jldf3045 said:I'm looking to import an E60 B5 into the US as a "gray market" car.
Anybody know if this has been done before?
kees said:Welcome to the messageboard!
As the first deliveries are only taking place since 1 or 2 months, noone has done this before.
The chances of importing a B5 into the USA are very slim. Both EPA & DOT will cost major hassle and money. Your best shot at getting a B5 onto the street in the US is to buy a crashed B5 in Europe, part it out and rebuild it on a US E60 bodyshell.
Don't get your hopes up. Canada as you might recall is a different country and thus has totally different rules on the import of used cars. Basically anything older than 15 years can be imported. This doesn't apply in the US - I believe there is a rule in the making to allow special vehicles older than 25 years to be imported. You could always go for "Show&Display" but then you wouldn't be allowed to drive the car more than a few thousand miles a year.jldf3045 said:Thanks for the feedback, guys. I know it's going to be difficult, but I like the challenge. I was told of someone who has brought a few Alpinas over to Canada and Florida. Of Course, California is another story.
Allegedly, only about a third of the total components of a B5 are common to a 545i. Am pretty sure it's a non-starter.Heuer said:About 60% of the engine is modified, suspension, exhaust, wheels, tyres, gearbox, differential, instruments, steering wheel, re-programmed ECU, DSC, ABD. Don't think Alpina will do mods on standard cars, you could always ask but it will be very expensive.
I'll remember that next time I see Mr. Penske. I see some of you drive Alpinas in the US. Kees, how did you build your B10? GaAlpinaowner, how did you bring the B7 over?GaAlpinaowner said:The US customer base needs to put pressure on Penski - he is very influencial with BMW who could help pressure and sell the idea to Alpina..but the emmissions/certifications will be a issue