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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Mon, Jun-03-2013, 08:50:40 PM   #1
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Default Moving to Germany, do I take the M3?

So it looks like I'll be moving to Ramstein Germany in February 2014. I will be there for 3 years. I've pondered this over and over, and can't decide if I should take my M3 or not.

Selling it isn't even in the cards, so don't suggest I sell and buy one overseas. I either:

a. Bring it with me, or;

b. Put it in storage until I get back

Anyone on here military who has shipped a vehicle over to Germany and knows what exactly needs to be modified to register it? Or is anyone from Germany and knows what is different about their cars and ours that keep ours from being legally registered over there? All I know is any front window tint whatsoever is illegal and every car has to have a first aid kit and a reflective triangle. Okay, easy enough, but what about emissions? Lighting? Mirrors? I know any vehicle brought over has to pass their emissions testing. Does this mean I would need euro headers, or would our USDM M3s pass without modification?

So many implications in having a car shipped over, just want to know if it's cost effective (ie, under $1000). Part of me wants to leave it behind and keep the miles off of it (which Ive been looking for an excuse to do anyways) but then part of me feels it would just rot away sitting in storage for 3 years, and I think it would be fun as hell to drive my M on the Autobahn. Plus, Ramstein is only 1.5 hours away from the Nurburgring. How many people get an opportunity like that paid for by the US Govt?

Something to add, my wife has her own car, and just like me, she refuses to sell it. The military will only move one car, so either way one or both of our cars are going to be sitting over here, either in storage or at a family members house.

Cliff notes are bolded in case you didn't want to read all that.
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Old Mon, Jun-03-2013, 09:27:50 PM   #2
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Default Re: Moving to Germany, do I take the M3?

since you are not going to sell it. you should keep it in storage and buy a CSL in Germany.
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Old Mon, Jun-03-2013, 09:34:16 PM   #3
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Default Re: Moving to Germany, do I take the M3?

Had my car shipped from DC to Denver and it cost around $700, so I would think shipping to Germany would be significantly more. But it sounds like the gov't is picking up the tab, so may be a moot point.

3 years from now when/if you're back in the states, would you rather have a low mileage car or the experience from driving it on some of Europe's amazing roads?

I would absolutely take my car with me if it was reasonable.

Good luck. Thanks for your service.
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Default Re: Moving to Germany, do I take the M3?

Man, tough choice...

Who would use their car more, you or the wife? Is she going to be employed off-base when you go over there or will she just grab a job at the BX?

If she's just gonna be a Burger King gal in the BX, you take your car, you take it to all those amazing places we all dream about with a GoPro HD and post those damn videos!
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Default Re: Moving to Germany, do I take the M3?

lol.....


One of the best Sports Cars ever made? Check

The best Highway in the world? Check

Some of the best scenery in the world? Check

Nurburg ring? Check


Should I pay a few thousand dollars to drive with the above mentioned conditions? .........
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Default Re: Moving to Germany, do I take the M3?

+1 On CSL

Find a good CSL, sell your car. Then try to import the CSL back in the states when you return from your stay, that's if you decide to return.
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Default Re: Moving to Germany, do I take the M3?

I am willing to "watch" your car for you. LOL
What a great adventure. If it's feasible I'd do it in a heartbeat.
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again +CSL!
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What a great adventure. If it's feasible I'd do it in a heartbeat.
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Default Re: Moving to Germany, do I take the M3?

I work for a shipping company and have shipped several cars to Germany, you can PM me and we can have a look at the pricing. I'm from Denmark and have before taken a car to EU and been through the process. Initially the only conversion you would need, if you don't already have that is yellow tail markers. There is several options in regards to duties/taxes and how to register it, depending on how much you are planning on using it.
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