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    Today marks the passing of a year since we lost the man who was a friend to many and a figurehead of our community. As we take a moment to reflect on the loss that is to our online family, spare a thought for his real-life family as they remember their good times with Darren. This forum owes a great debt to Donut. The thriving membership we enjoy; the positive attitude of our collective - these are things Darren worked hard to achieve. Our own tribute is to strive to stay true to his guidance, to ensure that the forum is the best it can be and that we continue to build not just a resource for all things 5 Series, but a thriving community. Donut set a high benchmark, and while we may have struggled at times to hit his high standards, we will always aim to continue the good work he did. There was an overwhelming response to fundraising for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance last year. Darren's family have asked us to pass on a message of thanks to each and every one of you who donated so generously, and have asked us to share this certificate by way of thanks. Let's all find a moment today to remember the Boss Man. Find yourself a quiet moment with a sugary baked good, look back on the impact Darren had on our lives and give thanks for what we have. On behalf of all of us at BMW5
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    I'm sorry but I just don't buy into this good triumphing over evil crap that pours out of the media after things like this. The people that jumped in to help out were great and did the right thing. I'd like to think all us right minded people would do the same. But, try telling one of the 19 victims families that good has triumphed over evil because they got a lot of love and a free taxi ride home and I bet they don't see it the same way. As a father myself the only emotion I have is utter hatred and contempt for bastards like those that would deliberately target a venue packed full of children. The evil bomber won. Simple as that. Sorry if I offend anybody.
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    As many of you will know, it’s BMW’s 100th anniversary this year. To celebrate it, last week end they held a festival which included inviting 1000 cars from various clubs, nominally 10 from each club, for display in the Munich Olympic Park which is just the other side of the road from BMW Welt. I was invited in the M1, so a road trip was on! To protect the front end paintwork I hastily applied some Xpel Tracwrap the night before leaving. Not a very good job, I nick named it Crapwrap, but it would serve the purpose and was to be removed after the trip anyway. IMG_1014a The trip began early on the morning of 7th September, odometer reading 1,705 miles, leaving home in Yorkshire. IMG_1016a IMG_1017a Exactly 4 hours and 241 miles later, I collected a friend in Surrey to share the driving, followed by a quick stop at Munich Legends to say hello as we were passing and have a bit of lunch. They had two other M1’s, their own and the BMW UK car. M1 spot count, 3. IMG_1021 PIC_0649 From there on to the tunnel, slightly concerned about the reported problems, but there were no problems at all. PIC_0657 An evening blast down the almost deserted A26 saw us arrive at Reims to stay the night. Odometer now at 2230, so 525 miles in the day. Brilliant blue sky on the Thursday morning at 8:45 in Reims, the precursor to a very hot day. IMG_1029 More empty French AutoRoute on the A4 to Metz PIC_0665 We weren’t speeding officer, no, really we weren’t! IMG_1035 Then down to Strasbourg to pick up the A35 briefly before crossing the Rhine on the 500 to enter Germany, still not a cloud in the sky and temperatures nudging into the 30’s. PIC_0681 Pushing on up the 5 to Karlsruhe and starting to see what a 36 year old car makes of coming home to the derestricted Autobahn PIC_0685 On to the 8 and past Pforzheim to Stuttgart and Munich PIC_0689 The Germans get 100 Octane V-Power Racing, not cheap though! IMG_1092 Pushing on a little more on the final derestricted run into Munich PIC_0699 Due to the navigator (me!) going entering just ‘Munich’ in the sat nav and not the hotel, we took the circuitous route, right through the middle of the city. PIC_0706 PIC_0708 PIC_0714 Realising our (my) mistake, we then drove out towards the hotel just south of the Olympic Park PIC_0716 Finally getting into the hotel underground car park by about 6:30pm. IMG_1038 The odometer now reading 2668, 963 miles in two days. Turned up at the Olympic park on the Friday just before 9:00 to find 2 other M1s had already arrived PIC_0735 DSC_5897 M1 count, 5. As the day went on, more cars arrived, everyone had been given a slot to reduce