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Old 26th January 2013, 06:28   #41
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Importing 2005 Alpina B5 (#096) to US. Have some questions.

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Those are pretty close to what I paid. Some of the fees are based on the value of the car. My BT was imported as a $10k car.


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Hi! The updates are: I paid $7.800 for EPA/DOT fees and conversion about a month ago. And just today JK send me a parts price quote which is little bit over $13.000. Pretty big list actually. How do you think, why would they need to replace exhaust manifold, both bumpers carriers, shock absorbers?

Also I asked them about the dashboard and the answer was not encouraging: "It is usually modified or replaced but the UK cluster does not have warning systems that are required for compliance." And as of today: "Note the non-Alpina instrument cluster. This will be required, as Alpina does not make an instrument cluster with proper indicator lights (even the UK version).

I will try to upload images of the parts quote later.
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Old 26th January 2013, 08:30   #42
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Ouch, the bumper stuff should be to meet US safety standards. Exhaust manifold might be some US smog difference, just a guess though.
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Old 28th January 2013, 06:29   #43
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Ouch, the bumper stuff should be to meet US safety standards. Exhaust manifold might be some US smog difference, just a guess though.
That's makes sense... Probably instead of replacing the catalytic converters, which could be more expensive. How do you think - will replaced exhaust manifolds affect on the performance?

And I hope they will fit the original bumper onto this different carrier. I also wonder why the need to replace shock absorbers as they are in the list among other stuff?..

I wrote a letter with all these questions for them. Waiting for response.
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As I promised I'm attaching the PDF with the parts quote and some PDFs with detailed comparison and description of some parts that are subjects to replace.

Also, here's some explanations from JK engineer: "The two exhaust manifolds are part of the catalytic converter. See attached document “EUR.pdf” and “USA.pdf” for diagrams for both markets. Those in your vehicle are different than those used in the USA market. By replacing them, the performance in your vehicle is not likely to change."

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With regard to the shock absorbers; this relates to the impact energy absorption for the front bumper. This “foam” is placed between the cross member bar and the bumper cover. We are not doing anything with the bumper covers, however the cross member bar needs to be replace in the front and rear bumpers (again, see attached diagrams)."
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File Type: pdf parts quote - Vyatchanin 2005 BMW 545i --096.pdf (90.6 KB, 57 views)
File Type: pdf EUR.pdf (219.9 KB, 50 views)
File Type: pdf USA.pdf (186.5 KB, 45 views)
File Type: pdf EUR (part 2).pdf (122.3 KB, 41 views)
File Type: pdf USA (part 2).pdf (177.2 KB, 41 views)
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US NHTSA laws recently change (within the past 18 months) requiring your RI (JK) to destroy all non-US approved items when removed from your car (and not give them to you).

Just something to think about.....

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US NHTSA laws recently change (within the past 18 months) requiring your RI (JK) to destroy all non-US approved items when removed from your car (and not give them to you)..
Yeah, they told me, that unless I will have an address outside the North America to send the removed parts they gonna destroy them. And they're not sure if they will be able to ship them at all.

I would like to keep the original rear window shelf which they're going to replace because it doesn't have the ISOFIX thing.

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Actually the regulation about destroying the Non US homologate parts having implemented for a long time…by giving those parts to the customer the RI can easily lose their license; If that happened it is very difficult almost impossible to be reinstated.

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BMW 850 CSI 1997
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Type code
EG91

Type
850CSI (EUR)

Dev. series
E31 ()

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8

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COUPE

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LL

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2

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S70

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5.60

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480

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Also I would like to keep the original rear window shelf which they're going to replace because it doesn't have the ISOFIX thing.
What in hell are they taking care of? ISOFIX?? C'mon this is written by Kafka

Kudos to your perseverance!

Maybe you should give this one a shot: Selling my e65 ALPINA B7 - $35,500 Same factory, same philosophy, same power but a lot more hassle-free. And: expect a significant drop in power after all these DOT-compliant engine add-ons are installed. Not sure how the H1-engine will cough with standard exhaust manifolds?
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There are some people that just talk without knowing what they meaning…with all the respect to vehicle owners…fficeffice" />
I guess that is why there are Automotive Engineer; they know how to USE the right terminology…ISOFIX; By the way DOT does not regulate the power train in the vehicle; the regulation for DOT are for safety “ FMVS” (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety) EPA is the one who regulate the power train in the vehicle…Go Figure….in regards of the B7 Vs. B5 There are some people that likes Unique cars; you can find a B7 anywhere in the USA; I guess A B5 is UNIQUE that is a prestige to Own it…
Is like owning an 850 CSI 1997; you can find any up to 1995 in the USA but not many 1997….
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ISOFIX stands for “International Standards Organization FIX” in everyday speech it is just an international standard fitting system, which provides the safest, easiest and quickest way to install a child car seat correctly It; it was base since there are a lot of people that have not idea in how to properly secure a child seat in the car…fficeffice" />
There are lower tether or anchorage ( 2 for each side of the rear bench) which in most cases all market vehicles have them; but in the USA market ; there is an additional top or upper tether, a third anchorage point significantly minimized the forward and rotational movement (child seat) in the event of a crash…
as i mentioned before we are here to learn....
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