BMW Seattle

We decided that the Jeep Wrangler was not the car for us in Seattle.  We started the process of getting a new car–always a fun exercise for those who like a challenge.

The short list of potential cars were:

  • BMW X5 35d
  • Porsche Cayenne Diesel

The choice was obvious, BMW.  We searched the local Northwest dealers and landed on all of the features we wanted for the new car including color and options.

BMW of Seattle was the dealer that would give us the best deal on both the purchase price and the trade-in.  They were easy to work with and find too–they have a Roundel on their roof.

Seattle BMW

We have been a fan of the Spartanburg built X5 from the beginning; it just took a few years to add one to the garage.  We look forward to the adventures we will have in the new car.

2012 X5 Diesel

We already have upgrades being planned and some places in mind for the winter season. Stay Tuned!

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Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

4th of July

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Looking Back-The BMW Plant Tour of 1999

One of the best things about living in Spartanburg was being close to the BMW plant.  Every year the Z3 HomeComing event came to town with another opportunity to tour the plant.  I first toured the plant back in the fall of 1996 with an IIE group.  We spent about an hour doing the normal plant tour.  As a follow-up I drafted an article to share the tour experience with others.

In the years after that first tour, I became familiar with the typical sights and sounds of the production floor.  The plant added the X5 and the coupe–another production line, more warehouse space, etc. I added to the article each year leading up to 1999.  That year I hit the jackpot–a second shift tour of almost five hours in length. The night tour included the paint shop, offices and more.  We were told that very few people ever donned the white overalls and booties to watch how the painting process occurs from inside the climate controlled environment.

BMW always had a strict “No Photography” policy within the the production facility.  Rumors always floated around about people who had stowed a camera inside their pocket for the tour. With each HomeComing event the production floor access grew greater and greater until we partied on the production floor with cameras. Below are some photos from within those hallowed walls in Spartanburg.

Z3 on Display in the Plant

?Z3 on Display

Paint Shop

BMW Paint Shop

Overhead Conveyor leading to Paint Shop

Overhead Conveyor leading to Paint Shop

Body AS/RS

Body Gantry

Z4 Posed inside the Plant

Z4 posed inside the plant

Check out Z3 HomeComing.com-2003 year for more photos inside the party and plant. Read the complete plant tour story and visit the BMW Manufacturing website to satisfy your cravings.

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