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      09-23-2009, 12:17 AM   #1
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Moving to Germany

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I have a 2008 335i and I plan on moving to Germany in a few months. I have some questions

1. Will my NAV work in Germany if I got a DVD with the European maps?
2. Is the US warranty valid in Germany?
3. Any local emissions that I need to know about?
4. Any other tips?
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to answer question 1: yes if you get the european maps, it should work fine...as I used the euro maps on my european delivery trip in my US spec car, and everything worked great.

the other quesions, i have no idea
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2. Is the US warranty valid in Germany? no
3. Any local emissions that I need to know about? not really, CA and NY have the strictest emission.
4. Any other tips? sell your car and buy one in germany.
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damn! youve been a member for nearly a year and this your first post is a goodbye post?
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2. Is the US warranty valid in Germany? no
3. Any local emissions that I need to know about? not really, CA and NY have the strictest emission.
4. Any other tips? sell your car and buy one in germany.
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damn! youve been a member for nearly a year and this your first post is a goodbye post?
dam youre right! lol.
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to answer question 1: yes if you get the european maps, it should work fine...as I used the euro maps on my european delivery trip in my US spec car, and everything worked great.

the other quesions, i have no idea
Thanks - Can I buy the Euro maps in the US?
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2. Is the US warranty valid in Germany? no
3. Any local emissions that I need to know about? not really, CA and NY have the strictest emission.
4. Any other tips? sell your car and buy one in germany.
Why would you suggest selling mine and buying one there? I've been told cars (just the basic MSRP) is more in Europe compared to the US.
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damn! youve been a member for nearly a year and this your first post is a goodbye post?
haha - actually my company wants me to take a position in Germany. I am leasing my 335 and I will have to buy it and then ship it over. I will always post questions on this site because I'm only moving for 2 years or so.
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Your warranty will become a european bmw warranty, 2 years from date in service. I exported a 911 a few years ago and used Automobile concept (305) 893-1950 for exporting the car. They did all the paper work and minor changes to the car.
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Your warranty will become a european bmw warranty, 2 years from date in service. I exported a 911 a few years ago and used Automobile concept (305) 893-1950 for exporting the car. They did all the paper work and minor changes to the car.
How much did they charge? How long did it take to reach Germany? What modifications did they need to make?

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It took 5 weeks by container+ sales tax and import tax. I had to turn off all corner led when my headlights were on.
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on a side note: if you do take your car out there....enjoy the autobahn!!! It's a blast in this car!!!
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Why would you suggest selling mine and buying one there? I've been told cars (just the basic MSRP) is more in Europe compared to the US.
because europe have better options. you can sell the car now, do a Euro Delivery here and dont ship the car back? too much hassle to import the car, pay taxes. good luck to you.
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because europe have better options. you can sell the car now, do a Euro Delivery here and dont ship the car back? too much hassle to import the car, pay taxes. good luck to you.
My understanding is that Euro delivery requires you to ship the car to the US within 90 days or delivery in Munich?
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It took 5 weeks by container+ sales tax and import tax. I had to turn off all corner led when my headlights were on.
How much was sales and import tax? can you give me the amount or even in % terms?

Also, is it expensive to get the care registered? How long did they allow you to use your US drivers licence?
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to answer question 1: yes if you get the european maps, it should work fine...as I used the euro maps on my european delivery trip in my US spec car, and everything worked great.

the other quesions, i have no idea
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2. Is the US warranty valid in Germany? no
3. Any local emissions that I need to know about? not really, CA and NY have the strictest emission.
4. Any other tips? sell your car and buy one in germany.

Emissions shouldn't be a problem at all considering CA has the highest standards.

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damn! youve been a member for nearly a year and this your first post is a goodbye post?

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Why would you suggest selling mine and buying one there? I've been told cars (just the basic MSRP) is more in Europe compared to the US.
True, But you should try Euro Delivery from here.
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on a side note: if you do take your car out there....enjoy the autobahn!!! It's a blast in this car!!!

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because europe have better options. you can sell the car now, do a Euro Delivery here and dont ship the car back? too much hassle to import the car, pay taxes. good luck to you.
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My understanding is that Euro delivery requires you to ship the car to the US within 90 days or delivery in Munich?
Could they force you to though?
Just say you came for your car and fall in love with the country and now you're moving in!
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Emissions shouldn't be a problem at all considering CA has the highest standards.




True, But you should try Euro Delivery from here.



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Could they force you to though?
Just say you came for your car and fall in love with the country and now you're moving in!
neat idea...
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lol what i understand from euro delivery...
yes they can force you...the contracts you sign i'm sure state it. Plus it's a US spec car with temporary tourist registration...I'm sure you can have things converted but honestly i'm not sure what is legal there and what isn't in a us spec car (in terms of crash testing, lighting, etc.) not just emissions.

Also, euro delivery will need to be done through a US dealer (which can probably done by sending contracts and such via overnight or what not). Also I think they do "Euro Delivery" for other countries in the EU probably just called Factory delivery in that case (not sure).

also you're right, when i stopped by the bmw dealer in germany, the asking price in euros equated to something like $80,000 USD. Shocked me but from what i understand the US market gets the best pricing on BMWs

But Like long said, you can sell your current car, or swapalease it and have someone take it over.
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