queuing. A few Z8’s were quite early DSC_5898 Including a several Alpinas IMG_1045 By Saturday there were well over 20. A definitely used, but beautiful 507 DSC_5899 DSC_5900 PIC_0741 PIC_0747 PIC_0743 The co-driver, a big Alpina fan, was beside himself when he spotted this 8 series B12 5.7, number 057, the last one made, complete with carbon fibre bonnet and de-badged DSC_5907 PIC_0754 Including the intriguing manual box without a clutch pedal IMG_1042 DSC_5912 PIC_0757 PIC_0758 PIC_0759 With an E92 Alpina GT3 on one side DSC_5908 And a rare Glas Coupe arrived and parked on the other side, it sounded great DSC_5910 And a couple of other Glas cars were doted around DSC_5941 DSC_5926 DSC_5927 All sorts of other old and rare BMWs were rolling up DSC_5933 DSC_5934 A lovely 327 DSC_5938 A rare E28 Touring DSC_5930 And a stunning E34 M5 Touring DSC_5937 The 8 series were out in force DSC_5932 So were the Isettas DSC_5924a Including this one complete with period ski set! DSC_5920 And a 2 door (one at the front and one side door) DSC_5921 Motor bikes were included, although there weren’t anything like as many as there were cars PIC_0797 There was a Dixi too DSC_5939 There were also rows of Z1’s and Z3’s. By the time we returned to the car, another 3 M1’s had arrived DSC_5936 DSC_5935 M1 count, 8. There was also a Black M1 belonging to the owner of Mint Classics in Munster who specialise in selling M1’s, taking the count to 9. On Friday afternoon we had a factory tour, interesting but no photos allowed. They make the 3 and 4 series, M4 and M4 GTS. By the time we got to the engine plant work had stopped, they produce the modular 3 and 4 cylinder engines and the older N20 4 cylinder engine. A tour of the new BMW Classic facility had been laid on for both Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Friday was for ‘overseas’ and Saturday for ‘locals’. As I’d been put in with the German M1 club we had passes for the Saturday, but we blagged our way into the Friday session! Visiting the Classic facility in the original factory, which BMW had to buy back, was amazing. There were loads of cars that you’ve maybe heard about or seen articles on but somehow don’t believe actually exist. The BMW Turbo, one of 2, the other was in the BMW museum IMG_1052 IMG_1075 The 1940 328 Kamm Coupe Mille Miglia IMG_1067 And the 2006 Homage IMG_1053 A ‘standard’ 328 IMG_1072 And the 2011 Homage IMG_1071 A mint yellow 507 IMG_1068 CSL Art Car IMG_1069 2002 GT4 IMG_1065 M1 ProCar (there was another and 3 road going M1’s) and some original Minis (not really in the right place IMO!) IMG_1059 M1 count now 14. Prototype E65/66 7 series extra-long wheel base L7, they only made an E38 L7. IMG_1070 The bonkers ‘goldfish’ with V16 engine that’s so big the radiators had to be put in the boot, feed with air via two large scoops in the rear wings IMG_1064 Loads of other nutty concepts too, no M8 or E39 M5 touring though. Also visible were the Classis work shops where they do work on their collection and restore customer cars (for a considerable fee!). There were several cars at various states of repair, including a 507, another road going M1 and the Piquet ProCar with the map of the Nurburgring on (supposedly done as a joke so Piquet and Stuck would not get lost!) IMG_1073 IMG_1074 M1 count, 16. Food and a presentation were laid on, but we skipped that as we got talking to ‘Dr Ralph’ outside about various nerdy details! A few other cars turned up on Saturday, such as this E46 M3 GTR look alike and E93 M3 GTS. IMG_1086 A quick walk round BMW Welt resulted in another ProCar, again driven by Piquet, this time in Marlborough livery on a ‘grid’ of other racers DSC_5942 M1 count, 17. There was also another area for cars near the BMW museum, amongst others an M4 GTS DSC_5956 And a gaggle of 1Ms DSC_5958 DSC_5959 The BMW museum itself contained lots of interesting stuff, the second Turbo which looked to be in much worse condition than the other DSC_5947 Yet another 507 DSC_5945 The GINA Visionary concept with flexible fabric body DSC_5948 And the Vision concept DSC_5950 Lots of engines, including this intriguing version of the M10 4 cylinder engine DSC_5951 And the final M1 spot of the week end, taking the total to 18. DSC_5953 On the Friday evening there was a concert during which cars from various decades were driven on stage, together with photos and video on the big screens. Strangely, the 40’s didn’t get much screen time! For the 60’s they drove Elvis Presley’s white 507 on stage which has been restored to ‘as new’ from a total wreck by BMW Classic. Difficult to take pictures as it was dark, but here is a panorama before the stadium filled up, it’s only the 180 degrees in front, the back seats were not used and it was over half an hour