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RichardP last won the day on October 4

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About RichardP

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    North Yorkshire


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    E39 M5, F06 M6 Gran Coupe, E26
  1. 550i vs M6

    As above, you should be comparing M5 with M6 (or M6 GC) or the 550i with a 650i if you can find one. So your M or not M and then Saloon or Coupe (2 or 4 door). If you can get an M then they are a significant step up in performance, but is that usable for you in how and where you drive? The 5 Series is more practical without a doubt and will be a bit cheaper to buy, the 6 is better looking (IMO) and has a rarity value. If you ever need to transport 5 people for any distance then get the 5. If you ever need to transport more than 2 for any distance, don't get the 6 Coupe. The 6 is a big car and it feels big to manoever, it is wide and long, so consider parking space size. Surround view helps a lot but it will still take you time to judge the car in tight spaces, the combination of the A pillar and wing mirrors gives you a blind spot just where you expect to see approaching curbs etc. So if you do a lot of town or have to park in 'normal' sized spaces, driving the 5 may be a better bet.
  2. My M6 Gran Coupe Thread

    Final payment made yesterday. Even the lowball valuation from the dealers based on a cash purchase was higher than the payment so the car is finally now all mine! MOT passed without any issues as expected too.
  3. The story of E39 M5 AK03 DJJ (so far)

    15 years today since she rolled off the production line.
  4. That's it for petrol....

    There are many things/technologies that just become obsolete. At first the replacements are niche and don't work quite as well as the thing they are replacing. But they are developed and eventually people look back and realise how much better the new things are. It wasn't much more than 100 years ago that everyone used horses for transport, the steam engine replaced some on farms and long distance transport by rail, then the internal combustion engine replaced most of them them in quite a short time frame. Who still has a CRT monitor or TV? LCD killed that technology off very quickly. Sure, early LCDs were crap, tiny monochrome things on the early laptops, then tiny colour screens, but now you can have stuff that a CRT could never do. Again, how many people use film cameras, the CCD and CMOS sensors made it almost obsolete except for very specialised applications. There are many more instances of the same phenomena. It WILL be the same with cars, the ICE is just at the start of the replacement curve, it will start to accelerate rapidly until they are museum pieces, probably well within 20 years.
  5. Voice command problems

    I don't have problem with standard commands, but it's interpretation of my phone book is awful! If I say "Call Home" it will all sorts of shit that's nothing like 'Home'. I kind you not, the most popular replay to "Call Home" is "Did you mean the Cleveland Up and Over Door Company?" To get it to recognise 'Home' you have to say 'Hume', then it says "Did you mean Home?". wtf.
  6. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Passed MOT, no advisories, no messing about heating the cats now it's back to stock. Yay! Slight leak on at least one of the PAS hoses. Boo. Slight leak on one of the oil scavenge pumps, probably a split O ring. Boo.
  7. German Environmental Zones

    I investigated this a bit when I went to Munich last September. If your car is petrol and fitted with a catalytic converter then you should get a green sticker. If your car is a Diesel then it depends on which emission standard your car was built to, this is the main target of the sticker system, to get dirty diesels out of the city centres. For Euro I or pre Euro I you get no sticker (can't enter any zones), Euro II get a red sticker, Euro III a Yellow Sticker and Euro IV (from 2006) a Green sticker. If you have an older car and it's a classic and in good condition (definition was impossible to find, but basically a significant vehicle in preservation condition) then you don;t get a sticker but are allowed within the zones. You can get them from TUV for €15 + VAT and postage https://www.tuev-sued.de/auto_fahrzeuge/feinstaub-plakette/feinstaubplakette_ausland/england You need your registration certificate that gives the emissions information. You can also get them from a TUV SUD service centre for €6. While I was there, I saw no evidence of any checking whatsoever, but I guess the sticker may be designed in such a way that some sort of CCTV system can pick it up. If you are eligible for a Green sticker, I'd get it just for peace of mind. There is also a similar system now in operation in France, currently I think there are only 4 cities that have implemented them, but there will be more and I suspect the French may impose them more rigorously, especially on British vehicles!! You can get them from the Air Quality Certificate Service https://www.certificat-air.gouv.fr/en more info from the RAC at https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motoring-news/law-change-for-uk-drivers-in-french-cities/
  8. That's it for petrol....

    At 50 mph and 20 C the model S 100D has a theoretical range of 468 miles, but this comes down rapidly with speed. So, in the winter, 10 C, heating on and 70 mph it's down to 297 miles. For, lets say, 'normal' motorway cruising it's going to be less than 250 miles. Don't be too quick to knock the charging time of a Tesla. They are designed so the battery can be quickly replaced, they did a video where they swapped over 2 and started a 3rd in the time taken to fill up an Audio A8 I think. So, if the infrastructure was in place to swap batteries, which it may well be in 20 years time, it could be quicker to do a battery swap than fill up your car with dino juice. https://www.tesla.com/en_GB/videos/battery-swap-event
  9. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Yeah, it's the windscreen, not a bird poo on the front seat!
  10. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Big stone, or maybe even lump of metal. Fortunately just the windscreen, could have made quite a mess of the bonnet.
  11. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Arse Being replaced right now and covered by insurance.
  12. BMW Classic shop online -> Whens it reopening?

    I get the same, so it's not possible to order anything.
  13. e39 Alcantara

    The only Alcantara seat option for the E39 I know of was the M-Texture version for the M5. There was cloth available P/N 51 92 2 695 325 for plain and 51 92 2 689 028 for M-Texture, I think both are NLA, but you'd probably be better getting a vehicle trimmer to make some seat covers using the originals as a pattern.
  14. e61 M5

    I've bought this old BMW, they hardly ever come up for sale so took advantage of the opportunity, needs a bit of work so it won't be home for about six months... That was 6 months after buying it!