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      05-12-2014, 06:12 PM   #1
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BMW On Demand Rental Experience- M5 F10

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This is my first write up so take it easy on me. So back in July 2013 my dad announced that he was going to Germany on a business trip and invited me to join him at the end and tour Germany and Austria for 4 days. Of course I said yes and told him that I wanted to visit BMW in Munich and he agreed. Previously I had heard that you could do rentals from BMW and decided that I would go for my favorite car, the M5 F10, for two hours. It was a long month to wait for the trip.

Left Minneapolis on August 14 and arrived in Amsterdam the next morning and made my connecting flight to Dusseldorf (very nervous as I was 17). Met my dad right off the plane and we boarded the train to Munich. The train was delayed two hours, so instead of getting into Munich at 7:00 PM, we arrived at 9:30, which gave us almost no time to do anything, as we had to get up early because we were picking up the car at 11:00 the next morning and we wanted to do the Welt and the Museum before picking up the car. Next morning we woke up early and took the U-Bahn to BMW. I have always been a BMW fan and my best moment was walking up the steps from the U-Bahn and seeing the BMW headquarters and The Welt.

We checked at the On Demand desk to make absolutely certain that the car was still ours and it was, but our pick up had been pushed back 30 minutes because the car had been returned that morning instead of the night before and they had yet to clean it. So we looked around the Welt for a few hours and went to the Museum. I really enjoyed the museum, but it was a little confusing the way it was laid out, and I only realized after looking at the pictures that we had missed seeing things. Anyway, after seeing the Rolls Royce museum, we headed off to the On Demand desk where they informed us that our car was ready to go.

They walked us down and showed us the car and explained how all the M settings worked and stressed to us that we were NOT allowed to turn the ESC off. We asked the attendant to program in a destination that was around an hour away and made use of the Autobahn and away we went. We exited the Welt and within a few blocks, an E46 M3 convertible pulls up next to us. We still had the car in Comfort mode when he floored it off the light, my dad being veeery competitive also floored it and the M5 just took off and destroyed the M3. We finally got onto the Autobahn and we cruised along at a steady 120-130 mph. A little boring but I was still living the dream being in German, on an Autobahn, in an M5 and I'm only 17. Not many adults get to do this. Anyways, we turned around in the town that the assistant had programmed in for us.

Now you have to be 23 to drive any BMW On Demand car, but that didn't stop my dad from turning a blind eye. I hopped in the drivers seat and turned all the settings to Sport +. I only got to drive it for 15 minutes, but it was on some really nice country roads where I got to see what the M5 could really do and it is an amazing piece of engineering. So I turned it back over to my dad and he put it back in Comfort and we headed back down the Autobahn towards Munich going the same speed. When we saw that it was clear, my dad pressed the pedal to the floor and we hit the 145 mph! We pulled back into the Welt about 10 minutes late, expecting some angry comments, but the assistant was totally cool about it when we apologized.

Overall an absolutely amazing experience for a car geek like me. And too make a great day a perfect day, as we were walking around downtown Munich afterwards, we saw the BMW i8 in its camouflage. If you ever go to the Welt, I strongly recommend BMW On Demand if you have time. The price for our 2 hours was 235 euros.


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      05-12-2014, 06:47 PM   #2
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Cool story kid.
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Nice When I visit Germany this summer I am going to rent the M5 for 4 days.....it will be fun!!!!!
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      05-12-2014, 06:54 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. We should be driving our own M5 right now if my dad didn't have such a beef with V8s
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      05-22-2014, 07:56 AM   #5
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My dealer next door does the same
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      05-22-2014, 07:58 AM   #6
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Pretty cool experience. FYI you should check out relay rides. For less money you could rent out an M3 for a full day. I used this service to rent out a 996 for my bday weekend last year and had a blast.

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Nice write up Zonka81 -
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One of the funnest things I've ever done.

Go early spring after the snow stops but before it warms up... less traffic on the autobahn!
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Cool story thanks, I will be having words with my father !!

Personally I'm shocked that you can rent an M5 by the hour!
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Thanks for sharing! I've driven on the autobahn but not in a bimmer so I'd like to do this next time. Thanks for the info!!
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I did this on my recent ED, but my car was black. They now have the M6 GC for rent as well.

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That's so cool that you could live your dream out like that.I am doing the same being stationed in Germany while being a hardcore BMW fan,I went to the welt and museum as well with the factory tour the only thing left to do.
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I did this too earlier this month, but with an EBII M235i, with only 6000km on it. I got to drive down the Autobahn to Neuschwanstein and then to Plansee in Austria before taking it back. I would recommend it to anyone that's visiting Munich!
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an E46 M3 convertible pulls up next to us. We still had the car in Comfort mode when he floored it off the light, my dad being veeery competitive also floored it and the M5 just took off and destroyed the M3.
M5 took off -> destroyed M3
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Thanks guys! Were going to Italy this summer and we leave on June 21, but I just learned that we are going to make a stop at Ferrari, which will be amazing!
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I hope one day I can get an M5, they're the best cars. One step closer too. Just graduated high school yesterday!
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cool story i guess.
I am glad you "destroyed" the E46 M3 at the signal light street drag racing
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Pretty cool experience. FYI you should check out relay rides. For less money you could rent out an M3 for a full day. I used this service to rent out a 996 for my bday weekend last year and had a blast.

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this is pretty cool im gonna go on there see if i can get a nice whip to joyride for a day.
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very cool!
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