to the start IMG_1087 And one during the concert IMG_1089 The screens were massive, the central one having a moving section that went up and down depending on the act performing, there was some truly amazing ‘Break Dancing’, classical music, some German performers and Simply Red. Most of the dialog was in German so was lost on me. We escaped just before the end to avoid the crush. The return journey was pretty much the reverse of the outward one. Getting onto the autobahn early on a Sunday has its advantages PIC_0850a Traveling at this speed felt effortless with plenty of power in reserve and absolutely rock solid on the road, but I did not want to push too hard as the wheels are Magnesium which weakens with age. Another beautiful sky on the quiet French toll roads PIC_0861 The tunnel was quite quiet, although this was the Flexi Plus lane as I did not know what time we’d be arriving in Calais so forked out the additional cost so we could get any return train. IMG_1120 Again, no problem with the tunnel, no sign of anything either, but I’d feel a bit apprehensive getting to it in the dark. Finally the car was left at Munich Legends for some work on the suspension and a few other bits, but that’s a different story. Everything on the car worked flawlessly, with the one exception of the fan for the air conditioning. The A/C cooling worked fine, but the secondary ventilation fan sounds like it’s got something stuck inside and occasionally stopped blowing. Switching the A/C off for a few minutes and then back on cured the problem for a while before it came back again. Final odometer reading, 3416, a total of 1711 miles. IMG_1148 We drove for a little over 30 hours and consumed 286.57 Litres of Supper Unleaded over the 1559 miles between fill ups, that’s an average of 24.73 mpg. Given the age and performance of the car, together with the fact that we were cruising at 80-90 mph in France, giving it some welly on the exit from the toll booths and doing 100+ in Germany on most of the derestricted bits, I think that’s quite incredible. An amazing car, amazing trip and memories to last a lifetime. Many thanks to my friend for making the trip so enjoyable too!
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    Thanks for your support. It's a free site run by volunteers sadly we lost the site owner and thus the full access to the software. We are trying to get it sorted along with the family though of course they really don't have too. I'm thankful that we've been able to keep it going at all but hey.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    After itching for a change and looking at 335i's for quite some time, I finally found one with the right spec at the right price. Got a few niggles to sort out but all in all a very clean car and nice to drive something a bit quicker for a change.
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    On holiday for a week.
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    Replaced the cam cover gaskets on my B10 V8s Touring and gave the engine bay a bit of clean
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    To be fair, anything with less than 6 cylinders does devalue the model
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    After 10 years working as a Paramedic please could all people put themselves and their passengers behind seatbelts; I've been to many accidents with occupants wearing and not wearing brlts and whilst there is never any kind of guarantee your chances of survival are generally 100 fold better behind a belt than not. RIP Donut.
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    clayed then polished, sealed. Looks much glossier:
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    For a lot of people this is very much secondary to Mothers Day, and perhaps rightly so? but if you get a chance, call your Dad today. I haven't been able to for six years now and even though I have the sweetest nine year old Daughter to make Fathers Day nice for me, I still miss my Dad.
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    Here are my pics from the day. Thanks to all who turned out in the cold !!! With Jeremy (Style5) before we set off for a nice sedate drive to meet Jamie, Chris and Justin It's quick that M5.18 At the Fort
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    There's something very fishy about those two..
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    Unbelievable b*llshit quote from another diehard anti-Brexiteer, Nicola Sturgeon, referring to Trump's win: "Not the outcome I had hoped for, but the verdict of the American people must be respected" Pity the monobrowed bitch doesn't feel the same way about the two UK referendums she is trying so desperately to overturn!
