Over the years we ‘ve detailed the process for European delivery but never actually talked about the standard ordering process for the US. So as my 1M nears the US shores we figured it would be a good time to detail how best to track your European made BMW from order to delivery. The ordering process can be fun and (at times) a bit frustrating. But it ‘s one of those great journey ‘s that is incredibly worth it in the end.

So let ‘s dive into the process starting with the first step after placing the order; getting to know BMW ‘s order codes. These are the codes that dealers get on a daily basis for all incoming cars and help unlock what ‘s happening with your order:

– 0 Order deleted by NA
– 17 Order not Specified
– 37 Order is at BMW NA
– 87 Production Week Assigned
– 97 Order sent to AG
– 100 Order deleted by AG
– 101 Error in data transmitted
– 102 Special Order (no Prod Week)
– 105 Order out of Prod. Period
– 111 Order Accepted at AG
– 112 Order scheduled for Production
– 150 Production Started
– 151 Body Shop Started
– 152 Paint Shop Started
– 153 Assembly Started
– 155 Production Completed
– 160 Released to Distribution
– 168 AG Stock
– 170 Waiting Workshop
– 172 Planned for Workshop
– 174 Workshop Entry
– 176 Workshop Complete
– 180 Waiting for Export Dispatch
– 181 Waiting for Domestic Dispatch
– 182 AG Load No. — Released to Carrier
– 190 Dispatched ex(port?) BMW AG
– 191 Returned to BMW AG
– 193 Arrived at Port of Exit (where my car was stalled)
– 194 Selected for Shipment
– 195 Shipped from Port of Exit
– 196 Shipment Arrival — ATA

Once you ‘ve got that down you ‘ll want to immediately start to bug call your dealer and request the production number. Your production number is key to getting your car into the “MyBMW ” system within BMWUSA.com and being able to track it using BMW ‘s automated telephone system.

When production finally ends (it lasted a week with my 1M) it takes just a day or two to reach the port of Bremerhaven (seen here on a live webcam). From there it can take anywhere from a day to two weeks for your car to ship out. This can be one of those frustrating points within the process that seems all to arbitrary. However once you see it ship out you can likely determine the ship it ‘s on by looking at the schedule. However you ‘re dealer will likely have the full official information including shipping schedule and (potentially) ship name.

One you have your ship name there are several ways to track it however we generally prefer Marinetraffic.com

After docking at the final port it could take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to reach your dealer. This is last potentially frustrating point of the process. But the silver lining is that there are no more steps. And if you ‘re as insane as I am (and many of you are I ‘m sure) you ‘ll know your car is at the dealer before even your salesperson.