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  1. G Whizz

    "We aim to get you out ...

    @sjak92 Many thanks for taking the time for such a thorough answer! I think I've got most of what I need from this. It's less needing to reduce monthly payments (but who wouldn't like to!) as my partner has a new job, and will be driving 50 miles day now instead of the train. We have two other cars at different stages of their lives...and two kids at differing stages of their lives. I love my youngest, but I'm not sure insuring her on my car is a viable option without selling a kidney . I won't bore you further, but it's about working out how many cars, of what type, we "need" vs would like, when, etc. For example, if we shared *my* car, we'd need memory seats or she'd have to get used to driving it how I have it (hey, I'm only 10" taller - deal with it woman ) Ahh yes, I remember now! Glad I hadn't dreamt it. I got a fair discount on mine (I think! About 19%), with virtually no cash deposit (they took my dying car - a different story, for a different thread), but I am over on miles currently - I think my excess would be c £800 currently. I briefly looked at the 3 when I was shopping round originally , and it felt a bit...meh. Not bad, but a little cheap after the 5. I think my likely choices are the 5, 6, 4, X5 and 3 in that order but I'm making assumptions as to relative levels of discount amongst other things. Is there a simple way to get a sense of attainable levels of discounts? All sounds like an excuse to go to the dealership to me :-)
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    "We aim to get you out ...

    ...of this car before the end of the contract, probably by..." So said the dealer when I was signing up to the PCP. But for the life of me, I can't remember when. Or actually, as I think about it, figure out what that might actually mean as this is the first time I've done it. So, on a 4 year contract, how would it work? If date X is the earliest point, do you order before then to swap you on date X, or start the process then...? When is X? I seem to recall it's when you've paid more than 50% of the part that's on credit...? We've got a few life changes coming up and so are trying to work out some rough timings, and easier to ask you guys than excite my dealer!
  3. Or technically, a question discussed in the pub last night after imbibing too much Christmas spirit. Can you handbrake turn a G30? ( or more broadly, a real-wheel drive, automatic with an electronic handbrake). (Consensus was no they haven't managed, but for each element yes, so possibly.) If anyone would like to lend me *their* car, I'd be happy to research thoroughly, purely selflessly, of course, in the name of science :-)
  4. G Whizz

    Too many thieves about !!

    I've read a few places that it doesn't work - though most say it does! I don't want a pouch or bag particularly, so have been debating how I make the little shelf where I keep my keys into a mini cage. Line it, then cover somehow so it looks nice (something along the lines of glue the tin foil to the wood, then line with white stickyback so looks like painted white). But even then advice differs. Some say it has to be a complete box (ie it can't be open on one side) while others say just no line of "sight" between the key and the car (ie as long as the open end faces away from the car). Head hurts. Meantime, big news in local paper about a crime wave: a bike *might* have been stolen. Or possibly misplaced.
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    Alpina B5, new X5 and 8 series

    A clue, I suspect, lost on most of us! It took me awhile to realise what it was supposed to be! But then I was rather distracted by the ugly badging. However, I'd suffer with it if I had too I've no concept on what it costs...?
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    iPhones Never Seem To Work

    It's more likely to be iDrive imho! (As in, you're all no doubt fed up reading about my challenges with it, it's only BMWs mine struggles with, various other threads on here ) But seriously... Let's double check something - have you used it to play music before? In my recent update, bmw deleted the phones I had stored. Not a real issue. I don't remember doing this before, but now you also seem to have select to play music as well as use as a phone. I wonder if you need to go to the manage devices, and select music in addition...? It needs a tick against each thing
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    The 7 Series then...

    It doesn't say on the email. They have 3 different offers on their website for 7's. The closest offer they have (£549 monthly, customer deposit £9,600, 48 months) is 10,000 miles. Curiously, I can't seem to figure the offers out - the L version is 569pm, 9,700 deposit the standard version is also available at 70pm, 7k deposit.
  8. G Whizz

    The 7 Series then...

    @sjak92 My negotiations* are going well too - a 730D Msport at 0% interest, £599 down, £599 for 48 months * I lie. Just had this offer my email from my dealer
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    The 7 Series then...

    I feel snubbed :-) In all seriousness, my dealer obviously hasn't googled me. Be curious as to whether it's more of a dealer thing. I can't decide whether it's worth engineering them knowing!
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    The 7 Series then...

    Interesting! Perhaps I shouldn't be so "shy" and should say don't you know who I am?! I didn't think it'd make much difference at this price point. I wonder at what £££ they look you up on LinkedIn, Twitter etc
  11. G Whizz

    The 7 Series then...

    This is a cunning cunning plan!!! I'm well over my mileage plan - after 16 months, I've done roughly what I should have done after 26 months . But taking a leaf out of your book, if I borrow enough cars from them, often enough , I should get back on track :-) I agree on the 630D - I was plenty surprised with it. Not liked any of the previous versions. It looks like the 5GT always should have looked like
  12. G Whizz

    The 7 Series then...

    £82k to £54k and 0%?! Blimey!! That really does make it a potential option, albeit top-end. I assumed c20% discount, rather than 35%. I'm a way off before I can swap out, but filing that away for when I can.
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    Driving experiences, etc

    Is that run by BMW or Goodwood or someone else? Though...by me turning up, I guess at least one idiot will be there!
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    Driving experiences, etc

    I'm somewhat surprised to say that I've never actually done one of these, and one of my (not so) little ones has asked whether I might like one from Santa. Never even looked before - any suggestions? I guess two thoughts spring to mind - perhaps one based in the type of car that I own, or another based on say something rather more spectacular (no jokes about 530D's please )
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    530D - Buyers Regret

    Interesting! Any sense of relative PCP monthly prices between the 540i, 530i and 530D? I believe PCP takes into account depreciation, demand, dealer contributions, etc. My local dealer looked to have had some good discounts on 540i's (though can't now lay my hands on the details). I'm wishing my life away and thinking about what next (still at least a year away!). I'm tempted by a bit more oomph, but also wavering between when to ditch diesel for petrol or not. Yet/ever. Then again, I very much like what I've got, and don't actually need more oomph. If it was, say, an extra £50 a month to add the oomph, then why not; if it was double, then ... I think that's the also another point - I've just seen the 0-60 for my car and was shocked. It doesn't feel that fast - not saying it isn't, more that I've been spoiled by how smoothly it gets there and with how little fuss. So perhaps I don't need it. I think I'm currently thinking 530i is most likely. Except you can't get Xdrive, which, after last winter and I was stuck on my drive for a week... So perhaps it's...it's...arggggggh, <head explodes>