I took me two months to get an allocation when I ordered in December. Others have mentioned trying to order recently and a lack of allocations, so I would start the process sooner than later.
Wow! Looks amazing, thanks for sharing! And yes, I agree, I think the stock grill looks very good (the black one does too).
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      09-23-2020, 07:45 PM   #9
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I added the m perf LSD and shifter this summer. The LSD should be standard with this car and everyone who has said they wish they did it sooner is right. Don't wait on this part. You can get it for 20% off now which you'll like be hard pressed to beat.

The factory shifter feels great, but the m perf shifter feels more premium and to me feels a bit more snappy although perhaps that is just placebo or something.

Be aware these m perf interior upgrades get addicting and soon you have also added the parking break, interior trim, steering wheel trim, etc. The interior trim also had a functional improvement in that the aluminum trim is highly reflective.
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I added the m perf LSD and shifter this summer. The LSD should be standard with this car and everyone who has said they wish they did it sooner is right. Don't wait on this part. You can get it for 20% off now which you'll like be hard pressed to beat.

The factory shifter feels great, but the m perf shifter feels more premium and to me feels a bit more snappy although perhaps that is just placebo or something.

Be aware these m perf interior upgrades get addicting and soon you have also added the parking break, interior trim, steering wheel trim, etc. The interior trim also had a functional improvement in that the aluminum trim is highly reflective.
Thanks for the advice. Where can you get a 20% discount on the LSD? Do you know if they are still offering port installation?

Good point on the aluminum trim being reflective. That could especially be an issue for the convertible. Iím starting to think I might go with the carbon fiber since itís a no cost option now.
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      09-25-2020, 01:47 PM   #11
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Here is what I have from when I ordered, discount is good through the end of the year.

I think you need to start at the dealer website, BMW of Mt Laurel, for it to work. I know one person had a problem starting at BMWUSA.

Good luck!
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      10-09-2020, 04:56 PM   #12
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Update: Drove a second new M240i, the steering was totally fine, with no issues like the last one. I'm going to chalk it up to poor alignment... I went ahead and pulled the trigger on my special order

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Thanks all for the advice so far... so last week I test drove a coupe for the first time (no convertibles anywhere around). I loved everything about it, except I couldn't get past the steering. It had the same issue that I've seen discussed a few places -- completely disconnected for about the first inch off-center. I was pretty shocked as my current dd is a 2014 f30, in that car you can feel the smallest movement begin to initiate a turn.

Does anyone else notice this issue? Perhaps it was the particular car I drove? It had the all season tires... I'm pretty concerned this would really bug me over time. But I'm also pretty bummed because there is nothing else like this car on the market and especially with the convertible disappearing next year.

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      01-12-2021, 12:50 PM   #13
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I went ahead and pretty much loaded the car and got the 6MT (skipped the leather though). Also went for the moonlight top. Car is waiting for a ship in Bremerhaven. Can't wait to get it. Also super happy I was able to special order it. I haven't seen any with similar options at any US dealers.
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      01-12-2021, 05:14 PM   #14
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Did you go with oyster?

Which trim?

I’m still trying in vain to get the order into the system.
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      01-13-2021, 10:13 PM   #15
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Yep, I went with oyster. For trim, I got aluminum with the blue. Was a tough choice between that and the carbon fiber. The carbon fiber looks super high quality in person, but it also darkens the interior and I was going for a lighter look.

Good luck getting an order in, can't be too many left at this point.
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