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Old 08-31-2018, 11:58 AM
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Euro Delivery - It's Almost Here!

Picked up a new E400 cab at the factory in Sindelfingen, drove it for a month and it's on it's way to California.
Here's a 5 minute video of my trip:


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Great Video - thanks for sharing .... and Congrats on the purchase !
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awesome! how exciting.. congrats on the new purchase!
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Thanks! The Nurburgring scared the living **** outta me. I loved it, but the other cars that were SO much faster than me were a bit terrifying. Can't wait to do it again, but with a rental...
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Cool video.
Would have been neat to cut the music out as you went through the tunnel.
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Ha! Maybe so, but I'm not that good at editing videos...
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Niceeeee video.. what rims did you have the 19 inch? They looked like the multispoke 20 inch when the car was in motion
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Very nice video! How does the shipping back thing work, tax wise? In fact, how does it work with EU VAT and all that? How much does shipping it home cost? Do you end up spending more than if you had bought it in the US?
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I think those are the 19 inch wheels. I picked the staggered sizes and the sport tires, but I'm not sure of the size...
They aren't quite as grippy as I'd like, I will swap them for some Michelin Pilot Sports when it arrives (it never rains here anyways!)

The costs of Euro Delivery are interesting. It's 8% off MSRP and everything else remains the same as if I had bought it off the lot, that and the fact that I didn't have to pay for a rental for a month saved me quite a bit I guess. Plus driving your own car is so much fun and worth a lot to me. You get two weeks of insurance for free, so I had to pay for another 2 weeks. I guess you can drive it around for a year.
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I think those are the 19 inch wheels. I picked the staggered sizes and the sport tires, but I'm not sure of the size...
They aren't quite as grippy as I'd like, I will swap them for some Michelin Pilot Sports when it arrives (it never rains here anyways!)

The costs of Euro Delivery are interesting. It's 8% off MSRP and everything else remains the same as if I had bought it off the lot, that and the fact that I didn't have to pay for a rental for a month saved me quite a bit I guess. Plus driving your own car is so much fun and worth a lot to me. You get two weeks of insurance for free, so I had to pay for another 2 weeks. I guess you can drive it around for a year.
how much was it to ship it over? Or did they just charge the same $995 we all pay?
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Correct, the shipping and everything else was the same.
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That seems like to much fun but going up that Mountain View looked like of scary.. lol and the way the traffic moves cars just passing cars with no street signs no wonder itís so much safety features on these cars lol..

so you are in california too.. when do your car suppose to arrive to the LB port?
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The scary part was racing on the Nurburgring racetrack. You pay $25 and you get one lap for that. And anyone with a street legal vehicle can get on and go like a bat out of hell. On the straight sections you're at 120mph and you have to be so careful to watch your mirrors because there are cars out there MUCH faster than you are (but I did keep up with a Porsche 911). This car is INCREDIBLY reactive in Sport Plus. It is a night and day difference. It hold the gear until it can't anymore and the gas pedal is hair trigger and the air suspension lowers and goes hard as a rock. I only did one lap because I didn't want to risk piling up with someone else, I still needed the car for another 2 weeks!
Those alpine roads are SO much fun. It's called the Stelvio Pass and it has 48 hairpin turns. We got so lucky with the weather, perfect every single day...

Should arrive in LB on the 17th. It's currently docked in Connecticut somewhere.
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Yeah the entire video looks like fun.. and the weather made it all that much better... well you should have your car here just in time for release. I know currently MB last overview has an update for the E450 release to US dealers at the start of October, but I talked to my MB guy and he said that overview came out on August 20th before the E450 were certified on August 24th so they should get released in mid Sept now.. he said it usually about 10-20 days after itís certified that MB will release.. unless itís for marketing purposes only but he canít see that being the case since most dealers donít have a lot of Coupes and Convertibles now.

But he cautioned anything can happen and it still might be Oct but for me to expect the car in Oct, but to not be surprised if itís released 10-20 days after the certification date.

Im getting the E450 coupe itís been at the Long Beach VPC since August 6th
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Excellent! I was told the new E450 would be out right as my "old" E400 arrived, but if you want to pick one up in Europe over the summer (and if you pick it up any other time you need to have winter tires and can't get the staggered sports wheels) then you will be right at the end of that model year no matter what...

I was thinking about waiting for the E53 AMG but i was also told that one might not come with air suspension or would be a MUCH firmer ride even at the softest setting, so that didn't appeal to me either. It's also why I didn't go for the BMW 8 convertible, no air suspension. I guess after my S430, S550, and CLS550 I am spoiled by airmatic. My current CLK550 doesn't have it and I missed it...
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Great video. Congrats on the car. We must have been there around the same time as us. I picked up my e400 coupe on July 19th. Did the one month trip thing. Didn't do Nurburgring but the Mediterranean was awesome in our own car. My car must be on the ship right behind yours-left Germany few days ago. I didn't have to pay the shipping fee though, that's a freebe with EDP. Quite bummed that the car was governed at 130mph, could barely keep up with fridge vans at that speed on the autobahn.

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Yes, mine topped out at 205kph. Maybe it's better that way...
I'm not sure if I paid a shipping fee or not? Absolutely loved driving the car in Europe.
My ship is headed south off the East Coast of New jersey right now. I dropped it off at Munich Airport August 14th...
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And now it's headed to Brunswick Georgia, not sure from there, maybe the Panama Canal?
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Any idea what is the timeline after it docks/lands? My cars ETA to port is Sept 10th.
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They said 8 weeks from dropoff. That would be October 9th, and I think the ship is due in Long beach September 17th? I think it varies depending on how busy they are.
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that was very fun to watch and the song choice was on point!
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How did you shoot some of the overhead and side video shots? Attached camera mounts?
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Overhead was just me holding a gopro stick, on the side was it clamped to the rear window.
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Overhead was just me holding a gopro stick, on the side was it clamped to the rear window.
It worked really well. Very nice video.
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Very cool video. Lovely car. Is European delivery possible with a lease, or is it strictly a purchase option?
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