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      01-20-2018, 05:22 PM   #1
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After 2 E90 ZCPs (both CPO buys), I took the plunge on an F80 ED order!

The Car

Avus Blue Individual Paint (#276)
ZAWT Cohiba Brown Extended Merino Leather
XT1 Merino Leather Dash
ZCP Comp Package w/ silver 666M (will sell wheels once stateside)
ZDA Driving Assist Package
ZEC Executive Package
415 Power rear sunshade
5AG Active Blindspot
6CP Apple Carplay
6NW Wireless Charging
ZMT Manual Transmission

The Plan (tentative)

6/24 NYC-London
6/26 London-Munich
6/27 Welt pickup/tour
6/27 Salzburg lake, Austria
6/29 Lienz, Austria
7/1 Ortisei, Italy
7/3 Trafoi, Italy
7/4 Bellagio, Italy
7/6 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
7/7 Zurich
7/9 [drop off car]
7/12 fly Zurich-NYC

Order Timeline

1/5 found dealer with allocation
1/8 signed agreement and secured production number
1/8 CA submits individual color request
1/19 CA confirms BMW accepted color. Status 111. Provide passport pic, SSN etc for ED approval.
1/20 received ED welcome package in mail!
waiting for ED date approval .......
2/1 confirmation from my CA that my Jun 27th ED date is approved!!!!! He forwarded me the email from ED Specialist in Woodcliff, NJ for good measure
3/8 Received official confirmation letter from ED Supervisor
4/13 called BMW genius - car exited workshop march 1st which I believe is order status 176
6/27 ED pickup at Welt
7/9 ED dropoff in Zurich (Gondrand Intl Ltd in Rumlang, Switzerland)
7/25 car on the Morning Christina which is due to leave Bremerhaven today
8/7 ship arrives in Halifax port ("CAHAL")
8/10 ship arrives at final destination Newark, NJ


DAY 1 Munich

After a few days in London we flew into Munich the day before ED pickup. We decided to stay at the Steigenberger Hotel which was very close to the Welt and was brand new. Nothing fancy but worked for us! I decided to get the Welt museum stuff out of the way today to get it out of the way given tomorrow was a busy day. I went solo while my wife toured Munich. I thought it was worth it given we were nearby but it didn’t wow me.

We used the great complimentary Sixt car service from airport to hotel.




DAY 2 (175km)

ED day has arrived! The delivery time was 940am but we got there early and they were able to move it up 10-15mins. This reduced our rush making the 1145am factory tour and allowed time to run down and get complimentary keychain and safety vests. The whole process was seamless from luggage check-in to documentation processing etc. We met a few other eager customers and it was fun comparing notes on build specs, the agony of waiting …

We took delivery and drove the car to complimentary underground garage and did a pretty packed factory tour and really enjoyed it – strongly recommended!

A few 1st looks - love at first sight!






I don't remember a damn thing the tech said that day



I am thrilled with the choice of Cohiba extended interior



We were then off to Salzburg in the pouring rain. The drive was pretty straightforward (other than having first 6MT in 14yrs…) and the roads are of course in amazing condition. Getting the vignette for Austria toll roads once we crossed the border was pretty easy too. We stayed at Hotel Bloberger Hof for 2 nights which was great, affordable and low-stress. The meals were great and there was ample free outdoor parking (gravel lot but no problem). Upgraded to large honeymoon suite with mountain view on second floor. We highly recommend it!






As the day wound down we were pretty exhausted but excited about the days to follow




Day 3-5 Salzberg to Lienz (200km)


We left the car at hotel and took easy public buses in to explore rainy Salzburg – a place neither of us had been to in over 20 years. It is quite beautiful and full of lot’s of history.



Did I mention it was rainy?



If you are already feeling guilty about your caloric intake on the trip, we recommend The Heart of Joy restaurant (Franz-Josef-Straße 3 5020) which is vegetarian/vegan too.



Our original plan was to hit the GrossGlockner en route to Lienz but the webcams showed cold snowy conditions so instead we made a detour to Berchtesgaden back over the Germany border for a day trip.