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    *Trump's first day at the Oval Office after being elected President.* First briefing by the CIA, Pentagon, FBI: Trump: We must destroy ISIS immediately. No delays. CIA: We cannot do that, sir. We created them along with other similar groups. Trump: The Democrats created them. CIA: We created ISIS, sir. You need them or else you would lose funding from the natural gas lobby. Trump: Stop funding Pakistan. Let India deal with them. CIA: We can't do that. Trump: Why is that? CIA: India will cut Balochistan out of Pak. Trump: I don't care. CIA: India will have peace in Kashmir. They will stop buying our weapons. They will become a superpower. We have to fund Pakistan to keep India busy in Kashmir. Trump: But you have to destroy the Taliban. CIA: Sir, we can't do that. We created the Taliban to keep Russia in check during the 80s. Now they are keeping Pakistan busy and away from their nukes. Trump: We have to destroy terror sponsoring regimes in the Middle East. Let us start with the Saudis. Pentagon: Sir, we can't do that. We created those regimes because we wanted their oil. We can't have democracy there, otherwise their people will get that oil - and we cannot let their people own it. Trump: Then, let us invade Iran. Pentagon: We cannot do that either, sir. Trump: Why not? CIA: We are talking to them, sir. Trump: What? Why? CIA: We want our Stealth Drones back. If we attack them, Russia will obliterate us as they did to our buddy ISIS in Syria. Besides we need Iran to keep Israel in check. Trump: Then let us invade Iraq again. CIA: Sir, our friends (ISIS) are already occupying 1/3rd of Iraq. Trump: Why not the whole of Iraq? CIA: We need the Shi'ite govt of Iraq to keep ISIS in check. Trump: I am banning Muslims from entering US. FBI: We can't do that. Trump: Why not? FBI: Then our own population will become fearless. Trump: I am deporting all illegal immigrants to south of the border. Border patrol: You can't do that, sir. Trump: Why not? Border patrol: If they're gone, who will build the wall? Trump: I am banning H1B visas. USCIS: You cannot do that. Trump: Why? Chief of Staff: If you do so, we'll have to outsource White House operations to Bangalore. Which is in India. Trump (sweating profusely by now): What the hell should I do as President??? CIA: Enjoy the White House, sir! We will take care of the rest! Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
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    ^^^^ what dunc said! I to have not experienced any problems apart from not getting notifications, but who cares! Ive found a forum that suits your requirements http://www.cuntscorner.com well done to the admin and management thus far !
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    From Sunday night, I managed to capture this Also non-BMW related, other shots from the same night This is the first time I've successfully managed to photograph the Milky Way, I'm quite pleased with the results! These were taken between midnight & 2am on Sunday night, at Durdle Door in Dorset. I have a few more photos from the night, if you're interested, follow me on Instagram @dazecoop (shameless plug, hah).
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    No...its because their ways have turned their countries into shitholes so now they come here to do the same. Fucking shoot the bastards on site and be done with it.
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    Spent 8 hours yesterday cleaning, and waxing. Today has been driving and smiling!! I hope you agree she is looking lovely.....!
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    second wash in 5 days, firsy wash i spent 4 hrs on the bodywork alone (clay iron-x, detar ) paint is smooth as silk, just need to get it machined might get it done this weekend. new plates also fitted, led reg bulb, black grills, led angel eye replacement was a busy boy yesterday.
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    Lots of people thinking about the pound in their pocket and not the principles at stake; just take a second to imagine if that had happened in 1805, 1815, 1914-1918, 1939-1945 etc. I am not suggesting we are at war but I am saying there are principles of democracy, accountability and responsibility at stake - in some ways fairly similar to the same situations as pre-1805, pre-1815, pre-1914, pre-1939, and post 1946 across Eastern Europe. The cost of doing the right thing has always been heavy; it is within a few generations that people started to stand against what they saw with their eyes as non-democratic and unaccountable regimes in Europe, the kind of regime that right now have voices from within that are now calling for Countries to not be allowed to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty lest it damage their personal or business interests all for what? To adhere to the Democratic and desired wishes of their peoples within their Nation States? Surveys have concluded that a large majority of people judged their No vote on Immigration alone but a few voices have looked a little further into the machinations of the European Super State Project and had decided there are underlying principles at risk from the EU, principles that are now further at risk as the gamblers, charlatans, power-grabbers and thieves in Europe try to close the hatches down on any further dissenting democratic voices within their ranks. The vote was No. The answer may not be for Britain to leave the Europe it sees as poorly led, over-involved, self-indulgent and harbouring too big an agenda for its many massively culturally different peoples; the answer may be for Europe to once again heed the dissenting voice of Britain, the one stalwart and steady voice that in Centuries past has held grandiose European single state desires in check and gradually swept back a tide it sees as wrong and unjust; the answer may be for Europe to change and listen to the somewhat silent but always steadfast majority. Now just imagine for one second that the No voters are right and that our Country has for the Fourth Century in succession has held Europe to account......
