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    Text message on display

    If you PM me i can put you in touch with a coder who will retrofit CarPlay for you
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    Text message on display

    No, all g30 has EVO. You may have a newer software than mine when I posted so the missing items may be gone now or repacked with different lines of code. You can can still get CarPlay but it will be a rertoft from a coder who will be able to supply an FSC code. Not something you can do yourself without a laptop with NCS and BMW will not code in CarPlay at all
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    Paint Damage

    I repaired a chip 2x that size on the lower part of drivers door (no idea how it chipped there) with the BMW branded touch up stocks. Used super fine sand paper on the end of a pencil to even out excess and then polished it. You wouldn’t be able to find it even on a clean car guaranteed. Mine is however white and therefore no metallic flake which would complicate things. Id be inclined to give it a go. Expense will be minimal. If it looks bad you’ll need to get it done properly and pay for that anyway.
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    Paint Damage

    Some pictures of the damage maybe?
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    Triplewax Isn’t What It was

    I’m sorry mate but that is a load of rubbish as far as I’m concerned. Triplewax May have been decent many decades ago. As you said, many years of using the same thing. The market has evolved greatly since I presume you used a different product. Your formula for what a shampoo contains and does is principally wrong due to said revolving tech. Hence we now have pre wash, wash, sealant etc etc. The level of actual H20 in a good product is very low. Some shampoos contain waxes, some contain micro abrasive particles which WILL cause swirls. As a turtle wax product which is cheap and cheerful, I am also certain that it will have those abrasives which will make dirt easier to shift giving the impression of a “better working” product. I wouldn’t want a generic shampoo with everything loaded into one with wax etc. I have a ceramic coating and much rather do things in stages with a pre wash, wash and then a ceramic reload. price per litre is CRUCIAL for the exact reason you quoted. AutoGlym snow foam costs around £12 per 2.5l. But a full canon only needs around 75ml per my size bottle for a full pre wash to create nice thick foam which will hang to the car for a good 20 minutes. That means I get 33 pre washes per bottle at around £0.36 per pre wash. If you buy a litre of product at £3.50 which gives you 10 washes out of it because it’s pants, might as well buy premium get the same value but with that premium product. maybe my method is more expensive but I wash more car once every 2 weeks in the winter, once a month in the summer so around 18 tines a year. Investment into good product means my white car stays clean for longer, is easier to wash and is better protected. More importantly it’s much more effective and time efficient than your 40 washes a year in my opinion. Take pride in what you do and do it right, or don’t do it at all as far as I’m concerned
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    Triplewax Isn’t What It was

    Seriously get some proper shampoo. Something that costs £3.50 per litre in Wilko’s is bound to be shite. its from the same firm that makes Turtle Wax and recommends you use a sponge ffs. I know some people say it’s only a car and why bother but would you wash yourself with domestos and a pumice all over? if you have a dark colour BMW will also have a big dump on you if handing back on PCP for severe marring and swirl marks caused by poor “I don’t give a f*ck” maintenance i throughly recommend AutoGlym pure shampoo or shampoo with conditioner (less foamy) alternatively AutoFinesse Lather - it’s a bit more expensive however
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    Retuning DAB

    Mine have popped up as new entries but old ones still there. No retune option either. I have run a scan and found this however
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    Can i get my halo's to be used as DRL's?

    Could do, although I thought if you don’t have Xenon’s they won’t be auto, again, just like you, I may be incorrect
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    Can i get my halo's to be used as DRL's?

