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Old 03-31-2018, 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Tudigon View Post
Just curious, if we purchase something in Europe, can we just leave those items in the car?
Nice car... I love RS3. I used to have one before I moved to the States two years ago. Now I am thinking to buy a RS5.
The vehicle return instructions are very specific: " Please ensure all personal belongings and non-factory installed accessories (warning triangle, first aid kit, parking disc, GPS unit, etc.) are packed and removed from the vehicle at the time of drop-off. Any loose personal items left behind (sunglasses, cell phones, luggage, etc.) will delay the drop-off process and could go missing afterwards. The European Delivery Program does not assume responsibility for retrieving or replacing personal items."

If your European item somehow makes it to the states without being pilfered, it will have to deal with a puzzled US Customs agent who might delay customs release.
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Old 04-01-2018, 01:26 AM
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Originally Posted by lowjdml View Post
The vehicle return instructions are very specific: " Please ensure all personal belongings and non-factory installed accessories (warning triangle, first aid kit, parking disc, GPS unit, etc.) are packed and removed from the vehicle at the time of drop-off. Any loose personal items left behind (sunglasses, cell phones, luggage, etc.) will delay the drop-off process and could go missing afterwards. The European Delivery Program does not assume responsibility for retrieving or replacing personal items."

If your European item somehow makes it to the states without being pilfered, it will have to deal with a puzzled US Customs agent who might delay customs release.
Okay, thank you for the reply. That's what I thought too.
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Old 04-04-2018, 07:46 AM
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Agreed. It was pretty clear on drop-off not to leave anything in the car. I did leave a box of Hawaiian treats in the glove box with a note to enjoy. They weren't in the car when it finally arrived, although I don't know when they precisely disappeared....
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Old 05-04-2018, 10:41 PM
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Originally Posted by zzcett View Post
Agreed. It was pretty clear on drop-off not to leave anything in the car. I did leave a box of Hawaiian treats in the glove box with a note to enjoy. They weren't in the car when it finally arrived, although I don't know when they precisely disappeared....
I'd like to know if anyone has had any luck with accessories or items hidden in the trunk and had it still be there once it arrived in the US. For example, custom floor mats or other items purchased from the Audi gift shop.
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Old 05-06-2018, 12:20 PM
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On one of our deliveries I left then warning triangle in the spare tire well after dropping off in Munich. It was gone when delivered here.

The only thing left in the car each time we've done it was the licenses plates
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:35 AM
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Wow- what a great experience and an awesome car! Almost 900 miles, 4 castles, 3 countries, 2 audi factories, 1 chocolate factory and a new personal land speed record!

Audi met my daughter and I at the Munich airport in an A8L and took us to the Ingolstadt hotel. The hotel was nothing special, but the food was good, staff friendly, and it set us up well for the morning trip to the factory. Staff at the factory treated us great. The driver got us started then handed us off to someone to do the paperwork. She gave us wristbands for the restaurant all day (we went back three time, I think) and gave us a few goodies. Very friendly. From there, we went on the factory tour, cruised the gift shop and spent a little time in the museum (we were there two years ago, so didn't need to spend much time there this time) before they called our name for delivery. The delivery person was really helpful and knew a lot about the cars. Answered all my questions and showed me a lot of stuff on the MMI unit. Gave us the sticker needed to go in the restricted pollution control zones of German cities and answered general questions we had about highway vignettes for the rest of our trip. We were definitely treated like VIPs all day. As advertised, the built-in Nav doesn't work in Europe, but Android Auto connected easily to my phone and worked great the whole trip - very convenient way to go if you have international data. I also used the GPS nav system Audi provided as it knew the speed limit at all times - so I just kept that on with the map so I could glance over when needed to see if I was in a 50, 100, 130, unlimited, or other zone. Then used Android Auto (central screen) for nav. All our luggage fit in the car (*phew*) and magically appeared there when we were ready for it.

I also copied my iTunes files to a couple SD cards before leaving home and loaded these in the slots in the glove-box unit. This worked and I had all my tunes (and a few CDs just in case) at my disposal for the few moments I wanted a change from that wonderful engine sound!




Took off from Ingolstadt to Anif Austria, near Salzburg. Basically we chose there so we could get to the eastern extent of the Alpenstrasse the next day for our real road trip. You can get a Vignette for Austrian highways at either of the last two stops on the Autobahn - the last one is right at the border and has a Shall station. Stayed at a great little country inn, with ample outdoor parking (and a view of the car from our room): A place to feel good! Urlaub in der Mozartstadt Salzburg - Hotel Am Essigmanngut, Anif. Would have loved an extra day to see Salzburg or at least get some Nockerl, but we didn't have it in our schedule. Next ED.

Stayed on the Alpenstrasse that day to visit Schloss Linderhoff then travel on to our next hotel near the Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles: another recommended hotel
https://www.hotel-mueller.de/en/ - great location within walking distance to the castles, very friendly and accommodating staff; they even got our castle tickets for us so all we had to do the next morning was claim them and get on our carriage up to Neuschwanstein.






From there, we went to St. Gallen Switzerland for the night to tour the Maestrani chocolate factory in Fluwil the next day (Maestrani: Home). Stayed at the Radisson Blu, and while nice enough, it was the most disappointing hotel of the trip. No real character or other unique traits to recommend it. My daughter enjoyed the factory tour though, and we each got our fill of samples! On th way to Switzerland, I noticed some of the road signs had thin X's over them. Since everything otherwise seemed normal, I kept on going, and about an hour later, I discovered this meant the road was closed. Turns out there was some sort of classic car road rally and we got there right at the start, it appeared. So, we watched all the cars get started down the road (very cool), then backtracked for 30m or so to find another route to take.

Back into Germany the next day to the Burg Colmberg castle hotel: Rooms - Burg Colmberg. This was a great place and we enjoyed just wandering the hotel and exploring its nooks and crannies. I had intended to take the Romantikstrasse there, but my navigation system kept re-routing me to the autobahn, so I finally gave in and enjoyed some long stretches of unlimited speed instead. Learned that when you're cruising at 120+ (mph) and you come across a 120 (kph) speed limit sign, you probably need to do more than lift off the accelerator to slow down in time! No incidents, just an interesting frame of reference. I totally understand these cars after driving the autobahn for a while. Cruising at 110-120 mph seemed perfectly normal. It only started to seem fast when you get above 130, but even then you can get blown away by someone going an addition 30-40mph faster! Everyone stays in their lanes except to pass and only passes on the left. It's fast, but seems a lot safer overall, than an average US freeway. Country roads were beautiful and often fun to drive with curves, hills, and great views. Speed limits are typically 30mph in towns and 60mph outside, so you're constantly doubling and halving your speed. As a result, though, travel times on the smaller roads were much longer than on the autobahn, so my contingency for each day's plans was to do more or less autobahn driving. You win either way - pretty country twisties or ridiculous speeds and accelerations.



Next on to Neckarsulm where Audi arranged an additional factory tour for us. Again, we got the royal treatment, but alas, no free food pass this time. Our tour guide had been working at that factory for 40+ years - his first job, doing seats for 924s and 944s. He had a lot of pride in the Neckarsulm facility and Audi and seemed really excited to show everything to us. He was quite pleased to have a new RS* owner in the group as well - someone who "understood"!

From there, on to Frankfurt to wash and drop off the car. I searched online for a hand car wash and finally found this place that I think was near the old dropoff facility: Aqua car wash (50.10296, 8.61791). When I got there, all I saw was a machine wash, but getting out of the car and walking around, I found the next driveway over lead to some self-wash booths in the back. About 4 Euros later, and some google translation for the different options, we had a clean car - ready to go to BLG for dropoff. There again, we had great service and got out of there quickly. Cab back to the hotel (Moxy - a fun, unconventional hotel near the airport) for departure the next morning.

Now- I just have to wait for the car to get to Emden, then San Diego, then change boats to get to Honolulu. I have to pick it up at the dealer there, then put the car on one more boat to get it to my island.

Happy to answer any ED questions if I can help.
What a great service to the AudiWorld community -- loved your remarks and photos!

I imagine there are many AW members who have been all over Europe and the pool of information (about Hotels, Must-see Towns and Routes, restaurants, and activities, etc.) we have collectively would be great to catalog in a forum. Even if you're NOT doing an ED, but going to the Audi factory and perhaps even renting an Audi while in Europe, I would think posts such as this one (with the pictures, to boot) are very valuable.

Thanks for this!
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:31 AM
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Thanks. Glad you and hopefully others find it useful. I agree we could have our own travel service or something here with all our collective experiences.
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