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Everything posted by jannism

  1. That's an beautiful monster, @Mick. Must admit I'm a little envious. You've had an absolute shocker parking it, mind. I guess that's how it's done from now on, eh?
  2. Isn't that where his dog's laid an egg?
  3. I got one earlier this year, just in case. It was only 4 euros. They sent it within a week. https://www.certificat-air.gouv.fr/en
  4. I wish I'd bought a Touring. With a pano sunroof.
  5. Good work, fella. It looks great. I guarantee you'll enjoy it for years.
  6. You can see where the technology is headed (pardon the pun)
  7. Haha! Yep, this is how I first found out (well, kerb and hedge but y'know)
  8. Apologies if this ought to be a separate topic but I think it's relevant. I got the below from another forum regarding the DSC button (it's all in the manual, though): DSC ON (default mode) : all nannies enabledDTC (Dynamic Traction Control, from SPORT+ or single press of button) : ASC (automatic stability control) and FDR (driving dynamics control) function with modified thresholds.DSC OFF (hold down button for five seconds) : ASC and FDR disabled, ADB (automatic brake differential) enabled
  9. It's a bit of a gimmick as it doesn't save any button presses - Press sport mode, then press Traction control off = Sport+ mode vs Press sport mode, then press sport + mode = Sport+ mode.
  10. This is starting to feel like some kind of urban myth - BMW folklore. My car (Sept 2015 build) simply does not do this.
  11. The 525 above is in M Sport as opposed to SE trim for the 530. Mainly cosmetic enhancements like sportier body kit and bigger wheels as standard. A good place to find out exactly what the differences are is honestjohn.co.uk
  12. Yep. Lights F10, tailgate glass F11 as standard. Apparently can be coded to do something else if you want. The battery in my previous F10's keyfob needed replacing after I'd had it for about 6 months so that tallies with the 2 years from new theory. Haven't had current car long enough to confirm yet.
  13. Really? I thought the timing chain issue related to pre-March 2011 N47 engines. The 525d got the switch from 3.0 to 2.0 units post September 2011 afaik, so surely timing chain no longer a problem?
  14. Good to see another cinnamon brown interior on here @Mick, by the way.
  15. Thank you, @Oilburner, posts as detailed and comprehensive as this are very much appreciated and not just by forum members. Exactly the sort of thing people want to see when researching a particular subject. Cheers! (I extend my thanks to anyone else who also done similar )
  16. I've used Meguire's XScratch with excellent results in the past.
  17. Bit daft but I blinged up my puddle lights last year...
  18. Everything I've read about the chain issue says that it was fixed in all engines from March 2011. FWIW I had a pre-LCI 520d from 29k miles to ~60k miles and it was excellent. I averaged 42mpg over 2 years with zero problems. I've had a 530d for 24k miles from new. Currently averaging 35mpg. The difference in mpg is negligible for me. Also zero problems (so far). Personally I find the 6 pot an order of magnitude more rewarding to drive but both have been rock solid in terms of reliability. Obviously I've only really experienced them in their "youth" but I think they are astonishingly good cars.
  19. Ah, I see, sorry. Yes, I tried the holding down method that I read about on here and also nearly ate kerb, grass, etc. I've always assumed it's sequential but it reacts so quickly that if you tap it multiple times really fast it's as good as makes no difference.
  20. You can drop as many as you want until it decides it's going to blow up and stops you going any further. I find I generally need to drop at least two if I'm cruising along and want a decent blast for overtaking.
  21. The foothills of the Mendips in Somerset. DAB signal is extremely patchy for many miles in all directions.
  22. Have to say it worked seamlessly this morning. In fact, it's back to it's old ways of working perhaps too well. I get to hear the same phrase repeatedly from whomever happens to be speaking at the time (on Radio 4, of course ) as it lurches from DAB to FM and then back to DAB, while I wend my way through the hills and lanes of inconsistent-radio-signal-land.
  23. I'll skip the obvious Radio 2 jibe. Mine seems to have stopped automatically switching lately. I think it's because I've been listening via the DAB selector as opposed to the saved station selector (or any other route). My reasoning being that by selecting DAB specifically it may behave differently to just choosing a station (with DAB as an initial preference). This made more sense in my head. I still haven't tested the theory.
  24. Finally replaced my rears with Dunlop Sp Sportmaxx GTs. Turns out the loss of pressure was due to that shiny little fella peaking through...
  25. Great stuff, thanks for this!