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      07-09-2011, 12:34 PM   #45
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nice trip, i live here and i havent seen some of this stuff.
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      07-09-2011, 01:04 PM   #46
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Wow, what a beautiful trip and pictures.
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      07-09-2011, 01:11 PM   #47
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WOW! What a great write-up. I felt like I was reading a magazine article from National Geographic! Thanks so much for taking the time to put this together. Definitely seems like the only way to buy a new BMW.
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      07-09-2011, 01:34 PM   #48
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Congrats, I want to do this now.
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      07-09-2011, 01:54 PM   #49
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I didn't understand either why they made me buy the vignette there. It was definitely not an autobahn but there was a guy posted at the border checking for the sticker.
When you drove trough the Gotthard tunnel, you were on the Autobahn. So you needed the vignette. You did not need the vignette when you drive over the Gotthard Pass

By the way: Great photos and a beautiful M3
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      07-09-2011, 02:49 PM   #50
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      07-09-2011, 04:24 PM   #51
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Awesome, detailed writeup of the cars and trip. They should put this in tourist brochures
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      07-09-2011, 06:18 PM   #52
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Beautiful car. Absolutely fantastic pics. Congrats!
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      07-09-2011, 06:20 PM   #53
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EPIC read! thx 4 sharing ur whole experience!!
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      07-09-2011, 09:50 PM   #54
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Great post. Thanks
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      07-09-2011, 10:00 PM   #55
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Thanks for sharing. I felt like I was watching Lord of the Rings M3 edition with extra features lol. Seems like a memorable trip; can't wait for the day I ED.
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      07-10-2011, 04:12 AM   #56
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omg the pics are incredible ....
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      07-10-2011, 04:57 AM   #57
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insane car, insane places, just a joy to view, thanks and well done.
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      07-10-2011, 07:58 AM   #58
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Thanks for the kind words, everyone! Made front page too...sweet! I'm getting anxious waiting for the car to arrive here in the US.

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Oh, btw, can I have some original full size photos?
I just love them so much!
Sure! Let me know which ones and I'll upload them.

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Awesome pictures!

I think were were there around the same time. I picked up on 6/15.

The delivery person at the Welt told me that I couldn't drive through Leichtenstein with ED plates...so I took a long detour around. Did they tell you the same thing?
They handed me a piece of paper with permitted countries, but I don't recall them outright asking me which countries I am going to. But from what other people have researched, it seems okay to drive through the country. And the Polizei on a bike was driving behind me for a while so I know they had to have seen them. The country is so tiny and there aren't any passport checkpoints. Actually when I crossed over into Austria from there is where they checked I had the Austrian vignette again! Which I did, but again it wasn't an autobahn. Anyway, it's not like there is a huge "Welcome to Liectenstein!" sign, so you could easily say it was an accident that you drove in.

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When you drove trough the Gotthard tunnel, you were on the Autobahn. So you needed the vignette. You did not need the vignette when you drive over the Gotthard Pass

By the way: Great photos and a beautiful M3
Thanks! I crossed over into Switzerland on the road leading from Menaggio, Italy to Lugano. It goes along the northern side of Lago di Lugano. This road here, and definitely not an autobahn. I had plans to buy the vignette anyway but wasn't expecting to do so at the border already.

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Nice caption there, got a good laugh out of it
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      07-10-2011, 08:23 AM   #59
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Awesome delivery report! Thanks :-)
Great car there.
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      07-10-2011, 01:16 PM   #60
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Awesome pics and write up! Even better color!!! ;o)
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      07-10-2011, 04:48 PM   #61
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That's beautiful!!!!

Thanks for sharing..
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I wish they offered Euro delivery for Australian cars. Mind-boggling scenary and hope you had a great holiday especially with an ///3 to enjoy some of those routes. Nice colour choise for the car. Congratulations.
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      07-10-2011, 05:25 PM   #63
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Gerat pictures commentary it really puts across what a wonderful time you had

Thanks for posting these fabulous photographs "Well Done!"

Do enjoy your car when it arrives ... what a car nice colour I say.

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Really incredible write-up, and fantastic photos. Looks like you had quite an amazing experience. Now I really can't wait for my own September ED for my 7-series!

Although, after reading about your experience and seeing your photos, you're making me want to build a second garage so I can also hang on to my E93 M3.
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      07-10-2011, 09:18 PM   #65
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Simply stunning, both the scenery and the car.
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      07-10-2011, 10:49 PM   #66
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Looks like an amazing experience! I was in Lake Como and Switzerland a few years ago. I can only imagine how much fun it would have been with driving those roads in an M
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