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    Not been around for a while. Had the Touring a year now - love it completely. Not sure we'll ever part! Most work has been preventative maintenance like having the big end bearings done and a few bits tidied up. Also lowered the front on h&r springs and replaced all the chrome with black.
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    Well if all goes to plan, I'm picking up a silver 530i Sport Auto tomorrow morning - my first petrol E39 (Excuse the dull pics, it was getting dark!) I'll be the 12 owner! However, it's only got 125k miles on it, very clean indeed, especially inside there's little signs of wear. It's got four new tyres, a lot of new suspension and cooling system components and drives beautifully. Spec isn't too bad, not as good as my old 530d sadly. Prof sat nav (MK4), heated seats, a Baris upgraded amp with AUX and removable tow bar. Looking forward to burning some petrol for a change!!
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    Well, another BMW has crept into my newly enlarged garage space. I warned the missus this may happen I was browsing the web on a Sunday night last month (as you do) and a nice looking M3 saloon popped up that had just been posted up and it looked interesting. The chap was a little difficult to get hold of but when I eventually got hold of him I managed to arrange to see it during that week as it was not far from one of my company's offices. It's Cosmos black with Black leather interior #402 of the 415 3.0 saloons. He had owned it for 5 years and driven it around 300 miles, basically getting a jacking point repaired for MOT and a some paintwork done whilst there. Then going a bit mad and spending a fortune on new parts from BMW and then mothballing it, afraid something would happen to it I think. Then he bought other daily cars including an E46 M3 and now a 996 turbo which he now wants to get in the garage so finally coming to the decision he needed to move the M3 on. When I turned up he removed the covers on it and brought it out of the garage into the sunshine and it presented well, sounded alright and drove well. The interior is in nice condition apart from some screw holes for a phone and a mark on the dash. He (like alot of people it seems) did not like the wood trim so replaced it all with brand new black items. But had all the original stuff still. The list of new dealer items is quite large: Exterior: Door trims, Bumper, bumper inserts (front and rear), door handles, grilles, headlights and covers, front indicators, rear light units, side repeaters, windscreen wiper arms. Interior: Steering wheel, door handles, dash Trim, console Trim. Mechanical: Radiator, springs, shocks, wishbones, ARBs , Evo exhaust (stainless), brake discs, calipers , pads Misc: Bonnet catches, boot fittings, battery and spare wheel fixings etc Refurbed all 5 wheels with new tyres. Has complete tool kit, first aid kit etc and is nice and standard which itself seems unusual with these. Not an optionmeister either: S255 Sports leather steering wheel S401 Lift-up-and-slide-back sunroof, electric S411 Window lifts,electric,front/rear S428 Warning triangle and first aid kit S473 Armrest front S498 Headrests, rear, mechanically adjustable S554 On-board computer V with remote control S687 Radio preparation S773 Fine wood trim L812 National version Great Britain S850 Dummy-SALAPA Anyway I decided to sleep on it and changed my mind about 4 times overnight then gave him a bell and agreed a deal. I could not collect it for a few weeks so I only picked it up last week. In the museum with the E28 The sombre inside after a quick spruce of the leather (yes I know it needs a hoover!) I got the machine polisher out to detail the outside (got to get it up to standard) at the weekend and it's starting to look quite good: It drove fine on the way home, it sounds nice and pulls really well. However despite changing all those suspension parts I think it needs rear trailing arm bushes as it feels a bit wayward at the rear after driving it and the E28 hard back to back. So I will need to address that shortly, there is a metallic scraping sound which is road speed related, possibly from the brakes when it is hot at low speeds and not all the time ? It may just need some use but will have a dig around and see if I can find whats going on. Then give the underside a clean up and address anything needs doing and get someone who knows these engines to give it a once-over, it's been serviced recently but I want to be sure all is well and anything preventative that can be done is sorted before we begin this little adventure. Then clean it all up to standard try and improve it as we go along (as usual) and enjoy it
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    Well I didn't quite make the 450bhp mark, but the dyno operator thinks this is because the correction factor was off so figures should be taken with a pinch of salt. However I did make 420BHP and 810Nm which I'm still very pleased with.
