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What would you do if you were going to Gemany?

Im in the Air Force and am ging to Germany. I currently have an BMW E39 525i 2001. Should I sell it and get one over there, retrofit it to US specs and bring it back in 3 years? How much is a retrofit? What should I get? Anyone else gone through bringing a car over here? Thanx.
Im definately taking the 929, or should I drop that too?
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Re: What would you do if you were going to Gemany?

Hopefully someone can tell you more about the bike situation, but a friend that was over there in the Army a while back said they had displacement restrictions depending on how long you've been riding. I don't know if the fact that you already have your cycle endorsement on your state-issued license helps or not.
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Re: What would you do if you were going to Gemany?

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Im in the Air Force and am ging to Germany. I currently have an BMW E39 525i 2001. Should I sell it and get one over there, retrofit it to US specs and bring it back in 3 years? How much is a retrofit? What should I get? Anyone else gone through bringing a car over here? Thanx.
Im definately taking the 929, or should I drop that too?
Buying a German spec vehicle with the intent to modify it to US spec and bring it back to the states isn't really cost effective. AutoWeek has done a few articles on the subject ... it's very expensive and pretty much reserved for exotic vehicles not sold in the states.

FWIW, it's no problem having a US spec BMW over here ... there are hundreds of 'em. You can see mine here -

http://www.carpassion.com/de/usergarage.php?no=318
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Re: What would you do if you were going to Gemany?

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Buying a German spec vehicle with the intent to modify it to US spec and bring it back to the states isn't really cost effective. AutoWeek has done a few articles on the subject ... it's very expensive and pretty much reserved for exotic vehicles not sold in the states.

FWIW, it's no problem having a US spec BMW over here ... there are hundreds of 'em. You can see mine here -

http://www.carpassion.com/de/usergarage.php?no=318
Wow, that's your car? Man, those are some beautiful pictures. Very very nice!
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Wow, that's your car? Man, those are some beautiful pictures. Very very nice!
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Re: What would you do if you were going to Gemany?

I don't get it; the link leads you to pics of a 330, yet you say you have a 525.
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Re: What would you do if you were going to Gemany?

red929 has the 330 I think, duke has the 525...
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Re: What would you do if you were going to Gemany?

Thanks, CC, my mistake.
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Re: What would you do if you were going to Gemany?

I'd drink lots of Dunkelweiss and goto castle Neuschwanstein.

I don't know if the military ships your stuff for free, but if they do, keep what you have. BMW's cost more there than here, and to get an unrestricted 929 will also cost you a bunch.



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Re: What would you do if you were going to Gemany?

It's been over 10 years since I left Germany, but the rules at that time were:

The military would pay to ship one vehicle over for free.
The military would pay to ship one vehicle back for free provided it had previously been in the United States.

This is a change from before when they would ship one vehicle regardless.

My recommendation: Don't ship your current car. Take one of several options:

Sell or store the car and get one there. Servicemen are always trying to sell cars cheap because they can't ship it back, or bought something new while there. You could also buy something there that you can't get here and run it while there. Sell it to someone else before leaving.

Take your car there and sell it before it quits. If it dies, or gets wrecked, disposal is a real pain with the German government.

The cars there may cost more to buy on the economy, but the selection can be very interesting.

Things to remember: Good insurance it essential - IMHO USAA is the only way to go overseas. Fast, good, cheap, and they know the local laws.
American cars overseas can be a bitch to get parts for. Minor wrecks will total an American car.
Cabriolets (Convertible or Drop Top in other words) are great to motor in the mountains. Do the British touring thing, put the top down and the windows and heater up.

Just some thoughts,

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