In Reply to: My delivery experience (long) posted by ian on April 17, 1999 at 03:31:22:
: So after 86 days of misery, my wait was finally ended this afternoon. Delivery was originally scheduled for yesterday evening, but yesterday afternoon my salesman called me and said that the car wasn't 100% ready. So it was rescheduled to today.
: Anyway, I thought I'll share my delivery experience to you guys. Hope to help those who're still waiting to kill some time... :-)
: Ordered the car on Jan 29 for March production (I specifically requested March production). Car was built on 3/1. Left Bremerhaven on 3/11 by Asian Breeze. Arrived at Port Hueneme on 4/8. Arrived at dealership (Santa Clara, CA) on 4/14.
: Went to the dealer around 2 pm. First my salesman took me to see the finance lady to go through the paperwork and everything. Signed my name hundreds of times on those endless paperwork. As expected, she tried to sell me a bunch of things, such as floor mats, alarm, maintenance upgrades, etc, all of which I simply denied.
: After I was finished with her, my salesman took me to the car. Aah, my baby was so beautiful and clean :-) I saw her 2 days earlier when she just got off the truck and she was dirty and there was plastic cover everywhere.
: I immediately inspected every inch of the car exterior and found out that everything was in good shape, except for several orange dots on the front bumper and hood around the roundel. Notified my salesman who immediately called the detailing guy to take care of it. Using some sort of liquid wax, he buffed out the dots and they easily came off.
: BTW, I know some earlier cars had problems with rear bumper gap so I checked mine closely. To my relief, my rear bumpers is tight and the gap was even all around.
: Then I checked the interior. Everything was in good shape, except that there seemed to be excessive amount of dust on the dashboard, around the shifter boot, and around the power window buttons. Does anybody have any idea where they might have come from?
: Then my salesman showed me how to use the climate control, radio, CD, etc. Then he popped open the trunk and showed me the tool storage, jack, and spare tire.
: I have a 328 w/ sport pack, so the spare tire is a full size. But it was stored upside down, so I couldn't see the outer surface of the wheel. I read that someone on this board had received a scratched spare wheel, but I didn't feel like removing the spare tire, so I just hoped that my wheel was OK.
: Finally he gave me the manuals and video. My manuals came in a black vinyl zippered binder and there were several books inside (owner's manual, service book, CD/radio manual, etc). Did everyone also get this binder? I'm wondering because the binder wasn't in the glove box, but my salesman brought it out from his office.
: Alright, so we finally shook hand and I drove off the lot in my new baby.
: BTW, my car had 13 miles on it and full tank of gas. My salesman told me that the mechanic had test driven the car after they prepared it and filled up the gas. That should amount to about 3-4 miles he said, so that means my car originally came with 9-10 miles.
: I put 90 miles on the car this afternoon and I loved every second of it. I didn't have any rattles or steering wheel vibration during braking (but hey it's only 90 miles). The only thing I noticed was on 2 or 3 occassions, the car seemed to pull to the right. I suspected uneven tire pressure, so I'll check it tomorrow.
: So... that's my story.
: I assume no one wants to see pictures of a regular 328 sport titanium silver anymore, right?
Glad to hear you finally got your car. Why did you want March production? Was it personal reasons, or did you want to wait for more ideal weather or something?