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Everything posted by jannism

  1. I'd like to do this but I've read that electric memory seats are a pre-requisite (which I didn't spec and REALLY wish I had) - is that the case? Have you documented the process anywhere? Great choice of leather colour, btw.
  2. Brake pad warning

    My Brake pad warning light came on at the weekend, advising me to drive more cautiously and seek immediate professional assistance, etc. I've got a service due so I booked it in for the service and to have the brakes "looked at" at the same time. Earliest I could get is this coming Thursday at my local franchise dealers so my question is this: Am I ok to make a round trip journey of ~250 miles between now and then if I drive sensibly without damaging the discs? I've done 30k miles since new (almost exactly two years) and for about 20 of those 24 months it's fair to say that I've not been light-footed with either pedal. I've just had a look at the pads and from what I can see the rears have oodles left and the fronts have at least 6/7mm if not even more (I need new glasses). I'd like to think that the warning would give one plenty of time to book a service and carry on with life in between for a reasonable period but I really have no idea so I'm after some reassurance (please!) Cheers, etc.
  3. Currently knocking on the door of 700 miles to a tank. Just averaged 48.7mpg on my journey from the shire to London. This engine is outrageous!
  4. Brake pad warning

    Thanks. Like I said my eyesight’s not so good at that range so I could have been looking at a shadow instead. I would expect to be getting the warning at something closer to 2mm I think.
  5. Typical. The day after I write that and it’s warmth and sunshine in Somerset.
  6. Put some new boots on the front today. I'd eked out every last bit of tread from the ones they replaced and it's like driving a different car! Having recently dramatically changed my general driving style to protect my now clean licence and going back to doing a couple of ~150 mile trips each week, I'd started to get over 600 miles to tank. Now with this new rubber I can not only feel just how silky smooth the straight six is but it's got the ride to match. I even took a deliberately more languid route into London from the shire this evening just to drink it all in. They're still *marked runflats (Dunlop SP Sportmaxx) to match the rears I put on 6 months ago but the ride is an order of magnitude more comfortable than it has been since I can't remember when. I really love this car.
  7. FWIW - I had a screw lodged in my rear left for over a year and the worst I experienced was a loss of about 2psi over a 2-3 week period in the winter months towards the end of the life of the tyre. I only discovered it when I had a new set fitted as it was so deeply lodged it was only visible from the inside. Amazing. Especially considering my style of driving (hint: not gentle)
  8. Steamy Windows ?

    Ha! You've seen me!
  9. Steamy Windows ?

    Sounds like every car I've ever driven.
  10. That was quite a long journey, Andrew.
  11. Karcher washers

    Another vote here for Nilfisk. Not cheap but a very powerful, robust machine. My only gripe, which I think stands for all pressure washers, is that the hose is annoyingly rigid and can be frustrating to untangle without constantly pulling the thing over on its side. Goes through snow foam like nobodies business, mind.
  12. Run flat tyres

    I had a low pressure warning on and off for about a year which, because I couldn't find anything on inspection, I assumed was being caused by a damaged wheel sustained by thumping a huge pothole. The alerts were more frequent (every 2-3 weeks) during winter which I assumed were due to the cold weather but I persevered because I didn't want to shell out (read: was too skinflint) for a new pair of boots until it was absolutely necessary and topping up with ~2psi every so often didn't feel like any great hardship. When I eventually replaced the tyres I discovered a nail embedded bang in the centre of the tyre in question which was only visible on the inside. Turns out the 'damaged' wheel is well within normal tolerances and has absolutely no bearing on anything. So yes, it will warn you but whether or not you can identify the cause is another matter.
  13. How fast have you been in your 5?

    I got to 140 much quicker than I expected (on a private road, naturally) and was surprised by just how much more my 530d felt like it had left to give. However I ran out of road. And nerve.
  14. Haha! It's a rite of passage!
  15. No money down deal on new 520d Auto

    I like PCP deals because it means you get to drive a lovely, expensive motor by simply paying for it on a monthly basis, rather than forking out a huge wedge upfront. Obviously, if you go through with the whole thing and buy it at the end it will end up costing more than the actual price you would have paid cash but then no-one lends money for free! You also offset some of that with varying degrees of sweeteners as part of choosing the finance and interest rates are comparable with a personal loan. They work well if you know you want to stick with a certain manufacturer, especially if you have a good relationship with the dealer. At the end of the deal you either give it back, buy it for the pre-agreed value (you can refinance this if you want), or use it as a deposit (or part of one) on a brand new car. If you choose the first option you need to pay heed to the mileage as you'll have to pay whatever price you agreed on for each extra mile on the clock. Obviously, that doesn't come into play if you choose to buy the car, nor does it affect any deal you do on a new vehicle (within certain boundaries, I expect). First year's road fund licence is usually covered by these deals. £449/month on a 520d SE looks a bit steep to me, but then it is a brand new model...
  16. F10 M Performance

    This thread seems to back up what @bigshout said (no mention of side skirts):
  17. Which rear tyres best for wear rate?

    I got ~24k out of my Dunlop rears from new. The fronts still have plenty of wear in them. Excellent all-weather grip and the lowest db rating of all the star-marked run flats. I can't fault them.
  18. 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?
  19. Going to Europe F11

    Isn't that where his dog's laid an egg?
  20. Going to Europe F11

    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
  21. 525d Touring M Sport Purchased

    I wish I'd bought a Touring. With a pano sunroof.
  22. 525d Touring M Sport Purchased

    Good work, fella. It looks great. I guarantee you'll enjoy it for years.
  23. Active pedestrian protection

    You can see where the technology is headed (pardon the pun)
  24. F10 Auto Sport mode v Sport Shift

    Haha! Yep, this is how I first found out (well, kerb and hedge but y'know)