The next day we drove from Salzburg to Lienz and walked around the town and had dinner. We stayed at the Grand Hotel Lienz which was spectacular.







Our M-Car was pretty pedestrian by local standards...




For those of you who are OCD about parking spaces...



We woke up early and drove up GrossGlockner pass. The weather was great and traffic was initially light but got progressively worse as the day wore on.







A few Vipers (not sure that would be my choice for these tight hairpins but the sure sounded cool!)



I caught up with a handful of BMW factory workers driving down from Germany



Yas Marina Truck?




We drove to other side and then turned around and drove to the Kaiser-Franz Josefs Hohe, had lunch and hiked and easy hike Gamsgrubenweg (1 hour through some mountain tunnels overlooking the glacier). The views were spectacular and it was good to get out and stretch our legs.





After a long day, a quick spray down!



Now we need a good night's sleep before heading south to Italy!

Day 6-8 July 1-3 335kms

(Lienz to Lago di Braies 62kms, Cortina d’Ampezzo 48km, Colle Santa Lucia 28kms, Passo Falzarego 23kms, Passo Gardena 29kms, Ortisei 18kms, Trafoi 127km )

Off to Italy! We got up early and drove to Lago di Braies – a stunningly beautiful lake in the dolomites. It was busy with lots of European families but definitely worth it for scenery alone. We walked around the lake for 2 hours including lots of stops for photos.







Then it was back in the car to Cortina d’Ampezzo for lunch, before hitting several mountain passes. We picked up a hitchhiker while passing through town:



Unfortunately there was a bicycle race (Maratona Dles Dolomites) which closed the first 2 passes that we wanted to drive so we waited an extra 2 hours in Cortina.



There was a nice restaurant and picnic area to wait:



Finally we lined up for the road re-opening - I guess we got the back of the starting grid...



We drove Passo Giau south to Colle Santa Lucia, then headed north to Passo Falzarego, west to Passo Gardena and then over to Ortisei to our hotel. There were tons of bikes on the road post-race which was frustrating but it was exciting to see all the excitement and huge turnout.









Some good 80's Eurotrash on the route which was super-cool!



We stayed at the Hotel Grones which was a good hiking base camp an the rooms/food were great.







We initially parked out front to check in but the underground garage was fantastic.





July 2 – No driving. We spent the day hiking in Ortisei. Took funicular to Furnes and then changed to Seceda. Hiked over to Rif Firenze for lunch outside on beautiful patio, then hiked down the mountain all the way to St. Jakob and then luckily caught a bus back to Ortisei.









July 3 – Morning hike – took funicular up to Furnes and hiked up #5 trail to Rif Brogles (it was closed when we got there). Very few people on the trail, and a good workout being all uphill. Then took #35 to Funicular Resciesa back to Ortisei. Rushing a little since it looked like thunderstorms and didn’t want to get stuck up on the mountain.

Drove to Trafoi (located right at entrance to Stelvio pass). Stopped in Balzano at Walther’s for lunch on way there and parked in underground parking lot at Piazza Walther.



Stayed at Hotel Bella Vista - Lovely hotel with no other English speaking guests.







The parking was outside in a gravel lot but honestly it was no problem.



As the day came to a close, we were exhausted but ready to tackle Stelvio first thing in the morning!

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Congratulations on the order. I can't wait to see pictures as it sounds like a perfectly configured car. Your trip is well planned as well. I will have to vicariously live through you.
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Congrats buddy. I'm a big fan of Avus Blue. Can't wait to see pics.
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Thats awesome man! Big congrats!

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Man the almost 5mth wait is going to kill me. My wife just got this for us to pass the time but it may make things worse...
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Congrats, great spec! I know the feeling, waiting months and months (See my history for my 8 month order -> US Delivery timeline).

Good choice on dates too - My only complaint on my Euro Delivery was some alpine passes were closed at the tail end of May; I should've went 4 to 6 weeks later.

Anyway, enjoy the anticipation, it's awesome! And maybe you and I will be running into each other somewhere during your trip......
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Congrats, great spec! I know the feeling, waiting months and months (See my history for my 8 month order -> US Delivery timeline).

