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  1. Retset

    What are you listening to?

    Rews. They are a two girl rock group with some similarities to Halestorm. I have seen them supporting Halestorm and, recently, at a small gig at a pub in Bristol. They are lovely girls (I am not just talking physically, although they are very pretty) and do such an energetic live performance of what is best described at 'feel good rock music' that I cannot fathom why they aren't much bigger.
  2. Retset

    What are you listening to?

    Something different from me. I know I mainly post metal but I am getting back into Blues Rock stuff as well at the moment. Going to see The Kris Barras Band in Bristol early next year. They have only two albums out so far but both are corkers if you like this sort of music.
  3. Retset

    The ONE bucket wash!!!

    CarPro Ech02, which I use, is pretty much the same stuff as ONR. I don't know if it saves water or not but, for me, the main thing is how quick it is to drag out the hose and make up about 5l of wash solution, rather than 2 massive buckets and a pressure washer to connect up. Also, rinse water can look pretty dirty after a while so I truly believe there is less dirt in the hose rinsed short pile mitt than there is in my long pile mitt whooshed round in dirty water! Having tried this method a few times, I am converted. If the car is minging and needs foaming first, I connect up the PW, do all the good foam stuff, put away the PW, click on my Hozelock multispray, fill my small bucket and do the one bucket wash. Of course, there are other one bucket methods like the Gary Deane one - he puts a number of MF cloths in the soapy bucket. Then, each cloth comes out and is used only once on each facing and is then put aside to be washed. I get the concept but it needs a whole load of cloths and washing machine time. One big bucket is not wasted as it neatly holds all the wheel products, mitts and brushes. The other holds some regularly used bottles like Reload. The grit guards are handy as they save me reaching too far into the buckets
  4. Retset

    Not receiving Forum email notifications

    Suddenly, I am getting them, including a few back dated ones! Thanks for the work on fixing them.
  5. Retset

    My new car!

    Something nice like PS4. 225/40 R18 is a popular size and it's usually possible to find a selection of premium tyres as a 4 set on Black Circles for about £400. In contrast, the RFT 235/40 R19's on my 520d were over £200 a corner. IKR! I only have 1200 miles on it so far but still happy with the choice. As well as the oomph, it's ability to drive gently, surfing the 520d equalling torque is also appreciated, especially by the family!
  6. Retset

    My new car!

    It's pretty sleepy round here sanjx and it doesn't have keyless to be hacked remotely so I am not too worried. I think if I was regularly going to big, smoky cities I might be a bit more concerned. I am at the unenviable age where car insurance is cheap but I have to say my mouth fell open when I found this is over £40 a year cheaper than my lesser value F11 520d! Road tax is £20 more so you can see just how sensible I have been
  7. Retset

    OBD II to ethernet cable - SOLD

    I've apologised to both the fine people above but I fell foul of the no forum notifications and haven't been on for a while. Sold to Andrew.
  8. Retset

    My new car!

    Apologies but it's taken me a while to get round to putting on a couple of photos of my 520d replacement; a Golf R estate. I remember vividly reading an article in a car magazine (EVO I guess), a few years ago and seeing the Golf R (which would have been too small in the boot for us) was now coming out as an estate. I was very excited and told everybody who would listen (so almost nobody) that this would be my next car. Of course, it wasn't and I bought a 520d Touring which, in fairness to it, was a very nice car indeed. However, the rear tyres spontaneously exploded (I must post about this) and it was inconveniently large so I went back to plan A and looked for a Golf R estate. Somehow, I kept adding to a budget I barely had and ended up with an 8 mile pre-reg. Bog standard apart from the lovely Lapiz paint. Over the BMW, I gain a huge amount of performance, 4WD, CarPlay and a spare wheel. I lose the powered tailgate, semi keyless and the H&K. The latter is noticeable on the motorway so I will probably get the Helix stereo upgrade which is subs, amp and DSP under the boot floor that plugs into the original stereo wiring loom. Boot/passenger room, comfort etc. all very similar to the F11 but it's almost exactly the same size as my previous E91. Needless to say, I really like the car a lot. It's performance is mega in a slightly turbo lagged massive mid range shove sort of way. It may share the 0-60 in 4.8 of my Elise but the Elise does it in a more high revving NA way. It's a luxury indeed to have two cars that go about the same numbers in totally different ways. Having given both some fast drives in the last week, I do think the Elise is the better driver's car but the Golf does very well for something that has 4 seats, creature comforts and a massive boot! I am a fan of the fast changes of the 7 speed DSG. Like any DSG, you have to make sure the gearbox knows what you are likely to want so that's it's pre-selected but, assuming you do, there is a really fast change and, depending on mode switches and level of commitment, maybe a fart from the exhaust! Nothing I want to change apart from maybe the stereo upgrade. The 18's are staying as they give a good ride/handling compromise (much like the F11 on M suspension and 19s) and a new set of premium tyres is 'only' £400.
  9. Retset

    What are you listening to?

    I've mainly been listening to Within Temptation today as I realised I haven't played them much recently and am seeing them in Brum next month. Got a nice metal winter set up for concerts with WT and Nightwish being the big two plus a few less well known bands in small venues. Saw Halestorm a week ago and they were epic so putting a video of theirs here as well.
  10. This one: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Goldplay-Ethernet-interface-coding-Compaitble/dp/B07DWPQZC7/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1538915964&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=ENET+ESYS+OBDII+F-Series+Coding+OBD2+i3+i8+Fxx+E-Sys+3.28.1+RJ45+by+ROYALTEC Used to code my car; works great. £7 paypal to include postage. PM if interested.
  11. Retset

    Looks like I will be selling the 5 :o

    I'll try and sort some pics guys but, yes, it is quick I miss a few things from the BMW but I get 5 series space in 3 series size with a spare wheel. Main change is the 'who's in charge?' philosophy where it tells me I should switch on my headlights or slows me down with the active cruise, about half a second before I would have pulled out. I love it, despite that. I have the engine noise set to Race most of the time (some real noises and some false ones) but this is only because I haven't grown up,
  12. I emptied out everything, reset the 8 quick access buttons, unbound the bluetooth, deleted all the the music from the hard drive and removed all the sat nav destinations Last drive tomorrow to trade her in and pick up the new car. I feel a bit sad as it's a great car and I really wanted to sell it privately to some nice person who would baby the ceramic coating etc. But they offered me top dollar in px and suddenly this plan wafted away! I think I just have Connected Drive to kill but I'll make sure the new car is OK before taking this step ...
  13. Retset

    Looks like I will be selling the 5 :o

    I've done it Lennox, albeit heart won over head ... I collect my pre-reg R estate tomorrow
  14. Retset

    Winter tyres - it's that time of year!

    On the E91, I had a set of Hankook i-cept (think that's spelt right). Budget tyres but they were always very reassuring. Till I left them on into mid March and did two accidental powerslides on the same evening when it suddenly went very mild (15C)! Having had so little use out of my winter tyres (living in the SW, the temps often barely went below 6C for many winters in a row), I decided not to get any for my F11 so, of course, it snowed many times! Not sure yet what to do for this winter.
  15. Retset

    Not receiving Forum email notifications

    I'm not getting any either.