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#3686 of 12737 Just returend from ED
May 13, 2002 (12:03 pm)
My wife and I just returned for taking a ED of a 530iA (black sapphire, SP, PP, nav, shades, dsp). The trip was absolutely "magical". Riding through the Swiss alps, cruising at 100 mph (and getting passed), and negotiating the circle at the Arc de Triumphe, all made for a fabulous trip. I will repeat what others have stated, if you get the chance, do a European Delivery.
We flew into Paris, France Sunday morning. Toured the city until late Monday night and took a train to Munich. Arrived at BMW around 9:30 am. Completed our delivery by 10:45 am. Rode around Munich and finally got on the highway headed to Zurich around 1:30 pm. Beautiful countryside. Took lots of pictures. Arrived at our Zurich hotel around 5:00 pm.
Left Zurich for Paris around 4:30 pm and arrived at our hotel in Paris around 10:00 pm (415 miles; several stops for gas, French tolls, and more pictures).
We dropped the car off in Paris, and because of a lack of total planning, "almost" missed E.F Harms because of a national holiday. Harms was closed Wednesday and Thursday (May 8 (celebration of the end of WWII; and May 9 (Ascension Day)). Fortunately, we were not leaving until Friday and thank God they were open. We dropped the car off that morning (took about 40 minutes) and took a cab to the airport for our 12:40 flight.
A few things to note. First, the car is a dream to drive, but took me awhile to get use to its weight and length in the city (currently have a 1993 325i). There were times I longed for the PDC. Second, the navigation system worked perfectly. I had paper maps, but I fully relied on the nav system to get around. (I have the disk for France with major European roads if anyone is interested). Third, Paris is not as difficult to drive if you are aware of your surroundings and somewhat aggressive. We did the circle around the Arc de Triumphe several times with no problems or scares.
Finally, I want to thank all who contribute to this board in a positive manner. In particular I want to thank "PAP5" and "Shipo" for there invaluable input to me personally. BTW, Shipo, based on your pictures, I think we had the same BMW ED guy.
I apologize for the lengthy message, but I have to do something to pass the time as I wait for my car.
May 13, 2002 (12:06 pm)
Congratulations & welcome back!
#3688 of 12737 Joseph40
May 13, 2002 (12:16 pm)
From the outside at least, it looks like we have similar cars, what with both of them having the Black Sapphire and SP. What color interior did you opt for?
So, that is two brand new ED 530i(s) that have made it around the Arc de Triumphe with nary a scratch in the last three weeks.
In other news, my car is on the "Hudson Leader" and according to the letter from BMWNA that I got last Friday, it is due into New York harbor tommorrow, a day early. Given that my dealership is only about 25 miles from the VPC, I wonder if it will show up at the dealership this week.
May 13, 2002 (12:40 pm)
nyccarguy - Thanks.
Shipo - I opted for the black interior. What about you? Also, as I mentioned to you earlier, I decided to get the automatic...however, during the trip, this was somewhat of a regret as I missed rowing the gears myself. But, my wife wanted... Anyway there was another option that I forgot to mentioned that my wife thoroughly enjoyed and that was the comfort seats. On another note, how easy is it to track the shipment of your car?
#3690 of 12737 Shipo - Insurance for 530i
May 13, 2002 (5:06 pm)
I live in New Hampshire (Salem) and currently pay $730 annually for the insurance on my 02 530i. This is with a $500 deductible on my comprehensive and a surprisingly clean driving record. While my wife’s insurance runs $700 annually for a 01 Saab 9-5 SE Wagon. Living in N.H. you have the benefit of lower car expenses. For instance insurance is certainly less expensive plus there is no sales tax. However there is still the annual city tax for vehicles. I paid $900 to the City of Salem this year and a budgeted $700 for next year.
#3691 of 12737 Joseph40
May 13, 2002 (5:20 pm)
I have the black interior as well, and I love the asthetic. Prior to this car, I have had three other Black/Black cars, and I have always said "Never again", and guess what? I did it again.
This time around however, I have also ordered the Sheep Skin "Vests" to keep from scalding my hide during the hotest months. I considered the Comfort seats as well, and who knows, maybe next time.
To track your car (at least once it gets on the water), go to http://www.wlna.com and then click "Route Maps", and again on "Cargo Tracking", once there, you will see a drop down list with the default text of "Track By" in it. Click on the arrow to expand the list, and then select "Auto", which will then present you with a "Cargo Tracking" page which has a "Cargo ID" field on it. Key in your VIN number into this field (or copy/paste it from Owners Circle), and click the "Track" link, and wait for at least 30 seconds (usually more like 2 minutes) and the resulting page will contain the following information:
Port of Origin
Port of Destination
Customer Reference Number
And then a table in reverse chronological order showing the following data:
Status: (Recieved at Terminal, Loaded on Vessel, Booked)
Port: (Location of activity)
I hope this helps.
#3692 of 12737 Problem with navigation system display 540i
May 13, 2002 (5:31 pm)
Am wondering if anyone else is having this same problem: the screen that is displayed when the car is turned off is not the same screen that appears when the car is again turned on. I drove the car for six months with no problem...then this started. Have taken the car into the dealership 4 times in the past six months and they have replaced the car battery, the navigation system and the radio and still haven't fixed the problem.
#3693 of 12737 ChrisM124
May 13, 2002 (5:32 pm)
Hmmm, I am getting a new 530i, paying New Jersey sales tax, and then possibly moving to New Hampshire (probably Windham, next town over from you) where I will then have to pay a city tax? Do you know how said tax is calculated year by year?
It sounds like any savings we see from a lower car insurance bill will be more than eaten up by this City Tax. Oh well, maybe we will see some benefit from no longer having to pay State Income Tax.
#3694 of 12737 Shipo - City Tax
May 13, 2002 (6:20 pm)
Shipo, not sure of the exact numbers the town uses but I believe the base value is one key component. If I take a guess, the base value or list price of the 02 530i is $40k. That would equate to $44.44/thousand. I believe each town determines the tax rate. The Windham Town Offices should have this information.
One more point, the state of NH has been going back & forth on whether to implement an income tax or sales tax. The state needs the extra $$$ for public schooling (see Claremont issue).
May 14, 2002 (7:37 am)
I have an Aunt, Uncle, & 2 cousins that live in Salem, NH. I love it up there.