Good choice on dates too - My only complaint on my Euro Delivery was some alpine passes were closed at the tail end of May; I should've went 4 to 6 weeks later.

Anyway, enjoy the anticipation, it's awesome! And maybe you and I will be running into each other somewhere during your trip......

When you mget an Alpine passes, do you mean the Swiss/Austrian/Italian Alps?

My ED date is roughly beginning of April and was hoping this would be clear to drive. Maybe i’m crazy..
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Congrats man, she sounds like she's gonna be gorgeous. I know the pain with the whole waiting game. I ordered mine and put money down last September and do not take delivery until this July when I PCS to Germany. Oh well, it will be worth the wait. Just try not to think about it if that's possible, lmao.
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Congrats, great spec! I know the feeling, waiting months and months (See my history for my 8 month order -> US Delivery timeline).

Good choice on dates too - My only complaint on my Euro Delivery was some alpine passes were closed at the tail end of May; I should've went 4 to 6 weeks later.

Anyway, enjoy the anticipation, it's awesome! And maybe you and I will be running into each other somewhere during your trip......

When you mget an Alpine passes, do you mean the Swiss/Austrian/Italian Alps?

My ED date is roughly beginning of April and was hoping this would be clear to drive. Maybe iÂ’m crazy..
Yes that's what I am talking about. It's all luck of the draw. People 4-5 days before me were able to cross the ones I couldn't (grossglockner/stelvio/susten/grimsel) and same for people the week after me. It's all a crapshoot, but the later in the season the better your odds.

Good luck!
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I've been skiing in Austria in April. There was still a ton of snow, especially higher up. Just be prepared and you'll be fine. I haven't followed how their winter is going this year. If its anything like ours in CA you'll be fine!
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I pick up my car in a month and have to navigate the Alps to get the car back to Italy. It's going to be interesting on the OEM 18" tires!
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I pick up my car in a month and have to navigate the Alps to get the car back to Italy. It's going to be interesting on the OEM 18" tires!
I think by law you must have appropriate tires up until april 15th. Does anyone know if this is a free service by BMW?
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I think by law you must have appropriate tires up until april 15th. Does anyone know if this is a free service by BMW?
The way its been told to me by the "local lawyers" is that you can run summer tires all year round. However, if you are involved in an accident, no matter if it was your fault (i know, this sounds dumb) or not, you will be considered at fault.

I just purchased my car here in Germany and they didnt have to put winter tires on it, hence why I bought FlyingLow78's!! I did have to sign an acknowledgment that the car was being sold with summer tires.
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You're picking it up the day before my birthday. I wanted to order one for June the 28th, but life happened and I wasnt able to order it. Hopefully will be ordering later in the year.

Congrats, cant wait to see pictures of it
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Just received official confirmation email from ED Supervisor, including pickup time from Welt 9:40am so should be able to do an 11:45am factory tour afterwards!

Also, we have switched our itinerary after Bellagio, Italy from the Goms area to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. Seems like more to see and explore there.
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The way its been told to me by the "local lawyers" is that you can run summer tires all year round. However, if you are involved in an accident, no matter if it was your fault (i know, this sounds dumb) or not, you will be considered at fault.

I just purchased my car here in Germany and they didnt have to put winter tires on it, hence why I bought FlyingLow78's!! I did have to sign an acknowledgment that the car was being sold with summer tires.

You can run Winter tires year round, not summer. The reason is that summer tires are only rated for certain temps. When I pick my M3 up in December, if I want to drive it, I have to put winter tires on them. I also had to sign that the car would be sold with summer tires.
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The way its been told to me by the "local lawyers" is that you can run summer tires all year round. However, if you are involved in an accident, no matter if it was your fault (i know, this sounds dumb) or not, you will be considered at fault.

I just purchased my car here in Germany and they didnt have to put winter tires on it, hence why I bought FlyingLow78's!! I did have to sign an acknowledgment that the car was being sold with summer tires.
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Out of boredom I called BMW genius for status update and was told car exited workshop march 1st which I believe is order status 176. So I think it's basically ready for ED pickup with over 2 months to spare!
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