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      12-21-2012, 07:40 PM   #23
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Idk but the German production line just has a different feel to it, all have gloves,matching uniforms and a body language that says, "excited to be working here building bimmers". The guys in this vid didn't seem that confident or something.
Oh come on? That's like saying you think the US made X's and Z's should be made by stilts wearing, blue & red striped, star draped folk in excessively tall top-hats?


All the stuff that really matters is made my machine anyway, so what does it matter if its made in south africa or timbuktu?

Additionally, most of the metals used in production of the 3 series are mined in south africa too, it makes sense to produce some of them there.
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During which part of the process do they apply the rust to the seats?

must have missed that bit....
That's handled by their US based outside contractor, LEAR corporation. Sad, but true.
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I bet if you couldn't see the people's faces in the video and this was relabeled "new production line in Germany" you'd all be going fanboy nuts over how amazing it is.

Seriously, the amount of stereotyping and intolerance in this thread makes me wanna
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We may not agree on certain things, but this I 1000% agree with you.
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To see the video clips is indeed "priceless" them having seen it life in München Germany is a unforgettable experience.

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BMW US-based assembly has the worst reputation over here, probably mostly due to the design/quality of the X cars that are produced there. SA isn't generally considered a problem amongst NZ buyers.
I love how so many like to dog the USA. I suspect you're just making a point and I respect that, but lets look at contributions to technology/manufacturing from major nations.

I've been to the Spartanburg plant. Its very well run and many of the workers live and breathe BMW. You see beaters in the parking lot with BMW paraphernalia on them. If you want an X3/5/6 for the entire world it comes off those lines. Says a lot when BMW has confidence to supply X3/5/6 for the entire world from that plant. Plus its the ONLY plant in the BMW system that allows owners to watch the assembly of their vehicle.
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During which part of the process do they apply the rust to the seats?

must have missed that bit....
I see your profile says; "Drives: Golf GTI". If your GTI is a MK5, there is a good chance it was made in south africa too. Of all the golfs produced at the Uitenhage plant, almost 40% of them were all GTI's.

might have missed that bit too...
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Mine was made in SA. I've had it 3 weeks and I've noticed:
1. Rusty seat frames
2. Slow coolant leak
3. Buzzing/rattle from HUD
4. Yellow resin overspray all over the rocker panels and under hood. I'm guessing from waterproofing?

My E90 was build like a tank and never had any issues like these.
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I love how so many like to dog the USA. I suspect you're just making a point and I respect that, but lets look at contributions to technology/manufacturing from major nations.
Do you make that statement on a per-capita basis? Just wondering?
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Do you make that statement on a per-capita basis? Just wondering?
Nope. All it takes is ONE. Do you need examples?

I'm not being argumentative. Having fun with it.

BTW, I have family that lives in Perth.
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I see your profile says; "Drives: Golf GTI". If your GTI is a MK5, there is a good chance it was made in south africa too. Of all the golfs produced at the Uitenhage plant, almost 40% of them were all GTI's.

might have missed that bit too...
Yep, mine is a SA GTI, had no problems with it.
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I love how so many like to dog the USA. I suspect you're just making a point and I respect that, but lets look at contributions to technology/manufacturing from major nations.

I've been to the Spartanburg plant. Its very well run and many of the workers live and breathe BMW. You see beaters in the parking lot with BMW paraphernalia on them. If you want an X3/5/6 for the entire world it comes off those lines. Says a lot when BMW has confidence to supply X3/5/6 for the entire world from that plant. Plus its the ONLY plant in the BMW system that allows owners to watch the assembly of their vehicle.
My point wasn't so much about the quality of the team at the USA plant - I have no idea what that is like to be honest, I was trying to balance the anti SA sentiment and that more of an issue is the design and engineering of the car. I personally reckon the X1 and X3 don't deserve to carry the BMW badge, no matter where they are assembled.
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Hmm, my Munich build 335i Window decal says

Country of Origin:
Engine - Germany
Transmission - Germany

Do SA builds get their N55 from Austria?

BTW, my 2010 E90 I just returned was an SA build. Was virtually trouble free for 36 months.
The Munich factory tour included assembly of the N20 engine. I asked the older gentleman who gave the factory specifically where the N55 was manufactured. He appeared to be an engineer. He wore a white lab coat. He stated Austria.

I googled: ASSEMBLY SITE: STEYR, AUSTRIA

http://wardsauto.com/news-amp-analys...usly-efficient
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The Munich factory tour included assembly of the N20 engine. I asked the older gentleman who gave the factory specifically where the N55 was manufactured. He appeared to be an engineer. He wore a white lab coat. He stated Austria.

I googled: ASSEMBLY SITE: STEYR, AUSTRIA

http://wardsauto.com/news-amp-analys...usly-efficient
I suppose it could be true. No biggie.
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Yep, mine is a SA GTI, had no problems with it.
The GTI MK5 is really the come-back GTI in my eyes, MK3/4 being a bit underpowered, and a large percent of the RHD GTI's are SA built. I was wondering if Rich100 knew that, especially with him residing in the UK?

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Says a lot when BMW has confidence to supply X3/5/6 for the entire world from that plant. Plus its the ONLY plant in the BMW system that allows owners to watch the assembly of their vehicle.
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I'm not being argumentative. Having fun with it.
Okay... But I suspect that has a lot more to do with marketing, and very little to do with contributions to technology/manufacturing.

By the same token the same could be said for SA built BMW's, 3 series being a mainstay of south african motoring, outselling Americas & Australia's much loved toyota Camry 3 to 1. I know which one I would rather drive...
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interesting, I think it takes about 7 days to build the vehicle
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Great videos!
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The GTI MK5 is really the come-back GTI in my eyes, MK3/4 being a bit underpowered, and a large percent of the RHD GTI's are SA built. I was wondering if Rich100 knew that, especially with him residing in the UK?




Okay... But I suspect that has a lot more to do with marketing, and very little to do with contributions to technology/manufacturing.

By the same token the same could be said for SA built BMW's, 3 series being a mainstay of south african motoring, outselling Americas & Australia's much loved toyota Camry 3 to 1. I know which one I would rather drive...
I dont think he was talking about BMW specifically or their marketing. I believe he was referring to the amazing contributions that the USA has offered the world.

His point may be summed up better by pointing out that in the last 200 years as America has become established, technology has exploded to a point that trivializes all technological advances made in the thousands of years of recorded history prior to the USA. Many of these advances came from within the USA and many came from other countries. However, it is important to note that other countries have undoubtedly benefited greatly from the establishment of the land of the free.

And so it is interesting that some like to prod at the USA and generally talk down to Americans as if they are less than citizens of other countries. But when you examine the technological advances that have resulted from the stars and stripes, no one should laugh.
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I love watching these videos... fantastic

Interesting to see how the process allows for pairs of bumpers to be specified for the cars and sent to the destination car... that cut line that new-gen bmws have across hood almost appears to facilitate production simplification of customization perhaps... now with 4+ bumper variations
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I dont think he was talking about BMW specifically or their marketing. I believe he was referring to the amazing contributions that the USA has offered the world.

His point may be summed up better by pointing out that in the last 200 years as America has become established, technology has exploded to a point that trivializes all technological advances made in the thousands of years of recorded history prior to the USA. Many of these advances came from within the USA and many came from other countries. However, it is important to note that other countries have undoubtedly benefited greatly from the establishment of the land of the free.

And so it is interesting that some like to prod at the USA and generally talk down to Americans as if they are less than citizens of other countries. But when you examine the technological advances that have resulted from the stars and stripes, no one should laugh.
Oh boy. Let's get back on topic eh.
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feel bad for those with south african build, that production line looks like a joke compared to germany and i lived in SA for a year.....i wouldnt want to buy a pencil made from that place.
Please elaborate!
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I bet if you couldn't see the people's faces in the video and this was relabeled "new production line in Germany" you'd all be going fanboy nuts over how amazing it is.

Seriously, the amount of stereotyping and intolerance in this thread makes me wanna
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