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  1. Most of my posts concern the E39 I had many moons ago so I am certainly not going to spend my life trying to put back all the photos but it's certainly a PITA that photobucket has made this decision. So many photos of blue E39 Tourings wearing different rims, many badly photoshopped by me, never to see the light of day again
  2. Gratz. I did the same thing myself just over a month ago. Takes a while but I feel I now either know how to do something or don't care about it. Oh, not true as I was washing it today and had to come inside to find a YouTube video on how to park the wipers vertically!
  3. I'm not a fan of lights making their own decisions. As the car has nice DRLs for daytime, I just leave mine off and turn on headlights when I want them. I love auto wipers though!
  4. Mine is also a No (May 2015, Pro Nav).
  5. When I had a wheel in the E91, I used one of these (although I got it on sale for half the price) and a jack pad: I'm considering one of those puncture repair kits for my F11. Not so much for local punctures but if I was abroad, on a weekend, in the middle of nowhere ... it would be worth repairing it till I got back to the UK. If I do, I'll just carry this jack and pad again. Even 1 tonne should be enough but I'd try to jack enough to only raise one wheel. And stay well clear!
  6. I calculate one side because, typically, the jack takes a lot of weight off the other wheel and can even lift it if you wind a bit further. Although I carried a space saver in the E91, I am keeping my new F11 on RFTs. Permission to buy the car came with one caveat: "Only if you stop carrying that stupid wheel in the boot" So, look out for a grey F11, with a flat RFT, driving unbelievable carefully to try and stop it shredding before getting home .....
  7. Ha lol! It's a 2015 model with 15,000 miles on so probably fully loosened up by now. I'll never see that elusive extra 0.5mpg! After 1500 miles, my average is about 42mpg. Mostly long trips to Cornwall, up and down all those hills on the A30, 4 up with luggage and some traffic. I did that trip a few times in the E91 and know it tends to hit the economy. Trips by myself on flatter motorways tend to see 45-47mpg as long are speeds are legal. Any slight additional speed results in a swift dump of economy, even though the accelerator is only down what feels like 1cm or less. Given up on Eco Pro. Difference barely seems worthwhile. Sometimes I will switch it on a quiet motorway, some distance from the exit junction ... big barge will coast forever! As my wife pointed out, it's a great car that the whole family likes so no sweat. But it is not good of BMW to advertise the new engine is better than the old yet owners 'upgrading' engine get a drop in economy. Real world versus carefully orchestrated lies I guess.
  8. Thanks. Photo has Falmouth docks in the background. We stopped to take a look and I thought "hang on, those guys are pestering me for a photo ..." If I was good with photoshop, I could have removed the dust from the front wheels! Done about 1500 miles now and still chuffed with it. It's done some long trips with the massive boot packed to the roof and 4 people on board. The stuff simply could not have fitted the E91. Reports from the back seat have been positive. Main complaint? I keep carrying people in it who won't let me play my music anti socially!
  9. I think I am a recovered wheelaholic now
  10. Ah, the famed TKHMs! I saw a set on an E39 yesterday. Who can remember what TKHM stands for, without resorting to search function?
  11. I have gone for ringing home, navigating home, trip computer, sound settings and tyre pressures on mine so need to think of 3 more. I see people have stored various split screen settings and that seems an excellent candidate for my 3 vacant slots.
  12. Oh heck. Just seen I started this post in 2015 saying I won't buy an F11 as no spare. Now I have bought an F11 with no spare. What am I like?
  13. OK, To appease those needing a photo, I took one yesterday! It's dirty but there will be no time to wash it for a while. I've done about 1100 miles in the 520d now and am still very pleased with my purchase. Pros: Ride/handling compromise well judged (standard dampers) Quick enough Comfort Space Refinement Feel good factor High kit levels Black panel dash - love this to death Pro Nav/iDrive/Media system - easy to use. Full control of iphone inc. Siri 8 speed box very seamless in operation. I'm keen on using paddles but there really is almost no point - just the odd manual override occasionally. 40mph/1000rpm is great as I am mainly on motorways. OK: HK audio. It's very nice and a step above what I had before (standard audio with Alpine speaker/amp upgrade). I am happy with it but somehow expected a bit more. I've ended up with a flat graphic equaliser apart from a little extra at top and bottom and Logic 7 turned off. Think I'd give it 8/10. Cons: Not as economic as I had thought ... about 10% under what I expected which is no big deal.
  14. Sorry guys, as soon as I bought it we headed off on hols. Got back, washed it, drove off to friends and it rained. Now it's filthy again. I need to get my act in gear to photo it next time I wash it. That said, you all know what a standard F11 M sport in grey with 19's and black glass looks like I am delighted with the car apart from the fact it does the opposite of shrinking around you Oh, and it's not as economic as they lie promise.
  15. So, to follow my post above - no I don't get close to 50mpg My first tank gave 41mpg. Most of this was 4 up long trips at 'typical' motorway speeds, carrying luggage, getting stuck in the narrow streets of ST. Ives etc. so i thought not too bad. Yesterday, I did the regular trip that I do every week: 75 miles to include one town centre, some lanes and mostly motorway and only me in the car. Typically, my 3.0 petrol 3 series would have given 36mpg on the trip and this 2.0 diesel only went to 44mpg. On the way home, I did 65mph all the way and played around setting up the HK and playing with iDrive. I used Eco Pro and took off cruise for the downhill bits. It did 53.5mpg but, come on, I would never normally drive like this! I bought the car for it's size, comfort and kit. Economy at my low annual mileage is no concern. But, nevertheless, I thought it would do better than this. It's an F11 M with 19s. I'll change my sig to a Fuelly link so we'll see how it goes over the next few months.(sorry - preferred a photo!)