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Old 04-20-2004, 06:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I need some info on what all I need to convert a German spec BMW 318is into American specs. Websites, phone numbers, and how it will cost will be helpful. Just what ever you guys got I will appriciate.

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Old 04-20-2004, 07:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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hi and welcome. what exactly do you need to convert? the engine or the intruments? what?
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Old 04-20-2004, 07:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey dude I just realized I spelled conversion wrong. Retarded, anyway from what I have heard something about bumpers, windshields, door beams need reinforcing, somthing about the cat, and a ecu change.
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Why you will be doing that?
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its just engine stuff that need tuned. lik ECU, intake manifold. HFM
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I'm in the Army and I'm stationed over n Germany as of now. I bought a German spec BMW and I want to take it back to the states. But before I can do that I got to get it converted over to what ever American spec bimmers consist of.
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no offense or anything.... but you will probablly spend more getting the car over here than what you paid for it
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Thats what is beginning to scare me. It is hard trying to find a American spec bimmer in this freakin country. I just hope somebody knows something.
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You probably won't find an American spec bimmer in Germany. You will be better of getting one in the States. Used bimmers are cheaper in the States anyways (go figure)

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just use the website and do the EU delivery option since you are already there and just pick your car up in germany. thats if you can afford a new one.. ya it will cost about a ton more but could be really cool. or talk to local dealer about conversion stuff.
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At which base in Germany you stationed? You should better (just as 325i_deamon said) sell that car and buy another in the states.
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I'm stationed at Armstong Barracks. It's a really small post. I guess I could try selling the car but trying to get one over here would be a pain. Plus it probably costs alot. So nobody knows anything about converting her over.
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BMWs in Europe are a lot cheaper than in the US because they are made there (obviously). Anyway, shipping from the UK to Missouri costs about 2,300. This includes everything. So, if you find a car that is really rediculously cheaper than you can find here, I think it's worth it. I know the emissions regulations over there are a lot more lenient than in the US. I will ask my brother what other things need to be taken care of.
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You could probably find one here for about $5000 US
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i thought that the armed services paid to transport cars back to the states if you are stationed overseas?

Guess not. Anyway, you're best bet would be to go to a dealer and ask them what it needs to be converted.
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