Originally Posted by E46M54325Ci
To all the bottom-liners: I get it, I really do. But, to many of us that buy these cars, one of the prime reasons for buying is that it is made in Germany, by Germans. Whether or not that makes a statistically significant, measurable difference in quality is irrelevant if you've lost the perception thereof.
Go out into the public and tell a sample of 1000 BMW owners their German, Ultimate Driving Machine BMW was made in Mexico. I'll bet you'll find more than a handful of disgruntled folks. Hell, when I tell people some of the 3's are made in South Africa and you have to check the VIN to know, the reaction is often, "WHAT!"
Which means that the person didn't know where the vehicle was made. And it didnt change how much they enjoy their vehicle.
Which means you didn't really make a valid point at all.
The only way this will really affect most buyers is those interested in euro delivery, which I am sure will be still available, although perhaps not.
Heck. Maybe there will be a performance center experience in Mexico ala Spartanburg.