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Hi everyone,

my name is Sebastian Meyers and I am in desperate need for some help. I'm a German citizen living in the U.S. Sorry in advance for my everything but perfect English. I drive a GTI MK6 Autobahn edition(leather, moonroof, xenons and so forth. My family and I decided to move back to Germany and I would love to take my car with me. Since Germany has stricter regulations when it comes to street laws I was wondering what I need to change to get my car street legal and get through German "TUV" inspection. I know there are things like the real fog light I have to add, but that is pretty much all I got so far. I tried to find some more information online, but I feel like people just have a dangerous half-knowledge about it. I also need to change the engine settings to the European settings and absolutely no clue how to do that (such as the horse power from 200 to 210....). I also tried to find any post on here but no success. If anyone has the knowledge or went through the same process I would be super thankful for some more information.

Thank you in advance

Sebastian
 

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Hello! I was relocated to Germany from the U.S. with my job and debated bringing my '11 TDI with me. I ended up leaving it in the states due to uncertainty about dieselgate (whether Germany would accept the emission certificate :laugh: :( ), but here are my notes and links I found helpful...

Importing a U.S. Spec Car to Germany - reference links

Forum: http://www.toytowngermany.com/forum/topic/39236-importing-a-car-into-germany-from-the-us/?page=2
Forum (II): http://www.toytowngermany.com/forum/topic/140-importing-cars-to-germany-from-us-or-canada/
TUV (cert): http://www.tuev-sued.de/auto_fahrzeuge/zulassungen_import
Import Process: http://www.uscars24.de/Deutsch/US-Importe/SelbstImport.html
Global Regs: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Forum_for_Harmonization_of_Vehicle_Regulations

Dattenblatt (spec sheet) can be obtained from Dekra for a fee (owner's manual may have some specs, or can find online)
Cannot sell the car until one year later in the country. Vehicle must be for personal use only
Have 6 months' time, by law, to convert vehicle to German spec

Required Specs
Rear fog light
Emissions testing (fee)
Amber turn signals (not red)
Headlights - ECE sticker (find e-code Halogens to avoid additional requirements for Xenon lights)
Windows / Tires: E block & number stamp
50-100 Euro fee per non-standard item
Clear or White side reflectors (not yellow. Can "delete" or paint to match the car / not required in Germany)
Headlight washers (req'd for Xenon lights only)
automatic level adjusters for the headlights, normally required for Xenons
wire rear fog light & check for E symbol
Need triangle and first aid kit in car
 

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^ thank you, not sure where the original poster went but I have just moved to Europe and am debating whether or not to bring my GLI over... it has the Xenons because it is the SEL version (2015) so it should have the self leveling, I know I need to add fogs but not sure about the headlight washers... I'm actually debating to sell it, even though I love it so much, and buy something here. Any experience with car shippers?
 

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Bumping this one up. I got some valuable info from a poster here. But would be interested in any tips someone who went through this recently might have. Things that might be a bit outside of the standard stuff you find in the guides. Tips, hints, and tricks.. that kinda thing.
 

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Moving to another country is always a stressful process, but I can tell you that Germany is indeed a lovely country. Most of the people understand English, and they are very helpful. I moved to Germany last year and 2-3 weeks before my plane I decided to learn more about the country. I found a website Is Germany A Good Place To Live? » Lopa Removals - European Removals & Moving that had an article about Germany. I was able to obtain a lot of information about the social aspect and not only. If you lack knowledge about Germany, then you should definitely check it out.
 
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