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    Put both mine up for sale. Test drove a seat Leon fr tdi. Came back from the test drive and saw my e39 and thought "what the fuck am I doing!!" So she stays I think and will get some bits sorted
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    First wash in over 6 months i rekon, poor car has been really neglected since ive been renovating my house but its still going strong, and theyre still such a good looking car when they are clean!
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    Start calling a spade a spade, and acknowledge what's right under our bloody noses. Time to stop worrying about being called racist or told we are discriminating, and go out there and kick some arse.
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    We all know the protocol by now- 1. This has nothing to do with Islam. 2. The guy was a mentally ill 'lone wolf'. 3. Those who object to points 1 and 2 are racist bigots. 4. Change Facebook profile to flag of inflicted country. 5. Light some candles, hold a vigil and go on a peace march. 6. Wait for the next slaughter to happen. 7. Repeat.
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    They are all very different, and in different ways. In a straight line, the M6 will leave the M5 for dead, it's much, much faster. The M6 is also a better motorway mile muncher, not that the M5 is bad, the M6 just makes it effortless. In the twisties, there is probably not a lot in it, the M6 is heavier but has slightly wider tyres. Tech wise, the M6 is obviously better, the HUD especially is fantastic as is the surround view (although I wish there was a front camera as there is in the i8), Nav is more modern, the iDrive system has matured and is very easy to use and navigate. Practicality, the M5 probably just wins, the boot is theoretically slightly smaller, but the opening and shape are more useful. Rear head room in the M6 is slightly less, but leg room more. Comfort, not much in it. Once the M6 seats are adjusted correctly they are great. The M5 seats are very good to and with less adjustment somehow easier to get right. The DCT in the M6 is great if you're on a track or in stop start traffic, you can just be lazy and the auto part does a great job. You can get a little more involvement using manual mode, but it still doesn't have the degree of involvement that using a clutch and manual gear lever do. For manoeuvring, especially reverse hill starts the DCT and electric hand brake combination is shit, just bloody hard to control. There is so much power and the way it engages meany you have to almost instantly get the throttle pedal position just right. Not enough and you roll forwards, too much and you wheel spin backwards. Same in snow, the M5 gives much better usable traction. The steering in the M5 (especially now it's back to normal after changing the servotronic valve) gives much more feedback than the steering in the M6. It feels like there is a lot of rubber between the steering wheel and the track rods in the M6. This dampens vibrations etc. but it also limits feedback so it's relatively numb. The whole experience in the M6 is more 'remote' than the M5, if you had no speedo you could easily be doing 130 in the M6 and think it was 70. From a visibility point of view, which includes parking and placing the car accurately on a track or down a narrow lane with oncoming traffic the M5 wins hand down. Both are big cars, but the M5 feels much smaller to drive. In the M6 you're lower down, the lowest seat position on the M5 is about the same as the highest on the M6. This makes it more difficult to judge the front of the car. The A pillars are much wider in the M6, they will undoubtedly give better strength but they hamper visibility especially in conjunction with the door mirrors. The combination create a very significant blind spot looking at about 1 to 2 o'clock, just where you need to look to judge the curb. I've never curbed a wheel on the M5, in the first year of owning the M6 I curbed 3, although now I'm more used to it I've not done another since. The M1, that's a different ball game. It always feels special to drive, not because the interior is plush, it's quite austere, but because of the history of the car and the engine just behind your head. It's about as fast as the M5, probably would corner much better if you pushed it, which I haven't! It's surprisingly easy and comfortable to drive, the possible exception being the tweed like material of the seats which must be one of the best thermal insulators known to man, if it's hot, your back and bum get very warm indeed. Bottom line, they all feel epic, in their own unique way. The M6, it looks fantastic and goes like shit of a shovel, there are not many cars you're likely to come across on the roads that could live with it. But at the same time you can drive 300 