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      07-12-2019, 01:14 PM   #1
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European Delivery and shipping home (USA)

Soooo... I am planning a trip to Germany this coming Oktoberfest

I am 99% sold on the Drive Your Own and Ship It Home plan.

Test drove an M240XI and loved it! Built my own online and sat with the dealer to discuss. Of course I've been lurking here, but now have some questions before pulling the plug.

First and foremost would be asking about experiences.

Second is the dealer made note to me that the prodution schedule is set up quarterly? Is this true? He noted a 4 week production so we backtracked the date I'll be in Munich. Can't the car be ordered early and they then slot it in to meet delivery date? I'm only concerned because I'm wondering how many folks are joining the festivities there and doing the same thing (European Delivery) and don't want to miss out. I'll be there the last week of September.

Third thing (for now) is that I'm on the fence with decision between Automatic or Stick on the M240i...

Anyways, I thank you in advance for your replies.
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      07-12-2019, 03:01 PM   #2
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Haven't done European Delivery and haven't yet received my m240i (8/17 PCD) but my dealer was happy to take my order at any time and I stated I was looking for mid to late august delivery. I think they placed the order when they thought the timing would work out.
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      07-12-2019, 08:03 PM   #3
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I ordered mid Feb (waited so it would be a 2020). They asked for three choices for pick up date. My 1st choice was weekend of April 22. This was not possible because of Easter holiday/closure. My second choice of April 29th was a go!This worked out better as the Munich Frühlingsfest was happening. Had a wonderful experience. I hope you go for it!

I went with automatic because it's a daily driver/bad traffic in my area.
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      07-13-2019, 10:37 AM   #4
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Do It

My wife and I have had lots of BMWs over the years. While most were not European Delivery (ED), some were. Most of my BMWs have been manual transmissions.

I highly recommend ED. It’s a great experience. Preliminary recommendations:
  • Shop multiple dealers to get the best ED deal.
  • Plan enough time to drive the car around not just Germany, but other countries as well. A “loop” itinerary works well so you can drop the car off at a port in Germany though other alternatives are available.
  • Consider the season. I have always planned the order and delivery to avoid winter and the middle of summer. October should be great weather-wise.

My M235i and my 2020 M240i both have automatic transmissions. All of my previous BMWs had manual transmissions. While I love driving manual transmissions, the ZF auto transmission in these cars is excellent. The auto shifts better and faster than I ever could despite many years of manual transmission experience in cars and motorcycles.

You should do ED. You can't go wrong with either transmission. The 2 series has been my favorite car of the many I've owned in my life.
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      07-14-2019, 04:36 PM   #5
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Appreciate the replies, thank you!

Yes, I'm pretty sure I'm going to do it. And even though I love manual shifting, will probably go with the automatic. I think the days of manual transmission benefits are long gone. The auto is .02 faster 0-60... Not really sure how, but I'll just accept it, lol. If I could have the Xi and manual, I would go for it. To my knowledge the only model you can currently get that on is the 440. Not something I'm looking for. I really, I mean "REALLY" enjoyed the M240Xi ride.

Didn't think to shop multiple dealers, makes sense, but I thought the price would be set by corporate as its made to order and not clearing stock from their inventory. So I will do that as well. I'm in the NYC/Westchester area, so if there's suggestions, I'm more than appreciative.
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      08-14-2019, 10:52 AM   #6
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Didn't think to shop multiple dealers, makes sense, but I thought the price would be set by corporate as its made to order and not clearing stock from their inventory. So I will do that as well. I'm in the NYC/Westchester area, so if there's suggestions, I'm more than appreciative.
Look for the ED invoice price for the car because ED MSRP is what the dealer will offer you. Obviously, the closer you get to ED invoice makes it best.

Word of caution:
Over the last few years, the financial incentives of ED have faded relative to buying in the US. I have done ED in the past and it was very attractive both financially and experience wise.

My wife got a new 230I in March 2018 and while our first choice was ED, it didn't make financial sense. e.g Coupled with BMW incentives and negotiation, we got about 15% off the MSRP for local delivery. ED would have only given us 7% off the MSRP since the incentives were only available for local pickup.

It is far cheaper to fly to Munich and rent a BMW from Sixt car rental and do the Baviarian driving experience currently!
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      08-17-2019, 12:02 PM   #7
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I did ED two years ago for my stick M240. Absolutely amazing experience and highly, highly recommended. However as others have pointed out it is no longer the financial “deal” that it used to be. So just keep that in mind.
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      08-23-2019, 09:07 AM   #8
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Thank you for the updates! I found some crazy competitive rental rates over there and you may be right, to rent, but purchase here. I would still want my build though and not take from dealer inventory if they do not have my build, so not too sure if I would get the same incentives...
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      08-29-2019, 09:54 AM   #9
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Waiting to see if I got a schedule slot for delivery on the day I can pick it up.

Also, got pricing...

Pretty much loaded with exception of the charging/phone things for the console.
Total 55,421.00
Disc. 5,846.00
= 49,575.00
Taxes/Etc
+4,477.22

Final Price = $55,052.22

How's that sound? lol...

Will suck if I can't get in the schedule slot for pick up and use it while driving around Germany. But will see.

Series 5 rental for 17 days, unlimited miles/0 deductible = $1,054.00 over there, so it would be wasted money.

Anyways... just thought to update the thread.
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      09-10-2019, 08:33 PM   #10
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The Blue Beauty is in production!


Now I just gotta figure out how to tell the wife!

She'll find out when I only rent a car for a few days, lol...
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      09-13-2019, 10:14 AM   #11
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Wow! Got a call that the supposed "we are good" isn't good anymore! The Welt was backing out on my confirmed date the dealer had told me was confirmed! I explained the entire premise of the Euro Purchase was confirmation of the delivery date prior to agreement and signing the PO. I also now explained I will not accept the PO with its current pricing as I will not be able to accept the delivery in Munich.

Wow! Disappointed to say the least. I first contacted this dealer first week of July! Is nuts!


Thanks for listening... And suggestions are appreciated on how to deal with this conundrum!
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