So, the RIV list has changed AGAIN
I noticed that BMW and Mini have changed their lists drastically. Up until last week, all 1993-2008 models were admissable (with the exception of the 1995 M3, 1994 AND 1995 850 CSI and 2005 Cooper s with John Cooper works GP kit)
Anyways, long story short, the admissable columns for both BMW and Mini are now empty, and you must read the notes column. The notes state this:
Please contact an authorized
Canadian BMW or MINI Retailer to
request a letter of admissibility,
and for information regarding the
exact nature and costs of
modifications required. The
modifications vary by model and
may be expensive.
ALL modifications MUST be
performed by an authorized
Canadian BMW or MINI Retailer
and must be completed before a
recall clearance letter can be
by BMW Group Canada.
Prior to reviewing your request for
a letter of admissibility, the
following information must be
- Model year
- 17-digit Vehicle Identification
An official letter of admissibility
from BMW Group Canada must be
presented to a Canada Border
Services Agency (CBSA) officer at
time of importation.
In addition, the
official recall clearance letter
obtained from BMW Group
Canada once the required retrofits
have been completed and
documented by an authorized
Canadian BMW or Mini Retailer,
must be presented to the Registrar
of Imported Vehicles in order to
properly register a vehicle.
So, as you can see, they have made it extremly difficult to just bring one home and register it. Now, they are charging ludacris amounts of money to change the pre-existing DRLs to a new DRL unit and some other things, of which no reason applies. Everything is model specific, and you must call the dealer for details.
My favourite thing to point out though, is why I titled this thread as a ban on imports. I have bolded my point in the explanation from RIV. It seems that you need the letter to cross the border now (according to BMW/Mini) but you cannot get the letter until you go to a CANADIAN dealer. So, in essence, you cannot get a letter to cross without crossing, but you cannot cross for the letter without the letter.
Way to go RIV and BMW and Mini, or whoever orchistrated this mind**** of a policy.