miles, collect your slightly nervy mother and father-in-law and drive the 300 miles back to be home by lunch time. I did that when they planned to drive up for my sister-in-laws wedding the day before, got a phone call very early in the morning saying they had set off as planned and then lost their bottle, turned round and gone back home. Obviously they had to attend their own daughters wedding, so I just went and got them! The M5 is probably the most 'normal' car, it does everything very well, but does not excel at anything. It's fast, but not ballistic. It handles well, but would be left for dead by any number of small nimble sports cars. It does not stand out, to many people it's just an old 5 series. It's got a big boot and can seat 5 in comfort. I took my son to University for the first time in it, 5 up and all his crap in the boot, no problem at all, it would have been possible in the M6, but a bit of a squeeze for the occupant of the middle rear seat. The M1, it's a bloody M1! Every time you go out in it you get looks. Almost every time you fill up at the petrol station someone wants to talk about it, "You don't see many of those about". But I'd really not want to use it as my daily driver. It's the oldest. It has the most character. It needs respect as it has no power steering, no ABS, no traction control, no air bags, no seat belt tensioners. It's raw, but surprisingly civilised, drive from North Yorkshire to Munich, about 1000 miles, in two days, no problem.
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    I once paid a £60 speeding fine in 29p cheques (my train of thought was at the time it cost c30p to bank a cheque), the guy @ the bank thought it was hilarious when I told him why I needed to order extra books. Set up my old canon printer and fed them, signed them and posted the lot in a jiffy bag all mixed up back to front and upside down. The bastards cashed every one.
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    I had the same experience on the M1 in heavy rain a few years back. Absolutely chucking it down and the prat behind me with no lights on keeps flashing me for road, I've nowhere to go because the nearside land is nose to tail HGVs, but dickwad keeps flashing. Eventually a space opens up and I move over, he speeds past me, horn blaring and middle finger extended, straight up the tail of the black 3 series in front, he gets about 5 feet off their backside and starts his flashing again, they replied with their own flashing, a bright red "Police Stop" sign and escorted him to the side of the motorway!
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    Yeah I know I said the merc wouldn't be a long termer but 2 months!!!!!???? It was a great car for space, pace and equipment but such a complicated car that I feared financial ruination should anything go wrong so while everything was working alright I figured I should get out while the going was good. Sadly I've not made it into a 5er but have finally got an M..........M3 to be precise. I've gone for an E36 which is in great shape for a nearly 20 year old car. 2 owners, the last being a mature lady who bought it in 2001 and has had it maintained properly by dealers until 2011 and then a specialist ever since. I've got a folder stuffed full of receipts, old mot's and all the receipts for the tyres she's had fitted over the years, all premium brands. It's such a lovely original thing and has the full tool kit and unused first aid box still. Also just had the vanos rebuilt and air con recharged. It drives like a new car but does have a few cosmetic things like a broken fog light and a faded boot badge to sort. Also the bolster on the drivers seat base has a little hole in it which I'll get sorted somehow. The leather feels different to all the other bimmers I've had so not sure what it is. Anyway, here's some pictures. Flame proof suit donned so let me have it!!!!
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    Hey JohnH - steady on there. Since we lost Donut to a tragic accident earlier this year, the lads have done their best to keep this forum running, and have done well. Everything connected with the site was in Donut's name - a lot still is - so sorting things will take time. Time which is being given by busy people, free of charge. The least we can do is show a bit of gratitude and support. I'm going to be honest here mate - I think an apology is due.
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    Been a long while since i been on the forums but heres my car and its come a very long way.
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    In principle yes, but he was born in the UK, so we need to start a new Australia for these wankers. 10 years is a start, but it doesn't feel like enough. All these extremist scumbags need removing from society, and preferably isolating so they can't spread their hate.
