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    F10 M5, 1968 Ford Cortina 1600e, Lotus Carlton
  1. Some tw*t has nicked me car....

    Glad it seems to have resolved itself and a pretty scary few hours. As an aside I have the BMW app on my phone which has a handy "locate the car" feature.
  2. Choosing an E60 M5

    As others have said, the E60 M5 is not inherently unreliable, but it has the ability to suck the cash out of your wallet if it does go wrong. Personally I wouldn't buy one without a full BMW AUC warranty, but I appreciate this is now more and more difficult to do. If I couldn't do that then the comment you make "These tend to have reasonable to good history, " would worry me, I would recommend only buying one with a 100% full and complete history and then speak to the last BMW to service the car to ask about it. If you can find a reasonable example then they are a hoot to own.
  3. Real M5 ownership costs?

    And to put the 12mpg into context, my current F10 M5 CP is averaging 24mpg doing exactly the same job as the E60.
  4. Real M5 ownership costs?

    A number of reasons; - It felt like sitting in any other 3 series - No real sense of occasion when driving in the real world, I am sure if I drove like the Stig on a race track it might come alive, but I don't All in all, it was so competent that it made it feel boring as an everyday car. I never wanted to look back at it when I parked it and walked away. S
  5. Real M5 ownership costs?

    I also owned an e92 M3 which I only kept 3 months as it was one of the most boring cars I have ever owned..... Horses for courses i suppose
  6. Real M5 ownership costs?

    There is a great buying guide on Pistonheads, written by a guy called Eddie who really knows his stuff, I would suggest starting there. https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&f=181&t=1076816 Beyond that I have run 2 e60 M5s and I would NOT buy one without a full BMW AUC warranty. They are super complicated and the cost of any repair of anything significant can quickly before eye watering. They are not inherently unreliable, it is just that when things go wrong it can be expensive. Other running costs to think about, oil, mine used a litre every 1500 miles or so which is normal. Fuel, I averaged 12 miles per gallon in both, and the tank is quite small so you will end up stopping for fuel a lot, this is a real pain. Road tax is at the top end. Tyres wear is directly linked to how you drive it, but are expensive. S
  7. Choice dilemma. ... E39 or E60

    I have owned both, 2 x e60 M5s with around 30k miles in each and then an e39 m5 for another 15k miles as a stop gap deciding what to buy next after getting bored in a Porsche. I now run an F10 LCI M5 CP. Case for the e60: Make no mistake about it, the e60 is miles ahead of the e39 in every measurable way, it is better built, more toys, accelerates faster, brakes harder, turns better and so on. It has a screaming engine and so many settings it really is possible to set it up to your own personal taste. Don't forget that the e39 is 20 years old plus and hopping from one into the e60 this age gap will show. Case for the e39: A proper manual gearbox, timeless looks, comfortable and has enough toys to make it a pleasant environment to be in. The car also feels much smaller than the e60 and the way it builds speed is deceptive. It is also cheap (relatively) to maintain, parts are available and you can still get BMW to look after it. Running costs, I averaged 12 mpg in both e60's and 19 in the e39. Tyre/brake wear seemed about the same. Servicing was cheaper for the e39, but I had a full auc warranty on both e60's which meant any repairs/fixes didn't really cost me anything.The e60 used about 1 litre of oil every 1500 miles or so, very little oil use of the e39. Problems; nothing on the e39 other than wear and tear. 1st e60 needed a lot of work on the fuel gauge/sender/lines which cost the warranty company almost £3k. Nothing of note on the second e60. Driving experience; I do not drive like the stig and normal driving to work and back and there is little to choose, but then I think a 530d of either variety would be the same. The real difference was when wanting more... the e39 just drives faster and remains refined, the e60.... well press the M button, unleash 507bhp and scream it round to the 8.5k rev limit and there is nothing else like it, it sounds like an f1 car and goes like it. The manual gearbox in the e39 is sweet, the SMG in the e60 is absolute rubbish in full auto but really suits the car when pressing on in flappy paddle mode. Don't believe what you read about them being bad, I would agree it isn't as good as the DCT in my current f10, but it can be driven smoothly, it just takes time to learn how to. If it were my money I would take the e60 m5 over the e39 m5 every single day of the week. The only proviso, and it is a big one, I wouldn't touch an e60 M5 without a full BMW AUC warranty. I would (and did) run the e39 without that safety net without worry. Having said all of that, the f10 knocks both into a cocked hat, you really cant beat progress.
  8. Second car / classic BMW - who do you insure with?

    I use A Plan for both of my classics. Both have agreed values and limited to 5k miles pa each.
  9. 2018 BMW M5 Officially Arrives with 600 HP and AWD

    I really like the look of it, and am waiting for one to be available to test drive and check it out properly. I am interested to see how much of a step it is from my current F10 M5, which in itself is a massive step from the previous generations. The real issue with the F10 is that you can end up at daft speed without really trying or indeed noticing, and I suspect the new one is more of the same. Can you use all of the performance on the roads? No way. Is it good knowing you have it anyway? Oh yes!
  10. Drivetrain shake!

    Rear wheel balance weight fallen off.
  11. Another future classic ruined by a Barry!

    Agreed. The pic is of my LC which is why it looks used rather than a show queen.
  12. Another future classic ruined by a Barry!

    And to contrast, this is what a real Lotus Carlton engine looks like.....
  13. Some more of my old tat....

    Link doesn't work for me either, takes me to an Ebay holding page which says something went wrong.
  14. 135k miles and track use?

    How much would it cost to have them replaced as a precaution rather than drive around worrying it could go pop at any moment?