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  1. Remote pre-conditioning (Heating)

    My windscreen on my 530d was iced up yesterday morning, I wasn’t going out in the car but thought I’d give the BMW app a try out. You’ve got two options for heating, ‘ventilate now’ and ‘departure climate timer’, so I tried the second one which you have to use 5 minutes or longer before you leave, so you could set it the night before if you think your car is going to be iced up in the morning. I had a look after 5 mins, and the windscreen had defrosted nicely, and had started to defog, so quite a cool feature. I don’t think you can heat the car up, but you can set off straight away without having to wait in a cold car for the screen and windows to clear. I’m assuming that the feature won’t work if your battery is below a certain level.
  2. 530d SE or MSport

    I picked up my 530d SE xdrive Touring last week: Imperial Blue, Black leather EDC Steering wheel heating Integral Active Steering Reversing Assist camera Panoramic glass sunroof Extended luggage Sun protection glass Sport seats, front Lumbar support, driver and front pass. Exterior Mirrors - folding with anti-dazzle Adaptive Headlights 12V power sockets LED foglights Active Cruise Control harman/kardon surround Remote Services Apple CarPlay So I’ve got the IAS that you’re thinking about, but I haven’t had chance to get an opinion on it yet I’m afraid, how long before you put your order in? I’ve only really driven it back from the dealers in London, about 120 miles, but straight away I was sold on the sunroof and the Active cruise control, the later works brilliantly, and you don’t have to have it in the pack. Things I wish I had ticked are the Icon headlights, just based on what other folks have said since I ordered mine, and the comfort seats (though the sports seats are fine), so you’ve made the right choice on the packs. Aesthetically it looks good, but would look even better with bigger alloys, the 619 alloys I’ve got are going to be a pain to clean, but I don’t really like the other 18” choice for the SE (the 684). I think the 20” would look fantastic, and I wouldn’t worry about the ride too much based on the reviews, but it’s a big chunk of extra cash. The 19” 663 bicolour would also look good and improve the looks, so could be a happy compromise. I’m happy to stick to the 18” though, especially when it comes to buying new tyres:) It took 12 weeks from order to pick up btw:)
  3. 520D - Oil Service

    I found this about the service inclusive packs, which is £399 for 3 years or 36000 miles: https://www.bmw.co.uk/bmw-ownership/servicing-and-repairs/servicing/service-inclusive I haven’t got my car yet, should arrive in a week or two, so not sure about the service interval on a 5 series. If you do low miles, say less than 8000 a year, how long does it take for the service indicator to come on, anyone know? I’d like to have an annual service, but pretty sure they won’t let you do that on one of these packs.
  4. Harman Kardon - EQ tips?

    There were some more settings here as well from the same forum, see post no 16: http://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1428665
  5. Harman Kardon - EQ tips?

    And here’s a link to the forum post: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=974679 with some more setting suggestions. It may well need some wearing in, so could improve after a bit of use.
  6. Harman Kardon - EQ tips?

    I havent got my car yet, should arrive next week, but I’ve got HK and did a search for settings a while ago, here’s a screenshot that I saved:
  7. Long-term test reviews

    And if you haven’t seen the HonestJohn review of the G31 530d xdrive from a while back, it’s here: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/bmw/bmw-g31-530d-touring-2017-extended-test/ The last sentence was an influence on me putting an order in, since then he’s been raving about the new X3 which has got more comfy seats due to being higher up, so the X3 may have replaced the G31 as his fave.
  8. what are the stop start rules for diesels

    There’s a piece on stop/start and the effects on your engine in Autocar today: https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/stop-start-long-term-impact-your-car-s-engine
  9. To coat or not to coat

    Having looked into a ceramic coating a bit more, the general consensus seems to be that if you’re going to have it done then use an independent specialist detailer, as they’re more skilled than the dealer. The Gtechniq system was the one i was thinking of, the top version is called Crystal Serum Ultra and costs north of £800. I’d certainly like it, but probably won’t bother, I’m thinking of buying some of the ‘consumer’ Gtechniq products and applying them myself.......I’d like a dash cam fitted as well and don’t want to spend another grand on the car. We don’t seem to be talking about discounts achieved on a new G30/31, I found the best discount was through Carwow, got about 24% off a 530d xdrive touring.
  10. Long-term test reviews

    There’s been a few long term reviews of the G30 which have been updated this week. Worth a look if you haven’t seen them. This one on the 530d xdrive is ongoing: http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/long-term-tests/bmw/bmw-5-series-530d-xdrive-2017-long-term-test-review/ And this one on the 520d xdrive is the last report: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/bmw/5-series/99792/long-term-test-review-bmw-5-series
  11. To coat or not to coat

    I’ve got a G31 530d xdrive on order, should arrive at the dealers first week in February. I’m wondering whether it’s worth having a ceramic coating applied to protect the paintwork, anyone got any views?
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