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Advice required for a trip to Germany

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Shifter_Hull, 6 Jul 2006.

  1. Shifter_Hull

    Wise Guy

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    Wanting to take me car from the uk to france then into germany
    what do i have to do
    apart from put GB sticker on the rear bumber
    what elese is needed
    do i have to get differnt head lights ?

    cheers to guys who may of done it
    :)
     
  2. Firestar_3x

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    Have to take

    Medical kit
    Warning triangle
    Reflective jacket
    Headlight reflectors
    GB sticker (not needed if you have euro plates)


    Good ideas

    Breakdown cover
    Upgrade to euro fully comp insurance
    Erm map or gps :p
     
  3. Shifter_Hull

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    cheers for the fast responce
    Yes the car is march 06 plate Bmw 5 series 525i M
    so i wanted to test the autobahns
    hehehehe
    :)

    already spoken to the car insurance company i get 30 day free european travel fully comp as standard
     
    Last edited: 6 Jul 2006
  4. Firestar_3x

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    Fair play, pick your autobahn times with care since when i was on it during the day they had limits, on the way home at like 2am it was not :D
     
  5. Shifter_Hull

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    great news
    Going to the Oktoberfest in munich sept 28 till 4 october

    so will have fun

    will buy a reflective jacket and ask the BMW dealer for some headlight adjuster
     
  6. [TW]Fox

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    Have you got Xenons? I think you can adjust them yourself..
     
  7. Firestar_3x

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    If not you can buy a pack from halfords, they are just stickers and it has a chart telling you the location to stick them :)
     
  8. Shifter_Hull

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    to be honest only work about 5 mins from the Bmw Dealership in Hull
    will get them to do it .
    i hope they will class it as a guesture of goodwill
     
  9. [TW]Fox

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    Of course they wont, they will bill you at least £35.
     
  10. Jez

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    Will they actually refuse me entry to france if i dont have headlamp things and GB stickers etc?

    I ask as i am going very soon, and i havent got any of them. Wasnt gonna bother but i dont want to risk them stopping me or something.
     
  11. Firestar_3x

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    Should be a simple switch anyways, should say in your cars instructions :)
     
  12. Firestar_3x

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    Nope they won't, i had my euro plates on but didn't bother doing my lights since i was driving over in the day, then didn't fit them in france / belgium / holland or germany and came back the same way at 2am in the morning with bright lights and apart from 4 ppl flashing i had no problems at all.
     
  13. Shifter_Hull

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    lol they not getting anymore dosh alreadt spent over £41k out of me will check it out

    how easy is it to align up with the european compliance
    or is it worth getting Bmw to do it
    ???
     
  14. Firestar_3x

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    Very easy should be guide marks on the lights.
     
  15. TerryWogan

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    What's all this about lights?

    You mean angle them the other way for right hand drive driving?
     
  16. [TW]Fox

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    You mean YOU had no problems, it isnt for you, its to stop you blinding everyone else!
     
  17. Shifter_Hull

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    will check this out
    not really read the instructions for the car
    but will look in my break at dinner
    cheers if this is the case
     
  18. Firestar_3x

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    Ok then i will rephrase.

    I had no problems with the police, only 4 people flashed on back roads at 2am in the morning indicating i had full beam on, then no-one had issue, not even the lights on my mighty MX can penetrate Armco & Concrete, since the car is so low slung anyways its not going to cause a huge issue.
     
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  19. Jez

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    GB stickers worth bothering with? Might just selotape one inside my rear window or something, dont fancy having to try to get the thing off afterwards
     
  20. Firestar_3x

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    Yea just stick it on the window, helfords do a magnetic one.