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      03-11-2012, 03:05 PM   #23
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This area of Spain is incredibly scenic with tip-top country roads. Apparently, real-estate is dirt cheap in this area compared to Cote De Azure region (southern coastline) of France. Hmm...I know where I'd like to retire

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Sounds like you are having lots of fun. Good for you.

Can you share how pricey hotels are in Europe? Is it easy to find rooms on the spot? What is your average MPG so far?

And lastly, how do you like Barcelona? FC Barcelona is my favorite soccer team since forever. My dream is to visit the city and their stadium (Camp Nou).
Here is an average 4 star hotel price we paid per night (in USD):

Germany: $140
France: $120-$160
Spain: $100-$110

Average mpg I got was around 11-12 km/l which is around 26-28 mpg. This is with aggressive driving in sport mode in the mountains, coasting in comfort mode on highways at ~ 90mph and lots of city driving. I'd say 20/40/40 mountain/city/highway split. I think we got 30mpg on the highway when driving from Munich to Barcelona.
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Here is an average 4 star hotel price we paid per night (in USD):

Germany: $140
France: $120-$160
Spain: $100-$110

Average mpg I got was around 11-12 km/l which is around 26-28 mpg. This is with aggressive driving in sport mode in the mountains, coasting in comfort mode on highways at ~ 90mph and lots of city driving. I'd say 20/40/40 mountain/city/highway split. I think we got 30mpg on the highway when driving from Munich to Barcelona.
Nice, thanks for the info. How long did it take you from Munich to Barcelona? Did you take some detours (from Munich to Barcelona)?

Your pictures look beautiful, especially those from Spain! I hope you post some pictures from Barcelona. Your car also looks great, even though Mineral Grey is not my favorite color. Any comments about the car - how it drives, how it feels, etc.?

BTW, reading about this EDs seriously makes me want to do an ED when I order mine (in hopefully less than 2 years). I haven't been in Europe in 12 years (I'm originally from Eastern Europe) and specifically I've never been to Spain. I definitely want to visit Spain/Barcelona and that desire would perhaps convince me to order my car as ED (with the savings I can make a nice Euro vacation out of it)
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Entropic,

How was the Mineral Gray in "person". Many have said that pics don't do it justice... Are you happy with the choice?
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Great Trip! Beautiful pictures and Awesome car! Not too shabby looking guy...


I've been to Cadaques (first time i got "drunk" was during my camping trip there), and it's very homy! very relax! must be a great drive there, i remember the hills there! Dali was no crazy fool for living there...

My ED is exactly a month away!

Pour the Sangria !!
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Nice, thanks for the info. How long did it take you from Munich to Barcelona? Did you take some detours (from Munich to Barcelona)?

Your pictures look beautiful, especially those from Spain! I hope you post some pictures from Barcelona. Your car also looks great, even though Mineral Grey is not my favorite color. Any comments about the car - how it drives, how it feels, etc.?

BTW, reading about this EDs seriously makes me want to do an ED when I order mine (in hopefully less than 2 years). I haven't been in Europe in 12 years (I'm originally from Eastern Europe) and specifically I've never been to Spain. I definitely want to visit Spain/Barcelona and that desire would perhaps convince me to order my car as ED (with the savings I can make a nice Euro vacation out of it)
Munich to Barcelona was ~17.5 hours. It was an epic drive in one day! We were chasing the sun since the weather in Munich/Austria/Switzerland was terrible.

I'll write up a review on one of the days. It was amazing, I can tell you that now. Sport mode changes everything...only a button press away.

You should do ED if possible...it is an amazing experience, really.



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Entropic,

How was the Mineral Gray in "person". Many have said that pics don't do it justice... Are you happy with the choice?
Mineral Grey is not bad looking. Although, now I have been wishing I had ordered this in Imperial Blue, but oh well. Mineral grey looks kind of bad with dirt on it. I had tons of whitish sediment accumulated on the rear-end of the car and it looked really bad. Mineral grey only looks great when its nice and shiny. May be some good quality gloss wax would make it look better. Otherwise it looks a little muddy, to be honest. My next car is going to be one of the classic BMW colors - that is Navy/Dark blue

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Great Trip! Beautiful pictures and Awesome car! Not too shabby looking guy...


I've been to Cadaques (first time i got "drunk" was during my camping trip there), and it's very homy! very relax! must be a great drive there, i remember the hills there! Dali was no crazy fool for living there...

