Steve - I laughed out loud at that comment, because I knew it was absolutely true.
In the late '70's, I was in Munich on business, and had a half day of leisure time, so - owning an e3 and an e9 at the time I arranged a factory tour at the BMW plant. From the assembly line through the engine assembly area, etc. every work station had a bench almost within arms reach of the workers station with an open beer bottle on it. In case any of you have found some error or part mis-alignment in your e-9, you shouldn't necessarily blame it on the PO, it could just have been assembled at the end of the day in Munchen!!
Fast forward to tours I took of both a Mercedes C class and a VW Phaeton plant in Germany about 5 years ago, and there was no alcohol to be seen anywhere.
“Was als Nationalgetränk der Deutschen gilt, ist in Bayern Grundnahrungsmittel – das Bier, auch „flüssiges Brot“ genannt. Kein Wunder, dass zu einem traditionellen bayerischen Weißwurstfrühstück, neben süßem Senf und einer Brezen, das Weißbier nicht fehlen darf.”
Translated: “What is considered the national drink of Germans is a staple food in Bavaria - beer, also known as“ liquid bread ”. No wonder that a traditional Bavarian veal sausage breakfast, along with sweet mustard and a pretzel, should not be missing a wheat beer. "
Has anyone done a study of the quality of E9 production by build date correlated to the outcome of Bayern Munchen matches the day before? I have a feeling both major victories and stunning losses might have contributed to the care and attention found in construction.
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There were actually two long term owners. I am still working on building the provenance book. I can now confirm that Patricia A. Mayer (original owner) was an avid water skier - into her seventies! This is going to be an interesting story.