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Old 01-05-2019, 10:20 PM
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Hw long was your Priority 1 car in VPC?

My carrier should dock next week in Long Beach. Just wondering how long others have waited for their P1 to clear VPC. Iím guessing it varies with carrier offload volume, but maybe averages three to five days?

I expect my dealer whoís right there in Long Beach will quickly get a good handle on it. But itís always interesting to hear what other MB buyers have experienced.

The ship left Bremerhaven Dec. 12, anchored of Jacksonville just before Christmas, offloaded at Brunswick, is due to stop at Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, Jan. 6, then travel on to Long Beach.

(Iím posting this question in both the sedan and coupe forums because itís not style-specific, and the sedan forum in more active.)

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My car was offloaded at the VPC in Brunswick, GA on a Thursday and was delivered to my dealer in Tampa, FL on the next Monday. It was a pretty fast turnaround. If there had been any transport damage, it would have slowed things a bit as they'd have needed to fix anything, but that's not too common.
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Timing really depends on what needs to be done at the VPC such as recall mods, accessory installation, etc.
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My car was offloaded at the VPC in Brunswick, GA on a Thursday and was delivered to my dealer in Tampa, FL on the next Monday. It was a pretty fast turnaround. If there had been any transport damage, it would have slowed things a bit as they'd have needed to fix anything, but that's not too common.
Thanks, Double-R. I should have asked you to pick it up in Brunswick and drive it over to L.A. It would doubtless have arrived sparkling. :-)
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Thanks, Double-R. I should have asked you to pick it up in Brunswick and drive it over to L.A. It would doubtless have arrived sparkling. :-)
Indeed it would have! LOL
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Mine came into the VPC on a Tuesday, left on a truck on Thursday and somehow took until Monday to get to the dealership 20 miles away from the VPC.
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Mine is on the way. Next stop is showing as USBAY. Not sure if that’s NJ.
My vpc will be after it’s dropped off at Long Beach.
Maybe I’ll be driving it by springtime.
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Yes, it's Bayonne, NJ.

Were you able to oder a Head Up display? It wasn't available in my build cycle.
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Oh yes, HUD coming.
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Mine is on the way. Next stop is showing as USBAY. Not sure if thatís NJ.
My vpc will be after itís dropped off at Long Beach.
Maybe Iíll be driving it by springtime.
I remember tracking mine, until it was out at sea and couldn't be tracked until it was close to the East Coast. When you say Long Beach, do you mean Long Beach, CA? You've got quite a wait if that's the case. I believe it has to travel through the Panama Canal to get to the West Coast. And it likely will make stops in NJ and Brunswick, GA, before heading through the canal. The wait is the worst part of this.
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Oh yes, HUD coming.
Good timing! I almost wish I'd waited. Almost. Love the HUD in my wife's Lexus. I found it baffling that MB would run out of them for a whole build cycle. Maybe the Japanese car makers just do electronics better. There's a thread (in the coupe forum, I think) about problems with seats not sliding back on exit. Geez, that feature has worked flawlessly in Lexus cars for many years. Thankfully, when it comes to ride quality, MB rules. For my taste, anyway.

Have fun tracking your delivery. My ship is arriving at Lazaro Cardenas as I type. The original schedule called for arrival in Long Beach, CA, Jan. 9th. I probably won't know until tomorrow if they'll make that date. I'm ready.
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Yes, the HUD is nice, but buy yourself something else nice for the $990.
I used it during the test drives and in Germany in my car, but it’s not a necessity.
I forgot, when did you order your car lens?

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Agree, not a necessity. Especially with the electronic instrument cluster.

I ordered Oct. 3, 2018. You?
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I've had HUDs for many years in cars and aircraft. Today I wouldm't buy a car without an HUD. The instrument scan with HUD is superior to looking down at the instrument pane and taking one's eyes off the roadl.
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I've had HUDs for many years in cars and aircraft. Today I wouldm't buy a car without an HUD. The instrument scan with HUD is superior to looking down at the instrument pane and taking one's eyes off the roadl.
Definitely preferable. In the end I opted to buy rather than wait, partly because nobody could say for sure when it would become available. I'm hoping MB will have their inventory act together next time around.
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Definitely preferable. In the end I opted to buy rather than wait, partly because nobody could say for sure when it would become available. I'm hoping MB will have their inventory act together next time around.
same here lensjack - wish I had it but wasn't prepared to wait on a "maybe"
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Ordered mine mid Sept, Euro delivery.
I fly with a HUD, but not all the time do I use it.
Just like in the car, you don’t need it all of the time, but it is nice to have the option.
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Lensjack - Not to rein in on your parade, but with the partial government shutdown, your new toy may be stuck at port a bit longer. I believe it’ll have to go through customs before it can leave the port. Hopefully it doesn’t impact your delivery date. Good luck!
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Originally Posted by denjermen View Post
Lensjack - Not to rein in on your parade, but with the partial government shutdown, your new toy may be stuck at port a bit longer. I believe itíll have to go through customs before it can leave the port. Hopefully it doesnít impact your delivery date. Good luck!
Thanks, denjermen. AFAIK, almost all Customs employees are considered essential, and are working at ports of entry. We'll learn more on Thursday after the carrier offloads. Fingers crossed!
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