My ED is exactly a month away!

Pour the Sangria !!
Ahem...not too shabby looking guy? lol man. Cadaques is totally a chill place. Good luck finding food from 1pm-5pm! They like their siestas.

Can't wait to get the Velvia film rolls to be developed! I also took videos while driving on the GoPro Hero2 camera. I need to edit them and will post it soon

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Every time I see that color, it makes me even more excited that that is the one I chose! Thanks for the pics! The car looks great!
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Very nice!! Looking forward for more pic on your trip!
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Hello, nice pictures, I will like to know,, was the dealer the one who made the arrangements for the trip?, or you did it your self? and how much? i will love to be able to do that my self. Thank you
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Great trip! How was the drop-off in Nice? I have family in Antibes as well and am hoping to do ED this summer with the final drop-off in Nice. Does it add significantly to the deliver time?

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Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Makes me appreciate the ED program that much more. I can't wait for my day on April 25th.
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Stunning pictures my friend. As mentioned earlier, I really love seeing these pics of Mineral Grey F30s....Makes me know that our choice of Mineral Grey for our F30 was a great choice! Again, fantastic pics and thanks for sharing with your ED with us!
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Which cable did you get from amazon?!?! And does it work properly??
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Which cable did you get from amazon?!?! And does it work properly??
No it didn't work properly. It kept on getting disconnected and the iDrive would not recognize my iPhone 4.

Here is what I got from Amazon: Link

They claim that they use the same circuit as OEM cable, but for me, it didn't work properly and I returned it last week. I am going to shop around on eBay for this stupid cable now
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No it didn't work properly. It kept on getting disconnected and the iDrive would not recognize my iPhone 4.

Here is what I got from Amazon: Link

They claim that they use the same circuit as OEM cable, but for me, it didn't work properly and I returned it last week. I am going to shop around on eBay for this stupid cable now
Wow, my dealer told me an ipod USB-dock cable will work with the Navi package (or maybe my configuration, see my sig line)...he is gonna owe me a BMW Y cable if he is wrong.
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Wow, my dealer told me an ipod USB-dock cable will work with the Navi package (or maybe my configuration, see my sig line)...he is gonna owe me a BMW Y cable if he is wrong.
Seriously? I bought the nav package as well and would be super stoked if the iPod cable works... But I doubt it.
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If you have the nav package, then you don't need the y-cable; the standard Apple iPod/iPhone cable will work. I, too, bought a cable on Amazon that didn't work; ended up getting a real BMW OEM y-cable from eBay.
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If you have the nav package, then you don't need the y-cable; the standard Apple iPod/iPhone cable will work. I, too, bought a cable on Amazon that didn't work; ended up getting a real BMW OEM y-cable from eBay.
In my understanding - Nav package or not, in order to control and play music (without album art) from your iPod/iPhone, you need a BMW y-cable. I connected the white apple USB cable directly to the car and all it said is "Charging". In order to integrate your music from iPod/iPhone, you need BMW Assist package (you get Album art displayed as well).

Someone please correct me if I am wrong. This is what my experience was. The amazon cable did work, but it kept on disconnecting intermittently.
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In my understanding - Nav package or not, in order to control and play music (without album art) from your iPod/iPhone, you need a BMW y-cable. I connected the white apple USB cable directly to the car and all it said is "Charging". In order to integrate your music from iPod/iPhone, you need BMW Assist package (you get Album art displayed as well).

Someone please correct me if I am wrong. This is what my experience was. The amazon cable did work, but it kept on disconnecting intermittently.
i think you are right, at least I have heard others on this forum say the same thing. I think my dealer assumed the "combox" came with the F30 Tech pkg, just like the F10s. I asked him to prove this and he told me not to worry, I guess he will owe me a Y-cable...or I will just keep the FREE one that came with my Z4. kind of ridiculous they charge for this, I would understand charging for a replacement, but I got a FREE T-cable with my e92, e89, e70????
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Film pictures...really didn't get time to shoot. We were busy having too much fun! Sorry for a late response but I finally got around to scanning all the film. The results are nothing short of crap, but I'll post them here anyway.

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Wink

Your film shots are less crappy than you say man!

Definitely a genuine retro feel...

if it wasn't for your F30 being on the photos, those pics could pass by for being taken last century...

I enjoy them more than you think, so feel free if you have more...

Awaiting for your GoPro video montage

I have a few myself, but i dont know how to put them together



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