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  1. gbrownings

    Never expected to see this.....!

    Agreed. I used drive quite a lot in France (wine tasting/buying). Showing my age here but at the time had a Renault Turbo 21 (great car for its day). The only problem I found was if you were doing 80mph you soon had some idiot up your bumper flashing their lights! Fortunately the Renault was very capable of leaving them trailing if I wanted. Just like the M5.
  2. gbrownings

    Never expected to see this.....!

    That's quite a journey in one day. I think my longest was Ivybridge in Devon to North Berwick in Scotland which is around 500 miles. The rarely-used seat massage option was utilised!
  3. gbrownings

    Never expected to see this.....!

    - wow. I hope you have/had the comfort seat option!
  4. gbrownings

    Never expected to see this.....!

    Thanks. I am impressed by the mileage. How many of those did you do? I will be pushing up daisies long before mine reaches that number, given the number of miles I drive a year! When I don't drive it for three or four days, I think: "Sell it". And then I go for a drive and think: "Keep it". Procrastination is the thief of time.....
  5. gbrownings

    Never expected to see this.....!

    FYP
  6. gbrownings

    Never expected to see this.....!

    Thanks, James.
  7. gbrownings

    Never expected to see this.....!

    Thanks. If/when/if/when/if....I sell the car, I will probably offer it up first through this forum. Not really sure what it is worth, prices seem all over the place.
  8. gbrownings

    Never expected to see this.....!

    Just ticked over the 100k mark. Bought in 2006 with around 33k on the clock. Thought about selling it many times as I hardly use it BUT cannot bring myself to do it. What would I buy to replace a car that has never missed a beat in 12 years and that I still enjoy driving as much as the day I picked it up from BMW Vines at Crawley for £23,000 more than a decade ago? Upgraded a few things over the years (TV and satnav) but it is pretty much as it left the factory. It still has an original Motorola phone, glove box torch and 1st Aid kit! Thanks to my gentle driving (most of the time!) it is still happily running on its original clutch and suspension and I have had no major mechanical issues. (Sod's law something will happen now!) The biggest expense over the years has been having the wheels refurbished at Lepsons (x3) as I am a bit of an anorak on that front. Got to have perfect wheels! Bodywork not so perfect but pretty good with no rust other than a few bubbles in the petrol filling area and they were there in 2006 and have not worsened over the years. Fixed the traditional missing dashboard pixel and dodgy rear view mirror issues and replaced quite a few suspension bushes, roll bars, hoses, MAFs, but nothing major. And thanks to people on this forum I learned recently that my M5 is unique - the only right hand drive individual black sapphire metallic car exported to the UK. Anyway, here's to the next 100k....or will I sell it now we have passed such a landmark mileage? Hmmm A couple of pix if anyone is remotely interested.....!
  9. gbrownings

    2000 E39 M5 - auction sale £24k...

    Or in my case, before I have to pay the London Mayor's £10 Toxicity charge every time I leave my drive...!
  10. gbrownings

    2000 E39 M5 - auction sale £24k...

    Good spot Mr Poirot! Nice mark-up...
  11. https://angliacarauctions.co.uk/classic/results/results-from-saturday-27th-january-2018/2000-bmw-e39-m5/ Neat, low-mileage M5 but I am a tad surprised such a low mileage car needed such a lot of work doing to it but good luck to whoever got £24k for it!
  12. gbrownings

    Dreaded but Necessary Insurance

    Yes, I presume agreeing the market value of a newer car is more clear cut. It seems the problem is with older, classic or modified cars.
  13. gbrownings

    Dreaded but Necessary Insurance

    My current insurance is with Aviva and is due for renewal but they refused to tell me their hypothetical write-off valuation unless, or until, I had made a claim.....Tesco, said it would be around £2,000! I suspect Aviva would use the same guide book - hence my decision to get insurance with an agreed valuation.
  14. gbrownings

    Dreaded but Necessary Insurance

    I recommend you check your insurance company's theoretical 'write off' value of your older cars. If the insurance seems cheap, there is usually a good reason for it (in their favour and not yours).
  15. gbrownings

    BMW M5 (E39): PH Heroes

    Nice write-up on the E39 M5 in Pistonheads today. Anyone here own the featured car? https://www.pistonheads.com/features/ph-features-heroes/bmw-m5-e39--ph-heroes/36958
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