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Old 12-14-2004, 03:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm in the military and usually live in Germany. Recently I rented a Euro-spec 320d to drive from Frankfurt to Amsterdam. I fell in love. It was brand new (6 km on the odometer). Even not being broken in, I averaged just under 50 MPG driving about 100 MPH the entire way. No kidding. It had tons of power, was as fast as I could drive without scaring myself, and handled like it was on rails.

I asked the local BMW military sales dealer (which sells US spec cars only) when BMW will be offering diesel cars for the US market and he said not any time soon.

So, my question is this: If I buy a Euro spec 320d, what will I have to do to convert it to US specs when and if I ever return to the States? Anyone out there ever done anything like this before? I really want a 320d and would be willing to shell out up to about $5000 to get it converted, but only if they don't have to alter the car too much.
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Unless you are planning to go back to the states any time soon, just buy and enjoy the car. The 320d is a great car.

As far as converting it to US I don't think it would be cost effective. The main differences are in the lights and fenders. Basically, you could end up having to replace half the front end and a good bit of the back. The German emissions are stricter than the US so no worries there, although I believe the US spec BMWs in general are down on power slightly compared to the Europeans.

By the time you leave Germany they will probably be selling the 330d in US and you can upgrade.
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BMW are not selling diesel cars in the US partly due to the high sulfur content of the diesel sold in the US. It would be possible to convert a gas car, but to convert a diesel would be almost impossible without an engine swap.
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