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Can you actually get personalised licence plates in Germany? Can't remember seeing one, or are the options so limited the "fun" ones just look like someone got lucky with the combination they got?
In Belgium for 1000EUR you can get pretty much any plate with maximum 8 characters as long as it's not taken yet, not all numbers (license plates with only numbers are used by the royal family) and not considered offensive (and some other exceptions about certain combinations).
 
Can you actually get personalised licence plates in Germany? Can't remember seeing one, or are the options so limited the "fun" ones just look like someone got lucky with the combination they got?
In Belgium for 1000EUR you can get pretty much any plate with maximum 8 characters as long as it's not taken yet, not all numbers (license plates with only numbers are used by the royal family) and not considered offensive (and some other exceptions about certain combinations).
You have to get rather creative if you want a good plate in Germany - see the plate in here / above as a prime example. You have to stick with the ABC-DEF1234(E) format (ABC pre-defined by the city/county you live in, as well as limits to total length ofc), so you're pretty limited in what can be considered "personalization". you usually have the option of reserving your wanted plate ahead of time if it's still available, otherwise you usually get assigned some random stuff (or at the discretion of the employee working your registration). My plates read K-EK533E for example, german for cookiessssss :dunno: no the greatest, but the best I could come up with... now if only I had actually bought the damn car in blue!
 
My plates read K-EK533E for example

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Ok so I probably have seen a lot of "personalised" German license plates without realising it because they look the same. 😅

Damn apparently Belgium made 11milion euro in 2021 from selling personalised license plates. *LINK*
 
Ok so I probably have seen a lot of "personalised" German license plates without realising it because they look the same. 😅

Damn apparently Belgium made 11milion euro in 2021 from selling personalised license plates. *LINK*
All my plates have been personalised plates, within the narrow framework allowed... Plus the last two within the additional narrower framework of "my company chooses the letters" so only the numbers were mine on the Beetle and 2er.
 
You have to get rather creative if you want a good plate in Germany - see the plate in here / above as a prime example. You have to stick with the ABC-DEF1234(E) format (ABC pre-defined by the city/county you live in, as well as limits to total length ofc), so you're pretty limited in what can be considered "personalization". you usually have the option of reserving your wanted plate ahead of time if it's still available, otherwise you usually get assigned some random stuff (or at the discretion of the employee working your registration). My plates read K-EK533E for example, german for cookiessssss :dunno: no the greatest, but the best I could come up with... now if only I had actually bought the damn car in blue!
Shameless plug: after @DanRoM suggested F-IN 355 E for my plate and I just had to take it, I cobbled together a tool to find similar plates that are possible. Available at https://kennzeichen.olex.biz/. Not everything it finds is actually doable, lots of places have additional limits on how long certain parts have to be - but it follows the general federal rules, and theoretically the plates generated should all be valid.
 
Shameless plug: after @DanRoM suggested F-IN 355 E for my plate and I just had to take it, I cobbled together a tool to find similar plates that are possible. Available at https://kennzeichen.olex.biz/. Not everything it finds is actually doable, lots of places have additional limits on how long certain parts have to be - but it follows the general federal rules, and theoretically the plates generated should all be valid.

Looks like we need someone in Bamberg.
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Congrats just curious if your MY was built in the Shanghai factory or the new factory in Germany?
 
Congrats just curious if your MY was built in the Shanghai factory or the new factory in Germany?
It’s a Shanghai built one. They aren’t doing red long ranges in Germany yet - there are a few differences but nothing to write home about.
 
It’s a Shanghai built one. They aren’t doing red long ranges in Germany yet - there are a few differences but nothing to write home about.

I'm curious if the cars built in the Germany factory will have the lowest incidence of blatant QC issues 🤔
 
I'm curious if the cars built in the Germany factory will have the lowest incidence of blatant QC issues 🤔
Shanghai was already pretty great, I don’t think it will be so much better. I don’t think North America gets Shanghai cars at all?
 
I'm curious if the cars built in the Germany factory will have the lowest incidence of blatant QC issues 🤔
Depends really. Brands have their ways of doing things regardless of country. The BMW crossovers for the US market are made in Spartanburg, SC. Mercedes crossovers and some sedans are made in Alabama. VW had Passat manufacturing in Tennessee, now it’s ID.4 and Atlas production. Honda has their plant in Ohio, Toyota makes the sienna minivan in Indiana. Subaru also has a plant in Indiana though I’m unsure what’s made there. Ford of course has their myriad of plants as well as GM and Chrysler in the US. It really depends on what the company dictates.
 
China makes both the shittiest plasticy garbage you've ever seen, and many of the most advanced and highest quality electronics, tools and musical instruments (that may seem like an odd one, but it's an area I'm familiar with, and China can cover both far ends of the spectrum) the world has to offer.
 
So, 3000km update.

It's great. It really is, so far it has been pretty flawless outside of the issue I have found with the wireless chargers. The left one does not work with my new case, the right one works instantly and flawlessly. I will raise a service request some time soon when I have some time.

I love the pre-heating, and in summer the pre-cooling will be fantastic! It will make a massive difference with moving a child around.

I have taken the car to the new house and yesterday night I left it there (I live 10 minutes walk from the new place) to charge overnight ... I can't wait until I can just plug it in, it will make the whole EV experience much simipler!

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It is not really fun, it is not really exciting, it does not have a personality ... But it does it's job extremely well and suits me and my family as a daily perfectly!
 
3000 km in three weeks? That's quite something.
Well, it was 2500 in two weeks 🙈

I expect 20kkm per year - so I’m over that now, but it’ll calm down once I stop just driving for the sake of driving the new car 🤣
 
So, crossed the 4500km mark, it hasn't gone up much as I have been mostly using the Bora to shuffle around stuff to the new house:

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Did another couple of ring laps ... After the second one there was a strange noise, at first I thought it was something with the halfshafts or an issue with the motor ...

Turns out, always check your nuts...


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jq2npjeS4nM
Luckily @Terrex and I were near a place with tools:

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Just as a quick note, some stuff improved since tightening them - I suspect they were never tight from the factory ... These require 175NM which is quite a lot ... I have never had the wheels off at all, it shouldn't happen. And literally NONE of them were tight, NONE... The rears were better, but the fronts were basically all loose ...

Today it got it's winter shoes fitted, Michelin Pilot Alpine apparently and they already feel more comfortable and better to drive on than the shit eco hankooks that came on the car. The Hankooks actually feel dangerous in the wet.

I also gave it a bath:

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Otherwise, nothing much to report - I am still super happy with it ... Despite me enjoying driving the Bora I feel that the lack of stress driving something reliable is fantastic... Also as of Thursday I will have moved and have home charging. Just 10amp 240v though, but still, that's all I really need for now!
 
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