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Re: Why should an ordered car arrive with > 2 mile (archive)

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Posted by Jacob on April 16, 1999 at 03:29:54:

In Reply to: Re: Why should an ordered car arrive with > 2 mile posted by Rudy on April 16, 1999 at 02:21:15:

ok, post production testing for quality, etc. sounds like a reasonable thing to do, so I'll include that to my 2mile estimate and make it higher. however, if the additional milage beyond 2 miles is based on BMW testing, surely the engineering crazy Germans would have it down to an exactly engineered plan and you wouldn't see these large discrepancies between reported milages when owners receive their cars?

As in, short of cars failing the tests and needing to be retested after fixing -which we presume to be a very small minority of their cars, each production car is put through it's paces in an exactly organized and check-listed manner on some prescribed course. So roughly, the milage put on the cars should be about the same.

One owner in the survey below got his car with 2 miles on it. Wouldn't this then be the absolute low miles even after the manufacturer tested it post production?

In addition, even if we discard this owner who received it with 2 miles as some anomaly - maybe he had the one car nobody remembered to test after production, a bunch had it at 6 miles, and another group at 9 miles, etc.

So the 6mile group would then be considered the minimum to account for BMW road testing of each car after production- so what happened to all the 9 mile+ owners?

All I'm saying is that regardless of whatever number is established as the milage you'd expect from legitimate driving needed for either post production testing or transportation, there seems to be a whole lot of people ordering cars that arrive with miles significantly different than the minimum established by the survey (2 miles or 6 miles).

: BMW tests the cars before releasing them to shipping.

: Rudy

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