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    Straight onto playing the racist card again; what Karl asked is the 'elephant in the room' question that needs to be addressed, not ignored, and is perhaps the largest issue affecting Western Culture and Muslim faith at their attempts at integration. Popping out your 'it's racist' card at every opportunity won't get a dialogue going, it will drive everyone away from a fundemental question regarding two seemingly different cultures; one that says it observes all round equality, religious tolerance and freedom of speech and another that can't agree on a widely accepted version of it's good book, has written-in sexual in-equality, written-in religous intolerance and will not accept freedom of speech especially where it's deity is involved.
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    I'm not sure how we 'are an absolute laughing stock'? We have sent a clear message about our dissatisfaction regarding our continued membership of an Organisation that for decades now has remained unaccountable, irresponsible and undemocratic - that message hasn't just affected the pound or UK markets, it has affected the currency and investment markets of any country that has any currency or investment with the EU because all of a sudden there are serious questions about the EU and it's direction, the continued membership of the other European States in the EU and the most importantly, the direction and way in which the EU makes its decisions. Stop thinking about the pound in your pocket and think about why people voted leave because I'm very sure your '90% of people who voted leave did do so because of immigration' comment is very wide of the mark unless you can point to clear evidence or sources confirming this. I didn't vote leave because of immigration and neither did dozens of other people who I spoke to who voted leave as well; I posted 10 reasons in advance of the vote why I was voting leave and none of them was to do with immigration. To hang immigration as a placard on the leave vote is exactly the same as hanging a terrorist placard against the Islamic faith so open your eyes and ears and listen to the real reasons why people voted out. Think of principles of democracy, think of accountability, think of your countries own culture and self-determination, think of other European countries cultures, think about widespread corruption, think about the continuing failure of the Euro currency, think about not having control over your own military or borders, think about all the millions of people in Greece, Portugal, Ireland and other European States who were bankrupted by the Eurozone, think about the next European countries who inevitably will be too, think about who benefits from the chaos that the EU super-state project is causing, think about who suffers from it, think about your voice in all this, think about your friends and families voices in all this, think about your countries voice in all this? Throughout history there has always been a cost and price for standing up for principles and for what you believe is right - perhaps it is now time for Britain to once again have to make that stand? Before this referendum Britains voice was once again being ignored by European powers who un-accountably and un-democratically think they know best; the British public with their longer history of democracy and centuries long history of European experience once again stood up and said, no thank you, we don't think this is right. And once again instead of being ignored and cast aside the world, it's Politicians, it's Leaders and its People's have stopped for a second and wondered if we are right. The world markets and currencies haven't been shocked and stunned in case we are in the wrong and the EU will stay as it is and rumble on regardless of tiny little britain, they have been shocked and stunned because there is a very strong suspicion that Great Britain is once again right about Europe and right about the EU having to change its course and its ways.
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    Took her to the Thirlstane Classic car show yesterday with BMWCC
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    I don't know the identity of this bunch but one thing that irks most about the Manchester terrorist is the uk took his parents in as refuges, we gave them and particularly him all the advantages of being a uk born citizen and yet he still saw fit to attack our way of life. If the flawed but tolerant uk is not to your taste feel free to fnuk fnar off to somewhere your beliefs are supported Afghanistan under the taliban maybe or Syria perhaps. Just saying. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Me trying to be artistic with a phone... lol They look so different under warm light. Sp hard to capture though. Cant wait to slap em on
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    I noticed some slight bubbling above my rear number plate. I took it into the dealership to submit a warranty claim. The claim was accepted, I got a call last week to say that they stripped back the bubbling area and couldn't find how it had started as the paint had not been penetrated. Anyway they decided to replace the whole boot lid with a brand new one just in case I have any issues in the future. I picked up the car tonight. Obviously they replace with new badges as well. Happy with that result.
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    Well it was a month yesterday since I machine polished my 39, on which day the gearbox oil cooler decided to empty its contents on the floor! Having struggled to find a new cooler I'm now all sorted. £85 for the cooler, filter I was supplied was the wrong one so ended up at ECP yesterday afternoon in desperation as I had vowed never to use them again. After three attempts they gave me the right one [emoji12] Aside from a little sludge the oil pan was clean, no metal filings which was good news. So now I have a new cooler, filter, fresh fluid and new coolant - and an E39 outside my house for the first time in a month. It's just a shame it needs cleaning again [emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk