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Everything posted by jannism

  1. F10 530d Owner - Remap Question

    This is why I always book Le Shuttle as an overheight vehicle. That way they put you in the coaches with a wider track.
  2. F10 530d Owner - Remap Question

    FWIW, I once got over 700 miles from a tank in my 530d. I drove it like a nun on qualudes. They weren't the most thrilling journeys I've taken. These days I get between 540 - 600 miles with a mixture of 3-4 long motorway runs which include about 10 miles in London traffic each way and country road/village journeys. I drive much more calmly these days but never shy away from flooring it when required (or desired). It's a mind-bogglingly brilliant engine.
  3. New car time - decisions decisions

    When I got my first F10, I remember saying to anyone that cared to listen that I couldn't see myself driving anything else ever again and whilst I see other cars that take my fancy I keep coming back to this point. For the money, I can't seem to find anything that has the same combination of quality, comfort and driver engagement.
  4. New car time - decisions decisions

    FWIW I have exactly the same decision to make in October. I still have tunnel vision for a used 535d Touring.
  5. I used the LIM quite a lot during the roadworks on the M3 when they had the 50mph average speed limit for precisely the reasons Matthew states. Constantly having to adjust the (standard) CC was a great workout for my left thumb but not much else but just resting my foot knowing that I wouldn't go over ~55 was better than the alternative. As it happens, I find I'm using CC more and more these days but would definitely prefer it if it was adaptive, too.
  6. 5 series launch control cheat

    I have launch control. I've used it once just to see what the fuss is about. Silly. Attached is what the manual says about it.
  7. Bye bye F11, hello G32

    I must admit I'm still not completely sold on the look but I reckon I could possibly forgive it that once I'd spent a few minutes living with it. Seems to me it's a fantastic car.
  8. Request for Harmon Kardon owners

    It's the HK system. Sometimes I do have it extremely bass-heavy but the vibrations I get remind me of the kind of systems I and my friends used to build years ago in a much more Heath-Robinson style. Not what I expect from a nearly £50k motor.
  9. Request for Harmon Kardon owners

    I've not yet had a chance to do this particular test but my rear parcel shelf (are we still calling it that?) often rattles and vibrates to various banging, bassy music. In fact, it often sounds like it's coming from the structure beneath it behind the back seats. Very annoying.
  10. Capacity of F10 boot

    That figure is correct.
  11. Roof box recommendations

    I got a set of basic F10 bars from the above mentioned website and occasionally borrow my mate's huge Thule box. Can highly recommend Thule as the fixings are a doddle and very secure. I found the locking mechanism to be perfectly adequate. You can hire roofboxes for pretty reasonable sums if you don't think you'll get your money's worth from a new one. Otherwise, as Superdave says, look for one secondhand. There's not a great deal to them IMO. As with most things, you can specify all sorts of bells and whistles and spend a king's ransom. I'm often guilty of forking out for the latest and greatest of all sorts of things but having chosen the budget route in this instance, I don't regret my decision one bit. YMMV
  12. I had a Twin Air Fiat 500. It was awesome. I traded in my E39 525d for it and then traded the Fiat for my first F10. No idea why I'm even telling you this. As you were.
  13. 530d - XDrive or RWD?

    ooh lala!
  14. bmw 5 series m sport f10 juddering

    Yes, I was wondering the same. As Matthew says, should be 245/40 on the front and if those are 351m the rears should be 275/35.
  15. Auto wipers

    Is there a magical cure for the abject awfulness of the auto wipers on f10s? I sort of understand how they work - "The sensor projects infrared light into the windshield at a 45-degree angle. If the glass is dry, most of this light is reflected back into the sensor by the front of the windshield. If water droplets are on the glass, they reflect the light in different directions -- the wetter the glass, the less light makes it back into the sensor." - but I'll be buggered if I can find any meaning from this in everyday use. It's crapping it down: nothing It's barely spitting: FULL-ON MENTAL GABBA HOUSE RAVE IN WINDSHIELD WIPER LAND Anyone else?
  16. Auto wipers

    I took it in and explained the situation with the wipers - a very familiar story. After discussing them for a bit the service receptionist made a note to get them looked at. Apparently, it's a very common complaint and whatever it is that they've done seems to have worked. My only gripe is that they seem to have topped up my screenwash with water. Nothing spraying out of the left side for about 100 miles this morning until the ambient temperature warmed up. That's never happened before. Besides, the temperature didn't even go below -3 so plain water really has to be the culprit. Cheeky sods. The X3 was nice and irritatingly, the family preferred the ride. I personally couldn't live without the extra two cylinders though. Also happy to admit that, despite thoroughly enjoying all the bells and whistles of BMW's latest lovely interiors, getting back behind the wheel of my 5 was the best part of the day.
  17. Auto wipers

    Going in for its second service tomorrow so I'll ask if anything's up. Going to test drive a new X3 while it's in (easier than trying to book a courtesy car).
  18. Ambient Lighting

    Have you tried changing the colour? I don't know how many you get on the GT but as standard on my 2015 530d I have a choice of two: "classic" which is white and pretty dim and a reddish colour (can't remember what BMW have chosen to call it) which, while not particularly bright, is much more agreeable and falls neatly into the definition of ambient.
  19. Auto wipers

    Alas, it is now the opposite for me.
  20. Auto wipers

    Yes, obviously, I've tried adjusting the control on the stalk. I've never had a problem with auto-wipers on any of my other cars, and come to think if it, I didn't have it with my previous f10 but having read a fair amount on other BMW forums I thought perhaps it was a "thing". I'm getting to the point where I might replace the wiper blades to see if that helps. Maybe mine are leaving the sort of greasy smears that I can't see but the infra red can.
  21. Navigation activation code required

    Just email the dealer
  22. Check out the spec on this F11!

    Now if I could just find a similar one to swap my f10 530d for I would happily desist my near constant search for the next best thing for about 3 more years... F10 is *almost* the perfect car. It's just that my dogs disagree (they're not allowed in it).
  23. 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.
  24. 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.