February 27, 2024

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The Ultimate Driving Machines

Picked up my Phytonic Blue/Mocha iX xDrive50


Yesterday I picked up my iX50. After about 7 months this day finally came I placed the order back in April after I decided that I wanted an iX to replace my X5 40i (which was going to be due on Nov 24). In mid April I asked my CA when would be a good time to start the process. He said immediately, so I started playing with the configurator on bmwusa.com and came up with my spec.

My timeline:

4/24: sent build spec to my CA

4/25: CA replied and put me on iX50 allocation queue (I was #5)

6/29: CA told me that he secured a production slot for end of July.

I was cautiously excited and reminded him that I didn’t want to have the iX too early. He reassured me that even though it was a July slot, it was possible the car wouldn’t get delivered for some time due to various delays at factory, port, VDC, etc.

End of July I checked My Garage status, but there was no change.

8/31: Status 150 and VIN assigned. It was now scheduled for 9/15 completion.

9/8-9/14: I checked My Garage every day and it went through each step steadily

9/15: Awaiting carrier

9/19: At the port

10/5: CA told me my car was on Atlas Leader that departed Bremerhaven 10/2 (ETA Port Hueneme 11/2)

I started tracking Atlas Leader journey and created this thread: https://bmwi.bimmerpost.com/forums/s….php?t=1959873

11/4: Atlas Leader arrived at Port Hueneme (2 days behind original schedule)

11/7: Received at VDC

11/10: Released from VDC

11/17: Arrived at dealership

Before I continue, I want to send a big thank you and shout out to my CA: Jon Shafer at BMW of Santa Maria. If you’ve been around the BMW community since the 2000, the name Jon Shafer should be familiar to you. He was the founder of Bimmerfest and at that time the GM at BMW of Santa Barbara. Jon used to be super active on Bimmerfest and provided tons and tons of information to the community. I’ve known him since 2002 when I did my first Euro Delivery, and this iX is the 5th car I got from him. If you’re in NorCal or SoCal, please contact Jon to see if he can help you. Keep in mind though BMW of SM is a small family owned dealer so it’s not in the same league as those mega dealership in LA or Bay Area. I live in the Bay Area myself, but I’d rather make the trek to Santa Maria and work with Jon because he makes the whole process easy and he always proactively keeps me updated.

Yesterday was the first time I dealt with BMW of SM and everybody was also very nice. Huge thanks to the entire team!

Ok, now it’s time for photos

Last edited by r00ts; Yesterday at 03:35 PM..