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      10-08-2011, 05:39 PM   #23
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Great pictures...congrats as well! She's a beauty!!!
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Looks like you had a fun ED. Your interior is gorgeous. Congrats on the M!
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wow nice color combo. i am getting rust brown as well but may i ask how much extra the steering wheel was?

also did you personally deal with guys from bmw na when ordering your car like matt russel, etc?
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congrats technic. well deserved car for a great forum member. now knowing you, the question is what are you going to do to it?
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great shots...now all you have to do is not lose sleep during the wait.

dont worry, I got your parking spot reserved

We need to take care of that GTI first...
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Thanks for sharing!! Nice color combo!! The steering wheel is awesome
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wow nice color combo. i am getting rust brown as well but may i ask how much extra the steering wheel was?

also did you personally deal with guys from bmw na when ordering your car like matt russel, etc?
Thanks to all again... to be honest, I do not know which was more exciting, taking a look at the car for the first time or returning to Germany after 16 years.

I personally met Matt and Christine once in Miami with forum member ssabripo, after he ordered his Individual E90 M3. Because I wanted to have my ED in late September at the latest, and because the M3 was to be 2012, there were quite a few complex and production hurdles to overcome as traditionally ED is only available in mid October for new model-year models introduced in September. So between Matt, Maria (never met her in person, only by phone and emails) and Christine they pulled quite some strings in making all this happen this exact way.

One thing... these people are the real thing. They know their product and they are car people. If just BMW salespeople were just 10% as knowledgeable and enthusiastic as they are they will be selling at least three times the number or M3 and Individual options as they do now. Individual combos, options and one-offs (like my steering wheel) are available to any BMW sold in the USA, but for some lazy reason sales people do not want to even mention it.

This is not a matter of letting customers choose pink seats with purple seatbelts, but it can be as simple as letting a customer order a M3 with the $875 Harman Kardon system instead of the $1900 Individual Audio in the USA. In my particular case, I added the new M Performance steering wheel with bicolor leather, the center console in color-coded Rust Brown to match the extended leather (instead of default black-colored plastic), and the handbrake boot in Rust Brown to match. It is not cheap, but those are the personalization details that create an Individual car, IMO...
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congrats technic. well deserved car for a great forum member. now knowing you, the question is what are you going to do to it?
This is waiting for the USA delivery so far

- Signature Silver Morr VS8.2 in 20" (squared setup in 10" wide)
- Magnaflow mufflers (I'm a sucker for the Magnaflow sound) with staggered and slanted 3.5" tips
- Gloss black grills/gills
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- OEM Individual Audio speakers (full front/center and rear set), new rear OEM shelf for the rear speakers, new OEM grill for the center speaker, SSMB8 underseat woofers, VP Electricity 12" trunk sub enclosure (ID12), JBL MS-8 and PDX 4.150 and PDX-5 amps
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- 35% tint all around, 50% windshield

This is a lease while I wait for the F80 M3 so all is PnP and 100% reversible back to stock (except tint).
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Thanks to all again... to be honest, I do not know which was more exciting, taking a look at the car for the first time or returning to Germany after 16 years.

I personally met Matt and Christine once in Miami with forum member ssabripo, after he ordered his Individual E90 M3. Because I wanted to have my ED in late September at the latest, and because the M3 was to be 2012, there were quite a few complex and production hurdles to overcome as traditionally ED is only available in mid October for new model-year models introduced in September. So between Matt, Maria (never met her in person, only by phone and emails) and Christine they pulled quite some strings in making all this happen this exact way.

One thing... these people are the real thing. They know their product and they are car people. If just BMW salespeople were just 10% as knowledgeable and enthusiastic as they are they will be selling at least three times the number or M3 and Individual options as they do now. Individual combos, options and one-offs (like my steering wheel) are available to any BMW sold in the USA, but for some lazy reason sales people do not want to even mention it.

This is not a matter of letting customers choose pink seats with purple seatbelts, but it can be as simple as letting a customer order a M3 with the $875 Harman Kardon system instead of the $1900 Individual Audio in the USA. In my particular case, I added the new M Performance steering wheel with bicolor leather, the center console in color-coded Rust Brown to match the extended leather (instead of default black-colored plastic), and the handbrake boot in Rust Brown to match. It is not cheap, but those are the personalization details that create an Individual car, IMO...
Christine is amazing. she really does know her stuff inside and out, and was instrumental in helping to get my order approved despite the fact that some of the options i was ordering conflicted with the individual options i was getting. During the process of finalizing my order, she and i spoke probably 9 or 10 different times, as she explained the entire process to me and what could and couldn't be done. Working with her really humanized working with BMW, which you would imagine being sterile given how big of a company they are.

Glad she was able to help you as well. Your interior looks amazing.


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This is waiting for the USA delivery so far

- Signature Silver Morr VS8.2 in 20" (squared setup in 10" wide)
- Magnaflow mufflers (I'm a sucker for the Magnaflow sound) with staggered and slanted 3.5" tips
- Gloss black grills/gills
- CF splitters and rear spoiler
- Hawk HPS brake pads
- OEM Individual Audio speakers (full front/center and rear set), new rear OEM shelf for the rear speakers, new OEM grill for the center speaker, SSMB8 underseat woofers, VP Electricity 12" trunk sub enclosure (ID12), JBL MS-8 and PDX 4.150 and PDX-5 amps
- BMW Live and BMW Internet by Bimmertech
- 35% tint all around, 50% windshield

This is a lease while I wait for the F80 M3 so all is PnP and 100% reversible back to stock (except tint).
Can you detail the differences between the OEM Individual Audio speakers as compared against the premium speakers (and even perhaps the stock non-premium speakers)? I'd imagine most of us including myself are not too familiar with the Individual Speaker option.

- esquire
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      10-08-2011, 08:01 PM   #32
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gorgeous car
and i agree, carbon leather would compliment your choice of colours perfectly
i love the interior colour
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Christine is amazing. she really does know her stuff inside and out, and was instrumental in helping to get my order approved despite the fact that some of the options i was ordering conflicted with the individual options i was getting. During the process of finalizing my order, she and i spoke probably 9 or 10 different times, as she explained the entire process to me and what could and couldn't be done. Working with her really humanized working with BMW, which you would imagine being sterile given how big of a company they are.

Glad she was able to help you as well. Your interior looks amazing.
That is what made my order of 9 months easy... the personal interaction and detailed information shared by Christine and the Individual team. I am very detailed- and process-oriented, by profession and personality so this level of personalization was a delight and made me much better appreciate the work and effort done behind our cars.


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Can you detail the differences between the OEM Individual Audio speakers as compared against the premium speakers (and even perhaps the stock non-premium speakers)? I'd imagine most of us including myself are not too familiar with the Individual Speaker option.

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The Premium speakers are the Individual audio speakers... in the USA the Individual Audio is named the Enhanced Premium Audio. Anywhere else it is the Individual Audio.

That tells you that Individual in the USA is somehow still not ready to be openly introduced and marketed by BMW.
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Awesome. I loved the part from Bormio to Livigno...awesome scenery and a great road!
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Awesome. I loved the part from Bormio to Livigno...awesome scenery and a great road!
I thought that that road was really great, until I hit Livigno to Naubers, Austria... that whole north of Italy/south east of Switzerland is road heaven.
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Thanks to all!

Weather was just fantastic from arrival to departure...

The steering wheel is the new M Performance custom-wrapped by Individual in bicolor Nappa leather (instead of the standard Alcantara).
answered my question. cool idea. congrats, car looks great.
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congrats! wut a sexxxy combo
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Rust brown is so good.
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great pictures! <3Jerez!
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Congrats on the new car Brother!! She's a beauty!!!!!! Awesome pics!!!
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Hey mister, fantastic results, congrats!!! I met with Christine in Toronto last month (her goodbyes sadly but I met the new guy and he's gonna be wonderful to deal with for anyone wanting similar individualization in the future) and she told me all about your steering wheel and how they put it together and into the car....man do those people at M and Individual go out of their way for all of us. BTW I love it, great choice.

All the best and you two out there on the sunny side of North America enjoy your Individual's!!!

Best always - Mark
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Hey mister, fantastic results, congrats!!! I met with Christine in Toronto last month (her goodbyes sadly but I met the new guy and he's gonna be wonderful to deal with for anyone wanting similar individualization in the future) and she told me all about your steering wheel and how they put it together and into the car....man do those people at M and Individual go out of their way for all of us. BTW I love it, great choice.

All the best and you two out there on the sunny side of North America enjoy your Individual's!!!

Best always - Mark
Thanks Mark... if the European Delivery experience is tops then Individual easily makes it several notches above.
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