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    European Certificate of Conformity for 2003 M5

    I have a 2003 E39 M5 that I bought new in the US. I am about to move to Switzerland (Lugano) and am working with Car Logistics Ltd. in Bern to arrange transport from NY to Switzerland, including the Swiss import formalities (which includes Swiss registration).

    I am told that the car needs a European (EU) Certificate of Conformity to pass the Swiss registration. Does anyone know anything about how to obtain such a Certificate for an M5 built in Germany for the US market?

    Car Logistics has told me that they had a US customer who shipped a Z8 into Switzerland without an EU Certificate of Conformity, where the costs for the technical changes required to obtain Swiss registration were approx CHF 15,000! (According to Car Logistics, the engine software had to be replaced.) Given that the M5 and Z8 have the same engine, I am very concerned.

    This seems absurd to me. The M5 was built in Dingolfing (in April 2003), which, last I looked, was in the EU! An EU-built car doesn't meet EU requirements?


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    Re: European Certificate of Conformity for 2003 M5

    what did you find out?

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    I can understand this. There were three models of e39 M5's made Euro LH, Euro RH, and US market. I don't know the extent of the differences. Maybe BMW could tell you how they differ so you have some leg to stand on.
    Knowledge is power!!!

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    Re: European Certificate of Conformity for 2003 M5

    a LOCAL DEALER in Germany can give you this

    I went through the same exact thing when importing a BMW from the US to Germany.

    Your local BMW Dealer will organize this from a Mr. KRAUS in Munich headquarters @ BMW. You will have to pay for this, around 100 EUR.

    To be perfectly honest with you, it's not worth the hassle. Just sell the car in the US and buy another, much better one in Germany for less money.

    Been there - done that...

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    Re: European Certificate of Conformity for 2003 M5

    Hi,
    how did you solve the problem. I'm a bit in the same situation. I want to get a car from england to Germany (both EU countries) and also require a certificate of conformity. Any helpful assistance would be appreciated.
    Thank you
    Peter

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