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  1. I'd like an F11 but a recent 3 hour wait for a recovery truck because of a split tyre (OK, so I removed the RFTs ) made me decide my replacement car had to have a spare wheel. I keep looking at things like the Passat but, perhaps understandably, am not that excited at the prospect. Well, apart from the boot; the E91 just isn't big enough for me. I know you can buy a spacesaver/repair kit and lash it to the boot floor. However, I want another car to get a bigger boot with more floor area so a space saver strapped there is pointless. I wondered if anybody carried one, whether there is anything that can be done under the boot floor, whether one can be carried vertically on the side of the boot etc.
  2. 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 .....
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. Over 6 years ago, I bought my 2007 325i. It has been a great car giving me 34mpg from the 3.0 silky smooth petrol motor whilst being very comfortable and pleasant to drive. Irritations were the horrific stereo and useless headlights. I solved the former with the BMW Alpine II kit (tweeter, new front speakers and boot mounted amp) and sort of the latter with "+130%" bulbs. Oh, and there was no bluetooth so I added a Kinivo BT455 to give BT phone and steaming audio that works seamlessly. Other than removing the run flats, the car has remained standard. However, I was without it for some time earlier this year when it started to misfire and bring on the engine light. It had visits for HP fuel pump, coil packs, bits I can't remember and a new ECU before it was cured! Still under full BMW warranty but a hassle. It will be 10 next month so I decided to change it for something newer, with more kit and a bigger boot. I have the Yellow Peril in the garage for fun on the right roads so decided not to worry about straight line urge. My usual motoring is 90% motorway and very rarely does anything fun happen! I've now done a deal on an F11 520d M Sport Touring with the later 190hp engine. Comes with the M Sport Plus pack (19s, dark glass and Harman Kardon), Pro Media/Nav and folding/dipping mirrors. I didn't really want 19s, even though they look nice but I really wanted HK audio and it tends to only appear on cars with the M Sport Plus package. I test drove it yesterday and was very pleased with the ride. I genuinely expected it to be choppy but it is similar to my 325i on 17" rims, SE suspension and non-RFT. The Goodyear Exellence RFTs are very quiet and smooth and will undoubtedly be bought again as replacements despite their huge cost. Of course, the music was top notch and the car felt very refined and grown up. I was pleased that the 4 pot was smooth sounding and that it had enough urge when needed. I mean 'enough' and not 'loads' but it is absolutely fine for it's intended role. That 8 speed auto is fantastic and I can't imagine I will use the paddles. I really like the ambience of the whole car and that big boot will be so handy. Downside is simply that it's a big car. Won't affect me much but my other choice was a Golf GTD estate which has a bigger boot, proper spare wheel and yet is no bigger than an E91. I'll probably grumble occasionally on narrow lanes ..... I pick it up later in the week then pictures will follow. I still enjoy driving the 325i but am looking forward to the change. Am I getting old? My BMW engine capacities and power outputs have dropped each time I buy one ....
  6. I think I am a recovered wheelaholic now
  7. Ah, the famed TKHMs! I saw a set on an E39 yesterday. Who can remember what TKHM stands for, without resorting to search function?
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!)
  13. First off, this is an idea I've unashamedly ripped off from We appear to have some fantastic photographers on the site and so I feel this will be a great thread. The rules are simple: 1) You must have taken the pic 2) Max 800X600 3) Nothing too rude - saucy OK. I'll be pleased to look at any rude pics if you want a decision making first 4) Any subject except the 5 series I'll kick off with a picture taken going onto the East runway of London City in 2004. I've let photobucket reduce it so fingers crossed re the quality. Note the steepness of the approach (a 5.5 degree glideslope, the usual is 3.0 degrees). It was fun ... good old days
  14. No, I am being thick and being caught out by repeating lyrics. It turns out it pauses the phone music as well! I am very pleased how well this car integrates with the iphone. For podcasts I use Downcast. Would I get even more control in the car if I used Apple's podcast app?
  15. Proud new owner of an F11 520d M Sport Touring 2015 with Pro Nav. I brought it home yesterday evening and had a play with the idrive. Most is fairly easy but here is my issue: Let's say I am playing a song from my iPhone via BT streaming. There it is on the display, along with album art. Now, I want to pause the track for a while then play again. Sounds easy but I cannot fathom the simple action of play/pause! I know I can push the volume button to mute but muting isn't pausing.
  16. Hey there! Yes, that ride is one I won't forget Hope you're well.
  17. Jim's right for CD etc. but the phone seems to carry on, like JDR says. I think I will just get all the music I want onto the HDD and save the phone just for podcasts. Just spent a long time in the drive and am slowly getting there! Loving lots of the features.
  18. As a new owner who thought home phone number and address saving was smart, I had no idea you could do all that. I'm off to the drive to have a play!
  19. So, I've picked it up and done all of 10 miles. Really like the car but it feels H U G E when I come to park it! Still have more to work out on the idrive etc. It corners better than my E91, despite it's size. I guess that's M suspension plus 5 less on the tyre profile. The best bit is how skinny RFTs and M suspension rides almost as well as the E91's 45 profile non-RFTs and SE suspension. I think it is harder when it hits a nasty bump and similar everywhere else. Loving the HK but will probably use a music tech relative to set up the EQ! Anybody know what wheels would suit it best?
  20. I foresee very little take up of this offer. IMHO it's more of a marketing exercise.
  21. Here are Fuelly's user contributed figures for the 520d over the years: These don't show a downward trend with the later engine. I have just bought a 520d B47, to be collected next week. I am expecting to get close to 50mpg from the car but that's because it will do mostly motorway work. Click my Fuelly link below and see what economy I get out my current 3.0 petrol thanks to the trips I do - pretty good eh? No effort is made to save fuel ... car just likes motorways.
  22. I bought the smallest Nilfisk a couple of years ago and am very pleased with it. I paid all of £55 as it was being replaced with a pretty well identical version. I also bought the Autobrite foam lance. I use the pressure washer to loosen dirt, do the wheel arches, apply foam and rinse all stages. I cleaned our back patio with it recently using nothing but the most powerful jet. I ran it for hours and it is still OK - most impressive. I always run it with mains water disconnected to clear most of it out then remove the hose and empty that. If I ever break the hose, I will buy a longer one as 8m is only just enough.
  23. Yeah, got it a few years ago. I knew the car for 6 years before that so when I heard it was going to be advertised I generously offered to buy it and save the advert fee! I'm nice like that
  24. Hey Duncan 2005 Elise 111R. Standard apart from a suitably loud exhaust added by yours truly. You should hear it when the cam change happens and it goes to warp between 6000 and 8500rpm