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      02-19-2010, 02:21 PM   #1
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Does individual paint color add 5-7 weeks?

I've heard everything from a couple of weeks to 5-7 weeks.. For those who have ordered this option, what was your experience?

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I've heard everything from a couple of weeks to 5-7 weeks.. For those who have ordered this option, what was your experience?

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In my experience it will usually delay production by between 2-4 weeks. Once they give you a production # the production week will stand..... Individual Paint or regular paint.

My 09 Individual Moonstone had a 2 week delay compared to if I had a standard car. My 2010 Individual Moonstone/Individual Amarone Extended has a 3 week delay compared to a standard car.
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I've heard everything from a couple of weeks to 5-7 weeks.. For those who have ordered this option, what was your experience?

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An Individual exterior paint color will add approx. 6-10 weeks to the overall build process, for any orders placed through BMWNA here in the United States.

It all depends on when the order was placed, and how busy the factory is at the time your car is scheduled to be built.
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So I've got 2-4 weeks and 6-10 weeks.. is this because one order is from canada and the other from US?
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Here are a few dates from the build process of my car if it will help out any.

8/7/08 - individual color approved/allocation granted
9/24/08 - production started
10/6/08 - production completed
10/30/08 - arrived at port (Charleston, SC)
11/21/08 - picked car up at Performance Center

I would point out a few things that may account for some differences between the length of time in the U.S. (as Lemans has said) and what BMRLVR experienced in Canada. Canada has officially implemented the Individual program for M3s; the U.S. has not. BMRLVR ordered a "standard" M3 Individual color (Moonstone). Special order/request M3 Individual colors (e.g., LSB, Dakar Yellow, Brilliant White, Monte Carlo Blue, etc) may take longer. In my particular case, my car was approved in August. I understand the factories are shut down in August. So, that may have added some time.

Also in the U.S., there will be some sort of additional time required upfront to get the necessary approvals from BMWNA, BMW AG, etc to order your desired color. The amount of time for that process can be highly inconsistent depending on color, your dealer's knowledge of the process, and who they work with at BMW.
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So I've got 2-4 weeks and 6-10 weeks.. is this because one order is from canada and the other from US?
Correct.

Canada has the full BMW Individual Program...while the U.S. market gets the occasional "special order color" approved by BMWNA. (on a very limited basis)

You'll see what I mean, if you actually try to order one of these cars. (since you live in the United States)
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Here are a few dates from the build process of my car if it will help out any.

8/7/08 - individual color approved/allocation granted
9/24/08 - production started
10/6/08 - production completed
10/30/08 - arrived at port (Charleston, SC)
11/21/08 - picked car up at Performance Center

I would point out a few things that may account for some differences between the length of time in the U.S. (as Lemans has said) and what BMRLVR experienced in Canada. Canada has officially implemented the Individual program for M3s; the U.S. has not. BMRLVR ordered a "standard" M3 Individual color (Moonstone). Special order/request M3 Individual colors (e.g., LSB, Dakar Yellow, Brilliant White, Monte Carlo Blue, etc) may take longer. In my particular case, my car was approved in August. I understand the factories are shut down in August. So, that may have added some time.

Also in the U.S., there will be some sort of additional time required upfront to get the necessary approvals from BMWNA, BMW AG, etc to order your desired color. The amount of time for that process can be highly inconsistent depending on color, your dealer's knowledge of the process, and who they work with at BMW.
What a great synopsis of the time line, thank-you !! I hope mine makes it from the boat in Germany to me here in as short a timeframe as yours did.
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I wonder what the likelyhood of getting an approval on brilliant white will be.
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Correct.

Canada has the full BMW Individual Program...while the U.S. market gets the occasional "special order color" approved by BMWNA. (on a very limited basis)

You'll see what I mean, if you actually try to order one of these cars. (since you live in the United States)
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I wonder what the likelyhood of getting an approval on brilliant white will be.
Think positive!!! I'd bet your chances are pretty good, there are a few of them in the US already.
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