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“Lots of old cars”
Review of BMW Zentrum

BMW Zentrum
Ranked #3 of 43 things to do in Spartanburg
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 4, 2012

If you are a BMW fan and love to see the old cars from the 50's to today this is the place you want to go.

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Reviewed June 13, 2012

We've lived in the Spartanburg area for over 8 years and somehow managed to never take the BMW tour. This past May, we had family members coming to visit and they suggested the tour as something to do while here. They made the reservations online and were surprised that tour times were fairly solidly booked. They booked a Monday after 3 PM and were sent via email instructions on where to go, what time to be there, and forms that we were to fill out before our arrival.

The tour starts in the Zentrum, which is full of various BMW cars and motorcycles from throughout the years. There is also a gift shop and, way in the back, a small snack bar.

Our tour began on time and was full. We were given headset/headphones to hear the tour guide while in the factory and safety glasses. The tour involves constant walking and there is a lot of it. If you or someone in your group isn't very mobile, this is not the tour for you. We had two people in our group with wheelchairs/rolling walkers, but they seemed fairly tired about 3/4 of the way through.

You see literally every aspect of how a BMW is built and it's pretty cool. A lot is automated and the robots are fascinating. A good portion is still done by human hands and there are some jobs that leaving you wondering "Someone gets paid to do that?" (i.e. the person who's job is to start the cars after they are finished and ready to go. That's all they do - start the car) but it was a much more interesting tour than I ever imagined and I'm not a big car enthusiast. You even have the opportunity to sit in a BMW and check out everything.

I noticed everyone on our tour was an adult; there were no kids on ours so I'm not sure if there is an age requirement or not. The BMW website can fill you in on that.

I would definitely recommend it if you're in the area and you have about an hour to an hour and a half for something different to do. You'll be amazed at how clean everything is and it's neat to see how these cars are made.

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Reviewed June 2, 2012

Very impressive driving experience. Would suggest everyone try this. Worth the money.

Thank abe d
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

I didn't think there was really much here to see. You get some history of BMW and see some vintage models.

Thank Jakata31
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Reviewed May 20, 2012

i have been to the Volvo plant in Sweden and have seen the exteriors of the BMW plants in Germany; but this sprawling manufacturing plant in the USA was the first tour where I have seen BMW vehicles assembled up close and personal. Everything about the assembly of these fine vehicles bespeaks quality and precision. Car assembly plants do not vary that much in the process used to build a car, whether in Malmo, Sweden; Munich or the USA. The care taken to make certain that each vehicle is the best it can be coming off the line is impressive. That's why BMW charges what it does, and why they can stand behind their products' quality. It was encouraging to hear that they have two shifts operating every week. South Carolina was lucky to get this plant at this location. Of course, BMW was looking for a place where labor costs would be low and their plant would be welcomed. They certainly got what they wanted.

Thank MonaOrangeCountyCA
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