Shipping the 650i to france – page 3 – bimmerfest – bmw forums gas jet compressor

1. I don’t drive much in France at this time. Since September I have one fill up at about 80 euros. I can afford that. The most ill spend there is 6 months a year and maybe drive 8-10k km annually. Diesel not worth it for that kind of driving.

2. The other side of the equation is cost to ship a car I already owned free and clear for eight years vs buying one. I think I’m at around $2,500 for shipping, shipping insurance, customs fee, BMW homologation fee, DREAL fee, mods. For that relatively low cost I get to keep enjoying a car I still like a lot that I would have had to sell otherwise (I had it listed in BMW CCA Roundel mag last spring.). If I had bought a car there I probably would have gone for a Peugeot 308cc or RCZ, would have had to have low miles (under 20k), full equipment inc leather, and gas engine. I think I’d be looking at 10-15k euro for one of those. No idea how much they cost, that was just a SWAG, but it leaves a lot of money for gas.

FWIW I have a diesel powered X5 in the US so I’m well versed in diesel merits and drawbacks. I think in a large SUV, pickup or larger it makes sense. I am not convinced diesel has any benefits on smaller vehicles or for a car that is driven less than 20k miles a year.

1. I don’t drive much in France at this time. Since September I have one fill up at about 80 euros. I can afford that. The most ill spend there is 6 months a year and maybe drive 8-10k km annually. Diesel not worth it for that kind of driving.

2. The other side of the equation is cost to ship a car I already owned free and clear for eight years vs buying one. I think I’m at around $2,500 for shipping, shipping insurance, customs fee, BMW homologation fee, DREAL fee, mods. For that relatively low cost I get to keep enjoying a car I still like a lot that I would have had to sell otherwise (I had it listed in BMW CCA Roundel mag last spring.). If I had bought a car there I probably would have gone for a Peugeot 308cc or RCZ, would have had to have low miles (under 20k), full equipment inc leather, and gas engine. I think I’d be looking at 10-15k euro for one of those. No idea how much they cost, that was just a SWAG, but it leaves a lot of money for gas.

FWIW I have a diesel powered X5 in the US so I’m well versed in diesel merits and drawbacks. I think in a large SUV, pickup or larger it makes sense. I am not convinced diesel has any benefits on smaller vehicles or for a car that is driven less than 20k miles a year.

As I said, a diesel if manteined it’s the best, from fuel economy to performance, easy to maintain and doesn’t have major problems (like N62 for example) such as oil & coolant leaks, Vanos etc; true that has to be driven for long distances, but you can do even less than 20k a yr no problem, no smell at all!! Only thing is the DPF & EGR that can get clogged if you use crappy petrol.

People usually don’t like Diesels on cars or view it bad because no one uses it in America, main reason is because they want to get rid and sell less of it to reduce pollution, is viewed better on trucks where you need torque that gas cannot deliver.