    I think around 3 settings need to be programmed for that to work. Have you got auto lights?
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    Over-tightened Wheel Bolts

    I remember when i changed my tyres on my old F10, went to the local tyres place with tyres. I asked to the want the torque spec for their torque wrench. The owner said *i kid you not* "what is that?". I was sure i may have mumbled or he simply misheard me, i explained it to him like I would explain it to my wife. He replied their impact gun will make sure that it'll be nice and snug. When I asked what if it would be too tight (meaning what happens if they over tighten) but he must have thought that i asked about their removal technique. He advised me that their blow torch will take care of that. Ye, thanks mate, not on my newly refurbed alloys. This was a reputable local indy as well. Do it yourself or regret it. Alternatively, take it to BMW who will take a bollocking for breaking nuts and wheels.
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    What did you try before you went for a G31

    You CANNOT have negative equity if your miles are under at the end of the term, you can have penalties for damages etc. like I said, know your stuff and use it to YOUR advantage or a dealer will rinse you.
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    What did you try before you went for a G31

    Then you don’t trade in. You simply walk away and then take a completely new agreement rather than roll over from one onto the other. the only exception is damage to vehicle but there is guides on each manufactures webpsite for what is within limits and what is not
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    What did you try before you went for a G31

    To a large extent an irrelevant point. I would say more than 90% of new cars are purchased on finance, most of that being on a PCP therefore only trade in applies. As long as you don’t exceed miles you will never be at a loss due to Guranteed Future Value contractually even if the market implodes. At worst, you will have your excess miles to pay up and contracted rate even if car is realistically worth say £5k less. Or you voluntarily terminate and argue against any excess altogether. Yes and no. Yes - it’s a given that you will get some discount on a car so why bother. However how much depends on the research you have done and how much of a shrewd negotiator you are. One person will get X discount, the other will get Y. Discounts are tools to be utilised be buyers for their advantage of a Lower price/lower monthly payment. They’re also a tool to attract in. Many will fall for the lines of “with BMW contribution, I just spoke to my manager and if we get a deal signed today we can knock off another £2k” which in reality is nothing on something like a 5 series. No - looking at the discount I got when buying mine of around 19% if I recall correctly. Base 520d M sport was 38k at the time (more now) with discount that brings it down to £31k. If they advertised a premium BMW at that out of the box, it wouldn’t be that premium anymore. Everyone adopting this across the board is impossible as they would loose too much money on the un savvy buyer. Buying cars is great and what not, but you can be stung rather badly and dealerships will rinse you dry if they can. My neighbour bought a fully loaded M140i with all the M Performance trimmings. Cost just north of £50k!!! Was speaking to him about 6 months in and he was shocked that I got a discount on my car, he got 0% discount and no contribution from BMW Finance. He’s now paying an eye watering £700 a month and has another 41 months left of that. Turns out he’s £19k in negative equity and no dealership will take his car in on PX as no one wants such a high spec 1 series! Finance can be a great thing if you want new cars every fixed period and can make the monthly figures work for you. Similar to having a mobile on pay as you go and owning the handset vs paying for it monthly on a 24 month contract but having that shiny new phone every other year. It works for many IF you know how to play the game and IF you make yourself aware of your rights and loopholes available to you. simply put, Caveat Emptor. sorry for long ass post
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    What did you try before you went for a G31

    Audi A6 (old shape as I was looking between March and May 2017) but discarded that quickly as I knew a new model would be round the corner so pointless going into that. I’d give the new one a miss anyway due to the new MMI E Class which I asked for in AMG line with large command and digital dials for a test drive. Was given a SE with nothing of the above. Felt sloppy and boring, steering was artificial. Sales girl tried to flog me a E220 with the Spec I wanted from another dealership in group stock with no discount and no contribution at what would have been £320 a month more than my G30 in matching spec. Put me off so much I never enquired again. Jag XF. Just wasn’t me. Nice car but was a bit meh. Didn’t want the famous JLR reliability to live with anyway. S90 which was actually the best of all of the above but the residuals were scary. They plummet incredibly quickly but we’re not exactly significantly cheaper than a 5er if I recall correct. nothing came close to the G30 to be honest. Partially due to brand loyalty and partially due to the fact that it is the best car in class (2 years running now?)
  15. Hello guys, with upcoming BH weekend, I thought it may be a good idea to do a detailing thread as many are bound to give our pride and joys a quick clean or more Post your before and after pics as well as what you use to detail
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    Swap out the F10....?

