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  1. A couple of months ago I shared parking with an Alfa. Can't remember the model but the V6 sounded lovely. When I spoke to the owner he said it was a lovely car but it was falling apart around him. There was a goodly sized puddle of oil wherever he parked too. Shame really. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  2. An E39 is what I was considering before I bought the E60 but my financial controller fancied something newer. Still got an itch though... [emoji4] Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  3. Love it. Somebody please tell me it's insane to even think of selling my low mileage trouble-free economical E60 525d auto in favour of a tidy manual petrol E39.... Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  4. Does the car use much oil? Leaky valve stem seals used to be reasonably acceptable on high mileage engines, but that's my old tech thinking, and your mileage isn't interplanetary. A rough guide on whether/how bad the valve stem seals were used to be to find a long steep hill, and to drive down it using the engine as a brake. This tends to suck oil past leaky seals. Accelerate away briskly at the bottom and see how much smoke you get. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  5. As long as I've made someone happy! [emoji6] Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  6. "B&D decided that the B&D brand was known as being for DIYers and wanted DeWalt to become the choice for the professionals...." Yes, that rings a bell. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  7. My daughter followed the SW route. It worked for a while as you get the support and motivation from belonging to a group, but ultimately she had to develop eating habits of her own. Plenty of the SW recipes are fine and it's not a bad way if easing into weight loss but there's no silver bullet. I've had to watch my weight all my life and although I've never been a big meat eater but I do enjoy my beer though at probably 6-10 pints a week max I'm probably a lightweight. Maybe a bottle of wine a week and a stiff Scotch in a Saturday. What has worked for me is to cut down gradually, eat as many veg as you can get down your neck, and take some form of exercise. I walk briskly for at least 45-60 minutes at least 4 or 5 days a week, and fit in anything between 5 and maybe 12 mile walks when I can. It helps. Also no 'seconds', leave the table pronto after eating, and don't watch cookery programmes! I don't know what age or weight you are, but I'll be 70 next year and I developed back pain by trying to build in running 1-2 miles, hence the walking. As Duncan says, don't beat yourself up if you fail sometimes, just get back on track asap. Good luck! Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  8. I had a more girly version of DeWalt which I used mostly for drilling and countersinking on furniture making. It was very good and not too heavy. Don't B&D now own DeWalt? I'm wary of heavy duty drills. I once borrowed an ancient Wolf drill - huge thing with two handles - to push a hole through an 18" stone wall. As the hole needed to be a couple of feet off the ground I was able to kneel on the floor and apply plenty of beef to the job. It all went swimmingly until the drill bit grabbed. As I had the trigger lock on the bit stayed still and the drill body continued to revolve, wrenching it out of my grip. One of the handles struck me a glancing blow to the dangly bits and the drill meanwhile wrapped all the mains cable around itself, eventually ripping the cable out if the plug. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  9. I quite like the look but they are way too big judging by the number I see that are badly parked - more like abandoned - though this can be said of many of the big 4x4s and utes. A friend said of an XC90 (as we were waiting while the owner made their 4th attempt to park) 'The only thing missing is the bloody gun turret'. [emoji1] Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  10. If you're mainly driving screws on DIY jobs then any of the above named will do the job. If you're into hammer drilling into brick or concrete as part of your day job it's a game changer and you can spend a lot of money. I've had good service out of an Hitachi cordless bought on offer at B&Q almost 7 years ago. Its was a little under £200 rrp reduced to about £90 I think. It is just 2 speed with the usual adjustment for torque and hammer action. When worked hard on hammer the chuck occasionally loses its grip on the drill bit but apart from that no problems. Came with two batteries which is handy though typically both will be flat when you haven't used them for a while! Like Andrew I have a Black and Decker mains drill that's around 35 years old maybe more. Not as convenient but does the biz if the cordless wimps out. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  11. Ha ha! Glad it's not just me! Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  12. For a start it's located in London where money for such projects never seems to be in short supply. Someone will have made plenty of loot out of it though I think the NHS might have put the money to better use. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  13. Sounds like she's probably not the sort of driver to accept a lift from. No wonder she doesn't want to go through her insurance company. In fairness I hate some of these spiral ramps as they are far too narrow for larger cars. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  14. That's interesting. A friend went from an E60 to an F10 and he has managed to scrape 3 corners so far. On paper the difference in dimensions from E39 through E60 to F10 (saloons) isn't great: E39 = 1800mm W x 1435mm H x 4775mm L. E60 = 1846W x 1468H x 4841L. F10 = 1860W x 1464H x 4907L. So the F10 has only grown by just over 2" in width and 5" in length on the E39 but they do look to be very large. Perhaps I need to seem them parked side by side. The GT is larger the F10 at 1901W x 1559H x 4998L and they do seem like throbbing great things on the street. [emoji4] Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  15. I'm not sure I'd get on with a Sport at my age or, just as importantly, my wife's. I'm not a fan of rock hard suspension, and she's not a fan of the sort of wraparound seats that are present on just about everything these days. The kinda swoopy E60 styling is an acquired taste for some, even for me. It's not as classy as the E39 IMO, but it doesn't induce vomiting. The F10 looks huge but it may be an illusion as I've no idea how the dimensions compare. I should really get myself a bit more up to date on the various models and their variants just in case the lottery coughs up. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  16. Guess I'm still a BMW virgin compared to you greybearded sages on here [emoji6] . The E39 remains my favourite design though and even with a couple of years of pretty trouble-free E60 ownership I still have a hankering for tidy E39 - like a manual 530i. Not in a position to do anything about it though at present. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  17. Still like the look of it!
  18. Is it a 530 or 530d? It's pretty grubby so hard to see even after saving/zooming. Can't figure what the central badge is, but the one on the right I thought initially was like the central part of the Alpina badge but don't think so. It looks more like the one below. Still think the rear end looks pretty business like. [emoji4] Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  19. I always fancied an Aero but was very happy with the 2.3lpt. Your extra bhp must be pretty impressive. Third gear range on the 9000 was amazing. Unfortunately it was so good that my wife (never looks at the rev counter) forgot she wasn't in top gear and cooked one of the nylon gearchange selection components. This fell into the selection mechanism and left me half way round a roundabout with only 1st and 2nd gear. Gearbox strip/rebuild was needed. [emoji53] Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  20. Your E60 should indeed be a good deal for somebody as your posts show you've looked after it. Good luck with the Merc! [emoji106] Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  21. Nice. I saw a nice looking B10 V8 Alpina in the Tesco car park in Lydney yesterday. It had gone by the time I'd parked or I'd have gone to have a drool over it. Not somewhere to go if you value your paintwork though. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  22. Not a fan of the blue lighting but otherwise the 9-5 is looking very good! After owning a couple of 900s and 9000s I was sceptical of the 9-5 but there are plenty of happy owners out there. [emoji4] Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  23. He always made it look easy. One of music's nice guys and his music is good for many years yet. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  24. Something that really pees tailgaters off when trickling along in traffic in 30/40 zones where they cannot overtake is to create a nice big braking space between you and the car in front. This allows some traffic from side roads to join your lane. I don't brake or slow down or flash them to pull out, I let the joiner make the call. Once you've created the space you're not actually slowing the 'gater's progress, but they don't usually see it like that. You can watch the 'gater doing his/her crust while simultaneously redressing the 'All BMW drivers are b@stards' balance. Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk
  25. The old guy who gave me that tip was a woodwork and metalwork teacher back in the days when kids were allowed to use rotating machinery and sharp tools. He began work making wooden airscrews so yes, definitely old skool! [emoji1] Sent from my Vodafone Smart ultra 6 using Tapatalk