Let's face it, the dealership experience when buying a new car is not very special. But when you're handing over serious stacks of cash for a car that you've dreamed of owning, the occasion calls for something more than a free car wash before you drive off the lot. That's where something like the European Delivery program offered by BMW comes in. Instead of picking up your new M3 at the local dealer, BMW builds it in Munich and has it waiting for you to come get it. And while you're there, why not tour the factory where your car was built, visit the BMW Museum and world headquarters, and then go off on your own and explore what Germany has to offer a new BMW owner. And did we mention you actually save money by taking possession of your BMW this way?

Taking an international pilgrimage to pick up your new car is an experience that easily makes The List, so we sent Jessi and Patrick to Germany to walk us through what it's like for a new owner who goes this route, including the special treatment and various places one gets to go during the visit to BMW's campus in Munich.

The experience also afforded Jessi and Patrick the opportunity to complete a couple of other items on The List that could only be done in Germany. Can you guess which two they chose? What would be on your German edition of The List? If you haven't already guessed, you'll find out when we publish the next two episodes in the coming weeks.



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      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish the American brands (and others) would give you a discount for going to tour the factory and pick up the car there.
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        You know what's ironic? Canadians have to go to the US to save money on the same car being made right here in Canada. So it gets made, shipped out to the US, then brought BACK over the border to Canada and it still comes out to something like $6000 - $8000 in savings over the exact same car bought at a local Canadian dealer. Canada is awesome that way.
        john john
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        You mean mexico or canadian delivery? no thanks
      ihatedavebushell
      • 2 Years Ago
      FYI - M cars can be done on the ED program, but there is no discount for an M car - same price as the dealer, where all others qualify for the discount. Also, if it is us built, like X5, new X3, then you can't pickup in Germany. ED has it's own invoice pricing, so you always save a decent amount, incentives all still apply etc. Basically the ED invoice is 7% less than standard invoice, so basically you will save 7% off your best deal at the dealer (except on M cars!) I did ED a few years ago and it is worth it even if you don't save any money - makes a great vacation and you get to drive your new car in Europe!
      BRKF06
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've done ED. It was fun. I saved nothing. But had fun! While the car is 13-14% cheaper than MSRP you cannot add on many incentives and rebates. Additionally, if you're not on the east coast airfare is a bit pricier. You're still paying for food, airfare, hotel, etc. You can in theory do a kamikaze trip zooming over to europe on a sunday, landing on a Monday and dropping you car off Monday morning to be redelivered. For someone on the east coast this is feasible. Now, there are caveats. If you're taking a vacation anyway, this is an incredible experience and it's unlike anything you've done before. Having someone present you with a car specially made for you is a treat. Then driving that car around Europe is awesome. Also, if you're buying a more expensive model then the savings do add up. On a 45k 3 series you're not really going to save a ton. Those are already sold at invoice and with incentives far below. If you're getting a loaded 5 or 7 or M model, then ED is really a good deal. 14% of a 65k M3 takes some of the sting out.
      Sam Scamardo
      • 2 Years Ago
      M3s are built in Regensburg, not Munich.
      Justin
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just did ED on a 2013 M3 Coupe. I did get the discount, by the way. Unfortunately, the 1200 mile required service cut the trip short, as no one within 400 miles would do it in less than two weeks, and BMW was not at all helpful with the situation.
      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      How much do you save after airfare and hotel are factored in ??
      Marcin Sączawa
      • 2 Years Ago
      but...MSRP is 68,750 USD....not 78,955.....
      Dasupersprint
      • 2 Years Ago
      The list is going well. But seriously, 1000 episodes? With one every two weeks, that'll take over 9 years!
      jdwkinc
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just picked up my S4 in Ingolstadt. We stopped for a couple days in Munich for Octoberfest, where I made friends with a group of BMW employees who were disappointed to find out I purchased something with "four rings." I do have to say, even after driving the 'ring a few thousand virtual laps and four real laps in a rented Lotus Exige, it is pretty nerve-racking to take your brand new car on that track on a crowded day. In the two days I was there, it was shut down at least four times to clean up major wrecks.
        G_Rock
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jdwkinc
        Why would you get downvoted for that?? Here's an upvote to get you back to 0. Love the S4 and an Exige on the 'Ring is awesome.
        Andrew Ramos
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jdwkinc
        Well I say great choice with the S4. You just lived my dream. The S4 is the best small sedan I've ever driven. It's no wonder it wins all comparisons against the 335i.
      ksrcm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh, yes. It's been almost 2 and a half years, but I still want custom sticker made for a rear side window of my E92 stating "I went all the way to Muenchen and all I have to show for it is this stupid car" ;-) Couple of comments on the video and comments here: The car shown is NOT bound for US as a European Delivery car. You get special plates ("Zoll" plates) that look different than regular German plates on this car. You save them and place them in a frame with your original German documentation plus any stickers you didn't put on the car (eg: emissions sticker) in your man-cave. Recommendation from BMW is to drive 1,200 miles under 4,500 rpm and under 100 mph. After that, all bets are off. Of course, nobody prevents you from reaching the speed limiter with 10 miles on your new car. Your speed limiter will depend on your choice of options - basically on your choice of tires. 130 mph is set for all but max performance summer tires, which opens a whole new chapter when picking your car in fall/winter. The only reason the savings on M cars are slimmer (or none) than on regular BMW models is that M cars DO come out of dealer allocation of available cars, normal cars do not. In theory, dealer could sell 10,000 cars with $500 margin and without worrying about future production allocations. Lastly, the savings do NOT matter. Everybody should have on their bucket list driving one of the top dogs of German engineering as it was meant to be driven - on Autobahn. Guys, top speed doesn't even matter. But hitting 120 km/h (about 73 mph) limit and shifting into a 6th gear, slowly cruising past the entrance/exit zone and then seeing the "all bets are off" sign, downshift with a throttle blip into 4th and squeezing the throttle to the floor while the car lurches forward and hunkers down all the way to 140 mph or so is something you can't miss in this life.
      waetherman
      • 2 Years Ago
      European Delivery is definitely on my list - probably not down at position #414 either. I'd be flying to Stuttgart though...
      princeofpersia
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well the other two have to be the Nurburgring and the Autobahn.
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