    They are no longer produced, will drop in value due to 8 series that replaced it. Some new unregistered stock remains with some dealers, apparently discount can be close to 40% on list on those
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    Detailing Thread for G30/31

    Probably not the thread for you then! haha
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    Detailing Thread for G30/31

    Guard X is the name and it is incredibly expensive and pathetically rubbish as a product. Almost all manufacturers try to flog you the whole set from paint to interior protection. Reputable detailer would probably say it’s worse quality than Halfords own brand stuff :/
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    Detailing Thread for G30/31

    Look at the dates. That was “detailed” by me and then went in for a service around a week later first week of May. Service also run mine through an automatic Karcher wash. The dead give away was the fact that they ripped off all of my black vinyl on the spoiler etc. That and the fact that my dash cam recorded everything! Took around a week to sort out a deal. I booked the car in for a full correction detail + ceramic on all surface including wheels (again). The service refunded me the cost once I sent them the invoice. contrary to what you say, wax over ceramic is a very good idea. Commonly used on ceramic coated cars around 2 hours later, where wax forms a protective layer over ceramic allowing it to cure properly rather than being introduced to the elements straight away
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    Detailing Thread for G30/31

    Seen a couple pictures posted on forum of clean cars, post in here guys will try try to get some up when mine had a full detail and ceramic coating done 6 months ago
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    The 7 Series then...

    So, BMW were kind enough to give me a car for a day or so (after a tweet that my mother in law is flying into the UK and that I will have to ferry her around the UK). They decided that it would be nice for me to do that in ultimate comfort to ease the pain and provided with a 740d xDrive which had pretty much every option ticked and came to around £98k as follows: M Sports package incl. Design Pure Excellence package (extended wood inside, alcantara headliner, footrest in back) M Sport brakes Comfort access Soft-Close-Automatic doors Reversing camera BMW Display key Glass roof, electrical Sun protection glazing Comfort seat with memory Warmth Comfort Package (heated armrests and steering wheel!) Individual rear-reading light Massage function in rear Massage function, driver / fr. passenger High-beam assistant Driving Assistant Laserlights Surround View Park Assistant Remote control parking (completely sold on it tbh!) TV function Head-up display Harman/Kardon Surround Sound system The short story is I really want one! Haha. The refinement on the motorway as amazing, blasting up the M1 at "around" 70mph felt so so effortless. The spec is overkill I must say but a normal 730d with everything from that list except the rear seat entertainment and Icon LED's instead of Laserlights (not a big difference at all in performance), essentially the perfect spec that I want comes in at £82k quick chat with the dealer and that went straight down to £54k at 0% APR. That's very much 530d money and considering the discount available why isn't there more of these on the road? Really made me think tbh Some pictures below
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    Powered boot lid opening distance

    that's exactly why i said
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    The 7 Series then...

    Ahahaha. Like I said, a Donington Grey car with full shadowline i.e no chrome whatsoever looks very very nice in person. You look at it and it screams road presence. I hated the chrome trim on the Pre LCI on the boot, this looks better, plus it does this fancy thing when you open and close, but not as wild as the A8 with the light effects Side profile is very similar to the new Phantom actually
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    The 7 Series then...

    Poor eye sight is an age thing
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    The 7 Series then...

    I genuinely don’t see a problem with it. It’s a change in design language. Audi is doing oversized grills, Lexus seems to only have a grill and no front bumper but no one complains. BMW crowd can be stuck in the 90’s at times it seems. No to bigger grills, no to down sizing, no to wider rear “L” lights, no to anything but a 3.0 i6... There was so much hate on the Bangle era cars too. E60’s have aged very well as have the E65 LCI’s especially on those fancy 20”s and my favourite the M6 from that era. move on people, what you’re looking at here in the 7 LCI is a blown up version of the G30 LCI and the design language that will follow on all BMW models in the years to come
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